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Old 05-02-2015, 04:23 AM   #1
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Ruined engine during clutch replacement!!

Hello all,

I have an extremely sad story to share.

My brothers ZHP needed a clutch replacement, he took it to a backyard mechanic that was recommended...
When he got the car back the guy mentioned a broken bolt and had to use a washer. He assured it would be ok.

Car ran well except for the clutch chatter, which is common with light fly wheels, so we thought no big deal. ( It is the worst chatter I've heard in a e46 )

My Brother has headers and I have magnaflow touring exhaust on mine, decided to swap my cat back on to his car to see if the raspiness would get better.

Once under his car I could not believe my eyes, the broken bolt this backyard mechanic mentioned was a much bigger disaster than expected.

Here's what I found...... /cry


As you can see the housing around the bolt is broken off!!! This is not the bell housing side. This is the engine!!!
Wait this gets better....



On the other side too!!! that's 2....

Here are some other pictures of all the bolts I could see, only found 2 originals.... Could not see the top bolts, but I'd be scared to find out.







He supposedly works for a BMW dealership, my ass, how the hell can you possibly screw up so bad? Im 99.999% sure this engine is ****ed.

How do we approach this guy? Cash job

What do we do with this car?
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Old 05-02-2015, 05:49 AM   #2
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He should've been a little more honest with you. It's much more than a bolt breaking. A broken bolt isn't a big deal. However, he broke the housing to which the bolt threads into.... If it were one, I'd say no big deal. Since there's enough bolts to make up for it. But two, this may cause problems down the road. With that said, it might not.

Mention it to him and see what his reason/explanation for this is? On some cars you can replace that housing, not sure if you can on BMWs... Either way though, it's a pain because the engine would need to be pulled.
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Old 05-02-2015, 05:57 AM   #3
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I hope he didn't pay him yet.... if so demand full refund.
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Old 05-03-2015, 01:53 AM   #4
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Lol what was he expecting to achieve by using those long bolts? I don't think they even serve a purpose being like that
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Old 05-03-2015, 02:50 AM   #5
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It should be ok, looks like he's used the bolts to pull the gearbox up without aligning splines.
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Old 05-04-2015, 07:06 AM   #6
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come to him, explain what you saw, demand a refund.

if he doesn't refund escalate to small claims court

whatever you do, do not let him "fix" your brothers car as compensation.
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Old 05-05-2015, 06:15 PM   #7
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Gonna just go ahead and quote goloR in bold, because what he said was too important to miss or put aside under any circumstance;

whatever you do, do not let him "fix" your brothers car as compensation.

Sorry about the shitty situation man, hope it gets dealt with asap
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To add to my previous post, if this guy has any sort of 'local reputation', make sure that you tell everyone you know about this incident, and link to this thread wherever you see fit. This guy deserves to be put under pressure after making such a mistake.
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Old 05-06-2015, 06:39 AM   #9
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To add to my previous post, if this guy has any sort of 'local reputation', make sure that you tell everyone you know about this incident, and link to this thread wherever you see fit. This guy deserves to be put under pressure after making such a mistake.
100% agree. I may only own a Mini, but if anyone did such work to my vehicle, the world would know about it in a heart beat and I would get_my_money_back.

If things go south and he refuses to refund you, take it to small claims. Make sure you have someone with you that knows what they're talking about. A technician from BMW or a local Indy shop with all the right papers, pictures to boot, and more importantly, a list of items that will need to be REPLACED inorder to fix this. If that involves the whole "case" of the motor, then so be it. Your brother deserves his car to be fixed 100%.
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Old 05-07-2015, 08:06 AM   #10
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lol dang!! next time you need a new clutch put in bring it to me, i'll do it 10x better than that guy
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Old 05-07-2015, 10:15 AM   #11
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I don't see anything wrong
I see no cracks.. Just a long ass bolt that looks a little out of place
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