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Old 12-16-2012, 10:21 PM   #1
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Help replacing 328i head gasket

What's up I recently found out my head gasket was blown. This being my first BMW I'm looking for some advice or how-to don't trying not to mess anything up.

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Old 10-25-2013, 03:47 PM   #2
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hey for anyone who looked or has been looking at this thread i will have my first i will have my first start up after completion of the project. i will also be posting all the pics that i took throughout the process and sorry for the delay i was busy with school and work.
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Old 10-25-2013, 04:03 PM   #3
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I finished mine and have the same stuff haha... Took me September to January, had senior year of hs to go through and a lot of delays cause of cash shortage :p... But finished it and have 10000 miles on it
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Old 10-26-2013, 10:03 PM   #4
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Did you overheat the engine? Don't forget the Timesert kit. The threaded holes in the engine block for the head bolts are really only good for a one-time cylinder head installation. I'd be surprised if the head bolts didn't come out with aluminum threads galled to them. Or when you go to torque the head back down you can't complete the 30 lb/ft+90+90 procedure because the treads in the block strip out. Be sure and do it right and have the head pressure tested & checked for flatness at the very least. At the most a multiangle valve job with new guides & seals, and a mild intake porting without polishing would be nice.
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Old 10-27-2013, 09:50 PM   #5
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Did you end up block testing the car? Could just be a really clogged ccv and has a bunch of water in your oil.
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Old 11-20-2013, 11:38 AM   #6
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Re: Help replacing 328i head gasket

It was the head gasket some pics of the mess that was waiting for me when I first opened the engine Click image for larger version

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Old 11-20-2013, 09:54 PM   #7
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Help replacing 328i head gasket

****!!! I have a bad gasket and I just changed my oil and it was no where near that just really burnt. I'm doing the job myself but I'm afraid of the timing lol I can take things apart but the hard part is putting them back on correctly post things that u do that could help a fellow e46er fix his gasket as well plz haha like the head bolts like @hitbyastick said, like little stuff I would need to change and do while I'm in there, my baby has 197k miles and id like to turbo it one day so like what could I do to help it stay together when I do get to that stage know what I mean?


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Old 11-20-2013, 11:49 PM   #8
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Re: Help replacing 328i head gasket

Sounds like a plan I and at a good time as well I just pulled my engine to again to rebuild it and it was a huge difference from when I had originally opened it up, as soon as I can ill organize the collection of pics that I have and post up my own Diy or for you guys

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Old 11-21-2013, 07:19 PM   #9
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Thanks bro really appreciate that


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