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Old Sun, Apr-08-2018, 08:24:59 PM   #131
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Default Re: DIY: E46 M3 (S54) detailed valve adjustment

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YES- Am sure more accurate readings on a compression test are given once valves are in spec. That said, how OFF can test results be prior to doing adjustment.

Also does valve cover gasket need to replace each time? Thanks guys! [emoji144]
Hard to give absolute psi value that might show up on the compression test. Way too many variables, so it could vary from none/0psi if shims are proper sized or undersized, no carbon buildup, valve seats and faces with no/low wear to many psi if valve faces don't properly meet the seats (which might not always be corrected by simply using a proper shim/adjustment).

For valve cover gasket, if you have proper viton gasket, it can be reused, other should probably be replaced as they are more "single use" and might leak if reused.

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