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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
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Old Wed, Mar-29-2017, 12:56:53 AM   #1
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Default Cleaning intake openings on head?

My S52 has been on an engine stand for a while. While I stuffed the intake openings with "lint free" towels and covered the engine, I am worried that some dust/dirt will find it's way into the intake openings. What is the best way to clean the openings out prior to installing the manifold? Use a shop vac to suck any loose debris out?
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Vacuuming it out is probably your best bet. You can try blowing it out with shop air if the valve is closed but you may risk pushing dirt down further around the valve
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Moisten and use your lips to create a sealed surface around the port and then inhale rapidly.


...but really, don't worry unless there is foreign material in there. The paper towel lint, dust, dirt etc will combust and evacuate as soon as you start the engine. I see no issue, even if it was left uncovered. The paper towel trick is so you don't drop anything like nuts into the ports during dis/reassembly, not to keep dust out.
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My S52 has been on an engine stand for a while. While I stuffed the intake openings with "lint free" towels and covered the engine, I am worried that some dust/dirt will find it's way into the intake openings. What is the best way to clean the openings out prior to installing the manifold? Use a shop vac to suck any loose debris out?
Like some of the others have said, the lint will burn right off.. You are merely preventing a large particle from entering. To clean off the ports, I used a aluminum safe degreaser and a towel and carefully (but aggressively) cleaned off the residual oil and sludge so the ports were nice and clean. You aren't going to be able to hurt it much unless you are going in there with a screw driver and scraping out material.
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