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E46 M3 (2001-2006) Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
Total Produced: 45,000+ - Years Produced: 2001 to 2006.


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Old Thu, Jan-03-2019, 03:42:18 PM   #1
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Default Valve Adjustments - NC Triangle

I am looking for any members that are local and perform valve adjustments or know if an independent shop that does it for a reasonable rate. I had them done about 30k ago by Dafoe and he did an excellent job but is 5 hours away. I have been compiling quotes from a couple of indy's and the cost range is anywhere from $1,100 to $1,250 being the highest.

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Do those prices include parts and labor? Or just labor?
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Old Thu, Jan-03-2019, 04:53:18 PM   #3
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I'd drive to you for those prices
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Default Re: Valve Adjustments - NC Triangle

What about DIY?

You only need the shim tool, wiseco shims, and a feeler gauge plus a new valve cover gasket. And maybe micrometer.

Shouldnít take more than a couple of hours.




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Default Re: Valve Adjustments - NC Triangle

Those numbers seem quite high.
Even here in Toronto - valve adjustments are less than $500.00
What do you guys normally see for pricing in the US?
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Wow I need to get into the business of valve adjustments for those prices

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I'd drive to you for those prices
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Do those prices include parts and labor? Or just labor?
Parts & Labor for all quotes. These quotes were all in the Raleigh area and at 2 shops which are very nice and capable but pricey.

I did find a shop in Charlotte and another in South Carolina that did them for $400 but still 3+ hours away...But looking like it's definitely worth the drive to save $600.
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What about DIY?
The thought crossed my mind, but I just don't feel comfortable enough doing it.
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The thought crossed my mind, but I just don't feel comfortable enough doing it.


Iíd have someone show you the next time itís done. Let you actually do the work under their supervision. There is very little that can go wrong. Maybe lose a shim but thatís easy to prevent.

The first time can be intimidating but once you do it, youíll feel much more comfortable the next time. These cars can be extremely expensive if you donít DIY as much as you can.


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. These cars can be extremely expensive if you donít DIY as much as you can.


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Oh I know! I try to do as much as I can, but engine internals aren't a risk I want to take at the moment. If I can find someone who can do it, and let me shadow, my opinion may change.
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