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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 Thu, Mar-23-2017, 01:06:15 PM   #131
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I checked the timing after 2 crank rotations and it was spot on. Job Done! (Edd China Wheeler Dealers reference).

Getting the oil pan back on was the next task. Not easy. I had to re-drop the subframe, replace the steering guibo (because I was there) and put RTV on (4) spots of the block. Then hold the pan up while getting 2 bolts started. The hardest parts is getting the 4 bolts in below the driver side motor mount arm. "Really? You expect me to get 4 bolts in at that angle and torqued to a proper spec?" That took 45 mins alone but the rest went in fine. I used OE BMW gaskets and O-rings in this project. I'm guessing cheaper stuff might be fine but I may never know and I'd love to clean all that cosmoline off but that's a job for another day.

I hope to get the Valve Cover on tonight then leave the rest for next week or later. I'm going to ski Bridger Bowl in Montana over the weekend. It's faster to fly to Montana than it is to drive to Tahoe from the Bay Area. Tons of people in California with more to come until the next recession.
Nice work.

Crazy it takes longer to get to Tahoe. How are people affording to move to northern CA?

Enjoy MT - Been a great snow year.

ps. Edd is leaving Wheeler Dealers. Had a disagreement with producers over allowing product placement in shop. Nice display of character in this day and age. I hope he finds a new venue.
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Old Tue, Mar-28-2017, 06:42:02 PM   #132
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Thanks!
I managed to ski a blue-bird day at Bridger Bowl (15 miles from Bozeman, MT).

Apple, Google, Facebook, Oracle, Genentech, Chevron, Twitter... Those companies are pumping-out money like crazy. It's like they grow it on trees. You have to compete with those people when buying a house or car. When you see a new M3 or M4 rolling around, they probably did a heloc (home equity line of credit) to pull some money out of the house. Just pay it back later.

I had to watch the Edd China updates on YouTube about his departure. He has good reasons to leave.

I got up early this morning and put on engine belt, fan and airbox. Next is the swaybar and Xbrace. Then I can start putting in oil and coolant.
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Looks like a beautiful day.
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Old Wed, Mar-29-2017, 12:20:54 PM   #134
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I finished up last night. Poured in the coolant and Rotella T6. I use that sh*t on everything, motorcycles etc...

My guess is that it took 30 hours and $472. That includes research and fetching tools and parts. The $472 includes $100 on the engine support bar too. That's quite a bit considering the single gasket that was causing the problem was only $4 but I 'was-in-there' so I did a lot of other things. The leak appears to be gone for now but I'll know for certain over time.

I made 2 mistakes. First, I'm off 1 notch on the steering guibo. I REALLY don't want to drop the subframe just for that so I think I'll move the steering wheel 1 notch and see how that looks. I thought I marked the old one well but I was wrong.

Second, I had a check engine light with code P0101. The MAF was connected but the air hose under the ASC rubber elbow was not connected. The engine ran fine and the car warmed up fine, then the engine would just stop. I thought I was out of gas but that wasn't it. Plugging that 1" hose back fixed it immediately. After 30 hours, I guess 1 connection-miss isn't too bad. No extra nuts or bolts either.
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You won't need to drop the subframe to reposition the steering guibo, you should just be able to pull the rack down. Fwiw, when I replaced my steering rack and put in a new guibo I was off a tooth too. Alignment guy charged me an additional $50 to center it.


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Old Wed, Mar-29-2017, 04:06:33 PM   #136
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You won't need to drop the subframe to reposition the steering guibo, you should just be able to pull the rack down.
Thx! Why don't I just pull the steering wheel?
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That's what I did. After 4 failed attempts of adjusting at the giubo, I gave up and adjusted the steering wheel. No ill affects yet.
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Thx! Why don't I just pull the steering wheel?
I would think that since your rack won't be centered anymore in conjunction with your steering wheel, the next time you get an alignment and the rack is centered it would throw your steering wheel off.

Maybe someone more knowledgeable than me can chime in here, but that is how I thought of it and lead me to decide it was not a good idea to realign my steering wheel.
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Alignment guys usually center the steering wheel rather than the rack before they start measuring and adjusting. You will just have slightly more steering lock available in one direction than the other.
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If it's only 1 tooth off it won't affect anything because if the rack is centered and you remove and recenter the wheel then it remains the same. Now if the rack was off when the alignment was done then you'll have a different number of turns from lock to lock (how my old car was setup and had to be corrected)
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