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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 Tue, Apr-20-2004, 02:37:34 PM   #1
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Thumbs up Spark Plugs - Definite DIY!!

Did spark plugs yesterday afternoon when it was 90 degrees and absolutely beautiful here in Northern VA . No problems at all. Had to put a little bit of muscle into them to break them loose (don't think they were installed with never seize), but that was the only "issue". Old ones were worn, but worn evenly and were that beautiful golden brown color they should have been.

Anyone needs any tips/help with this DIY, feel free to post in this thread or PM me. I'll be glad to offer any assistance.

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Yeah, I have to do mine, and my fuel filter. Hehe.

Heres a tip though, do your plugs when the engine is cold. That way you have less of a chance to damage the threads on the block.

It was nice out yesterday, I was outside for about 10 hours at work lol! Got a nice sunburn from it. :P
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Yeah, I have to do mine, and my fuel filter.
Fuel filter is the last thing on my "tune up" list to do. From what I hear, it's not too bad. Anyone have input on this?

So far the "tune up" has included - new airfilter, cabin filter, oil change, and plugs, all for well under $100 in parts. I'd love to support your employeer, but not at the prices they charge

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Heres a tip though, do your plugs when the engine is cold. That way you have less of a chance to damage the threads on the block.
Good tip! I was already aware of this before I did mine, but definitely something others should be aware of, too. And ALWAYS coat just the threads of the spark plug with anti-seize. Makes removal the next time a breeze!!

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It was nice out yesterday, I was outside for about 10 hours at work lol! Got a nice sunburn from it. :P
I flexed my hours at work this week so I had yesterday off. Man am I glad I did that as it was a great day and the rest of the week here in Northern VA looks to be crappy . Oh well, good excuse for more garage time on the other cars

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Fuel filter is the last thing on my "tune up" list to do. From what I hear, it's not too bad. Anyone have input on this?

So far the "tune up" has included - new airfilter, cabin filter, oil change, and plugs, all for well under $100 in parts. I'd love to support your employeer, but not at the prices they charge



Good tip! I was already aware of this before I did mine, but definitely something others should be aware of, too. And ALWAYS coat just the threads of the spark plug with anti-seize. Makes removal the next time a breeze!!



I flexed my hours at work this week so I had yesterday off. Man am I glad I did that as it was a great day and the rest of the week here in Northern VA looks to be crappy . Oh well, good excuse for more garage time on the other cars

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The fuel filter is easy to do. Its just annoying cause gas gets everywhere! And sometimes, if you don't position a lift right it gets in the way of that cover under there :P
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K i'm bout to hit 90K..Want to do a tune up..What should I change?
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I would do plugs, all filters (air, cabin, fuel, oil), coolant flush (don't forget the WaterWetter), a bottle of Chevron Techtron fuel system cleaner (do NOT use anything else, it is crap...this is the original and the best).

If you are ambitious, belt(s) and H2O pump to be safe.

That's all I can think of.

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I changed the fuel filter in my '98 last weekend, and it wasn't tough at all. The thing that surprised me the most was the size of the filter... those Germans take their fuel filtering very seriously.

You can try to depressurize the fuel system by removing the fuel cap and pulling the fuse for the fuel pump, then keep trying to start the car until you don't get any more pops. But even after doing that I still got a nice spray out of the filter when I pulled the first hose off. Wear eye protection and think about where you are aiming when you yank the hose off.

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K.. I need sites that help me out with this. I Just changed my coolant. And I have Par intake. So basically i just need to change plugs and filters(cabin, fuel and of course oil) and I have a noice from what i believe is the water pump so that might get changed with the belt. I just need to find out whats the easiest way to do this and how to do it.
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what spark pugs did you use.
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what do u mean..I havent changed the plugs yet..Which ones should i use?
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