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Old 07-16-2003, 10:40 AM
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Question for Randy Forbes

Randy:

I was in the process of getting quotes for valve adjustment for my car, (which according to my maintenance booklet, is part of Inspection 1.), I was surprised to find out that the valves for the S54 engine do not need adjustment, ( something to do with something being hydraulic ?)

I read that you had yours done with the '01 roadster, and was told that they were in good shape, and that no adjustments were neccessary.

So could it be true that the valves really don't need to be adjusted?

I know Inspection 1 is a 'freebie' if I bring it to a dealer, but I would rather pay for it with a good independent.

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Old 07-16-2003, 01:33 PM
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First off, I'm sorry that you have to forego your free service and use an independent mechanic. If you're ever near enough to Toldeo, I highly recommend Yark, "A Five Star BMW Service Facility"

Yes, the S-54 has solid lifters that will require periodic adjustment. Someone I know with an E-46 M3 said that his were still within spec at 29,XXX miles (Ann Arbor, Michigan dealership). So it just depends...

The S-52 (as well as most other recent models) use hydraulic lifters.
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Old 07-16-2003, 05:42 PM
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Thanks for the good info, Randy. This is one of the reason that I prefer good independent mechanics, since it was a dealer mechanic who told me that we have hydraulic lifters in our S-54s.

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The Inspection 1 is more of a check valves and adjust as necessary. It will be hard to give a firm number for that since it will depend on how many shims need to be replaced. Both time and parts.

Was it a dealer mechanic or a service writer?

I have had several instances of service writers giving me trouble, then when I insist on a mechanic getting onvolved, they say, yep, just write it up and we will handle it.

This included seat belt retractors and seat rocking problems on the Roadster.
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Old 07-17-2003, 01:26 PM
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The Inspection 1 is more of a check valves and adjust as necessary. It will be hard to give a firm number for that since it will depend on how many shims need to be replaced. Both time and parts.

Was it a dealer mechanic or a service writer?

I have had several instances of service writers giving me trouble, then when I insist on a mechanic getting onvolved, they say, yep, just write it up and we will handle it.

This included seat belt retractors and seat rocking problems on the Roadster.
Pinecone:

Yeah it was a dealer mechanic, but he might have thought I was talking about the S52. :>)

You are right on about the number of shims needed scenario, that's exactly how the independent I talked to described to me this morning, that's why he couldn't give me a firm quote, just a range. With this guy, I know I will be getting honest work.

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Old 07-18-2003, 09:35 AM
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Pinecone:

Yeah it was a dealer mechanic, but he might have thought I was talking about the S52. :>)

You are right on about the number of shims needed scenario, that's exactly how the independent I talked to described to me this morning, that's why he couldn't give me a firm quote, just a range. With this guy, I know I will be getting honest work.

Cheers,

Eric
Sounds like you have a good guy there.
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Sounds like you have a good guy there.
I think so, Pinecone. :>)
Hehe, like they say. If you chance upon a good woman....etc.
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