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Old 03-20-2014, 11:12 AM
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Z3 1.9L 1998 Cylinder head gasket replacement

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I'm new to this site and have just bought a 1998 1.9L Z3 with a blown head gasket.
I'm sure there must be a comprehensive answer as to how to remove head and replace gasket but there are so many postings on the this forum I can't find a suitable one.
Can anybody point me in the right direction?
I have replaced head gaskets on other cars but this is my first BMW and I don't have a workshop manual.
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Old 03-20-2014, 11:16 AM
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Old 03-21-2014, 06:42 PM
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Old 03-22-2014, 02:24 AM
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1.9L Z3 cylinder head gasket replacement

Many thanks for the replies. I guess I need to get a cam locking kit before I get cracking.....
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Old 03-30-2014, 02:55 PM
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Originally Posted by barrygadd2003 View Post
Hi,
I'm new to this site and have just bought a 1998 1.9L Z3 with a blown head gasket.
I'm sure there must be a comprehensive answer as to how to remove head and replace gasket but there are so many postings on the this forum I can't find a suitable one.
Can anybody point me in the right direction?
I have replaced head gaskets on other cars but this is my first BMW and I don't have a workshop manual.
I personally wouldn't touch anything under the Z3 hood without a repair manual. I bought a Haynes manual for BMW 3-Series 1992 - 1998 that includes Z3 models on an eBay store for about $15 U.S. It appears to be thorough and includes step by step procedures for cam positioning and cautions and other info like tightening sequences and torque values.
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Old 03-30-2014, 05:48 PM
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Good to see you have replaced head gaskets before. Before you replace it - take the head to a machine shop and make sure it is not warped. If it is, it'll cost you a little more to fix but at least you'll only do the job once. Good luck.
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