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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 04-16-2015, 10:18 AM
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M42 No start after head/profile gasket

Monday i did a head and profile gasket on my 92 M42/E36. after the rebild it staterd but knocked bad and barely stayed running. i took it as bad valve timing and readjusted the cams, I had to remove them due to not having the head bolt tool. i maked the location twice to help insure proper alignment. i turned to moter to TDC then clock wise about 90^ and instaled the cams and spockets as called for by BMW, My makes ligned up perfict. now i have a no start. I can smell gas in the exhaust and non in the intake. i put new fuel injection hose peices on. replaced about 15ft vacume hose and lost as to why this would happen. any tips or advice on what to do would be nice. Other wise anyone want a 318Is paper weight?
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Old 04-16-2015, 02:08 PM
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Do a compression test. My bet is you banged some valves on the first start-up.
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Old 04-19-2015, 01:56 PM
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sure enough about 50PSi on all but NO#, pulled the head back off and bent 6 of my intake valves. got new ones on order and and suggestions on an easy way to retime my valves?
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that sounds like a big round of bad luck.
how bad was the damage on all the pistons and maybe even the block walls?
how come the timing was off so bad?
did you turn by hand beforehand?
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Old 06-18-2015, 03:33 PM
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so i have been sitting on this projest for about 2 months, i did infact bent all the intake valves. took it as an opertonity to put in new exhaust valves as well. i have done a bit of researh on this and have one question about setting valve timing. The makes on the camshaft pullys need to be pointing up, is that in relation to the head or to the ground???
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Old 06-18-2015, 09:04 PM
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Up is up regardless.
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Issue is, its a slant 4. Up is not up.
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this is how they are supposed to sit:
Timing Marks
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My progress so far is everything is back together, and i have the timing set identical to the picture you provided, thanks. now i have an issue with my starter not wanting to engage. i have a replacement on order and will let you all know how things go when its all said and done.
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Did you pull the plugs and turn the engine by hand through a couple full rotations? If not, you should always do this as a check for interference or binding before you start a reworked top end or engine.
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make sure your little yellow black wire is not shorting on the starter, this prevents it from engaging.
I had a scorched starter wire and it was shorting on the starter, lifted it off about 3mm and it would crank.
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