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Old 01-06-2009, 04:17 PM
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Question Z4MC: how long to adjust valves?

Dropped my car off for Inspection I this morning and to address one other issue. Just got a call from the SA to let me know that they'd be done with it late tomorrow. Reason? "Adjusting the valves is a 6 hour job."

I've never gotten dirty inside an S54; is this true?
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Old 01-06-2009, 04:30 PM
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No, it might be billed 6 hours, but especially on a z4 it's not, remove valve cover, check, change shims if needed, rotate engine, check, change shims if needed, replace valve cover. Don't even have to hassle with the cowling in our car like the e46.

They do however, have to let the car cool off, preferably in the bay, so they probably leave ot over night and do it first thing in the morning.
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What were the issue(s)/indicator(s) that the valves needed adjustment?
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Wink How about three hours

Might take six hours for a do-it-yourselfer like me but shouldn't take a trained dealer tech more than three hours
http://m3forum.net/m3forum/showpost....&postcount=124
Be sure they provide you with a list of before and after adjustment valve clearances.
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Old 01-06-2009, 07:15 PM
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What were the issue(s)/indicator(s) that the valves needed adjustment?
It's a standard part of Inspection I/II to check and adjust as necessary.

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Might take six hours for a do-it-yourselfer like me but shouldn't take a trained dealer tech more than three hours
http://m3forum.net/m3forum/showpost....&postcount=124
Be sure they provide you with a list of before and after adjustment valve clearances.
Thanks for the info Jim. I will call them in the AM to make sure they get me that list.
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It's a standard part of Inspection I/II to check and adjust as necessary.



Thanks for the info Jim. I will call them in the AM to make sure they get me that list.
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Z3 S54 valve check: http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...t=valve+adjust

This is my first valva adjust / check with Randy's chart.

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Dropped my car off for Inspection I this morning and to address one other issue. Just got a call from the SA to let me know that they'd be done with it late tomorrow. Reason? "Adjusting the valves is a 6 hour job."

I've never gotten dirty inside an S54; is this true?
If it's still eight units per hour around 4.5 hours.



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Dropped my car off for Inspection I this morning and to address one other issue. Just got a call from the SA to let me know that they'd be done with it late tomorrow. Reason? "Adjusting the valves is a 6 hour job."

I've never gotten dirty inside an S54; is this true?
Some tool info if you decide to do it.

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Old 01-07-2009, 09:51 AM
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Thank you, Ron!
See what part numbers are on the invoice.
Gasket, sealing rings and maybe some adjusting plates.
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Talked to the tech; he didn't keep a list, but he found 2 tight valves and one loose one. One of the shims he pulled out was able to be used at one of the other valves.

Parts related to valve adjustment:
1x 11-34-7-832-286 Adjusting plate
1x 11-34-7-832-283 Adjusting plate
1x 11-12-7-832-034 Profile-gasket
6x 11-12-7-831-271 Profile-gasket

They also correctly filled the engine oil for the first time since I've had the car.

Car and owner are happy.
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Talked to the tech; he didn't keep a list, but he found 2 tight valves and one loose one. One of the shims he pulled out was able to be used at one of the other valves.

Parts related to valve adjustment:
1x 11-34-7-832-286 Adjusting plate
1x 11-34-7-832-283 Adjusting plate
1x 11-12-7-832-034 Profile-gasket
6x 11-12-7-831-271 Profile-gasket

They also correctly filled the engine oil for the first time since I've had the car.

Car and owner are happy.
Good.
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Old 01-08-2009, 09:25 AM
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Talked to the tech; he didn't keep a list, but he found 2 tight valves and one loose one. One of the shims he pulled out was able to be used at one of the other valves.

Parts related to valve adjustment:
1x 11-34-7-832-286 Adjusting plate
1x 11-34-7-832-283 Adjusting plate
1x 11-12-7-832-034 Profile-gasket
6x 11-12-7-831-271 Profile-gasket

They also correctly filled the engine oil for the first time since I've had the car.

Car and owner are happy.
Tight vales
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