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E36 (1991 - 1999)
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Old 08-03-2011, 12:47 PM
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Today I have started the Head removal on this 4 cylinder. Should have it off by the end of the day and I will post pictures as I go along.
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Old 08-03-2011, 12:56 PM
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Old 08-03-2011, 12:57 PM
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no 42 I wish it was a 44, if the motor is totally shot we may be doing a 6 implant...
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Old 08-08-2011, 06:59 AM
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Ok got the head off and found a nice crack at #2 cylinder from the water jacket to the exhaust valve So now got to find a new head....

I do have a ? Do the head bolts need to be replaced every time the head is pulled? And is Pelican Parts the best price for most parts like gasket sets?
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Old 08-08-2011, 10:18 AM
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thats the four vendors i usually look at. prices are all lowest on different products.
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Old 08-08-2011, 10:26 AM
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Most OEM (regardless of manufacturer) head bolts are torque-to-yield (one-time use only). I'm not 100% sure with BMW, though.
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Old 08-08-2011, 10:45 AM
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Old 08-08-2011, 11:31 AM
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Hey, thanks for your help...
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Old 08-08-2011, 11:38 AM
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The bolt set is cheap. $14.25 plus shipping.

http://www.pelicanparts.com/bmw/cata...pg7.htm#item39
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Old 08-08-2011, 12:37 PM
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Old 08-08-2011, 02:20 PM
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A tiny bit cheaper; $13.47 + shipping:

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So I went to the wrecking yard today there is a 318ti there and it has an m44 motor in it. I believe it's a 97 give or take a year or two. It has no oil in it because they drain it, I looked down into the spark plug holes and the tops of the pistons appear to be dirty(carbon on top of them) telling me there wasn't any head problem(cracked, blown, etc.). I don't know why it's in there. If I pull this thing will it work in place of the m42 in my car now and what else do I need to look at with these motors(problem stuff) to know if it's good or not? It does have an automatic in it. It has a plastic thermo. housing that's not broke or cracked. If I pull the head will it work on the m42 block?
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Old 08-09-2011, 02:10 PM
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I'm going to the yard tomorrow to pull that m44 out of the Ti it's in woooohoooo.....$75 for everything thats bolted to it.
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Old 08-11-2011, 02:32 PM
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Didn't get the M44, it's still in the car but while I was in the process of getting it out this kid (well he's a kid to me) came up to me and ask me why I was pulling the motor told him I have a cracked head on my car at home then he says well I got one thats in perfect condition told me $40 and its mine. His dad own's an automotive machine shop and he checked it out made sure it was flat no cracks and bam I'm almost ready to put this thing back together....
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Old 08-13-2011, 08:24 AM
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getting ready to tackle this myself on our 91 318,

have the gasket kit and all but didnt have bolts, i was raised up just reusing the old ones, mainly on small block chevys, the local dealer wanted 75 bucks for a set so i used the pelican link above, thanks for that, much cheaper,

hoping its just a head gasket but a buddy at work who races e30 M3's says he's got a head if i need one.
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Old 09-14-2011, 10:12 AM
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so the head that you got from the kid, was it an M44 or 42? Was just wondering if the heads are interchangeable. I have seen you post on my threads, so I guess I'll post on yours! I just picked up a complete M44 engine, needs a rear main seal and valve cover gasket. When I got to looking at it, was thinking about tearing it down, cleaning it up, get fresh bearings, ring and gaskets. Think I'll go that way, so hopefully it'll be good for another 200+k miles.
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Old 09-19-2011, 08:20 PM
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getting ready to tackle this myself on our 91 318,

have the gasket kit and all but didnt have bolts, i was raised up just reusing the old ones, mainly on small block chevys, the local dealer wanted 75 bucks for a set so i used the pelican link above, thanks for that, much cheaper,

hoping its just a head gasket but a buddy at work who races e30 M3's says he's got a head if i need one.
Good luck to you. I've got most of the parts now and have started slowly putting things back together. I haven't been able to get this back together as fast as I wanted, oh well. I took the whole interior out and did a very thorough cleaning detail looks almost new again. I will post pics when I'm farther along. In the mean time here's some new pics of some of the hardware I've painted before reassembly also added some pics I just took of the interior and motor.
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Old 09-19-2011, 08:27 PM
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Nice, looks like it's coming along.
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Old 09-21-2011, 01:06 PM
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Yeah, I really love how the intake plenum and valve cover came out. Looks fantastic, and should be easier to keep looking clean than the bare metal finish.
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This really makes me want to do this to my car.... But it will wait since everything is running great still.
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Old 09-22-2011, 12:03 PM
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Did you use a certain DIY or manual that you liked for the head removal? I'll be just removing the head on my M42 soon.
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Ok just about got it finished, Got a few little things left to do. Got a 1223 code so need to deal with that. Just got to put the interior back together and it will be done. Finally!!! Here's some pic's
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Old 11-20-2011, 09:39 PM
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Did you use a certain DIY or manual that you liked for the head removal? I'll be just removing the head on my M42 soon.
I used the Bentley manual. One thing I want to add is there is a one way valve that is in the block that was mentioned in a really good write up on on the 4 cylinder head removal, Not all of the 4's will have this part. Mine didn't the only reason the valve is there is a good one, to keep oil in the valve train for start up. It keeps it from draining back to the oil pan. I grew very concerned about this after I read this write up because I didn't see one when I replaced the head on my 318 and had already assembled it. I went to talk to a buddy of mine at the local BWM dealer he told me after some investigation that's what that part is for. It's in the Bentley manual and on realoem. Number 9 in the pic.

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Old 11-20-2011, 09:42 PM
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Nice! The engine looks super clean. I like the paint, too.

You better plug in that CPS, though. It won't run very well without that
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