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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 03-02-2012, 08:22 PM
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I wish you were closer. I'd so hire you to fix some of this crap on Elvira. I don't have the time or the knees to do it myself.

Subscribed, CJ. I'm excited for you.
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Those are mostly good problems Cj, replace the knock sensors while they're easy, same thing with the slave and rear main seal.

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Old 03-03-2012, 06:51 AM
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But knock sensors are expensive, and the rear main seal will set me back a few days.
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Old 03-03-2012, 07:02 AM
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Well, even Rock Auto has 'em for $72.

http://www.data.bmrparts.com/bmwpart..._the_same.html

Try calling Bav Auto for their prices?
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Old 03-03-2012, 07:18 AM
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I mean, even $72 is a lot to spend when there are two knock sensors already on the S52 that are probably fine... I could just splice em in.
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Old 03-03-2012, 07:20 AM
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Very true. I'd go with what you already have.
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Old 03-03-2012, 07:25 AM
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Yep.

Good idea to weld the oil pump nut onto the threads? Like just a little tack. My welder is already out.
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If you have the engine already out with no oil, there's no harm at all in welding that nut. The oil pan gaskets are reasonably cheap aren't they?
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Yeah, I picked an oil pan gasket up yesterday. Gonna go do that now.
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Yeah, I picked an oil pan gasket up yesterday. Gonna go do that now.
With 180k on this S52 I would replace all the gasket and seals, this includes head gasket and bolts. It is very critical to inspect the head for cracks, it could been overheated at one point in time in its lifetime, sometimes engine will run fine and not hot even with cracked head depends where it cracked.
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But knock sensors are expensive, and the rear main seal will set me back a few days.
Get m42 knock sensors then cut and splice connectors. That's how I did em from the sensor I got off you
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Idk man, for the people who had problems here recently I'd try to get some new knock sensors.

Do vcg, opg, and oil filter housing gasket while it's easy. Plus the rear main seal.

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With 180k on this S52 I would replace all the gasket and seals, this includes head gasket and bolts. It is very critical to inspect the head for cracks, it could been overheated at one point in time in its lifetime, sometimes engine will run fine and not hot even with cracked head depends where it cracked.
When I bolt up the transmission and starter, I'll do a compression test and see if the headgasket is bad. If I had the tools and time I would just do it now, but I don't.
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Get m42 knock sensors then cut and splice connectors. That's how I did em from the sensor I got off you
I'm not gonna get M42 ones, I have the S52 ones still bolted on there...

I've got a spare S52 block. It threw a piston, but looks good as far as I can see. Kinda want to make a table out of it... Just don't have anywhere to put said table.
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Idk man, for the people who had problems here recently I'd try to get some new knock sensors.

Do vcg, opg, and oil filter housing gasket while it's easy. Plus the rear main seal.

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Good call on the filter housing gasket. I forgot that one. Gonna do the others, too.

I'm gonna be a cheapass on the knock sensors, though. I've got time on my hands, I can replace them if they go bad.
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I've got a spare S52 block. It threw a piston, but looks good as far as I can see. Kinda want to make a table out of it... Just don't have anywhere to put said table.
I gotta keep my eyes out for a local and blown M/S50/2 for free or uber cheap for exactly that purpose. My next place is going to have an extra room that will be Joey's Mancave where I'll be allowed to have an engine table.
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When I bolt up the transmission and starter, I'll do a compression test and see if the headgasket is bad. If I had the tools and time I would just do it now, but I don't.

I'm not gonna get M42 ones, I have the S52 ones still bolted on there...

I've got a spare S52 block. It threw a piston, but looks good as far as I can see. Kinda want to make a table out of it... Just don't have anywhere to put said table.

Good call on the filter housing gasket. I forgot that one. Gonna do the others, too.

I'm gonna be a cheapass on the knock sensors, though. I've got time on my hands, I can replace them if they go bad.
How's the crank?

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Matt, I'm pretty sure the block is good. No scoring that you can feel.
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How much? If you want to sell that is. Probably take it at Bimmerfest unless it's too heavy for the trunk.

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Can you not use the s52 harness? If you could then sensors would not need to be spliced
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Don't ghetto rig the knock sensors..... If you don't have the cash right now, just wait until you sell something, knock sensors on these motors are a high fail item....
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Can you not use the s52 harness? If you could then sensors would not need to be spliced
S52 harness is different.
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Don't ghetto rig the knock sensors..... If you don't have the cash right now, just wait until you sell something, knock sensors on these motors are a high fail item....
I'm not really ghetto-rigging it. Just splicing the wires. If I can save $70 I'll take it. I don't mind spending a saturday afternoon removing my intake manifold. I practically do that every weekend already.
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I dunno. $60?
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Welded up the oil pump nut. It's not a pretty weld, but it'll do the trick.



Also spliced on the OBDII coolant temp connector while lol'ing at Bimmerworld's $50 PnP adapter. It's not even hard, the wires are the same colors.



Cleaned up the oil pan and bolted in back on with a new gasket.



Another thing the DIY tells you that you need: $35 coolant pipe adapter. It's simple just to use the OBDII hard hose. I've just heard that you have to bend the pipe to the reservoir a bit. I don't even have to worry about that since I did the euro tank conversion. Another option would just be to hack off the hard hose about an inch down and clamp the OBDI hose.
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Thanks Alan!

I decided I'm gonna use my OBDI valve cover and get it powdercoated. But I can't decide between wrinkle red and wrinkle black. Black matches a little nicer, but it's a little plain, and that red is so sexy.







I would probably run it without the plastic cover.
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