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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 01-14-2013, 04:10 PM
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Exclamation M52 328I Camshaft Timing Please Help !

Hello I recently replaced a head gasket and now im having issues with the timing of the camshafts. I see that there is these 2 dots on the back of both of these cams. But I am wondering how to time them correctly? I recently read on another forum that it has to be at a 45 degree angle and on one of my manuals it says I need a special tool because they need to be facing upwards.. someone help, I would really appreciate it. Also if you need me to take photo's I can upload them and show you what I mean.. but anyways thanks
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Old 01-14-2013, 04:39 PM
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you need the timing tool as the cams are machined to spec. these are not easily timed without the tool, and the tool saves a lot of time.



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Old 01-14-2013, 06:50 PM
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Yeah thanks for the info, really appreciate it! But as I was torquing down the bearings to the camshaft A3 bearing that holds the camshaft snapped, what i mean is that the the screw where the nut is suppose to go just snapped! I was really sad and about to cry.. is there anyway I can take out that screw to where the bolt goes to hold down the camshafts..? Or am i going to have to go to the junk yard and find a new/used head, let me know! thanks
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Old 01-14-2013, 07:15 PM
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how in the world did you manage to do *that*??


are you using a torque wrench??



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Old 01-14-2013, 07:31 PM
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Yes I was using a torque wrench, I set it to 9ft/lb and as i was waiting for the click to tell me its torqued, it just suddenly snapped
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Old 01-17-2013, 08:58 AM
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Dude I'm sorry to hear that.

This is the place most people start for headgasket replacement and everything that goes along with it (including camshaft removal and replacement).
http://www.pelicanparts.com/bmw/tech...ead-Gasket.htm

I hope you can use an drill extractor to get the snapped bolt out of the hole. Otherwise you're looking at a new head
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Old 01-17-2013, 10:19 AM
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7 - 9 lbs is hand tight. Don't use a torque wrench, especially when doing valve cover gasket replacements.
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