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E30 (1982 - 1993)
God's Chariot. The E30 was produced primarily from 1982 through 1991. The cabriolet was the one exception which was produced through 1993.

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Old 04-04-2013, 10:44 AM
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Timing Belt help????

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I'm having a minor issue replacing my 1990 325is timing belt. Mind you I have performed this job before on my 1987 325i 4dr without any issues. However, as I got closer and closer to the timing belt on my 1990 E30 it appears the crankshaft pulley and the harmonic balancer are one solid unit . I was quite surprised when I removed the 22-mm bolts and the pulley to find the toothed timing wheel behind it. To make a long story short I cannot get it off to finalize the job?? Any suggestions or tips would be greatly appreciated.

As a side note, I purchased the 101 Performance Projects for you E30 and also attached a picture can you notice the difference?
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Old 04-04-2013, 11:52 AM
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Nylon hammer carefully applied. It's still a two-piece part. The toothed wheel is the crankshaft position sensor ring.
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Old 04-04-2013, 12:26 PM
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Excellent! I'm going to give this a shot thank you in advance.
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Old 04-04-2013, 01:35 PM
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Awesome!

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Nylon hammer carefully applied. It's still a two-piece part. The toothed wheel is the crankshaft position sensor ring.
Thank you it worked precisely!

However, I managed to find that the previous owner left the center bolt loose that turns the crank . I'm surprised this didn't change the timing of the vehicle or did it?? Please take a look at the picture I posted.

According the the book it looks okay, I may need to rent an air compressed deep socket to re secure the crankshaft bolt this is CRAZY!!!!! it looks like someone didn't know what they were doing.
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Old 04-04-2013, 01:37 PM
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Oh and I did put the engine in TDC notice the marks
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Old 04-04-2013, 07:47 PM
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that main bolt being loose wont cause major problems like out of timing, since there a key in the crank. to could however come loose while driving and cause more fun.

quick way to tighten it without air tools, put in tranny in 4/5th gear. chock all four wheels. torque bolt.
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Good idea on the center bolt, downhiller.
Scartissue27, did you turn the crank 2 full revs and then set the belt tensioner?
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