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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 04-15-2013, 10:52 AM
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No lol used the right amount but everyone is entitled to their own opinion...I need sum answers from people who have had this very same issue ..no offense
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Old 04-15-2013, 12:21 PM
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I have heard for years about Seafoam, and used it one time. It did not resolve the problem I had, so went back to my friend of many years, Marvel Mystery Oil. No mystery, cleans fuel system acts as upper cylinder lubricant and has maintained fuel injectors clean and effective for me since my first FI vehicle. And never had a problem with it ruining seals or anything else. My Wife's Chrysler with V-6 and FI was at 226,000 miles when we sold it. Used to dose it every 4th tank of gas. Belts, brakes, oil, coolant, etc and no other heartaches. It may be anecdotal, but its certainly been real to me.
FYI: it is now part of my maintenance for my '95 Saab V-6, my '95 325i Vert and my '95 740i..)

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Old 04-16-2013, 02:39 PM
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UPDATE.....
ok I let the car set a full day just checked the plugs and they are all wet but smell of only fuel...I have not started the car today at all
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Old 04-16-2013, 03:12 PM
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Many of us here have used Sea Foam and swear by it. It is pretty much the safest product of its kind to use, and is specifically advertised as not being harmful to engine seals. It is a petroleum based product with no chemical additives. If you had issues after using it, it was likely because the Sea Foam thinned out the sludge buildup inside your engine, not because it ate the seals.
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Old 04-16-2013, 07:00 PM
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Just for the record you don't NEED any specific tools to time the engine correctly it's highly recommended you use them, but you don't NEED them.

White smoke is normal after a head gasket job, change the oil and flush the cooling system. If the smoke continues after that then you should start to worry.

How severe is the bogging? It doesn't sound like a vanos issue. Double check all of your hoses and connections.
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Old 04-16-2013, 07:40 PM
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The engine starts ticking like it's the cam or somethin in the head then as I hive it more gas it gets faster and engine starts vibrating harshly and then dies...but starts back up in neutral and park and idles fine???? And my reservoir was to the top at the cap and I check it today too...it's nearly 1/4 left in there...maybe cracked block too??? I didn't see anything real obvious not even a hair line crack
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Old 04-16-2013, 09:46 PM
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The engine starts ticking like it's the cam or somethin in the head then as I hive it more gas it gets faster and engine starts vibrating harshly and then dies...but starts back up in neutral and park and idles fine???? And my reservoir was to the top at the cap and I check it today too...it's nearly 1/4 left in there...maybe cracked block too??? I didn't see anything real obvious not even a hair line crack
Did you change the oil after you replaced the head? The Coolant and oil should still be changed due to the fact that the head was cracked and fluids were getting mixed.

The ticking you hear is probably the fan. I doubt the block is cracked they are nearly bullet proof.

If you set the cams and crank at tdc and used the cam lock tool chances are its timed correctly. It doesn't sound to much like a vacuum leak but I would double check all of your vacuum lines to rule out that factor.
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Old 04-16-2013, 09:55 PM
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I changed the fluids and there was no mixture already removed the intake again just to make sure and it's not the fan it's the motor as if maybe the vanos isn't working right or its bad....? But everything worked fine before
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Old 04-16-2013, 09:57 PM
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The ticking gets worse...causing rough shaking and dies! Definitely not the fan
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Old 04-16-2013, 10:04 PM
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Try taking the valve cover off and turn the engine by hand to see if you can locate exactly where the sound is coming from.
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Old 04-16-2013, 10:06 PM
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There's no sound even in park when running just in gear
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Old 04-16-2013, 10:10 PM
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But I have to be moving n giving it gas idles fine in gear with break on its the taking off can really get over 10mph
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Old 04-16-2013, 10:10 PM
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Hmmm, if its in park and you give it gas up to about 4-5k rpms does it bog? The vanos works if its in gear or not.
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Old 04-16-2013, 10:13 PM
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Nope revs fine too
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Old 04-16-2013, 10:14 PM
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When I first started it up it did do it tho but not any more revs fine I think...lol what if it does ? I just remember revving it by hand not actually bein in the car
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Old 04-16-2013, 10:17 PM
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Nope revs fine too
It doesn't sound like the vanos to me, but don't rule that out as a factor. I think it's odd that it only bogs when you give it gas while its in gear.
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Old 04-16-2013, 10:19 PM
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Yeah me too...so what are the possibilities that we have?
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Old 04-16-2013, 10:21 PM
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If I can't figure it out then I'm goin to Dallas fort worth area and find a motor my motor has 183xxx but I'm sure the mechanic who started this post would like to find out also?
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Old 04-16-2013, 10:28 PM
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Yeah me too...so what are the possibilities that we have?
I would use the elimination factor. Check your air intake system, vacuum lines, fuel system, all of your hoses and electrical connections, find exactly what's making the ticking noise. You should come up with a conclusion from there. If you still have a problem come back and we will have a better understanding of what it might be.
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Old 04-28-2013, 12:00 AM
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Solved the ticking...either cam had clearance or out of time used the cam from original head I tired using the exhaust cam from a different head cuz it looked newer and smoother but runs fine now...think my block is crack :/ still white smoke
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Old 04-28-2013, 12:06 AM
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Also when I did the timing this time I did not use the locking pin"is not exactly top dead center it's about 1/8" -1/4" off with the head removed I out the crank top dead center then put the head on and kept the cams in place put the chains on and runs fine
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so wait,...you *were* out of time....hmmm...imagine that....of course, a vacuum guage would probably have alerted you to the issue had you used one....and, like ken, i cannot believe i missed this thread in the beginning....

seafoam is fine, and lucas as well. have used them both. not a fan of marvel as it is just a thicker viscosity product. the only oil product i have used with successand am happy with is cd-2.

however, i am not here to debate the benefits of one product over another....just to say there are no 'mechanic in a can' products that will *ever* take the place of routine maintenance..


that being said, if you continue to have a white smoke issue, use a block tester kit to check for the presence of co2 in the cooling system. the fluid will turn from blue to yellow. it's practically simpleton proof.


i'm going to go finish my coffee now, guys.

enjoy the rest of your day...





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Old 05-02-2013, 07:49 AM
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I think the block is cracked so I'm about to use k&w permanent metallic Block Seal head gasket repair says it stops leaks repairs gaskets and seals cracks...PERMANENTLY!
ANYONE EVER USED THIS?
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Then Wat should I do it only blows white smoke once it's warm now
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