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Old 08-25-2013, 07:17 PM
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need advice......

Does anyone sell a complete "kit" for replacing the chain guides? I have a 2000 740i.
I'm looking for a kit with all the gaskets, seals, guides, etc.
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Old 08-25-2013, 08:04 PM
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Call Max at oembimmerparts.

http://www.oembimmerparts.com/BMW_Ti...7kitoeme38.htm
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Old 08-26-2013, 06:10 AM
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ecstuning.com sells them as well...its a bit pricey, but it has EVERYTHING needed to do the job..

here is a link to it

http://www.ecstuning.com/BMW-E38-740...Engine/Timing/
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Old 08-26-2013, 11:33 AM
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Thanks for the info. I'll order them asap.
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Old 08-26-2013, 12:01 PM
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Is there a particular reason your doing this project. Its no small task but also not impossible either. I think the shops alot for 25 - 30 hours of work on this. If I recall what i read correctly...

There are tools required and what not for timing and such. Not to mention the jesus bolt holding the harmonic balancer on.

Ive pulled my engine out of my 97 740IL. Cause im replacing every gasket, oring and seal on this baby and putting her back together. Its a big project just to do the timing chain guides as everything must pretty much come off the front of the engine..

Just curious if your guides are failed, or the other tell tale signs have reared their ugly head....

lots of luck with your project...
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Old 08-26-2013, 01:22 PM
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The lower chain guide fell apart so I'm going to replace everything while I'm in there. I found the Baum tools Vanos timing tool kit for $450.
I wish someone in the Orlando area had a set that I could rent. Could save some cash.
The engine is a replacement that I bought for my 2000 740i. Its out of a 2001 740i and I only paid $500 for it so I want to make it perfect before I
put it in the car.
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Old 08-26-2013, 01:54 PM
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ahhhh gotcha....

check out these guys. they make their own tools. I was contemplating buying this set for 97 before the local indy shop offered to lend me theirs down here in west palm...

http://germanautosolutions.com/bmw_s..._cam_tools.php

scroll to the bottom. the complete set for vanos is 279.00

just a thought, i have no experience with the tools at all, but they arent made in china.. so thats a plus...

plus they give you detailed instructions on how to use the tools and how to set the timing correctly...
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Old 08-26-2013, 03:33 PM
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I'm going to order their "Professional" kit. It allows you to set one head at a time. I'm not in a hurry so that will work for me.
Thanks for the link.
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Old 08-26-2013, 03:53 PM
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Re: need advice......

Sounds good.glad i cld save u some money...

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Old 08-26-2013, 07:06 PM
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What are the tell tale signs timing chain guide/tensioner needs replacing?
I mean, how did you know the lower chain guide fell apart?
My 1999 740iL has 169K miles, and during moments of paranoia I could swear there are different ticking sounds that aren't right.
I let that paranoia get the better of me with my 1995 525i so I did a combustion chamber cleaning on it. Now I have a really clean engine inside and a shot catalytic converter gummed up with the carbon and cleaning solution that burned thru the engine.
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Old 08-26-2013, 07:14 PM
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Drop your oil pan and check for debris. Check the bolt on your oil pump to make sure they are tight if you do so. There was a problem with them working loose on earlier models but believe it was addressed by BMW for the facelift models.
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Old 08-27-2013, 02:48 AM
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If the E38 chain guide DIY is similar to the 540 E39, these may help:
- How to replace the timing chain tensioner and rail guide on the M62 (1) & on the M62TU (1) (2) (3) (4) (5)
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Old 09-13-2013, 02:41 PM
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Re: need advice......

Cleric.

Did u end up buying the kit from german autosolutions..i decided to buy it..got here really fast...i wss shocked at the quality of it..i went with the master kit..cant frign wait to do this timing now...

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