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Old 06-26-2020, 05:51 PM
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N20 N26 Timing Chain DIY

Looks like FCP Euro uploaded the full DIY for timing chain and oil pump drive for the N20/N26 motors. Not sure if any of you were interested or not but you'll get the scoop on what needs to be done to remove and replace. I'll follow this when I'm ready to do this job on the Z.



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WoW quite a job. I do a lot of DIY but not so sure I would want to tackle that. Well maybe if I had a couple of days LOL. Still going to cost $2k for parts and tools.
If the lawsuit that is in progress turns out negative then will have to decide. 47K miles on the meter. Currently N20 2014 428i April 2014 build date. So I have 10
months left with the extended 7 year 70k miles warranty.

Thanks for the post Charlesberry !!

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It's pretty good DIY. See, thing is, after you do engine swaps and do some pretty invasive transmission work, you can do anything. I also have my backup car in case something goes sideways.
We have a great little shop to work in, we have a lift, shop air, heck, even a fridge with cold beverages and a coffee pot. My wife usually provides food. Friends come over, we do maintenance and repair, and if someone gets stuck for some reason, I throw them the keys to the truck.

I figure about a grand in parts and tools. I'll do this myself when it's time. I have an N20 in a Z4 but it only has 9k miles.
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It's pretty good DIY. See, thing is, after you do engine swaps and do some pretty invasive transmission work, you can do anything. I also have my backup car in case something goes sideways.
We have a great little shop to work in, we have a lift, shop air, heck, even a fridge with cold beverages and a coffee pot. My wife usually provides food. Friends come over, we do maintenance and repair, and if someone gets stuck for some reason, I throw them the keys to the truck.

I figure about a grand in parts and tools. I'll do this myself when it's time. I have an N20 in a Z4 but it only has 9k miles.
Well you see then if I had a lift like you do I would do it in a heart beat. Nice having a wife that will cook for you and the guys too

I have a Euro Indy here in my home town that quoted the job at $2200.

If I could save myself $1200 I could buy the M Sport bumpers and side skirts I want.
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Good stuff! If BMWNA does not issue recall/extended warranty to 15 years/150000 miles, fcpeuro DIY will be useful!
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Love FCP Euro. Their site is so much easier to navigate than others it seems and I like the idea of the lifetime replacement thing on some of the wear parts. Only used it once in many years and who knows how many orders, but the one time I used it it worked as advertised which was a pleasant surprise.

About this DIY, interesting to watch, but it's beyond what I would attempt. Hopefully it falls under same category as the valve stem seals on my N62 equipped 650i: Glad the info is out there, but after eleven years of owning that car there is a leaky N62 engine BMW rainy day fund at the ready when the time comes. I've learned not to panic about these apocalyptic types of repair. I just change my oil, maintain everything else at reasonable intervals, and stash some cash away for potential repairs. After 10 or more BMW's and 3 MINI's in the past quarter century, the fund is healthy and practically untouched. Many condo HOA reserve accounts (same principle when done correctly) would be envious.
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