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E36General discussion and technical help for (E36) 1992-1999 3 series cars. 318, 323, 325, 328.
Quick question to u mechanic guys out there. have a 93 325is. and my question is can you get to /see the lifters (and lifter passageways) by taking off the valve cover. I may be inspecting my lifters with a friend.
so i'd need to take off the valve cover then take out the cams?
is that a very hard process or not too bad?
I mean would their be any other "MAJOR" parts besides the valve cover to take off to get to the lifters
You'll have to remove the valve cover (easy) and the cams (difficult and dangerous if you don't know what your doing) to access the lifters. Cams are brittle, there is a good chance you can break them if your not using the BMW Camshaft removal tool (Which is expensive). Pelican parts offers a DIY on removing the Cams without the tool but you have to remove the head. What exactly do you want to do anyway?
I was going to check the lifters, my car makes a tick noise on the passenger side , whats weird tho is that is that u can hear it better from the bottom of the passenger side door near the engine, also I have ticking in the middle of the engine, where the 6 black thingies go to the engine, on the right side of the engine, near the air intake. my buddy who owns an M3 says his car ticks like that where it's old. im using 5w-30 oil which he said was WAY to thin, so im changing it today to 10w-40
he also said it could be my fuel injectors ticking cause he said if I had lifter tick I'd like Hear it more towards the left side of the engine. (if u were looking at the engine from the front of the car)
oh shit Im dumb I meant take the cover off to see the fuel injectors. like that black plastic thing, so i can locate which one is making the noise, that'd be alright with the engine running wouldnt it?
and if I were to take the cover off i'd need that sealant crap right?
this is true whiteshark about higher pressure. BUT i also rev the engine quite high and I still cant hear any ticking. now thats basically like driving, so if I revved it pretty damn high and I didnt hear any ticking (vanos knock i do hear and squeeky belts) but no tick? that'd be the same as driving wouldnt it?