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Old 03-14-2007, 05:32 PM   #1
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Cylinder head resurfacing

Anyone ever have this done? Just wondering what a job like that would typically run, if anyone has any info, lemme hear it.

I'm pretty convinced that water coming out of my tailpipe ALL the time means I have a bad head gasket. Don't know how much sense that makes since the coolant hasn't gone low, but I've done pretty much everything else to the engine, and my problem hasn't gone away.
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Old 03-14-2007, 05:51 PM   #2
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is it just time for a rebuild dudesky?
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Old 03-14-2007, 06:01 PM   #3
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No rebuild. In 2yrs time, I'll be making more serious money, and plan on getting probably a 335i. So the rebuild wouldn't make much sense to me. I just wanna change out the gasket and get this running okay enough to last till then. Even the synchros are shot on 1st & 2nd gear, and I don't even wanna do anything about it.
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Old 03-14-2007, 06:26 PM   #4
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I had to do this on my E36

Sent my head to a machine shop and they refurbed it... costed me like ~ $200
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^^Did you remove the cams yourself? I read they're extremely fragile and can break easily.
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^^^Pelican parts cam removal DIY http://www.pelicanparts.com/BMW/tech...ft-removal.htm

not really that bad and you don't need the special tool.
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^^Did you remove the cams yourself? I read they're extremely fragile and can break easily.
Yeah, a friend and I did the all thing... and yes, MAJOR pain in the ass
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^^^ Yeah major pain in the ass sounds about right.
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^^^ No. But now I can read it.
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^^^Pelican parts cam removal DIY http://www.pelicanparts.com/BMW/tech...ft-removal.htm

not really that bad and you don't need the special tool.
Yea, but I still need the camshaft alignment tool, which is $150

Wow Rooz, I forgot about that thread. I might be PM'ing you when I get around to doing this.
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Old 03-14-2007, 09:23 PM   #12
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^^^ Oh yeah. crap.
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Old 03-15-2007, 05:31 AM   #13
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Well, I'll wait till the head is off to buy that tool. Or not. I work in a machine shop, and it should be easy enough to make one. Looking at it, I think there are simpler ways to hold the cams, but I gotta have the head & cams in front of me to figure out why they designed the tool that way. Hopefully my head is still flat and no cracks, that way I can keep the cams on and not have to get it resurfaced. What sucks is knowing we have machinery to do this at work, but they're not set up for precision work at such close tolerances like this.

Then there's the head bolt socket tool, which Pelican is charging 52 bucks for- nothing but a thin shaft Torx socket. Anyone know where I can rent or borrow one from?

Anyway, I still have to do compression & leak down tests to confirm my suspicions, maybe this weekend.
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Old 03-16-2007, 03:37 PM   #14
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Call off the dogs, problem solved . .

http://www.unitedbimmer.com/forums/e...-1221-a-2.html

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Old 03-16-2007, 11:26 PM   #15
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Call off the dogs, problem solved . .

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Haha. lol.
funny stuff. i love it when driving your car hard is the fix (the best fix IMO)

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