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Slippery (Forum Supporter)
Slippery (Forum Supporter) UltraDork
8/18/20 12:52 p.m.

In reply to crankwalk (Forum Supporter) :

Long story short, took it to PBIR a "few" years ago and it drove pretty well for a car with a couple of worn bushings. On the way back, I stopped at a gas station and someone called me, I was outside of the car talking to them for half hour and the engine running ... the SPAL fan was off and it overheated. I dont know if it was because of the idling as it never overheated before or the track abuse. 

I limped it home 30 miles or so away, took me 3 hours to get home and at the end probably ignored a few extra stops. After checking all hoses and stuff a couple of days later I went to Autozone and rented one of those things you put on the radiator and it tells you whether combustion gases are making it into the coolant. It was positive. 

It sat ever since and I have driven it a mile or less on a bimonthly basis. 

In the meantime, I acquired this:

trumant (Forum Supporter)
trumant (Forum Supporter) Reader
8/18/20 12:56 p.m.

S54? Thinking of doing the ole swappy/swappy into the E36?

Slippery (Forum Supporter)
Slippery (Forum Supporter) UltraDork
8/19/20 7:09 p.m.
trumant (Forum Supporter) said:

S54? Thinking of doing the ole swappy/swappy into the E36?

Yes, S54 out of a 2002 e46 M3. 

I want to fix the head gasket first in order to get the most out of the S52 money wise. After its fixed and running I will swap in the S54. 

trumant (Forum Supporter)
trumant (Forum Supporter) Reader
8/19/20 8:57 p.m.

Looking forward to seeing how your progress goes on all fronts. I've got both a 96 E36 with the S52 and an 02 E46 M3 so certainly hoping to learn from your journey here.

Slippery (Forum Supporter)
Slippery (Forum Supporter) UltraDork
8/19/20 9:03 p.m.

In reply to trumant (Forum Supporter) :

I have been collecting all the needed parts in the last few years, worst case I also have an e46 to borrow parts from and test laugh

Turbine
Turbine Reader
8/19/20 10:08 p.m.

Nice! I've been prepping my car for an s54 swap for the last 3 years or so. I ordered some of the first swap parts today. Definitely watching this with interest

nsogiba
nsogiba New Reader
8/20/20 12:04 p.m.

Been fun following your journey with the car! Can't wait to see the S54 go in. 

Slippery (Forum Supporter)
Slippery (Forum Supporter) UltraDork
8/23/20 5:28 p.m.

indecision

Radiator emptied. No surprises here.

Slippery (Forum Supporter)
Slippery (Forum Supporter) UltraDork
8/23/20 8:07 p.m.

I put about 2.5 hrs today. Took it easy. 

Steps completed:

- Removed air box
- Remove ASC/Throttle body
- Remove beauty covers (valve cover, injector, intake)
- Drain coolant/oil mix from radiator
- Clean mess
- Remove radiator with electric fan as a unit
- Clean mess
- Flushed radiator
- Remove coils
- Remove wipers and cowl cover
- Remove fuel rail
- Remove Intake









Slippery (Forum Supporter)
Slippery (Forum Supporter) UltraDork
8/23/20 8:14 p.m.

Ended up with a somewhat organized garage, the only part missing in the picture below are the intake and wipers:



Off to cook dinner, depending on how I feel after dinner I will keep going and remove the exhaust manifold. Otherwise tomorrow it is as I am staying home to help my wife with the kids and the first day of school. 

FatMongo
FatMongo Reader
8/23/20 8:53 p.m.

Excellent thread. Its nice to be able to dive into a project when you're not under a time crunch and be able to do things in a stress free manner. 

Slippery (Forum Supporter)
Slippery (Forum Supporter) UltraDork
8/23/20 9:03 p.m.

In reply to FatMongo :

Its true that I was in no rush to get this fixed as it still run, but now that its apart I would like to get it back together as soon as possible. 

The longer I leave cars apart, the less chances they ever get put back together lol. 

wvumtnbkr
wvumtnbkr UberDork
8/23/20 9:11 p.m.
Slippery (Forum Supporter) said:

In reply to FatMongo :

Its true that I was in no rush to get this fixed as it still run, but now that its apart I would like to get it back together as soon as possible. 

The longer I leave cars apart, the less chances they ever get put back together lol. 

Troof!

Slippery (Forum Supporter)
Slippery (Forum Supporter) UltraDork
8/24/20 10:12 a.m.

4 off, 20 more to go. 

Slippery (Forum Supporter)
Slippery (Forum Supporter) UltraDork
8/24/20 10:25 a.m.

There is always one that ruins the party. 

Slippery (Forum Supporter)
Slippery (Forum Supporter) UltraDork
8/24/20 10:46 a.m.

Was a headstud. It was from the air pump piping laugh

Slippery (Forum Supporter)
Slippery (Forum Supporter) UltraDork
8/24/20 11:19 a.m.

Damnit, that stud still goes through the manifold. 

No big deal, all out and it pulls away from the head nicely. 

Once the air pump piping was off, removing the rest of the studs was a piece of cake. The S54 in the e46 was a total pita in comparison. 



Slippery (Forum Supporter)
Slippery (Forum Supporter) UltraDork
8/24/20 9:25 p.m.

Had to go to the office for a minute but when I returned I put a couple of more hours of work in. 

- Removed the valve cover
- Intake cam cover
- Found TDC on piston 1 (closest to radiator)

I then tried to lock the flywheel and the problems started.





Top dead center found:

Got my fancy tools that I acquired on Amazon out:

Found the hole to lock the flywheel just under the starter. Mine had a cap that is usually missing:



The cool cover proceded to explode as soon as I touched it and I had to fish all the remaing plastic carefully:



Went to install the pin and ... no luck. I tried everything that came to mind:

- Checking whether I was at TDC or not as the crank spins 2x per ever cam rev. No luck.
- Rocked the engine back and forth with a 22mm on the crank bolt. No luck. 
- Used various sized screwdrivers to feel the flywheel. No luck. 
- Spun the engine 720 degrees while feeling with a screwdriver. No luck. 

Finally I called Joe, the guy I bought the car from 8 years ago. He was amazed I had his phone number and happy I still had the car. 

Aftermarket lightnened flywheel was the answer. I guess they did not bothered putting the hole in. Doh. 

Ok, whatever its not going anywhere, I will just lock the cams. Make sure everything is where it should be and install the blocks on the cams:



Again, they will not line up no matter what. Cheap crappy tools are crappy. I should have bought the BMW tool.

You can see below the screw will not fit. I will machine the connecting piece tomorrow and once the head is off I will design/machine a proper tool. People should not be buying cheap crap like this when a quality US made part can be made for the same price or less. 



I just gave up for the night. 

Will get at it again tomorrow. 

Slippery (Forum Supporter)
Slippery (Forum Supporter) UltraDork
8/24/20 9:31 p.m.

BTW, if anyone knows the BMW part number for the factory tool please post it here. 

I have been trying to find it and all I see are cheap replicas like I have. 

edit. I think this might be the part number:

BMW 113240

trumant (Forum Supporter)
trumant (Forum Supporter) Reader
8/24/20 9:57 p.m.

Super frustrating I'm sure. May the tool gods smile on you.

Turbine
Turbine Reader
8/24/20 10:42 p.m.

I've had good luck with the Schwaben kit that ECSTuning sells. I've used it twice now with no issues for VANOS related things. 

Slippery (Forum Supporter)
Slippery (Forum Supporter) UltraDork
8/25/20 10:43 a.m.

In reply to Turbine :

I modified the one I had, I think it will work. 

I opened up the hole slightly and widened the slot. 


 

Slippery (Forum Supporter)
Slippery (Forum Supporter) UltraDork
8/26/20 8:50 p.m.

After modifying the piece twice, it now fits. But the exhaust cam is slightly off and the block is not flush to the head.



Either the chain is stretched or the Vanos off or no idea. The car run fine. 

I am taking the Vanos off. Wish me luck.

Slippery (Forum Supporter)
Slippery (Forum Supporter) UltraDork
8/26/20 9:41 p.m.

I was somewhat concerned with the tools not sitting flush against the head and decided to look for help:



Found it:



And now we are good. I used a 23mm btw.

Slippery (Forum Supporter)
Slippery (Forum Supporter) UltraDork
8/26/20 9:51 p.m.

VANOS removal:

- I used a 1/16 allen wrench to hold the secondary tensioner down





I then removed the following:
- 19mm oil supply line banjo bolt
- 19mm sprocket cover bolts (2x)
- 13mm bolts (2x)
- 10mm nuts (6x)
- E10 sprocket bolts *slightly loosen only!* (4x)

19mm blue
13mm yellow
10mm green
E10 Purple





Use the two openings on the front to loosen the 2 lower sprocket bolts. DO NOT remove them completely. These need to be loose in order to let the sprocket rotate and let the VANOS gear pull out as the gears are angled. 







Done for the night. 

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