View Full Version : hick up , spit sputter,,,,,shit!

06-28-2006, 10:50 PM
so yea finally got all the **** to burn off of the headers from where it had been sitting for so long. been sitting for about 8 months. first thing before i even drove the car around the block i dropped the old oil and put new mobil in it,along with filter and took the k&n filter of and cleaned and reoiled it... so yea i took it out and drove it , no dripping leaks as far as i can tell, the rear main seal had some gunk on it .... so yea.... new subject , the hood wont snap shut and the the hood latch lever is completely not attach (lever in the car) and the only thing that would resemble a hood latch cable is a thin 1 starnd piece of metal, so i need a new cable and latch !!!!!!! also the main reason i am even writing this is what should i look for when making sure every thing is copesetic...... like what should i look for or try to make sure has been done..

car has 130k miles.

valve train noise is excessivly loud(lots of ticking) does this car have a cam chain or belts??

car spitts and sputters when under a load but revs up fine.. but at ide you can hear what sounds like a cylinder is miss firing(every 5 seconds you hear a gurgle pop) hollow sound, with the car having gas in it for almost 8 months , the gas is most likely bad well i would say it is definatly bad.... due to the fact that jet skis that sit for 9 months wont start for **** if gas is left in them with out stabilizer... ao i guess im going to go aheas and add gas and some vp u4 to pep up the **** thats in there and change the fuel filter and put new plugs in it. this should hopefully take car of the mis firing bog popo syndrom... correct me if ive missed anything please.....

06-29-2006, 12:35 AM
There's a small hole on the drivers side near the headlights I believe that'll allow you to open the hood without a latch. Jordan apparently didn't use one on his e30.

06-29-2006, 01:10 AM
It sounded to me like his hood is stuck open.. Behind the driver's highbeam is the latch mechanism. From the front of the car, to the left of the highbeam are two 10mm bolts. Remove them, remove the latch assbly and fix it from there. Usually its just gummed, so give it the dubyadeefortee.

Bad gas sucks for sure, but also check for any obvious vacuum leaks from cracked lines, and bad plugs wires by visually inspecting and testing with an ohmmeter.


06-29-2006, 01:45 AM
yes its stuck open , like i push it down to lock. and it just bounces back up! but i will definatley let you guys know how it keeps progressing, what about valve clearance is that clackty noise usually attributed to loose valves(thought hydraulic adjusters would keep it pretty regulated) or timimng chain????? heres pics either way!

thanks guys:)

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07-01-2006, 07:22 PM
its the lach,....its jamed in to open position, it happend to me.....pull it out-up some wd40 on it, play with it to get the gress moving and tose it back in. i should work fine after that!!

07-01-2006, 07:29 PM
u will always here a clicking sound from a m20....or basicly from most BMW motors for that matter, its just the rockers and so on, if its not to loud, u got no worries, But it dosent hert to get it checked out by a mechanic, but go to someone who works on BMWs. i lernt that the hard way, Now i only go to a mechanic who is BMW certified, and know that he has a large amount of BMW customers! that was before i built my stroker.....now im my own mechanic.... and never had no porblems yet!!!!! *drink*

07-02-2006, 11:26 AM
dirty: thanks so much dude on giving me the answers i needed, i appreciate it greatly.

, i did a compression test and all cylinders are good, i know it needs a new timing belt , and as far as the top end goes i want to build my motor sooooooo bad, but its only 4 days old now in my possession so i'll give it a month or two then the motor is catching a swift ax kick to the head*uzi* i also replaced the spark plugs and fuel filter and drain the gas out of the tank and put new gas in , oil and filter change and cleaned the k&n now it purzzzzzzzzzz like a kitty!!!!!!!!!!

07-02-2006, 03:16 PM
sounds great.. don't put off the timing belt.. count on changing the timing belt, water pump, timing belt tensioner and rad fluid all at the same time. also you'll be taking off the fan / fan clutch, so you will have to correct any probs you find there..

many a broken timing belt have ended an e30's life.. :(