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Old 08-10-2010, 09:22 AM   #16
14 Years with the E30
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Jesus this could be a valve or a valve seal. 200 - 300 for the headgasket, related gaskets and valve seals. Tensioner belt and water pump as well. Could be carbon buildup on the exhaust valve seat. Get the head cleaned and checked.

Could be the rings, probably just the compression ring, sometimes the little spring gets all gummed up. Rings will cost you more but could be done for $500 I'd get new connecting rod bearings at the same time.

Did you do the test 2 times?

You can perhaps try an additive that may help free a ring that is sticking. Can anyone comment on a sea foam?

Performance one step at a time.

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Old 08-10-2010, 12:38 PM   #17
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i am in the process of hooking everything back up right now so i can start it up and retest. i totally agree with doing it again. i want to make sure something is wrong before i give up. I tried to start it, could hear starter selenoid clicking but that was it. i am going to remove starter and get it tested. After that i will test it again. If it turns out to be good i will put it in, i have my fingers crossed . Ya new2bmw does seem outdated now lol
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Old 08-10-2010, 01:20 PM   #18
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