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    Hydraulic lifter change

    Evening guys,

    My mate has a H reg 318i touring with lifters that sound like they belong in a tank! He flushed the engine etc and they dont sound any better.

    He's asked me to change them this weekend and has bought new ones, are they simple enough to do on the m40?
    looking at the new ones it dosent look like I have to take the cam out, never worked on a m40 before so not very familliar with them.

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    It has been moons since I played with a M40, you may be able to remove them in situ with a valve spring compressor tool, pull the followers out then pull out the hydraulic tensioners. Otherwise slacken the cambelt tension(replace belt if time is due) and then remove the camshaft.

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    Check the cam. It's never the lifters on a m40 lump, the cams wear like fuck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve View Post
    Check the cam. It's never the lifters on a m40 lump, the cams wear like fuck.
    Oh yeah the followers do as well, the spray bar gets blocked from infrequent oil changes doesn't it,

    Told you it had been ages since I have played with one,
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    Cheers guys, I decided to take the cam out, when I took the rocker cover off it was bone dry in there the cam lobes were badly warn and the spray bar was blocked right up,so thought it best to do the full monty really.
    cleaned everything up with petrol, the cam bearings wernt scored too much,but the lifters were fooked and slack in their holes, but we decided to carry on and put the new ones in and see how it went, new lifters fitted nice and tight in the holes, new dizzy cap and arm new plugs and its as quiet as a church mouse now
    Hopefully it will be fine now, time will tell
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    Job done. I would deffo be looking at fitting a cam in the future though especially if they are keeping the car.
    Did you clean out the spray bar?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve View Post
    Job done. I would deffo be looking at fitting a cam in the future though especially if they are keeping the car.
    Did you clean out the spray bar?
    Yes Steve, I soaked it in petrol while I was doing the rest of the work then gave it a good clean, makes it easier that it breaks down into 3 peices
    I think he wants to drop a 6 pot in there at some point, worthwhile as its a mint shell, just got a crap engine and crap seats, he keeps looking for a 325i touring with a rotted out body to do the swaps
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    No pictures?

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    Tbh mate I was going to do some, but I did the work in his drive during a thunder storm and just wanted it to end we had a gazzebo thing over us but wernt very dry when we were done.
    When he gets the 325 for the swap I will be doing the work for him so may make a project thread
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    No worries mate, will be good to see the engine swap
    Why is he going for 325 and not E36 328? To much wiring?

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