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Regular maintenence schedule?

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  • Regular maintenence schedule?

    Is there a guide anywhere that lists the intervals that maintenence should be done at? Things like when the tranny fluid should be changed, when the O2 sensor should be changed, when the belts should be changed, when the timing chain should be changed. That type of stuff.

    Thanks
    1990 BMW M3
    1989 Porsche 951
    1988 Volvo 240DL

  • #2
    BMW

    The owner's manual has the basic BMW service intervals, like Inspection I and Inspection II etc.. You could go by that at the bare minimum. Of course, oil changes should be more frequent than the what the manual says.

    If you track the car or drive it, er, vigorously, then I would say brake fluid, tranny and diff fluid, should be changed 1-2 times a year. For an older car, like mine, "maintainance" includes rubber mounts of various types - engine, differential, a/c bracket, and so on.

    S14 specific stuff - intake gaskets, base idle/CO and TB sync - should be around every 15k miles, ASFAIK. Not sure about the O2 sensor . . .

    The timing chain is another issue altogether - most people say replace it when it makes noise or add an E36 or 750iL tensioner. If you've got time and $$$, replace it preventatively, even though it very, very rarely if ever, fails. FWIW, I've got 182,000 miles on my timing chain and guides and it only rattles on start-up 2/3 times a year.

    NICE 951 BTW!!

    Bryant

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    • #3
      for 318is but pretty similar

      http://www.bmwe30.net/cgi-bin/datacg...00006&Section=

      http://www.bimmerzone.com/inspection.htm
      Last edited by UK215M3; 03-18-2005, 02:55 AM.

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      • #4
        heres a thread that went over it before.

        http://www.s14.net/forums/showthread...&threadid=7247

        hope you find it help full

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        • #5
          Thanks guys. One question: what's the story with the valve adjustments?

          The short story about my car is that it was my father's baby, and when he died I inherited it. I don't know what/when maintenence was done on the car before I got it. I'm obviously not completely a fool, so I have been pretty good about fluids and filters, but as far as I know the valves have never been adjusted. For what it's worth, the car is always treated like a princess, is rarely autocrossed, and has 59k miles on it. Am I causing damage because the valves haven't been adjusted, or is the car just not running optimally?

          Err, while we're at it, what exactly is done in a valve adjustment?



          Thanks for the compliment Bryant! Those pics are two years old now, and from the ebay ad where I found the car. I need to take more pics, because so much has changed since then.
          Last edited by Epic2112; 03-18-2005, 03:42 PM.
          1990 BMW M3
          1989 Porsche 951
          1988 Volvo 240DL

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          • #6
            I'm very sorry to hear that your father has past on... He sure had great
            taste in cars!

            Bro-man, it would be extremely helpful if you even attempted to search for ANY
            of the answers. They ALL (100%) exist.

            http://www.e30m3performance.com/main...adjustment.htm
            http://www.s14.net/forums/showthread...lve+adjustment
            http://www.s14.net/forums/showthread...lve+adjustment
            http://www.s14.net/forums/showthread...lve+adjustment
            http://www.s14.net/forums/showthread...&threadid=9117


            Disclaimer: Remember, I know absolutely nothing, but it doesn't prevent me from having an opinion or suggestion. :

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            • #7
              Ahh, sorry about that. Thanks for the help and clarifications everyone.
              1990 BMW M3
              1989 Porsche 951
              1988 Volvo 240DL

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