San Diego BMW Auto Repair Service Blog

E39 / E38 / M62 Timing Chain Guide

Posted in San Diego BMW Auto Repair Service by San Diego BMW Auto Repair Service on July 12, 2013

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The E39 and E38 with the M62 engine can have issues with the timing chain guides.  The plastic on the guides that the chain runs on, becomes brittle with age.  In the case of the vehicle in these pictures, the plastic on the upper guide was completely gone when we got it apart.  You can see the difference between the old and new guide.  Also if you look closely you see the chain resting on the guide with no plastic at all.  This can cause serious noise issues, and if not attended to, can also be detrimental to the engine.

 

E90 3-Series Carbon Build Up N54 N55

Posted in San Diego BMW Auto Repair Service by San Diego BMW Auto Repair Service on May 15, 2013

We recently started performing Carbon or Walnut Blasting.  This is a process used on Direct Injected vehicles to clean the carbon build up off of the intake valves.  Carbon build up can lead to rough idle, misfire and poor performance issues.  This customer commented that his vehicle felt as it did when it was brand new.  ImageImageImage

BMW E46 3 series Oil Engine Sludge

Posted in San Diego BMW Auto Repair Service by San Diego BMW Auto Repair Service on February 25, 2010

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This 2001 BMW 3 series has some sludge in the motor, this is not as bad as other cars I have seen. Change your oil more frequently and you might not have these problems!

DINAN BMW 3 series E46 Performance Air Filter Cracked

Posted in San Diego BMW Auto Repair Service by San Diego BMW Auto Repair Service on February 21, 2010
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e46 3 series 330i dinan bmw performance air filter cracked leaking

Check out this DINAN BMW Performance Air Intake Kit on a BMW 330i E46 3 SERIES that was cracked at the neck!

Check your intake kits!

BMW 325i 325ci Oil Filter Housing Gasket Leak

Posted in San Diego BMW Auto Repair Service by San Diego BMW Auto Repair Service on February 18, 2010
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oil filter housing gasket leak bmw 325ci 325i

Here is a picture of a BMW 2004 325Ci oil leak, we traced it back to the oil filter housing gasket, a common problem on the e46 and e39 bmw’s. The gasket is about 6 dollars, but the labor is pricey!!  Check your gaskets!!

BMW E46 325i 325ci 330i 330ci Torn Front Control Arm Bushings

Posted in San Diego BMW Auto Repair Service by San Diego BMW Auto Repair Service on February 16, 2010
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e46 325i 325ci 330i 330ci front control arm bushings

This will make your steering wheel feel loose, or vibrate when going over bumps. This is off a e46 bmw 325ci, but the 323i, 323ci, 328i, 328ci, 325i, 330i, and 330ci all share the same part.

BMW E46 325i Leaking Valve Cover Gasket

Posted in San Diego BMW Auto Repair Service by San Diego BMW Auto Repair Service on February 11, 2010

Do you smell something burning? Oil is leaking from the valve cover gasket on this E46 BMW 325i and dripping onto the exhaust manifold. When the car is hot, the oil would burn and thats probably what you’re smelling!