E46 318i M43 Head gasket/Cracked head problem HELP!!

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  1. E46 318i M43 Head gasket/Cracked head problem HELP!! 
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    Hello everyone,

    I'm in need of some serious help. I've just brought a 2001 318i m43 engine with the head gasket gone. I've spent the last 2 days doing the head gasket. I had it skimmed, was meticulous in detail and I'm sure I've done everything right. Except I've just started it up and its not running on cylinder no.3 and it's chucking out white smoke!

    Does this mean I have a cracked cylinder head?

    I've done a few tests, it seems to be sparking ok. I've left the plug in front of the plug hole and there's flash's of blue, which would indicate that there's fuel getting through. So the only option left is that there is water getting into the cylinder. However the plug seems dry when I take it out.

    I'm very confused!

    Any help would be greatly appreciated!

    Thanks. James
     
     

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    smoke could be water in the exhaust from where its been sitting? as for cylinder 3 not sparking u tried taking the plug out earthing it to the the engine and turning the car over to see if its got good spark?

    p.s. in future id get the head pressure tested when u have it skimmed if your not sure about it could save alot of hassle in the long run
    Izit cos i compact?
     
     

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    So you have pulled off the plug lead for cylinder 3 I'm guessing and it doesn't make much difference to how the engine is running?

    Have you checked how big a spark you are getting from the lead compared to the others?
     
     

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