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    Hi All,

    I'm new here but I've had by BM compact for a couple of years now...

    Head gasket went just before christmas .

    I've had a friend of a friend who is good with cars (but not a mechanic!?) check it out and it turned out the cylinder head had a small crack in it. Got a second hand head from a breaker (with the same cast number), had that skimmed etc and he's put it all back together again.

    The car turns over but doesn't start. He has checked all the sensors and even took it all apart to see what's going on. He now believes the timing isn't quite right but he isn't too confident on how to go about getting the timing right (in case he breaks the cam's or pistons or something?)... Can anyone please help with giving us some guidance on how to get the timing right?

    It's an E36 Compact(1995) 316i 4cylinder M43 engine. Haven't got the VIN to hand coz I'm at work at the mo...(should be on some paperwork at home, my mates had the car for a month now!)
     
     

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    Someone will definately be along soon to help with this, but it would be better posting it in the E36 section
     
     

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    You have a chain, so iirc, you have to lock the camshafts and the crankshaft in the TDC installation position with special tools and align the spockets to the camshafts.
     
     

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    Thanks for that NealP! I'll run that by him and see if he's already done that or not...

    I'll let you know....
     
     

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    Hi Neal,

    I've just spoken to the guy who's got my car and he said he's got the cylinder at TDC but he's not sure about the positioning of the cam pulley. Apparently there's a 'pick up sensor' on it and there's 4 different ways it can go on? Does this mean anything to you?

    Remember Chinese whispers from school? This is a bit like that only my car's at stake here!
     
     

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    On the chain sprockets, there will be guide arrows. Both arrows on the sprockets need to pointing up at the 12 'o' clock position if the crank and cams are in line with TDC. That pick up sensor would be the crank sensor.
     
     

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    Thanks again, Neal! I'll pass that on and let you know the outcome.
     
     

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    Hi Neal,

    Repairman says 'there is no key way on the cam pulley. So how do you time the cam up? The pullet can bolt up 4 different ways...'

    I think once he's got this info, we should be away

    If you are able to guide us with this bit it would be very much appreciated...
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    It's hard to explain without pics as I am just recalling from memory. I do remember the sensor plate also faces up as well. Is there any chance you can get yourself a workshop manual like Haynes? They probably have a section on camshaft timing in there somewhere.
     
     

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    He's had a look at the Haynes manual but no joy. He's ask a few other people, compared it to other compacts engines and even taken my old cylinder head back to the engineering shop (where they skimmed the replacement head) to see if they could give him any pointers and they said he had it exactly how they would (same way you described yesterday).

    pelican parts have a bit on cam timing etc... I haven't got a clue about these kinds of things so I'll get him to have a read. Thanks for you help anyway...

    If anyone else has any pointers please speak now!!!

    So close, yet so far....
     
     

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