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!)