“I feel that life is measured in achievement, not in years alone.”
“I feel that life is measured in achievement, not in years alone.”

So I’ve been tied up recently working out this weird issue where Em would just die while driving, seemingly randomly. This post is a little overdue for those reasons but better late than never!

I noticed some ticking and given that I have to rev the car up to 4-6000rpm for it to shift out of first after a cold start, I figured it was important to do a valve adjustment right away.

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The valves weren’t actually too bad. A few of them were still in spec but a few needed some adjusting. Take a look under the valve cover! I don’t know if anyone can relate, but I love mechanical systems. To think these shafts spin thousands of rotations per second while spark, fuel, and air have to be precisely timed to keep a car running smoothly. It’s easy to take for granted.

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This is actually the second time I’m doing a valve adjustment on this era BMW. The first time was in California last summer on a e24 6-series. That’s a story for another post.

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Here’s the result: valves in spec, edges cleaned, and new gasket installed.

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Not having my own place with a garage, I’ve so far done all my work in my parent’s driveway/garage. They like to use the garage as storage so I offered to help clean it all out. Of course, I had an ulterior motive: throw out as much junk as possible and make room for tools and space to work!

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Got to have the right tools for the job! Hmm, I seem to have forgotten to put my feeler gauges on the table before snapping a quick photo, oh well.

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Here she is, all done!

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