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Positioning of timing sprokets on e46 318i 87kw 1999

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positioning of timing sprokets on e46 318i 87kw 1999
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: BMW
Expert:  George replied 6 years ago.

George :

Can I have the last 7 digits of your VIN #

Customer:

NB04410

George :

Thank you give me a few moments to look up the information for you.

Customer:

it's got the plastic intake

George :
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BMW TIS - 11 31 505 Adjusting camshaft timing (M43)







(reference to Job No. 11 31 005)





























11 31 505Adjusting camshaft timing (M43)
Note:
Before carrying out adjustments, it is essential to check the camshaft timing again,
refer to 11 31 005.
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Remove special tool 11 3 190 from cylinder head.
Remove special tool 11 2 300 from locating bore in engine block.
Rotate engine at central bolt in direction of rotation until the camshaft on the fourth cylinder is at firing TDC.
Unfasten 2 screws on sprocket.
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Rotate engine at central bolt in direction of rotation until the camshaft on the fourth cylinder is at firing TDC.
Secure crankshaft in firing TDC position with special tool 11 2 300.
Caution!
Removing special tool prior to operating engine.
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Unfasten remaining two sprocket screws.
Note:
Fit screws until sprocket can be rotated on camshaft.
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Align camshaft until special tool 11 3 190 locates on cylinder head without gap.
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Tighten top screws.
Tightening torque,
refer to Technical Data CamshaftCamshaftCamshaftCamshaftCamshaft11 31 3AZ.
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Remove special tool 11 3 190 from cylinder head.
Remove special tool 11 2 300 from locating bore in engine block.
Rotate engine at central bolt in direction of rotation until the camshaft on the fourth cylinder is at firing TDC.
Tighten down remaining screws on sprocket wheel.
Tightening torque,
refer to Technical Data CamshaftCamshaftCamshaftCamshaftCamshaft11 31 3AZ.
Assemble engine.
George :

Sorry the 1st set of instructions is for an e36 but they are pretty much the same, here are the instructions for the e46.

George :
Change language:

BMW TIS - 11 31 505 Adjusting camshaft timing (M43TU)







(reference to Job No. 11 31 005)





























11 31 505Adjusting camshaft timing (M43TU)
Note:
Before carrying out adjustments, it is essential to check the camshaft timing again,
refer to 11 31 005.
Full Size Image
Remove special tool 11 3 190 from cylinder head.
Remove special tool 11 2 300 from locating bore in engine block.
Rotate engine at central bolt in direction of rotation until the camshaft on the fourth cylinder is at firing TDC.
Unfasten 2 screws on chain wheel.
Full Size Image
Rotate engine at central bolt in direction of rotation until the camshaft on the fourth cylinder is at firing TDC.
Secure crankshaft in firing TDC position with special tool 11 2 300.
Caution!
Removing special tool prior to operating engine.
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Unfasten remaining two chain wheel screws.
Note:
Fit screws until chain wheel can be rotated on camshaft.
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Align camshaft until special tool 11 3 190 locates on cylinder head without gap.
Full Size Image
Tighten top screws.
Tightening Torque,
refer to Technical Data CamshaftCamshaftCamshaftCamshaftCamshaft11 31 3AZ.
Full Size Image
Remove special tool 11 3 190 from cylinder head.
Remove special tool 11 2 300 from locating bore in engine block.
Rotate engine at central bolt in direction of rotation until the camshaft on the fourth cylinder is at firing TDC.
Tighten down remaining screws on chain wheel.
Tightening Torque,
refer to Technical Data CamshaftCamshaftCamshaftCamshaftCamshaft11 31 3AZ.
Assemble engine.
Customer:

i overalled my engine and i think my timing is out where should the crank pulley mark be and the camshaft mark be

George :

I just gave you the step by step procedures along with pictures and the special tools needed.

Customer:

i hae not unfastened the sproket from camshaft

Customer:

and if i don't have the specail tools

George :

If you don't have the special tools you will not be able to set the timing properly, and could wind up doing internal damage to your engine.

Customer:

the engine has started but didn't pick up revs

George :

You will need the tools in order to make sure the timing is correct.

Customer:

and died afterwards

Customer:

so i'm screwed

George :

It is very possible if the timing was not set properly that you caused internal damage, most likely that you bent valves.

Customer:

the engine was running smoothly no noise of anykind

George :

Like I said you are going to have to check your timing with the special tools because even if it did not do damage you have sensors for the crankshaft & the camshaft that will be given signals that are incorrect.

Customer:

thank you helped me alot

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Expert:  George replied 6 years ago.

Thank you very much for the Bonus, im glad it worked out for you.

George

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