hi its me again...i got my car checked and it has a hairline crack on its head...mechanicks here in bahrain say they don repair the head instead buy a new engine as another head wont be available according to thm...being new to this country i do no wat to do kindly tell me that can i reapir that small crack on the head and if yes is it ok or no.... regards and happy new year... ashish
hi once again on 1993 BMW 325i
by Ash_1 in Bayport, NY on January 03, 2009
ANSWER by matte on January 05, 2009
Unfortunately, cracked cylinder heads can be difficult to fix, and they are always expensive. the best thing would be to replace the cylinder head, but if the part isn't available, then that's a problem. It may be possible to fix the crack and keep the car drivable. I recommend calling some other shops and even parts stores to see if anyone can offer to a less expensive solution than replacing the entire motor. Sorry you're having such a mountain of trouble!
ANSWER by bmw john on January 12, 2009
The bottom end of you engine is, what we like to call in the industry, bullet proof. It is a cast iron block and I have yet to see one that can not accept a rebuilt head. If there is no damage to the cylinder linings or pistons and no excessive play in the wrist pins or crank, then a rebuilt cylinder head should fix your woes. Cylinder head exchanges are readily available online for less than $1000. I have used www.headsonly.com a few times with good results.
ANSWER by AWAKE181 on May 14, 2010
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