1997 BMW 318ti Q&A
1997 BMW 318ti Question: want to rebuild engine at home..
I have this 97 318ti with over 200k miles, car was runing googd until last year water pump broke accessory belt fell down while car was running, battery light turns on, then car over heated, I pull over but it was late, there was lot thick steam/smoke, I replace water pump, it crank but wont start, take it to mechanic, he said no compression, need engine, I want to rebuild engine, need to know how to do it, how to take it out from the vehicle, what need to be replace,etc.. - ilmoah
this is a good question you need someone you can consult on specifics. biggest thing these days is part. new is harder to get parts. cylinders will need to be bored out. I work at a parts store that does this and most of the newer engines aren't designed to be rebuilt. If at all possible have a good long chat with someone that has done this before and get a good shop manual. if you do this at home you will need to start with proper tolls like torque wrench hoist engine stand a good garage to keep it out of the weather. - gearhead89