1982 BMW 323i Baur

1982 BMW 323i Baur
Memorial Day 2010 First Drive 1982 323i BMW Baur Lapisblau M20 5 speed #4154 of 4595 made. The car was imported to California by Dietel Enterprises. I have since changed the wheels, installed the clear turn signal lenses, and I am in the process of installing a new cabriolet roof. I have to do something about those bumpers, too. :) I love this car! To see one of the reasons why, check my post "Score One For the Good Guys" on 6/26/2011.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Baur M20 323i Timing Belt and Water Pump Replacement: Part I

My project his weekend is to deal with a squealing, and, as of Thursday, a leaking, water pump in my 1982 323i Baur.  You will recognize that, since it is a 323i, the engine is the M20, which requires a periodic replacement of the timing belt as a matter of routine maintenance.  BMW recommends the M20 timing belt replacement every 4 years or 50,000 miles.

One of the first things I did when I bought my Baur back in January of 2010 was to replace the timing belt.  My odometer had been stopped at 240,000 sometime between 2003 and 2010, and the timing belt was changed at 231,000.  But who knows how many miles it has accumulated since then?    So I changed it.

However, I have noticed in increasing squeal when driving.  At first I thought it might be the fan belt, and I have adjusted it several times.  Last Thursday when I got to work, I was aware of a peculiar sweet smell as i walked from my car to my office.  It is always a good idea, by the way, to give your car the 'sniff test' periodically.  Check around the car for any peculiar smells or evidence of any leaking fluids.

Sure enough, this time the sniff test paid off;  I could see that I was losing a small amount of coolant from somewhere near the front of the engine.  Anticipating this eventuality, based on the squealing sound, I had ordered a new timing belt, tensioner, and water pump from Bavarian auto a few weeks ago, and I was just waiting for the opportunity to do the job.

This weekend is the opportunity.  

I am also trying to get my taxes done this weekend, btw, so I didn't actually get out to the garage until late this afternoon.  Now, you may recall that my one-car garage is presently occupied by my 1973 2002 project car.  So the first thing  I had to do was swap the cars around.   The 2002 is missing the window seals on the driver's side, so I put it under an old car cover, and I hope to be done with the timing belt before we get any serious rain. 


Anyway, this afternoon I set to work to replace the water pump.   As long as I am in there, I will replace the timing belt.  Here you can see that I am well into the project, and I have just removed the old timing belt before breaking for the night. 

I used this write up as a guideline, but since it is written for the E30 325i, it is not totally accurate.

For example, my distributor is mounted on the driver's side of the engine.  The 325i has the distributor mounted on the upper timing case cover.
So I also used my copy of the orange Haynes Manual (UK 0815 Edition) for the 320, 320i, 323i and 325i.  The US versions of the Haynes Manual do not cover the 'grey market' 320 and 323i M20 engines.

Tomorrow I will remove the old water pump, install the new one, reinstall the new timing belt... and I will hopefully get my taxes done.  I haven't yet decided if I will do them in that order, or not.


Stay tuned!

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