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Soft valve retainers? Read on... (archive)

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Posted by jslick on February 12, 2000 at 01:03:48:

This was at on the E36 M3 1995 page. Does anyone have any stories about this?

Early production (pre 10/95) versions used softer valve retainers. These should be checked around 50K miles. BMW underestimated the wear on these and the softer metal is prone to wear. A worn valve retainer will result in catastrophic engine failure. The valve will drop through into the cylinder and whack the piston to bits and bend the valve stems.

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