I own/collect several BMW’s including 3’ E24 M6 1988, E28 M5, 1988 E30 M3 (S38/B36 engine swap), E30 M3 S14,
so grand total of 6 BMW///M-cars. Since I want my engines to be in top condition, valve
adjustment is a must. This service needs to be performed about every 10K-15K miles but
also this varies with the driving condition.
I shopped around to get a quote in CA Los Angeles area. I got 1st estimate from Bavarian-Workshop for $500
plus Shims (about $600 total), BMW Century West gave me the quote about the same
$120 per hour and believe me the mechanic will do commercial job on your car! So after the second estimate,
I said to myself these people want to became rich very fast !
$600 for valve adjustment times 6 of my M-Cars $3600 Total for all of them! I don’t think so…
After the fat estimate amount I said to myself it’s time to learn how to do valve adjustment.
In fact this is a very simple procedure and doesn’t require a professional.
- You need the BMW double ended tappet depressor. BMW discontinued to sell this tool so you can buy it from Pelican Parts or Ebay search them on the web.