M52 engine headgasket - to do or not to do?

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  1. 24 Jan 2021 at 8:05 PM #1
    gillsl500

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    Evening chaps,

    Firstly can someone please help clear up the correct engine code/name for my cars engine?

    I have a 1996 E36 M3 EVO, can someone one please confirm if its a M52 engine?

    Secondly, as it stands I have the engine out, my plan is to refresh oil pump seals, water pump and thermostat, Including the dreaded twin VANOS.

    Question is, do I replace the HEADGASKET while engine is out? I can't be 100% as haven't driven car for years, But head gasket was sound before I stopped driving.

    Any help or advice would be much appreciated.

    Many thanks
     
  2. 24 Jan 2021 at 9:20 PM #2
    RevlisM3

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    Question siw hy wouldn't you. Wont get easier than having it all out of the car. Wont cost you a huge amount other than some extra time
     
  3. 24 Jan 2021 at 11:07 PM #3
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    I think your right pal...lets do this :)
     
  4. 17 Feb 2021 at 9:16 PM #4
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    You won’t be daft to not do the headgasket whilst your doing the rest mate. Get it done. Be cheaper now then later
     
  5. 17 Feb 2021 at 9:32 PM #5
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