1994 BMW e30 Timing Belt Repair in Beaverton, Oregon
Alright, I think that I’m having a timing belt issue but I’m not sure at all. What are some of the symptoms that are atypical of a timing belt that needs to be replaced or repaired?
One of the first things you might notice is that your check engine light will illuminate. If the belt totally breaks then your engine will stall right away. You have to keep in mind that this will cause internal engine damage which should be avoided.
How do I avoid these types of problems?
If you maintain your BMW using the suggested maintenance schedule then you will find that you can avoid most of these problems. The timing belt is usually a part of the scheduled maintenance program every 60,000 to 100,000 miles.
I’m gonna bring this thing down to have my codes checked out. If I have a problem with my timing belt then what are the codes I would see if that is the major problem with my e30?
The codes you might find if you are having a timing belt problem are the following codes:
- P0016: Crankshaft Position – Camshaft Position Correlation
- P0017: Crankshaft Position – Camshaft Position Correlation
- P0018: Crankshaft Position – Camshaft Position Correlation
You said this thing is a belt, right? That means that it should be pretty simple to get in there and change it. Right?
Unfortunately, there is a lot going into changing a timing belt that is much more than just replacing a belt. You have to remove several components just to be able to work on the timing belt. If and when you do access the timing belt then you have to make sure that the correct amount of tension is on the belt for it to function properly.
If I can’t drive it then can I, at least, drive it to somewhere where they can fix the problem?
Driving with a timing belt problem can mean that you are risking a timing belt based engine failure. In fact, if your belt breaks then you will not be able to turn on your engine. You should get a tow so that you can get your vehicle fixed.
Well, I don’t have that problem yet but now I’m worried about my timing belt in the future. When should I start thinking about bringing this thing in?
Most vehicle maintenance programs have the timing belt replaced in the 60,000 to the 100,000-mile range. If you keep your upkeep on your e30 on schedule then you are probably going to avoid problems with your vehicle. However, if your tech or mechanic notices a problem then it is a smart idea to get the job done as soon possible.
Where are you located and/or what is your phone number? I’d love to check in and talk with you about my 1994 BMW e30 and have you figure out what is going on.
You can call us at 503-641-4525. You may elect to visit us instead. If you are going to visit us then you can stop by 10925 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy, Beaverton, OR 97005