i have the same problem 2 days ago on the 401 i spun a rod bearing going 265 kms i guess it was stressfull on the engine after i slow down i realise that the check engine is on and it feels like the engine is holding back on power i quickly turn off and call a tow truck ... it was today that i found out the status of my damage i have to change all bearings change 1 conecting rod and the crank maybe salvageable
guys, i´m trying to source an used engine and studying the options i have, also, i have to check the brazilian laws and see IF i can import a used engine. Meanwhile, i also quoted a new engine from BMW.
@ PAd: yes amigo, it´s painfull.... but i will get is sorted out! thanks for your words man!
@ 1993m5euro: mate, did your connecting rod broke the block like mine?
surely it's engine parts your importing? they happen to be part assembled? I mine, you could always get it stripped down and shipped in chunks, but, that means re-build at the other end...
I am importing the hole engine. the problem is, the brazilian laws don´t let yoy import used stuff, just if you´re doing it taking the risks of loosing it (confiscation) if they see thet you´re not doing the right thing. I´ll try to minimize all my risks, importing and paying all taxes. and most important, the engine has to look new. I´m paying the seller extra money for him to gt it stripped of all the stuff i don´t need and clean the hell out of it before it can be shipped to brazil.
that´s how we minimize the chances of getting confiscated and if you pay all taxes it´s easier for them to let it go, due to the size and weight...
i´ll let you guys know when i fire it up!!! i am still waiting for new bolts and bearings for the predictive mant. as well new chain tensioner from e36 m3!!
But keep in mind that new rod-bearing shells are only available in yellow color-marking. So if the rods themselve have another color-dot on them, you have to measure the clearance between the bearing and the cranck journal.
A reliable method is plastigage. This is plastic that compresses between two parts. The compression results in a flat plastic residu. The final width of the compressed plastigage is compared to a reference liner that determines the actual clearance.