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      04-15-2012, 09:51 AM   #56

Drives: 16 F80, 12 F25, 06 E90 330i
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Nashville, TN

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Originally Posted by infidel82 View Post
Seconded... thanks for everyones help- and especially to Nivedh for letting us use his garage/tools! To summarise:

1) My and Gideons care were done.
2) It took 12 hours (with a lot of experimentation on the best cleaning method) for both cars. I suspect this will be down to 4-5 per car with this experience.
3) Getting to the intake valves is a bit of a pain but its not too hard when you know how.
4) The walnut blasting is extremely messy, and it is better than chemical+scrubbing but not my a huge amount. I would not say it is mandatory, but it does give a nice finish.
5) There is a box mounted to the intake manifold. It is satan's spawn. Also after 12 hours of working on it I feel like I have been to fight club! but:

The car feels GREAT. Before I had stuttering in acceleration and the occasional misfire cylinder 5 code. Now it is smooth and the engine feels a lot freer (stock @ 42k). Idle is smoother also. It was immediately apparent.

For the rest of you guys:

1) There is literally pounds of walnut media left over and half a gallon of carb cleaner... So I was going to keep hold of these instead of returning in case others want to have a go (they are at Nivedhs)

2) Im away for a chunk of time but when Im back I don't mind spending a day providing pointers.

glad you guys got it taken care of! I figured it would fix your running issues! On that box-we take a screwdriver and pop the little tabs slightly down then take a pry bar and simply pop the box off-that way you can remove the intake without taking the screws out of the stupid metal holder its on. Im not sure what blaster you guys had but id assume it would be quite messy without some sort of plate to block the media from flying all over the place.