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Bulletin: BMW N47 Head Gasket Differences

Models Affected: BMW 118D, 120D, 123D, 220D, 318D, 320D, 420D, 520D, X1, X3, X5

Engines: N47D20C, N47D20A-B, N47D20D

Years: 2007 – 2017

The team here at Southside Cylinder Heads have come across a variation between head gaskets on the BMW N47 Diesel Engines.  Both head gaskets look nearly identical however they are not interchangeable and using the wrong gasket will result in oil being pushed into the cooling system.

The information in regards to which gasket suits which exact model is confusing and difficult to decipher, so the best advice we can give is check very carefully against your old head gasket before fitting the new one.  Below is some pictures to help pinpoint where to look for the differences between the two.  It is the area in the middle that causes the problems, there is an oil feed that is blocked on one gasket (bottom picture) and the other gasket doesn’t have this extra piece on the edge to block the feed, and also has a different position for the water jacket holes in that area.

So far the problem has been identified in the N47D20C engine series, however we would also advise caution when dealing with the N47D20A-B and N47d20D engines.  If you need any further information call Southside Cylinder Heads on (07) 33435899.  The cylinder head and engine reconditioning experts servicing Brisbane and Australia wide.

 

BMW Head Bolt Thread Problems

2003_bmw_3-series_sedan_330i_fq_oem_1_300There is a run of 6 cylinder BMW engines causing mechanics and owners all sorts of grief when it comes to repairing cylinder heads and replacing head gaskets.

The 6 cylinder BMW engines affected include the M50, M52 and M54 that come out in various models from the early 1990’s through to about 2007.  3,5 and 7 series vehicles as well as the  Z3, Z4, X3 and X5 are all at risk.

Now the problem is simple….the aluminium blocks are stripping the head bolt threads when you try to torque down the cylinder head after gasket replacement, even if the engine hasn’t been overheated.  bmw-engineYour options are to source a second hand motor of unknown condition and take your chances with it, or have the threads repaired.

Southside Cylinder Heads and Engine Reconditioning Australia have a thread repair kit available to do the job.  This kit is suitable for both flush threads and recessed threads.  Its available as a rental with security deposit and you can fit them yourself, or we can come to you and supply and fit the thread inserts on site and in car.   $POA

                                     Please contact us for pricing phone 07 3343 5899

Thread Repair Kit BMW

Thread Repair Kit BMW