I have recently installed a turbo kit (my own design) on my '91. 535i. The
boost was set to 7psi. Although everything seamed OK to me (AFR was 12:1
during boost condition), my head gasket blew. Any ideas what could be wrong?
The car had less than 100 miles after turbo instalation when this happened,
but prior to failure it ran OK. We had it connected to LM-1 air-fuel meter
from Innovate Motorsport and all readings were fine (boost, AFR). Blow-of
valve also worked. The most curious thing is that this head gasket failure
happened when the car was slowing down from the high speed test run on the
I know a lot of people mentioning something like "6-cilinder BMW's head
gasket is a weak link" but also know that these same cars also run
turbochargers with greater boost than me without failure.If anyone has any
idea about the possible reasons, thanks!
The most curious thing is that this head gasket failure
Many automotive failures have nothing at all to do with what transpired at
the time of the failure. Lots of stuff fails over time, and the immediate
prior behavior is merely the straw that broke the camel's back.
I would suggest that perhaps your head gasket was previously compromised,
and increasing compression by 20% was a bit more than it could take.
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