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Picture Vacuum hose to CCV caps
This vacuum hose assembly (from intake tube to CCV caps) can be discarded - just plug the intake tube nipple & leave the CCV cap nipples open
1 07-24-2015 08:58 AM
Picture Aftermarket gauges
Will work on a write up on my install but for now some photos. The cool stack gauge photo is off the net from a M3 (I think)
4 04-10-2015 07:43 AM
Picture Angel Eye bulbs
My angel eyes are OEM $40 at dealer. I opened them up and they use a 10w 12v halogen which you can order from bulbconnection.com (part #64113) at $5>$6 each. I used a standard replacement bulb #53 that you can get at any part store for about $1.25 each. They work fine, use less power & stay cooler (helps protect surrounding wires).
1 02-22-2015 05:02 PM
Picture A/C belt w/tesioner upgrade
Parts used on my N62TU
1 12-22-2014 09:31 AM
Picture Oil Consumption (CCV) fix
Installed pads & filters to restrict oil flow in crankcase vent system. I went from using 1 qt. every 1,000 miles to 1 qt. every 2,500 mile +/- (Updated 8/28/13) ****
9/13 Installed clear breather tubes
*This note was copied from a BMW Technical Training manual
Note: If the exhaust system produces blue smoke, it is necessary to check whether the engine is also drawing oil into the combustion chamber through the crankcase breather, which suggest that there is a fault in the area of the crankcase breather. A clear sign of a problem is an oiled up clean-air pipe.
Info: Benefits of an Oil Catch Can (copy & paste to your URL)
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=DJ7Z2F51fzs&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DDJ7 Z2F51fzs

Note: I have removed my Scotch Pad filters after installing my clear tube assembly - I found the pads had a tendency to hold oil.
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9 10-19-2013 04:35 PM
Picture CCV valves / Sludge / Valve cover oil separator
Here in San Diego I have not run across this "sludge" problem. But the interior of the valve cover has a "labyrinth" of passageways to separate the oil from the air and allow the crankcase to ventilate. Those passages can get clogged to the point that it reduces it's ability to work as designed.
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4 09-29-2013 03:47 PM
Picture Carbon photos
Piston top photos taken thru plug hole before and after the second application of Sea Foam (Sprayed directly on piston tops, thru intake while running & added to fuel) - If you're working on a oil related smoke issue, you need to reduce the oil flow to the combustion chamber, fix all vacuum leaks and combat the carbon buildup that exists on your pistons and valves. ** I stopped using the Techron - didn't work as well as Sea Foam
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5 09-20-2013 12:56 PM
Picture Now that's carbon buildup
Carbon on a Mercedes diesel
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2 09-04-2013 08:53 PM
Picture Crankcase Vent Tube
Eventhough my vehicle was not listed in the recall (SIB) - I still had the same problem (a cracked tube - vacuum leak) which can contribute to a smoke issue. I have run across 2 or 3 recalls (SIB) for various engines on this issue.
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2 08-28-2013 10:16 AM

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