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Picture Road Protection (front fabrication)
OEM supplied is called "Poor Road Protection Kit" which costs about $450 list. You can fabricate your own for under $20.
Note; My 2006 550I appears to have an M front end so models may vary. Check your front bumper carrier for already installed nutserts - compare your parts list to mine for measurement verification.
5 01-07-2017 03:01 PM
Picture Steering issues
Check the wiring to the rack at both plugs. The coating tends to deteriorate as does all BMW rubber. The bare wires will contact each other causing malfunctions. Separate the wiring with a pick - clean & blow dry - then encase the wires with silicone using a screw driver blade due to their location.
1 01-06-2017 07:35 AM
Picture Hood Badge Removal (Save your paint)
Cut center out with a dremel tool & pry from the inside
1 10-27-2016 04:45 PM
Picture Aftermarket gauges & Aux. fans install
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)
5 10-27-2016 03:23 PM
Picture Valve Body (Trans. 6hp26) deficiencies
Everyone points to the bridge, 4 round valve body mount seals and the solenoids as causing the transmission shift issues. What I found while rebuilding my valve body is that the center plate black sealant erodes and ends up on the solenoid screens (that's the clue when you inspect your solenoids). Also the lower seal on the 6 OEM accumulators delaminate and leak. And be sure to clean the contamination from both sides of your potentiometer.
3 10-04-2016 09:43 PM
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 - The new caps don't have hose nipples anymore
1 07-24-2015 08:58 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

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