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Forum: General BMW Questions 02-25-2017, 07:10 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 425
Posted By timfitz63
I fully agree; doing something like that would be...

I fully agree; doing something like that would be a lot of fun.

Too bad it's a Hollywood 'reality' race -- into which they'll interject 'reality drama' (like encouraging the teams to sabotage the...
Forum: General BMW Questions 02-24-2017, 05:15 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 425
Posted By timfitz63
Maybe I'm equally jaded, but this is exactly how...

Maybe I'm equally jaded, but this is exactly how I see this so-called 'race' forming up as well... Although it sounds like it could be fun -- if it truly was just a race across the country for a...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 01-28-2017, 09:20 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 429
Posted By timfitz63
No worries! I've never had to change the fuel...

No worries! I've never had to change the fuel filter on my X3 yet (less than 50k miles on mine), but here's an internet tutorial on the process, showing the location:
...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 01-28-2017, 08:37 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 429
Posted By timfitz63
Welcome, Steve! This thread will probably get...

Welcome, Steve! This thread will probably get moved to the E83 sub-forum, but I'll toss out some general thoughts:

I presume this 'sluggishness' is something you've recently observed in the...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 01-28-2017, 08:18 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 30,792
Posted By timfitz63
In addition to what Doug is suggesting, once the...

In addition to what Doug is suggesting, once the carpets, etc. are reasonably dry, you can get some fairly large-sized desiccant packs and throw them in there for a few weeks or even longer. They'll...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 01-09-2017, 06:51 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 199
Posted By timfitz63
Hi, Brian! Welcome! The mechanic I...

Hi, Brian! Welcome!

The mechanic I typically use in the San Antonio area is a generalized one, but they should be able to do alignments and wheel balancing: D&S Garage...
Forum: General BMW Questions 01-03-2017, 03:06 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 466
Posted By timfitz63
There was some discussion about EAG's pricing in...

There was some discussion about EAG's pricing in an earlier forum thread (http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=661488), if you're interested. Opinions about the relative value of the...
Forum: The MINI Board 01-02-2017, 09:06 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 561
Posted By timfitz63
No worries! In general with the Second...

No worries! In general with the Second Generation MINIs, you'll want to look for one where the owner made more frequent oil changes than the 15,000-mile interval that was recommended by MINI. These...
Forum: The MINI Board 01-01-2017, 07:55 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 561
Posted By timfitz63
I don't know much about the First Generation...

I don't know much about the First Generation (2001-2006) or Third Generation (2015+) Cooper S models.

Among the Second Generation (2007-2014) cars, the pre-2011 models with the turbocharged N14...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 12-19-2016, 06:34 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 463
Posted By timfitz63
As Doug said, it's probably time for a new...

As Doug said, it's probably time for a new battery.

But don't be too alarmed if the "4x4" light remains illuminated for a short period after putting in a new battery. When my battery died on me...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 11-26-2016, 04:43 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 577
Posted By timfitz63
Nothing leaps to mind about what it could be. If...

Nothing leaps to mind about what it could be. If you could post a photo it might help someone to identify the mystery box.
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 11-25-2016, 03:38 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 577
Posted By timfitz63
Sorry, don't know off-hand what color the...

Sorry, don't know off-hand what color the shock/strut fluid might be. But even if it's clear, what's leaking out could be picking up dirt and moisture as it leaks down.

Yeah, I doubt fluids...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 11-25-2016, 02:42 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 577
Posted By timfitz63
Looks more like oil to me than any other engine...

Looks more like oil to me than any other engine fluid. The BMW coolant is a dark green-blue, but oil can sometime reflect other colors (like green) when moisture gets mixed in -- say once it drips...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 11-25-2016, 05:40 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,123
Posted By timfitz63
Ah, OK. Yeah, yours is a bit different animal. ...

Ah, OK. Yeah, yours is a bit different animal. I'm not even sure the diesel version was available here in the States; I don't think it was.

It's true the 5W30 oil will not circulate quite as...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 11-24-2016, 10:25 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,123
Posted By timfitz63
I wasn't attempting to visually assess the life...

I wasn't attempting to visually assess the life (i.e., effective viscosity) of the oil; I already stated the oil itself may have the ability to lubricate longer. But one can certainly see the dirt...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 11-23-2016, 07:18 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,123
Posted By timfitz63
Curious. I've been using Mobil 1 0W40 in my X3...

Curious. I've been using Mobil 1 0W40 in my X3 and haven't noticed any odd engine noises. But mine did have the lifter servicing done under warranty, so I don't know if that makes a difference...?...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 11-20-2016, 11:45 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 460
Posted By timfitz63
It's clear something in the coolant system sprung...

It's clear something in the coolant system sprung a leak under pressure. Are you saying the vehicle did overheat, then developed the problem you describe? Or are you just using the word "overheat"...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 11-16-2016, 07:34 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 526
Posted By timfitz63
No worries! Yeah, it's a pretty rudimentary...

No worries! Yeah, it's a pretty rudimentary connection (volume control only through the radio head), but like you said: better than nothing. I just turn the volume nearly all the way up on my iPod...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 11-15-2016, 03:28 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 526
Posted By timfitz63
Yup, that should do it!

Yup, that should do it!
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 11-15-2016, 03:27 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,123
Posted By timfitz63
If (b) it shouldn't cost you a penny; the ticking...

If (b) it shouldn't cost you a penny; the ticking noise from the fuel injectors is a normal thing. But if you're noticing it with the hood closed it's probably (a). My recollection was that the...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 11-15-2016, 03:10 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 526
Posted By timfitz63
If you're passing a USB signal into the auxiliary...

If you're passing a USB signal into the auxiliary input -- even by bridging the physical connection through the use of the adapter you're describing -- it won't work. That auxiliary input is a bit...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 11-15-2016, 03:00 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 21,174
Posted By timfitz63
Here's another recent forum thread...

Here's another recent forum thread (http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=951373) discussing this change.
Forum: General BMW Questions 11-06-2016, 04:47 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 581
Posted By timfitz63
There's been some message traffic about this on...

There's been some message traffic about this on one of the MINI forums. Apparently Mobil 1 0W40 has recently been re-formulated, and lost its "long life" certification from BMW. According to what...
Forum: General BMW Questions 10-28-2016, 07:47 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 485
Posted By timfitz63
Well, not to take anything away from Doug, or...

Well, not to take anything away from Doug, or brag or anything, but I'm probably more of an expert than he is in this particular realm; I'm an aerospace engineer... :angel:

I'm sure Doug knows far...
Forum: General BMW Questions 10-27-2016, 09:52 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 485
Posted By timfitz63
Actually, it's closer to 80%, but your point...

Actually, it's closer to 80%, but your point remains.

I've been saying the same thing about 'pure' nitrogen fills for tires for a long time now. Pretty amazing how long it takes for facts to...
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