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Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 05-14-2015, 05:50 PM
Replies: 219
Views: 26,973
Posted By G. P. Burdell
According to a contractor who worked with Takata...

According to a contractor who worked with Takata in the early 2000s, Takata refused to give up using its inadequate, helium-based method of testing airbag inflators for leaks.



Toyota and...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 05-13-2015, 04:59 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,138
Posted By G. P. Burdell
"Dealer maintained" may also mean oil changes at...

"Dealer maintained" may also mean oil changes at mileage intervals that our membership would consider to be way too long. Your friend should consider collecting a used oil sample from the engine and...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 05-12-2015, 05:43 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 136
Posted By G. P. Burdell
I have no idea, but one way to find out is to use...

I have no idea, but one way to find out is to use RealOEM (http://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/select) or Penske Parts (http://www.penskeparts.com/) to look up the part numbers for the E36 brake parts,...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 05-12-2015, 05:32 PM
Replies: 219
Views: 26,973
Posted By G. P. Burdell
Sorry to hear about the scratch. We don't...

Sorry to hear about the scratch.

We don't allow the dealer to wash our cars, either, and we've succeeded in preventing our cars from being washed by doing three things:

First, before leaving...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 05-10-2015, 04:16 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 203
Posted By G. P. Burdell
Yes, it was black when it left the factory. It...

Yes, it was black when it left the factory. It snaps into the bumper cover; you may find it easier to work with if you remove the bumper cover from the car.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 05-09-2015, 09:50 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 252
Posted By G. P. Burdell
You can learn more about the recall, and how the...

You can learn more about the recall, and how the airbag is replaced, by browsing the documents on NHTSA's Web site. The TSB for the airbag replacement is posted there:
...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 04-27-2015, 05:45 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 677
Posted By G. P. Burdell
The problem of cracked wire insulation inside...

The problem of cracked wire insulation inside your adaptive headlights isn't new; others have posted about the same problem. While it's possible to buy replacement wiring for other bi-xenon...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 04-26-2015, 03:32 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 677
Posted By G. P. Burdell
Good deal. Also, the ZKW burnt bowl problem is...

Good deal. Also, the ZKW burnt bowl problem is confined to sedan and wagon headlights, so as you observed, you won't have to worry about it.

The Retrofit Source (http://www.theretrofitsource.com/)...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 04-26-2015, 04:56 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 677
Posted By G. P. Burdell
My apologies for answering your question with a...

My apologies for answering your question with a question. Does your 325Ci have the adaptive xenon headlights? In other words, do the lights swivel from side to side as you turn the steering wheel?
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 04-26-2015, 04:50 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 677
Posted By G. P. Burdell
Here are the visual cues that indicate a ZKW...

Here are the visual cues that indicate a ZKW headlight.

1. ZKW logo in the inner bottom corner of the clear headlight lens. This indicator is not always reliable because the AL and ZKW lenses can...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 04-25-2015, 04:54 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 196
Posted By G. P. Burdell
You might want to take a second look at the wires...

You might want to take a second look at the wires between the body and the trunk lid. There is often hidden damage to the insulation that isn't visible until you remove the wires or cut the rubber...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 04-25-2015, 11:45 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 350
Posted By G. P. Burdell
For help locating an independent BMW specialist,...

For help locating an independent BMW specialist, visit BIMRS (http://www.bimrs.org/) or ask local BMW CCA (http://www.bmwcca.org/) members for recommendations.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 04-14-2015, 07:43 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 402
Posted By G. P. Burdell
It's on the driver's side. One of the best...

It's on the driver's side.

One of the best tools you'll buy for your car is the Bentley Publishers repair manual. It contains hundreds of pages of wiring diagrams that will help you identify the...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 04-14-2015, 06:53 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 402
Posted By G. P. Burdell
Does the instrument cluster correctly display the...

Does the instrument cluster correctly display the outside temperature, and does your driver's side fog light work?

EDIT: And do you hear two distinct tones (a high tone and a low tone) when you...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 04-09-2015, 04:51 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 231
Posted By G. P. Burdell
A flexible-shaft, 1/4" handle with extensions is...

A flexible-shaft, 1/4" handle with extensions is great for loosening those hard-to-reach hose clamps.

I used a pair of scissors (the kind with blunt tips) to cut off most of the old lower boot....
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 04-06-2015, 04:10 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 413
Posted By G. P. Burdell
PB-Blaster should help. I use some...

PB-Blaster should help.

I use some combination of a 3/8" ratchet, a 9" extension, a 3" or 6" extension, and a U-joint along with a 6-point socket to loosen the plug.

After I break the plug...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 04-05-2015, 06:32 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 383
Posted By G. P. Burdell
The act of stripping the insulation from the...

The act of stripping the insulation from the wires didn't cause the problem by itself. However, as Bigsean123 pointed out, the bare copper strands, if they touch the frame, metal components or each...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 04-04-2015, 05:23 PM
Replies: 219
Views: 26,973
Posted By G. P. Burdell
The Bimmer article is probably referring to BMW's...

The Bimmer article is probably referring to BMW's expansion, under pressure from NHTSA, of an earlier "voluntary improvement campaign" to collect driver air bags from cars in high-humidity states.
...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 03-27-2015, 06:19 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 159
Posted By G. P. Burdell
With the help of a flashlight and an inspection...

With the help of a flashlight and an inspection mirror, look closely at the back side of the headlight assembly. Odds are you'll find an empty socket that fits your plug, and your high beam will...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 03-21-2015, 05:53 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 327
Posted By G. P. Burdell
The rubber boot may have slipped off or become...

The rubber boot may have slipped off or become stuck in the spark plug well. Did you see anything when you looked into the well?
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 03-08-2015, 06:41 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 375
Posted By G. P. Burdell
It looks like the rod that connects the level...

It looks like the rod that connects the level sensor to the control arm simply came apart. The rod (which looks like a miniature sway bar link) has a ball joint on each end, and in your second photo,...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 03-07-2015, 04:14 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 871
Posted By G. P. Burdell
Nicely done! :thumbup: And darn it, I need...

Nicely done! :thumbup:

And darn it, I need to wash my car. :(
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 03-07-2015, 06:10 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 300
Posted By G. P. Burdell
It's been a few years since I used the kit on my...

It's been a few years since I used the kit on my car, but I do recall wiping down the rashed areas a few times with a microfiber towel and rubbing alcohol to remove residual sealants.

The car's...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 03-03-2015, 06:31 PM
Replies: 219
Views: 26,973
Posted By G. P. Burdell
NHTSA recently announced that it has ordered...

NHTSA recently announced that it has ordered Takata to preserve airbag inflators removed during the recall process, and NHTSA is also upgrading its investigation to an "engineering analysis":
...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 02-24-2015, 09:08 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 268
Posted By G. P. Burdell
Once you have access to the trunk, you may want...

Once you have access to the trunk, you may want to review this thread.

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=511230
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