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Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) Yesterday, 07:47 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 143
Posted By Blacklane
Can you give us more details? Where are you? (US...

Can you give us more details? Where are you? (US and Europe have different specifications) What model is this? (Coupe or roadster, M or non-M) What year is it? What engine do you have? Have you...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 07-31-2015, 07:59 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 297
Posted By Blacklane
Bluelectron: Note that Vintage42 has a...

Bluelectron: Note that Vintage42 has a 4-cylinder car while yours is 6-cylinder. Many of the parts on his list won't be correct for your car.

You can go to RealOEM.com for an illustrated list of...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 07-31-2015, 03:32 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 297
Posted By Blacklane
Replace every plastic piece in your cooling...

Replace every plastic piece in your cooling system now. It is all getting old a brittle and can fail catastrophically at any time and can quickly destroy and aluminum engine. You already have a...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 07-30-2015, 06:21 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 257
Posted By Blacklane
If you have an original radio, know the radio...

If you have an original radio, know the radio code before disconnecting the battery.
If you replace the battery, you need one with an external vent. It's a hose the takes the acidic vapor outside...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 07-29-2015, 08:10 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 431
Posted By Blacklane
I had one of those cars. Mine was all white. ...

I had one of those cars. Mine was all white. That was the jet age; everything had jet features, especially cars.

You could easily fit yourself and eight friends in it: five in the front and...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 07-29-2015, 05:34 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 232
Posted By Blacklane
Usually, the problem is a broken diaphragm inside...

Usually, the problem is a broken diaphragm inside the oil separator.
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 07-29-2015, 04:29 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 232
Posted By Blacklane
That sounds like the classic symptom of a bad CCV...

That sounds like the classic symptom of a bad CCV oil separator on these cars. It's a pretty easy fix.
There is a lot of good info in this thread: ...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 07-28-2015, 04:47 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 336
Posted By Blacklane
That much over-heating could indeed cause the...

That much over-heating could indeed cause the aluminum engine to be destroyed, but maybe not.
To properly bleed the system, you must jack the front of the car as high as possible. Open the bleed...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 07-27-2015, 04:47 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 237
Posted By Blacklane
See if it shifts OK with the engine turned "off"....

See if it shifts OK with the engine turned "off". If it does, the problem is clutch hydraulics not allowing the clutch to disengage fully. That's a pretty common problem. You might just need to...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 07-27-2015, 04:30 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 255
Posted By Blacklane
It certainly sounds like a bad brake switch. ...

It certainly sounds like a bad brake switch. It's not hard to replace. It's right above the brake pedal and is activated by the brake pedal arm. When the pedal is depressed, the arm moves forward....
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 07-26-2015, 08:30 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 286
Posted By Blacklane
OK. So you have a dual-VANOS engine with codes: ...

OK. So you have a dual-VANOS engine with codes:
P1520 "B" Camshaft Position Actuator Bank 1
P0349 Camshaft Position Sensor "A" Circuit Intermittent

P 1520 usually means a bad VANOS solenoid or...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 07-26-2015, 04:46 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 286
Posted By Blacklane
You need to tell us a few things like what year...

You need to tell us a few things like what year and what engine.
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 07-25-2015, 08:23 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 252
Posted By Blacklane
The yaw sensor is located under the driver's seat...

The yaw sensor is located under the driver's seat and carpet. Often rainwater soaking the carpet (maybe a roof leak or top left down in rain) can damage it. Maybe that's your problem.
Look over...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 07-24-2015, 06:31 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 342
Posted By Blacklane
I finally Googled this because it made no sense...

I finally Googled this because it made no sense to me to off-set the diff mount hole.
What I think you bought was a kit meant to raise the back end of the car by adding extra space at the bottom of...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 07-23-2015, 09:51 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 301
Posted By Blacklane
Polyurethane subframe bushings are a must. ...

Polyurethane subframe bushings are a must. Polyurethane Rear Trailing Arm Bushings are optional and have some objectionable qualities, mostly that they tend to squeak. OEM rubber does not have that...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 07-21-2015, 08:16 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 982
Posted By Blacklane
You can drive without the glove box, and it has...

You can drive without the glove box, and it has to come out anyway, so why not remove it and fabricate the bracket based on measurements? That's what I did.
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 07-21-2015, 08:06 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 353
Posted By Blacklane
I replaced the leather myself using new leather...

I replaced the leather myself using new leather covers from Leatherseats.com. My seats are featured in their YouTube Z3 Sport Seats ad. The new leather is much better than original and still looks...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 07-19-2015, 05:40 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 304
Posted By Blacklane
Nope. I've never done it. There are some...

Nope. I've never done it. There are some YouTube videos on how it's done on other models. That might help. There might be a Pelican Parts article on it.
There are a few posts here on the...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 07-19-2015, 03:56 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 304
Posted By Blacklane
That sounds like the Idle Air Control valve. ...

That sounds like the Idle Air Control valve. It's an easy DIY to replace, but maybe you just need to clean it with Throttle Body Cleaner (what we used to call Carb Cleaner). If that doesn't work,...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 07-19-2015, 01:24 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 301
Posted By Blacklane
What mounts are you using, the eccentric bolt...

What mounts are you using, the eccentric bolt style or the serrated uni-lock style? The uni-lock ones must be ground-off to avoid hitting the fuel tank.
The RTAB bolts can only be installed toward...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 07-19-2015, 01:19 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 342
Posted By Blacklane
I've never heard of a stock differential bushing...

I've never heard of a stock differential bushing with an off-set hole. You can usually choose between solid M-style and slotted non-M-style. The slotted one has sort of ribs in the rubber part and...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 07-16-2015, 07:23 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 273
Posted By Blacklane
BMW uses a special lubricant for that. The...

BMW uses a special lubricant for that. The Bentley manual says to use Kerosene. I've heard of Tire lubricant, Windex, and Dish Soap among others. I used dish soap.
Note that you have to get the...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 07-16-2015, 04:39 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 922
Posted By Blacklane
My theory is that rear shocks are a large...

My theory is that rear shocks are a large contributor to tramlining, but I have not tested the theory.
The rear suspension geometry is made such that, as a rear tire is forced upward, such as the...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 07-16-2015, 04:24 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 670
Posted By Blacklane
I wish there were just one topic in this thread. ...

I wish there were just one topic in this thread.
Whalen makes the best seat bushings. They're made from Delrin, which doesn't deteriorate with age. The OEM ones are rubber compounds that do....
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 07-12-2015, 08:03 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 321
Posted By Blacklane
Well, you've got to feel good about that.

Well, you've got to feel good about that.
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