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Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) Yesterday, 09:49 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 63,296
Posted By G. P. Burdell
In this context, PSA stands for Public Service...

In this context, PSA stands for Public Service Announcement.

Edit: I was too slow!
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 10-20-2014, 05:47 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 180
Posted By G. P. Burdell
The connector for the oil pressure switch has a...

The connector for the oil pressure switch has a single wire. Check the back of your oil filter housing.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 10-20-2014, 05:43 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 8,100
Posted By G. P. Burdell
Oh, joy. After reviewing new test results from...

Oh, joy. After reviewing new test results from the airbag manufacturer, NHTSA is now urging owners of affected vehicles to get the airbags replaced immediately:

Defect in Takata Air Bags Prompts...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 10-17-2014, 09:18 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 186
Posted By G. P. Burdell
Look on all sides of the module for a label with...

Look on all sides of the module for a label with the passkey printed on it. The label can sometimes be found on the bottom side.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 10-13-2014, 05:20 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 405
Posted By G. P. Burdell
Yes. Both ZKW and AL produced bi-xenon headlights...

Yes. Both ZKW and AL produced bi-xenon headlights for sedans and wagons.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 10-13-2014, 05:02 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 405
Posted By G. P. Burdell
ZKW produced headlights for sedans and wagons. As...

ZKW produced headlights for sedans and wagons. As far as I know, coupe and convertible bi-xenon headlights all came from AL.

Look for the AL logo in the inner corners of the clear headlight...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 10-07-2014, 09:32 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 604
Posted By G. P. Burdell
Agreed. It's ZHP time. I'm glad you and your...

Agreed. It's ZHP time.

I'm glad you and your daughters are safe. You're very lucky that the unlicensed driver had his parents' insurance.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 10-06-2014, 04:44 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 529
Posted By G. P. Burdell
When your mechanic discovered the loose wires,...

When your mechanic discovered the loose wires, were they inside the headlight assembly? It's possible that the headlight's internal wires weren't installed correctly at the factory, and there's not...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 10-06-2014, 04:31 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 346
Posted By G. P. Burdell
A bad ground could also be the cause. For...

A bad ground could also be the cause. For example, poor tail light grounding is known to cause headlight weirdness.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 10-06-2014, 04:27 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,161
Posted By G. P. Burdell
Welcome! This one worries me. Have you...

Welcome!


This one worries me. Have you traced the speaker wires to see if the previous owner hacked up the stock wire harness?
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 10-04-2014, 05:55 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 544
Posted By G. P. Burdell
The facelift is explained in the wiki....

The facelift is explained in the wiki. (http://www.bimmerfest.com/wiki/index.php?title=BMW_E46)
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 10-03-2014, 09:47 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 544
Posted By G. P. Burdell
Facelifted (2004-up) coupes and convertibles have...

Facelifted (2004-up) coupes and convertibles have sealed headlight assemblies that require baking in order to remove the outer lens. All others have clip-on lenses.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 10-03-2014, 05:07 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 232
Posted By G. P. Burdell
The plugs with the integrated rubber O-rings are...

The plugs with the integrated rubber O-rings are a newer design. I bought a couple from my local BMW dealer a few years ago. I believe they're meant to be replaced whenever you change the...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 09-30-2014, 05:40 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 529
Posted By G. P. Burdell
Here's an explanation of what OE and OEM mean: ...

Here's an explanation of what OE and OEM mean: http://www.bimmerzone.com/category/Tip_and_Tricks_OEM.html

OEM parts quality can vary depending on the part and the manufacturer, but in the case of...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 09-30-2014, 04:40 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 206
Posted By G. P. Burdell
I found these for sale a while back:...

I found these for sale a while back: http://www.bimmerzone.com/category/BMW_Accessories_Key_Cover.html

Please note that I have no direct experience with this vendor.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 09-30-2014, 04:22 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 529
Posted By G. P. Burdell
Wow. $2,700 is close to the full BMW dealer MSRP....

Wow. $2,700 is close to the full BMW dealer MSRP.

Magneti Marelli (the parent company of AL) sells the same lights in the aftermarket for a lot less. It pays to shop around at the discount BMW...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 09-29-2014, 06:01 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 405
Posted By G. P. Burdell
Fortunately for those with bi-xenon headlights...

Fortunately for those with bi-xenon headlights manufactured by AL, the wiring harness for the ballast, bi-xenon shutter, and igniter is available as a separate part. Note that there are different...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 09-29-2014, 05:23 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 529
Posted By G. P. Burdell
You're welcome. Properly functioning, correctly...

You're welcome. Properly functioning, correctly aimed xenon headlights put a lot more useful light on the road than halogens do. They're well worth the extra expense, especially during deer season. ...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 09-29-2014, 07:56 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 529
Posted By G. P. Burdell
The problem you describe is common to sedan...

The problem you describe is common to sedan bi-xenon headlights manufactured and supplied to BMW by a company called ZKW. Headlights manufactured by Magneti Marelli/Automotive Lighting (AL), another...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 09-28-2014, 07:17 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 405
Posted By G. P. Burdell
When one of our xenon headlights fails to light...

When one of our xenon headlights fails to light up, the problem can usually be traced to one of three components: the bulb, the ballast, and the igniter. Because we have two of each component, we can...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 09-26-2014, 05:46 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 746
Posted By G. P. Burdell
This. There's only so much you can do for lenses...

This. There's only so much you can do for lenses that are sandblasted.

Also, the UV radiation from my xenon headlights seems to have given the lenses a semicircular "sunburn" that may not come...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 09-24-2014, 12:27 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 329
Posted By G. P. Burdell
If my mechanic told me to ignore warning lights...

If my mechanic told me to ignore warning lights and a spontaneous braking condition that could render the car uncontrollable, I would find another mechanic.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 09-18-2014, 03:57 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 217
Posted By G. P. Burdell
There's no need to replace the airbag with...

There's no need to replace the airbag with another if your replacement steering wheel uses the same type of airbag. You can transfer your existing airbag to the replacement steering wheel. As long...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 09-18-2014, 03:51 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 230
Posted By G. P. Burdell
Replacing the oil filter housing gasket is the...

Replacing the oil filter housing gasket is the ideal time to preventatively replace the VANOS oil hose. The hose eventually develops leaks at the crimped ends.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 09-13-2014, 05:21 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 8,100
Posted By G. P. Burdell
It's explained in the NYT article I posted above....

It's explained in the NYT article I posted above. The propellant is highly sensitive to contamination by moisture, which makes it unstable and prone to "overly energetic combustion." Some of the...
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