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Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 08-22-2014, 11:34 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 212
Posted By al_macaroni
It sort of sounds like the torque converter might...

It sort of sounds like the torque converter might be on its way out. Especially since you are not encountering any error codes.

I had a similar surging issue when decelerating to a stop or when...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 08-22-2014, 10:06 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 256
Posted By al_macaroni
The C110 is great. It will read BMW codes that...

The C110 is great. It will read BMW codes that generic ODB readers will not see. It saved me a bundle on reading error codes that I could DIY repair.

Depending upon mileage, your belt tensioner...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 08-21-2014, 06:10 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 256
Posted By al_macaroni
2008 X3si high pitched whistle at idle/stalls

What codes are returned with the check engine light? Were the VANOS solenoids replaced?

I had a similar sound and behavior on my 2008 that went away when the VANOS solenoids were replaced. But,...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 08-21-2014, 10:23 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 235
Posted By al_macaroni
Not the best wire tuck job ...

Not the best wire tuck job
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Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 08-21-2014, 09:49 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 235
Posted By al_macaroni
It's not all that cool, but it is relatively...

It's not all that cool, but it is relatively inexpensive and it works.

Wires all over the place drive me crazy. I tried to do my Sportster install in a way that would allow me to minimize wire...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 08-21-2014, 05:22 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 235
Posted By al_macaroni
I'm running Sirius with one of the original...

I'm running Sirius with one of the original Sportster receivers and it is connected via the AUX input on the back of the console on my 2008. The sound quality is OK when I listen to the music...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 08-19-2014, 11:43 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 688
Posted By al_macaroni
I'm with you, I would check out the starter...

I'm with you, I would check out the starter first. If that checks out OK, next I would look at the ignition switch as being a possible source of the problem.

Good luck
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 08-12-2014, 12:53 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 674
Posted By al_macaroni
Here are some examples of the BMW specific...

Here are some examples of the BMW specific trouble codes I pulled off the C110 the last time I had issues.

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Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 08-11-2014, 11:49 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 674
Posted By al_macaroni
Is your Check Engine Light on or has it come on...

Is your Check Engine Light on or has it come on in the recent past?
See the above posts regarding reading the CEL codes. This reader is geared toward BMW specific codes, but you can stop by an auto...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 08-11-2014, 11:24 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 674
Posted By al_macaroni
+1 Definetely get the C110 code reader. I have...

+1
Definetely get the C110 code reader. I have a 2008 and had the very same issue. I got one and it allowed me to see exactly which items were sending error codes.
Thank you joylove for the...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 08-11-2014, 09:15 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 909
Posted By al_macaroni
My bank 2 sensor went about 500 miles after my...

My bank 2 sensor went about 500 miles after my bank 1.

If you only change the bad sensor, and not the two pre-cat sensors, you will save $100. But you will run the risk of having to spend the...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 08-11-2014, 07:55 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 909
Posted By al_macaroni
I agree with swampX3. If your CEL code is for the...

I agree with swampX3. If your CEL code is for the pre-cat O2 sensors. Go ahead and replace them. If you are a DIY person, it should not be that difficult. Amazon currently has a 15% e-coupon for...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 08-08-2014, 04:09 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 15,583
Posted By al_macaroni
I was able to replace them without removing the...

I was able to replace them without removing the strut brace. I used the Gearwrench 5/8 spark plug socket with the built-in swivel extension. It made it possible to work around the strut brace on my...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 08-08-2014, 06:15 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 15,583
Posted By al_macaroni
I used these NGK's on my 2008 with the N52...

I used these NGK's on my 2008 with the N52 engine.

NGK (1208) ILZFR6D11 Laser Iridium Spark Plug

I purchased from Amazon.


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Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 08-04-2014, 04:58 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 349
Posted By al_macaroni
2008 X3 with N52 engine - currently 107,000 miles...

2008 X3 with N52 engine - currently 107,000 miles

Over the past 4 months and 10,000 miles (97k - 107k), I've replaced these items. Some are maintenance items and others might or might not be...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 07-21-2014, 08:06 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 271
Posted By al_macaroni
I believe that is your front tow hook cover. You...

I believe that is your front tow hook cover. You can find the specific part number for your year and model at www.realoem.com.

Make sure to look in your glove box, console and under the cargo...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 07-12-2014, 11:38 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 343
Posted By al_macaroni
I have a 2008 with 105k miles. At around 98k, I...

I have a 2008 with 105k miles. At around 98k, I started noticing a rough idle when I would first start the car. Fast forward to 100k miles and my car would stall occasionally when turning after a it...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 06-26-2014, 05:25 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 283
Posted By al_macaroni
I got Bosch ignition coils in the $29 range from...

I got Bosch ignition coils in the $29 range from FCP Euro.

Using a swivel sparkplug socket or a sparkplug socket and a wobble extension make it much easier to get to the sparkplugs in #6 and #4.
...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 06-17-2014, 04:08 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 884
Posted By al_macaroni
Yes, the camshaft position sensor is called a...

Yes, the camshaft position sensor is called a pulse generator on real OEM.
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 06-16-2014, 12:03 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 331
Posted By al_macaroni
Check to see if you have any ODB II engine error...

Check to see if you have any ODB II engine error codes. I have a 2008 with 102k miles. Mine probably started acting up with the vibrating at idle at around 90k. It got really bad at 100k.
...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 06-10-2014, 05:30 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 415
Posted By al_macaroni
The headlight washer should spray the first time...

The headlight washer should spray the first time the window washers are used when the headlights are on.

Turn on your headlights and give your windshield a spray. The headlight washers should...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 06-08-2014, 05:35 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 884
Posted By al_macaroni
It could be the (intake) camshaft position...

It could be the (intake) camshaft position sensor.

The exhaust and intake cam position sensors are located right by the vanos solenoids you swapped.

Google e90 n52 cam position sensor to see...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 06-03-2014, 06:13 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,455
Posted By al_macaroni
Check out post # 47 ...

Check out post # 47

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=457330&page=2
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 06-02-2014, 05:24 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,399
Posted By al_macaroni
How old are your spark plugs? If you have over...

How old are your spark plugs? If you have over 80k miles on them, they could be going bad. Old plugs can cause idling issues which in turn cause jerkyness when coming to a stop.
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 05-07-2014, 04:47 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,455
Posted By al_macaroni
Sounds like a good deal.

Sounds like a good deal.
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