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Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 01-27-2013, 02:28 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 848
Posted By gsbmw
This DIY has pictures to show how to remove the...

This DIY has pictures to show how to remove the lower seat cushion (just 2 screws) to get access to the motors/electrical (this person also had a passenger seat stuck in rear position):
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Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 04-06-2012, 05:52 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,324
Posted By gsbmw
pctek, if you are losing a quart of oil every 3...

pctek, if you are losing a quart of oil every 3 weeks or so, then you have a serious leak. I presume you are seeing a nice oil leak under your engine in you parking spot, correct? You *might* have...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 04-02-2012, 04:06 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,324
Posted By gsbmw
This easy check could save you guys a huge...

This easy check could save you guys a huge headache, expense and lost weekend doing something better:

Go to this easy DIY with good pictures: http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=773551
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Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 04-02-2012, 03:49 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,700
Posted By gsbmw
Yup, 90% chance that is is a broken oil separator...

Yup, 90% chance that is is a broken oil separator hose that goes from the oil separator (or CVV, CCV, PCV etc) down to the dipstick tube. Very common on the 1999, 2000 and up to later years, but the...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 03-18-2012, 06:24 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 470
Posted By gsbmw
If you, or someone else, is still looking for an...

If you, or someone else, is still looking for an answer, it is almost undoubtedly a broken hose that goes from the bottom of the CVV/oil separator to the dipstick tube. I had exactly the same codes...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 03-18-2012, 06:20 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 43,159
Posted By gsbmw
For P1188 and P1189, (and/or other codes like...

For P1188 and P1189, (and/or other codes like P0170/P0173 or P0171/P0174, depending on your model) this simple broken hose fix may solve those codes. See this DIY:
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Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 03-18-2012, 06:09 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 789
Posted By gsbmw
If you haven't already found it, you should have...

If you haven't already found it, you should have a look at this DIY.
A simple fix for what looks like may be your root problem. Very similar codes.
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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-26-2012, 04:30 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 7,375
Posted By gsbmw
Here is another post I found that may help some...

Here is another post I found that may help some people. It shows some realoem.com diagrams of the hose-related vacuum system and some how-to info as well:
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Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 01-23-2012, 04:07 AM
Replies: 592
Views: 244,220
Posted By gsbmw
Tmack04, if you have a GM transmission with NO...

Tmack04, if you have a GM transmission with NO Reverse, then your repair may be easy to do, even for yourself. There is a DIY either here or at E46Fanatics that describes what to replace (just a...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 01-23-2012, 03:47 AM
Replies: 592
Views: 244,220
Posted By gsbmw
My independent trans shop says $85 for fluid and...

My independent trans shop says $85 for fluid and filter ($75 if they did the rebuild/repair on it). It's so easy for them. Probably takes all of 10 min. They use Dexron VI in my ZF auto trans and...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-23-2012, 03:32 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 7,454
Posted By gsbmw
Take a very close look at the #4 hose (in the 2nd...

Take a very close look at the #4 hose (in the 2nd picture of post #7 above) in your car. This tube carries oil from the separator to the oil pan via the dipstick tube. Oil and rubber don't mix, so...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-23-2012, 03:07 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 7,375
Posted By gsbmw
A very common fix for lean codes for both banks...

A very common fix for lean codes for both banks is the easy replacement of the cracked (often broken in two!) oil vent hose that connects the bottom of the oil separator to the dipstick tube. It is...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 01-23-2012, 02:29 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 511
Posted By gsbmw
Yes, the accordion folds in the rubber air intake...

Yes, the accordion folds in the rubber air intake boots often develop cracks as ffej said. The DISA gasket sometimes leaks also.

I found that a break in the rubber hose that goes from the oil...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 05-28-2011, 04:32 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,129
Posted By gsbmw
I'm glad it worked out for you. Maybe it's a...

I'm glad it worked out for you. Maybe it's a model difference between our cars or you have great luck. I just noticed on the Pelican Parts website, a customer review states that the Behr radiator...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 05-27-2011, 11:38 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,129
Posted By gsbmw
A word to the wise, do not get the Behr radiator....

A word to the wise, do not get the Behr radiator. It is not oem for E46, at least it wasn't on mine. I bought a Behr radiator and it did not fit well at all, and it took me hours to modify the...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 05-27-2011, 09:58 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,905
Posted By gsbmw
Stevenj, perhaps you did this, but as I remember...

Stevenj, perhaps you did this, but as I remember when I did a regulator some time ago, you need to take care to align the window during regulator installation (for example, the forward edge of the...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 05-25-2011, 05:39 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,130
Posted By gsbmw
With a little luck, you may just need to replace...

With a little luck, you may just need to replace both your belts, and possibly a belt tensioner and/or pulley, and you should be fine, IF the car did not overheat for very long.

You say the belt...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 05-01-2011, 01:51 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 12,051
Posted By gsbmw
You're welcome, HerrK. Your post reminds...

You're welcome, HerrK.

Your post reminds me that I should have mentioned they have 8 models - from entry level to professional (currently from about $49 to $194 at Amazon; free shipping!).
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Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 04-30-2011, 05:39 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 12,051
Posted By gsbmw
Several years ago I did a lot of research on...

Several years ago I did a lot of research on scanners and decided on the Innova Equus 3100 (86 bucks at Amazon; list price $192). It has many more capabilities for the money than any other scanner I...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 08-04-2010, 04:12 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,723
Posted By gsbmw
Ditto for the intake boot cracks, especially on...

Ditto for the intake boot cracks, especially on the lower intake boot's "Y", which goes to the ICV. Other common causes for these codes are:

- DISA valve gasket leak
- oil separator (CVV) bad,...
Forum: Do-It-Yourself H.Q. 07-30-2010, 04:08 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 907
Posted By gsbmw
Just try home depot, a well stocked auto parts...

Just try home depot, a well stocked auto parts store, or probably better, a good old fashioned hardware store. Tell them its for a radiator hose (hot coolant), and take the old one with you!
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 07-30-2010, 03:52 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,380
Posted By gsbmw
I would first replace the thermostat, reset the...

I would first replace the thermostat, reset the codes and see if the other code still comes up. If the engine is warming up at the wrong pace or running at the wrong temp, it can set off other codes...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 07-30-2010, 03:07 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 9,848
Posted By gsbmw
My list of possible causes of lean codes for both...

My list of possible causes of lean codes for both banks (in no particular order).....

Vacuum leak:
- cracks in the accordion folds of the intake boots
- cracked or broken oil...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 06-27-2010, 02:31 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 6,578
Posted By gsbmw
Jim, I'm not sure if you're still reading the...

Jim,
I'm not sure if you're still reading the forum, but I had these codes (P1188 P1189 P0170 P0173) on my car and, like you, could not solve the problem by checking the intake boots, cleaning the...
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