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Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 08-21-2016, 08:52 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 277
Posted By G. P. Burdell
Make sure you didn't overlook these things when...

Make sure you didn't overlook these things when you replaced the valve cover gasket.

--Clean the oil off of the old valve cover before reinstalling it. Some of that oil can seep out during...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 08-21-2016, 08:44 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 680
Posted By G. P. Burdell
With the pump disconnected, it's likely that the...

With the pump disconnected, it's likely that the engine computer would record one or more codes for insufficient secondary air flow.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 08-20-2016, 05:39 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 231
Posted By G. P. Burdell
I'm assuming your car has a BMW alarm system. To...

I'm assuming your car has a BMW alarm system. To learn how to remove it, it's helpful to learn where the various components of the alarm system are located and how they are installed. Here's a good...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 08-18-2016, 04:30 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 283
Posted By G. P. Burdell
If it's adjustable, has a blue finish and comes...

If it's adjustable, has a blue finish and comes with bushings that aren't made of black rubber, then it probably isn't stock. The bushing brackets look more like the kind found on the rear.

I have...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 08-17-2016, 06:05 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 326
Posted By G. P. Burdell
This. Lead-acid batteries produce hydrogen gas...

This. Lead-acid batteries produce hydrogen gas when they are charged.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 08-11-2016, 01:41 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 151
Posted By G. P. Burdell
I saved these links a long time ago, just in case...

I saved these links a long time ago, just in case my car's hood release mechanism ever broke. I hope they contain some useful information. Good luck!
...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 07-23-2016, 11:54 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 460
Posted By G. P. Burdell
Search this sub-forum for "tail light recall,"...

Search this sub-forum for "tail light recall," and check for an open recall on the tail lights here:

https://vinrcl.safercar.gov/vin/

It's likely that your car still needs to have the repair...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 07-16-2016, 05:36 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 550
Posted By G. P. Burdell
That's too bad about AC Hydraulic. Their stands...

That's too bad about AC Hydraulic. Their stands and floor jack have served us well. I bought them many, many years ago, shortly after the frame of a made-in-China, two-ton floor jack bent while I was...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 07-16-2016, 10:12 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 550
Posted By G. P. Burdell
I have the Danish-made AC Hydraulic flat-top...

I have the Danish-made AC Hydraulic flat-top stands with the round rubber pads. They were the gold standard, and more readily available in the U.S., before ESCO introduced their Chinese-made copies. ...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 07-07-2016, 04:52 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 376
Posted By G. P. Burdell
A quality low-profile floor jack is worth its...

A quality low-profile floor jack is worth its weight in gold. Check out the AC Hydraulic DK20 line - it has the clearance and reach to get to that center jack point on the aluminum reinforcement...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 07-07-2016, 04:41 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 185
Posted By G. P. Burdell
The power steering fluid reservoir and hoses are...

The power steering fluid reservoir and hoses are known to develop leaks over time. Don't be surprised to find yourself replacing them, and if you do, replace everything - all of the rubber hoses...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 07-07-2016, 04:36 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 760
Posted By G. P. Burdell
The only thing I plan to see my local dealer...

The only thing I plan to see my local dealer about in the near future is to have the steering wheel airbag replaced under recall. I'm hopeful that they and other dealers will begin to have parts...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 07-05-2016, 04:15 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 159
Posted By G. P. Burdell
Oil seepage from a leaking valve cover could be...

Oil seepage from a leaking valve cover could be to blame, but it's not uncommon for oil to force its way back through the sensor body and into the connector. Clean the plug contacts with electrical...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 07-05-2016, 04:13 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 238
Posted By G. P. Burdell
The tire pressure sticker on the driver's door...

The tire pressure sticker on the driver's door jamb (or the table in the owner's manual) takes precedence over the maximum pressure marked on the tire sidewall. The sidewall simply lists the maximum...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 06-28-2016, 05:17 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 220
Posted By G. P. Burdell
It's a long shot, but you may still be able to...

It's a long shot, but you may still be able to get a boot liner from your local BMW dealer parts department.

MacNeil Automotive (the parent company of WeatherTech) produces the rubber floor mats...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 06-24-2016, 04:36 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 232
Posted By G. P. Burdell
I'm afraid I'm not familiar with the puller tool...

I'm afraid I'm not familiar with the puller tool you mentioned. If you are having trouble removing or reinstalling the pulley, it's probably because there is corrosion on the hub.

To remove a...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 06-23-2016, 05:43 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 278
Posted By G. P. Burdell
When you lock the doors from the outside, the...

When you lock the doors from the outside, the electric actuator locks the fuel door by pushing a metal rod into a lug on the inside of the fill door. When the actuator fails, the pull cord allows you...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 06-07-2016, 05:47 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,562
Posted By G. P. Burdell
Behold: Your candy store. ...

Behold: Your candy store.

http://www.mcmaster.com/

Though their catalog rarely lists brand names, McMaster tends to stock the good stuff. I've ordered and received hand tools by FACOM, Proto,...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 06-05-2016, 08:50 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 380
Posted By G. P. Burdell
You're in luck; I took a few photos of my ZKW...

You're in luck; I took a few photos of my ZKW headlights before I got rid of them. See attached.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 06-04-2016, 05:36 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 380
Posted By G. P. Burdell
You might be able to just take off the rear caps...

You might be able to just take off the rear caps and look into the headlight through the openings. A long pair of forceps or a hemostat could help you to guide the white plastic bracket back onto the...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 06-04-2016, 11:54 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 380
Posted By G. P. Burdell
When disassembling the headlight, it's easy to...

When disassembling the headlight, it's easy to turn the adjusters so far that the translucent white brackets come off of the gray threaded rods. It's important to make sure they're seated properly,...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 06-02-2016, 04:51 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,562
Posted By G. P. Burdell
You're just as capable of learning about cars as...

You're just as capable of learning about cars as anyone else. :)

Even if you don't end up working on your own car, consider purchasing a copy of the Bentley Publishers repair manual. Like the...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 05-29-2016, 05:22 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 428
Posted By G. P. Burdell
I'll add a couple things to Tommy's advice on...

I'll add a couple things to Tommy's advice on bleeding the cooling system.

1. Elevating the front end on ramps or jackstands, or even on an inclined driveway, helps to coax the air out of the...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 05-20-2016, 05:58 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 585
Posted By G. P. Burdell
If the power steering pulley is wobbling, it...

If the power steering pulley is wobbling, it could be a sign of a damaged pulley or a worn-out power steering pump. Inspect the pulley for cracks (it's made of a composite material), and with the...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 05-20-2016, 03:23 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 585
Posted By G. P. Burdell
This. While the aluminum reinforcing plate and...

This. While the aluminum reinforcing plate and the front subframe are out of the way for replacement of the engine mounts, it's also a good opportunity to replace the oil level sensor (if it's bad)...
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