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Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 12-11-2015, 07:30 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 572
Posted By Randy Forbes
The head cover/cam cover/valve cover, whatever...

The head cover/cam cover/valve cover, whatever you want to call it doesn't usually leak on its own; it's when pressure builds up in there that the oil is forced out.

A blocked/clogged cyclone oil...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 12-11-2015, 07:02 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 574
Posted By Randy Forbes
Only put the anti-seize__my preference is for...

Only put the anti-seize__my preference is for Kopr-Shield__on the first few threads, and VERY SPARINGLY.

A little goes a long way.

You DO NOT want the lubricant to reach or get on the conical...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 12-11-2015, 06:30 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 574
Posted By Randy Forbes
I recently broke a 17mm impact socket (with a...

I recently broke a 17mm impact socket (with a standard breaker bar, no air tool or extension pipe) removing a lug-bolt on a customer's car. The threads on that bolt were distinctly stretched, and...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 11-24-2015, 11:28 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 967
Posted By Randy Forbes
I have a mint condition pair of OE roll hoops...

I have a mint condition pair of OE roll hoops that were removed from an 01 M Rdstr when it was still pretty new; the car's owner fitted the chrome hoops that were then popular aftermarket items...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 11-09-2015, 09:11 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 526
Posted By Randy Forbes
You can see how I did the job, in pictures, but I...

You can see how I did the job, in pictures, but I don't do write ups.

http://spcarsplus.com/gallery3/var/resizes/BLR-DEER/IMG_8445.jpg?m=1350776396

Thirty-two (32) page album here: ...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 11-09-2015, 08:54 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 575
Posted By Randy Forbes
I stay pretty busy, usually booked three (>3)...

I stay pretty busy, usually booked three (>3) months out all the time, but I might be able to slot you in between some of the other work I'm doing.

I'm on the outskirts of Parrish, about forty...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 09-22-2015, 06:45 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 564
Posted By Randy Forbes
Here are the front and back pages of the...

Here are the front and back pages of the Inspection Worksheet, as used by the dealer's techs when performing the oil, Inspection I / II services:

This one is for the 01 model year; I also have the...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 09-22-2015, 06:32 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 376
Posted By Randy Forbes
From a guess__that really is a lousy picture__it...

From a guess__that really is a lousy picture__it looks like it goes to the remote CD changer, if one was fitted. Seems there'd be a second plug/connector too (6-conductor?). Guessing again, but was...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 08-27-2015, 10:38 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 445
Posted By Randy Forbes
Left to right: 1/4 turn fastener for the LH...

Left to right:
1/4 turn fastener for the LH wheelwell trim panel in the trunk; receptacle for the fastener is up fairly high, by the taillight. Removing that 1/4 turn fastener gives access to the...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 04-25-2015, 06:26 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 745
Posted By Randy Forbes
Nice inheritance! I also have an 01 M Rdstr that...

Nice inheritance! I also have an 01 M Rdstr that we bought new__it's probably been the most reliable, least expensive to maintain, car that I have ever owned!

Given the mileage, and planned...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 03-28-2015, 08:58 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 660
Posted By Randy Forbes
Two (2) things come to mind, after reading the...

Two (2) things come to mind, after reading the above posts; I think you need to find someone with an Autologics diagnostic computer, and utilize the Bleed ABS function in it. The Autologics will...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 03-28-2015, 04:55 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 904
Posted By Randy Forbes
Do you have an ETM for your car? Shoot me an...

Do you have an ETM for your car? Shoot me an E-mail, telling me what year (of manufacture/model year) your ///M Coupe is. Address in signature pic...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 03-28-2015, 12:29 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 6,833
Posted By Randy Forbes
For the record, I never used the A-word, merely...

For the record, I never used the A-word, merely saying dementia.

Yes, I think of the lovable old curmudgeon a lot myself.
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 03-26-2015, 10:40 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 904
Posted By Randy Forbes
Autologics can code the modules too; I have never...

Autologics can code the modules too; I have never had the need to do this, but I do have a Coupe here right now (with a very sad back-story...) that the windows don't drop when the door is opened, so...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 03-26-2015, 04:19 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 605
Posted By Randy Forbes
Molded foam, held on with butyl rubber...

Molded foam, held on with butyl rubber caulk/adhesive__aka, stickiness from hell!

It is possible to do little to no damage to the barrier upon removal, but not if you're in a hurry...

(which is...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 03-26-2015, 11:39 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 904
Posted By Randy Forbes
Going to be a PITA, but you must have a fractured...

Going to be a PITA, but you must have a fractured wire somewhere in the circuit; in the case of my '99 M Rdstr, it was where the wire flexed too many times going into the trunklid. I'd start looking...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 03-26-2015, 09:33 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 678
Posted By Randy Forbes
I recommend that you take a look under the false...

I recommend that you take a look under the false floor in the trunk, and also underneath the car; IF this is the source of your noise, you don't want to keep driving it like this guy did!

As bad...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 03-22-2015, 06:42 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 58,884
Posted By Randy Forbes
Since I can't edit my own post to correct the...

Since I can't edit my own post to correct the broken links, I'll quote it...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 12-08-2014, 12:06 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,460
Posted By Randy Forbes
Or Cindarella (Cindy Reller) leading a convoy of...

Or Cindarella (Cindy Reller) leading a convoy of up to 130 Z3s & Z3/Ms from Ohio to HC.

One year, Kenn Sparks agreed to meet the convoy @ Deal's Gap, if she had a hundred (100) cars, and roll into...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 11-14-2014, 09:06 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 720
Posted By Randy Forbes
To agree with Doug, I have only heard of one (1)...

To agree with Doug, I have only heard of one (1) ever automatic xmsn equipped Z3 having a problem, and have personally never seen one myself.

To carry that last sentence a little further, I have...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 11-14-2014, 08:42 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 912
Posted By Randy Forbes
Just as a point of reference, our member here,...

Just as a point of reference, our member here, Derek, aka "Vinci" has done a very comprehensive write up on the subject of top replacement, as well as a few other common maintenance jobs.

I...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 11-13-2014, 09:16 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 912
Posted By Randy Forbes
Yes, people (and car-people in particular) love...

Yes, people (and car-people in particular) love to see pictures; the more taken apart the subject matter is, the better!

I can very matter-of-factly say, that what I do to earn a living today, is...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 05-07-2014, 04:41 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,123
Posted By Randy Forbes
I've been side-stepping this thread, but I'll...

I've been side-stepping this thread, but I'll tell you what I know, and how it relates to the 1999 & 2001 ///M Roadsters. If you wanted to bypass the clutch interlock switch, it was a simple matter...
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 04-23-2014, 11:40 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 688
Posted By Randy Forbes
I'm going to have to write those guys a terse...

I'm going to have to write those guys a terse letter; they're making the rest of us look bad... :angel:
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 04-23-2014, 11:37 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 885
Posted By Randy Forbes
I did when I had the black car painted. Pretty...

I did when I had the black car painted. Pretty simple really, remove the old, noting how its fitted, and replace the new the same way.

One tip might be to buy the seal ahead of time, unroll it,...
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