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Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) Yesterday, 05:48 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 128
Posted By ails92t
Could be a coin in that area. I had coins fall...

Could be a coin in that area. I had coins fall into that area that restricted the lever movement and affected key removal. Others have seen the same issue.

I never put any coins in the pockets...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 05-06-2014, 01:52 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 399
Posted By ails92t
Overheating can be bad news on this engine. ...

Overheating can be bad news on this engine.

Have you done a compression check?
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 03-26-2014, 07:41 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 405
Posted By ails92t
Difficult to install new seat leather?

My driver's seat (02 330CI coupe) is worn through at the bolster and looks terrible. I have not been able to find a used seat that does not have wear in the same spot.

I have found a place that...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 01-10-2014, 01:34 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 544
Posted By ails92t
So you are saying it does not turn over? Sounds...

So you are saying it does not turn over? Sounds like a dead or dying battery. The cold is a battery killer.

I would take the battery to Advance or Autozone to have it checked.

FYI, just...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 01-03-2014, 01:08 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,542
Posted By ails92t
Thanks for the info. Never heard about adaptive...

Thanks for the info. Never heard about adaptive lights on the E46.

A little reserch shows that it might be only on the facelift coupes?
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 01-03-2014, 11:40 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,542
Posted By ails92t
as it turns on the adaptive function, where the...

as it turns on the adaptive function, where the lights turn to follow the curves in the road. I can't imagine how difficult that is to fix, as the lights on the Vert have to be baked to open.

...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 01-03-2014, 11:34 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 296
Posted By ails92t
If I understand your question (it's a little hard...

If I understand your question (it's a little hard when you are calling everybody a dummy) you are talking about the male threads that the metal ring engages.

I just changed my fuel pump and I...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 10-03-2013, 12:59 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 339
Posted By ails92t
Worn Driver's Seat Bolster

I have a 2002 330CI with a severely worn driver's seat bolster. I hate looking at it every time I get in the car. I checked with some local upholstery shops and they cannot come up with matching...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 08-21-2013, 08:14 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,005
Posted By ails92t
A battery that doesn't hold a charge and an...

A battery that doesn't hold a charge and an alternator that won't charge the battery are two different things.

You said it is a new battery? Have you had it charged and checked (like at an...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 08-20-2013, 12:24 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,005
Posted By ails92t
The alternator isn't charging and the mechanic...

The alternator isn't charging and the mechanic can't figure out what is wrong?

Apparently he's never heard of a failed alternator, but a lot of us with E46s have certainly seen them.

Why does...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 07-18-2013, 12:20 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 364
Posted By ails92t
You can't ask the guy who disconnected something?...

You can't ask the guy who disconnected something?

Why would someone think disconnecting a fan (or blower) didn't affect anything?
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 07-15-2013, 01:09 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 666
Posted By ails92t
Post So, the sequence is: The engine was fine, ...

So, the sequence is:
The engine was fine,
You changed the oil and filter
You took a test drive which showed a low pressure red oil light
You drove the car home with no oil...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 10-24-2012, 06:35 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,012
Posted By ails92t
+1 on hoping you got OEM MAF. Aftermarket MAFs...

+1 on hoping you got OEM MAF. Aftermarket MAFs are terrible. Ask me how I know.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 10-17-2012, 01:41 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,202
Posted By ails92t
The "hockey puck" on the right side (passenger...

The "hockey puck" on the right side (passenger side in the US) is a thermal switch for heated windsheild washer nozzles.

The outside air temp is in the other fender well (drivers side in the US)...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 10-09-2012, 06:03 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,362
Posted By ails92t
Did you read the reviews on this thing? Pretty...

Did you read the reviews on this thing? Pretty bad.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 10-05-2012, 11:27 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 922
Posted By ails92t
I agree that the alternator is a pretty easy DIY....

I agree that the alternator is a pretty easy DIY. Hardest part is remoiving the fan (automatic) but that is not too bad (after you do it once).

Plenty of DIYs and videos on alternator replacement...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 10-05-2012, 11:20 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 604
Posted By ails92t
Can you post a pic of the installed pin in...

Can you post a pic of the installed pin in question? It should be the type shown in your last post (at least it is on the two E46s I work on). Sounds like someone may have put a different fastener...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 10-05-2012, 06:57 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 922
Posted By ails92t
Just curious: What is an "unusual rare...

Just curious: What is an "unusual rare alternator"?

OP: If you do go DIY, do NOT get an Autozone or other aftermarket brand. If you do a little research you will find they are junk. Mine...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 10-02-2012, 10:10 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,471
Posted By ails92t
I have had great service and prices from...

I have had great service and prices from TheBMWPartStore.com. Check them out!
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 09-11-2012, 12:12 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 299
Posted By ails92t
Rocker trim attachment

How are the rocker trim pieces attached? The front ends of the trim pieces are pulled out slighly and they don't want to reset when I push them in. I assume there are some kind of clips behind...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 08-23-2012, 06:52 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,376
Posted By ails92t
What is the output voltage of the alternator. ...

What is the output voltage of the alternator. Your post is a little confusing to me, but I don't think you've checked the alternator output directly.

Sure sound like a bad wiring connection or a...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 08-17-2012, 06:45 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,507
Posted By ails92t
Autohaus has a good price on Bosch remanufactured...

Autohaus has a good price on Bosch remanufactured alternator $197 + core.

If you have a Valeo alternator, it gets a little confusing. I do not know if they take a Valeo alternator as a core for...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 07-26-2012, 08:16 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 706
Posted By ails92t
Did you get the red "battery" light? If so, it...

Did you get the red "battery" light? If so, it probably is the alternator.

If the battery tests OK and your Serpentine belt is OK, you'll need to pull the alternator and have it tested, probaly...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 07-26-2012, 07:33 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,507
Posted By ails92t
Junk Autozone alternator and Bosch/Valeo interchangeability

My alternator failed Monday (red light, dead battery, battery checked good, removed alternator, tested bad at Autozone) so I went looking for a replacement. All I could find that were not "store...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 06-25-2012, 07:30 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,307
Posted By ails92t
So, what is the "correct" amperage draw. I have...

So, what is the "correct" amperage draw. I have also seen this discussion more than a few times.
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