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Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 01-31-2016, 07:03 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 547
Posted By G. P. Burdell
I'm curious to see the pulley. Do you have any...

I'm curious to see the pulley. Do you have any pictures of it?
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 01-30-2016, 12:50 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 299
Posted By G. P. Burdell
I don't have a solution for you, but I can tell...

I don't have a solution for you, but I can tell you that there is a manual release cable for the gas door inside the trunk, in the right side trunk liner. On my car, it looks like a round button...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 01-30-2016, 12:45 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 492
Posted By G. P. Burdell
We don't know the wire size because it isn't...

We don't know the wire size because it isn't listed in the parts diagrams. The parts catalog lists the sizes for some wires, but not all of them.

Your frustration is understandable, but as the...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 01-30-2016, 12:24 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 547
Posted By G. P. Burdell
I've never torqued it to spec. I just tighten it...

I've never torqued it to spec. I just tighten it by hand until it's snug.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 01-29-2016, 08:03 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 492
Posted By G. P. Burdell
The Original BMW part is made for your car by a...

The Original BMW part is made for your car by a trusted supplier who used the correct size and length of wire, properly sized and machine-crimped metric terminals, and the appropriate insulation for...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 01-28-2016, 08:16 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 478
Posted By G. P. Burdell
I wore out many sets of summer tires in...

I wore out many sets of summer tires in year-round driving until a few years ago, when a string of snow and ice storms convinced me to switch to high-performance all-season tires. They're more...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 01-24-2016, 05:52 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 98,359
Posted By G. P. Burdell
When the Super Bowl comes around each year, I'm...

When the Super Bowl comes around each year, I'm reminded of that Sunday in 2011 when I rebuilt my car's trunk wire harness. I could hear the halftime show playing inside the house as I sat in the...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 01-19-2016, 06:44 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 469
Posted By G. P. Burdell
The auto-leveling system makes relatively mild...

The auto-leveling system makes relatively mild adjustments to the vertical aim over hills and in valleys. It doesn't react quickly enough to dip the lights when you go over bumps. You might notice it...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 01-19-2016, 06:36 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 443
Posted By G. P. Burdell
It's possible that the frayed wire for the left...

It's possible that the frayed wire for the left reverse light made contact with another frayed hot wire in the bundle.


Yes; each light in the trunk lid has its own positive wire.


Yes. All...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 01-18-2016, 06:20 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 469
Posted By G. P. Burdell
With the headlight switch in the Auto position,...

With the headlight switch in the Auto position, my car's headlights come on and do their self-test as soon as the car starts.


No. The purpose of the auto-leveling system is to keep the...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 01-18-2016, 06:14 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 443
Posted By G. P. Burdell
See the "Trunk Wire Harness" link in my...

See the "Trunk Wire Harness" link in my signature.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 01-17-2016, 05:52 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 469
Posted By G. P. Burdell
I would think so. If I can remember to do so,...

I would think so. If I can remember to do so, I'll turn the switch to auto before starting the car in the morning.


For what it's worth, my lights do the self-test without the key in the...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 01-17-2016, 07:58 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 469
Posted By G. P. Burdell
Yes. On my car, the leveling self-test...

Yes.

On my car, the leveling self-test occurs when I switch the parking lights on. Have someone turn on the parking lights while you watch for the up-and-down movement of the self-test.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 01-16-2016, 07:38 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 769
Posted By G. P. Burdell
I recommend that you take the car to a reputable...

I recommend that you take the car to a reputable independent BMW specialist, describe the symptoms, and ask for a diagnosis. :)
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 01-16-2016, 07:31 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 236
Posted By G. P. Burdell
There's no need to remove the headliner. The...

There's no need to remove the headliner. The light fixture should just pop out of the C-pillar cover. Plastic (not metal) pry tools will make the work easier.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 01-16-2016, 07:28 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 253
Posted By G. P. Burdell
I've had two aftermarket water pumps that failed...

I've had two aftermarket water pumps that failed prematurely, so it's definitely worthwhile to check while you're in there.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 01-16-2016, 01:36 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 769
Posted By G. P. Burdell
This. Failure of your car's cooling system would...

This. Failure of your car's cooling system would be the most expensive consequence of a broken pulley. The pulleys are making an audible warning that shouldn't be ignored.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 01-16-2016, 01:28 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 253
Posted By G. P. Burdell
Pulleys and belts are one of the easiest things...

Pulleys and belts are one of the easiest things you can do yourself. Just don't cheap out on the replacement parts.

INA is the original equipment manufacturer. I usually choose INA-boxed products...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 01-15-2016, 06:54 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 769
Posted By G. P. Burdell
If the chirping sound is coming from the engine...

If the chirping sound is coming from the engine bay, don't put off looking at those pulleys any longer. When a worn-out pulley gives way, you'll risk damage to the front of the engine, not to mention...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 01-04-2016, 07:56 PM
Replies: 260
Views: 53,176
Posted By G. P. Burdell
No. Safety recalls generally don't have an...

No. Safety recalls generally don't have an expiration date.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 12-26-2015, 11:51 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 260
Posted By G. P. Burdell
The electronics box (aka the E-box) under the...

The electronics box (aka the E-box) under the hood, next to the brake booster, has a cooling fan that can get noisy when it's on its way out. The fan comes on as needed, which could explain why you...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 12-23-2015, 06:18 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 528
Posted By G. P. Burdell
Shine a flashlight on the low beam projector...

Shine a flashlight on the low beam projector lenses. If the lenses are crystal clear and have no visible line across the equator, they're ZKW projectors. If the lenses have a slightly frosted...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 12-22-2015, 04:12 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 270
Posted By G. P. Burdell
Try cleaning the bulb bases and electrical...

Try cleaning the bulb bases and electrical contacts with electrical contact cleaner.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 12-22-2015, 04:09 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 228
Posted By G. P. Burdell
Could the car be programmed to turn on the inner...

Could the car be programmed to turn on the inner high beams as daytime running lights? A dealer or a well-equipped independent shop could check the programming and deactivate them for you.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 12-22-2015, 04:05 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 528
Posted By G. P. Burdell
The sedan bi-xenon headlights manufactured by ZKW...

The sedan bi-xenon headlights manufactured by ZKW were made with inferior materials that burned up and lowered light output to dangerously low levels. Original equipment lights made by Automotive...
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