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Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 11-21-2014, 06:49 PM
Replies: 133
Views: 11,908
Posted By G. P. Burdell
A couple more stories: BMW says Takata will...

A couple more stories:

BMW says Takata will move its manufacturing of BMW airbag inflators from Monclova, Mexico, to Freiberg, Germany.
BMW says its Takata inflator work moving from Mexico to...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 11-20-2014, 05:07 PM
Replies: 133
Views: 11,908
Posted By G. P. Burdell
The New York Times also reported this week on how...

The New York Times also reported this week on how Takata chose ammonium nitrate as its airbag propellant, despite the concerns expressed by its engineering team:

Takata's Switch to Cheaper Airbag...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 11-17-2014, 10:33 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 134
Posted By G. P. Burdell
EDIT: The phone number on the hose is for Dirt...

EDIT: The phone number on the hose is for Dirt Devil, a vacuum cleaner manufacturer. Was the car detailed recently?
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 11-17-2014, 10:30 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 237
Posted By G. P. Burdell
Good advice so far. Check aiming according to...

Good advice so far. Check aiming according to these instructions:

http://danielsternlighting.com/tech/aim/aim.html

If they're aimed correctly and you still can't see, read the label on the top...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 11-14-2014, 05:24 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 442
Posted By G. P. Burdell
You're correct; the cutoff is defined by the...

You're correct; the cutoff is defined by the shutter. The AL projector has a set screw that allows you to fine-tune the sharpness and color of the cutoff by adjusting the distance between the shutter...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 11-13-2014, 06:20 PM
Replies: 133
Views: 11,908
Posted By G. P. Burdell
This week's news: Honda Issues Fresh...

This week's news:


Honda Issues Fresh Recall After Death in Malaysia is Linked to Airbag...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 11-13-2014, 06:10 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 442
Posted By G. P. Burdell
Congratulations on your purchase! I know...

Congratulations on your purchase!

I know that there are lots of rave reviews of the ZKW clear lenses installed into AL headlights, but I'd like to offer a differing opinion based on my own...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 11-11-2014, 05:10 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 485
Posted By G. P. Burdell
I don't know about the glove box, but the...

I don't know about the glove box, but the aforementioned dealer or well-equipped independent can activate or deactivate the auto-locking function.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 11-10-2014, 05:48 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 225
Posted By G. P. Burdell
Behind that glass projector lens is a chromed...

Behind that glass projector lens is a chromed reflector with a xenon bulb sitting in it, similar to the inner high beam but smaller in size. The lens focuses the light from the xenon bulb.

If the...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 11-09-2014, 06:22 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 275
Posted By G. P. Burdell
There are two instruments attached to the oil...

There are two instruments attached to the oil filter housing: the oil pressure switch and an oil temperature sensor. The oil pressure switch does have a single contact, so you may have found the...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 11-08-2014, 07:19 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 249
Posted By G. P. Burdell
Before boarding a ship for transport to the U.S.,...

Before boarding a ship for transport to the U.S., BMWs are coated with a yellow, waxy rust preventative called Cosmoline. Much of it is washed off after the car arrives at one of BMW's vehicle...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 11-08-2014, 07:10 PM
Replies: 133
Views: 11,908
Posted By G. P. Burdell
At present, there is no formal recall on the...

At present, there is no formal recall on the driver's airbag; BMW is engaging in a "special technical campaign" in high-humidity states. The campaign number is 14V-348. BMW's and Takata's goal is...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 11-08-2014, 05:24 PM
Replies: 133
Views: 11,908
Posted By G. P. Burdell
Since you mentioned that you're waiting for your...

Since you mentioned that you're waiting for your driver's airbag to be replaced, is your car one of those 12,000 or so that are covered under BMW's "special technical campaign" in Florida, Hawaii and...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 11-08-2014, 05:15 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 224
Posted By G. P. Burdell
The painted trim piece below the clear headlight...

The painted trim piece below the clear headlight cover has a series of tabs that hold it in place. I usually start with the ones that clip into the front edge of the fender. I push those two big...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 11-07-2014, 06:45 PM
Replies: 133
Views: 11,908
Posted By G. P. Burdell
Former Takata employees say company executives...

Former Takata employees say company executives ordered data and potential fixes destroyed in 2004, after three months of secret testing and development.

Takata Saw and Hid Risk in Airbags in 2004,...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 11-05-2014, 05:22 AM
Replies: 133
Views: 11,908
Posted By G. P. Burdell
I don't have any photos to share, but in the...

I don't have any photos to share, but in the photo of the steering wheel airbag, the heading "Hersteller" (not "herstellar") is the German word for manufacturer. So the company name is not Hersteller...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 11-02-2014, 02:19 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 306
Posted By G. P. Burdell
Your existing headlight assemblies will each have...

Your existing headlight assemblies will each have a label listing the part number, or at least the last seven digits of the part number. You can then check these numbers against a parts catalog such...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 11-02-2014, 02:13 PM
Replies: 133
Views: 11,908
Posted By G. P. Burdell
The letter you posted is stamped with the...

The letter you posted is stamped with the campaign number 14V-348, which according to NHTSA's recall database was initiated in June 2014. It is a far smaller action related to 11,600 cars in...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 11-01-2014, 01:41 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 306
Posted By G. P. Burdell
It's hard to beat the car's original equipment...

It's hard to beat the car's original equipment headlights when it comes to fit, finish and light output.

Can you tell us a little more about the car's existing headlights? Are they halogen or...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 11-01-2014, 09:25 AM
Replies: 133
Views: 11,908
Posted By G. P. Burdell
A couple of recent developments: We've...

A couple of recent developments:


We've learned that Takata is the only manufacturer of airbag inflators to use ammonium nitrate as the propellant.
Air-Bag Maker in Global Crisis Used Unusual...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 10-26-2014, 09:27 AM
Replies: 133
Views: 11,908
Posted By G. P. Burdell
Other manufacturers may be treating this fiasco...

Other manufacturers may be treating this fiasco as a "field action," but BMW is indeed treating it as a recall. The notice that has gone out via mail to E46 owners is labeled "IMPORTANT SAFETY...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 10-26-2014, 09:20 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 192
Posted By G. P. Burdell
First, the bump stop has detached from the dust...

First, the bump stop has detached from the dust cover tube, but I think you can slip them back together and/or zip-tie them.

Second, it looks as if the rubber insert of the rear shock mount is...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 10-23-2014, 06:11 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 264
Posted By G. P. Burdell
Ah - I didn't know that. Thanks for explaining...

Ah - I didn't know that. Thanks for explaining it.

Also, based on a quick search at Bavarian Autosport, it looks like aftermarket suspension choices are pretty slim for the xi cars. :thumbdwn:
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 10-23-2014, 03:15 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 264
Posted By G. P. Burdell
This. Also, have you considered new struts and...

This. Also, have you considered new struts and shocks? For example, if the stock suspension is the stiffer Sport Package suspension, you could soften the ride with new, non-sport struts and shocks,...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 10-22-2014, 06:39 AM
Replies: 133
Views: 11,908
Posted By G. P. Burdell
In addition to asking your Service Advisor to not...

In addition to asking your Service Advisor to not wash the car, place a large note that reads "PLEASE DO NOT WASH" in the cabin - preferably on the dashboard or the steering wheel. This polite visual...
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