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Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 04-14-2015, 07:43 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 291
Posted By G. P. Burdell
It's on the driver's side. One of the best...

It's on the driver's side.

One of the best tools you'll buy for your car is the Bentley Publishers repair manual. It contains hundreds of pages of wiring diagrams that will help you identify the...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 04-14-2015, 06:53 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 291
Posted By G. P. Burdell
Does the instrument cluster correctly display the...

Does the instrument cluster correctly display the outside temperature, and does your driver's side fog light work?

EDIT: And do you hear two distinct tones (a high tone and a low tone) when you...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 04-09-2015, 04:51 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 193
Posted By G. P. Burdell
A flexible-shaft, 1/4" handle with extensions is...

A flexible-shaft, 1/4" handle with extensions is great for loosening those hard-to-reach hose clamps.

I used a pair of scissors (the kind with blunt tips) to cut off most of the old lower boot....
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 04-06-2015, 04:10 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 366
Posted By G. P. Burdell
PB-Blaster should help. I use some...

PB-Blaster should help.

I use some combination of a 3/8" ratchet, a 9" extension, a 3" or 6" extension, and a U-joint along with a 6-point socket to loosen the plug.

After I break the plug...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 04-05-2015, 06:32 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 319
Posted By G. P. Burdell
The act of stripping the insulation from the...

The act of stripping the insulation from the wires didn't cause the problem by itself. However, as Bigsean123 pointed out, the bare copper strands, if they touch the frame, metal components or each...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 04-04-2015, 05:23 PM
Replies: 208
Views: 22,335
Posted By G. P. Burdell
The Bimmer article is probably referring to BMW's...

The Bimmer article is probably referring to BMW's expansion, under pressure from NHTSA, of an earlier "voluntary improvement campaign" to collect driver air bags from cars in high-humidity states.
...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 03-27-2015, 06:19 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 147
Posted By G. P. Burdell
With the help of a flashlight and an inspection...

With the help of a flashlight and an inspection mirror, look closely at the back side of the headlight assembly. Odds are you'll find an empty socket that fits your plug, and your high beam will...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 03-21-2015, 05:53 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 292
Posted By G. P. Burdell
The rubber boot may have slipped off or become...

The rubber boot may have slipped off or become stuck in the spark plug well. Did you see anything when you looked into the well?
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 03-08-2015, 06:41 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 361
Posted By G. P. Burdell
It looks like the rod that connects the level...

It looks like the rod that connects the level sensor to the control arm simply came apart. The rod (which looks like a miniature sway bar link) has a ball joint on each end, and in your second photo,...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 03-07-2015, 04:14 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 571
Posted By G. P. Burdell
Nicely done! :thumbup: And darn it, I need...

Nicely done! :thumbup:

And darn it, I need to wash my car. :(
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 03-07-2015, 06:10 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 281
Posted By G. P. Burdell
It's been a few years since I used the kit on my...

It's been a few years since I used the kit on my car, but I do recall wiping down the rashed areas a few times with a microfiber towel and rubbing alcohol to remove residual sealants.

The car's...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 03-03-2015, 06:31 PM
Replies: 208
Views: 22,335
Posted By G. P. Burdell
NHTSA recently announced that it has ordered...

NHTSA recently announced that it has ordered Takata to preserve airbag inflators removed during the recall process, and NHTSA is also upgrading its investigation to an "engineering analysis":
...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 02-24-2015, 09:08 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 250
Posted By G. P. Burdell
Once you have access to the trunk, you may want...

Once you have access to the trunk, you may want to review this thread.

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=511230
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 02-11-2015, 04:17 AM
Replies: 208
Views: 22,335
Posted By G. P. Burdell
I never received the mythical "we have the parts;...

I never received the mythical "we have the parts; come on down" letter. It's better to contact your Service Advisor and get into the dealership's queue. If you wait for the dealer or BMW NA to...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 02-07-2015, 09:08 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 210
Posted By G. P. Burdell
Considering the number of parts the restraint...

Considering the number of parts the restraint system has, it's better to just have the airbag fault codes read and eliminate the guessing game. A well-equipped independent shop or a dealer can pull...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 02-03-2015, 06:34 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 443
Posted By G. P. Burdell
Be sure to check out the wiki...

Be sure to check out the wiki (http://www.bimmerfest.com/wiki/index.php?title=BMW_E46) to find out what to expect from E46 ownership, as well as the options and packages that were available on the...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 02-03-2015, 05:21 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 443
Posted By G. P. Burdell
Having daily-driven both an E36 and an E46, I...

Having daily-driven both an E36 and an E46, I would go with the newest, best-cared-for E46 that fit my budget. The E36s I see in my area nowadays are all looking very rough around the edges - they...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 02-03-2015, 04:08 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 335
Posted By G. P. Burdell
I favor competence and a personal touch over...

I favor competence and a personal touch over cost. I'd rather have the work done right, by a shop that treats my car with care and values me as a customer, than pay the lowest possible price.
...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 02-01-2015, 02:10 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 402
Posted By G. P. Burdell
"Leder" is the German word for leather....

"Leder" is the German word for leather. "Standard" is the German word for, well, standard, and "schwarz" is black. So the listing states that the car is equipped with standard (base) black leather.
...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 01-31-2015, 11:14 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 309
Posted By G. P. Burdell
Glad to help! :thumbup:

Glad to help! :thumbup:
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 01-31-2015, 11:07 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 309
Posted By G. P. Burdell
In your research, you've probably seen photos on...

In your research, you've probably seen photos on the HID enthusiast boards showing a super-sharp cutoff (the border between the light from the headlights and the dark area above). The folks who post...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 01-31-2015, 08:47 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 309
Posted By G. P. Burdell
The projector lenses are made of glass, and they...

The projector lenses are made of glass, and they don't wear out; there's little need to replace them unless they have suffered some kind of mechanical damage. Replacing them requires an extensive...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 01-30-2015, 04:37 PM
Replies: 208
Views: 22,335
Posted By G. P. Burdell
A Houston man driving a 2002 Honda Accord was...

A Houston man driving a 2002 Honda Accord was killed by a defective Takata airbag earlier this month:

Honda confirms ruptured air bag killed Houston driver...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 01-30-2015, 04:27 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 309
Posted By G. P. Burdell
It's a common misconception that you only have to...

It's a common misconception that you only have to change a xenon bulb when it goes out. The bulbs lose light output (lumens) as they age. The clear plastic headlight covers can further reduce light...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 01-29-2015, 05:38 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 362
Posted By G. P. Burdell
Harleyrob, do you have the adaptive (swiveling)...

Harleyrob, do you have the adaptive (swiveling) bi-xenon headlights? It looks like AL departed from their previous E46 headlight construction methods when they introduced these one-piece lights. I...
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