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Forum: X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 08-22-2015, 12:37 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 183
Posted By Variocam
Pesky P0443 code

I've been getting the SES light intermittently on my 03 4.4i for several months, caused by code P0443, which is for "Evaporative Emission System Purge Control Valve Circuit". I first replaced the gas...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 08-20-2015, 06:22 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 347
Posted By Variocam
I think the key factor is whether the car has had...

I think the key factor is whether the car has had alignments done during its life. If it has, a new set of control arms will throw things off, and you'll need another alignment. Here in central...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 08-19-2015, 07:21 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 347
Posted By Variocam
Why is an alignment needed after control arm replacement?

I replaced my 2007 328i's upper control arms (aka throust arms - the more curved of the two control arms) way back in November of 2013, over 15,000 miles ago. I neglected to do a wheel alignment...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 08-02-2015, 07:28 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 231
Posted By Variocam
Well, like magic, it's working now. I didn't do...

Well, like magic, it's working now. I didn't do anything else - just went to try holding the switch down longer to reset it, and it went all the way down on the first attempt, and is working...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 08-01-2015, 07:25 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 231
Posted By Variocam
LR window moves in 2" increments after regulator replacement

After replacing the regulator on the drivers side rear window of my 07 328i, the window moves about two inches when pressing the switch either up or down, then stops. When I press the switch again,...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 03-08-2015, 10:51 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 361
Posted By Variocam
I ended up cutting it off with a dremel,...

I ended up cutting it off with a dremel, following the tips I got from another forum. If anyone runs into this problem and needs some help, feel free to IM me.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 03-08-2015, 08:30 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 743
Posted By Variocam
That's just it - the ones from the factory don't...

That's just it - the ones from the factory don't last very long, which to me indicates they don't have any kind of protectant, at least not one that does much good. The fact that my restored lenses...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 03-07-2015, 08:39 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 743
Posted By Variocam
Not true. I did mine years ago, and they still...

Not true. I did mine years ago, and they still look like the day I did the restoration, even though the car sits outside in blistering central Texas. All you have to do is hit them with the final...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 03-07-2015, 06:02 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 361
Posted By Variocam
Removing power steering hose from reservoir to cooling loop

I'm trying to replace the left-most of the two hoses that go into the bottom of the power steering reservoir. Its other end goes into the side of the radiator, I assume into a cooling loop of some...
Forum: Tools and Miscellaneous 03-02-2015, 05:18 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 394
Posted By Variocam
E46 TCC (Transmission Control Solenoid) for GM trans

I replaced the TCC in my 04 325i (GM transmission) recently with a brand new one, because I learned that it can sometimes fix a slipping transmission symptom. Unfortunately, it didn't work for me, so...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 02-09-2015, 11:41 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 617
Posted By Variocam
The idea that negative camber causes inner tire...

The idea that negative camber causes inner tire wear is largely a misconception. The vast majority of tire wear happens in corners, where negative camber actually helps flatten out the tire's...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 02-08-2015, 09:17 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 516
Posted By Variocam
While these transmissions can and do make it over...

While these transmissions can and do make it over 200,000 miles, the problem you're describing is unfortunately becoming more and more common. It can be caused by several things - low fluid, a bad...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 02-04-2015, 08:01 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 931
Posted By Variocam
Yes, using additives has crossed my mind, and if...

Yes, using additives has crossed my mind, and if I was planning to keep the car, I might try it just to put off rebuilding or replacing the transmission. But since I'd like to sell the car,...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 02-04-2015, 05:47 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 931
Posted By Variocam
Thanks for asking a question that hasn't been...

Thanks for asking a question that hasn't been covered already. I don't know if the shop that performed the diagnostic did a line pressure test - I'll call them tomorrow. I understand that low line...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 02-04-2015, 04:45 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 931
Posted By Variocam
Crowz, Nope. I not only followed the fill...

Crowz,

Nope. I not only followed the fill procedure exactly, but when it started slipping (a full YEAR AND A HALF after the fluid change - nobody who makes suggestions like yours ever notices...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 02-04-2015, 02:23 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 931
Posted By Variocam
Actually, with our daughter off at college, we...

Actually, with our daughter off at college, we have a surplus of cars (including three BMW's), so my plan has been to sell the E46, as much as I like the car. The cost of a transmission rebuild...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 02-03-2015, 07:23 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 931
Posted By Variocam
Starless, You are so right. There is so...

Starless,

You are so right. There is so much mythology floating around about transmission slip caused by low fluid, the "wrong" type of fluid, this or that solenoid having gone bad, not changing...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 02-02-2015, 11:32 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 931
Posted By Variocam
MoparJim, I fear you may be right, but the...

MoparJim,

I fear you may be right, but the one thing that gives me a glimmer of hope is that when I did the trans fluid change back in 2011, at 98K, the fluid was extremely clean - virtually no...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 02-01-2015, 09:10 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 931
Posted By Variocam
Starless, Thanks; I will ask the shop to...

Starless,

Thanks; I will ask the shop to tell me the codes that came up. I'll let you know what they find.

marcozandrini,

Every time I post anywhere about my transmission issues, someone...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 01-31-2015, 10:00 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 931
Posted By Variocam
Well, no such luck. I replaced the TCC, and it's...

Well, no such luck. I replaced the TCC, and it's behaving exactly like before - no better, no worse. Waste of time and money.

I've learned the hard way that automatic transmission problems can't...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 01-15-2015, 08:12 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 168
Posted By Variocam
Managed to wrestle the tabs off, and was able to...

Managed to wrestle the tabs off, and was able to remove the large plastic piece, and got the cover off. Now to install the new one...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 01-15-2015, 07:42 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 168
Posted By Variocam
Question about center armrest re-covering

I've removed my center armrest in preparation for attempting to re-cover it with a new cover I bought online, and I have a question about something that I haven't found in any of the videos or...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 01-15-2015, 04:22 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 931
Posted By Variocam
After a little more research, I learned that my...

After a little more research, I learned that my symptoms are very consistent with a bad TCC, so I ordered a new one today. Crossing my fingers that this fixes it.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 01-14-2015, 06:05 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 931
Posted By Variocam
Slipping transmission - any options?

For going on two years now, my 04 325i (137K miles now)'s automatic transmission slips on cold mornings until it warms up. After that, it shifts perfectly. And other than that, it drives great. It...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 09-28-2014, 12:52 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 593
Posted By Variocam
It sounds like your battery is having a problem...

It sounds like your battery is having a problem maintaining a charge. I have a similar problem with our 03 X5 - relatively new battery that tests fine, no parasitic current drain, but yesterday, I...
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