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Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 01-14-2016, 12:48 PM
Replies: 3
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Posted By djstrachan
I'm not sure if a faulty GM 5 would cause all...

I'm not sure if a faulty GM 5 would cause all your symptoms but if you want to start throwing money at possible parts, go ahead.

Testing the battery is free and where I would start. IF it is in...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 01-14-2016, 12:42 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 231
Posted By djstrachan
A weak/failing battery will cause a variety of...

A weak/failing battery will cause a variety of different electrical issues. I would start by testing that. If the battery is strong, check to make sure the ground cables/connections are all in good...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 01-05-2016, 11:17 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 253
Posted By djstrachan
I'm no expert on this but it sounds like it could...

I'm no expert on this but it sounds like it could be CCV related. If it is clogged, it can cause pressure to build up and the result is leaking valve cover gasket and could cause the oil spraying...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 12-12-2015, 12:50 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 270
Posted By djstrachan
Could be those things. What is the ...

Could be those things.

What is the age/status of your cooling system? Is there any noise or leakage associated with the system?

Rather than trying to guess at what it could be, it might be...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 12-08-2015, 11:12 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 552
Posted By djstrachan
Remember to wear the appropriate protection and...

Remember to wear the appropriate protection and practice safe sex.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 12-08-2015, 11:04 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 552
Posted By djstrachan
If you drive the car onto the ramps and then jack...

If you drive the car onto the ramps and then jack up the rear end, the front wheels won't roll off provided you are on level ground. I've done this a few times when I do tranny and diff fluid...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 11-27-2015, 06:29 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 484
Posted By djstrachan
The GAS unit will be a significant upgrade...

The GAS unit will be a significant upgrade when/if it becomes available.

For now it is either replace with the OE design or rig a Catch-Can like some have done.

I haven't done this yet but...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 11-27-2015, 03:21 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 280
Posted By djstrachan
Good point on the bleeding process...critical! ...

Good point on the bleeding process...critical!

I wanted to stress again about the hose connections. I took a look at my old OE hoses (still have them tucked away) and it is obvious how hard and...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 11-27-2015, 10:45 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 280
Posted By djstrachan
well...that is a difficult question to answer...

well...that is a difficult question to answer because...usually, a system refresh is recommended along with the expansion tank if your cooling system has more than 80k miles and has original parts. ...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 11-27-2015, 10:29 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 484
Posted By djstrachan
Hi Gary, Got the DISA kit and was very...

Hi Gary,

Got the DISA kit and was very impressed with the design and quality.

I have been patiently waiting on the CCV solution. Any update on when this will be available? I am pretty...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 11-27-2015, 10:24 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 280
Posted By djstrachan
Yes. IT is located beside the radiator (attached...

Yes. IT is located beside the radiator (attached to it) at the front of the engine on the driver's side. It has a pressure cap on it and a coolant hose going into the top of it.
Can't upload pic...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 11-27-2015, 10:20 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 318
Posted By djstrachan
IF you are certain it is leaking from the drain...

IF you are certain it is leaking from the drain plug, it is not likely to be the tank seal itself but in fact, the drain plug or its o-ring. Did you use a new drain plug when you installed the new...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 11-26-2015, 02:56 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 590
Posted By djstrachan
[QUOTE=AndrewBarron;9400506]Engine cold and off....

[QUOTE=AndrewBarron;9400506]Engine cold and off. Rad cap off, bleed screw off. Fan on manual, low. Temp set at 32C. You slowly until coolant comes out the bleed screw. Then continue to pour slowly...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 11-22-2015, 10:42 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 590
Posted By djstrachan
that has to be frustrating. Hard to believe...

that has to be frustrating. Hard to believe there are not signs of coolant anywhere if 2 litres has escaped the system.

If it is coming out slowly, it might not puddle underneath but dry on...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 11-11-2015, 02:35 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,202
Posted By djstrachan
I read the Tirerack review/comparison a couple...

I read the Tirerack review/comparison a couple weeks back.

From what I recall in a direct A/B (same car only changing the shocks and using stock springs), they found the Yellows has slightly...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 11-01-2015, 03:19 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 186
Posted By djstrachan
Installing OE RTABS with poly limiters

Question on pre-loading...I know the OE RTABs need to be pre-loaded by aligning the bracket to the arm and Poly bushings do not.

If installing poly limiters, is it still necessary to align the...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 10-30-2015, 09:36 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 384
Posted By djstrachan
Please take the warnings posted seriously. ...

Please take the warnings posted seriously.

If you are taking it to a dealer, make sure you know exactly what it is you want done. Taking your car to the dealer with a general request like...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 10-29-2015, 01:01 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 384
Posted By djstrachan
Same symptom I had. Thermostat fails in the open...

Same symptom I had. Thermostat fails in the open position. I had no codes.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 10-26-2015, 09:07 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 389
Posted By djstrachan
You lumped all after market parts into the...

You lumped all after market parts into the category of "do not purchase ever". That is simply misguided.

BMW does not manufacture most of its wearable parts but sources them out. Those...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 10-25-2015, 09:28 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 389
Posted By djstrachan
You're fear-mongering. Lots of posts of...

You're fear-mongering.

Lots of posts of this same problem with OE rads and hoses. you jump to the conclusion it is the rad's manufacturing quality to support your own theory on aftermarket...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 10-25-2015, 12:28 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 389
Posted By djstrachan
Lots of write-ups by guys who experienced leaks...

Lots of write-ups by guys who experienced leaks after replacing the rad and not the hoses. THe hoses tend to form to the connector and when you switch radiators, the hose doesn't sit tight when...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 10-25-2015, 12:23 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 296
Posted By djstrachan
Does look like it is coming from the hose but I'd...

Does look like it is coming from the hose but I'd clean it's kind of sprayed everywhere.

I'd clean it all up and then un the engine up top operating temp and watch to see where it is coming from...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 10-22-2015, 01:09 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 237
Posted By djstrachan
Could be the DISA valve rattling. They all fail...

Could be the DISA valve rattling. They all fail eventually and make a rattle noise. I rebuilt mine with the German Auto Solutions kit.

Easy to test....DISA is on the driver side of the intake...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 10-14-2015, 08:01 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 922
Posted By djstrachan
When you say it only happens when you hit the...

When you say it only happens when you hit the gas, do you have someone under the vehicle watching? Does the leasing stop when you back off the gas? Does it happen when the engine is cold as well as...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 10-14-2015, 04:06 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 454
Posted By djstrachan
If the symptoms started after you replaced the VC...

If the symptoms started after you replaced the VC gasket, it is likely related. My guess would be that there is a gap/leak in the VCG seal causing the vacuum condition described by an earlier poster....
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