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Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) 06-12-2015, 05:56 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 491
Posted By vavet5308
The shipping blocks used to be on the shock/strut...

The shipping blocks used to be on the shock/strut rod, under the bellows.
I was a dealership tech. I found shipping blocks on cars with 50k+ miles/5 years old. Don't remember exact age and miles,...
Forum: Off-Topic 06-12-2015, 05:54 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 588
Posted By vavet5308
My hat is off to her...and you. I finished...

My hat is off to her...and you.

I finished my Masters Degree in Biomedical Engineering a few years ago working about 30 hours/month while my wife worked full-time...and was pregnant at the end...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 06-10-2015, 09:11 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,464
Posted By vavet5308
I see the OP's post. He didn't buy basic...

I see the OP's post. He didn't buy basic transportation for himself. I think it is unreasonable to expect a brand new BMW rental, but I don't think it's unreasonable to expect a decent car. Some...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-29-2015, 07:56 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 642
Posted By vavet5308
Anyone know who made the passenger side airbag?...

Anyone know who made the passenger side airbag? Or the side door airbag? Or the air curtain that drops down from the headliner?
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-27-2015, 12:15 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 210
Posted By vavet5308
excessive oil consumption?

How much is too much?
How much oil does your car use between oil changes?
Does it vary based on where it is in the oil change cycle - as in, does it use more immediately after an oil change and...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) 05-23-2015, 09:03 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 5,676
Posted By vavet5308
When I was in the Army, I became aware of a...

When I was in the Army, I became aware of a similar situation. Car dealers would have a special where they would do your taxes for free. Then they would allow you to use your anticipated refund for a...
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 05-22-2015, 01:55 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 894
Posted By vavet5308
Some of this is totally believable. You don't...

Some of this is totally believable.
You don't always know where to start looking for leaks. There is a certain degree of wiggle room on when the transmission fluid is full. It should have a small...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 05-22-2015, 01:39 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 484
Posted By vavet5308
Any indication if is from the front or rear area...

Any indication if is from the front or rear area of the car? I'm thinking it looks like an axle or driveshaft bolt.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-19-2015, 12:41 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 335
Posted By vavet5308
I don't have any experience with this company,...

I don't have any experience with this company, but they're a little cheaper than new.

http://www.rebuiltairpump.com/categories/BMW-Air-Pump/
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-19-2015, 10:43 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 910
Posted By vavet5308
What is it that has gotten you to this point? We...

What is it that has gotten you to this point? We all know our E39s have their weak points. Generally once you address those weak points, you should be in the clear for a while. What deferred...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-28-2015, 10:36 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 361
Posted By vavet5308
The problem with replacing tie rods is that...

The problem with replacing tie rods is that you'll also have to get an alignment. The mechanic can count the threads it takes to remove the old one and use that count to thread the new one back on,...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-21-2015, 11:06 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 415
Posted By vavet5308
It's a matter of your time and money. For...

It's a matter of your time and money. For me...once I have the time to coordinate with the wife so I can break out of the house while she watches after our little one, jack up the car and take the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-18-2015, 12:36 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 252
Posted By vavet5308
I put my stands under the front jack points. I...

I put my stands under the front jack points.
I put my jack under the rear diff and put the stands under the rear jack points.

Depending on what I'm doing, I have jacked up the front, placed the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-09-2015, 06:33 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 408
Posted By vavet5308
what switch should be here?

I noticed yesterday that my car has this switch blank plate. I'm just wondering what would go here if my car had whatever that feature is.

It's just to the left on the fog light switch on the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-27-2015, 09:03 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 347
Posted By vavet5308
There is a series of 3 videos on Youtube created...

There is a series of 3 videos on Youtube created by Bavarian Auto on replacing the CCV. They show the process on an E46, so gaining access is not exactly the same, but the actual act of replacement...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-23-2015, 11:04 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,288
Posted By vavet5308
I have a short commute, so I've only accumulated...

I have a short commute, so I've only accumulated about 16K miles on the Moog parts. No problems so far.

Don't know if I can send you a link to the exact amazon page, but I can list part numbers...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-18-2015, 12:18 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 393
Posted By vavet5308
A 2 ton jack is fine. I routinely use a Harbor...

A 2 ton jack is fine. I routinely use a Harbor Freight 1.5 ton aluminum racing jack to lift the front or rear of my car. It's really nice because it's so light and maneuverable. I bought it when I...
Forum: Off-Topic 03-17-2015, 06:33 PM
Replies: 256
Views: 31,207
Posted By vavet5308
Is there something wrong with me? I prefer...

Is there something wrong with me? I prefer looking at real women...'festers, wives/gfs of ' festers, etc, as opposed to models.

What is your preference?
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-17-2015, 09:08 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 288
Posted By vavet5308
Are you pushing the clutch pedal down? I think...

Are you pushing the clutch pedal down? I think it's a requirement on this car to have the clutch in before the starter will engage. If so, it's time to start checking things with the voltmeter.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-14-2015, 05:23 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 411
Posted By vavet5308
Yep! Exactly. I replaced all 6 of my coils a...

Yep! Exactly.
I replaced all 6 of my coils a couple months ago because the has 116k. Lies and I figured if one failed, the rest were nearing the end. I really just wanted to be done screwing with...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-11-2015, 06:37 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,181
Posted By vavet5308
I don't really understand why we're getting hung...

I don't really understand why we're getting hung up on book times, labor rates, and markup on parts.

If the shop calls and says your fuel pump needs to be replaced and we are going to charge you...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-09-2015, 01:11 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 212
Posted By vavet5308
Sounds like some disassembly is in order to find...

Sounds like some disassembly is in order to find the cause of the driver door malfunction. The interior door panel needs to be removed so the exterior handle can be inspected. I'm guessing the cable...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-09-2015, 10:04 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 212
Posted By vavet5308
When you have these problems, does the door lock...

When you have these problems, does the door lock rod actually move up and down? If it does, then I think it's more of a mechanical than an electronic issue.
When you open the driver door from the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-06-2015, 08:27 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 576
Posted By vavet5308
I traveled a little known path with a company...

I traveled a little known path with a company called Moog. I bought them all from Amazon. I have a short commute, so I've only accumulated about 16K miles since I replaced them, but so far, no...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-04-2015, 07:52 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,181
Posted By vavet5308
Unfortunately, for a lot of techs working in big...

Unfortunately, for a lot of techs working in big shops, the customer does pay 2x the online price for a part and 3x the actual time it takes for the tech to complete the work. So if you pay for 3...
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