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Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 03-26-2015, 09:01 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 182
Posted By timarnold
I did the Vanos seals on my '05 at around 100k. ...

I did the Vanos seals on my '05 at around 100k. Can't say I saw a huge difference. Doing them probably doubles the work needed.
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 03-24-2015, 02:52 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 180
Posted By timarnold
There are 2 things that are typical parasitic...

There are 2 things that are typical parasitic drains on this car. One is the Final Stage Resistor in the HVAC system and the other is the TCU module for the Bluetooth system. Try pulling the TCU...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 03-20-2015, 06:03 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 176
Posted By timarnold
It will be fine. You will just have a rear wheel...

It will be fine. You will just have a rear wheel drive car for a while.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-20-2015, 05:00 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 901
Posted By timarnold
By the way, the spark plug hole actually expands...

By the way, the spark plug hole actually expands when heated. A spark plug should be looser in a hot engine.
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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-19-2015, 04:21 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 269
Posted By timarnold
Lots of possibilities, but my best guess is front...

Lots of possibilities, but my best guess is front wheel bearings. Last winter, I heard what I thought was my snow tires singing. When Spring came & I switched tires, the sound didn't change. ...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 03-17-2015, 08:43 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 331
Posted By timarnold
Would it be a loud enought "snap" to be the TC...

Would it be a loud enought "snap" to be the TC Chain slapping the side of the TC Hsg?
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 03-15-2015, 06:11 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 213
Posted By timarnold
It may very well be the rear U-joint or the diff,...

It may very well be the rear U-joint or the diff, but I had the same symptoms and it was the center shaft bearing.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-11-2015, 04:27 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 188
Posted By timarnold
Since you mentioned that the location of neutral...

Since you mentioned that the location of neutral moved relative to the car body, you may also want to check the motor & transmission mounts. That sounds like the motor/transmission assembly has...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 03-03-2015, 04:36 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 435
Posted By timarnold
Conventional wisdom is to replace the front 2 and...

Conventional wisdom is to replace the front 2 and wait on the post cat sensors until a cat efficiency code is thrown. The post cat ones do very little in the way of controlling engine parameters,...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-26-2015, 09:21 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 490
Posted By timarnold
Few things pump the endorphins quite like the...

Few things pump the endorphins quite like the Brown Truck
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 02-26-2015, 04:59 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 311
Posted By timarnold
The transfer case would be the last place I would...

The transfer case would be the last place I would look for this noise. If the transfer case itself was failing, the typical sound you hear is the drive chain slapping the side of the transfer case...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-23-2015, 09:17 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 347
Posted By timarnold
+1. THere are 4 of these that are pressed into...

+1. THere are 4 of these that are pressed into the bottom edge of the valve cover. They very often fall off when removing it.
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 02-22-2015, 05:41 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 348
Posted By timarnold
If you are stuck in snow, don't do this!

Last night, while I was trying to dig my X3 out of the snow up on top of a mountain, I had something happen that could be fairly disastrous. After being stuck enough to know I wasn't getting out...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 02-15-2015, 06:17 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 277
Posted By timarnold
If you remove the PS reservoir and the Oil Filter...

If you remove the PS reservoir and the Oil Filter Housing, you have a lot more room to work. I did mine last spring and just removed the Intake Manifold. I put on the Cold Weather version and I...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-11-2015, 08:46 AM
Replies: 385
Views: 44,512
Posted By timarnold
This did happen to me. I am fairly convinced...

This did happen to me. I am fairly convinced that I just had not pushed the stub axle all the way home after I had replaced the lower ball joint. By the way, you likely will want to replace the...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 02-09-2015, 01:51 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 438
Posted By timarnold
They are 6-8 Ft-lbs. A 1/4" Torque Wrench is...

They are 6-8 Ft-lbs. A 1/4" Torque Wrench is ideal for this. The new ones are a mm or 2 longer, so they strip a little less easily, but it's still not that hard to strip them.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-06-2015, 04:10 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 437
Posted By timarnold
Edjack is right. It is sounds most likey like...

Edjack is right. It is sounds most likey like the centre bearing, but you ought to replace both whilst the driveshaft is removed.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-05-2015, 05:56 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 511
Posted By timarnold
I did have the same error code, but my car never...

I did have the same error code, but my car never ran poorly. When I swapped the precat 02 sensors, the code changed from P0171 to P0174. I replaced the 02 Sensor & the codes went away. That really...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-05-2015, 01:53 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 511
Posted By timarnold
I kind of like what Doru is saying about the fuel...

I kind of like what Doru is saying about the fuel filter or fuel pump. The intermittent nature of your problem and the fact that it seems to get worse the longer it runs makes it seem like this is...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 02-05-2015, 09:14 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 496
Posted By timarnold
Because of the design of the Valve Cover Bolts,...

Because of the design of the Valve Cover Bolts, there is virtually 0 stress on the Valve Cover. Unless you break it while trying to remove it when changing the gasket, (It can be really stuck, you...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-03-2015, 04:18 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,159
Posted By timarnold
I think there would be 2 issues with metal timing...

I think there would be 2 issues with metal timing rails: 1) They would be much noisier and 2) They would cause the chain to wear.
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 01-18-2015, 02:17 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 499
Posted By timarnold
It really won't hurt anything. You just won't...

It really won't hurt anything. You just won't have AWD. The actuator motor loads up the clutch pack in the transfer case. With the gear stripped, you are just not transferring any torque to the...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 01-16-2015, 04:16 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 499
Posted By timarnold
Maybe not. If it is the actuator motor, it is...

Maybe not. If it is the actuator motor, it is unrelated, Oil leaks are not uncommon, especially around the Oil Filter Housing and the Valve cover.
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 01-16-2015, 04:13 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 338
Posted By timarnold
Another possibility is that the brakes were bled...

Another possibility is that the brakes were bled improperly and you now have air in the ABS system. No amount of normal bleeding will correct this. The ABS pump has to be activated with something...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 01-15-2015, 08:59 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 628
Posted By timarnold
The other thing to consider is on this forum...

The other thing to consider is on this forum there are probably 20 posts about Oil Filter Housing Gaskets and Valve Cover Gaskets leaking to every Oil Pan Gasket leak. Most likely the Oil Filter...
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