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Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 04-07-2014, 11:57 AM
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Views: 4,852
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
I told him to get a pro to verify his findings,...

I told him to get a pro to verify his findings, since it was clear his original comp numbers were crazy low. It's an hour's work at a competent garage. $400? Service rates must be high in the...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 04-07-2014, 08:21 AM
Replies: 345
Views: 4,852
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
So Einstein, this is why I urged you weeks ago to...

So Einstein, this is why I urged you weeks ago to get a professional to do a compression/leakdown test. Instead, how many hours and hundreds of dollars did you spend on stuff that didn't fix the...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 04-07-2014, 07:16 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 274
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
The core itself may not be leaking -- the o-rings...

The core itself may not be leaking -- the o-rings sealing it to the piping can harden. But by the time you get the console out and open up the plenum, you're ready to spend the $100 on the new core...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 04-06-2014, 05:34 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 274
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
Heater core.

Heater core.
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 04-06-2014, 02:33 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 255
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
Meyle has two levels of suspension parts, regular...

Meyle has two levels of suspension parts, regular and HD. HD can be pretty good.

If you're planning to move on to a different car in 20K miles, Meyle might be adequate. If you expect more miles...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 04-06-2014, 08:46 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 255
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
I've had Meyle (lower) control arms on my car for...

I've had Meyle (lower) control arms on my car for 70,000 miles -- they've held up well. I believe I got replacement Lemforder (upper) thrust arms with 750i bushings installed in the arms from BMA....
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 04-04-2014, 02:06 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 635
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
You'll find the label on the passenger side of...

You'll find the label on the passenger side of the transmission. It should be easy to see by just looking under the car.

Many Nikasil short blocks were replaced in a recall. If I had one in my...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 04-03-2014, 09:55 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 635
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
You can get a chip for the transmission from...

You can get a chip for the transmission from Dinan. I think it does a pretty good job of perking up the shift points, especially in S4.

If you have a transmission with a black label (some labels...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 03-29-2014, 12:28 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 296
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
Your battery would have to be massively...

Your battery would have to be massively overcharged to produce 16 volts. I had an aftermarket voltage regulator spike like that -- I drove home with every electrical accessory on to keep from frying...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 03-25-2014, 02:32 PM
Replies: 345
Views: 4,852
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
Voltage should remain steady. 12 volts is too low...

Voltage should remain steady. 12 volts is too low under any condition. It will affect the way your transmission performs. There may be nothing physically wrong with it -- just the voltage.

That...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 03-25-2014, 10:25 AM
Replies: 345
Views: 4,852
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
I talked to Nat Wentworth awhile back at Eriksson...

I talked to Nat Wentworth awhile back at Eriksson Industries, and he told me the solenoids in the 5hp30 hardly ever fail. Funny how you have a bunch of bad ones. :rolleyes: Nat's at an authorized zf...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 03-23-2014, 07:39 PM
Replies: 345
Views: 4,852
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
+1 If the engine is toast why screw around?...

+1

If the engine is toast why screw around? Determine that first.
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 03-23-2014, 01:00 PM
Replies: 345
Views: 4,852
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
Einstein, at this point if I were you I'd find a...

Einstein, at this point if I were you I'd find a competent BMW specialist and have him sort out the car for you. There appear to be several problems going on here -- you can jump through a bunch of...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 03-21-2014, 06:41 PM
Replies: 345
Views: 4,852
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
It's pretty easy to check for cat blockage. Pull...

It's pretty easy to check for cat blockage. Pull the oxygen sensor and test back pressure with an exhaust back pressure gauge. Back pressure should be negligible.

A muffler shop should be able to...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 03-21-2014, 05:29 PM
Replies: 345
Views: 4,852
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
You've got Magnaflow cats? Check them for...

You've got Magnaflow cats? Check them for blockage. I wouldn't assume they're not bad just because you installed them new a couple years ago.

If you disconnect the TPS, the transmission will go...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 03-20-2014, 02:36 PM
Replies: 345
Views: 4,852
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
Koala Motorsport has a pretty good writeup on...

Koala Motorsport has a pretty good writeup on diagnosing Nikasil cylinder pitting, and recommends a leakdown test. Here's a link: http://www.koalamotorsport.com/tech/article-m60v8.asp
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 03-20-2014, 08:35 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,087
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
Sorry, missed that.

Sorry, missed that.
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 03-20-2014, 08:15 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,087
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
Einstein, how does your car move out if you put...

Einstein, how does your car move out if you put your foot in it with the trans in drive? Slower than you'd like? How does the exhaust sound when you do that -- is there a "putt-putt' character to it?...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 03-16-2014, 07:23 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 355
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
I like that, or a cracked air intake boot. Vacuum...

I like that, or a cracked air intake boot. Vacuum leak somewhere.
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 03-13-2014, 11:27 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 247
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
The idler arm bushing can develop play over time....

The idler arm bushing can develop play over time. It's on my E24's to-do list once the weather warms up. Is that what you're referring to? The pitman attaches to the steering box output shaft. The...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 03-13-2014, 11:10 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 378
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
Looks like Tire Rack is down to four offerings in...

Looks like Tire Rack is down to four offerings in my car's OE size, 225/60-15. All of them look pretty mediocre. That's another consideration when choosing whether to plus-size.
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 03-10-2014, 11:02 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 287
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts.do?model=HE63...

http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts.do?model=HE63&mospid=47410&btnr=11_4845&hg=11&fg=35

I suspect you pulled out one of these tubes. You're looking at the end opposite of the one that fits in the...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 03-10-2014, 10:56 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 287
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
Must be the wrong belt(s) then. Did you get...

Must be the wrong belt(s) then. Did you get Contitech belt No. 7K1580?

One thing I'd recommend is to stay away from local parts stores when buying replacement stuff for this car. I always use...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 03-10-2014, 09:12 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 287
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
It's pretty easy to route the belt incorrectly....

It's pretty easy to route the belt incorrectly. The realoem.com diagram may help. http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts.do?model=HE63&mospid=47410&btnr=11_4838&hg=11&fg=18

Try to locate where the...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 02-25-2014, 05:23 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 483
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
I don't have ASC, but from the realoem diagrams...

I don't have ASC, but from the realoem diagrams it looks like a lot is going on at the intake boot vs. unequipped cars. I'd google ASC + "secondary throttle" + malfunction and do some reading. Looks...
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