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Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 09-13-2014, 05:21 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 6,716
Posted By G. P. Burdell
It's explained in the NYT article I posted above....

It's explained in the NYT article I posted above. The propellant is highly sensitive to contamination by moisture, which makes it unstable and prone to "overly energetic combustion." Some of the...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 09-12-2014, 04:07 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 6,716
Posted By G. P. Burdell
Here's a New York Times article, published this...

Here's a New York Times article, published this week, with details as to how we got here.

Takata and Honda reportedly knew about problems with Takata's airbags as early as 2004. After assuring...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 09-12-2014, 05:16 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 342
Posted By G. P. Burdell
It's considered good practice to replace the...

It's considered good practice to replace the valve cover gaskets (the outer perimeter gasket and two spark plug well gaskets) and the 15 valve cover nut rubber grommets all at once.

If the gasket...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 09-09-2014, 06:34 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 227
Posted By G. P. Burdell
See my previous post. :) Yes, you can replace it...

See my previous post. :) Yes, you can replace it yourself if you are comfortable with taking the headlight apart.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 09-09-2014, 05:21 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 227
Posted By G. P. Burdell
Agreed. There should be minimal risk as long as...

Agreed. There should be minimal risk as long as the power is disconnected.

For peace of mind, disconnect the battery in the trunk. If you leave the battery connected while you work, the "follow...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 09-08-2014, 07:15 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 222
Posted By G. P. Burdell
The steering column trim is composed of upper and...

The steering column trim is composed of upper and lower halves that snap together. If you look closely, you'll see the horizontal seam on each side.

First, remove the plastic expansion fastener...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 09-07-2014, 06:55 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 221
Posted By G. P. Burdell
It's the same badge that's found on the carbon...

It's the same badge that's found on the carbon fiber glove box trim in the E36 M3 Lightweight.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 09-04-2014, 06:14 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 212
Posted By G. P. Burdell
I think it would be safer and easier to replace...

I think it would be safer and easier to replace the entire igniter. I would not trust splices in those high-voltage wires. The inline splices you can buy at electronics stores aren't rated for the...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 09-02-2014, 05:19 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 178
Posted By G. P. Burdell
Yes. You can look up a part number for the manual...

Yes. You can look up a part number for the manual mirror on parts sites such as Penske Parts. (http://www.penskeparts.com/)
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 09-01-2014, 05:49 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 168
Posted By G. P. Burdell
I use SIR Tools' 1032T wrench. Its 20" length...

I use SIR Tools' 1032T wrench. Its 20" length makes loosening that fan clutch nut a breeze.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 08-30-2014, 04:32 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 493
Posted By G. P. Burdell
Perhaps some part of the FSR was breaking down,...

Perhaps some part of the FSR was breaking down, and it only emitted a smell when the FSR was energized and warmed up. :dunno:
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 08-30-2014, 08:46 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 493
Posted By G. P. Burdell
Were there any signs of burning or melting of the...

Were there any signs of burning or melting of the FSR's electrical connector?
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 08-25-2014, 06:13 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 140
Posted By G. P. Burdell
You probably need to bleed the air from the...

You probably need to bleed the air from the system. Read the wiki (http://www.bimmerfest.com/wiki/index.php?title=BMW_E46) to learn more.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 08-16-2014, 01:46 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 140
Posted By G. P. Burdell
Yes. There are some who have jerry-rigged their...

Yes. There are some who have jerry-rigged their own solutions, but having the right tool makes the job so much easier.
...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 08-13-2014, 05:30 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 493
Posted By G. P. Burdell
Unfortunately, there's a flange on the final...

Unfortunately, there's a flange on the final stage unit that forces you to remove it from the passenger footwell.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 08-12-2014, 04:20 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 219
Posted By G. P. Burdell
The car was wired at the factory to receive the...

The car was wired at the factory to receive the BMW accessory CD changer, cell phone (and later Bluetooth integration), and alarm system, which were offered as dealer-installed options. You can...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 08-12-2014, 12:07 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 219
Posted By G. P. Burdell
You're welcome. I forgot to mention that if you...

You're welcome. I forgot to mention that if you are interested in both front and rear parking sensors, you can integrate the front sensors into the Bosch rear sensor system relatively easily. There...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 08-10-2014, 05:15 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 219
Posted By G. P. Burdell
Yes. You can see the BMW retrofit kits in the...

Yes. You can see the BMW retrofit kits in the parts catalog (http://penskeparts.com/) under Main Group 66 (Distance/Cruise). Depending on your preference, you can install the four-sensor kit in the...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 08-04-2014, 06:21 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 387
Posted By G. P. Burdell
My suggestion is to find the best price you can...

My suggestion is to find the best price you can for a new OE (not aftermarket) valve, then change out the internals with the GAS kit before installing. There's no need to clean the oily mess from...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 08-04-2014, 04:53 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 473
Posted By G. P. Burdell
It's a part of the braking system. You can see...

It's a part of the braking system. You can see it in the brake parts diagrams at Penske Parts (http://www.penskeparts.com/); it's the part that looks like a bow.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 08-04-2014, 08:04 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 318
Posted By G. P. Burdell
A dealer or a well-equipped independent can...

A dealer or a well-equipped independent can program the car/key memory so that the locks engage at a low speed. I forget what the exact speed is, but it's 10 MPH or less. So the locks would engage...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 08-01-2014, 09:56 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 537
Posted By G. P. Burdell
It's nearly impossible to see the water pump's...

It's nearly impossible to see the water pump's coolant weep hole if the stock, solid plastic pulley is mounted on the pump. You'll have to remove the pulley in order to get a good look at the weep...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 07-30-2014, 01:16 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 201
Posted By G. P. Burdell
The air pump for the lumbar cushion is located at...

The air pump for the lumbar cushion is located at the bottom of the seat back. By removing the plastic shell of the seat back, you'll be able to access the pump, the air cushion, and the tubing...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 07-25-2014, 04:37 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 211
Posted By G. P. Burdell
What did you swap? Are you saying that you...

What did you swap?

Are you saying that you want to wire the fan so that it runs all the time?
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 07-25-2014, 09:55 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 169
Posted By G. P. Burdell
I'm referring to the four weather-sealed...

I'm referring to the four weather-sealed connectors on the exterior of the headlight.
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