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Forum: E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008) 10-15-2013, 08:50 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 613
Posted By Uber-Fritz
Agree

I agree, starters and alternators dont fail by running slowly. I would start with checking the battery and the alternator output. Even if both these are fine, constant short trips can run the...
Forum: E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008) 07-08-2013, 09:24 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 187
Posted By Uber-Fritz
Z4 Weird black sealant

I have a 2006 3.0 and I saw something a bit weird underneath it. At the back, right in front of the battery box but in front of the diff is a round metal plate. It is covered in a gooey black...
Forum: E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008) 01-27-2013, 01:58 PM
Replies: 7
Z4 New top
Views: 629
Posted By Uber-Fritz
It is part of the experinece.... I often...

It is part of the experinece....

I often pine for my long lost TR8, grumpy old beast that it was. Less so for the Fiat that came before it.

Good luck with the top.
Forum: E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008) 01-27-2013, 09:25 AM
Replies: 7
Z4 New top
Views: 629
Posted By Uber-Fritz
And he's got a Triumph so he knows all about wind...

And he's got a Triumph so he knows all about wind noise!
Forum: E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008) 01-25-2013, 04:05 PM
Replies: 7
Z4 New top
Views: 629
Posted By Uber-Fritz
Drive with the top down then:rofl: ...

Drive with the top down then:rofl:

Seriously, it takes very little material sticking into the airflow to make a lot of noise. Look at the fit at the top of the windshield and around the side...
Forum: E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008) 01-25-2013, 03:58 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 743
Posted By Uber-Fritz
I think a loose/defective belt is the most likely...

I think a loose/defective belt is the most likely too. As the engine warms up and expands (slightly tightening the belt) and the alternator warms up and runs freerer, this may well produce enough...
Forum: E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008) 01-23-2013, 12:02 PM
Replies: 14
Z4 Roadster (E85) Charging Issues?
Views: 988
Posted By Uber-Fritz
And the final answer appears to be,....., the...

And the final answer appears to be,....., the brand new battery isnt holding charge. What are the odds? So back it goes. I feel like maybe I should have tested it first before considering more...
Forum: E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008) 01-22-2013, 05:34 PM
Replies: 14
Z4 Roadster (E85) Charging Issues?
Views: 988
Posted By Uber-Fritz
And the terminals are tight and squeaky clean.....

And the terminals are tight and squeaky clean.....
Forum: E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008) 01-22-2013, 05:33 PM
Replies: 14
Z4 Roadster (E85) Charging Issues?
Views: 988
Posted By Uber-Fritz
Hello, thanks everyone! I drive it about an hour...

Hello, thanks everyone! I drive it about an hour every day 1/2 highway; 1/2 city. No parasitic draw that I can detect. I have to grab a new voltmetre to test the alternator.
Forum: E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002) 01-21-2013, 12:58 PM
Replies: 18
Z3 Roadster (E36/7) Running Temp
Views: 1,714
Posted By Uber-Fritz
Thermostat. I have had an identical experience...

Thermostat. I have had an identical experience in two of my old cars.
Forum: E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008) 01-21-2013, 12:54 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 700
Posted By Uber-Fritz
Are you positive that is where the noise is...

Are you positive that is where the noise is coming from? Can you reproduce it your garage? A "rattle" sounds awfully terminal if it is truly coming from your valve train, but it could just as easily...
Forum: E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008) 01-21-2013, 10:53 AM
Replies: 14
Z4 Roadster (E85) Charging Issues?
Views: 988
Posted By Uber-Fritz
Thanks. I will test to see the draw on the...

Thanks. I will test to see the draw on the battery when everything is shut off and go from there.
Forum: E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008) 01-21-2013, 10:04 AM
Replies: 14
Z4 Roadster (E85) Charging Issues?
Views: 988
Posted By Uber-Fritz
Thanks for that. I will put my ammeter on it,...

Thanks for that. I will put my ammeter on it, but I do drise it for about an hour every day so I would be surprised if that wasnt enough to keep it charged even with a slow drain.
Forum: E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008) 01-21-2013, 08:31 AM
Replies: 14
Z4 Roadster (E85) Charging Issues?
Views: 988
Posted By Uber-Fritz
Charging Issues?

Hello

I have a 2006 and it is my daily drive. A few weeks ago, I had the battery go flat so I replaced it with a stock one. Now this one is discharged and I had to charge it up. No idiots...
Forum: E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008) 10-23-2012, 07:48 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,039
Posted By Uber-Fritz
Budget for maintenance

At that kind of mileage, you also have to look at things that are not in the drivetrain. Solid mechanicals are the first step, but these are sophisticated machines with a lot of expensive peripheral...
Forum: E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008) 09-27-2012, 09:26 PM
Replies: 4
Z4 Roadster (E85) Squeaky Rear Suspension
Views: 1,933
Posted By Uber-Fritz
Solution

It was the handbrake cable. Just nneded a little grease. The noise is totally gone.
Forum: E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008) 09-22-2012, 04:32 PM
Replies: 4
Z4 Roadster (E85) Squeaky Rear Suspension
Views: 1,933
Posted By Uber-Fritz
Squeaky Rear Suspension

Hello

I have a mildly annoying issue. Whenever I get out of my car and stand up beside it I hear a squeak from the left rear suspension as the car settles. I never hear it when I am driving, but...
Forum: E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008) 09-17-2012, 12:53 PM
Replies: 9
Z4 Roadster (E85) Xenon light glitch
Views: 2,067
Posted By Uber-Fritz
Solution

And the answer was....... both bulbs were defective. Replaced gratis by the dealer. Thanks to everyone who responded.
Forum: E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008) 08-28-2012, 10:44 AM
Replies: 9
Z4 Roadster (E85) Xenon light glitch
Views: 2,067
Posted By Uber-Fritz
Thanks everyone. I am still not getting my...

Thanks everyone. I am still not getting my problem. Right now both sides are working and the trouble light has gone out on its own without any reset (the exterior lamp/bulb one). Can it still be...
Forum: E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008) 08-27-2012, 08:18 PM
Replies: 9
Z4 Roadster (E85) Xenon light glitch
Views: 2,067
Posted By Uber-Fritz
Thanks very much. Was your alternating side to...

Thanks very much. Was your alternating side to side like mine? I have first one then the other out.
Forum: E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008) 08-27-2012, 05:44 PM
Replies: 9
Z4 Roadster (E85) Xenon light glitch
Views: 2,067
Posted By Uber-Fritz
Xenon light glitch

Hello

I am new to BMW ownership and now have a 2006 Z4 3.0i. I am having some odd behavior from the xenon headlights. Sometimes one comes on, sometimes both, sometimes the other. When I have...
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