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Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 05-25-2016, 12:26 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 595
Posted By djstrachan
Regardless of whether or not you and your friends...

Regardless of whether or not you and your friends have had serious issues, Bob's points are not just valid but should not be ignored. Road conditions are not always under your control so saying you...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 05-13-2016, 08:35 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 393
Posted By djstrachan
Not much information in your post. Which side is...

Not much information in your post. Which side is the leak on? Have you investigated the connections, radiator, water pump etc. to see signs of leaks?

With the E46 cooling system, it is not...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 05-12-2016, 09:51 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 513
Posted By djstrachan
If you can find an assistant, you should be able...

If you can find an assistant, you should be able to diagnose yourself. Drive until noise starts...put it on ramps and get underneath while someone bounces the car. It would be a shame to pay to...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 05-12-2016, 09:48 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 769
Posted By djstrachan
Ditch the 19" plan. I have 18" which are...

Ditch the 19" plan.

I have 18" which are actually lighter than my factory 17" so as far as unsprung weight and nimbleness, I don't sacrifice anything. Still...they tramline far more than the 17"...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 05-12-2016, 09:39 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 513
Posted By djstrachan
Have you checked the lube on your swaybar...

Have you checked the lube on your swaybar bushings? I had a squeak that sounded like shocks but was actually the dry bushings. I have poly bushings with Hotchkis sways, which, like the poly...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 05-02-2016, 11:40 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 522
Posted By djstrachan
https://tse1.mm.bing.net/th?&id=OIP.M9a9faf71e8198...

https://tse1.mm.bing.net/th?&id=OIP.M9a9faf71e819831630ea20e03637b491o0&w=300&h=225&c=0&pid=1.9&rs=0&p=0&r=0

THis is a link to a picture of the heat shield. It is located on the passenger side...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 05-02-2016, 09:29 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 472
Posted By djstrachan
DO you have a manual or automatic? The manuals...

DO you have a manual or automatic? The manuals engine fan is electronically controlled and only comes on when the engine heats up. IF you hear the noise when the engine is not hot, it is not your...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 05-02-2016, 09:18 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 522
Posted By djstrachan
IT is an annoyance issue and poses no threat to...

IT is an annoyance issue and poses no threat to you or the engine.

Bending the heat shield as suggested requires absolutely no mechanical skill. A pair of pliers is all you need and you simply...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 04-30-2016, 09:52 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 477
Posted By djstrachan
Tough to tell from a video recording but the area...

Tough to tell from a video recording but the area you describe and symptoms could indicate the heat shield over the manifold is loose. It is spot welded metal and the welds break causing the shield...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 02-13-2016, 08:13 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 861
Posted By djstrachan
I get the rationale and it makes sense. On the...

I get the rationale and it makes sense. On the other hand, this guy is adamant that BMW itself says lube everything.

When I get a chance to corner him on this, I will post his response.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 02-13-2016, 08:37 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 861
Posted By djstrachan
Jake...just so you don't feel bad about lubing...

Jake...just so you don't feel bad about lubing the pins...My daughter works at a Euro Specialist shop. Her senior technician is a Master Mechanic who specialized in BMWs (trained in Germany). ...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 02-07-2016, 01:13 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 478
Posted By djstrachan
Sometimes, replacing a worn CAB can expose other...

Sometimes, replacing a worn CAB can expose other failing parts in the CA. If those are original CABS with that mileage, it is quite possible your ball joints (outer and/or inner) are worn. A "soft"...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 01-14-2016, 11:48 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 298
Posted By djstrachan
I'm not sure if a faulty GM 5 would cause all...

I'm not sure if a faulty GM 5 would cause all your symptoms but if you want to start throwing money at possible parts, go ahead.

Testing the battery is free and where I would start. IF it is in...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 01-13-2016, 11:42 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 298
Posted By djstrachan
A weak/failing battery will cause a variety of...

A weak/failing battery will cause a variety of different electrical issues. I would start by testing that. If the battery is strong, check to make sure the ground cables/connections are all in good...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 01-05-2016, 10:17 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 318
Posted By djstrachan
I'm no expert on this but it sounds like it could...

I'm no expert on this but it sounds like it could be CCV related. If it is clogged, it can cause pressure to build up and the result is leaking valve cover gasket and could cause the oil spraying...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 12-12-2015, 11:50 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 322
Posted By djstrachan
Could be those things. What is the ...

Could be those things.

What is the age/status of your cooling system? Is there any noise or leakage associated with the system?

Rather than trying to guess at what it could be, it might be...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 12-08-2015, 10:12 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 690
Posted By djstrachan
Remember to wear the appropriate protection and...

Remember to wear the appropriate protection and practice safe sex.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 12-08-2015, 10:04 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 690
Posted By djstrachan
If you drive the car onto the ramps and then jack...

If you drive the car onto the ramps and then jack up the rear end, the front wheels won't roll off provided you are on level ground. I've done this a few times when I do tranny and diff fluid...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 11-27-2015, 05:29 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 578
Posted By djstrachan
The GAS unit will be a significant upgrade...

The GAS unit will be a significant upgrade when/if it becomes available.

For now it is either replace with the OE design or rig a Catch-Can like some have done.

I haven't done this yet but...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 11-27-2015, 02:21 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 329
Posted By djstrachan
Good point on the bleeding process...critical! ...

Good point on the bleeding process...critical!

I wanted to stress again about the hose connections. I took a look at my old OE hoses (still have them tucked away) and it is obvious how hard and...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 11-27-2015, 09:45 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 329
Posted By djstrachan
well...that is a difficult question to answer...

well...that is a difficult question to answer because...usually, a system refresh is recommended along with the expansion tank if your cooling system has more than 80k miles and has original parts. ...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 11-27-2015, 09:29 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 578
Posted By djstrachan
Hi Gary, Got the DISA kit and was very...

Hi Gary,

Got the DISA kit and was very impressed with the design and quality.

I have been patiently waiting on the CCV solution. Any update on when this will be available? I am pretty...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 11-27-2015, 09:24 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 329
Posted By djstrachan
Yes. IT is located beside the radiator (attached...

Yes. IT is located beside the radiator (attached to it) at the front of the engine on the driver's side. It has a pressure cap on it and a coolant hose going into the top of it.
Can't upload pic...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 11-27-2015, 09:20 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 421
Posted By djstrachan
IF you are certain it is leaking from the drain...

IF you are certain it is leaking from the drain plug, it is not likely to be the tank seal itself but in fact, the drain plug or its o-ring. Did you use a new drain plug when you installed the new...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 11-26-2015, 01:56 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 721
Posted By djstrachan
[QUOTE=AndrewBarron;9400506]Engine cold and off....

[QUOTE=AndrewBarron;9400506]Engine cold and off. Rad cap off, bleed screw off. Fan on manual, low. Temp set at 32C. You slowly until coolant comes out the bleed screw. Then continue to pour slowly...
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