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Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 05-23-2017, 05:15 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 235
Posted By timarnold
You really shouldn't lose any differential oil...

You really shouldn't lose any differential oil beyond a couple of drops. The front drive shafts go into the front differential, so you really would want differential oil, but you shouldn't need it.
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 05-22-2017, 05:14 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 252
Posted By timarnold
There is nothing keeping it in, it is supposed to...

There is nothing keeping it in, it is supposed to slide in and out. I have just never heard of it coming out so far in normal operation. The length of the front drive shaft should keep it in. ...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 05-14-2017, 06:02 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 272
Posted By timarnold
Here is a picture.597375

Here is a picture.597375
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 05-13-2017, 12:50 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 272
Posted By timarnold
It is just a clip onto the plastic rib. It...

It is just a clip onto the plastic rib. It should pull off, but you may be able to work it off with a narrow bladed screwdriver between the clip & the end of the rib.
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 05-11-2017, 09:33 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 347
Posted By timarnold
It could help, depending on the source of the...

It could help, depending on the source of the odor. If by mechanical smell you mean it smells like oil, you likely have a leaky valve cover gasket, particularly if its never been replaced.
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 05-10-2017, 01:22 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 486
Posted By timarnold
It could be the tires, but I would suspect there...

It could be the tires, but I would suspect there is a driveshaft problem, either the Center Support Bearing, one of the U joints or the Guibo. Of these the CSB is most likely. The rubber...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-10-2017, 01:20 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,068
Posted By timarnold
I have a few personal observations on M54 oil...

I have a few personal observations on M54 oil consumption. I have 2 cares with M54 engines: A 2003 525i and a 2005 3.0L X3. My 525i now has 250,000 miles and my X3 has 230,000. My 525i started...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-08-2017, 03:31 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 581
Posted By timarnold
Generally socket head screws are heat treated and...

Generally socket head screws are heat treated and difficult to drill out. I'm not positive about the caliper pins. You could also use a grinder/dremel to cut a slot in the head and use a large...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-08-2017, 02:46 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 643
Posted By timarnold
If it's running ok, my recommendation would be to...

If it's running ok, my recommendation would be to increase the frequency of oil changes and maybe replace the CCV. It's kind of nasty from your photos, but if it's running ok, there are more things...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 05-02-2017, 05:46 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 632
Posted By timarnold
It won't hurt to drive a thousand miles like...

It won't hurt to drive a thousand miles like this. The pigtail lower end of the spring cracks and you probably still have 99% of your spring rate.
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 04-30-2017, 02:09 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 632
Posted By timarnold
By the way, to your question, both rear springs...

By the way, to your question, both rear springs can be changed in half an hour.
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 04-29-2017, 06:53 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 464
Posted By timarnold
To Doug's point, you need to dump some baking...

To Doug's point, you need to dump some baking soda and water under your battery to neutralize the battery acid. If you don't, you will rust out the bottom of your trunk area.
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 04-28-2017, 05:05 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 308
Posted By timarnold
The other possibility is the ignition switch.

The other possibility is the ignition switch.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-27-2017, 02:15 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 260
Posted By timarnold
It's item # 2 in the drawing. They are cheap and...

It's item # 2 in the drawing. They are cheap and easy to remove with vise grips on the rubber. There is absolutely no reason not to replace them.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-26-2017, 08:26 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 282
Posted By timarnold
Did the check engine light come on? assuming it...

Did the check engine light come on? assuming it did, the first step would be to get the codes read. You guess does make sense.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-24-2017, 01:10 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 372
Posted By timarnold
Engine Mounts?

Engine Mounts?
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 04-23-2017, 05:02 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,032
Posted By timarnold
You do not have to worry about the orientation of...

You do not have to worry about the orientation of the output flange to the driveshaft. When you separate the driveshaft halves, you do need to mark them and maintain orientation.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-23-2017, 03:03 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 535
Posted By timarnold
I am not that familiar with the 540, but is it...

I am not that familiar with the 540, but is it possible that you accidentally swapped the O2 Sensor connectors? (Bank 1 plugged into Bank 2 and vice versa)
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-21-2017, 02:27 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 424
Posted By timarnold
I don't know if this helps, but here is an...

I don't know if this helps, but here is an interesting post. http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=510952
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-19-2017, 12:05 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 330
Posted By timarnold
I don't think I have ever heard of or seen a post...

I don't think I have ever heard of or seen a post saying that the Idler Pulley "shattered". I think TheAngryBear is on the right track, but I wonder if you maybe hit something that damaged the...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 04-19-2017, 05:32 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 778
Posted By timarnold
+1. I would bet that the transmission is...

+1. I would bet that the transmission is underfilled as well. If you really want to be careful, you should replace the fluid twice to get most of the wrong fluid out. When you change the filter,...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-19-2017, 05:24 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 330
Posted By timarnold
The only relation between the serpentine belt and...

The only relation between the serpentine belt and the steering is the routing of the belt. Double check the routing. The Idler pulley should be between the Power Steering Pump & the Alternator. If...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-17-2017, 09:12 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 343
Posted By timarnold
Not necessarily. The only reason it would be if...

Not necessarily. The only reason it would be if there was a vacuum leak in the CCV.
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 04-15-2017, 11:22 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 328
Posted By timarnold
SOLVED: Need help getting rid of my crickets!

I am about at my wit's end trying to locate the source of a chirp my 2005 X3 has developed a chirp at idle. The car has 226k miles on it. As soon as you step on the gas, the sound disappears. Here...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 04-09-2017, 04:42 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 7,194
Posted By timarnold
It's a T60.

It's a T60.
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