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Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 08-07-2013, 09:37 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,955
Posted By BertStevens
The Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 have some...

The Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 have some favorable reviews. I'm going to try them as soon as I replace some front suspension parts.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 07-24-2013, 10:14 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 340
Posted By BertStevens
The upper radiator hose attaches to a plastic...

The upper radiator hose attaches to a plastic connector. The connector makes a 90* turn into the radiator. The hole is on top of the connector, above the right angle. It is in an all plastic area.
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Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 07-23-2013, 04:04 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 340
Posted By BertStevens
Can you patch a radiator pin hole leak?

:mad: I have a pin hole leak in the radiator of my 1999 323i. It's in the right angle of the plastic piece that attaches to the upper hose. Obviously I need to order a new radiator. But since this is...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 06-30-2013, 09:23 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,021
Posted By BertStevens
I've read some nice reviews of the Michelin Power...

I've read some nice reviews of the Michelin Power Sport A/S 3. They just came out this summer. I'm planning on giving them a try next month.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 06-30-2013, 09:17 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 181
Posted By BertStevens
Talking Finally got my A/C cold!

I've had cool, but not cold air all spring. Even after adding some R134a with one of the built in gauges. Still didn't get cold.

So after some research, I found this chart showing the...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 04-14-2013, 10:24 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,076
Posted By BertStevens
You are risking damage to your OFHG if you use...

You are risking damage to your OFHG if you use something besides a 36mm socket. Its only a $5 part, but its a pain to get to!

Find it online, and buy a socket



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Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 03-23-2013, 08:10 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 9,170
Posted By BertStevens
Being in a smaller town, I don't have a lot of...

Being in a smaller town, I don't have a lot of top tier choices. So I go with convenience. The closest top tier station. But after reading several similar threads, I add a bottle of Techron...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 03-19-2013, 12:06 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 219
Posted By BertStevens
Well as I said, cooling system was the primary...

Well as I said, cooling system was the primary job. The OFHG was just a bonus. So I didn't think about taking a clean picture. :(

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Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 03-19-2013, 07:22 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 219
Posted By BertStevens
Weekend repairs

I got into my cooling system update this weekend and with very little extra work took care of the oil filter housing gasket. As you can see from the picture, the OFHG was leaking just a little...
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Forum: Do-It-Yourself H.Q. 03-17-2013, 08:20 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 630
Posted By BertStevens
Ft lbs to nM conversion chart

While working on my E46 today, I kept needing to convert torque values to ft lbs. since my torque wrench is only in ft lbs. So I googled a conversion chart. Here is the link for those in the same...
Forum: Do-It-Yourself H.Q. 03-10-2013, 01:59 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 595
Posted By BertStevens
Tool advice request

I've tried searching, but found more DIYs than tool advice. So please forgive me if its been covered.

I need advice on a reasonably priced torque wrench ($200 or less). Sure I'd love to have a...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 (2012 - current) 03-09-2013, 09:29 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,101
Posted By BertStevens
My uncle worked across from a gasoline storage...

My uncle worked across from a gasoline storage facility. He told me he saw every brand's trucks fill up from the same tanks. It would seem to me that the only difference would then be additives. They...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 03-09-2013, 04:52 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 427
Posted By BertStevens
Actually, I did this last week when I suspected...

Actually, I did this last week when I suspected the thermostat was sticking. Only 66 degrees. That plus even lower dash readings now and lack of heat all point to a stuck thermostat.

But I...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 03-08-2013, 10:50 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 427
Posted By BertStevens
Time for the cooling system

Just when I finally got all the grease out from under my nails from overhauling the VANOS, now I have to dig in again.

The thermostat appears to be stuck open. I've noticed the coolant temp...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-07-2013, 06:55 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 608
Posted By BertStevens
I've done it on non BMW vehicles I own using the...

I've done it on non BMW vehicles I own using the Sylvania restorer. Consumer Reports ranked it longest lasting. Very easy!

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Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 03-06-2013, 01:51 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 435
Posted By BertStevens
I looked at Dr VANOS. It wasn't that much more...

I looked at Dr VANOS. It wasn't that much more work once I removed the unit. 9 screws, seal removal and replacement. I don't think it added more than an hour to the job. Not sure, as I stopped to eat...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 03-06-2013, 01:46 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 435
Posted By BertStevens
According to the link within the Wiki, CDV's were...

According to the link within the Wiki, CDV's were not added to the E46 until Late 2002. Are you aware of a different reference that says otherwise?
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 03-06-2013, 09:51 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 435
Posted By BertStevens
VANOS seals replaced

Last month I bought a 1999 323i. I knew I'd have to do some repairs when I bought it. And I tackled the first one this past weekend. The VANOS seals. I ordered the seals from Beisan Systems and...
Forum: Site Sponsors & Bimmerfest Group Buys 03-02-2013, 12:10 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,787
Posted By BertStevens
I've always wondered, what is the difference in...

I've always wondered, what is the difference in solid vs drilled vs slotted vs slotted and drilled?

Or do you have a link to an explanation?

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Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 02-18-2013, 08:31 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 531
Posted By BertStevens
Expansion tank was replaced by prior owner, 20k...

Expansion tank was replaced by prior owner, 20k miles ago. Hoses and thermostat will be done with the water pump. And I have a manual trans.
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 02-18-2013, 06:51 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 531
Posted By BertStevens
Combining repair jobs - need advice

I need to do some work on my "new to me" 1999 323i. I'm aware that the valve cover gasket is replaced during the VANOS seals repair. I also need to replace the oil filter housing gasket, water pump,...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 02-10-2013, 01:06 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 238
Posted By BertStevens
249,500 when I bought it. Addd another couple...

249,500 when I bought it. Addd another couple hundred already.:rofl:
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 02-10-2013, 11:57 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 238
Posted By BertStevens
New to me 323i

Thanks for all the advice and comments on my previous thread!

I did purchase the 1999 E46 323i that I asked about. True highway miles, great inspection report, and all maintenance records back to...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 02-05-2013, 11:07 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 610
Posted By BertStevens
Thanks for all the comments! I went and...

Thanks for all the comments!

I went and looked at the car. It really is a 1 owner with mostly highway mileage. Plus he has a thick folder with maintenance records. Body has 1 tiny ding where his...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 02-04-2013, 05:44 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 610
Posted By BertStevens
Here's the ad... ...

Here's the ad...

http://www.autotrader.com/cars-for-sale/vehicledetails.xhtml?searchRadius=0&listingId=334817466

Over priced, I know. But I always consider that a negotiation tactic....
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