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Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 06-11-2016, 04:10 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 466
Posted By Smoothops
Compression test

Thanks for your input Zee and DC, I do have a compression tester, will take some readings later today and will post the results. Come to think, I did hear a barely audible hissing , but since I had...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 06-10-2016, 10:23 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 466
Posted By Smoothops
Already answered

Read my post carefully, I already answered that question, but I'll have the courtesy to answer it again, I think is a head gasket failure based on prior observations of car with burned head gaskets,...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 06-10-2016, 08:38 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 466
Posted By Smoothops
Ready

I'm definitely ready to do this, agree that I must make sure it is a busted head gasket before disassembling the upper part of the engine. I personally think is a bad head gasket from having seen...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 06-10-2016, 04:37 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 466
Posted By Smoothops
94 325i white smoke when warm

I suspect that my newly acquired '94 325 ic has a burnt cylinder head gasket. Car idles fine, but I get a lot of white smoke after it warms up. The PO said "it may have overheated" . I already...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 06-10-2016, 04:33 AM
Replies: 11,091
Views: 598,067
Posted By Smoothops
Bummer

Today I suspect that my newly acquired '94 325 ic has a burnt cylinder head gasket. Car idles fine, but I get a lot of white smoke after it warms up. The PO said "it may have overheated" . I...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 02-20-2016, 10:17 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 13,399
Posted By Smoothops
Good show Roberto. There are a lot of hacks...

Good show Roberto. There are a lot of hacks outside the box....you just have to let your mind come out and do your thinking out of the (commerce) box. Deciding whether to clean or replace is a...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-15-2016, 02:51 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 17,903
Posted By Smoothops
5 dollars and an hour of work VS 200+ dollars and...

5 dollars and an hour of work VS 200+ dollars and 3+ hours of work. Results are about same, as a rebuilt rack may last as long as the one outer seal replaced. Dramatic difference.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-15-2016, 06:29 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 17,903
Posted By Smoothops
It has been a year and so far so good, no...

It has been a year and so far so good, no leaking. I don't remember the brand of the kit I used, it is somewhere in my garage, but at -20 celsius, looking for it can be a bit of a challenge. I did...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-16-2016, 04:17 AM
Replies: 250
Views: 107,204
Posted By Smoothops
Right on GTX!!! You just cut through the smoke...

Right on GTX!!! You just cut through the smoke curtain. Thanks for sharing your experience.
Forum: E63 / E64 6 Series (2004 - 2010) 01-08-2016, 12:22 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 40,449
Posted By Smoothops
That makes a lot of sense. Different batteries...

That makes a lot of sense. Different batteries require different charging cycles, especially when they have different chemistry and capacity.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-08-2016, 06:20 AM
Replies: 250
Views: 107,204
Posted By Smoothops
My 528i wagon has 240K miles. It sounded a bit...

My 528i wagon has 240K miles. It sounded a bit too metallic with the Castrol Syntex 0W40 European formula. It was amplified valve train noise mixed with more noise coming from the bottom end of...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-08-2016, 04:55 AM
Replies: 250
Views: 107,204
Posted By Smoothops
Good point Tristan. I have seen the labels and I...

Good point Tristan. I have seen the labels and I use the long life version on my Jetta TDI. My 528 wagon does not like it. I will try it on my 740iL, which will go on the road next spring.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-08-2016, 04:05 AM
Replies: 250
Views: 107,204
Posted By Smoothops
No it is not false, It was a marketing stunt by...

No it is not false, It was a marketing stunt by BMW and Mercedes Benz. Other European automakers such as Fiat, Jaguar Volvo, Volkswagen and Audi did not go into "lifetime" transmissions and...
Forum: 7 Series - E38 (1995 - 2001) 12-27-2015, 10:08 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,473
Posted By Smoothops
Need your help PAUL. mY 1999 740Il HAS THE REAR...

Need your help PAUL. mY 1999 740Il HAS THE REAR RIGHT DOOR LOCKED, DOES NOT OPEN FROM OUT OR INSIDE. dOOR LOCKS WORK, THE LOCK COME UP WITH THE DOOR LOCK BUTTON ON THE CONSOLE AND WITH THE REMOTE...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 12-11-2015, 04:10 AM
Replies: 19,979
Views: 2,479,896
Posted By Smoothops
Looking Good! Let it be a sleeper

Looking Good! Let it be a sleeper
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-27-2015, 05:02 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 10,507
Posted By Smoothops
Revival of thread for a bimer in need

My 99' 740iL has been throwing codes P1421 and P1423 for a while now, I've been trying to put it back on the road and these codes have prevented it from passing the smog test. I own it for the last...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-09-2015, 03:37 PM
Replies: 250
Views: 107,204
Posted By Smoothops
The quality of the oil has a lot to do with the...

The quality of the oil has a lot to do with the oil change intervals. BMW (and other German makers) lengthened the service intervals in a marketing stunt to make their cars more attractive by having...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-09-2015, 12:31 PM
Replies: 250
Views: 107,204
Posted By Smoothops
Oil for summer temperatures

My 528iT uses Castrol diesel 15W40 in the summer. The car absolutely loves it. She does not run in the winter though, but I still switch to any 5W20 in the winter, so I can run the engine every...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-18-2015, 04:11 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 9,877
Posted By Smoothops
I'll revive this old thread with a riddle. My...

I'll revive this old thread with a riddle. My E39 wagon is blowing cold air when the air is coming out of the main vents. When the defroster button is pushed, the heater fan goes to full speed and...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 12-31-2014, 09:14 AM
Replies: 163
Views: 34,631
Posted By Smoothops
Does anyone knows about the "crickets" that...

Does anyone knows about the "crickets" that NHAndy has? I have them in my car too and don't know what to make of them.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-19-2014, 08:22 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 17,903
Posted By Smoothops
I took my inner tie rod with a large adjustable...

I took my inner tie rod with a large adjustable wrench, nothing to it. The kit is available on Ebay. I bought a kit, but only used the right outer seal. 25 bucks shipped if you want it.
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 11-10-2014, 01:35 PM
Replies: 11,091
Views: 598,067
Posted By Smoothops
Get a first generation Santa Fe. They are cheap,...

Get a first generation Santa Fe. They are cheap, reliable in the winter, fun to drive and totally disposable. Make sure you get the all wheel drive version if you have snow covered roads where you...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 11-07-2014, 10:28 AM
Replies: 222
Views: 206,301
Posted By Smoothops
I finished the re-assembly of the CCV system with...

I finished the re-assembly of the CCV system with the new hoses. The car is doing pretty much the same, coughing, farting and hesitating. I may have to triple check every hose again, as it sounds...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 10-30-2014, 04:02 PM
Replies: 222
Views: 206,301
Posted By Smoothops
Ford, I was asking around and it looks like I...

Ford, I was asking around and it looks like I will have to wait on the ccv delete. The vehicle will not pass emissions if the ccv system has been modified (which makes no sense, as the catch can...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 10-28-2014, 01:15 PM
Replies: 222
Views: 206,301
Posted By Smoothops
That sounds like music to me Ford, I will...

That sounds like music to me Ford, I will definitely consider that. I even have a new can that I can use. I was going to install it on my VW diesel, but went the stock route after figuring out a...
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