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Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 02-27-2015, 09:23 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 214
Posted By DrCharles
Yeah, but you don't have to pull the intake...

Yeah, but you don't have to pull the intake manifold,, unlike an M50 (unless you have triple-jointed arms). I haven't had the pleasure of doing an M62 starter yet (in my E39 and E38)...

The M30...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 02-10-2015, 06:52 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 695
Posted By DrCharles
Nobody for "Marked For Death"? (the Steven Seagal...

Nobody for "Marked For Death"? (the Steven Seagal movie with the Jamaican posse)... looks like they used a real E23 745i and totaled it at the end of the chase :(
Maybe it was just a common...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 02-02-2015, 05:35 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 186
Posted By DrCharles
Remember the level needs to be full to the...

Remember the level needs to be full to the "sideways" plug hole at a specified temp, not full hot or completely cold, and the car needs to be level. I assume you have the GM 4L30E like my '93?
...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 01-22-2015, 09:15 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 337
Posted By DrCharles
I think your engine is beyond any "mechanic in a...

I think your engine is beyond any "mechanic in a bottle" product, sorry. :( As you have learned the hard way, when that temp needle moves to the right, STOP immediately.

About your original...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 01-21-2015, 07:16 PM
Replies: 129
Views: 4,119
Posted By DrCharles
Took the valve cover off again and found a new,...

Took the valve cover off again and found a new, slow seep in the right rear corner of the head (not where the oil is reaching the manifold though) AND fresh oil in #2 and #3 plug holes, which was not...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 01-19-2015, 09:02 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 842
Posted By DrCharles
MeNoo, the engine isn't actually stock. It has...

MeNoo, the engine isn't actually stock. It has 8:1 forged flattop pistons, and a Metric Mechanic-worked head with their "Surface Turbulence" machining, beehive valve springs, and 275 degree Sport...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 01-19-2015, 08:07 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 842
Posted By DrCharles
Don't know... the 745i E23, which I've owned for...

Don't know... the 745i E23, which I've owned for 24 years, came stock with an intercooler, although it should have been larger. I never put a temp sensor in the intake, only an exhaust pyrometer to...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 01-19-2015, 07:47 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 842
Posted By DrCharles
OP, let me know if you're interested in a good...

OP, let me know if you're interested in a good M106 (M30 turbo) low-miles engine from my E23 745i. I've run it up to 15 psi boost and it's really quick in a 3600 lb E23 with 3.46 rear gears.
Send me...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 01-19-2015, 07:47 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 842
Posted By DrCharles
OP, let me know if you're interested in a good...

OP, let me know if you're interested in a good M106 (M30 turbo) low-miles engine from my E23 745i. I've run it up to 15 psi boost and it's really quick in a 3600 lb E23 with 3.46 rear gears.
Send me...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 01-18-2015, 02:58 PM
Replies: 129
Views: 4,119
Posted By DrCharles
Changed the valve cover gasket with an OEM one...

Changed the valve cover gasket with an OEM one this time... and I still have oil getting onto #5 and #6 exhaust pipe and smoking :mad:

Also changed the timing chain tensioner spring (the new one...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 01-18-2015, 08:03 AM
Replies: 129
Views: 4,119
Posted By DrCharles
:lmao: actually it was because the day before, I...

:lmao: actually it was because the day before, I had unloaded 5500 lb of firewood from my flatbed truck and down the cellar hatch, and split about 1/4 of it with a hydraulic log splitter... my aging...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 01-17-2015, 06:23 PM
Replies: 129
Views: 4,119
Posted By DrCharles
Measured the engine-to-frame voltage with a heavy...

Measured the engine-to-frame voltage with a heavy load (headlights, foglights, rear defroster, high blower fan, and stereo) on... just 40 mV (.040 volt). As I suspected, nothing wrong with that wire....
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 01-15-2015, 04:30 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 923
Posted By DrCharles
Do NOT buy the cheap no-brand control arms......

Do NOT buy the cheap no-brand control arms... unless you like doing the job and want to do it again in a year or two. Lemforder (which is OEM without the fancy BMW box) is the best way to go in my...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 01-15-2015, 04:11 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 137
Posted By DrCharles
Three basic possibilities: Battery not being...

Three basic possibilities: Battery not being charged; battery being drained when car is off; battery is old and won't hold a charge.
(Other issues such as bad wires, dirty connections, etc.)

How...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 01-15-2015, 04:05 PM
Replies: 129
Views: 4,119
Posted By DrCharles
Got it back from "shop jail" after only eight...

Got it back from "shop jail" after only eight weeks... hope they fixed the automatic's front pump bushing correctly this time. Amazingly enough he didn't present me with a bill despite all his hot...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 12-19-2014, 08:08 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 486
Posted By DrCharles
Yes, you can connect the two hoses together. ...

Yes, you can connect the two hoses together.

Leave it mounted in the box, otherwise you have a 1" diameter hole downstream of the air filter, which is sucking all kinds of abrasive dirt and trash...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 12-03-2014, 05:35 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 305
Posted By DrCharles
You are correct, that's what I meant by "default"...

You are correct, that's what I meant by "default" (no power). I was just wondering if your heat controls were screwed up and telling the valves to stay closed.
But if you operate the system with the...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 12-03-2014, 04:05 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 305
Posted By DrCharles
How do you know the heater valves are good? ...

How do you know the heater valves are good?
Have you tried disconnecting the power plug from the valve assembly? Default position is both valves open. Plug it back in with the key on and the heat...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 11-23-2014, 12:41 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 541
Posted By DrCharles
uh huh, and no BMW speedo has ever been known to...

uh huh, and no BMW speedo has ever been known to read a few mph high :confused:
:D
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 11-15-2014, 03:51 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 330
Posted By DrCharles
Much better, Alpina :thumbup: The voltage of the...

Much better, Alpina :thumbup: The voltage of the sensor portion will fluctuate (change back and forth) between very low and close to 0.8-0.9 volts while the engine is running (since it's basically a...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 11-15-2014, 03:01 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 330
Posted By DrCharles
A brief intro to oxygen sensors: An oxygen...

A brief intro to oxygen sensors:

An oxygen sensor creates a voltage based on the amount of oxygen in the exhaust stream compared to the atmosphere. It's a very high impedance source, so a...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 11-14-2014, 08:17 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 528
Posted By DrCharles
Thanks for the link. I just ordered one. My E34...

Thanks for the link. I just ordered one. My E34 has also occasionally given the same Brake LT error even though the bulbs (nickel-base Osrams) are good and light up.
The hardest part of the job will...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 11-14-2014, 03:51 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,244
Posted By DrCharles
I agree. So you have fuel, spark and compression....

I agree. So you have fuel, spark and compression. That pretty much only leaves timing :thumbup:
(Valve timing probably is not the issue since you have decent compression numbers - if off a tooth the...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 11-14-2014, 03:23 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,244
Posted By DrCharles
OK, so you have compression. It's normal for the...

OK, so you have compression. It's normal for the reading to climb over several strokes since the volume in the adapter/hose/gauge has to be filled and compressed too.
Again... the basics: fuel,...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 11-14-2014, 11:12 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 1,928
Posted By DrCharles
Nothing's a given when it comes to our BMW's ;) ...

Nothing's a given when it comes to our BMW's ;)

I always wanted to play my bass in a band but never had time, inclination and nearby musician friends at the same time!
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