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Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 04-20-2014, 10:52 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 277
Posted By ethereal45
Good to be back, I started medical school about a...

Good to be back, I started medical school about a year and a half ago and just really fell off in terms of being obsessed with my car and reading the forums. I'm not really sure if I had actual...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 04-20-2014, 08:55 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 277
Posted By ethereal45
Milky oil + metallic sediment

Hi all,

Unfortunately I have some bad news to report. Changed my oil in my 1998 328i last night using one of the mityvac pumps and was pretty upset at finding what looked like a little milky oil...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 11-15-2012, 07:41 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 765
Posted By ethereal45
Thanks again for the suggestions -- I'm going to...

Thanks again for the suggestions -- I'm going to see if I can jump it with a portable jump starter and drive it in for a battery test. I'll post updates when I figure it out (hopefully tomorrow).
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 11-15-2012, 03:49 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 765
Posted By ethereal45
That was my theory also, but it sounded too dumb...

That was my theory also, but it sounded too dumb when I thought it up. Now that you say it that does make perfect sense.

Also, the headlights don't come on when I turn the switch....even when...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 11-15-2012, 03:40 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 765
Posted By ethereal45
I guess I was getting thrown by the fact that...

I guess I was getting thrown by the fact that three weeks ago when it was completely dead, I didn't get any cabin lights coming on.
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 11-15-2012, 03:38 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 765
Posted By ethereal45
I do have a portable jump starter I can try...

I do have a portable jump starter I can try actually, I'll go hook that up and see what I find.
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 11-15-2012, 03:36 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 765
Posted By ethereal45
This doesn't even click though...when you turn...

This doesn't even click though...when you turn the key it's literally like you flipped an "off" switch for the entire car.

The battery dying last week does seem too coincidental to not be related...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 11-15-2012, 03:27 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 765
Posted By ethereal45
Help! Key turn kills the entire electrical system - all lights go off, no crank.

Hi all,

About three weeks ago, I left my lights on overnight and killed my battery. The battery was 100% dead -- no cabin lights, no cranking of starter, no clicking, absolutely dead. The...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 04-22-2012, 07:07 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,621
Posted By ethereal45
Good advice, thank you. I had to order a...

Good advice, thank you. I had to order a time-sert kit so looks like the car will be out of commission for a few days. Poor E36 :(
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 04-22-2012, 03:14 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,621
Posted By ethereal45
I actually have been reading up and it seems like...

I actually have been reading up and it seems like Time-Serts are the way to go. Does anyone have any experience with them over Helicoils? I think the helicoil would work, but the TimeSert just seems...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 04-22-2012, 12:21 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,621
Posted By ethereal45
At this point I'm just scared to death to make it...

At this point I'm just scared to death to make it worse.
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 04-22-2012, 05:52 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,621
Posted By ethereal45
Yes the threads up inside the transmission are...

Yes the threads up inside the transmission are stripped. I didn't snap a bolt off in there.
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 04-21-2012, 11:09 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,621
Posted By ethereal45
Stripped the threads on a auto transmission pan bolt....help!

Hi everyone,

Bad news. I was an idiot and stripped out the threads on one (possibly two) of the transmission bolts when changing the fluid and filter on my auto transmission.

What is my best...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 04-05-2012, 09:43 AM
Replies: 371
Views: 161,166
Posted By ethereal45
Rotella 5w-40: Fully synthetic. Rotella 15w-40:...

Rotella 5w-40: Fully synthetic.
Rotella 15w-40: Non-synthetic.
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 03-01-2012, 05:27 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,082
Posted By ethereal45
Koni Sports if you are lowering. Great shocks, I...

Koni Sports if you are lowering. Great shocks, I have them on my car.
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 02-20-2012, 01:11 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 14,057
Posted By ethereal45
So can you get this bolt off with an impact? Or...

So can you get this bolt off with an impact? Or do I need to get the crank locking tool and go to down with an epic breaker bar/pipe combo?

Why do you need a seal puller, can't you just pop it...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 02-19-2012, 06:38 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 14,057
Posted By ethereal45
Bumping this because I think I'm going to have to...

Bumping this because I think I'm going to have to do it soon -- this can really be done without ripping the timing case apart? I think this is where my oil leak is coming from.

I assume you have...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 02-19-2012, 12:53 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,442
Posted By ethereal45
I did read a similar thread on the E46 forums...

I did read a similar thread on the E46 forums about rough cold starts followed by a rough cold idle, which was solved through lower octane gasoline. Several people took their cars to the dealer and...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 02-19-2012, 11:54 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,442
Posted By ethereal45
This went on for several months and many tanks,...

This went on for several months and many tanks, come to think of it several of them were from stations other than Shell.
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 02-19-2012, 11:13 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,442
Posted By ethereal45
I went from Shell Vpower 91 (all from one...

I went from Shell Vpower 91 (all from one station) to regular gas from several different stations across town.
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 02-19-2012, 10:34 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,442
Posted By ethereal45
I actually fixed this a few months ago by...

I actually fixed this a few months ago by changing my fuel (I just saw this thread again and wanted to update it), and it started just fine all winter where it's extremely cold here. When it's...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 02-19-2012, 10:28 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,442
Posted By ethereal45
Just wanted to update this and say that the...

Just wanted to update this and say that the startups improved 100% after going back to regular 87 octane gasoline -- what on earth does that point to?
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 02-16-2012, 11:31 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,038
Posted By ethereal45
It's almost always the brake pads and rotors and...

It's almost always the brake pads and rotors and or the tie rods from what I've read.
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 02-13-2012, 06:26 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 771
Posted By ethereal45
I actually gassed it. I didn't hear much which...

I actually gassed it. I didn't hear much which kind of threw me for a loop. I thought I could hear kind of a grumbling coming from the spinning wheel, but it didn't sound like what it did with the...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 02-13-2012, 01:55 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 771
Posted By ethereal45
I thought you had nothing but good things to say...

I thought you had nothing but good things to say about that front suspension kit?
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