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Old 05-22-2007, 03:36 PM
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Originally Posted by cn90 View Post
hey dmako,

It is is your baby running, good I guess?
I used the screw driver trick and in one whack with 32-mm wrench, it came right out.

Anyway, glad you did it......I did it alone so it was boring listening to music. At least you have a buddy to bs while doing the cooling job LMAO

Actually you are right, you can do the whole thing in 4-5 hours. It took me the entire Saturday because:

1. I did not have a repair manual (I have fixed so many cars before so I kind of used my common sense to get through this job)

2. I had to take notes and photos and verified bolt sizes in preparation for the write-up.
The write-up itself took another brutal 10 hours!!! To this date I have not made a single penny from my write-up....but I benefited from the bimmerboard forum for other things so I "paid" back by writing it up so other can benefit from it.......LMAO

Now you can drive in peace (D.I.P.) knowing that your cooling system will not let you down............
Piece of mind is the key, I tell you though, all parts looked very clean except for the radiator.

Also I am hoping as a bonus, I had a whine when cold and an indy told me it need a new clutch kit $1000. With the cooling overhaul I don't hear the whine any more.
Now it may be the fact that it is warmer now, not absolutely sure, but hoping.

But it didn't fix my VANOS cold idle issue, oh well.
1999 BMW 528i sports pkg. 5-speed, rear lip spoiler, removed phone, Aspheric mirror, new M5 dead pedal, home made clutch stop, removed intake muffler, clear side and rear lights, Nein CDV, full cooling system overall, Beisan VANOS seals.
Best mod to date: removed seat clip.
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