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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 09-11-2012, 10:11 AM
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Old 09-11-2012, 10:44 AM
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It's not eBay's fault, it's the LEDs fault. The car measures the resistance on each lighting circuit, LEDs have lower resistance, so the system thinks a bulb is out. Anytime you upgrade to LED's, you need another resistor on the circuit to keep it from doing that.
Hmmm. I see. After doing some reading online, I ended up ordering "error free" LEDs last night (8 bucks for a pair). I'll probably just end up using the current ones for interior lighting instead.
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Old 09-11-2012, 05:45 PM
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Rear vent window seals and sills, plus a trunk gasket and the front cowl. Oh, and those "SRS Airbag" tabs which go on the door panels.
Sweet! Sorry I couldn't relay more info Karl, been really busy lately.

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Old 09-11-2012, 05:57 PM
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Old 09-11-2012, 09:12 PM
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Sweet! Sorry I couldn't relay more info Karl, been really busy lately.
Yeah, not worries man. I took a close look and found that the rubber with the felt which goes around the entire perimeter of my vent windows is fine, and it's just that other smaller and less expensive seal which has deteriorated. That's good news, since the felted rubber things are like $65/ea, and the ones I ended up needing are $14/ea. Can't wait to get that stuff replaced, then I'm going to plastidip the shadow trim to clean it up. I'm expecting it to turn out pretty well, since plastidip seems like the perfect substance for such things.

I wasn't too happy about buying a new trunk seal, since they're somewhat expensive, but I've been trying to chase down a small leak for years. My current trunk seal looks fine, but whether it's doing it's job when the lid is closed is up for debate. Every once in a while when it rains, I will find about a tablespoon of water in the spare tire well. Not only are my taillights fairly new, with beefy gaskets, but I even went so far as to use special caulk on the gaskets to really seal things up. Didn't make a bit of difference, so the hunt continues... It leaked the exact same amount before I changed my taillights, anyway, so I don't think they're the cause. I'm just trying to get all my seals and other cosmetic things taken care of before the rainy season starts up again.
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Old 09-11-2012, 11:10 PM
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Karl could it be leaking into there Via the drainage ports on the sunroof cassette?


check that seal out.

I know there are 4 drainage tubes in the coners of the car. not sure where they go though.
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Old 09-12-2012, 12:14 AM
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Well, tonight was rather disappointing. Discovered the radiator is shot, has a breach in the top seam. Also, cooling system is pressurizing like no other which is probably what caused the breach. That's what made me think the water pump was shot, but really it was coolant spraying from the rad onto the fan and getting flung up. Looks like a hg breach between a coolant passage and a cylinder.

Anyway, flushed the coolant system and got warm compression numbers, they're lower than before.

I'm concerned that the blue devil treatment won't get into the proper places without full cooling system pressure, but I'm afraid to replace the radiator just to have it overpressurize and blow again. Ugh.....thoughts?




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Old 09-12-2012, 04:53 AM
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Chad, I have severe coolant pressure from my blown mls but haven't messed up any cooling parts or had a leak

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Old 09-12-2012, 05:36 AM
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Well, tonight was rather disappointing. Discovered the radiator is shot, has a breach in the top seam. Also, cooling system is pressurizing like no other which is probably what caused the breach. That's what made me think the water pump was shot, but really it was coolant spraying from the rad onto the fan and getting flung up. Looks like a hg breach between a coolant passage and a cylinder.

Anyway, flushed the coolant system and got warm compression numbers, they're lower than before.

I'm concerned that the blue devil treatment won't get into the proper places without full cooling system pressure, but I'm afraid to replace the radiator just to have it overpressurize and blow again. Ugh.....thoughts?




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When I did the HG on my car, there was that copper sealer crap all in the head. It took the machine shop 4 washes in a tank to get the stuff out of the coolant passages. It seems as if you just need to bite the bullet and fix the HG. If the blue stuff doesn't work (sounds possible), the HG job will be even more of a PITA.
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Old 09-12-2012, 06:38 AM
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I picked up some LED's for the footwells out of a chrome shop...

Now if I can just get loaded and headed home (I'm in Atlanta in the Peterbilt) nothing ever goes as planned in trucking I swear..
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Old 09-12-2012, 09:05 AM
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Karl could it be leaking into there Via the drainage ports on the sunroof cassette?

check that seal out.

I know there are 4 drainage tubes in the coners of the car. not sure where they go though.
The sun roof drains underneath the car, and when clogged, will fill up the interior floorboards. I'm 99% certain they don't go anywhere near the trunk.
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Old 09-12-2012, 10:46 AM
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Yeah, not worries man. I took a close look and found that the rubber with the felt which goes around the entire perimeter of my vent windows is fine, and it's just that other smaller and less expensive seal which has deteriorated. That's good news, since the felted rubber things are like $65/ea, and the ones I ended up needing are $14/ea. Can't wait to get that stuff replaced, then I'm going to plastidip the shadow trim to clean it up. I'm expecting it to turn out pretty well, since plastidip seems like the perfect substance for such things.

I wasn't too happy about buying a new trunk seal, since they're somewhat expensive, but I've been trying to chase down a small leak for years. My current trunk seal looks fine, but whether it's doing it's job when the lid is closed is up for debate. Every once in a while when it rains, I will find about a tablespoon of water in the spare tire well. Not only are my taillights fairly new, with beefy gaskets, but I even went so far as to use special caulk on the gaskets to really seal things up. Didn't make a bit of difference, so the hunt continues... It leaked the exact same amount before I changed my taillights, anyway, so I don't think they're the cause. I'm just trying to get all my seals and other cosmetic things taken care of before the rainy season starts up again.
What about under the battery? Under my battery I have a small hole for a battery vent. I found out too late that the grommet was bad. I’ll be welding a new panel in there soon. Water was spraying up from road and ended up in the trunk.
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Old 09-12-2012, 02:55 PM
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What about under the battery? Under my battery I have a small hole for a battery vent. I found out too late that the grommet was bad. I'll be welding a new panel in there soon. Water was spraying up from road and ended up in the trunk.
This is a great idea, but I don't think it's my problem. I inspected the grommet in the past, and it looks fine. More importantly, water still gets in even when I don't drive the car for days. I clean up any water I find, and it will come back eventually if we have a good rain, even if the car doesn't move at all. This leads me to believe it isn't getting in via the grommet. Another thing I had considered was the rubber boot which goes around the gas filler inlet. Mine was originally pushed in around the edges, and I thought that might be the source, but I put it back so everything was correctly installed, and it didn't change anything. I'm not sure if water getting in there would go to the trunk, anyway. Haven't looked at it closely...
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Got fold down seats Karl?


Get in there and have someone run a hose over the car (if you havent done that already)
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Old 09-12-2012, 03:06 PM
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Yeah, I have folding rear seats. The only reason I haven't done that is because I was hoping I could find it without needing to disassemble the entire trunk, which I think will be necessary. At any rate, the trunk seal will be on my doorstep in a week or so, so I'll give that a go and then up the ante if it doesn't fix it.
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Old 09-12-2012, 03:14 PM
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Or as messy as it sounds hit the spair wheel well with talc and folow the wet spot..... this reminds me of a bad joke...
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Or as messy as it sounds hit the spair wheel well with talc and folow the wet spot..... this reminds me of a bad joke...
or a good joke
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Yeah, I have folding rear seats. The only reason I haven't done that is because I was hoping I could find it without needing to disassemble the entire trunk, which I think will be necessary. At any rate, the trunk seal will be on my doorstep in a week or so, so I'll give that a go and then up the ante if it doesn't fix it.
What about the antenna base grommet and the antenna base?
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Old 09-12-2012, 06:12 PM
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Oops! Forgot only verts have the antenna mounted on the right rear fender......
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tail lights, trunk seal...possible rear window seal...these are the places i would check.

but apparently the e28's have a bad habit of leaking around the rear lights....so i would double check them on the e36.

i would assume the proceedure to repair is similar.



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Old 09-13-2012, 06:01 AM
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The vcg is going smoothly I never expected how clean my head was. The old vcg is as hard as the valve cover plastic though
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Check out that varnish!

Mine was as hard as the cover too. At first I was wondering where the gasket was, then realized the hard crap on the edge was the gasket!

I should have replaced the rubber grommets though. Still leaking a little bit.... Le sigh.

Looks good though chief.
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Old 09-13-2012, 08:34 AM
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What about the antenna base grommet and the antenna base?
Yep, we don't have "antennas". Well, we do, but they're hidden in a top secret location.
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