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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 03-10-2013, 09:10 PM
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Cheap easy DIY smoke tester.

Hi all, here is my version of a M54 vacuum system smoke tester.
Built it today with stuff laying around. I could never have come
up with this if it were not for this forum. Thanks all to contributors!

Tools:
Glue gun.
Something to cut hose.
Something to make holes in plastic.
A source of compressed air.
Parts:
Plastic jar with screw on lid.
5/8 plastic elbow (i used a tee).
5/8 rubber hose.
1/4 rubber hose.
Cheap cigar.
3/8 drive socket that fits cigar.

Assembly instructions:
Drill hole in center of lid.
Drill hole in side of jar, at top.
Glue together. Lol

How to use:
First remove air filter box and put a rubber glove over MAF.
Remove hose from brake booster (be careful, the connector is plastic).
Put cigar in socket, light it, screw on jar, shoot air (low pressure)
into 1/4 hose at top of jar to get it really smoking good.

Insert smoking end into brake booster hose. Look for leaks.

And I got the famous CCV hose to dip stick leak.

A video of using it.
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Old 03-11-2013, 07:30 PM
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Love it! I was thinking about puffing away into the intake but this takes the cake. Hopefully you are t using a $20 double chateau Arturo Fuente. ;-)
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Old 03-11-2013, 09:46 PM
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Here's another reference:
- How to make your own smoke machine (1)

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Old 03-11-2013, 10:36 PM
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Ahhh bluebee... I have your great write ups bookmarked! A wealth of information for sure.

Petemo... I had a good laugh with cigar store guy on how cheap i wanted to go. Looks like you did allot to
your car already. Slowly doing the same. Bought mine 12/31/12.
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Old 03-12-2013, 06:19 AM
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Cheap cigar.
3/8 drive socket that fits cigar.
The only way a true pimp smoke tests!
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Old 03-12-2013, 06:23 AM
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Make sure you got a 40 oz in a bag while doing this too. LOL. Good stuff.
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Old 03-12-2013, 06:42 AM
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Make sure you got a 40 oz in a bag while doing this too. LOL. Good stuff.
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Old 03-12-2013, 07:12 AM
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True..... a real pimp would go mad dog vs. a bull in a bag. LOL
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Old 03-12-2013, 09:37 PM
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+1 And md 2020 works as a great parts washer. :-)
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Old 03-13-2013, 05:22 AM
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Love it! I was thinking about puffing away into the intake but this takes the cake. Hopefully you are t using a $20 double chateau Arturo Fuente. ;-)
Looks like a Fuente cuban corona, the DBL chateau is a much longer cigar.
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