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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 12-25-2012, 08:18 PM
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Cool! I use one of these things right now but it would be more convenient to have it built in. Did you only have to pull the sunglass tray to do the wiring?
Yeah, but it's super easy. Just pops right out once you remove the OBC.
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Old 12-26-2012, 06:08 AM
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never thought of putting one there, and it's much more convenient than the glovebox.



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Old 12-26-2012, 08:10 AM
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Old 12-26-2012, 08:11 AM
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Old 12-26-2012, 08:20 AM
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Yea now its basically raining but I dont get off till' 6:30 so hopefully it wont freeze over by then. Need the Edirty on the road for days like today.
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Old 12-26-2012, 10:18 AM
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Oh your telling me.... I want to buy a go pro for tonight..... 8 inches minimum and my car is 3/4 of a inch off the ground....

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Old 12-26-2012, 11:31 AM
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Old 12-26-2012, 11:55 AM
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Fishing trip successful! Now hopefully on to figuring out the coolant drip and getting it fixed.
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Old 12-26-2012, 11:57 AM
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Old 12-26-2012, 12:05 PM
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The coolant reservoir! I had opened the reservoir and bleed screw to start looking for a coolant leak and as I picked up the bleed screw with slippery coolant on my fingers I dropped it and of course it went right into the reservoir!
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Old 12-26-2012, 12:16 PM
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The coolant reservoir! I had opened the reservoir and bleed screw to start looking for a coolant leak and as I picked up the bleed screw with slippery coolant on my fingers I dropped it and of course it went right into the reservoir!
OFCOURSE! Thats how it always works lol. Atleast you found it.
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Old 12-26-2012, 12:43 PM
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edit: started to get the rest of what i need to fix up cadence. am gonna just throw her back together and drive her to the ground. looked at the rust i had discovered earler and thinking she's about ready to be put out to pasture. i also got some parts sourced to do a manual swap to the ti, which will be rather nice. can't say that i am fond of an auto bmw. i don't *hate* them being auto, just would rather have a manual.

and now am wishing i had waited on buying the parts car as a manual would have been much better. oh well. have planety of parts to sell, just have to get them catalogued and photo'd. if it stops raining!!!
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Old 12-26-2012, 03:42 PM
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Well, I think I found the source of my coolant drip(s). The metal inserts migrated out of the plastic so the clamp force on the hoses dropped off big time. Pics of old coolant reservoir and new reservoir. She's all buttoned up and bled. If there's no drip puddle in the morning the yahoo, it's fixed!
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Today on my BMW I replaced the brake light circuit switch. Deceptively annoying to replace, that bugger... It was very easy to get out, but damn near impossible to get the new one in.
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Old 12-26-2012, 06:41 PM
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It's extremely easy to get out using my method. I disconnect the connector and then crush the life out it with a big pair of channel lock pliers. The pieces fall out on their own after that...
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Old 12-26-2012, 06:59 PM
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Yeah, at first I used a flat screwdriver to break off a tab, hoping that it would come straight out. It didn't, so I then grabbed a pair of Vise Grips and had it out in a matter of seconds. The new switch just did not want to go back into the mounting bracket. Those little tabs seemed too big to fit through, but after about a solid 20 minutes of struggling, I got it in.
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Old 12-26-2012, 07:00 PM
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Old 12-26-2012, 07:06 PM
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^Excellent!

Today on my BMW I replaced the brake light circuit switch. Deceptively annoying to replace, that bugger... It was very easy to get out, but damn near impossible to get the new one in.
This is saddening to hear. I need up replace it but been putting it off.
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Old 12-26-2012, 07:52 PM
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Yeah, at first I used a flat screwdriver to break off a tab, hoping that it would come straight out. It didn't, so I then grabbed a pair of Vise Grips and had it out in a matter of seconds. The new switch just did not want to go back into the mounting bracket. Those little tabs seemed too big to fit through, but after about a solid 20 minutes of struggling, I got it in.
The switch should slide in pretty easily. Did you have the locking collar pulled all the way out? If not then the tabs were spread in the holding position and that would make it very difficult to get in.
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Old 12-26-2012, 08:07 PM
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So i made it home..... and i smell clutch.
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So i made it home..... and i smell clutch.
i made it home with the clutch engaged the whole time, but the tires were futility spinning. in two inches of snow when i got home all i could smell was burnt rubber.
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So i made it home..... and i smell clutch.
I know when you go TC and add a bunch of RWP you have to go to stage 3 or 4 clutch. Don't know what stage is required when you go snow plow mode....
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Old 12-26-2012, 09:02 PM
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The switch should slide in pretty easily. Did you have the locking collar pulled all the way out? If not then the tabs were spread in the holding position and that would make it very difficult to get in.
Yes, I had pulled the collar all the way out. At any rate, that baby's in there now, so hopefully that's the end of my brake circuit failure warnings for the next 15 or so years.

In other news, I also received my new rear window rubber mouldings today, but I'm not going to install them for a while until it starts getting warmer. Replacing worn out E36 trim pieces gives me so much joy, though.
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Old 12-27-2012, 08:19 AM
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In other news, I also received my new rear window rubber mouldings today, but I'm not going to install them for a while until it starts getting warmer. Replacing worn out E36 trim pieces gives me so much joy, though.
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I pulled the intake manifold and replaced both knock sensors in 2 hours

e36's are so easy to work on

On the X5 I put a new air filter and cabin filter in. I think the cabin filter was the original
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