Welcome to Bimmerfest -- The #1 Online Community for BMW related information! Please enjoy the discussion forums below and share your experiences with the 200,000 current, new and past BMW owners. The forums are broken out by car model and into other special interest sections such as BMW European Delivery and a special forum to voice your questions to the many BMW dealers on the site to assist our members!

Please follow the links below to help get you started!

Go Back   Bimmerfest - BMW Forums > BMW Model Discussions > 3 Series / 4 Series > E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013)

E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013)
The E9X is the 4th evolution of the BMW 3 series including a highly tuned twin turbo 335i variant pushing out 300hp and 300 ft. lbs. of torque. BMW continues to show that it sets the bar for true driving performance! -- View the E9X Wiki

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 06-14-2013, 06:47 AM
bavariaman bavariaman is offline
Registered User
Location: Canada
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 26
Mein Auto: BMW
Shoddy Wiring Fix from Dealer - Any Advice?

Hi All,

I got my E90 back from the dealer after my rear lights were out. It was due to chaffed wiring. Service technician stated probably due to tension on the wiring from opening and closing the trunk lid. Anyway I noticed that the mechanic made an incision on that rubber boot thing on the trunk lid to fix the wires. Now the wires are partly exposed. I am thinking the exposure is a recipe for disaster. I know I could probably bring it back and they could 'fix' it. But would I have to pay again? Would I lose my car for a whole day? I am thinking of protecting the wires myself. I cannot use shrink tubing as I cannot easily 'slide' it around the area. I was thinking more along the lines of a resistant tape...Maybe Gorilla Tape?

Anyone have any other suggestions?

Thanks.

Pics attached.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	DSCN2657.JPG
Views:	82
Size:	177.4 KB
ID:	381692   Click image for larger version

Name:	DSCN2658.JPG
Views:	73
Size:	169.1 KB
ID:	381693  
Reply With Quote
Advertisement
  #2  
Old 06-14-2013, 09:16 AM
twhisten twhisten is offline
Drive it like u stole it!
Location: New Jersey
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 784
Mein Auto: 2013 M3
Go and buy a new piece of flex tubing and cut the existing one back. Slide new one on to fit properly.
__________________


1997 328i- retired
2007 328i- retired- lease
2006 330xi- retired
2011 335xi-PCD-12/13/10 - DINAN3-----retired
2013 M3-Laguna Seca-6 speed-EDC

2006 X5- retired
2011 X5- retired- buy back

bmw cca#443379
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 06-14-2013, 10:11 AM
hondo402000 hondo402000 is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Charlotte, NC
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 1,773
Mein Auto: 2007-335 HTC
I would use just electrical tape and see how it works
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 06-14-2013, 11:14 AM
CarlsonTheFlyer's Avatar
CarlsonTheFlyer CarlsonTheFlyer is offline
Paraglide! Walk on air!
Location: Atlanta, GA USA
 
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 1,259
Mein Auto: 2010 335i Coupe 6MT
3M Heat-shrink tubing + hair dryer = win!
__________________
Carlson The Flyer | BMW CCA # 423862
The problem with common sense is that it's not very common.

2010 335i, ZSP, ZPP, M-Sport, Le Mans Blue, 3 pedals of course!
Heated Seats | USB & iPod | Black Dakota Leather
Cobb AP Stage 1 Aggressive + | Cobb FMIC | BMW Performance Exhaust



Previous BMWs:
2001 330i ZSP ZPP 5-speed - sold, but not forgotten.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 06-14-2013, 05:19 PM
TXFred TXFred is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Austin, TX
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Posts: 236
Mein Auto: 2008 335i Convertible
Quote:
Originally Posted by CarlsonTheFlyer View Post
3M Heat-shrink tubing + hair dryer = win!
From the original post. "I cannot use shrink tubing as I cannot easily 'slide' it around the area."

Personally, I'd just wrap some electrical tape around it and call it a day. I understand the desire to keep the car like new, but there's a point of diminishing returns. Tape will get the job done for the forseeable lifespan of the car.

Frederic
__________________
Any idiot can be fast in a straight line. The corners are what separates the drivers from the commuters.

Powered by corn.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 06-15-2013, 04:42 AM
Technic's Avatar
Technic Technic is offline
Test... 1, 2 ,3
Location: Florida
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Posts: 4,963
Mein Auto: 2012 M3 - 2014 528i
I would assume that your car is out of warranty, correct? If so, just tape that area over some silicone sealant. You do not want water getting there.

If warranty is still valid then tell them to replace the whole thing. That is a disgrace of a job.

Quote:
Originally Posted by bavariaman View Post
Hi All,

I got my E90 back from the dealer after my rear lights were out. It was due to chaffed wiring. Service technician stated probably due to tension on the wiring from opening and closing the trunk lid. Anyway I noticed that the mechanic made an incision on that rubber boot thing on the trunk lid to fix the wires. Now the wires are partly exposed. I am thinking the exposure is a recipe for disaster. I know I could probably bring it back and they could 'fix' it. But would I have to pay again? Would I lose my car for a whole day? I am thinking of protecting the wires myself. I cannot use shrink tubing as I cannot easily 'slide' it around the area. I was thinking more along the lines of a resistant tape...Maybe Gorilla Tape?

Anyone have any other suggestions?

Thanks.

Pics attached.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 06-15-2013, 07:57 AM
DSXMachina's Avatar
DSXMachina DSXMachina is offline
Non compos Mentos
Location: New Hampshire
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 10,530
Mein Auto: 335i E92 TiAg 6MT ED
I don't think the tech did that, at least not as a planned part of the repair. No need. My guess is that the wiring shorted right there and melted a hole in the boot. See the large oval grommet directly adjacent to the hole? That easily pops out giving much greater clear access to the bits inside.
If you must do something about it, get some rubberized electrical tape at the Depot and wrap it with that. Unlike common vinyl electrical tape, the rubberized type is stretched double during wrapping which activates it causing it to form a homogeneous bond over a short period of time. It doesn't come apart when properly applied, and remains watertight forever.

Last edited by DSXMachina; 06-15-2013 at 07:58 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 06-15-2013, 08:40 AM
bavariaman bavariaman is offline
Registered User
Location: Canada
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 26
Mein Auto: BMW
Thanks all for the advice. That hole was not there BEFORE I brought it to the dealer. I am sure because I spent a couple hours removing that felt trunk backing....Changing bulbs...Plugging/unplugging the three bulb module to no avail...I examined that rubber boot thing and it WAS intact....Only after that did I bring it to the BMW dealer to have it fixed...Then I noticed the hole...It is a concern to me as I had a rainy day since the repair and when opening the runk to get my umbrella noticed the potential of water entry into that hole..

I could do some additional mods to take care of it...But I have decided to go back to the dealer and express my concerns..I paid over $350 for this repair and looking on it I expect a better job....I will see what they have to say...
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 06-15-2013, 05:59 PM
pointandgo's Avatar
pointandgo pointandgo is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Los Angeles area
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 4,784
Mein Auto: '13 F10 535i (loaner)
Quote:
Originally Posted by bavariaman View Post
Hi All,

I got my E90 back from the dealer after my rear lights were out. It was due to chaffed wiring. Service technician stated probably due to tension on the wiring from opening and closing the trunk lid. Anyway I noticed that the mechanic made an incision on that rubber boot thing on the trunk lid to fix the wires. Now the wires are partly exposed. I am thinking the exposure is a recipe for disaster. I know I could probably bring it back and they could 'fix' it. But would I have to pay again? Would I lose my car for a whole day? I am thinking of protecting the wires myself. I cannot use shrink tubing as I cannot easily 'slide' it around the area. I was thinking more along the lines of a resistant tape...Maybe Gorilla Tape?

Anyone have any other suggestions?

Thanks.

Pics attached.
The rubber looks melted in that area IMO. I wish that you included the year and mileage of your vehicle. Thinking like an "engineer" I expect there was an original reason for "full coverage" of the wires by the rubber tube in the first place...and that that reason is still valid.

I'm opposed to DIY projects to "fix" dealer repairs...yes, I'd bring it back.
__________________
F30 328i
E90 328i
E92 335i 6MT
E46 M3 6MT
E39 528i 5MT
MBz W140 S320
MBz W124 300E (slammed)
(unmentionables in between)
'71 AMC Javelin (4-Spd Stick on the floor)
'67 Pontiac Firebird 'cabrio' (1st car - "the leaker")
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Member: BMW CCA
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 06-15-2013, 06:02 PM
Jimmys 530i Jimmys 530i is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Conyers, GA
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 811
Mein Auto: 2003 530i
I pull the trunk liner back, unplug all of the connections, and pull the wire harness out of the deck lid. Then, I repair the wires and shrink wrap. Cutting the rubber boot lets water get inside.
__________________
2004 BMW 330ci Silvergray Sport Package, Cold Package, Xenon Headlamps, Premium Package, 6 Speed Manual, Build Date 9/03

Sold - 2003 325i Sedan Japanrot 5 Speed 8k Xenon Headlamps Build Date 11/02
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 06-15-2013, 06:22 PM
pointandgo's Avatar
pointandgo pointandgo is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Los Angeles area
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 4,784
Mein Auto: '13 F10 535i (loaner)
I believe only Yugos and Trabants provided a roll of duct tape as 'OE' kit with their cars to "fix things." IMO, after a dealer "repair" we shouldn't have to resort to such things.
__________________
F30 328i
E90 328i
E92 335i 6MT
E46 M3 6MT
E39 528i 5MT
MBz W140 S320
MBz W124 300E (slammed)
(unmentionables in between)
'71 AMC Javelin (4-Spd Stick on the floor)
'67 Pontiac Firebird 'cabrio' (1st car - "the leaker")
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Member: BMW CCA
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks


Forum Navigation
Go Back   Bimmerfest - BMW Forums > BMW Model Discussions > 3 Series / 4 Series > E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013)
Today's Posts Search
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On



Forum Jump


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 12:54 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
© 2001-2011 performanceIX, Inc. All Rights Reserved .: guidelines .:. privacy .:. terms