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Forum: E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008) 08-02-2020, 04:16 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 174
Posted By dc_wright
There's a pocket on either side of the top...

There's a pocket on either side of the top storage tray, and it runs from the storage compartment drain funnels all the way back to the trunk. To look in that area you'll need to push the headliner...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 08-02-2020, 04:10 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 206
Posted By dc_wright
There's a few people that have gone above that...

There's a few people that have gone above that with their M52s and seemed to get pretty good reliability. Take a look at Fender Benders posts.
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 08-02-2020, 04:06 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 193
Posted By dc_wright
The top stopping at a transition point like you...

The top stopping at a transition point like you described, or stopping on its own during the opening or closing sequence is usually a micro switch issue. The trouble shooting guide Ken pointed you...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 07-25-2020, 07:17 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 290
Posted By dc_wright
Wow! Looks like the body panels are rusting...

Wow! Looks like the body panels are rusting through as well. With as much rust as is showing, I'd get the rear subframe mount area inspected as well. If it's as rusted as the other spots are, that...
Forum: E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008) 07-24-2020, 10:18 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 328
Posted By dc_wright
The easiest fix is to Google search for a 70mm...

The easiest fix is to Google search for a 70mm BMW roundel and glue it to the existing mount. If you buy the whole part it's held on by come speed nuts on the back side. You remove the trim panel...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 07-18-2020, 12:13 PM
Replies: 8,425
Views: 512,539
Posted By dc_wright
When I think of all the cars I could have bought...

When I think of all the cars I could have bought for $1K or less years ago it almost make me cry. I'd have one heck of a collection today.
Could have had a '70 'Cuda with 440 6 pack in '75 for...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 07-17-2020, 05:44 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 316
Posted By dc_wright
The outside temperature sensor is the one in the...

The outside temperature sensor is the one in the driver side brake duct. The passenger side sensor is also a temperature sensor for cars that have the cold weather package option. heated mirrors,...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 07-15-2020, 02:48 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 53,770
Posted By dc_wright
Pretty much correct. Originally the speakers...

Pretty much correct. Originally the speakers snapped into the frame, but heat and age effectively welded the plastic together. I just broke off the tabs to get the original speaker out and then...
Forum: E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008) 07-10-2020, 06:29 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 461
Posted By dc_wright
VIN and mileage are stored in cluster and ECU. ...

VIN and mileage are stored in cluster and ECU. If you don't get the cluster set same as ECU at a minimum you'll have the mileage tamper warning in the odometer.

I don't know if you can do the...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 07-10-2020, 08:07 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 376
Posted By dc_wright
Should do it. With the tranny unbolted you...

Should do it. With the tranny unbolted you likely didn't have enough throw in the clutch to fully disengage it.
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 07-05-2020, 01:44 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,309
Posted By dc_wright
You don't have any place where fluid is coming...

You don't have any place where fluid is coming out so makes it unlikely you have a one way leak anywhere that's letting air in but no fluid out.
The only place usually where air can be forced in...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 07-05-2020, 11:49 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,309
Posted By dc_wright
I have a suspicion you had a post session brake...

I have a suspicion you had a post session brake fluid boil. When you boil the fluid into it's vaporous form, only some of the constituents reliquify, the remainder stay in gaseous form.
If you're...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 07-05-2020, 08:47 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,309
Posted By dc_wright
Damn Dude! Not again already! You're not...

Damn Dude! Not again already!

You're not having to add any fluid either correct? Once you got it bled and the pedal felt correct, the level in the reservoir stayed the same?

Also, what fluid...
Forum: E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008) 07-04-2020, 10:31 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 461
Posted By dc_wright
It does not have a TCM. Sounds like the ECU you...

It does not have a TCM. Sounds like the ECU you installed is from a car with an auto tranny and it's looking for the TCM to respond.
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 06-23-2020, 12:47 AM
Replies: 8,425
Views: 512,539
Posted By dc_wright
I suspect you're going to find the issue is in...

I suspect you're going to find the issue is in the handle assembly where the plastic handle is worn/broken in the area where it engages the mechanism that moves the rod connected to the door latch...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 06-20-2020, 12:56 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 770
Posted By dc_wright
I believe this is the one you need, but double...

I believe this is the one you need, but double check. http://bmwfans.info/parts-catalog/61357158010/
Forum: E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008) 06-20-2020, 10:07 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 428
Posted By dc_wright
M Sport suspension has a spring set that lowers...

M Sport suspension has a spring set that lowers the car 13mm, the struts/shocks are a bit firmer, and the front and rear sway bars are a couple mm thicker. Generally the 18" Style 108 wheels also...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 06-20-2020, 10:04 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 770
Posted By dc_wright
It's pretty straight forward. The controller is...

It's pretty straight forward. The controller is behind the left rear side trim panel in the rear seat area.
With the door open the center piece of the trim panel slides forward and you'll see the...
Forum: E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008) 06-15-2020, 07:13 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 433
Posted By dc_wright
Race car 101 - most current race cars have...

Race car 101 - most current race cars have sequential dog gear transmissions and don't require a clutch to shift.

ZF 6 speed transmission 101 - The ZF 6 speed transmission used in the E46 and...
Forum: E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008) 06-12-2020, 03:35 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 833
Posted By dc_wright
LOL, there's actually a lot of good info there,...

LOL, there's actually a lot of good info there, but it is looooooooooooong. :rofl:
Forum: E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008) 06-12-2020, 12:38 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 833
Posted By dc_wright
^This^ Can't even count the number of times...

^This^
Can't even count the number of times I've tried to help someone in a car forum only to get treated like they were paying for the service and they should be catered to like a customer. Have...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 06-12-2020, 12:28 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 416
Posted By dc_wright
Interesting! In the semi-auto or auto tops the...

Interesting! In the semi-auto or auto tops the trunk closure switch connects to the top controller and the top won't retract if it thinks the trunk is open. The storage compartment lid will...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 06-11-2020, 06:22 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 416
Posted By dc_wright
You'll need to remove the interior side panel so...

You'll need to remove the interior side panel so you can access so you can get to the back side of the release lever. With the driver's door open the center piece of the panel should slide forward...
Forum: E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008) 06-07-2020, 06:25 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 299
Posted By dc_wright
Either way, soldering the wires or buying a...

Either way, soldering the wires or buying a generic connector set is a better alternative than the whole engine compartment wiring harness.

Mouser Europe carries Molex automotive connectors. ...
Forum: E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008) 06-07-2020, 09:54 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 417
Posted By dc_wright
I was expecting you to find the battery safety...

I was expecting you to find the battery safety terminal was the issue since the air bags deployed.
Congrats on rescuing the car!
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