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Forum: BMW Diesel Owners & Enthusiasts Yesterday, 08:14 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 140
Posted By Autoputzer
Marine diesel fuel is raunchy stuff with little...

Marine diesel fuel is raunchy stuff with little or no additives. It's not regulated. Much of the pollution in port cities comes from ships. I used to work on ships that would spend hours creeping...
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) Yesterday, 08:00 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 1,553
Posted By Autoputzer
I hit a massive pothole wit the two right side...

I hit a massive pothole wit the two right side tires. Actually, the city dug a hole in the street to fix a water pipe and just filled it in with clay. So, unlike a gradually growing pothole, it...
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - 2016) Yesterday, 03:37 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 564
Posted By Autoputzer
I factory ordered my F10 535i. So, I pondered...

I factory ordered my F10 535i. So, I pondered the F10 ordering guides for quite a while. I also had a lot of work in SE Texas.

The wider the tire, the more susceptible they are to excessive...
Forum: X3 G01 (2018 - current) Yesterday, 05:52 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,109
Posted By Autoputzer
I carried a full-size spare tire in my E46 M3. ...

I carried a full-size spare tire in my E46 M3. It turned the trunk into the "spare tire storage compartment." That made the back seat turn into the "duffle bag storage area" on road trips. That...
Forum: G20 (2019 - Current) 07-16-2019, 06:28 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 139
Posted By Autoputzer
The type of tires and ambient temperatures can...

The type of tires and ambient temperatures can also affect acceleration times. Intercooled, turbocharged engines like cold temperatures.
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - 2016) 07-16-2019, 06:24 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 366
Posted By Autoputzer
The trick for selling a car at a fair price is to...

The trick for selling a car at a fair price is to network. I've sold twelve used cars. Ten were sold to friends, or co-workers. It helps to be fair on the price, honest about the car's...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 07-16-2019, 04:02 PM
Replies: 174
Views: 5,247
Posted By Autoputzer
I've bought seven new passenger cars (not trucks...

I've bought seven new passenger cars (not trucks or SUV's) for my own use (not for Frau Putzer). All seven have been manuals. I've driven 700k miles with manual transmissions.

I've done a lot...
Forum: X3 G01 (2018 - current) 07-16-2019, 03:38 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 260
Posted By Autoputzer
You did good. I'm curious what brand and model...

You did good. I'm curious what brand and model your run-flats are.

My F10 535i came with Goodyear LS2 RFT's, and I couldn't get them to wear evenly. They wore on both sides, indicative of...
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - 2016) 07-16-2019, 03:29 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 366
Posted By Autoputzer
New bumper covers are expensive. I had one...

New bumper covers are expensive. I had one replaced on my Chevy Cobalt and it was $1000 including painting. So, figure two bumper covers at $2k each would be $4k retail. If the new bumper covers...
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - 2016) 07-16-2019, 03:21 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 199
Posted By Autoputzer
I'm betting toe. Excessive camber tends to...

I'm betting toe. Excessive camber tends to cause conical wear. Edge wear is usually toe. BMW doesn't spec much camber on the front. Instead, positive or negative camber is generated when the...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 07-16-2019, 07:44 AM
Replies: 174
Views: 5,247
Posted By Autoputzer
I used to go to the UK for work. The rental car...

I used to go to the UK for work. The rental car fleet loaded up with automatic transmission cars in the summer, to accommodate American tourists. We'd get a rental car in the hinterlands in the...
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - 2016) 07-15-2019, 02:35 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 181
Posted By Autoputzer
One important trick is to go to a crafts store...

One important trick is to go to a crafts store (e.g. Hobby Lobby), and buy the smallest paint brush they make. The one that comes in the cap of the paint bottle is too big. Make one dob, and walk...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 07-15-2019, 10:53 AM
Replies: 174
Views: 5,247
Posted By Autoputzer
There's a blurb in my F10 manual saying that ASS...

There's a blurb in my F10 manual saying that ASS can accelerate wear on components, but doesn't list any specific ones. The main and connecting rod bearings need oil pressure to keep metal away...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 07-15-2019, 08:46 AM
Replies: 174
Views: 5,247
Posted By Autoputzer
I customized EcoPro to not fiddle with the air...

I customized EcoPro to not fiddle with the air conditioner performance, and I have to manually turn off the Auto Stop/Start. Starters, turbocharges, and engines are more expensive than gasoline.
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Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 07-15-2019, 07:16 AM
Replies: 174
Views: 5,247
Posted By Autoputzer
A student at Advance M School asked an instructor...

A student at Advance M School asked an instructor which gear he used in turn number-whatever. The instructor said he used "S" (Sport Automatic), because when he's tear-assing around at 160 MPH he's...
Forum: X3 G01 (2018 - current) 07-14-2019, 07:10 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 260
Posted By Autoputzer
They also goose up the pressures so that the cars...

They also goose up the pressures so that the cars don't bounce around on the ship when they're chained down. If they bounce, they can work the chains loose. They also put blocks in the springs to...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) 07-14-2019, 01:54 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 6,827
Posted By Autoputzer
Michelin makes a "high-performance, all-season"...

Michelin makes a "high-performance, all-season" tire, the Pilot Sport A/S 3+. It has a higher US DOT treadwear rating than the PS 4S, 500 vs. 300. The PS A/S 3+ is also a little cheaper. With...
Forum: General Automotive Forum 07-14-2019, 09:35 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 170
Posted By Autoputzer
My city car is cheap, fits into small parking...

My city car is cheap, fits into small parking spaces, and is a car that vandals ignore. A Tesla S is none of these. 6k miles/year of town driving at 25 MPH and $3/gallon gas works out to...
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - 2016) 07-12-2019, 06:26 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 564
Posted By Autoputzer
Since you live in the Sunbelt, you probably don't...

Since you live in the Sunbelt, you probably don't have AWD ("xDrive" in BMW lingo). Since you have an M Sport Package and probably not AWD, you likely have staggered tires (back tires wider than the...
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - 2016) 07-12-2019, 06:13 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 564
Posted By Autoputzer
BMW's (and maybe M-B's) have a lot of negative...

BMW's (and maybe M-B's) have a lot of negative rear camber (tires tilted in at the top). That causes the rear tires to wear "conically." My F10 spec's are 1.8 degrees of negative camber in the...
Forum: General BMW Questions 07-12-2019, 05:23 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 491
Posted By Autoputzer
Doug's right... sort of On average, warranty...

Doug's right... sort of On average, warranty premiums cost more than warranty claims.

Anytime there's a discussion on extended warranties people post how they've saved money by having one. ...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) 07-12-2019, 11:50 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 6,827
Posted By Autoputzer
Your mileage may vary... I currently have...

Your mileage may vary...

I currently have PSS's on my 535i, with a square set-up. I rotate them and I manage the pressures to get even tire wear. After 26k miles, I have an average of...
Forum: G30 (2017 - Current) 07-12-2019, 08:06 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,961
Posted By Autoputzer
If they don't agree to a before and after...

If they don't agree to a before and after print-out, you don't want them working on your car for anything.

If you have a square set-up (front and back tires the same size), you'd benefit greatly...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) 07-12-2019, 07:32 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 171
Posted By Autoputzer
They're building a new factory in Texas. I...

They're building a new factory in Texas.

I was in Lowe's a few weeks ago, and they were selling Craftsman tool chests made in the U.S., but with imported components.
Forum: G30 (2017 - Current) 07-11-2019, 07:26 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 339
Posted By Autoputzer
If they're OE tires, they're probably a BMW spec'...

If they're OE tires, they're probably a BMW spec' tire, identifiable by a star on the sidewall. They're usually available for a few years after they stopped being installed on new cars.

If...
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