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Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 01-15-2020, 07:58 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 157
Posted By dc_wright
That's the one. Fixing these leaks takes...

That's the one. Fixing these leaks takes patience and perseverance. Looks like you're on the right track.
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 01-14-2020, 11:40 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 93
Posted By dc_wright
Before we get into the strength of the sheet...

Before we get into the strength of the sheet metal you're using, I think you're going to find you have a lot of flex in it, and you'll find the seat tends to rock a lot when you're on track.

A...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 01-13-2020, 06:34 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 157
Posted By dc_wright
You can use heavy grease (non-silicone) or...

You can use heavy grease (non-silicone) or Vaseline packed in an area where you think it's leaking to get a temporary seal to help isolate where the actual leak is. Once you pinpoint where the leak...
Forum: E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008) 01-11-2020, 07:43 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,452
Posted By dc_wright
This is a top motor thread and my post was...

This is a top motor thread and my post was referencing the number of times the top motor has been replaced in my car, not the engine.
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 01-11-2020, 07:38 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 304
Posted By dc_wright
The plate and nut go under the car. You thread...

The plate and nut go under the car. You thread the eyebolt into and the floorboard is sandwiched between the two. You can use duct tape to hold the plate in place temporarily while you get the...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 01-08-2020, 07:25 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 304
Posted By dc_wright
Use a purpose made racing harness eye bolt like...

Use a purpose made racing harness eye bolt like one of these.
...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 01-07-2020, 09:04 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 304
Posted By dc_wright
No way that inboard eye bolt passes any...

No way that inboard eye bolt passes any legitimate tech inspection. At a minimum just from the photo it's cross section is way too small, and as Ken stated if it's just a formed eyebolt without the...
Forum: E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008) 12-30-2019, 09:35 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 360
Posted By dc_wright
Sounds like the wheel sensor got damaged when you...

Sounds like the wheel sensor got damaged when you hit the pot hole, or possibly the connection where it joins the main harness. In the wheel well there's a small plastic junction box and that's...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 12-29-2019, 01:58 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 158
Posted By dc_wright
If you're thinking about buying an E36 Cabrio...

If you're thinking about buying an E36 Cabrio (convertible), the top's not working perfectly, and you're not both mechanically and electrically savvy, walk away from it.
If you can't to do the work...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 12-23-2019, 07:18 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 274
Posted By dc_wright
You can look up the part numbers on realoem.com...

You can look up the part numbers on realoem.com or bmwfans.info then Google for a source.

FCP Euro has an aftermarket brand available as well as genuine BMW.

Right side grille...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 12-23-2019, 07:09 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 401
Posted By dc_wright
You've only addressed one failure mode of the fan...

You've only addressed one failure mode of the fan clutch. The viscous clutch has three failure modes, which result in two symptoms. One failure mode is failure of the bearing which results in the...
Forum: E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008) 12-18-2019, 04:22 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 777
Posted By dc_wright
Outside the top motor my '06 3.0si has been rock...

Outside the top motor my '06 3.0si has been rock solid, and it's lived a hard life. Autocross, track days, Florida heat, no issues.
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 12-14-2019, 08:57 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 192
Posted By dc_wright
You'd need an oscilloscope or a graphing digital...

You'd need an oscilloscope or a graphing digital multi-meter (which is really a hand held oscilloscope) to connect into the circuit that goes to the ECU to see if there were pulses coming out of the...
Forum: E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008) 12-13-2019, 05:18 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 592
Posted By dc_wright
Not necessary to pull the head to replace the...

Not necessary to pull the head to replace the timing chain on either the M54 or N52 engines. Also you can check for completely loose bolts but you can't check torque because the bolts are torque to...
Forum: E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008) 12-04-2019, 09:03 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 422
Posted By dc_wright
Then you need to go to a shop that actually has...

Then you need to go to a shop that actually has worked on BMWs and knows how to execute a 4 wheel alignment. On the E85 toe and camber are adjustable in the rear. There are eccentric bolts on the...
Forum: E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008) 12-01-2019, 09:23 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 422
Posted By dc_wright
Yep! The factory specs have a fair amount of toe...

Yep! The factory specs have a fair amount of toe in set in the rear for stability at speed. The side effect is wear on the inner edge of the tire.
The other thing to check would be condition of...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 12-01-2019, 08:57 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 301
Posted By dc_wright
Same here! I'm interested to see too. A couple...

Same here! I'm interested to see too. A couple hundred thousand copies of the Bentley manual have been published. I'm certain they'll be happy to hear they've been wrong all these years. :)
Forum: E85 / E86 Z4 (2003-2008) 11-24-2019, 07:12 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 654
Posted By dc_wright
You started your post with replacing the battery...

You started your post with replacing the battery because the starter was dragging, so I think you now know it was likely the starter and not the battery. The brushes in the starter wear down over...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 11-21-2019, 09:09 PM
Replies: 2,312
Views: 197,922
Posted By dc_wright
Haven't posted in a bit due to work being stupid...

Haven't posted in a bit due to work being stupid busy, but did the Florida State AX Championship Event in Ft. Myers this past weekend. Nearly pulled off a 2nd place finish but wound up in 3rd by...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 11-11-2019, 09:03 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 677
Posted By dc_wright
There should be a seal on the piston also. It...

There should be a seal on the piston also. It looks like a pressure relief valve, and the spring controls the relief pressure. The holes in the top would be to allow the piston to move without...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 10-18-2019, 07:46 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 470
Posted By dc_wright
With a bad cam position sensor you can get...

With a bad cam position sensor you can get symptoms as mild as a slightly rough idle to a no run condition. With that fault stored, vanos operation may be inhibited which will leave you down on power...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 10-04-2019, 12:42 PM
Replies: 8,288
Views: 495,956
Posted By dc_wright
Have you checked the non-return valve that's in...

Have you checked the non-return valve that's in the hose between the intake manifold and the brake booster?

It's item 7 or 8 depending on the brake configuration.
...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 09-29-2019, 07:12 PM
Replies: 8,288
Views: 495,956
Posted By dc_wright
Kinda thought at this point you'd been through...

Kinda thought at this point you'd been through the ABS LOL. Full pedal travel moves the caliper pistons about 3/32" - 1/8" so it doesn't take much lost volume to make a big difference in pedal feel...
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 09-28-2019, 03:23 PM
Replies: 8,288
Views: 495,956
Posted By dc_wright
PS - I happen to like M.I.A. (but my music tastes...

PS - I happen to like M.I.A. (but my music tastes are pretty eclectic (I like some Cardi B stuff also) :)
Forum: E36 (1991 - 1999) 09-28-2019, 11:33 AM
Replies: 8,288
Views: 495,956
Posted By dc_wright
Do you have enough pedal to get ABS to kick in? ...

Do you have enough pedal to get ABS to kick in? If so make a couple of hard ABS assisted stops and bleed the system. See if that gives any improvement. If it does you might have some air trapped in...
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