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Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) Today, 10:48 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 67
Posted By Autoputzer
Cupping us often a sign of worn suspension parts....

Cupping us often a sign of worn suspension parts. The alignment values move around as the car is driven. Doing an alignment without replacing the worn parts will not accomplish anything.

Get an...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) Yesterday, 07:11 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 89
Posted By Autoputzer
Most of the rest of the planet worries about...

Most of the rest of the planet worries about "fuel consumption" (e.g. liters per 100km) instead of "fuel economy (MPG). When your idling your fuel consumption is infinity, and your MPG is zero. ...
Forum: Off-Topic Yesterday, 01:19 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 91
Posted By Autoputzer
More Credit Card Stuff

I got a Sears credit card when I was 18 years old. A decade or two ago, they changed it to a MasterCard. The main reason I had one was for Craftsman tools, and a $2.95/month, $100k, accidental...
Forum: X5 G05 (2018 - Current) 07-10-2020, 07:20 AM
Replies: 195
Views: 7,055
Posted By Autoputzer
Actually, looking at my last bill, there's a...

Actually, looking at my last bill, there's a $200/year difference. But, that's because I cut the estimated annual mileage back on the Cobalt (6500 miles vs. 12000 for the X3). The difference is in...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) 07-10-2020, 07:13 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 186
Posted By Autoputzer
The oil filter and oil filter housing cap need to...

The oil filter and oil filter housing cap need to be off for the old oil to completely drain out out of the engine. I have access to a drive-on lift at my former employer. I pull the filter off...
Forum: X5 G05 (2018 - Current) 07-10-2020, 05:44 AM
Replies: 195
Views: 7,055
Posted By Autoputzer
Insuring my 2007 Chevy Cobalt and Frau Putzer's...

Insuring my 2007 Chevy Cobalt and Frau Putzer's 2018 X3 are within $100/year of each other, here in Floriduh. Floriduh has expensive car insurance. For a long time, there were a lot of uninsured...
Forum: X1 F48 (2016 - current) 07-10-2020, 05:35 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 167
Posted By Autoputzer
A tot of SUV's have that, even some Range Rovers....

A tot of SUV's have that, even some Range Rovers. ON the bumpers, it's supposed to look like skid plates. I'm not sure what the "sawtooth" trim on the bottom of the doors are supposed to be. I...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 07-10-2020, 12:19 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 327
Posted By Autoputzer
Me, too! ... great prices and a great place to...

Me, too! ... great prices and a great place to meet chicks!
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 07-09-2020, 07:17 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 380
Posted By Autoputzer
I started out at the top, and worked down from...

I started out at the top, and worked down from there.

I regret selling it. But, technology marches on, I was out of garage space, and it was too nice to be a beater and too unreliable to take...
Forum: F10 / F11 (2011 - 2016) 07-09-2020, 05:27 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 514
Posted By Autoputzer
Some of the early 2015 528i's will have the...

Some of the early 2015 528i's will have the N20/N26 engine made before the redesign that corrected major flaws in the chain, chain guides and tensioner. Stay away from any car made before maybe...
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 07-09-2020, 05:16 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 296
Posted By Autoputzer
Here's the link to the alignment spec's from TIS:...

Here's the link to the alignment spec's from TIS:

https://www.newtis.info/tisv2/a/en/e70-x5-xdrive35i-sav/repair-manuals/32-steering-wheel-alignment/32-00-steering-measurement/3ldT9dbe

The...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 07-09-2020, 03:02 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 327
Posted By Autoputzer
There are different kinds of "water spots." ...

There are different kinds of "water spots." Some are deposits from hard water evaporating. They wash off. Some are craters in the clear coat from acid rain evaporating, getting more acidic, and...
Forum: X5 F15 (2014 - 2017) 07-09-2020, 01:40 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 245
Posted By Autoputzer
They're close. The Michelin's show a higher...

They're close. The Michelin's show a higher treadwear rating. But, those ratings are only good for comparing tires from the same manufacturer.

I avoid run-flats like the plague. But, there's...
Forum: X5 F15 (2014 - 2017) 07-09-2020, 12:05 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 245
Posted By Autoputzer
What are the tread depths on the current set of...

What are the tread depths on the current set of tires?

Are the rear tires worn more than the front ones?

If the wear is even, you might not need alignment and suspension work. Hell, you...
Forum: X5 F15 (2014 - 2017) 07-09-2020, 11:13 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 216
Posted By Autoputzer
You should always has "How much? before...

You should always has "How much? before authorizing any work.
Forum: X5 F15 (2014 - 2017) 07-09-2020, 10:48 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 245
Posted By Autoputzer
What are the wear patterns on the second set of...

What are the wear patterns on the second set of tires? Alignment and suspension repair (if necessary) is always cheaper than tires in the long run. As the suspension components wear, the 2nd set...
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 07-09-2020, 10:40 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 296
Posted By Autoputzer
Do you have the before and after value from the...

Do you have the before and after value from the Tire Discounter's alignment? As a genera rule, if you don't get before and after readouts, you're not really getting a good alignment. Anytime a...
Forum: General BMW Questions 07-09-2020, 07:44 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 255
Posted By Autoputzer
Me. Depreciation is the 800 pound gorilla in...

Me.

Depreciation is the 800 pound gorilla in the room. Actually, it's also an invisible 800 pound gorilla... until you sell you four year old BMW. My 535i is just over six years old. I look...
Forum: X1 E84 (2011 - 2015) 07-08-2020, 07:12 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 202
Posted By Autoputzer
The electric, low-pressure fuel pump is in the...

The electric, low-pressure fuel pump is in the tank. It turns on to prime the high-pressure fuel pump which in under the hood. Later BMW's have even more buzzing going on. It sounds like Frau...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) 07-08-2020, 12:45 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 343
Posted By Autoputzer
Yeah, some noise is normal. One of the...

Yeah, some noise is normal. One of the functions of that plastic cover over the engine is to diminish injector noise. Also, BMW and every other car maker strive to make their larger, more...
Forum: F30 / F31 / F32 / F33 / F34 / F36 (2012 - current) 07-08-2020, 10:36 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 343
Posted By Autoputzer
Many gasoline engines are now using direct...

Many gasoline engines are now using direct injection, as diesels do.

Direct injection injects fuel directly into the cylinders near the top of the compression stroke. To do this, they operate...
Forum: G30 (2017 - Current) 07-08-2020, 05:20 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 4,398
Posted By Autoputzer
Leasing (the whole car) is path to get people in...

Leasing (the whole car) is path to get people in BMW's who wouldn't buy a new one. This might just end up as a way to get that lease payment down a little more.
Forum: X6 F16 (2015 - Current) 07-07-2020, 10:49 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 122
Posted By Autoputzer
In snow, you want a smaller footprint, so the...

In snow, you want a smaller footprint, so the tires will have more pressure (force/area) to dig into the snow and bite. Also, the smallter the wheel diameter will give you a better selection of...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 07-07-2020, 10:44 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 481
Posted By Autoputzer
I'd pro'ly wave back at her mom. My best...

I'd pro'ly wave back at her mom.

My best girl watching was at the recycling bins Saturday mornings... before Bubba County stopped collecting recyclables. Chicks dig recycling. They were a lot...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 07-07-2020, 04:51 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 481
Posted By Autoputzer
I wave at really old cars in good shape, and...

I wave at really old cars in good shape, and visibly original. The condition and originality are more important than the type of car.

Any idiot can lease a BMW G-whatever.

I saw a...
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