I just bought a 1998 z-3 with 1.9 inline 4 cyl.
I would like to check power steering fluid level.
There is a shroud covering the whole area above
the unit. How do I get to it without taking the whole
thing apart? Owners manual not very helpful.
The external intake for your air intake system is on the passenger side. It then runs up and over the radiator shroud into the silencer/muffler and then into the airbox. The radiator "cover" is not attached to the intake.
Just for clarification - in the first photo, to the far right is the airbox, to the left of that is the muffler/silencer and to the left of that is the "cover" I was referring to.
The I6's are so much easier to reach.
I no longer have the silencer/muffler with my supercharger setup. Hopefully, IgotBMW can shed some light on his technique for getting to the top of the steering reservoir.
I was referring to the fact that the steering fluid reservoir is mounted higher up on the I6. Makes it much easier to get to than on the I4. I almost relocated it when I did hose changes on the reservoir, but decided against it because the SC does not use the normal intake system (its fogged to behind the fog lights), so it's a little easier to get to with those components removed.
Maybe customers complained about overheating in 1996? From 07/1996 on up, there are two fans - one electrical (two speeds) and one mechanical. Some do a mechanical fan delete, so not sure it's totally required.
The fan shroud runs from the radiator to over the mechanical fan - from "A" to "B" (removed in this picture):
The early 1996's might have had overheating so the mechanical fan was added. RealOEM.com only mentions that a conversion kit using the fan can be used on 07/1996's and up. So, I'm assuming you could convert if you wanted to.
My 1.9 M44 has not the viscostatic, but only the electric one.
In BMW said me this was often a modification made by BMW himself before the car's delivery, in order to install AC in that engine, that in most cases came without from germany.
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