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Forum: General E46 Forum 03-18-2014, 05:03 PM
Replies: 320
Views: 25,150
Posted By DrElectron
The E46 was the last 3 series to have BOTH a...

The E46 was the last 3 series to have BOTH a dipstick and an oil level sensor. Good thing, because the oil level sensors have a high failure rate. BMW, in their desire to discourage owners from...
Forum: General E46 Forum 03-18-2014, 01:05 PM
Replies: 320
Views: 25,150
Posted By DrElectron
You know are in an E46...

...when you pop the hood and check the oil level with the dipstick.

(Sadly, BMW got rid of oil dipsticks after the E46.)
Forum: DIY: Do It Yourself 11-14-2008, 04:44 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 767
Posted By DrElectron
Missing Cover

I know that some mechanics don't bother to put the belly cover back but in my opinion, you should have one. The E46 has low clearance. Over the past 8 years with my 2000 323i, there have been a lot...
Forum: DIY: Do It Yourself 11-10-2008, 08:49 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 35,159
Posted By DrElectron
An alternative DIY if you don't like to wash your...

An alternative DIY if you don't like to wash your face with BMW coolant: Don't bother with the engine block drain. Instead, after you drain the radiator and expansion tank, fill with distilled water,...
Forum: DIY: Do It Yourself 05-23-2008, 10:52 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 130,503
Posted By DrElectron
Just a tip on the tensioners. Generally, their...

Just a tip on the tensioners. Generally, their springs hold up well and you don't need to replace the entire tensioners. However, you should check the pulleys on both tensioners as well as the idler...
Forum: DIY: Do It Yourself 05-14-2008, 11:17 PM
Replies: 313
Views: 235,005
Posted By DrElectron
I just completed the install of BMW OE 66mm CABs...

I just completed the install of BMW OE 66mm CABs on a 2000 323i with 82K miles. Here are some suggestions for making the job a little easier:

1) Forget about jacking up the front. Instead, jack up...
Forum: DIY: Do It Yourself 01-18-2008, 10:28 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 18,414
Posted By DrElectron
Bee Sting Antenna Fix DIY for less

I fixed my leak using a rubber O ring. Specifically, Danco #18 O rings are available at Home Depot. They use to sell them individually but they now come in a box of 10 for $2. This ring has an inner...
Forum: DIY: Do It Yourself 11-15-2007, 12:14 AM
Replies: 664
Views: 445,006
Posted By DrElectron
Use Big Suction Cups

I don't have a coupe. I have a sedan. However, what I use will work to hold up any car windows. I use the suction cups that are used to carry mirrors and sheets of glass. Just stick a couple of them...
Forum: General E46 Forum 11-03-2007, 11:25 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,799
Posted By DrElectron
You do not have to remove the blower motor cover...

You do not have to remove the blower motor cover to lube it! On the left and right of the blower are two doors. They will be open if your fan was on when you shut off your car. Just point the the...
Forum: DIY: Do It Yourself 06-13-2005, 01:24 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 630
Posted By DrElectron
Good deal

I have had the Harborfreight 1/2" torque wrench for a couple of years now. It works great for lug nuts/bolts. I have checked calibration using a Craftsman and it looks accurate. It is not the best...
Forum: DIY: Do It Yourself 05-08-2005, 10:33 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 526
Posted By DrElectron
Check out...

Check out Home Depot or Lowes. I found a variety of plastic rivets for automobile applications in the hardware section (the area that has the pull out bins with hardware in bulk).
Forum: General E46 Forum 04-02-2005, 07:49 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 728
Posted By DrElectron
A/C Compressor is in the $1.5K ballpark (dealers)

What’s this going to cost me
Forum: General E46 Forum 04-01-2005, 07:04 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 482
Posted By DrElectron
Here is what is going on...

The bulb warnings indicate that the expected amount of resistance from the bulbs is being exceeded. This typically happens when the bulb burns out and the resistance goes to infinity. However, if the...
Forum: General E46 Forum 04-01-2005, 06:45 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 728
Posted By DrElectron
A/C Compressor is dying...

The bearings in the A/C compressor are starting to seize. This happened on my 2000 323i. When it seizes, the compressor becomes a brake for the engine via the A/C belt and the car will not even idle....
Forum: General E46 Forum 03-22-2005, 08:36 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 481
Posted By DrElectron
Forum: DIY: Do It Yourself 03-10-2005, 07:22 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,286
Posted By DrElectron
Hmm. Another possibility is that you are "barking...

Hmm. Another possibility is that you are "barking up the wrong tree" and it is not the brakes but perhaps, something like the wheel bearings. You should be able to get the brakes nice and hot, hear...
Forum: DIY: Do It Yourself 03-10-2005, 07:07 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,286
Posted By DrElectron
Are you sure that the caliper slide pins work...

Are you sure that the caliper slide pins work smoothly? If the caliper is not able to self-center around the rotor, you may get a scraping sound.
Forum: General E46 Forum 12-23-2004, 08:59 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 647
Posted By DrElectron
Just an FYI guys: tire shine looks nice but is...

Just an FYI guys: tire shine looks nice but is specifically NOT recommended by some of the tire manufacturers. It does not provide any protection and in fact, deteriorates rubber. It will void the...
Forum: General E46 Forum 12-21-2004, 12:42 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,018
Posted By DrElectron
I have a 2000 323i and with the cold weather, the...

I have a 2000 323i and with the cold weather, the a/c blower fan has started making the same chirping noise. Seems to go away as it warms up or of course, if I turn the fan off. Has anyone had any...
Forum: DIY: Do It Yourself 11-15-2004, 07:52 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 908
Posted By DrElectron
Just changed my battery yesterday. Easiest way to...

Just changed my battery yesterday. Easiest way to remove the cover is with a flat pry bar. Position the bar on the battery hold-down bar (MAKE SURE THE PRY BAR DOESN'T HIT THE BATTERY POSITIVE...
Forum: General E46 Forum 11-12-2004, 04:35 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 487
Posted By DrElectron
Most likely vapor barrier under door panel is not...

Most likely vapor barrier under door panel is not properly sealed. Remove door panel and use a wallpaper seam roller to reseal the adhesive. Also make sure all white push pins on door panel have the...
Forum: DIY: Do It Yourself 10-29-2004, 08:43 PM
Replies: 313
Views: 235,005
Posted By DrElectron
Good tip for control arm bushing install. As far...

Good tip for control arm bushing install. As far as AC chirping, my 2000 323i had the same noise just before the AC compressor seized and stalled the engine. Needed to replace the compressor.
Forum: DIY: Do It Yourself 10-25-2004, 09:27 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,598
Posted By DrElectron
If the vapor barrier looks good, don't waste...

If the vapor barrier looks good, don't waste money and time replacing it. Instead, reseal the vapor barrier using a wallpaper seam roller. Make sure all clips have black foam washers and you'll be...
Forum: Interior 09-21-2004, 09:21 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 840
Posted By DrElectron
My trim is sold now. :woot:

My trim is sold now.
:woot:
Forum: DIY: Do It Yourself 09-20-2004, 06:54 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,018
Posted By DrElectron
Here is the best deal for a 1/2 " drive torque...

Here is the best deal for a 1/2 " drive torque wrench for use with wheel lugs. Occasionally on sale for $12.
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/Displayitem.taf?itemnumber=239
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