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Forum: ///M3 Forum 06-10-2016, 09:29 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 361
Posted By hlmiii
http://www.m3forum.net/m3forum/showthread.php?t=54...

http://www.m3forum.net/m3forum/showthread.php?t=549856
Forum: ///M3 Forum 05-13-2016, 09:38 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,327
Posted By hlmiii
Well, congrats on getting the thing started! ...

Well, congrats on getting the thing started!
Corrosion = inability to deliver current (voltage under load) = failure for starter needs.

Not familiar enough with SMG problems to help otherwise....
Forum: ///M3 Forum 05-12-2016, 11:06 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,327
Posted By hlmiii
This has turned into the "wtf?" category. It...

This has turned into the "wtf?" category.

It will now take some detailed, logical electrical tracing. At the risk of stating the obvious something is draining or shorting or hijacking the current...
Forum: ///M3 Forum 05-12-2016, 09:58 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,678
Posted By hlmiii
:pimpin: This! Even better when it's stop...

:pimpin: This!

Even better when it's stop and go congested traffic for short trips to school, soccer, groceries. Love mine just for that reason.

:woot:
Forum: ///M3 Forum 05-09-2016, 09:46 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,327
Posted By hlmiii
:( There is something not right with the...

:(

There is something not right with the electrical system+path between the battery and the alternator.

You are on the right path toward diagnosis:
- battery is okay
- new starter turns...
Forum: ///M3 Forum 05-06-2016, 09:10 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,327
Posted By hlmiii
:thanks:

:thanks:
Forum: ///M3 Forum 05-05-2016, 09:40 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,327
Posted By hlmiii
Yes. You've hit on the most likely issue....

Yes.

You've hit on the most likely issue. When starters and other motors begin their failure process, it begins with a small break in the electrical path. That manifests itself only at a very...
Forum: ///M3 Forum 04-25-2016, 09:44 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 441
Posted By hlmiii
Correct. And important: unpleasant, noxious and...

Correct. And important: unpleasant, noxious and potentially explosive gases could be emitted if overcharged. They should be routed out of the trunk.

Most contemporary batteries - including AGM -...
Forum: ///M3 Forum 03-30-2016, 02:24 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 887
Posted By hlmiii
Hmmm ... pretty sure Commando's use of "F30" is a...

Hmmm ... pretty sure Commando's use of "F30" is a reference to the fuse in the E46.
Not a two-generations-removed model. See Post #1.
:thumbsup:
Forum: ///M3 Forum 03-18-2016, 11:52 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 742
Posted By hlmiii
:) You should be able to do that, assuming...

:) You should be able to do that, assuming addition of minimal miles and some minor service.

Ha. I did the same thing in a similar "rare" car - Phoenix Yellow. My first DD convertible - I spent...
Forum: ///M3 Forum 03-18-2016, 09:16 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 742
Posted By hlmiii
No thought here about lying. :thumbup: ...

No thought here about lying. :thumbup:

General thoughts:
- convertibles are obviously less common than coupes
- they also have a smaller, more "picky" market; the majority of potential E46 M3...
Forum: ///M3 Forum 03-18-2016, 08:30 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 742
Posted By hlmiii
Ok. Suggestion: next time just ask for...

Ok.

Suggestion: next time just ask for numbers. Period. :)

Don't bury, figuratively, a request within a heading that says "Finding out how rare a color package is" and followed with "just was...
Forum: ///M3 Forum 03-16-2016, 08:22 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,607
Posted By hlmiii
Well ... that would explain why I couldn't figure...

Well ... that would explain why I couldn't figure out the angle you took the picture on the "545" - it wasn't that! I need to retrieve the 15+ minutes of comparing pictures with my M3, M5 and parts...
Forum: ///M3 Forum 03-15-2016, 12:33 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,607
Posted By hlmiii
Looking at the second picture - that is a lot of...

Looking at the second picture - that is a lot of oil, spread out through a big area. It is mainly from the leak after your pump work?

It seems to be most concentrated around the hydraulic lines...
Forum: ///M3 Forum 03-15-2016, 12:11 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,607
Posted By hlmiii
Yeah, sorry to hear of your history. I had a...

Yeah, sorry to hear of your history.
I had a 2004 545 for fours years and it was a near-flawless performer for 48K miles before selling.
The M5 history has been the same - without much incident. I...
Forum: ///M3 Forum 03-15-2016, 09:06 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,607
Posted By hlmiii
Okay ... I've had two conversations with a tech...

Okay ... I've had two conversations with a tech that has done lots of SMG work (M3 and M5) and SMG->Manual swap.

He was pretty puzzled - couldn't understand how a leak wouldn't show something...
Forum: ///M3 Forum 03-14-2016, 05:52 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,607
Posted By hlmiii
Are you saying that after the replacement pump...

Are you saying that after the replacement pump and proper fluid level, it didn't leak during initial testing? But it loses fluid after that point and a few days later?

Did it shift properly for a...
Forum: ///M3 Forum 03-14-2016, 02:40 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,607
Posted By hlmiii
Holy $^#&! I stand corrected. :thumbup: I...

Holy $^#&! I stand corrected. :thumbup:

I owned a 545, followed by 2006 and 2010 M5's. I've never heard or seen of this in US.

Assuming no problems before your work, that would almost...
Forum: ///M3 Forum 03-14-2016, 12:39 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,607
Posted By hlmiii
Why? This without details doesn't help him.

Why?
This without details doesn't help him.
Forum: ///M3 Forum 03-14-2016, 11:50 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,607
Posted By hlmiii
Correct, but I'm assuming OP's details are...

Correct, but I'm assuming OP's details are correct - they indicate he has a 545 and that he's from NY, USA.
:)

Are you saying that there are a few of the Euro/UK models in the United States?!?...
Forum: ///M3 Forum 03-14-2016, 11:00 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 460
Posted By hlmiii
Hmmmmm ..... well, you (obviously) didn't Google...

Hmmmmm ..... well, you (obviously) didn't Google it successfully, which is the reason for Alan's help. He didn't have to do it, and certainly didn't have to post the second explanation to help walk...
Forum: ///M3 Forum 03-14-2016, 10:39 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,607
Posted By hlmiii
Here is "any" advice - I don't think you...

Here is "any" advice -

I don't think you have an SMG transmission, for two reasons: 1) you say you have a 545i and SMG was available only on M cars (3 and 5 Series); 2) those paddles are used with...
Forum: ///M3 Forum 03-10-2016, 09:25 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 371
Posted By hlmiii
Hmmmmm..... This shouldn't be difficult or...

Hmmmmm.....

This shouldn't be difficult or tricky. Are you getting any other codes or cluster warning lights? Doesn't sound like it.

1 - clear code.
2 - if you're not also getting cluster...
Forum: ///M3 Forum 02-10-2016, 09:36 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 419
Posted By hlmiii
Pretty close. But you shoulda gone North...

Pretty close.

But you shoulda gone North from Harrisburg to Buffalo, then Northeast to Albany into Montpelier and Augusta. From there you drop South into Concord and Boston, followed by Providence...
Forum: ///M3 Forum 01-30-2016, 08:43 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 773
Posted By hlmiii
That's the install advice you need. Splurge...

That's the install advice you need.

Splurge a few dollars and get some nylon interior tools.
Make sure you have a Torx driver of correct size. The necessary size is common with even small sets. ...
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