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Forum: General E46 Forum 08-10-2014, 10:02 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 968
Posted By 2001BlackOnTan
When I had that problem several years ago I did...

When I had that problem several years ago I did the scrubbing bubbles and the can of Lysol trick and it cleared things right up. FWIW you can also get the evaporator coil cleaner at Home Depot in...
Forum: DIY: Do It Yourself 08-09-2014, 10:34 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 20,839
Posted By 2001BlackOnTan
How about making slip plates out of pieces of...

How about making slip plates out of pieces of steel (or wood) and some ball bearings?
Forum: General E46 Forum 08-09-2014, 10:29 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,494
Posted By 2001BlackOnTan
I've had nothing but good service from FCP as...

I've had nothing but good service from FCP as well as from faulknerbmwpartssource.com (http://http://faulknerbmwpartssource.com).
Forum: General E46 Forum 08-09-2014, 12:19 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 465
Posted By 2001BlackOnTan
Plus the fact that you end up needing parts that...

Plus the fact that you end up needing parts that are rarer and often more expensive, and you have a smaller group of owners from whom to get advice when needed.
Forum: General E46 Forum 08-08-2014, 06:14 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 319
Posted By 2001BlackOnTan
I am pleasantly appalled to report that I seem to...

I am pleasantly appalled to report that I seem to have gotten things straightened out. Various steps I took:

* Removed battery, cleaned the half-inch or so of water out of the battery well, put...
Forum: General E46 Forum 08-08-2014, 08:43 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 180
Posted By 2001BlackOnTan
That's actually the page I used to order the...

That's actually the page I used to order the parts (I got two sets of package "2"), however, it's not helpful because it doesn't show the order in which 7, 6, and 5 go together.
Forum: General E46 Forum 08-07-2014, 08:51 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 180
Posted By 2001BlackOnTan
Coupe Rear Window Parts Assembly Order?

Both of the rear windows on my 330Ci have lost their "button" assembly that sticks through the glass and attaches to the little arm that moves the glass in and out. I have the new parts, but can...
Forum: General E46 Forum 08-06-2014, 02:05 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 319
Posted By 2001BlackOnTan
Electrical Troubleshooting Help, Please...

The other night after parking the car, something in my pocket pressed on the key with the result that all the windows and sunroof opened. Did it rain? No, it poured, and the interior of the car got...
Forum: General E46 Forum 03-04-2014, 08:49 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 469
Posted By 2001BlackOnTan
I've had blown head gaskets on other cars in the...

I've had blown head gaskets on other cars in the past and there's been a ton of white smoke as an indicator (white smoke results from coolant being burned in the cylinders along with the gasoline) --...
Forum: General E46 Forum 03-04-2014, 08:47 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 469
Posted By 2001BlackOnTan
Thanks all -- will try to bleed the system...

Thanks all -- will try to bleed the system tomorrow and see what happens.
Forum: General E46 Forum 03-04-2014, 08:27 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 469
Posted By 2001BlackOnTan
No heat from vents, coolant bottle full, but car is overheating

It's 20 degrees outside, my coolant bottle is full (just topped it off), my dashboard /defroster vents are blowing ice-cold air, but the temperature gauge is going all the way to the right and the...
Forum: General E46 Forum 07-20-2012, 12:59 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,212
Posted By 2001BlackOnTan
I had the a/c not blowing any air problem...

I had the a/c not blowing any air problem yesterday when it was extremely hot (well over 100 degrees). Then today it was only around 75, and I started the car and the blower worked just fine. I...
Forum: General E46 Forum 07-27-2011, 12:18 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 16,175
Posted By 2001BlackOnTan
I was not able to get the heated screwdriver...

I was not able to get the heated screwdriver trick to work for me. I used my Harbor Freight pick set to punch a row of holes in the piece of screw that remained in the hose and then used a...
Forum: General E46 Forum 04-11-2011, 08:14 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 5,576
Posted By 2001BlackOnTan
The latest US Department of Energy research...

The latest US Department of Energy research conducted at Oak Ridge National Laboratory indicates that on computer controlled engines like those in the E46, a dirty air filter may affect performance...
Forum: General E46 Forum 04-04-2011, 11:27 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,202
Posted By 2001BlackOnTan
All the old coating and marks CAN be stripped off...

All the old coating and marks CAN be stripped off with a little effort.
Forum: DIY: Do It Yourself 04-04-2011, 11:24 AM
Replies: 119
Views: 99,890
Posted By 2001BlackOnTan
I did this job a couple weeks ago and have been...

I did this job a couple weeks ago and have been very pleased with the results. Very durable and hard finish, and no evidence of scratches underneath.

I removed all the factory coating with a...
Forum: DIY: Do It Yourself 03-27-2011, 04:38 PM
Replies: 325
Views: 211,086
Posted By 2001BlackOnTan
Regarding alignments -- IMO, unless the car...

Regarding alignments -- IMO, unless the car drifts when being driven on flat, straight road or pulls when braking, and unless you notice uneven tire wear, you probably don't need an alignment. I...
Forum: DIY: Do It Yourself 03-27-2011, 04:13 PM
Replies: 325
Views: 211,086
Posted By 2001BlackOnTan
I just completed the job, and I can't imagine how...

I just completed the job, and I can't imagine how it would be possible to get a torque wrench onto the inner and outer ball joint nuts. I just used a crescent wrench and tightened them down with all...
Forum: DIY: Do It Yourself 03-26-2011, 11:44 AM
Replies: 325
Views: 211,086
Posted By 2001BlackOnTan
Awesome tip -- thank you! I left the...

Awesome tip -- thank you!

I left the bushings in the freezer overnight and then put a bit of straight tap water on the ends of the control arms. Then I put a block of wood over the end of the...
Forum: DIY: Do It Yourself 03-25-2011, 08:50 PM
Replies: 325
Views: 211,086
Posted By 2001BlackOnTan
First of all, the spec is 290.9mm, which I think...

First of all, the spec is 290.9mm, which I think it's safe just to call 291mm. That may sounds like nitpicking, but the specs call for a tolerance of +/- 1mm, and if you don't take into...
Forum: DIY: Do It Yourself 03-25-2011, 08:08 PM
Replies: 325
Views: 211,086
Posted By 2001BlackOnTan
Here's an interesting take on the use of a pickle...

Here's an interesting take on the use of a pickle fork: http://www.stangerssite.com/tools.html
Forum: DIY: Do It Yourself 03-25-2011, 07:25 PM
Replies: 325
Views: 211,086
Posted By 2001BlackOnTan
No need for hammering or kicking or swearing. To...

No need for hammering or kicking or swearing. To free stuck-on wheels, loosen the wheel lugs about half way, then drive the car a few feet back and forth in the driveway and stomp the brake hard...
Forum: General E46 Forum 03-25-2011, 03:13 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,558
Posted By 2001BlackOnTan
OK, the work is done! Sent injectors off to...

OK, the work is done!

Sent injectors off to injector-rehab.com (in NJ outside Philly) and got them back cleaned and with new o-rings and filters plus confirmation of correct flow rates and proper...
Forum: General E46 Forum 03-23-2011, 05:41 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,410
Posted By 2001BlackOnTan
A minor point on air intake boot leaks

A couple years ago I replaced my lower intake boot because the branch going to the idle control valve had a hole in it like they always do. Then several months ago, I'd started hearing a wheezing...
Forum: General E46 Forum 03-17-2011, 02:43 AM
Replies: 262
Views: 337,619
Posted By 2001BlackOnTan
Thank you for that list of dealers. It turns out...

Thank you for that list of dealers. It turns out that Tomkinson is cheaper than Tischer (which is apparently now known as BMW of Silver Spring), and as Tomkinson is more centrally located, shipping...
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