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Forum: General E46 Forum 05-18-2017, 04:00 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,474
Posted By Megalocnus
Yeah, I also didn't think the mayo is a...

Yeah, I also didn't think the mayo is a coincidence. Like I mentioned - this is not a commuter car, no short trips in general, but didn't mention that I do about 50 miles per day during weekends.
...
Forum: General E46 Forum 05-17-2017, 10:01 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,474
Posted By Megalocnus
At the moment I am considering a full rebuild....

At the moment I am considering a full rebuild. Stop leak solutions - sure, but only in case an engine rebuild turns out to be not possible or practical, while searching for a very good, low mileage...
Forum: General E46 Forum 05-17-2017, 05:48 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,474
Posted By Megalocnus
The oil analysis results just came in....

The oil analysis results just came in. Unfortunately, they confirm an internal coolant leak. High Sodium and antifreeze in the oil:

substance__________amount___________universal averages
...
Forum: Complete Cars - Private 05-16-2017, 02:15 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,131
Posted By Megalocnus
This could have been a great build. Instead...

This could have been a great build.
Instead...
Forum: General E46 Forum 05-16-2017, 12:26 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,474
Posted By Megalocnus
Thanks. Even half a liter of water should not...

Thanks.
Even half a liter of water should not be hard to find.
I really wish I did this weekend's work in different order: drain the oil and continue with a cooling system pressure test while the...
Forum: General E46 Forum 05-15-2017, 09:24 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,474
Posted By Megalocnus
It wasn't convenient to do it while working on...

It wasn't convenient to do it while working on the car, then I forgot to save some oil for this. I would have sent a sample for UOA regardless.
The flame test indicates water in the oil, which may...
Forum: General E46 Forum 05-15-2017, 07:30 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,474
Posted By Megalocnus
I didn't check the oil level after the cooling...

I didn't check the oil level after the cooling system pressure test - the car was on ramps, but I just did that. Yes, the oil level seems to be about half a quart higher than it should. Can't tell...
Forum: General E46 Forum 05-14-2017, 09:51 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,474
Posted By Megalocnus
Quick update: I drove for about 20-25 miles...

Quick update:

I drove for about 20-25 miles this weekend to warm up the engine before getting under the car. Still no codes.
Currently I need to add about 5 oz (150 ml) per ten miles.

Drained...
Forum: General E46 Forum 05-11-2017, 03:49 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 756
Posted By Megalocnus
Yes, I'm also not sure about the rear - it could...

Yes, I'm also not sure about the rear - it could have been 18 mm in diameter. I still have them at home, so I can check later.
I'm sure about the front sway bars though.
Forum: General E46 Forum 05-11-2017, 03:37 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 756
Posted By Megalocnus
^True. My 323i ZSP came with 24 mm front, 19 mm...

^True.
My 323i ZSP came with 24 mm front, 19 mm rear sway bars. The stock ZHP setup was 23.5 mm front / 19 mm rear.

The car felt like it needed stiffer sway bars after installing PSS10 coilovers,...
Forum: General E46 Forum 05-09-2017, 02:29 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,474
Posted By Megalocnus
Hi guys, I appreciate your input. Nothing to...

Hi guys, I appreciate your input. Nothing to update yet, I am too busy right now.

I also fully understand your skepticism - if it was me reading someone else's post, I'd think the coolant loss...
Forum: General E46 Forum 05-08-2017, 06:51 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,474
Posted By Megalocnus
I'm not driving the car until fixed. I will do...

I'm not driving the car until fixed. I will do ten miles before draining the oil just to warm it up. If the oil isn't visibly contaminated with coolant, then I'll pull the valve cover, etc.
I don't...
Forum: General E46 Forum 05-08-2017, 04:47 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,474
Posted By Megalocnus
Yeah, I'm not raving about cylinder #5. In...

Yeah, I'm not raving about cylinder #5. In retrospect I should have repeated the test on this one - perhaps I may have done the measurement slightly off TDC.
I was fully expecting to find at least...
Forum: General E46 Forum 05-08-2017, 04:04 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,474
Posted By Megalocnus
Not sure I understand this. I didn't mean to say...

Not sure I understand this. I didn't mean to say that the timing chain compartment is isolated from the rest of the crankcase. I compared the pressure in the crankcase to that in the coolant...
Forum: General E46 Forum 05-08-2017, 02:35 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,474
Posted By Megalocnus
Yes, that makes perfect sense, but it's not what...

Yes, that makes perfect sense, but it's not what I see in this current situation.
This is why I asked if anyone has seen coolant leaks at the timing chain cover steel gasket. This is one place where...
Forum: General E46 Forum 05-08-2017, 02:27 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,474
Posted By Megalocnus
Alright, you convinced me. I will drain the oil...

Alright, you convinced me. I will drain the oil and will check how much water is in there. If all that coolant went into the oil, there should be quite a bit of water in it even though the O2Pilot...
Forum: General E46 Forum 05-08-2017, 02:10 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,474
Posted By Megalocnus
Unfortunately this is not a small amount of...

Unfortunately this is not a small amount of milkshake for SoCal. I have never seen any amount of it my ten years of E46 ownership.
There is not a drop of coolant anywhere under the car, the...
Forum: General E46 Forum 05-08-2017, 01:58 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,474
Posted By Megalocnus
So you suggest to take a look at the oil filter -...

So you suggest to take a look at the oil filter - that sounds to me like a good idea, thanks. Here in SoCal it is not common to see this kind of condensation, which people in colder climates have to...
Forum: General E46 Forum 05-08-2017, 01:34 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,474
Posted By Megalocnus
Sorry for the cell phone photo. This mayo is...

Sorry for the cell phone photo.

This mayo is something I've never seen in person before and it does look to me like an oil/coolant emulsion. The car has not been anyplace cold for quite a while....
Forum: General E46 Forum 05-07-2017, 09:36 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,474
Posted By Megalocnus
Coolant in the crank case, but leak-down test ok

My engine is mixing oil and coolant. I will have to make a decision soon since this is my only car, so your thoughts and suggestions will be appreciated.

The car is a 2005 ZHP 6-speed manual. It...
Forum: General E46 Forum 05-04-2017, 07:23 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 781
Posted By Megalocnus
This was a very serious impact - your E46 has...

This was a very serious impact - your E46 has more than paid for your good care by protecting you.

Yeah, funding an E46 in good condition isn't easy. Take your time.

EDIT: I do hate idiots...
Forum: General E46 Forum 04-25-2017, 01:49 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 2,941
Posted By Megalocnus
I don't think there is such a thing as a car in...

I don't think there is such a thing as a car in excellent condition for $3,500. Not just an E46, but any car.
Perhaps my definition of "excellent condition" as "needs nothing, has no blemishes and...
Forum: General E46 Forum 04-21-2017, 07:45 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 343
Posted By Megalocnus
I was in your situation back in 2008 or 2009 -...

I was in your situation back in 2008 or 2009 - found a 32 mm wrench at Orchard Supply Hardware. Still have this one in my set of tools although no longer have a car with mechanical fan.
Their...
Forum: General E46 Forum 04-18-2017, 06:15 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,081
Posted By Megalocnus
My thoughts exactly. My previous e46 was rear...

My thoughts exactly.
My previous e46 was rear ended at about 15 MPH and looked pretty much like this.
Forum: General E46 Forum 04-17-2017, 07:02 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 2,923
Posted By Megalocnus
We in the US are spoiled with so many vendors...

We in the US are spoiled with so many vendors competing for our business.

Still, ECS has things others don't carry.
One example is the structural epoxy even BMW dealers don't have anymore....
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