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Forum: General E46 Forum 11-29-2010, 07:08 AM
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Posted By john_p
Swap headlight housing

Seen a breakers with a full set of E46 Xenon lights, it's from a wrecked car I assume, the mounting lugs are broken top and bottom ..so I can't just swap them over

However, if I buy these can I...
Forum: General E46 Forum 10-04-2010, 11:21 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 863
Posted By john_p
E46s do crazy things when the battery is low....

E46s do crazy things when the battery is low. Flashing lights, dash sticking on etc.

Battery is flat. maybe your alternator is faulty due to the coolant spilling on it, or maybe the battery has...
Forum: General E46 Forum 10-02-2010, 02:01 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 776
Posted By john_p
I guess I could back the stud out a bit and that...

I guess I could back the stud out a bit and that would probably be enough to hold the upper nut on it while I get a new one from BMW (parts not open until Monday and I'm at work)

I was worried it...
Forum: General E46 Forum 10-02-2010, 01:41 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 776
Posted By john_p
You guys drive the car with it loose? Nearest BMW...

You guys drive the car with it loose? Nearest BMW dealer 10 miles away.. lol
How about that wire, I reckon it's for interference suppression .. can't find it anywhere on WDS and car drives fine
Forum: General E46 Forum 10-02-2010, 12:31 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 776
Posted By john_p
I am assuming it's grounding, I can't get to WDS...

I am assuming it's grounding, I can't get to WDS at the moment. It's the brown/orange wire. It's a pretty weedy wire though, I presume the coils earth through the metal bolts and the big grounding...
Forum: General E46 Forum 10-02-2010, 12:18 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 776
Posted By john_p
Snapped a bolt on the head..

http://www.pelicanparts.com/bmw/techarticles/101-Projects-17-Head-Gasket/Pic26-01.jpg

While reinstalling my valve cover gasket on the 328 I have snapped the bolt next to sparkplug #3 (almost in...
Forum: General E46 Forum 02-15-2010, 02:29 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,306
Posted By john_p
I did not detect lateral movement - it is all...

I did not detect lateral movement - it is all vertical; with the front wheels unloaded, I can lever the wheel up and feel the centre nut (strut top bolt?) in the top mount moving too. About 10mm...
Forum: General E46 Forum 02-15-2010, 06:34 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,306
Posted By john_p
Do they come loose with age (as opposed to...

Do they come loose with age (as opposed to failing)


What affect would it have on the handling? Could it explain the tramlining / bump steer I'm getting, or will the problem not be as bad when...
Forum: General E46 Forum 02-14-2010, 01:14 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,306
Posted By john_p
Strut top mounts - movement

Trying to diagnose straight line tramline / bump steer. 328 SE, 17"s, non-sport suspension

Had the front of the car in the air today and discovered that if I lever the front wheels up and down...
Forum: General E46 Forum 02-13-2010, 07:05 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 747
Posted By john_p
Yellow oil light, but sensor is new(ish)

About a year ago I replaced the oil level sensor on my '00 328 / 130k, as it was coming on after startup. I've only driven about 5k since then.

Last few weeks the oil light has been coming on...
Forum: General E46 Forum 01-01-2010, 03:51 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 853
Posted By john_p
it could be my camera, I'll take a look tomorrow.

it could be my camera, I'll take a look tomorrow.
Forum: General E46 Forum 01-01-2010, 03:40 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 853
Posted By john_p
Coolant was only replaced two months ago.. I'm...

Coolant was only replaced two months ago.. I'm sure no oil has gone in since then. I'll get some more BMW stuff tomorrow and do a flush, but I'm suspecting either HG or the auto fluid heat exchanger...
Forum: General E46 Forum 01-01-2010, 02:47 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 853
Posted By john_p
Yeah I meant the steptronic oil heat exchanger .....

Yeah I meant the steptronic oil heat exchanger .. possibly?
Forum: General E46 Forum 01-01-2010, 01:20 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 853
Posted By john_p
It's a step .. is it possible for the heat...

It's a step .. is it possible for the heat exchanger to leak oil into the cooling system somehow?
Forum: General E46 Forum 01-01-2010, 12:09 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 853
Posted By john_p
This coolant doesn't look healthy, does it?

http://img196.imageshack.us/img196/3804/p1010611t.jpg

Coolant light came on briefly the other day, but thought nothing of it. Then it started to taking much longer for warm air to come out the...
Forum: General E46 Forum 10-18-2009, 12:55 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,125
Posted By john_p
Holy **** that is bad. Mine's nowhere near that...

Holy **** that is bad. Mine's nowhere near that bad.

So you guys don't think the control arms need doing? The only way to test them is to try and lever them and see if there is play?

I'm...
Forum: General E46 Forum 10-17-2009, 08:27 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,125
Posted By john_p
How do i test if control arms are worn?

So, getting front end shake over bumpy roads and the ride is getting a bit unpleasant (tramlining, and a rattle from the steering, mainly). Have replaced UJ in steering column recently.

With the...
Forum: Bavarian Soundwerks' Mobile Electronics Forum 09-19-2009, 10:09 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,247
Posted By john_p
Took panel off and i got the tweeter mounted...

Took panel off and i got the tweeter mounted fine, then found my Diamond M6's were just a touch too deep to get the panel back on. Mounting bracket is the same size, but there's about 0.5" less...
Forum: Bavarian Soundwerks' Mobile Electronics Forum 09-18-2009, 05:27 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,247
Posted By john_p
lol I think I just realised that there are no...

lol I think I just realised that there are no upper tweeter mounts on the Saloon doors :rofl:
Forum: Bavarian Soundwerks' Mobile Electronics Forum 09-18-2009, 05:23 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,247
Posted By john_p
Coupe/Saloon door speaker mounts

I had some 2-way speakers fitted to my 2003 M3 Coupe doors - 6.5" with a custom MDF mounting ring and a replacement upper tweeter module. Sounded great.

I now have a E46 Saloon and would like to...
Forum: General E46 Forum 08-28-2009, 02:26 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 419
Posted By john_p
Heh, it bought back some memories =) Where...

Heh, it bought back some memories =)

Where does the "scavenge air line" go when it gets to the engine? If that was loose could that cause it?
Forum: General E46 Forum 08-28-2009, 02:15 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 419
Posted By john_p
Gas smell under hood - can't find it!

E46 328i.. I've got a smell of gas coming from somewhere.. seems to be stronger at the back / air filter side of the engine. It happens when I turn on the igniton (not the engine). I also only notice...
Forum: General E46 Forum 05-07-2009, 05:22 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 11,898
Posted By john_p
Should the adjustable part of the steering column...

Should the adjustable part of the steering column (connected directly to the steering wheel) be locked securely to the next lower part ? Or is it just pushed in? It seems that there is play right up...
Forum: General E46 Forum 05-05-2009, 07:49 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 11,898
Posted By john_p
I don't have part 2 (or 1), but I guess part 4...

I don't have part 2 (or 1), but I guess part 4 (and 3) are equivalent parts on RHD cars.

You can see the lower part in the left hand pic (this is taken under the car looking up) and the right hand...
Forum: General E46 Forum 05-05-2009, 05:51 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 11,898
Posted By john_p
Steering column - upper part rattles

E46 328i with 120k

There's a rattle coming from the upper part of the steering column, especially over bumps. I can also feel a lot of the bumps on the road. No clunking under braking and the...
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