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Forum: General E46 Forum Yesterday, 01:11 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 298
Posted By Jools
If you feel like you need to "flush" your engine...

If you feel like you need to "flush" your engine (you probably don't, but it's not like it's going to do any harm), a good option is to just up your oil change interval for a bit. Do a few 3000 mile...
Forum: General E46 Forum Yesterday, 01:04 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 528
Posted By Jools
Glad to hear you solved your problem, but for...

Glad to hear you solved your problem, but for what it's worth rebuilding the VANOS is really not a big deal. It adds maybe two hours onto the length of a valve cover gasket job, which is pretty...
Forum: General E46 Forum Yesterday, 02:59 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,256
Posted By Jools
Obviously this kind of depends on your market,...

Obviously this kind of depends on your market, but if the car is solid and you're not in any rush you should definitely list high and shut down people who try to lowball you until you really feel...
Forum: General E46 Forum 08-24-2015, 02:33 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 704
Posted By Jools
I think that's about right. Either way, you...

I think that's about right. Either way, you aren't going to grenade anything internal in your engine by driving around for a few miles (or even much longer) while one quart low on oil.
Forum: General E46 Forum 08-24-2015, 01:35 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 704
Posted By Jools
Unless both the oil level sensor and oil pressure...

Unless both the oil level sensor and oil pressure switch are shot, there's no way there was any engine damage without some kind of warning light coming on. The oil level sensor should have triggered...
Forum: General E46 Forum 08-24-2015, 01:26 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,256
Posted By Jools
You know, this really isn't hard. Trawl...

You know, this really isn't hard. Trawl craigslist, cars.com, autotrader, etc. for cars in similar condition with similar mileage in your area. Keep checking over a few weeks. Ignore outliers on the...
Forum: General E46 Forum 08-23-2015, 09:23 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 254
Posted By Jools
You should be able to check for a sticking brake...

You should be able to check for a sticking brake caliper pretty easily, and I'm not sure why the dealership told you that they "cleaned" your calipers when you asked about the possibility. Most...
Forum: General E46 Forum 08-23-2015, 07:43 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 406
Posted By Jools
This can't be emphasized enough. I've had a car...

This can't be emphasized enough. I've had a car come down off the jack while doing something as simple as changing a tire. You should never, never do any kind of real work on a car without jack...
Forum: General E46 Forum 08-22-2015, 06:37 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 279
Posted By Jools
You'll be fine in the winter. I've daily driven...

You'll be fine in the winter. I've daily driven every car I've ever owned through CT winters and none of them have ever developed rust. Just get some winter wheels and decent snow tires and keep it...
Forum: General E46 Forum 08-21-2015, 11:41 AM
Replies: 34,873
Views: 2,888,714
Posted By Jools
Tape your spark plug socket to your extension...

Tape your spark plug socket to your extension too, or use a locking extension if you have one. Rubberized spark plug sockets love to hold onto the plugs and let you rip the extension right off, which...
Forum: General E46 Forum 08-17-2015, 01:43 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 952
Posted By Jools
If it's just your pillars that are falling down...

If it's just your pillars that are falling down and you're only trying to restore the original appearance, recovering with the existing fabric should work fine too. I've had to do this on both of my...
Forum: General E46 Forum 08-17-2015, 11:45 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,367
Posted By Jools
One piece of advice, even if you plan on doing...

One piece of advice, even if you plan on doing most of the work on the car yourself: find a good local indie shop that specializes in BMWs and that doesn't mind doing inspection work. Having the car...
Forum: General E46 Forum 08-16-2015, 05:31 PM
Replies: 34,873
Views: 2,888,714
Posted By Jools
Finished up the VANOS seals and got the valve...

Finished up the VANOS seals and got the valve cover and new gasket back on today. Also got new spark plugs in. Just about done with my entire outstanding maintenance checklist for this car.
Forum: General E46 Forum 08-15-2015, 05:47 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,029
Posted By Jools
Oh I agree, but I don't really know if cars as...

Oh I agree, but I don't really know if cars as status symbols is something that's really worth trying to preserve. The people who are buying cars just to impress their peers will find something else...
Forum: General E46 Forum 08-15-2015, 05:31 PM
Replies: 34,873
Views: 2,888,714
Posted By Jools
Pulled my valve cover this afternoon since I...

Pulled my valve cover this afternoon since I didn't get around to doing it while I had the intake manifold off last weekend. I've been replacing a lot of good parts lately, so it was actually kind of...
Forum: General E46 Forum 08-15-2015, 01:30 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 323
Posted By Jools
Advice noted and appreciated, guys. I took a...

Advice noted and appreciated, guys.

I took a look at the OBD2 data when we were futzing around with the car yesterday, and for the short drive we took fuel trims looked good to my untrained eye...
Forum: General E46 Forum 08-15-2015, 01:01 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 323
Posted By Jools
Bumping this up because I finally got a chance to...

Bumping this up because I finally got a chance to help my friend out with his car yesterday (was dealing with PM on my own car last weekend). We pulled the intake ducting to check for cracks and...
Forum: General E46 Forum 08-15-2015, 12:10 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,029
Posted By Jools
To be honest, I'm looking forward to self-driving...

To be honest, I'm looking forward to self-driving cars and (hopefully) an end to personal car ownership as a common thing for simple A to B transportation. I recognize that I'm in a tiny, tiny...
Forum: General E46 Forum 08-15-2015, 01:49 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,029
Posted By Jools
Or it might be that basically every scientific...

Or it might be that basically every scientific study ever conducted shows that people aren't really capable of even rudimentary multitasking when driving.
Forum: General E46 Forum 08-14-2015, 05:39 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 385
Posted By Jools
It's very, very easy. Like ten minutes even if...

It's very, very easy. Like ten minutes even if you have no idea what you're doing. Basic steps are:

1. Pop off the plastic nut covers over your wiper blade arms
2. Undo the nuts and remove the...
Forum: General E46 Forum 08-14-2015, 04:10 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,400
Posted By Jools
I didn't replace my radiator because there's...

I didn't replace my radiator because there's really no reason to at 93k miles. These are my totals:

Expansion Tank - $77 (BMW)
Water Pump - $54 (Saleri)
Thermostat - $51 (Wahler)
Hoses - About...
Forum: General E46 Forum 08-14-2015, 04:02 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,426
Posted By Jools
The weather stripping on coupe side frame...

The weather stripping on coupe side frame finishers:
http://www.turnermotorsport.com/p-13929-51717030845-genuine-bmw-part.aspx

Technically it can be repaired with some replacement weather...
Forum: General E46 Forum 08-14-2015, 03:46 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,029
Posted By Jools
I know this gets tossed around a lot, but here's...

I know this gets tossed around a lot, but here's a guy who spends his days driving much nicer cars than anything we're talking about in this thread... and at the end of the day he comes home to drive...
Forum: General E46 Forum 08-14-2015, 12:15 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,367
Posted By Jools
For what it's worth, I've got a buddy with an...

For what it's worth, I've got a buddy with an RSX-S who really, really likes my car. Having driven his car a bit, I don't think the RSX is necessarily slower, but it feels completely gutless for...
Forum: General E46 Forum 08-14-2015, 10:38 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,400
Posted By Jools
I've only owned my '05 since the beginning of...

I've only owned my '05 since the beginning of this year. I previously had an '03 330Ci which I owned for about four years, and before that a '98 540i that I owned for around 8 years. I was saying...
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