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Forum: General E46 Forum 05-13-2011, 02:49 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,063
Posted By nathancarter
My rattle-can wheels were great... until I took...

My rattle-can wheels were great... until I took 'em to the track. The heat generated from track braking caused the paint on the fronts to mottle and sag, and tire pebbles baked onto the clearcoat.
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Forum: General E46 Forum 05-13-2011, 02:46 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,041
Posted By nathancarter
Not intending to argue, just making discussion: ...

Not intending to argue, just making discussion:

You keep talking about "time", but for me, dealing with the dealership takes more time than just doing it myself.

Making the appointment, driving...
Forum: General E46 Forum 02-17-2011, 10:50 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 6,287
Posted By nathancarter
For the sake of this conversation, "reliability"...

For the sake of this conversation, "reliability" is different than "longevity."

I wouldn't call a 10-year-old BMW particularly "reliable." Reliable means that it's going to get you where you need...
Forum: General E46 Forum 02-17-2011, 09:57 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,562
Posted By nathancarter
Post needs more smileys. [edit] According...

Post needs more smileys.

[edit] According to the last thread on this subject (the one that got locked because GoingNuts was being even more of an ass than usual), BMW's recommendation is to use a...
Forum: General E46 Forum 02-11-2011, 12:42 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,065
Posted By nathancarter
Sorry, didn't realize the link in my DIY is dead....

Sorry, didn't realize the link in my DIY is dead.

I'll try to find another source for that PDF.
Forum: General E46 Forum 02-10-2011, 12:55 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,280
Posted By nathancarter
The curing temperature for powdercoating is...

The curing temperature for powdercoating is around 400F, the annealing point for aluminum is between 650F and 800F depending on the alloy.

It's safe.
Forum: General E46 Forum 02-10-2011, 12:42 PM
Replies: 129
Views: 18,765
Posted By nathancarter
I think this is one of my favorite posts of...

I think this is one of my favorite posts of yours. Really well done.
Forum: General E46 Forum 02-09-2011, 04:18 PM
Replies: 129
Views: 18,765
Posted By nathancarter
I can't any more, it's been years since I've had...

I can't any more, it's been years since I've had chemistry classes, but someone who's better than me with chemistry might be able to.
Forum: General E46 Forum 02-09-2011, 04:17 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,483
Posted By nathancarter
On a related note, there is no dipstick or...

On a related note, there is no dipstick or reservoir for the manual trans fluid. There's a drain plug and a fill plug. To change the fluid: remove the fill plug, then remove the drain plug, drain...
Forum: General E46 Forum 02-09-2011, 03:48 PM
Replies: 129
Views: 18,765
Posted By nathancarter
I've gotta wonder just how effective this is, if...

I've gotta wonder just how effective this is, if the OS is not already clogged. If the OS is functioning properly, all those crankcase gases (exhaust+moisture+oil+etc) just pass through to the...
Forum: General E46 Forum 02-09-2011, 03:17 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,280
Posted By nathancarter
I used Rust-Oleum wheel paint to repair some...

I used Rust-Oleum wheel paint to repair some damaged OEM wheels back to silver. With quite a bit of effort, the wheels turned out very nice. When I took the car to the track, the heat generated by...
Forum: General E46 Forum 02-09-2011, 03:08 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 720
Posted By nathancarter
Are your fog lights still connected? Those have...

Are your fog lights still connected? Those have wiring that comes out of the same wiring loom as the temp sensor, I think.

I'm 90% certain that the temp sensor uses the blue & brown. I have...
Forum: General E46 Forum 02-09-2011, 03:03 PM
Replies: 129
Views: 18,765
Posted By nathancarter
The ideas here are slightly correct, but not...

The ideas here are slightly correct, but not really correct for this discussion.



This is correct. The moisture in the surrounding environment is insignificant compared to the amount of...
Forum: General E46 Forum 02-03-2011, 11:28 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 7,958
Posted By nathancarter
Matte black or clean silver. I went with...

Matte black or clean silver.

I went with silver Dupli-Color. It makes the calipers look clean and new without drawing too much attention. I disassembled the calipers before painting and...
Forum: General E46 Forum 02-03-2011, 09:58 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,824
Posted By nathancarter
Man, why can't I get one of those in the US :( ...

Man, why can't I get one of those in the US :(

Jealous.
Forum: General E46 Forum 02-02-2011, 01:56 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 623
Posted By nathancarter
I replaced the cigarette snuffer on the left side...

I replaced the cigarette snuffer on the left side of the ashtray, next to the lighter, with a homemade 2-port USB 5V outlet. I fabricated a plastic housing out of plastic scrap (an old lottery...
Forum: General E46 Forum 02-02-2011, 01:49 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,864
Posted By nathancarter
Mine's fine at just shy of 140k, but I replaced...

Mine's fine at just shy of 140k, but I replaced one on a friend's '04 330i that was coming apart at about 70k. The steel pin was intact, but the flap had sheared in the middle so it was just...
Forum: General E46 Forum 02-02-2011, 01:42 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,282
Posted By nathancarter
Professional paintless dent removal. Don't...

Professional paintless dent removal.

Don't try to hammer it out yourself; you won't be happy with the results if it's your first time.
Forum: General E46 Forum 02-01-2011, 02:31 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 5,004
Posted By nathancarter
I did the DIY using pieces of an IDE cable and...

I did the DIY using pieces of an IDE cable and the male end of an old set of earbuds. The result is an aux input male plug, not an aux input jack. All your devices are going to have a female output...
Forum: General E46 Forum 02-01-2011, 02:10 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,282
Posted By nathancarter
Paintless Dent Repair, Dr. Colorchip, and a...

Paintless Dent Repair, Dr. Colorchip, and a professional paint correction. Should run you less than $500 all told.
Forum: General E46 Forum 01-28-2011, 03:27 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,011
Posted By nathancarter
Yes, you can swap them to see if the problem is...

Yes, you can swap them to see if the problem is the sensor.
Forum: General E46 Forum 01-28-2011, 02:10 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,599
Posted By nathancarter
No problem: One in the trunk, one in the back...

No problem: One in the trunk, one in the back seat, one in the front seat, and one in the glove box.

Or, lay a blanket on the back seat, and all four will fit, either standing up, or in two...
Forum: General E46 Forum 01-28-2011, 10:28 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,655
Posted By nathancarter
The symptoms described in the first post are...

The symptoms described in the first post are indicative of a frozen/clogged CCV, which caused excess crankcase pressure, which results in a blown-out VCG.

In addition to the VCG, you'll need to...
Forum: General E46 Forum 01-27-2011, 12:20 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,453
Posted By nathancarter
The wood looks pretty good in a grey interior. ...

The wood looks pretty good in a grey interior. Wood looks bad in black, and great in tan.

Piano Black, as shown by Jaundiced_Outlook, is by far my favorite in a grey interior.
Forum: General E46 Forum 01-27-2011, 12:16 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,389
Posted By nathancarter
Hmm, I don't know if I agree. If the...

Hmm, I don't know if I agree.

If the salesman explicitly said "It has new brakes" and you negotiate the price based (in part) on that false statement, then OP has a reason to be pissed. He might...
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