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Forum: DIY: Do It Yourself 05-17-2013, 05:16 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 765
Posted By brianabbott
DIY Power Steering Hose Replacement - Funniest DIY Video

This is the funniest DIY video I've seen:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gdmsk6p9exk

:rofl:
Forum: DIY: Do It Yourself 03-22-2013, 07:55 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 28,014
Posted By brianabbott
I was getting what I thought was window rattle...

I was getting what I thought was window rattle from the driver and passenger side of my vehicle. I decided to investigate as per the DIY above, but everything was fine inside the door. A few bangs on...
Forum: New Member Introductions 11-13-2011, 06:28 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 668
Posted By brianabbott
Is your car automatic? If so, change the gearbox...

Is your car automatic? If so, change the gearbox oil shortly. Read this page (about halfway down): Honest John (http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/bmw/3-series-e46-1998/?section=bad)

Also, you...
Forum: Suspension & Braking 09-23-2011, 09:42 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 679
Posted By brianabbott
I had play in my steering wheel and the 'chatter'...

I had play in my steering wheel and the 'chatter' you describe when hitting bumps (I would say it was more of a knocking sound), but no wander. It was my steering rack. Relatively inexpensive to fix....
Forum: UK 09-22-2011, 07:10 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,098
Posted By brianabbott
Not much to go on without precise description of...

Not much to go on without precise description of problems, but it could be the vanos. Take a look at this site: www.beisansystems.com (http://www.beisansystems.com). I had cold start erratic...
Forum: UK 09-06-2011, 10:21 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 572
Posted By brianabbott
ABS ECU Issues

Does anyone know of a reputable company in the UK that will refurbish the ABS ECU of my vehicle at a reasonable price (cheap as possible obviously)?

I have had a 3 quotes (165, 195 and 199 +...
Forum: General E46 Forum 08-23-2011, 07:01 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,295
Posted By brianabbott
Nice, but IMO it needs a drop (Just a set of...

Nice, but IMO it needs a drop (Just a set of Eibach springs with a modest drop makes a world of difference). I'm not a fan of the dark rear lights.
Forum: General E46 Forum 08-11-2011, 05:55 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 542
Posted By brianabbott
You mean the window pillars? I just used a vinyl...

You mean the window pillars? I just used a vinyl rejuvenator 'Back to black' spray (in your neck of the woods you'll have something similar with a different name).

Instead of spraying directly...
Forum: General E46 Forum 07-28-2011, 06:12 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 909
Posted By brianabbott
Thanks for the input everyone.

Thanks for the input everyone.
Forum: General E46 Forum 07-28-2011, 12:11 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 909
Posted By brianabbott
Oil Warning Light

My oil warning light came on today for what I think was around 5 - 7 seconds then it went off. I stopped the vehicle and checked the oil level. It seemed to be spot on. I carry spare oil in the back,...
Forum: General E46 Forum 07-28-2011, 12:03 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 613
Posted By brianabbott
Don't use anything but OEM when it comes to the...

Don't use anything but OEM when it comes to the MAF sensor, they don't work (my mechanic told me, he's an ex-BMW mechanic). They're not cheap.
Forum: UK 06-22-2011, 06:17 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,890
Posted By brianabbott
Glad I could help you spend your money Baz. ...

Glad I could help you spend your money Baz.

Here's a link to the fitting instructions, it's excellent: Bimmian (http://www.bimmian.com/elements/page.htm/instructions.ht/SVE/SVE.pdf)

Cheers,
...
Forum: UK 06-21-2011, 08:54 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,890
Posted By brianabbott
Hi Baz, I didn't like the Estoril blue,...

Hi Baz,

I didn't like the Estoril blue, until I saw it coupled with your black mods. They go great together. Good job.

What about the model number on the back? Is it still the chrome style?...
Forum: UK 06-21-2011, 08:51 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 599
Posted By brianabbott
Well done. Any more details mate? Mileage, price...

Well done. Any more details mate? Mileage, price (if you don't mind), interior shots, etc.

It looks like topaz blue. I used to have the 325 Ci with sports suspension ad 17" Wheels.
Forum: UK 04-12-2011, 06:38 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 9,614
Posted By brianabbott
Consider trying the device shown on this page:...

Consider trying the device shown on this page: POTN.COM (http://www.potn.co.uk/ecotek_c618_657.htm)

You may wish to get the silencer also.

I haven't tried this, but plan to do so.
Forum: UK 04-12-2011, 06:24 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,247
Posted By brianabbott
Not sure what your abbreviation meant, but is...

Not sure what your abbreviation meant, but is this any good: BMW Manuals (http://www.linquist.net/motorsports/bmw/3manuals)
Forum: General E46 Forum 03-17-2011, 09:31 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,361
Posted By brianabbott
No offence, but waiting 10 years to replace tyres...

No offence, but waiting 10 years to replace tyres is bollucks!

Change them if they're over 6 years old. Otherwise you could have a blow out. Check for videos on Youtube about this subject.

I...
Forum: General E46 Forum 03-17-2011, 09:22 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,212
Posted By brianabbott
I didn't bother replacing the o-ring, I just got...

I didn't bother replacing the o-ring, I just got a new cap. Problem solved.
Forum: General E46 Forum 03-17-2011, 09:17 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,658
Posted By brianabbott
Nick@Jlevi SW hit the nail on the head. I...

Nick@Jlevi SW hit the nail on the head.

I wouldn't change the amber in the lights, I think it goes well with the colour of your car.

The black grilles look great. The colour matches really well...
Forum: General E46 Forum 03-15-2011, 07:35 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 688
Posted By brianabbott
This begs the question: Why 16" wheels? Drop...

This begs the question: Why 16" wheels?

Drop it, but get bigger wheels at the same time. No to OE springs.
Forum: General E46 Forum 03-08-2011, 07:17 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,649
Posted By brianabbott
I agree with you fibonacci00782. There seem to be...

I agree with you fibonacci00782. There seem to be a lot of intolerant people around. Not everybody is an expert. Nobody was born with total knowledge FFS.

Anyway, I had 20% on my previous vehicle...
Forum: General E46 Forum 03-08-2011, 06:42 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 4,205
Posted By brianabbott
Thermostat - Donald Ducked All brake discs -...

Thermostat - Donald Ducked
All brake discs - Donald Ducked
Steering rack - Donald Ducked
Belts for power steering and air con - Donald Ducked
Rubber shroud for air filter - Donald Ducked
Vanos...
Forum: General E46 Forum 03-07-2011, 07:04 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,559
Posted By brianabbott
Hi SanDiegoE46Girl, I would think it's...

Hi SanDiegoE46Girl,

I would think it's highly unlikely that your vanos seals have survived. I had the same performance issues. Erratic tickover on cold starts. Very poor acceleration. Engine...
Forum: General E46 Forum 03-07-2011, 06:49 PM
Replies: 28,912
Views: 2,160,664
Posted By brianabbott
Just changed the auto gear box oil at 100,800...

Just changed the auto gear box oil at 100,800 miles. The oil was ink black and all of the magnets were well coated in filings.

The gearbox is noticeably smoother after the change.

Anybody at...
Forum: General E46 Forum 03-02-2011, 03:44 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,073
Posted By brianabbott
They are not 'lifetime' as BMW put it. E46 autos...

They are not 'lifetime' as BMW put it. E46 autos have been seizing over 100k and so have the manuals (fewer though). BMW revised their stance and recommended a change after 100k, but other sources...
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