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Forum: DIY: Do It Yourself 09-05-2012, 12:47 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 759
Posted By BYMech
Replacing Outer CV joint boots

The usual method requires pulling out the driveshaft completely out from the steering knuckle and transmission, separating the joint, cleaning, rebooting, and reinstalling. Last year, an E46Fanatics...
Forum: DIY: Do It Yourself 01-25-2012, 08:38 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 621
Posted By BYMech
If the Brose unit breaks, I'll try the Dorman...

If the Brose unit breaks, I'll try the Dorman units.
Forum: DIY: Do It Yourself 01-25-2012, 08:37 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 621
Posted By BYMech
Well...I could not pass on an OEM window...

Well...I could not pass on an OEM window regulator on Ebay for a very discounted price. I compared it side by side with the Cheapo Dependable Autoparts unit. At first blush they look the same, but...
Forum: DIY: Do It Yourself 01-10-2012, 02:45 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 621
Posted By BYMech
Quality of rear window regulators

Back in Sept '11 my rear right window regulator broke. I found an aftermarket replacement on ebay from Dependable Autoparts, for $29, shipped. It looked good, though I had to finagle one of the motor...
Forum: DIY: Do It Yourself 12-17-2011, 10:27 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 26,142
Posted By BYMech
This is much appreciated. I'll get to work on it...

This is much appreciated. I'll get to work on it and eventually post my results. Dam these CV boots. Having paid an indi on two occassions to do this and doing it myself once, I know this a nasty...
Forum: General E46 Forum 11-30-2010, 10:48 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,175
Posted By BYMech
Interesting that this thumping phenomenon has...

Interesting that this thumping phenomenon has been around for a while. Mine is an '02 325xit, over 100k miles. I can't really locate the sound. I usually wait for symptoms to get worse before...
Forum: General E46 Forum 10-21-2010, 11:03 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,060
Posted By BYMech
Excellent points being made. Looks like the FCABs...

Excellent points being made. Looks like the FCABs and RTABs make the most impact, if all else is Ok. Nevertheless, sounds like I'll be chasing a few other components down the road in a short while....
Forum: General E46 Forum 10-20-2010, 10:48 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,060
Posted By BYMech
Yes, there is no doubt in my mind that I will go...

Yes, there is no doubt in my mind that I will go OEM all the way. I pried and pushed and pulled on the inner/outer control arm ball joints and the tie rods and could feel or see no play so I'm not...
Forum: General E46 Forum 10-20-2010, 10:33 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 554
Posted By BYMech
If its all the running lights, then I'll go with...

If its all the running lights, then I'll go with your hunch that its something systemic such as the voltage reg/alternator or a faulty ground in the wiring harness. Check if the flickering comes from...
Forum: E46 Xi Forum 10-19-2010, 10:27 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 8,091
Posted By BYMech
Yeah, I recently had difficulty separating this...

Yeah, I recently had difficulty separating this ball joint on my 325xit. I didn't want to use the pickle fork because it would ruin the ball joint boot. So I used the hinged, ball joint squeezer tool...
Forum: E46 Xi Forum 10-19-2010, 10:05 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,227
Posted By BYMech
'02 325xit...I recently replaced my right front...

'02 325xit...I recently replaced my right front strut/shock because the perch that the spring sits on rusted off! Actually, due to rust it slipped down the strut, allowing the spring to extend and...
Forum: General E46 Forum 10-19-2010, 09:19 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,060
Posted By BYMech
Question How to get that new car feel?

I have owned a '02 325xit for a happy 110K miles. Recently I rode in an '04 330xi (55k miles) and there was a big difference in ride quality. There is nothing "wrong" with the 325 feel, it is just a...
Forum: General E46 Forum 10-06-2010, 12:49 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,422
Posted By BYMech
Over a year ago I replaced all 4 rotors and pad...

Over a year ago I replaced all 4 rotors and pad sets. Soon thereafter I also noticed the annoying brake pulsation phenomena. Read up on all the theories and was unwilling to spend money on...
Forum: General E46 Forum 10-03-2010, 06:44 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,292
Posted By BYMech
Well, I finally got the chance to get under the...

Well, I finally got the chance to get under the car and check/change the rear differential oil. Just as someone here posted earlier, the 14mm hex socket couldn't be used because the sway bar is in...
Forum: General E46 Forum 09-29-2010, 09:05 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,292
Posted By BYMech
One learns something new everyday. I didn't know...

One learns something new everyday. I didn't know differentials get hot. Have not checked fluid yet, but comforting to know the heat is not automatically a sign of trouble. We'll see.
Forum: General E46 Forum 09-29-2010, 07:27 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,292
Posted By BYMech
hot rear differential?

Car is a 2002 325xit w/ 109k miles. Drove the car for 45 minutes on the highway averaging 70mph. Just happened to be under the car looking at something, felt the rear differential and was surprised...
Forum: E46 Xi Forum 09-12-2010, 06:07 PM
Replies: 188
Views: 38,338
Posted By BYMech
I have a 2002 325xit, 5 speed, bought new. New...

I have a 2002 325xit, 5 speed, bought new. New England driving and now at 110k. Mostly, I've had to deal with the normal wear and tear maintenance items. I've been very happy with the car except for...
Forum: General E46 Forum 09-08-2010, 11:45 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,072
Posted By BYMech
Thanks for the pics. I figured I might wind up...

Thanks for the pics. I figured I might wind up doing that also. I'm still working on the bolt, though. Decided to just take out the strut and steering knuckle out as an assembly to make it easier to...
Forum: General E46 Forum 09-07-2010, 04:46 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,072
Posted By BYMech
Angry Recalcitrant 325xit front strut pinch bolt

Apparently, it is a rare thing on 3 series cars, but the lower spring perch on one of my front struts has rusted and failed. The spring is now riding on the sway bar link attach point on the strut....
Forum: General E46 Forum 09-07-2010, 04:15 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,702
Posted By BYMech
Hi All. I've owned my 2002 325xit since new. Love...

Hi All. I've owned my 2002 325xit since new. Love the car here in the New England area. Under warranty, a couple wood trim pieces, and some O2 sensors were replaced. So, for about 4 years, no costs...
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