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Forum: DIY: Do It Yourself 12-23-2008, 07:59 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 992
Posted By Tom Busby
I haven't taken the cover off for several years,...

I haven't taken the cover off for several years, so please understand this as general advice.
1. Remove the visible screws on the inner door panel. There are 5 or 6. Remove the lock button - it...
Forum: DIY: Do It Yourself 11-11-2008, 07:49 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 18,334
Posted By Tom Busby
The guys above have hit everything you need, but...

The guys above have hit everything you need, but I found that I needed some higher end "Gear Tech" rachet-wrenches. They click and set at about 1/2 degree of movement and really helped with the...
Forum: DIY: Do It Yourself 10-21-2008, 12:56 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,770
Posted By Tom Busby
I think that the TIS says "no grease" but that...

I think that the TIS says "no grease" but that never made sense to me. Anyone else know?
Forum: DIY: Do It Yourself 10-16-2008, 06:57 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,416
Posted By Tom Busby
I had a similar issue on my 325i at 100,000...

I had a similar issue on my 325i at 100,000 miles. I decided that the rear end was steering the car intermittently. It turned out I was correct. Basically, the condition felt like this: If I went...
Forum: DIY: Do It Yourself 10-10-2008, 11:28 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 685
Posted By Tom Busby
22 mm comes off with a 13/16" spark plug socket,...

22 mm comes off with a 13/16" spark plug socket, which has wrench fllats on the side and a hole in the middle for a torx head bit. I'm not sure if this will work for 21 mm but it might. This spark...
Forum: Suspension & Braking 10-08-2008, 09:09 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 624
Posted By Tom Busby
You can try a 13/16" spark plug socket from any...

You can try a 13/16" spark plug socket from any auto store, so you can wench on the flats of the tool and fit a torx wrench down the middle of the tool. Or buy the correct mm tool.
Forum: General E46 Forum 10-03-2008, 06:56 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 565
Posted By Tom Busby
If you switched rear wheel/tire combo's with the...

If you switched rear wheel/tire combo's with the front, what happens?
Forum: DIY: Do It Yourself 09-16-2008, 09:00 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 625
Posted By Tom Busby
About 2-3 weeks ago this was written up in this...

About 2-3 weeks ago this was written up in this forum, for the valve by the oil filter.
Forum: DIY: Do It Yourself 09-16-2008, 08:59 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,155
Posted By Tom Busby
The rectangular foglights are pressed in and...

The rectangular foglights are pressed in and simply pop out. No screws, nothing from behind. Take a popsicle stick or something soft, or wrap the pick in cloth and pry the light out from one side...
Forum: DIY: Do It Yourself 09-16-2008, 08:49 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 570
Posted By Tom Busby
I bought a spark plug wrench, which has hex-flats...

I bought a spark plug wrench, which has hex-flats on the outside for a wrench, and then you can put the allen key through the square hole in the top where the rachet would normally fit.

13/16"...
Forum: DIY: Do It Yourself 09-08-2008, 06:29 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 12,970
Posted By Tom Busby
Do you mean you are replacing the lower control...

Do you mean you are replacing the lower control arms? The really thin OEM arm, parallel to the axle?

These are not hard to take off but you need to be able to hold the diff' up with a floor...
Forum: DIY: Do It Yourself 08-26-2008, 07:01 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 766
Posted By Tom Busby
Sometimes you can push in the clip and pull out...

Sometimes you can push in the clip and pull out the line but rarely. The whole system is contrary to logic until you get it apart and look at it.

So, buy a fuel line disconnector kit for about...
Forum: DIY: Do It Yourself 08-26-2008, 06:58 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 53,765
Posted By Tom Busby
Yes you have a different CES than I described. ...

Yes you have a different CES than I described.

So, look for a black plasic (charcoal filled) canister about the size of a 1 lb. coffee can. Or look for the vent line off of the throttle. The...
Forum: DIY: Do It Yourself 08-26-2008, 01:42 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 53,765
Posted By Tom Busby
Slide under the car, and look up, at the rear of...

Slide under the car, and look up, at the rear of the passenger side below the trunk and right below the fuel tank filler-neck where you add gasoline. There is a black plastic box, a little smaller...
Forum: DIY: Do It Yourself 08-14-2008, 03:02 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,272
Posted By Tom Busby
Any new info here? ...

Any new info here?
http://www.allpartsautomotive.co.uk/allparts/documents/Installation_&_Adjustment_of_the_Self-Adjusting_Clutch(SAC)(2).pdf
Forum: DIY: Do It Yourself 07-15-2008, 08:51 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 864
Posted By Tom Busby
You can break off the head by hammering the rotor...

You can break off the head by hammering the rotor from the back. It doesn't take much force so you don't need to hit it all that hard. Then you can unscrew the remaining post with a vise grip. ...
Forum: DIY: Do It Yourself 07-13-2008, 09:30 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,335
Posted By Tom Busby
The "car memory" and "key memory" functions are...

The "car memory" and "key memory" functions are programable by an indie shop with the right software or by the dealer. Search for these terms so you can pick out what you want or don't want. For...
Forum: General E46 Forum 07-11-2008, 06:49 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 695
Posted By Tom Busby
I didn't undertsand your description, exactly,...

I didn't undertsand your description, exactly, but it sounds like the latch pins need to be adjusted. The latch pins are about 12 inches apart, and have a lock nut near the base. Loosen the lock...
Forum: DIY: Do It Yourself 07-02-2008, 07:13 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,593
Posted By Tom Busby
At about 100,000 miles, 1 and 1/2 years ago, on...

At about 100,000 miles, 1 and 1/2 years ago, on my 2001 325i, I replaced my stock suspension with Koni FSD (frequency specific damping) struts/shocks and OEM "sport" springs at all four corners. It...
Forum: DIY: Do It Yourself 07-02-2008, 06:40 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 630
Posted By Tom Busby
Are you taking the "post" on the tank-bracket...

Are you taking the "post" on the tank-bracket into account? The "post" points toward the front of the car. The post snaps into the radiator mount, and I'm guessing it is hanging you up if you are...
Forum: DIY: Do It Yourself 07-02-2008, 06:38 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 11,820
Posted By Tom Busby
Since you repaired rather than than replaced, you...

Since you repaired rather than than replaced, you may not need to "initalize" the sunroof, but I suggest you do a search on this term, as it might be nessary. I think to "intialize" is nothing more...
Forum: General E46 Forum 06-23-2008, 09:45 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,636
Posted By Tom Busby
Surprisingly enough, the alarm is always a dealer...

Surprisingly enough, the alarm is always a dealer installed option until 2003 or something later. Your car is merely "pre-wired" for an alarm. So if the clown nose isn't blinking, you don't have...
Forum: DIY: Do It Yourself 05-22-2008, 05:54 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 144,085
Posted By Tom Busby
Nice post about a cheap fix!

Nice post about a cheap fix!
Forum: DIY: Do It Yourself 05-16-2008, 06:39 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,412
Posted By Tom Busby
The car will definitely be in limp home mode...

The car will definitely be in limp home mode without the cat.

Troubleshooting usually goes in this order: mechanical (stuff you can see and touch including the mechanical conncetion of wires and...
Forum: DIY: Do It Yourself 05-16-2008, 06:32 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,905
Posted By Tom Busby
I had a couple broken clips and I re-epoxied them...

I had a couple broken clips and I re-epoxied them to the trim piece about a year ago. Two-part 6 hour expoxy I think. It seems to be holding just fine.
I have seen cars where the trim strip was...
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