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Old 11-09-2009, 06:45 PM   #1
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E46 gauge cluster removal - sharpie mod - gauge face removal (portion). Should be similar in a way to other models



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E46 DISA removal. Should be the same for other I6 engine models



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Does that procedure work on all e46s?
It should. I read your thread about you having a problem, right? Give it another shot
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nice. props jake!
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What does the red sharpied cluster needles looks like at night? or looks like in general?
any pics or vids?
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Nice dude I will doing spark plugs soon so that will be a help
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What does the red sharpied cluster needles looks like at night? or looks like in general?
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Same thing as if the needles were white

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Right on brotha!
so it just looks red during the day?
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so it just looks red during the day?
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Awesome set of diys, but how did you clean the ICV? Just run it under the tap?
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Awesome set of diys, but how did you clean the ICV? Just run it under the tap?
Get brake parts cleaner and put the stick in there, spray it up a lot and slosh the fluid inside.
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No, it won't work on 99-00 models. Only 01 and up. The earlier ones have to have the pins on the gong connector (where you hook to tune the ECU) under the hood jumpered together.

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No, it won't work on 99-00 models. Only 01 and up. The earlier ones have to have the pins on the gong connector (where you hook to tune the ECU) under the hood jumpered together.

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for the idle control valve what are the symptoms of it being dirty? ruff idle? did you feel any difference by cleaning it?
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No, it won't work on 99-00 models. Only 01 and up. The earlier ones have to have the pins on the gong connector (where you hook to tune the ECU) under the hood jumpered together.

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wish i knew this before i started. i now have the idle control valve seperated from the engine, but cant remove it. i need to reattach it and would appreciate any advice on doing this with the throttle cable in the way, otherwise i'll need to tow it
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wish i knew this before i started. i now have the idle control valve seperated from the engine, but cant remove it. i need to reattach it and would appreciate any advice on doing this with the throttle cable in the way, otherwise i'll need to tow it
The ICV just gets pushed back in. Shouldn't be that difficult.
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