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Old 03-14-2010, 09:35 PM   #1
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Starting Project... What else?

OK - I have a stock 2001 330Ci, 5-Speed with 100K miles. I picked it up last April and it currently has no issues. Well, maybe one, but not a biggy - the oil light comes on for minute after starting. Anyway, here are the parts I've picked up, but was wondering what else you'd do at the same time. You know - while I'm under the hood, under the car.

Complete cooling system overhaul - radiator, expansion tank, thermostat, upper and lower radiator hoses, water pump, new belts, tensioner, idler pulley, tensioner dampner.

Valve cover gasket, valve cover seals, spark plugs (NGK BKR6EQUP), Vanos kit.

Things I'm picking up this week: Oil level sensor, synthetic oil, oil filter, LCA bushings, Vanos oil pipe, temp sensor for lower radiator hose, fuel filter.

What else should I be doing while I'm in there? Should I go ahead a change the transmission and differential oil? Thanks for any suggestions.
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Old 03-15-2010, 08:49 AM   #2
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A friend just mentioned engine and tranny mounts. I guess I'll do a search to see how hard it is to replace those.
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In all seriousness, sounds like you've got a good list
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the only other thing I would add to that list if you are going to dive deep into the engine, is a new CCV w/hoses. Looks like you're off to a great start!
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the only other thing I would add to that list if you are going to dive deep into the engine, is a new CCV w/hoses. Looks like you're off to a great start!
This might be good to do. I just checked some DIY threads and even though some say it's hard, most say it's doable. Thanks for the tip.
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Wow - Long weekend! This was my first maintenance on a car I bought last summer. Car has 100K miles. Let's see what I completed: Changed oil and filter (Pentosin 5W-30) and installed new oil level sensor. Refreshed entire cooling system - radiator, water pump, thermostat, upper and lower hoses and expansion tank. Replaced both belts, tensioners and pulleys. Installed new spark plugs (NGK) and valve cover gasket. Installed new fuel filter. Reset service indicator.

I learned a lot this weekend. Just wanted to give thanks to all that have posted DIY's - you are all life savers.

One thing - I thought I had a new lower radiator hose temp sensor, but couldn't find it in the garage. I ended up reusing my old one and yes, there is a very small leak now. I went to the hardware store and picked up a new O-ring and reinstalled. No leak. My question - does the temp sensor come with an O-ring made of special material or should I be OK?
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Old 04-21-2010, 01:11 PM   #8
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i think it should be ok, but when i did me coolant overhaul i thought i had ordered a new temp sensor loll but nope, so i just cleaned out the old one and reused it. no leaks at all and still going great
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