E46 BMW Social Directory E46 FAQ 3-Series Discussion Forums BMW Photo Gallery BMW 3-Series Technical Information E46 Fanatics - The Ultimate BMW Resource BMW Vendors General E46 Forum The Tire Rack's Tire Wheel Forum Forced Induction Forum The Off-Topic The E46 BMW Showroom For Sale, For Trade or Wanting to Buy

Welcome to the E46Fanatics forums. E46Fanatics is the premiere website for BMW 3 series owners around the world with interactive forums, a geographical enthusiast directory, photo galleries, and technical information for BMW enthusiasts.

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our free community you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please, join our community today!

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact contact us.

Go Back   E46Fanatics > Tuning & Tech > DIY: Do It Yourself

DIY: Do It Yourself
Post here to share or improve your wrench turning skills! All BMW E46 DIY tips, tales, and projects discussed inside. Learn to work on your car and know the right BMW parts you will need!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 12-13-2009, 12:00 PM   #101
Glenn 328is
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Edmonton
Posts: 67
My Ride: 98 328is, 04 320i
12-81-0-304-879

I don't mind helping you out, but please don't be so lazy. Read the thread. All the info is there.


Quote:
Originally Posted by phelix View Post
anybody have a BMW part number?
Glenn 328is is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-13-2009, 01:45 PM   #102
phelix
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: UK
Posts: 130
My Ride: 328i
Quote:
Originally Posted by Glenn 328is View Post
12-81-0-304-879

I don't mind helping you out, but please don't be so lazy. Read the thread. All the info is there.
You have my thanks and my apologies - believe it or not I did scan all 5 pages but ignored the pics and looked for a sequence of numbers that resembled a BMW part number. Forest and trees?!
phelix is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-22-2011, 03:22 PM   #103
rollin in beaumont
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Beaumont
Posts: 1
My Ride: 2005 325xi
Red face hey dreamliner, still got any of that paste left?

??//
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dreamliner330 View Post
Anybody know where to get THERMAL HEAT PASTE???????
rollin in beaumont is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-28-2011, 09:45 AM   #104
MrGone
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Issaquah, WA
Posts: 15
My Ride: 2003 325xi
I ordered one through a dealer in Canada, they recommended using DOW Corning 340 compound, I ordered a tube off eBay for $26.
__________________
MrGone is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-18-2012, 04:56 PM   #105
FoxholeAtheist
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Calgary, AB
Posts: 6
My Ride: 1999 328i
I just got the block heater, plan on installing it tomorrow evening. (Got mine at Calgary BMW: $93.50 and they had 12 in stock)

The guys back in the shop where I work had some Dow Corning 340 Heat Sink Compound, so I didn't have to source that. If you DO have to source it, Acklands Granger sells it for ~$70 for a 142g tube.

Block heater kit: P/N 12-81-0-304-879

Kit includes the following:
Block heater itself: 88-41-0-000-009
Cordset with integrated fuse: 88-41-0-000-010
2 M8 x 25 bolts with washers
5 tie wraps
Instruction sheet (which is not nearly as good as the DIY guide here)

They specify that you can use the BMW silicone heat paste, p/n "99 00 9 100 340 142", which is apparently enough to do 14 cars. (10g/car, according to instructions) It strikes me that the "340" in that number is the same as the Dow Corning heat paste number. Considering that 142g is the same size tube that Acklands sells the 340 in, I suspect that it's the exact same stuff.

Hope this helps someone.

Edited to add: I called the dealer up asking about the part number the instruction sheet lists for the BMW heat paste, and he says it's not something they stock on the parts counter. (Most people get the heaters installed instead of DIY.) FYI

Last edited by FoxholeAtheist; 01-18-2012 at 05:05 PM.
FoxholeAtheist is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-18-2012, 05:02 PM   #106
jabela
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Toronto, ON, Canada
Posts: 109
My Ride: 2002 325ci
Here's another alternative.
Proheat Heavy Duty Fluid Reservoir Heater Model 512csa (250 Watts, 2.1 Amp, 120 Volts)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...00_i00_details
I bought one, but I haven't installed it yet. I'm waiting for a warmer day to do it and my FCABs.
__________________

2002 BMW 325ci /// Sport Pkg /// 5 spd
Modern Apothecary
jabela is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-20-2012, 09:09 AM   #107
MacSTi
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Maryland
Posts: 64
My Ride: 2005 STi
Anyone willing to get one for me? Sorry for bringing this back from the dead.

Last edited by MacSTi; 11-20-2012 at 09:10 AM.
MacSTi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-20-2012, 10:33 AM   #108
jabela
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Toronto, ON, Canada
Posts: 109
My Ride: 2002 325ci
Quote:
Originally Posted by MacSTi View Post
Anyone willing to get one for me? Sorry for bringing this back from the dead.
What do you mean get one for you? Just buy this off amazon. I used it last winter and it worked great. Should be even better than the BMW heater as it heats your oil pan as well, not just the coolant.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...00_i00_details
__________________

2002 BMW 325ci /// Sport Pkg /// 5 spd
Modern Apothecary

Last edited by jabela; 11-20-2012 at 10:35 AM.
jabela is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-03-2013, 10:41 PM   #109
MacSTi
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Maryland
Posts: 64
My Ride: 2005 STi
Quote:
Originally Posted by jabela View Post
What do you mean get one for you? Just buy this off amazon. I used it last winter and it worked great. Should be even better than the BMW heater as it heats your oil pan as well, not just the coolant.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...00_i00_details
It's not available but I'd rather an OEM part.
MacSTi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-04-2013, 09:23 AM   #110
jabela
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Toronto, ON, Canada
Posts: 109
My Ride: 2002 325ci
Here's one in stock.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B000M4...sr=8-1&pi=SL75
__________________

2002 BMW 325ci /// Sport Pkg /// 5 spd
Modern Apothecary
jabela is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-21-2013, 09:56 AM   #111
MT325xi
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Montreal
Posts: 4
My Ride: 2006 325xi W, 84 633
block heater

Hi Bruce,

Are you happy with your block heater - thinking of ordering one for my 2006 325 xi wagon. Any issues I should be aware of. Thx
MT325xi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-21-2013, 10:36 AM   #112
jabela
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Toronto, ON, Canada
Posts: 109
My Ride: 2002 325ci
Still love my oil pan heater... -10'C the other day, but I get into car with oil/coolant at +11'C. Here's a Canadian source and more info
http://www.padheaters.com/in_pan_oil_heater.htm
__________________

2002 BMW 325ci /// Sport Pkg /// 5 spd
Modern Apothecary

Last edited by jabela; 01-21-2013 at 10:38 AM.
jabela is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-21-2013, 12:13 PM   #113
MT325xi
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Montreal
Posts: 4
My Ride: 2006 325xi W, 84 633
thx Jabela... just ordered one... any issues putting it in or operating it?
MT325xi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-21-2013, 12:18 PM   #114
jabela
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Toronto, ON, Canada
Posts: 109
My Ride: 2002 325ci
No issues after over a year of usage. Just follow the instructions. I think there was only one way to fit it on our oil pan.
__________________

2002 BMW 325ci /// Sport Pkg /// 5 spd
Modern Apothecary
jabela is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-21-2013, 12:22 PM   #115
MT325xi
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Montreal
Posts: 4
My Ride: 2006 325xi W, 84 633
Thx again for the quick fix...
MT325xi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-21-2013, 12:57 PM   #116
jabela
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Toronto, ON, Canada
Posts: 109
My Ride: 2002 325ci
Just remembered a few things. I use an outdoor timer so I can plug it in when I get home and it only comes on before I leave. I also got a thermostatically controlled plug that only comes on under 2'C, but I haven't bothered using it http://www.amazon.com/Farm-Innovator...=pd_sim_auto_2. If it's warm I just don't plug in my car.
Also, to install the pad, it's easiest to remove the front aluminum brace, so you may want to do some other maintenance while you're under there (FCABs mostly).
__________________

2002 BMW 325ci /// Sport Pkg /// 5 spd
Modern Apothecary
jabela is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-2013, 10:17 AM   #117
MT325xi
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Montreal
Posts: 4
My Ride: 2006 325xi W, 84 633
Thx for taking the time to help me out Jabela - great tips and really appreciated. Will let you know how my install goes.
MT325xi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-2013, 05:35 PM   #118
taibinhvuong
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: San Francisco
Posts: 713
My Ride: E46 99' 328i
Quote:
Originally Posted by exeye325 View Post
Put one in last night. The instructions say to use some kind of silicone paste to aid in the heat transfer which I didn't have so I used some high heat silicone sealant instead....should help.
My dealer charged me $88 for the part so I did a little better than you.
The two are completely different products. Silicone paste is white stuff common used in between electronic parts and heatsink to aid heat dissipation while high heat silicone sealant is type of sealant similar to gasket sealant uses to seal or prevent oil leakage for auto industry, the use of high heat silicone sealant on the block heater actually isolated heat transferring to the engine, how much heat isolation depends on the thickness of the sealant applied.

You should unbolt the block heater and thoroughly cleanup this high heat silicon sealant, go to Radio Shack or electronics store and buy a tube of white silicone paste for few bucks and applies it evenly on the contact surface of the block heater and bolt it on to the engine, cleanup excessive white paste afterward.

Edit: didn't realize this was old post.

Last edited by taibinhvuong; 01-22-2013 at 05:51 PM.
taibinhvuong is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-11-2013, 12:00 AM   #119
guyzer
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: canada
Posts: 4
My Ride: 325xi 323ic
hello

thanks

Last edited by guyzer; 12-11-2013 at 12:06 AM.
guyzer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-11-2013, 12:05 AM   #120
STORMER
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Canada
Posts: 1,050
My Ride: AA SC 98 M3
E46 Block Heater Install

Quote:
Originally Posted by guyzer View Post
Did you guys get the heater from a BMW dealership ?
thanks
It has been discontinued and no longer available.


Sent from BimmerApp mobile app
__________________


360+rwhp

AA Stage 2, Arp2000, Underdrive Pulley, M50 Manifold, Cat Delete, Supersprint Exhaust, M5 Clutch w/ Lightweight Flywheel, Euro Fan, FK Coilovers, AEM Boost Gauge, Zhp Knob, Stoptech Brakes, R1 Rotors

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sweetness View Post
You sir, just thread jacked the sh!t out of OP.
STORMER is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
diy, heater

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Censor is ON





All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:14 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
(c) 1999 - 2011 performanceIX Inc - privacy policy - terms of use