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Old 12-06-2012, 08:52 PM   #14321
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Bought a pair of Meguire's Clay Bars and some Meguire's brand "armorall."

Hope to start tomorrow, its going to be quite a process...
I do it every 3 months or so. Love it
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Old 12-06-2012, 09:05 PM   #14322
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I want to buff my car out by a shop, is there anyone who opposes or can share some pros and cons about it
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Old 12-06-2012, 09:22 PM   #14323
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I want to buff my car out by a shop, is there anyone who opposes or can share some pros and cons about it
I know that a professional detail costs at least $300 with paint correction. I bought a full kit with a Porter Cable random orbital buffer for around $300. I got everything off detailedimage.com, but you can check out Autogeek.com too. There's lots of info on how to do a full detail on detailedimage.com though.
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Old 12-06-2012, 09:24 PM   #14324
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^ I will definitely look into it thnx
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Old 12-06-2012, 09:43 PM   #14325
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Bad alternator? Bad pulleys? Any ideas? This noise came out of nowhere earlier today..
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Old 12-07-2012, 04:06 AM   #14326
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First time...

I recently bought a decent tool kit with mostly everything...Never tore anything from my engine apart before, or followed a DIY for car maintenance.

2001 325i

I cleaned my Idle Control Valve after 190k miles, it took two bottles of throttle body cleaner (CRC) and then it eventually started making the knocking back and forth noise, essentially moving freely again. It was disgusting and so grimed up I thought I had to buy a new ICV.

I took a look at my DISA, and did tests to see if it's going bad and it's still good, everything was tight and firm...even after 190k miles. I didn't bother cleaning it, it wasn't that bad at all.

My air boots were recently replaced brand new by an independent shop so they're in perfect condition nearly.

I will be doing an all around brake job tomorrow (Rotor-works Slotted/Drilled Rotors, Centric Brake Pads, Wear Sensor, Flush), and an Oil Change.

In the last 5k miles I've payed the independent shop to do the following:
1. NGK Spark Plugs
2. Spark Plug Boots
3. Valve Cover Gasket
4. Oil Filter Housing Gasket
5. Front Control Arms/Bushings (Lemforder)
6. Air Filter (OEM)
7. Pre Cat o2 Sensors (Friend tock172 helped me out)
8. Fuel Filter/Fuel Pump
9. Cooling System Overhaul (Hoses, Water Pump, Thermostat, Coolant Expansion Tank, Bleeder Screw, my radiator is already months new)

I'm hoping to do my rear differential bushing, engine mount and tranny mount next week. I hope the car will run near new, and yes it's an automatic.

Any thoughts?!
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Old 12-07-2012, 05:22 AM   #14327
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Decided to change out my shift boot...had a beige one before, kinda liking the two-tone thing I have going on in the interior...also put some decals on the whip

Next up: changing out the rear drivers and front passenger's window regulators, then figure out what the heck is going on with my locking cylinder
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Old 12-07-2012, 12:42 PM   #14328
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New c-pillar came in. Old one was broken from when I painted my rear deck last week. Also, my rear speakers were rattling and it turns out it was from the foam piece between the speaker and the speaker cover. Took it out and all is well.
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Old 12-07-2012, 07:02 PM   #14329
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Completed the OFHG and associated stuff that I posted yesterday. Took the subframe reinforcement off and cleaned it along with wiping down everything I could that was covered in oil.
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Old 12-07-2012, 07:18 PM   #14330
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Got them in and new corners also. rotors and pads tomorrow!

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Old 12-07-2012, 07:30 PM   #14331
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Got a pretty good size order in today.

upper & lower intake hoses
new DISA
power steering reservoir
power steering hose
Osram CBI bulbs
ZKW-r projector lenses

and just put in a order for some V2 halo rings umitza


got a pretty decent "work on the car day" coming up it would seem.
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Old 12-07-2012, 09:01 PM   #14332
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Had a tire blow out this morning at 4 AM down the freeway, spent the day replacing the tire. Finally up and running again, but now a new problem emerged right after.. The lock in the door broke and now I can't get into my E-46 :-( just my luck! Life sometimes throws me some screwballs
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Old 12-07-2012, 10:18 PM   #14333
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What I should've done 2 years ago. MACHINED MY ROTORS! Also serviced my brakes.

Holy crap I'm ticked I didn't do this before.

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Old 12-07-2012, 10:27 PM   #14334
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Old 12-07-2012, 10:30 PM   #14335
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Put on full Yakima roof rack system on the Xi. Also bought a Thule snowboard rack to put on it. Ready for snowboarding season!
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Old 12-07-2012, 10:55 PM   #14336
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OOOO how i wish if mine was a manual
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Old 12-07-2012, 11:37 PM   #14337
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Umnitza. Well built also. I have no complaints

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Old 12-08-2012, 12:01 AM   #14338
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Found out why my car shakes at 80-85mph with my 16" spare.
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Old 12-08-2012, 12:48 AM   #14339
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Enabled shift lights (and sport mode memory, but you can't see that)

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Old 12-08-2012, 01:49 AM   #14340
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Decided to spend some money on her I've been on a handling spree, what do you guys think front camber plates and a Carbon fiber sunroof insert, or front and rear camber plates, or sunroof insert and gopro3?

Not so sure of the last one.
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