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Old 07-28-2008, 05:40 PM   #41
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Hey Kpeng....first off...Great job on the write up..helps alot with what I will be planning to do...

2. bout the Belts/Pulleys @ every 50,000 miles...mine started to whistle pretty loud and I was wondering should I change all the belts/pulleys since I am at it..(mind giving me a list of what needs to be changed with belts /pulleys?)

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Old 07-28-2008, 06:25 PM   #43
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This is great information. Thanks for posting it. The only things I'd like to add is some more info regarding our cooling systems. It unfortunately is a known weak point of our cars. Waiting 100K for a waterpump may be a little long. I got my car with 116K and replaced the waterpump promptly. I'm glad that I did. The weep hole was crusted over and it didn't spin that freely (it could have given up on me at any minute.) Folks on this site have mentioned changing it out as preventative maintenance between 50K - 60K miles. As preventative maintenance it may be a good idea to replace upper and lower radiator hoses every 6 or 7 years (folks have had them fail around that time frame.) The expansion tank has also been a problem point and folks have replaced that in the same time frame as the hoses. The above is simply called doing a cooling system overhaul.

Again, great post. Thanks.
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Old 07-28-2008, 06:37 PM   #45
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WOW, incredible write up! Thanks a million Ken!!!


You forgot to add links to the individual DIY's though
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Thanks for taking the time to do this write-up Ken . I've saved this thread for reference!
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Hey Kpeng....first off...Great job on the write up..helps alot with what I will be planning to do...

2. bout the Belts/Pulleys @ every 50,000 miles...mine started to whistle pretty loud and I was wondering should I change all the belts/pulleys since I am at it..(mind giving me a list of what needs to be changed with belts /pulleys?)

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This is great information. Thanks for posting it. The only things I'd like to add is some more info regarding our cooling systems. It unfortunately is a known weak point of our cars. Waiting 100K for a waterpump may be a little long. I got my car with 116K and replaced the waterpump promptly. I'm glad that I did. The weep hole was crusted over and it didn't spin that freely (it could have given up on me at any minute.) Folks on this site have mentioned changing it out as preventative maintenance between 50K - 60K miles. As preventative maintenance it may be a good idea to replace upper and lower radiator hoses every 6 or 7 years (folks have had them fail around that time frame.) The expansion tank has also been a problem point and folks have replaced that in the same time frame as the hoses. The above is simply called doing a cooling system overhaul.

Again, great post. Thanks.
I wasn't saying to do it at 100K. I was saying that the pump should probably be replaced before that.
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Would you recommend changing oil twice a year if one drives only 5,000-6,000/year?
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how true is the thing about people changing the transmission oil after 60k miles and the transmission failing on them? Im almost 100% positive my sister never changed the transmission fluid but I want to change it since the car has 130k miles on it.

Also are there any good products to remove sludge from the engine, Im sure my sister followed the 15k mile change, but when I changed the oil myself it didn't look catastrophically bad. Im assuming most people who bought a used bmw or car for that matter from a "normal" person, would have bought from a person who follows the manus recommend intervals for service, just hard to imagine serious damage being done.
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This is great information. Thanks for posting it. The only things I'd like to add is some more info regarding our cooling systems. It unfortunately is a known weak point of our cars. Waiting 100K for a waterpump may be a little long. I got my car with 116K and replaced the waterpump promptly. I'm glad that I did. The weep hole was crusted over and it didn't spin that freely (it could have given up on me at any minute.) Folks on this site have mentioned changing it out as preventative maintenance between 50K - 60K miles. As preventative maintenance it may be a good idea to replace upper and lower radiator hoses every 6 or 7 years (folks have had them fail around that time frame.) The expansion tank has also been a problem point and folks have replaced that in the same time frame as the hoses. The above is simply called doing a cooling system overhaul.

Again, great post. Thanks.

I wasn't saying to do it at 100K. I was saying that the pump should probably be replaced before that.

I understood what you wrote. It's just that from what I've read I'll be swapping mine out every a bit sooner at 60K if I use another BMW waterpump. As you know you don't want a waterpump failing at highway speeds in our cars. If you drive in the red zone too long at highway speeds you're looking at a blown head gasket or worse. It's about peace of mind for me. Of course that Stewart waterpump seems real nice and has a limited lifetime warranty. You ought to be able to leave that one in place at long as you follow the proper coolant change intervals.
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