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Old 07-29-2008, 07:36 PM   #101
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you shouldnt have that much gunk at 45k miles, just doing 6-7k oil changes from hear on out run good gas, and air filters, and you will be fine.
Sound advice, go with it.
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Old 07-29-2008, 07:40 PM   #102
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Old 07-29-2008, 07:48 PM   #103
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How bout you make a thread about "how to walk on water"!!!
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Old 07-29-2008, 08:46 PM   #104
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Old 07-29-2008, 10:16 PM   #105
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Awesome thread Ken .





I have 66,872 miles on my 02 step. I'd be "risking it" if I were to change out the tranny fluid huh?
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Old 07-29-2008, 10:58 PM   #106
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Great!!! Thanks a lot for this.
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Old 07-30-2008, 01:58 PM   #107
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Awesome thread Ken .





I have 66,872 miles on my 02 step. I'd be "risking it" if I were to change out the tranny fluid huh?
You should still be ok. Do it soon though!
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Old 07-30-2008, 02:17 PM   #108
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FANTASTIC thread!! Ken strikes gold again. Ken lad, you get my vote for "best E46Fanatic EVER"!

I'm still kicking myself for never touching my tranny fluid. 2002 320i sedan, 207,000KMs, no fluid changes, daily driven year round in Canadian winters from hell, and not one tranny issue......yet.

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Old 07-30-2008, 02:21 PM   #109
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awesome advice, thanks ken!
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Old 07-30-2008, 02:49 PM   #111
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AFAIK, you need 2 qt. for the diff when filling it up while the diff is still in the car due to the loss in the pipes, etc... If the diff is out you only need to pour down 1 qt.

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Not sure if this was mentioned already....

But where can I find a list of all the preventative maintenance I should do to my bushings and anything else around the 60,000 mile mark?

I have a copy of the Inspection II, but dont think it addresses what Im after.....any help would be greatly appreciated
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Old 07-30-2008, 08:39 PM   #114
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Great thread, Kpeng ....I can especially attest to the fuel filter maintenance - Cheap, EZ and effective.
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Not sure if this was mentioned already....

But where can I find a list of all the preventative maintenance I should do to my bushings and anything else around the 60,000 mile mark?

I have a copy of the Inspection II, but dont think it addresses what Im after.....any help would be greatly appreciated
Bushings don't really have a set interval. You can just check on them and replace as needed. Obviously, if you're lowered, they will wear a lot faster.

To check your front control arm bushings:
Have a friend stand outside your car and watch the front wheels, get in the car, put it into gear and let it coast forward. Hit the brakes for a second and have your friend tell you if he/she sees the front wheels stutter and jiggle around each time you hit the brakes. If it does, you need FCABs. You can switch places if you don't trust your friend.

To check your rear trailing arm bushings:
You can just look at them and see if there is any separation. Or if you're noticing that the rear is kicking out a bit more and being unstable around corners. Chances are, you'll need RTABs. Not sure how long they last when you lower a car, but about 25,000 miles after I lowered my car, they gave out. I replaced them with Meyle HDs with the Turner Motorsport Limiter Kit.

As far as the diff bushings, tranny bushings, I would replace them if you feel any problems. There really is no set time for these either. It depends on how you drive.
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Old 07-31-2008, 11:24 AM   #116
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the way most shops check the FCAB, raise the front wheels and rock the wheel, if you have play in the wheel check tie-rods 1st, if tie-rods have no play left to right, go under the car and grab the CA and rock them, watch the CAB and look for play in the bushing. if none, then you need ball joints. if you have a shot CAB, its safe to assume you need CAB and ball joints.
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Bushings don't really have a set interval. You can just check on them and replace as needed. Obviously, if you're lowered, they will wear a lot faster.

To check your front control arm bushings:
Have a friend stand outside your car and watch the front wheels, get in the car, put it into gear and let it coast forward. Hit the brakes for a second and have your friend tell you if he/she sees the front wheels stutter and jiggle around each time you hit the brakes. If it does, you need FCABs. You can switch places if you don't trust your friend.

To check your rear trailing arm bushings:
You can just look at them and see if there is any separation. Or if you're noticing that the rear is kicking out a bit more and being unstable around corners. Chances are, you'll need RTABs. Not sure how long they last when you lower a car, but about 25,000 miles after I lowered my car, they gave out. I replaced them with Meyle HDs with the Turner Motorsport Limiter Kit.

As far as the diff bushings, tranny bushings, I would replace them if you feel any problems. There really is no set time for these either. It depends on how you drive.
Im not lowered, and dont plan on ever lowering my car, any ideas when I may need to change these items? Should I stick with OEM or go aftermarket? Any suggestions?

What about shock mounts, any other bushings?



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the way most shops check the FCAB, raise the front wheels and rock the wheel, if you have play in the wheel check tie-rods 1st, if tie-rods have no play left to right, go under the car and grab the CA and rock them, watch the CAB and look for play in the bushing. if none, then you need ball joints. if you have a shot CAB, its safe to assume you need CAB and ball joints.


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Hey Ken, I always thought that you were a jerk from reading all your flamming posts towards ppl on here. At one point, I even wanted to respond and bash you back to defend and avenge your victims, lol. But I'm glad that I didn't. I came to realized that you are a very smart and informative person with great knowledge, from all your helpful posts. A lot of folks on here respect and appreciate your efforts, and so do I now. Would you mind if I PM you in the future for help and advices? I know, I know, I'll make sure to do a Very Thorough Search on my car problems BEFORE I contact you for pointers, haha. Cuz we all know Kpeng hate nooblets with a passion! =)
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Old 07-31-2008, 12:28 PM   #119
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exactly what i've been looking for, thanks ken
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Hey Ken, I always thought that you were a jerk from reading all your flamming posts towards ppl on here. At one point, I even wanted to respond and bash you back to defend and avenge your victims, lol. But I'm glad that I didn't. I came to realized that you are a very smart and informative person with great knowledge, from all your helpful posts. A lot of folks on here respect and appreciate your efforts, and so do I now. Would you mind if I PM you in the future for help and advices? I know, I know, I'll make sure to do a Very Thorough Search on my car problems BEFORE I contact you for pointers, haha. Cuz we all know Kpeng hate nooblets with a passion! =)
Thanks Simon. Sure, you can PM me whenever you like. I get a few every day, lol. I never flame anyone who doesn't deserve it.
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