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Old 07-19-2009, 08:22 AM   #21
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Great vids. Is the DISA the thingy I hear creaking sometimes when I'm inside the car while it's idling?
When my radio is off I hear a creaking doing intermittenly.
Is there a way to service or clean the DISA?
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Old 07-19-2009, 11:44 AM   #22
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thanks for the vids solidjake!!!

i changed mine at 100k miles...
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Old 07-19-2009, 11:45 AM   #23
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oh btw, was ur DISA valve messed up? Did you replace it (didnt watch the vids) and did you have a CEL before?
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Old 07-19-2009, 11:50 AM   #24
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those spark plugs look like pieces of ****, literally.
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Old 07-19-2009, 12:40 PM   #25
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Great vids. Is the DISA the thingy I hear creaking sometimes when I'm inside the car while it's idling?
When my radio is off I hear a creaking doing intermittenly.
Is there a way to service or clean the DISA?
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oh btw, was ur DISA valve messed up? Did you replace it (didnt watch the vids) and did you have a CEL before?
I had the lean codes 071 and 074. I put in the fuel injector cleaner and it was gone for 2 weeks and then it came back. Here is a vid on how to check the DISA without taking it out.

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thanks for the vids solidjake!!!

i changed mine at 100k miles...
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those spark plugs look like pieces of ****, literally.
Yup. I changed them this morning to nice and shiny ones
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Old 07-20-2009, 09:50 AM   #26
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so what cleared up the 071-074 codes? I cant rally tell how you are checking the DISA.

When I shut the car off is it the sound I hear for a few seconds from behind the dash? It almost sounds like its coming from under the hood.

Im in LI but my Mom and Dad are in Glendale Queens. Maybge I could hook up with you and you could show me what to llok for or give me a call. PM me if thats cool.
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Old 07-20-2009, 11:25 AM   #27
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Thanks for the Vids Jake! We have the same ride. I will be doing my plugs soon. You should do a vid on VANOS seals. That may give me the courage to attempt doing mine!

Again, great Vids!!! Keep em coming!
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Old 08-09-2009, 04:40 PM   #29
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Thanks for the vids! I decided today that I should go ahead and change my plugs. This video helped tremendously. I'm okay with working on American muscle, but I've never had the opportunity to work on these marvels of German engineering. LOL

I'm not sure if the plugs needed changing, but the car had 41k miles when I bought it and now it has 97k. So, why not?

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Old 08-09-2009, 08:54 PM   #30
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I still get the occasional P0171 , P0174 codes, looks like no vacuum leak, so fuel filter is next. Still a little boggy on the low end from a stop or rolling. Been using premium and next is a MAF sensor cleaning and the fule filtyer changing party with Jake on the 23rd of Aug.

I ruled out the air oil seperator, no "honking" or oil loss.
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Old 08-11-2009, 08:02 AM   #31
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i watched this sparkplug video before doing mine last night and i gotta say it was excellent. made things really easy.

however, when using a torque wrench, having an extension on there will reduce the actual amount of torque due to the socket being further away from the point the torque is at. but, on something like this it really isnt a big deal. but it is something to keep in mind if doing headbolts or something.
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Old 08-11-2009, 08:16 PM   #33
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Next is fuel filter with jake. My house if anyone is interested in Wantagh on 8/23.

Just used Contact Cleaner on the MAF, seems that my 171 and 174 code may be either the MAF or poor fuel delivery. Anyone have a Peake reader I can borrow>>?
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Old 09-18-2009, 05:18 PM   #34
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This site is what it is due to unselfish people like the SOLIDJAKE who took the time and effort to setup a vid for this DIY; thanx, we really appreciate it.
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In your last video, your strut towers look like they are mushroomed.
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In your last video, your strut towers look like they are mushroomed.
At what part? I know I have like a 1/2 crack on the side of the towers by the frame. I need a strut bad desperately.
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Old 12-16-2009, 02:56 PM   #37
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Thanks Jack. I did spark plugs first. then my car was still idling really bad. i took out DISA and the middle flap was broken.. it had lot of black grease stuff on it. i just ordered a new one and hopefully it fixes the problem. your videos are really easy to follow and clear. thanks again.
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Thanks Jack. I did spark plugs first. then my car was still idling really bad. i took out DISA and the middle flap was broken.. it had lot of black grease stuff on it. i just ordered a new one and hopefully it fixes the problem. your videos are really easy to follow and clear. thanks again.
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Old 12-19-2009, 09:03 PM   #39
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Hey Jake, how ya been. My 330ci ZHP is smooth as silk now!
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Jake.. just wanted to thank you for the DIY video on the spark plugs. I watched this and followed the bentley manual and got it done in an hour. I was surprised how much torque 22ftlbs (no anti-seize) really is. I was gonna just do it without a torque wrench but after searching on here and watching your vid, i went out and picked one up. Glad i did! car runs much better and the car has better pickup. Car has 89kmi on it and the plugs were pretty dirty, no oil on them which i was glad to see.
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