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Old 09-03-2013, 09:10 AM   #22181
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ID a sensor for me?

Sons 01-02 330ci had bent trailing arms so we swapped them out Friday- PITa.

Noticed what appears to be a sensor attached to the right side rear drive shaft area about the size of a folded up pocket knife. Attaching point is fractured, sensor just dangles. Forgot to take pics- car is back to school and unavailable?

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Old 09-03-2013, 09:22 AM   #22182
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Might be a wheel speed sensor. It's needed for the DSC system and ABS. You can drive without it, but your ABS and DSC won't work properly (unsafe).

Is this what it looks like?

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Old 09-03-2013, 09:39 AM   #22183
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Don't think that is it-I am familiar with the speed sensors-Wish I had taken a dang'd picture....
If I recall it seems to be connected but the bracket that supports it and attaches to the the frame is separated. I doubt it has to be connected to ground to function as the bracket appears to be either hard plastic or pot metal.

I looked through REAL OEM but don't see anything.

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Old 09-03-2013, 10:13 AM   #22184
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Old 09-03-2013, 11:14 AM   #22185
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Old 09-03-2013, 11:18 AM   #22186
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Don't think that is it-I am familiar with the speed sensors-Wish I had taken a dang'd picture....
If I recall it seems to be connected but the bracket that supports it and attaches to the the frame is separated. I doubt it has to be connected to ground to function as the bracket appears to be either hard plastic or pot metal.

I looked through REAL OEM but don't see anything.

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what about this:

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Old 09-03-2013, 12:03 PM   #22187
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whats it in the shop for
One of my caliper bracket bolts is stripped to all getout from some serious seizing, so I can't do my front brakes. Even extractor sockets weren't working. I don't have the clearance of a lift or more powerful tools to get it out, so I asked a shop nearby if they would be able to extract it. They sounded unconcerned about the job.

Gave them two new bolts to put back in. Hoping it won't cost much.

Really PO'd about it because it's such a stupid issue.
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Old 09-03-2013, 07:37 PM   #22188
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Put me front and rear bumper trims back on today, waiting on clips to do the sides. Not entirely happy with them, so will get a proper paint and clear coat soon(ish) they look better than before at least.
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Old 09-03-2013, 08:11 PM   #22189
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Got a 20% tint all around and washed it!
Don't you just love those wheels? Takes me longer to clean the wheels than the rest of the car... What kind of "tool" do you use on them. I found a champagne flute brush at a local hardware store that works pretty well.
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Old 09-03-2013, 08:20 PM   #22190
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Old 09-03-2013, 08:21 PM   #22191
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Old 09-03-2013, 08:40 PM   #22192
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Old 09-03-2013, 09:54 PM   #22193
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Old 09-03-2013, 10:00 PM   #22194
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Old 09-03-2013, 10:10 PM   #22195
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Where did you order from?
I just threw them into the same box, but i bought from:
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Old 09-03-2013, 10:45 PM   #22196
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One of my caliper bracket bolts is stripped to all getout from some serious seizing, so I can't do my front brakes. Even extractor sockets weren't working. I don't have the clearance of a lift or more powerful tools to get it out, so I asked a shop nearby if they would be able to extract it. They sounded unconcerned about the job.

Gave them two new bolts to put back in. Hoping it won't cost much.

Really PO'd about it because it's such a stupid issue.
Happened to me with my lug bolt. Thank god for flatheads and Hammers. Always could be worse man!


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Old 09-03-2013, 10:58 PM   #22197
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Old 09-03-2013, 11:02 PM   #22198
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Shop was able to get them out just fine. They were able to get a lot more leverage than I could and smashed a smaller extractor socket onto it...which is what I was struggling to do given my clearance. Came right on out!

Those front caliper carrier bolts are very soft, and can really deform easily - plus they're torqued at almost the same spec as our wheel bolts. Now that I see how easily they can round, I only use a 6-point socket and a massive breaker bar to remove them
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Old 09-03-2013, 11:49 PM   #22199
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half the parts came in for maintenance which is gonna include replacing the oil separator valve and hoses, spark plugs, oil&fuel filters, throttle body gasket, and some other minor things.
Planning to bleed my brakes and install the stainless steel brake lines at the same time as well...or I might just wait until I get new calipers/rotors. We'll see. Gonna be a busy weekend!
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half the parts came in for maintenance which is gonna include replacing the oil separator valve and hoses, spark plugs, oil&fuel filters, throttle body gasket, and some other minor things.
Planning to bleed my brakes and install the stainless steel brake lines at the same time as well...or I might just wait until I get new calipers/rotors. We'll see. Gonna be a busy weekend!
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