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Old 10-18-2013, 05:42 PM   #23041
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bought a motorad t-stat,
don't know if I should put it in or return it and get a behr.



Let me know how you go with installation.
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Old 10-18-2013, 08:57 PM   #23042
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Ordered an oil filter housing gasket, picking it up tomorrow from BMA.
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Old 10-18-2013, 09:07 PM   #23043
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Old 10-19-2013, 06:18 AM   #23044
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Drove her to work and as I turned into the parking lot...

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Old 10-19-2013, 08:03 AM   #23045
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Let me know how you go with installation.
I just installed one last night, it was tricky to get on the lower hose, but overall it wasn't bad. I spent most of the time bleeding the system and driving a little bit.

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Old 10-19-2013, 08:09 AM   #23046
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Let me know how you go with installation.
I just installed one last night, it was tricky to get on the lower hose, but overall it wasn't bad. Fitment seemed to be oem. I spent most of the time bleeding the system and driving a little bit.

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Old 10-19-2013, 08:36 AM   #23047
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Degreased engine. I believe I may have an oil filter housing gasket leak.Sprayed the MAF sensor while I had a few things apart.
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Old 10-19-2013, 02:06 PM   #23048
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Old 10-19-2013, 02:15 PM   #23049
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Old 10-19-2013, 03:08 PM   #23050
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Took a peek under the engine bay. Not a single hint of oil and any other fluids. No leaks
So, I order some hoses, pulleys, tensioners, water pump, coolant, power steering bottle etc....and proceed to upgrade the cooling system per Mango and others. I found the hose that had split with age and replaced it fairly easily. The others, well, read on. While I was under the car wiping up the previous coolant spray, I noticed what appeared to be an oil leak. Oily all underneath back to the tranny pan. This was very frustrating as I had recently done all the gaskets and thought it was tight and complete. What it turns out to be was the power steering hoses. Hold that thought.

Taking off the coolant hoses are, for the most part, very simple. But trying to put back on can be awfully time consuming. Glad my big brother was here to help. You may want to "grease" the fitting before the attempt is made to slide the hose on. The other issue, which I haven't seen anyone comment on, was taking the ET off. What a pain in the patoot THAT was! With all hoses removed it just sits in a fitting with no clamps holding it in. It's set in place with o-rings and suction. You must wrestle with this tank to get it out and my bro and I tag-teamed this sucker and won as it finally succumbed to our grunts and yelling at it...no police were called by the neighbors. Also, putting that top hose from the thermostat to the ET was a royal pain to put on...sprayed some silicone on the edges and as I pushed the radiator he pulled the hose on...PITA!
Flushed the system with distilled water then filled with the "cool blue" beverage, bleed and watch for a few days and all is normal again..."for another 100,000 miles"!

So, I have to go to the dealer for PS hoses and I replaced the ET also as there was an ever so small chip out of the small orifice that the thermostat hose fits over...better safe than sorry someone keeps saying around here.
The top PS hose that fits in the top of the radiator has a "push/pull" type metal fitting that was a bit of a skank to remove but we prevailed. There is a bottom hose that is kept in place with clamps, top and bottom that had to be razor cut to remove. The PS bottle was replaced and the fluid looked like brown, burnt oil that when leaked and slung over the bottom of the car appeared to look like oil. It is red once again.
After wiping off the bottom of the car AGAIN, all looks as clean as Jakes. And staying that way I might add.
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Old 10-19-2013, 05:28 PM   #23051
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oil pan gasket and oil level sensor

pretty sure i just automatically rejuvinated 10 horsepower back into my car!

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Old 10-19-2013, 06:08 PM   #23052
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Old 10-19-2013, 11:26 PM   #23053
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Front wheel bearings done.
Most difficult part was to get the dust boot behind the bearing. Was frozen with rust, had to sacrifice a screw driver on it.




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Old 10-20-2013, 01:00 AM   #23054
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Front wheel bearings done.
Most difficult part was to get the dust boot behind the bearing. Was frozen with rust, had to sacrifice a screw driver on it.




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Curious, what warranted your front wheel bearings to be changed?

I have a front end squeal and vibration, but I'm not sure its the rotors (OE, all factory original)

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Old 10-20-2013, 02:40 AM   #23055
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Changed the thermostat on my 05 325ci. Been stuck open and now with the cooler weather car wasn't warming up. Much easier than I anticipated took 30 minutes start to finish. Happy car. Bring it old man winter. Also gave him a good wash. Over the next week I will be changing the air filter& cabin air filter, oil, airbag light reset, lcm swap, passenger headlight leak, replacing control arm bushings. Click image for larger version

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Old 10-20-2013, 07:58 AM   #23056
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I replaced my Camshaft Positioning Sensor (intake near oil filter housing) and it made a WORLD of a difference. I didn't really notice it being laggy or not-so-peppy, but once I replaced it I feel like I'm in a new car. Accelerates much quicker with a lot more throttle responsiveness.

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Old 10-20-2013, 08:27 AM   #23057
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Those aren't VMR's?
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Old 10-20-2013, 10:32 AM   #23058
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Curious, what warranted your front wheel bearings to be changed?

I have a front end squeal and vibration, but I'm not sure its the rotors (OE, all factory original)
I had a little play on the wheel and also some grinding noise at slow speeds.
Changing the bearings reduced the noise greatly but still have some rotational noise. May be my rotors are warped. Have to replace the brakes soon, I will change the rotors once the pads get too low.


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Old 10-20-2013, 12:01 PM   #23059
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Those aren't VMR's?
I bought them new locally, he said VMR, I asked again and they are XXR. My fault for not doing the proper research before posting!
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Old 10-20-2013, 12:11 PM   #23060
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Oil change, fuel system cleaner and washed my wheels.
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