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Old 09-30-2012, 08:01 PM   #12561
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washed and waxed my 323 good for the week
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Old 09-30-2012, 09:12 PM   #12562
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Old 09-30-2012, 09:21 PM   #12563
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My valve cover gasket is leaking, I hear some rattle sound when I drive off... -______-

and... my coolant temps are still 98-102
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Old 09-30-2012, 09:21 PM   #12564
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That strut bar is the nicest ive seen yet. Fuel filters actually do there job better when they are slightly dirty. They are starting to make new filters now that mimic partially clogged by having smaller holes. If performance is good its prob ok but yep 1999 and 2000 prob means overdue. What kind of angel eyes are best? I want good adjustable support clips and black wires, also do they rattle around atall and look cheap?

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Old 09-30-2012, 09:30 PM   #12565
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New Meyle HD control arms are in! The steering is crisp!

My original ZHP control arms were shot after 103k miles. It's true, they do last longer than the regular E46 control arms, but not forever.

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Old 09-30-2012, 09:32 PM   #12566
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My valve cover gasket is leaking, I hear some rattle sound when I drive off... -______-

and... my coolant temps are still 98-102
video of rattle?
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Old 09-30-2012, 09:33 PM   #12567
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Wondering why u changed ca's? Is that the only way to change ball joint or ?
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Old 09-30-2012, 09:35 PM   #12568
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Wondering why u changed ca's? Is that the only way to change ball joint or ?
Yup, the outer ball joints were toast. The Meyles have replaceable ball joints so next time they go I don't have to get new arms.
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Old 09-30-2012, 09:40 PM   #12569
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Cool. I just wired in a rockford 800a2 and 12" boston g5 in truck of course. Had a bitch of time to find keyed power anywhere near truck. Had to tap into passenger vanity light circuit in back of fuse panel under dash. I did everything else so it was reversible back to stock but felt real bad about tapping in so found a circuit that didnt matter but i was wondering if anyone knows of better place to get from? I couldnt find in service manual
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Old 09-30-2012, 09:41 PM   #12570
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Just heard it today.
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Old 09-30-2012, 09:45 PM   #12571
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I own a tool called a chassis ear. You can clip to up to 6 different points with gator clips and put on ear muffs and flip through each channel until you narrow down where noise is coming from. Works good anywhere under car too. Just make sure wires are ziptied away from moving parts and arent rubbing on car paint
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Old 09-30-2012, 10:00 PM   #12572
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Old 09-30-2012, 11:00 PM   #12573
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Another busy weekend for me, tackled it nevertheless, a overhaul cooling system:

Replaced with new:
Radiator
Upper and lower hoses
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Mounting bracket
Expansion tank
Coolant sensor
Level sensor

Bled as stated in Bentley manual, test drove it and no issues. Gauge stayed at 12 o'clock position, Check fluid again, no air bubbles and running great. The only thing is the new Behr radiator had a different drain plug, compare to the oem radiator.
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Old 10-01-2012, 12:05 AM   #12574
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Replaced my passenger side HK speaker... Finally have normal sound again

Also fixed an issue with my headlights. The passenger side would always be a lot dimmer than the drive side... Apparently the D2S bulb fell out of the socket! The locking ring is worthless. It's only a matter of time until it pops out again
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Old 10-01-2012, 12:28 AM   #12575
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Old 10-01-2012, 06:51 AM   #12576
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So my steering is pretty tight, but I still tramline a little. I have replaced control arms and bushings (front and rear) and steering guibo. Could the remaining tramling problem be caused by bad ball joins on the steering rack tierods? Is it worth replacing those as well? The steering feels tight, but I still get yanked around on the highway a little.
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Old 10-01-2012, 06:54 AM   #12577
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Dont just replace incase. Lift car, look and feel inner and outer tierods. U prob have? Checked tire runout on balancer maybe?
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Old 10-01-2012, 06:59 AM   #12578
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I couldn't move anything yesterday when I was under the car doing the guibo, but I may check again today. Could it be a bad camber adjustment? My camber is a bit off I know, but not more than a degree. It is slightly negative now, but maybe a bit uneven.
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Old 10-01-2012, 07:03 AM   #12579
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I would think that should be constant. But alignment check is cheap enough
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Old 10-01-2012, 09:13 AM   #12580
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If camber is off even by .5 it can cause a pull. The car pulls to the side with the most amount of camber. Toe angles do not cause pull, just tire wear, and for caster the cars pulls to the side with the least amount of caster.


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