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Old 10-18-2012, 05:19 PM   #13081
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I don't necessarily agree with replacing everything either, but it doesn't hurt. It's worth it for some people. At 180K your brother should probably just go ahead and replace the ET haha.
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Definitely food for thought, understand if you're doing it yourself and can save on the labor charge then it definitely doesn't hurt to do it and change the components that can fail. For example I just spent 140$ on the overhaul that I mentioned above with oem/oem supplied parts...I understand what you're saying about paying double and triple for example at a reputable shop i was being charged 445$ to do just water pump. how much more do you think they wanted to replace everything else I did myself? I didn't even bother asking I just got my buddy who is a mechanic for some years now(25+) and we did it together of course carefully following the DIY so we don't do more harm than good...again it's just preventative maintainance I purchased my car with 110,xxx miles and I don't know how well the previous owner took care of it
Atleast you guys have different opinions other then listening to one guy. Realistically how much many people other then in these forums even do the cooling system overhaul. lol
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Old 10-18-2012, 05:20 PM   #13082
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Old 10-18-2012, 05:24 PM   #13083
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Atleast you guys have different opinions other then listening to one guy. Realistically how much many people other then in these forums even do the cooling system overhaul. lol
None. That's the problem. I should show you pictures of E46s with blown/overheated motors sitting in front of a buddy's shop. Want to see some blown M54s sitting on a garage floor due to overheat?
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Old 10-18-2012, 05:32 PM   #13084
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None. That's the problem. I should show you pictures of E46s with blown/overheated motors sitting in front of a buddy's shop. Want to see some blown M54s sitting on a garage floor due to overheat?
I understand what you're saying mango and do agree with what your saying. Many other things can cause engine failure as well. Theres so many e46's and no one treats theirs like people on forums do and their surviving.
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Old 10-18-2012, 05:46 PM   #13085
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Atleast you guys have different opinions other then listening to one guy. Realistically how much many people other then in these forums even do the cooling system overhaul. lol
Not many I could imagine, I'm going to be completely honest if it wasn't for this forum after my therm went bad and i replaced it I wouldn't have done anything else just left it at the therm being fixed which by the way was 160 at the same shop after that I joined the forum and read mangos thread got sick of reading and went to work and I can say I'm happy
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Old 10-18-2012, 06:32 PM   #13086
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I have the plastic bowl...and the original factory sticker on my spare All these other yahoos are doing it wrong
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Old 10-18-2012, 06:45 PM   #13087
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anyone ever think that the wheel may have been used? lol perhaps the previous owner put the wheel back facing up. also id rather have it facing down anyways. that little bowl gives a great compartment for random things. my wheel still looks brand new, as well as the pilot that is attatched to it
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Old 10-18-2012, 06:47 PM   #13088
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not to mention that the spare basically rest on the face of the tires rather then the face of the wheels.
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Old 10-18-2012, 06:49 PM   #13089
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I stash my old slightly delaminated side mirror glass and the unnecessary charcoal filter from my airbox in the event I need to take it to the dealership

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Old 10-19-2012, 12:39 AM   #13090
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Old 10-19-2012, 07:47 AM   #13091
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Just got my cooling system overhaul package from Tischer yesterday. I guess I know what I'll be doing this weekend. Great packaging, BTW.
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Old 10-19-2012, 10:59 AM   #13092
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Old 10-19-2012, 11:09 AM   #13093
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thats good, man. bolts after 10 years start to fatigue and rust. especially with all that canyon runs you do. now you'll have extra piece of mind when you're up at little tujunga!!
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Old 10-19-2012, 11:17 AM   #13094
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My day when I get up...
Same ordeal for me.
Going to do VCG and oil change.
Thinking to run sea foam before I open it up for VCG and oil change though. Want to see what difference it makes on cleaning.
I have pictures from before, so I will take the ones for after as well.
Now just to find the place to do the smoke session.


Castrol edge 5w30?
5w30 iw LL04 I believe.

For e46, its castrol edge 0w30.

Pepboys have a special on castrol edge though.
5qts 0w30 and a filter for 29.99,

Just got 5qts with a filter for my mazda. They dont have the filters for e46
Mobil 1 0w40 is causing too many leaks. At least that what the forum led me to think.

Going back for another 5qts later because they ran out of it.
Advance auto has the same for 5.99 on their website but the stores dont carry them, or at least I couldnt find any on stock when I called around.

PS: castrol edge 5w40 is also LL01.
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Old 10-19-2012, 11:19 AM   #13095
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Castrol edge 5w30?
5w30 iw LL04 I believe.

For e46, its castrol edge 0w30.

Pepboys have a special on castrol edge though.
5qts 0w30 and a filter for 29.99,

Just got 5qts with a filter for my mazda. They dont have the filters for e46
Mobil 1 0w40 is causing too many leaks. At least that what the forum led me to think.

Going back for another 5qts later because they ran out of it.
Advance auto has the same for 5.99 on their website but the stores dont carry them, or at least I couldnt find any on stock when I called around.

PS: castrol edge 5w40 is also LL01.
BMWs are the only car I've heard of using just a paper filter with no housing. Every other engine I've worked on uses a traditional filter. I don't know what BMW has against some standard FRAM design. They are good filters.
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Old 10-19-2012, 11:23 AM   #13096
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thats good, man. bolts after 10 years start to fatigue and rust. especially with all that canyon runs you do. now you'll have extra piece of mind when you're up at little tujunga!!
Yes indeed...now onto replacing the tie-rods, boots, and brake calipers.

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Old 10-19-2012, 11:25 AM   #13097
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BMWs are the only car I've heard of using just a paper filter with no housing. Every other engine I've worked on uses a traditional filter. I don't know what BMW has against some standard FRAM design. They are good filters.
that "housing" you refer to just contains the oil. same way our oil filter housings do. our design makes oil changes easier, cleaner, and looks better in the engine bay (imagine a giant fram filter sticking up in the middle)
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Old 10-19-2012, 11:26 AM   #13098
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BMWs are the only car I've heard of using just a paper filter with no housing. Every other engine I've worked on uses a traditional filter. I don't know what BMW has against some standard FRAM design. They are good filters.
Yah, I use Mann filters as well. It would have been easier if they were readily available in the parts store rather than having to order online($6) or from the dealership($15).

However, just as a heads up; German Castrol(castrol edge 0w30) is on sale in pep boys for $29.99 for 5qts.

I will just make a thread on the general section. So more people will read it.
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Old 10-19-2012, 11:26 AM   #13099
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Yes indeed...now onto replacing the tie-rods, boots, and brake calipers.

Busy day, before work.
reman calipers eh? pretty easy. i did it for one fanatic here. some way you need to bleed the dsc system but after i did his, i bled traditional way and his brakes felt awesome afterwards.
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Old 10-19-2012, 11:32 AM   #13100
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that "housing" you refer to just contains the oil. same way our oil filter housings do. our design makes oil changes easier, cleaner, and looks better in the engine bay (imagine a giant fram filter sticking up in the middle)
I'm aware. I just wonder why BMW goes the less traditional route that combines the housing and filter. I have no problem bulk ordering filters online, but I'd rather just pick one up as needed from Autozone.
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