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Old 08-13-2011, 05:41 PM   #1
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Question Tiny cylindrical objects in splash shield?

I removed the splash shield directly beneath the engine a few weeks back. Among the normal grime and whatnot were 12-15 of these tiny, cylindrical shaped, metal, evil-doers. I am convinced they are nothing less than demonic entities sent from the deepest delves of Hell for the sole purpose of stealing my e46's soul. Sorry about the lousy pics, it's kind of hard to get a good image of them. Also, they have no reflection in mirrors.

But seriously, anyone know what these are?
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Old 08-13-2011, 05:49 PM   #2
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The cars waterpump had a catastrophic failure at some point, those are the roller bearings from the waterpump.
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Old 08-13-2011, 05:52 PM   #3
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330I6SPD called it.

Cheat Sheet:

GT1/ISIS/MoDiC = Factory authorized diagnostic system used by BMW dealerships across the world.

NCS Expert = BMW Factory R&D programming tool available on the internet (not intended for the public and not available to the dealership network)

OEM = Genuine BMW part only available from a franchised BMW dealership.

DME = Engine Management Computer
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Old 08-13-2011, 06:05 PM   #4
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Ahhhhhhhh, so that's why my water pump set my serpentine belt loose to cause havoc in my engine compartment. I was actually in the process of changing the WP when I noticed those. Kind of obvious in retrospect... Thanks! At least now I know it's a fixed problem.
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