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Old 07-23-2012, 11:08 AM   #321
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Old 07-25-2012, 01:04 AM   #322
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Just saw this!! Front page on Stance Works for the Avila Motoring Invitational!

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Old 07-25-2012, 01:54 AM   #323
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Great job! Your OEM+ look is definitely a winner
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Old 07-25-2012, 03:11 AM   #324
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Saw it aswell, instantly recognized your wheels. Congrats, it looks really clean!
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Old 07-25-2012, 10:21 PM   #325
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came here to show you the link to the picture of your car on the cover haha you beat me to it
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Old 07-29-2012, 02:00 AM   #326
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Basic Coolant Flush


Decided I should do a coolant flush on my car since I have no Idea the condition of the coolant in the car. Over time most people just add water to their coolant system whenever need which slowly dilutes the coolant system. you need to make sure the Coolant concentration stays high for a multiple of reasons:

-BMW Coolant has Lubricants in it to keep, the waterpump, heater valves and thermostat operating smoothly.

-BMW Coolant has additives that keeps the metals, plastics, and seals in the coolant system healthy and strong for longevity.

-BMW Coolant last but not least does the job of keeping your engine cool!!


Whenever working on the coolant system, let the car cool off first! As it heats up it is under high pressure! A properly sealed coolant system is what actually helps coolant do its job so well, as coolant warms up and expands the coolant circuit gets pressurized which in turn raises the boiling point as well. So If you dont want a face full of burning coolant. Be paitent and make sure the cooling is cool.


I say this is a basic coolant flush becuase I did not use an external pump to push a flushing agent through the coolant circuit to thourghly clean it out. What I did do simply was drain all the coolant out of the radiator/expansion tank, than turned my heater/stratisfication adjustment to full hot. (Stratisfication adjustment is the temp adjustment between your two center vents). Then start the car and pour new 50/50 mixed BMW coolant/Distilled water into the expansion tank (With expansion tank drain reinstalled) and let the vehicles water pump, pump the new coolant in and the old coolant out! As soon as the coolant draining out looks fresh and dark blue, turn off the car. Refill and bleld the coolant system and you're good!



Step 1: Lift Vehicle in the air!




Step 2: Loosen radiator cap and allow cooling system to vent.




Step 3: Remove engine underbody panel.

There are 7 Phillips 180 degree fasteners holding the belly pan on.






Step 4: Remove Radiator Drain plug. (Manual Transmissions have a drain, uner the expansion tank as well. Remove it) Automatics do not, the have a transmission fluid heat exchanger and thermostat. Let all the coolant drain out. When finished REINSTALL EXPANSION TANK DRAIN PLUG if applicable.














You may also remove the block drain plug, which is a 13mm bolt under the exhaust manifolds. It can be a pain to get to, and makes a mess, that is why I chose not too. The water pump will pump that coolant out anyways when we get to that part. for those who want too, heres some crappy pictures of the block drain plug.







Step 5: Mix new coolant

Now go to BMW or order it online, just get 1 gallon of BMW Coolant Concetrate. Mix it 50% Coolant/50% Water. I had an extra empty coolant bottle from work I was able to mix it in, just grab an extra container and pour 2 qt. of coolant in it and 2 qt of water. You can mix it 60/40 coolant to water for more extreme weather conditions such as snow or desert. For me in So Cal 50/50 is just fine.



Remove the the plastic bleed screw, on the upper radiator hose.





Step 6: Pump old coolant out!


Start the car with the HEATER ON and start pouring new coolant in the expansion tank.






Once you see the fresh blue coolant draining out, go ahead and turn off the engine. Reinstall the Radiator drain plug. Continue filling the coolant system untill the coolant overflows out of the bleed screw hole in the upper radiator hole. Than Reinstall the bleeder screw and top off the coolant. Let your car run and get to operating temperature with the heater on then turn off and call it a day. When the car is cold go ahead and recheck the coolant level, top off if needed!

Note: When Installing the bleed screw, it is usually good practive to replace it. Its okay to reuse it but take extra care on how tight you make it. WIth a new bleeder screw or if you are reusing your old one, make sure taht you give it a good snug using only your finger tips on the screwdriver, it is easy to over torque which can cause it to crack, or damage the threads causeing your cooling system to fail.








Well thats all for now Just found oil starting to migrate through my exhaust camshaft sensor through the wire harness and leaking out the thermostat connector.... So I just cleaned the connections and I gotta get a new exhaust camshaft Position Sensor. I'll post pics soon on that.
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Old 07-29-2012, 02:14 AM   #327
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Great job man!
I can honestly say I love your write up's!
Very informative, keep it up!
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Old 07-29-2012, 08:00 AM   #328
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That's it. What about burping, bleeding air out of the system. Is that not a critical part of the process?
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Old 07-29-2012, 10:37 AM   #329
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That's it. What about burping, bleeding air out of the system. Is that not a critical part of the process?
That is why you fill the reservoir till the bleed screw hole overflows with coolant. Than you reinstall the bleed screw and reservoir cap and them run the car till gets to operating temperature with the heater on. This is where "burping" will happen, which any loose air this system will make its way to the reservoir. Turn of the car, let it cool and recheck coolant level. That's it!
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i luv ur thread very helpful...im thinking about getting the rokkor coilovers for my saden, now i would like to ask u how difficult it is to install?
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i luv ur thread very helpful...im thinking about getting the rokkor coilovers for my saden, now i would like to ask u how difficult it is to install?
Glad to hear everyone is pleased! It is not to bad to install them at all for me. it depends on what tools you have access too and knowledge.
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Old 07-29-2012, 11:40 PM   #333
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Soo, I was unhappy to find oil pump into my wire loom

I went to check my coolant level after I did my coolant flush and I found some oil residue coming from my thermostat electrical connector.. I keep my engine clean and inspect it regularly. Nothing else is leaking around there. Just oil coming out of the connecter. I removed the connector and found oil in it. Which means the oil is pumping through the wire harness from another connecter. I started unplugging various connectors all of them are clean, except for the exhaust camshaft position sensor.. found the culprit, a little down the wire loom from the thermostat connector.

I've seen water get pushed through the wire harness from the thermostat. Ive seen cars that get water and oil pushed through the wire harness all the way into the dme and kills the whole car. The worst thing is It would show no signs until it was too late. I'm glad I caught this early and that is oil rather than coolant. Coolant corrods the wiring which requeires you to replace the wiring. The oil didnt make its way that far into the loom so I am going to replace my exhaust camshaft sensor and clean out all the connectors as best I can. Everything should be good from there


Heres the connectorof the thermostat after I cleaned it. It only leaked out a little bit.




Heres the Exhaust Camshaft Sensor










Cleaned the connectors up real good with parts wash and put it back together. Just wanted to say my car is driving just perfect, no problems at all despite the oil in the wire harness!
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dude! wtf! i tried stretchin my 215 falken 452's which are known for stretching.. but they popped onto my 9.5's, but wouldnt seal! how did you stretch 215 achilles on 10"s? oh my god. this frustrates me
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How are the Rokkor's compared to stock suspension? I'm specifically asking about handling.
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dude! wtf! i tried stretchin my 215 falken 452's which are known for stretching.. but they popped onto my 9.5's, but wouldnt seal! how did you stretch 215 achilles on 10"s? oh my god. this frustrates me
cause achilles are awesome for stretching

i used 225s to go onto a 10.5" and i know someone who put a 215 onto 10.5"
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How are the Rokkor's compared to stock suspension? I'm specifically asking about handling.
a lot less body roll, if you dont slam them to much they can actually handle quite well in my opinion. Sway bars is where its at if you really want to add to ride on rails.



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Soo, I was unhappy to find oil pump into my wire loom

I went to check my coolant level after I did my coolant flush and I found some oil residue coming from my thermostat electrical connector.. I keep my engine clean and inspect it regularly. Nothing else is leaking around there. Just oil coming out of the connecter. I removed the connector and found oil in it. Which means the oil is pumping through the wire harness from another connecter. I started unplugging various connectors all of them are clean, except for the exhaust camshaft position sensor.. found the culprit, a little down the wire loom from the thermostat connector.

I've seen water get pushed through the wire harness from the thermostat. Ive seen cars that get water and oil pushed through the wire harness all the way into the dme and kills the whole car. The worst thing is It would show no signs until it was too late. I'm glad I caught this early and that is oil rather than coolant. Coolant corrods the wiring which requeires you to replace the wiring. The oil didnt make its way that far into the loom so I am going to replace my exhaust camshaft sensor and clean out all the connectors as best I can. Everything should be good from there


Heres the connectorof the thermostat after I cleaned it. It only leaked out a little bit.




Heres the Exhaust Camshaft Sensor










Cleaned the connectors up real good with parts wash and put it back together. Just wanted to say my car is driving just perfect, no problems at all despite the oil in the wire harness!
When you notice weak performance.. change that cps sensor..
I changed mine a month ago.. It was about a year since i did the vanos seals and saw oil coming through the connector..
The oil will ruin the sensor.. Try changing the o-ring and clean the sensor again.. before buying a new cps..

By the way, i like your style.. Car looks very nice..
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When you notice weak performance.. change that cps sensor..
I changed mine a month ago.. It was about a year since i did the vanos seals and saw oil coming through the connector..
The oil will ruin the sensor.. Try changing the o-ring and clean the sensor again.. before buying a new cps..

By the way, i like your style.. Car looks very nice..
Did you really quote that entire post... my scrolling finger has a cramp.
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