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Old 12-25-2012, 07:18 AM   #201
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The rack is the same, pump is different...

I know this is a E46 forum, but fluids were not mixed, the system was completely flushed because of a steering pump replacement...

Steering pump had very possibly failed because of mixed fluids, fluid was in a strange colour, black/gray but still had the green and you would see it had mixed with red...

New pump was installed and the system was filled with ATF, when taken to the dealer after 2nd pump failure dealer stated that these pumps would crack because CHF-11S was specified, ATF was overpressurizing the pump and on a E38 with a self-levelling system it could have catastrophic results for the rear shocks aswell...
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Old 12-27-2012, 05:19 PM   #202
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Mango, can you tell more about how you're using your Wagner steamer for engine cleaning? Do you attach the brushes or just the jet by itself? Also please update the "wiki" to reflect that DISA for 2.5L M56 SULEV is the same size as the 3.0L M54 (11617544805).

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Old 12-27-2012, 05:41 PM   #203
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Mango, can you tell more about how you're using your Wagner steamer for engine cleaning? Do you attach the brushes or just the jet by itself? Also please update the "wiki" to reflect that DISA for 2.5L M56 SULEV is the same size as the 3.0L M54 (11617544805).
I use the Wagner 915 steamer without the brushes. Use whatever it takes to get the job done. Honestly my engine was already spotless so I didn't have any need to go at it that aggressively. If you have to use the brushes, by all means. Just be careful with the metal one cause you might scratch something!

I've actually used the thing way more at home than I have on my car! It's great for everything!!
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Old 01-05-2013, 10:31 AM   #204
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Great post! Totally true to replace the first three things. My battery died 4 months after I bought my e46 and my FSR died in the first 2 months. Had to be mid summer in the Sacramento area too...
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Old 01-06-2013, 02:56 AM   #205
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Beware, my buddy tried cleaning his and the screw was impossibly tight and he ended up snapping the plastic filter disc. it shattered due to being so old and brittle.
I didn't think you had any buddy's by the amount of burning bridges you have left on these forums.
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Old 01-06-2013, 03:24 PM   #206
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[QUOTE=E46Mango;15005708] We see BMW power steering pumps die all the time irregardless of fluid type.

Tsk tsk, Mango slipping a little there? I'm not sure if you're referring to the car or the pump itself, lol. If living in denial makes you proud so be it.
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Old 02-05-2013, 04:46 PM   #208
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great maintenance list.....thanks
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Old 02-05-2013, 04:48 PM   #209
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great maintenance list.....thanks
you're welcome! Welcome to the forum! post pics of car!
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Old 02-05-2013, 04:58 PM   #210
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Good thread mango. Might wanna update that you can use dextron VI in the PS system as its backwards compatible with Dex III fluid.
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Old 02-05-2013, 04:59 PM   #211
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Good thread mango. Might wanna update that you can use dextron VI in the PS system as its backwards compatible with Dex III fluid.
unfortunately threads can no longer be edited.
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Old 02-05-2013, 06:09 PM   #212
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unfortunately threads can no longer be edited.
If you see enough worth-while edits to the first post, it might be time to start a replacement thread w/the updated information and link to it from this thread - mods could lock this thread on your last post w/the link to re-direct folks. Done this on other forums w/the same issue, works well.
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Old 02-05-2013, 06:13 PM   #213
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If you see enough worth-while edits to the first post, it might be time to start a replacement thread w/the updated information and link to it from this thread - mods could lock this thread on your last post w/the link to re-direct folks. Done this on other forums w/the same issue, works well.
that doesn't in anyway sound efficient or acceptable.

the only reason why threads can no longer be edited was due to anti-spam measures recently implemented. not a big deal, mod can add
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that doesn't in anyway sound efficient or acceptable.

the only reason why threads can no longer be edited was due to anti-spam measures recently implemented. not a big deal, mod can add
Thanks for clarifying...since you said you couldn't make updates ("unfortunately threads can no longer be edited.") I was just suggesting an option.
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mods can always edit them.. PM the mods to add the additional infos..
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I've already replaced the valve cover gaskets, oil pan gasket and VANOS line in a 2 month span, is there anything else that's not on the list that we should know about?
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Old 03-05-2013, 10:33 AM   #218
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Are you referring to oil leaks or just in general? The oil filter housing gasket is a common leak on these cars and you'll know if you have drips of oil on your driveway or the underside of the car and the side of the engine block is coated with oil. It's a $3 gasket and it's not too hard to replace, but you have to remove a few parts before you can get to it. There are many DIY's on the internet that refer to that so you should be able to gather all the necessary information.
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Welcome to the forum!

Are you referring to oil leaks or just in general? The oil filter housing gasket is a common leak on these cars and you'll know if you have drips of oil on your driveway or the underside of the car and the side of the engine block is coated with oil. It's a $3 gasket and it's not too hard to replace, but you have to remove a few parts before you can get to it. There are many DIY's on the internet that refer to that so you should be able to gather all the necessary information.
I've already replaced all of that, I wanted to know about other common problems that can be prevented or taken care off, thanks
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Old 03-14-2013, 10:40 PM   #220
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Im still fairly new with my car so bear with me . i just did an oil change on monday . my car is leaking in the usual spots . here is the parts list i have put together im going to go head on with it too .
Valve cover gasket with 15 grommets
oil filter housing gasket
NKG plugs might as well right who knows how old they are
vanos feed line+ 4 sealing rings
power steering reservoir this is the only part that is not OEM BMW
just trim and recut lines right?
extra qt of BMW engine oil
power steering aka trans fluid
RTV black for gasket .
anything else you guys can think of while im in there?
im about 220$ on ECS tuning right now not too bad i guess
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