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Old 06-27-2012, 05:09 PM   #1
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Safest Way to Move the Car Around in the Morning?

Hey guys, it seems like this concept has been getting worse in my mind progressively.

Yes, I am 19 and live at my parents house. Because I commute to college to save money, and also like having my own room and helping my parents when I can. Say what you want, but that's how it is. I'm not going to try to up-play it and try to act like a child prodigy. (Even though I think I am one of the youngest guys on here who is knowledgeable, contributes, and cleanly mods my car for my age.

Anyhow- We only have a two car garage and my dad's truck and mom's SUV are in it. Our driveway is also at about a 30 degree angle upwards, which has been a blast to park on and drive up with my e46.

When I first started e46'ing, I would just park behind my mom, and move when she needed me to. I thought nothing of it. However, after a while, after being more educated, I had an epiphany and said "oh god, this can't be healthy for my car." So then I used to be able to park at the bottom, and then have my parents back out around me, which worked for a good while, but my mom upgraded from a SUV to a bigger SUV, which is an extra 2 feet longer, so I have to move my car everytime now. My dad has a truck, and works night shift, so I can't leave my car behind him at night, or else it'll get destroyed.

So then, I decided that I will just park behind my mother, move when she goes off, and then park halfway on the street, and then halfway on my front lawn (which also is steep after the first couple feet) and then at the end of the day, when all the car adventures are done, go ahead and pull it back onto the driveway.

However, I then find out that just starting and stopping the car will induce moisture and gas into my oil, thus making it burn oil faster. I'm at a rate of 1 quart for 900 miles.

So then I've finally developed a grand scheme:
Park in the driveway, pull it out in the morning and then drive down the block for half a mile, then come back and park halfway on the front lawn and street. Let the day go on, and then pull back in the driveway for the night.

Is that fine? Anything else I should do?

Also keep in mind that I am not a lazy child, I have two days off a week and spend them working at here at an online internship, and managing my schedule for the week, and doing yard work, and cleaning, and then maybe relaxing. But none of this involves having me go anywhere.

Feedback is appreciated

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Old 06-27-2012, 05:15 PM   #2
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wtf your car can't even move a bit without messing up the engine? I move my car all the time, no burning oil.
Replace the CCV and stop treating it like some fragile weak sauce piece of junk.
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Old 06-27-2012, 05:17 PM   #3
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wtf your car can't even move a bit without messing up the engine? I move my car all the time, no burning oil.
Replace the CCV and stop treating it like some fragile weak sauce piece of junk.
okay then..
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Old 06-27-2012, 05:19 PM   #4
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Take that SUV to home depot, pick up a shovel, bags of gravel and an immigrant and have him dig out a parking spot where the lawn is.

Go back to home depot, pick up some pavers or timbers and have the immigrant build a retaining wall.

This is what all my friends did who lived on steep hills. If you do it right it won't look like a clearcut.
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My car gets moved across the street every morning, even during the winter, and I haven't had any problems.
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Old 06-27-2012, 05:19 PM   #6
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put on neutral and roll down the drive way. Leave it on street until night then park it back. 1-start up per day.
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Old 06-27-2012, 05:23 PM   #7
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wtf your car can't even move a bit without messing up the engine? I move my car all the time, no burning oil.
Replace the CCV and stop treating it like some fragile weak sauce piece of junk.
That kind of treatment is bad for ANY car with an internal combustion engine.
90% or more of engine wear occurs in the first few seconds to minute of the car running. There's no getting around that.

As for oil consumption, driving it around the block might help, you'll have to just try it out. Otherwise, worst case scenario, take it out on some back roads and warm her up a bit, depending on where you live. What oil are you running?

Not sure how your property is, but I usually just clutch in to move my car if it's a short distance down hill and let gravity do all the work. No need to fire up the engine if your new parking spot is nearby and lower than your old one.
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Old 06-27-2012, 05:24 PM   #8
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you're overthinking things, bud. this time would be better used buffing and waxing the underside of your hood.
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Old 06-27-2012, 05:29 PM   #9
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you're overthinking things, bud. this time would be better used buffing and waxing the underside of your hood.
Real fanatics clay and wax the insides of their door panels n00b
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Old 06-27-2012, 05:34 PM   #11
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Can't say that I waxed it but I did wipe the sheet metal behind the door panels when I did my regulators. I also cleaned inside of the doors themselves.
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Old 06-27-2012, 05:34 PM   #12
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Ok then just checking. I would rather have people haggle me rather than be like "yea you're fvking up your engine". Thus why I asked, because I needed enlightened. Thanks guys.
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Old 06-27-2012, 05:36 PM   #13
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Take that SUV to home depot, pick up a shovel, bags of gravel and an immigrant and have him dig out a parking spot where the lawn is.

Go back to home depot, pick up some pavers or timbers and have the immigrant build a retaining wall.

This is what all my friends did who lived on steep hills. If you do it right it won't look like a clearcut.
Yea then I can use that shovel to dig my grave afterwords.
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Old 06-27-2012, 05:44 PM   #14
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Oil loss at that rate is the CCV.
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Old 06-27-2012, 05:59 PM   #16
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Oil loss at that rate is the CCV.
The M54 oil consumption is a gigantic mystery. And I'll say this after spending numerous actual reading hours on this across several forums for years. Theres a deep technical discussion going on on bf.c right now and consensus is some of these blocks may have been machined incorrectly at the factory. I will say that I haven't heard about this too much on M54B25s as it seems less common on those engines (much less) than on M54B30s but I'm sure it can still happen. Long story short, high oil consumption is extremely common on S5X and M5X engines. You'll have those that say theirs don't burn a drop and they're likely telling the truth. It seems to be luck of the draw when it comes to BMW oil consumption. Providing all oil leaks are fixed, I highly doubt a CCV can cause anywhere near that consumption even if completely failed.

Best thing to do is drive the car, add oil, and enjoy it. You want the satisfaction of having a non-burning engine, you have to oversee the machining and rebuilding process yourself and do a lot of it yourself. New oil control rings, proper bore tolerance, proper valve guides and valve stem seals, etc etc.
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Try German Castrol on the next oil change. It has solved or greatly helped consumption issues for many.
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Old 06-27-2012, 06:11 PM   #18
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Try German Castrol on the next oil change. It has solved or greatly helped consumption issues for many.
5W-30 is fine. 0W-30 won't change a thing. I thought it did, but turned out to be wishful thinking. I'm still consuming and I run 0W-30 religiously.
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I highly doubt a CCV can cause anywhere near that consumption even if completely failed.
Tell that to the two fanatics I did the CCV for that had their engines burning a quart every 500 miles. After the repair the problem was gone.

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Tell that to the two fanatics I did the CCV for that had their engines burning a quart every 500 miles. After the repair the problem was gone.

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lol did they monitor their cars for at least two oil change intervals? 15,000 miles? Lots of times people get excited immediately after a repair and claim victory (I know I did when i switched to GC, i posted my oil consumption was cured) after long-term... it wasn't)

Maybe their CCVs were cracked and leaking oil at the bottom? Anything can happen. But S5X and M5X are extremely notorious for oil consumption. Ovaled out cylinder walls seems to be the culprit.
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