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Old 12-19-2012, 12:11 AM   #1
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Thumbs Up Comin' Along With Maintenance.....

Well, since I purchased my E46 about 6 months ago I've been slowly but surely getting all the little things squared away as far as maintenance goes. I'm pretty OCD about all of my cars being in top notch condition so naturally, especially now that I have graduated to my lovely E46, I have been working away. So far I have replaced the P/S pump, which was shot when I got it, replaced P/S lines, intake boots, cleaned TB and IAC, cleaned MAF for shits and giggles (wasn't exhibiting any symptoms). Now at the shop I've got new front struts, strut mounts/bearings, bumpstops, etc., waiting to go on at some point along with the Meyle HD LCAB's coming in the mail along with a new Black Kidney Grill from BavAuto. That should dial things in pretty well up front. The ball joints/control arms, tie rods, sway bar bushings and endlinks seemed to be in good shape with no visible play when we checked them out with a pry bar. When I do the front struts and LCAB's I am debating whether to do a comprehensive fluid change on the transmission (i.e. fluid in the pan, filter, and fluid in the T/C). It has 140,XXX miles at the moment and I don't know what has been done as far as transmission maintenance so it could likely use it. After this the rear suspension will be redone and some time later down the road I want to replace motor and transmission mounts. WHEW! It is costly being anal-retentive BMW owner but these cars are worth every penny. I have wanted a Beamer since my mom first brought her E46 home for the first time. Now I have one and I'm giving it the royal treatment!

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Old 12-19-2012, 12:16 AM   #2
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Why are you changing the front suspension if they are nowhere near worn out yet?

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Old 12-19-2012, 12:20 AM   #3
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The LCABS's had some play play in them and the struts are overdue. Everything else seemed fine, that's why I'm only doing the LCAB's and struts. Plus it seems like good preventative maintenance to get the good Meyle HD LCAB's in there. I'll probably never have to worry about them again.
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Old 12-19-2012, 07:54 AM   #4
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The LCABS's had some play play in them and the struts are overdue. Everything else seemed fine, that's why I'm only doing the LCAB's and struts. Plus it seems like good preventative maintenance to get the good Meyle HD LCAB's in there. I'll probably never have to worry about them again.
Get new strut mounts and the reinforcement plates while you are doing this.
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Old 12-19-2012, 09:16 AM   #5
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I have meyle HD control arms and bushings put on in 2009 and 75000 km ago.
They are still good except the outter ball-joints are starting to go, I can feel the play on the wheels.
Good thing you can buy them separately.

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That's right. Make sure you buy the struts and shocks reinforcement plates set.

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Old 12-19-2012, 11:53 AM   #7
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Yeah I've got all the necessary parts to replace the struts at work. I did my research on here about what parts I would need. Especially Mango's meticulously detailed maintenance threads.
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