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Old 01-13-2019, 10:58 AM   #1
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Wire sleeve broken in engine/exposed wires. Is this a major issue to fix asap?

Hello Everyone,

I have pictures attached to make this clearer.

There's this cable sleeve in the car engine that's broken and the wires are exposed. Just curious what those wires are for? Am I taking the risk of a major issue bound to happen if I keep those wires exposed? Will simple electric tape be enough to solve the issue? Or is it best to buy a new cable sleeve and fully cover the exposed wire? I appreciate any help on this
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Old 01-13-2019, 11:14 AM   #2
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I used some electrical tape to cover the exposed areas and reinforce the plastic cover thatís still there.


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Old 01-13-2019, 11:59 AM   #3
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Home Depot sells flex loom and maybe Harbor Freight, Buy a pack and just slide it over your existing harness and maybe tape the ends to give it that factory look


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Old 01-13-2019, 01:19 PM   #4
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You can buy the loom from BMW

61136933301 is the part IIRC
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Old 01-13-2019, 02:21 PM   #5
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Just pickup a 10' pack at an auto part or hardware store and replace it. You will also need zip ties to secure in place.
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Old 01-13-2019, 02:29 PM   #6
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3/8" Flame Retardant Polypropylene Split Wire Loom Tubing - 10 Feet - Black https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MTR0AF1..._H95oCbDHFFKC0

If it split once it will split again. Get new loom and small zip ties.
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Old 01-13-2019, 03:37 PM   #7
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Thanks for all the help. I plan to buy the tubing and just place it over the exposed parts. But I do want to tape it up to reinforce it. Does anyone have good suggestions for a tape that will hold up to the heat of the engine?
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Old 01-13-2019, 04:44 PM   #8
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I was thinking about trying Tesa tape 51036 for this kind of thing:

https://www.amazon.com/Tesas-Advance.../dp/B01I2MLN2Q

Any thoughts on this?
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Old 01-13-2019, 04:58 PM   #9
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You're overthinking it, replace the loom and spend a little time cleaning the engine compartment.
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Old 01-13-2019, 07:40 PM   #10
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You're overthinking it, replace the loom and spend a little time cleaning the engine compartment.
+1 on this

Looks like the power steering reservoir could use a new o-ring in the cap

BMW Part # 32411128333
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Old 01-13-2019, 10:53 PM   #11
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That part of the harness is the connection on the front of the engine: the thermostat heater, exhaust VANOS solenoid and exhaust cam position sensor.

From the factory it was routed between the reservoir mounting lugs then above the thermostat, well protected from the mechanical fan. There was no wire tie, or any other cable retention.

Your best option for an original look is to cut away the degraded section, replace with split loom and cover tightly with a top-quality electrical tape. If you stretch it tightly the corrugation of the loom will show through, but not the seam cut or join section.

A full original look would require releasing the contacts from the connectors and feeding the individual wires through a closed loom, but you are unlikely to be able to do that successfully.
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Old 01-13-2019, 11:34 PM   #12
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That part of the harness is the connection on the front of the engine: the thermostat heater, exhaust VANOS solenoid and exhaust cam position sensor.

From the factory it was routed between the reservoir mounting lugs then above the thermostat, well protected from the mechanical fan. There was no wire tie, or any other cable retention.

Your best option for an original look is to cut away the degraded section, replace with split loom and cover tightly with a top-quality electrical tape. If you stretch it tightly the corrugation of the loom will show through, but not the seam cut or join section.

A full original look would require releasing the contacts from the connectors and feeding the individual wires through a closed loom, but you are unlikely to be able to do that successfully.
+1.
Some time ago I bought a wire harness just to try if there is a way to replace a branch of the loom. It cannot be done without disassembling and reassembling the electric plugs of all wires inside the branch.
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Looks like the power steering reservoir could use a new o-ring in the cap
Sometimes just flipping the O-ring helps and putting the end of a cotton swab in the vent hole helps.
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Thanks for all the help. I plan to buy the tubing and just place it over the exposed parts. But I do want to tape it up to reinforce it. Does anyone have good suggestions for a tape that will hold up to the heat of the engine?
Tesa tape is super, and I use it to keep looms clean behind panels. But here it is absolutely not necessary. Just use the loom and cable ties and move to the next project.
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+1 on this

Looks like the power steering reservoir could use a new o-ring in the cap

BMW Part # 32411128333

Thanks I'm going to buy that part. And by the way, it appears that a lot leaked out as you can see in the picture. Is it okay to get by with the amount that's still in there?
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Old 01-14-2019, 02:19 PM   #16
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Thanks I'm going to buy that part. And by the way, it appears that a lot leaked out as you can see in the picture. Is it okay to get by with the amount that's still in there?

And by the way, the local BMW is charging $13 for that o-ring (BMW Part # 32411128333)
I could probably find it much cheaper on Ebay or something

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Old 01-14-2019, 02:59 PM   #17
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Thanks I'm going to buy that part. And by the way, it appears that a lot leaked out as you can see in the picture. Is it okay to get by with the amount that's still in there?
Level indicator is built into the cap, just keep it above minimum.
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Level indicator is built into the cap, just keep it above minimum.
Thanks for the head's up. I checked and turns out the fluid is low. Is there a specific type of ATF to use? Could I use the following (picture attached). If you advise not to use the Castrol I have, what brand do you recommend?
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And by the way, the local BMW is charging $13 for that o-ring (BMW Part # 32411128333)
I could probably find it much cheaper on Ebay or something
1.47$ at fcp

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