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Forum: General E46 Forum Yesterday, 09:35 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 372
Posted By TobyB
Hmmm. No- one's mentioned temperature or...

Hmmm.

No- one's mentioned temperature or humidity. From the little bit I've messed with it,
both seem to matter a LOT.

t
if you think R134's bad, you should smell my dog's farts after he...
Forum: General E46 Forum Yesterday, 12:04 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 315
Posted By TobyB
This little guy, off to the left, #4. ...

This little guy, off to the left, #4.
Realoem.com has the diagram

Almost impossible to see, but easy enough to do by feel,
once you know it's there.

It might have a clip for the 02 sensor...
Forum: General E46 Forum 05-28-2020, 11:50 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 182
Posted By TobyB
It's the virus- it's goin' round. At this...

It's the virus- it's goin' round.

At this point, it's scanner time. Lots of inexpensive good options out there, but they all require a bit of work.

t
Forum: General E46 Forum 05-27-2020, 02:20 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 719
Posted By TobyB
This DID make me pull out all the jackstands I...

This DID make me pull out all the jackstands I could find, put them in the middle in the garage floor, and tell them all to be careful.

Only 2 were HF, and those were so old they didn't even have...
Forum: General E46 Forum 05-27-2020, 02:17 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 320
Posted By TobyB
...and things change day to day, week to week,...

...and things change day to day, week to week, and car to car.

The E46 Febi guibo was actually made by the OE supplier in Germany. (who isn't Febi)
The E21 Febi guibo was made by someone in a...
Forum: General E46 Forum 05-27-2020, 02:10 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 315
Posted By TobyB
There's a small 6mm (10mm head) up higher on the...

There's a small 6mm (10mm head) up higher on the passenger side.

It holds the steel isolation plate to the transmission. I missed it on the first go- round.
It'll distort that plate a bit, and...
Forum: General E46 Forum 05-27-2020, 01:42 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 974
Posted By TobyB
swing by the pick'n'pull for a spare motor on the...

swing by the pick'n'pull for a spare motor on the way home from work...

t
Forum: General E46 Forum 05-26-2020, 11:20 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 974
Posted By TobyB
I love the oil light, too. It almost always...

I love the oil light, too.

It almost always comes on when I'm down near the 'add' line.

But since I don't trust it, when it comes on after shutdown, I grab the spare quart
out of the trunk,...
Forum: General E46 Forum 05-26-2020, 11:03 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 340
Posted By TobyB
...and just because no- one's said it, the...

...and just because no- one's said it,

the real problem is that the revs are dropping. They're not supposed to.

I WOULD get your mechanic to test the oil pressure for you, as it's their...
Forum: General E46 Forum 05-25-2020, 11:03 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 264
Posted By TobyB
I'm psychotic? Well, yes, but also, just a...

I'm psychotic?

Well, yes, but also, just a guess based on 5 or 6 engines-
the oil pan gasket always hardens and leaks a little, but if you have
a real oil leak, it seems to almost always come...
Forum: General E46 Forum 05-25-2020, 12:05 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 358
Posted By TobyB
If you have someone who can drive the car for...

If you have someone who can drive the car for you, listen from outside.

Then pull off the most likely wheel.

A sound that doesn't happen when the car's not moving is wheel/driveshaft/diff...
Forum: General E46 Forum 05-25-2020, 11:57 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,197
Posted By TobyB
Does the MK60 care about the VIN? I coded mine...

Does the MK60 care about the VIN? I coded mine (MK20) and calibrated the angle sensor, and that was 'all' I had to do...

I agree with Bali, the German seems to be telling you to recalibrate the...
Forum: General E46 Forum 05-25-2020, 11:33 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 264
Posted By TobyB
The diff seals are less than $10, and they're not...

The diff seals are less than $10, and they're not hard to do.

I'd do it in place, and only replace the leakers. DO drain and refill fluid,
and then do it every 30k miles thereafter.
...
Forum: General E46 Forum 05-24-2020, 10:07 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 356
Posted By TobyB
Yeah, it just barely comes out with the engine...

Yeah, it just barely comes out with the engine in, and I think I end up distorting it a bit to get it to come out,
usually. German engineering at its finest. If you look at the vac canister from...
Forum: General E46 Forum 05-24-2020, 11:56 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 542
Posted By TobyB
Me too. I'd rather be thinking about...

Me too.
I'd rather be thinking about something else.
I've even gone so far as to label them with a proper labeller, because it seems like I'm always in there every
other month or so for...
Forum: General E46 Forum 05-24-2020, 11:49 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 224
Posted By TobyB
The light control module is behind the switch- ...

The light control module is behind the switch-
and from your description, it's either unplugged or quite truly dead.
I'd honestly be a bit surprised if you could get connected to it via a scanner....
Forum: General E46 Forum 05-24-2020, 11:45 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 721
Posted By TobyB
Check the driveshaft- heck, it MIGHT work. The...

Check the driveshaft- heck, it MIGHT work. The E46 shell is a minor evolution of the E36.
It comes apart in the middle, so you can change the support bearing.

Good luck, and let us know how it...
Forum: General E46 Forum 05-24-2020, 11:37 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 349
Posted By TobyB
Might I suggest zip ties? They even make 'em ...

Might I suggest zip ties? They even make 'em
with loops so you could bolt one or 2 to the hold- down stud.

Hungry Joe
Forum: General E46 Forum 05-24-2020, 11:31 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 356
Posted By TobyB
Change that o- ring! It hardens up, so it'll...

Change that o- ring!
It hardens up, so it'll never reseal well.

Yes, dipstick's an utter pain to get out. You need to take more things off-
the vac canister in particular is one bolt and one...
Forum: General E46 Forum 05-23-2020, 04:30 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,404
Posted By TobyB
...heh,heh... he said 'member'... heh... t ...

...heh,heh... he said 'member'... heh...

t
loves you all
Forum: General E46 Forum 05-23-2020, 12:22 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 873
Posted By TobyB
Agreed- the torque value for the plate bolts is...

Agreed- the torque value for the plate bolts is way too low to stretch a bolt this size.

BMW coats many of their bolts, and where they used to specify a lube, sealant, etc,
they now spec a new...
Forum: General E46 Forum 05-23-2020, 12:12 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,328
Posted By TobyB
Agreed- the M54 is really just the final...

Agreed- the M54 is really just the final development of the M20 bottom
end with the final M42 head variant.

BMW is certainly an 'evolutionary' engine manufacturer-
they float an idea (M10, M42)...
Forum: General E46 Forum 05-23-2020, 11:59 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 721
Posted By TobyB
Ok, I also know a number of crossdressers, but...

Ok, I also know a number of crossdressers, but I've also worked on transmissions a bit:

Mandan, the E36 transmission bolts right up to the M54 in the E46.

The things that may vary: shifter...
Forum: General E46 Forum 05-21-2020, 04:44 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,328
Posted By TobyB
Nitrous... if you just need to see the number...

Nitrous... if you just need to see the number once or twice.

t
Forum: General E46 Forum 05-21-2020, 04:42 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 873
Posted By TobyB
TTY can also be steel- 8v Volkswagen head...

TTY can also be steel-

8v Volkswagen head bolts make me throw up a little,
as you stretch them about 2 turns....
and every rotation feels like the bolt's going to break,
as your internal...
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