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Forum: General E46 Forum 05-22-2020, 05:09 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,150
Posted By shadetreemech
In case anyone missed this. ...

In case anyone missed this.

https://www.autoweek.com/car-life/diy/a32612380/harbor-freight-jack-stands-recalled-failure-risk-see-models-affected/
Forum: General E46 Forum 04-22-2020, 06:23 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,348
Posted By shadetreemech
I went thru this too. Every website I went to...

I went thru this too. Every website I went to listed CHF fluid. When I drained it it definitely was not CHF. It was the same fluid that came out of the transmission - which was a Texaco Dexron III...
Forum: General E46 Forum 04-19-2020, 02:27 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,445
Posted By shadetreemech
Unless you open the bleed valve before you...

Unless you open the bleed valve before you compress the piston. Then close it once the piston is all the way in the caliper. Have a line /hose over the bleeder and a catch can/bottle rigged up.
Forum: Tire & Wheel Forum 04-19-2020, 02:19 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,380
Posted By shadetreemech
I would also be concerned about the wheel offset....

I would also be concerned about the wheel offset. The factory spec offset for 17x8 inch wheels is 47mm. That's what I have on my stock 325ci and I think any wheel with less offset the tires are going...
Forum: General E46 Forum 04-11-2020, 10:42 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 357
Posted By shadetreemech
I think you are worried about nothing. Yes -...

I think you are worried about nothing. Yes - something has changed - the warning is there when it wasn't before - but it is nothing to worry about. From what you describe the oil sensor is working as...
Forum: Suspension & Braking 04-10-2020, 09:38 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,588
Posted By shadetreemech
I used a 3 foot or so length of 2x4 wood. Place...

I used a 3 foot or so length of 2x4 wood. Place one end on the back of the rotor. Hold it as perpendicular to the rotor as you can - the other end will be somewhere near the differential. Wack that...
Forum: General E46 Forum 03-30-2020, 08:11 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 347
Posted By shadetreemech
Even if you find an installer that will do it you...

Even if you find an installer that will do it you will have problem with the wheels being to narrow for that wide a tire.

Edit - IdahoDoug beat me to the post. All of the problems he describes...
Forum: General E46 Forum 03-30-2020, 08:03 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,236
Posted By shadetreemech
First - are you resetting the the MPH and MPG...

First - are you resetting the the MPH and MPG when you fill the tank? That's the only way I have ever been able to get the On Board Computer to match the real number I calculate from the trip...
Forum: General E46 Forum 03-30-2020, 07:40 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 347
Posted By shadetreemech
Your wheels are 7 inch wide ...

Your wheels are 7 inch wide
http://www.bmwstylewheels.com/bmw/98

The minimum width for 235/40 17 is 8 inch
https://www.1010tires.com/Tools/Tire-Size-Calculator/235-40R17
Forum: General E46 Forum 03-22-2020, 11:53 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,424
Posted By shadetreemech
I'm not nearly as meticulous. I bought the car...

I'm not nearly as meticulous. I bought the car sight unseen at an online auction. I found 1 - the plastic slide clip was broken and the bumper cover itself was torn at the clip bad enough that a new...
Forum: General E46 Forum 03-22-2020, 11:28 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 882
Posted By shadetreemech
This is just a thought. The torque on the rear...

This is just a thought. The torque on the rear end from hard acceleration gets absorbed some where. If the attach point to the chassis is a compressible bushing the bushing itself takes a good bit of...
Forum: General E46 Forum 03-16-2020, 05:22 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 9,278
Posted By shadetreemech
Thanks for the reply. Actually - i was wondering...

Thanks for the reply. Actually - i was wondering if it is possible to remove the shroud for the mechanical fan when you are using just the pusher fan. I have never removed the ET and don't know what...
Forum: General E46 Forum 03-16-2020, 09:50 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 9,278
Posted By shadetreemech
Ok... Before I remove my mechanical fan I have to...

Ok... Before I remove my mechanical fan I have to ask.... If the pusher fan was doing the job why did you go through the trouble of replacing it with a puller? Also - when you removed the mechanical...
Forum: General E46 Forum 03-13-2020, 10:19 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,205
Posted By shadetreemech
Ok....I don't know much and am trying to learn...

Ok....I don't know much and am trying to learn here. Why would they want to do this in this application. Most of the applications I have used fasteners that were intentionally torqued past their...
Forum: General E46 Forum 03-12-2020, 06:58 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,205
Posted By shadetreemech
I stand corrected. I was thinking of an E60. But...

I stand corrected. I was thinking of an E60. But my original point that the fasteners used are just standard bolts still stands.
Forum: General E46 Forum 03-11-2020, 10:25 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,205
Posted By shadetreemech
As far as 'torque to yield' --- I think a lot of...

As far as 'torque to yield' --- I think a lot of people confuse 'angle torque' with 'torque to yield'. They are two separate, distinct things. In the case of these fasteners - they are hard steel...
Forum: Suspension & Braking 03-04-2020, 09:16 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,674
Posted By shadetreemech
First I would look at tires. 'Turn in' can vary...

First I would look at tires. 'Turn in' can vary greatly from different tire types. Maybe you can find a review/test of yours on tirerack. For my 325ci BMW recommends rear tire pressures of 5 psi more...
Forum: General E46 Forum 02-24-2020, 09:33 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,978
Posted By shadetreemech
Well.... like MrMCar said.... you only get one...

Well.... like MrMCar said.... you only get one shot at this then you are more than likely pulling the engine out and head off. Cutting a bolt then screwing it into the rod runs a high risk of...
Forum: General E46 Forum 02-24-2020, 09:12 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 616
Posted By shadetreemech
I have halogen headlights on a '06 325CI and they...

I have halogen headlights on a '06 325CI and they are awful. I have changed the bulbs to extra bright/short life bulbs, precisely aimed/adjusted them and my 700 lumen tiny led flashlight still lights...
Forum: General E46 Forum 02-24-2020, 08:59 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,978
Posted By shadetreemech
This ..... But... The problem is you need a drill...

This ..... But... The problem is you need a drill guide that will fit in the cramped space. I don't think you can fabricate one your self. You will need a machine shop but it won't be that expensive....
Forum: General E46 Forum 02-20-2020, 08:38 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,395
Posted By shadetreemech
Think of it this way - stiff motor/transmission...

Think of it this way - stiff motor/transmission mounts don't absorb engine vibrations - they transmit it. Factory mounts are 'tuned' by BMW to absorb engine vibrations that result in harmonic...
Forum: General E46 Forum 02-17-2020, 03:32 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 631
Posted By shadetreemech
Look at the obvious stuff first. Is the pump...

Look at the obvious stuff first. Is the pump turning? if yes is it making squealing noises? You state fluid isn't moving. If fluid isn't moving and there is no noise - the pump probably isn't...
Forum: General E46 Forum 02-15-2020, 03:30 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,115
Posted By shadetreemech
It is a pressure sensor. In normal operation no...

It is a pressure sensor. In normal operation no fluid flows through it so the size of the orifice shouldn't matter.
Forum: General E46 Forum 02-12-2020, 11:52 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,577
Posted By shadetreemech
Does a scan tool actually measure voltage or just...

Does a scan tool actually measure voltage or just report the voltage a microprocessor somewhere in the car is reporting?. On my E46 the voltage reported by the scanner never matches the voltage I...
Forum: General E46 Forum 02-12-2020, 11:36 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 376
Posted By shadetreemech
By definition - if fluid can flow out air can...

By definition - if fluid can flow out air can flow in at the bleed screw. Some of the techniques others have described will lesson this but it really isn't necessary. The brake line attaches at the...
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