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Forum: General E46 Forum 03-04-2020, 10:04 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 968
Posted By BobC63
I think that the 'activators' for limp mode are...

I think that the 'activators' for limp mode are several / many. I have only had it happen twice (once accidentally and then once 'on purpose') and it had nothing to do with conventional engine or...
Forum: General E46 Forum 03-02-2020, 10:08 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 586
Posted By BobC63
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Second thing you need to do is give us the information we initially asked for so we can help.

1) Have you had...
Forum: General E46 Forum 02-27-2020, 11:25 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 586
Posted By BobC63
Second thing you need to do is give us the...

Second thing you need to do is give us the information we initially asked for so we can help.

1) Have you had the vehicle scanned for error codes? Do you have your own scanner or did someone else...
Forum: General E46 Forum 02-27-2020, 11:08 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 586
Posted By BobC63
OK, thanks for the clarification. Now, I...

OK, thanks for the clarification.

Now, I have to tell you that what you are doing - running the vehicle with the gas tank almost empty / empty constantly - is a very BAD thing for your car.
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Forum: General E46 Forum 02-26-2020, 04:34 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 586
Posted By BobC63
Agreed... the OP really hasn't given us much...

Agreed... the OP really hasn't given us much information to work with. Curious that he's putting in $10 in gas / day - instead of just filling it up and refilling when down near E...

Hopefully,...
Forum: General E46 Forum 02-26-2020, 01:47 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 586
Posted By BobC63
Actually, he posted "...I'm at the gas station...

Actually, he posted "...I'm at the gas station once a day. $10 dollars a day." He's not using a tank of gas a day.

And $10 worth of gas could be as little as 2.5 gallons, depending on where he is...
Forum: General E46 Forum 02-26-2020, 12:53 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 586
Posted By BobC63
Sorry to hear of your problems. First...

Sorry to hear of your problems.

First question: How do you know it's the MAF? Do you have a CEL code reader? If you do, what codes does it show?

Second: Have you ever done a smoke test to your...
Forum: General E46 Forum 01-15-2020, 04:18 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,199
Posted By BobC63
True. I've been toying with possibly picking up a...

True. I've been toying with possibly picking up a similar vintage Jag or MB and have been watching for a decent one locally for some time now...

What I've seen with those 2 brands anyway (and I'd...
Forum: General E46 Forum 01-15-2020, 01:23 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,199
Posted By BobC63
It's definitely the salvage title coupled with...

It's definitely the salvage title coupled with how 'young' the car was at the time of salvage... as others have pointed out, a 1-year old M3 (with probably less than 20K miles on it at the time?)...
Forum: General E46 Forum 01-03-2020, 09:01 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 3,054
Posted By BobC63
Oil and filter, every 10K miles or annually...

Oil and filter, every 10K miles or annually (whichever comes first). Usually it means changing the oil once a year (with about 7 - 8 K miles on it). Mobil 1 full synthetic, of course. Same with air...
Forum: General E46 Forum 12-31-2019, 09:43 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 6,324
Posted By BobC63
Yep. Same thing happened to me, in my '03 330cic....

Yep. Same thing happened to me, in my '03 330cic.

It's the amperage drain on the alternator from the subwoofer amp; with the car rpms down at idle or lower (happened to me twice when my car was at...
Forum: E46 Convertible 12-09-2019, 03:36 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,827
Posted By BobC63
If, after you wash / dry your vert top you still...

If, after you wash / dry your vert top you still see staining or fading... try this.

Sharpie magic marker. Seriously.

My vert top had heavy 'fade' marks running across the top along the bends...
Forum: General E46 Forum 12-06-2019, 10:13 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,363
Posted By BobC63
Smoke Test for PO171 / 174 codes is ABSOLUTELY...

Smoke Test for PO171 / 174 codes is ABSOLUTELY the first thing you should do.

So many times people just start throwing parts at the problem.

You Tube search "e46 Smoke Test"... there is a DIY...
Forum: General E46 Forum 12-04-2019, 12:42 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,572
Posted By BobC63
I regularly drive my 330cic with the auto tranny...

I regularly drive my 330cic with the auto tranny in manual mode and run the first 3 gears to redline plenty (and 4th on the open highway). Never a problem if the car is in decent shape mechanically....
Forum: General E46 Forum 12-03-2019, 10:29 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,353
Posted By BobC63
Lots of great tips and suggestions here :clap: ...

Lots of great tips and suggestions here :clap:

My 330cic is stored in a garage from about October - March. In prep for storage, I run the gas down to just about empty and then fill back up. Check...
Forum: General E46 Forum 11-27-2019, 01:26 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,346
Posted By BobC63
Been doing 10K OCIs using Mobil 1 and a good...

Been doing 10K OCIs using Mobil 1 and a good filter on all my vehicles since that oil came out (late 1980's?)

Everything from a 4 cyl. Hyundai Excel (remember those?) and a tiny Chevy Spark to a...
Forum: E46 Convertible 11-20-2019, 12:06 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 780
Posted By BobC63
I'd say at this point that you have nothing to...

I'd say at this point that you have nothing to lose by trying to loosen / remove those allen head screws... worst that can happen is that the screw just spins because of a nut on the other side......
Forum: General E46 Forum 11-19-2019, 03:28 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 800
Posted By BobC63
Aw, Ray, don't be so negative ;) I have done...

Aw, Ray, don't be so negative ;)

I have done this mod. Super easy (yes you are literally closing off the vacuum line with a golf tee) and it takes 5 minutes to do. IMO it doesn't make the vehicle...
Forum: General E46 Forum 11-15-2019, 09:53 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 917
Posted By BobC63
Just about 17 years old... painted the washer...

Just about 17 years old... painted the washer fluid reservoir base black to match the rest of the components
Forum: General E46 Forum 11-13-2019, 03:36 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,914
Posted By BobC63
Third option... paint the wheels white to match...

Third option... paint the wheels white to match the body..?
Forum: General E46 Forum 11-06-2019, 12:45 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 344
Posted By BobC63
Before looking at the DISA, do a vacuum smoke...

Before looking at the DISA, do a vacuum smoke test. Find it on YouTube (e46 smoke test). I did the "cigar" test; cost me under $10 for everything to do the test - and it 100% worked to find all...
Forum: General E46 Forum 10-01-2019, 09:36 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 983
Posted By BobC63
Pretty common problem from what I've seen. In my...

Pretty common problem from what I've seen. In my case, I just unbolted the center console and pushed it back up through. Then I put a small piece of wood underneath the switch to hold it up in the...
Forum: General E46 Forum 09-13-2019, 09:31 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 681
Posted By BobC63
Use a voltmeter (multimeter) at the battery...

Use a voltmeter (multimeter) at the battery terminals and verify that you read between 13.7 - 14.2 vdc while the car is running (idling). And yes, YouTube is your friend here. Much easier to watch a...
Forum: General E46 Forum 09-12-2019, 04:33 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 681
Posted By BobC63
Did you test the alternator to make sure that it...

Did you test the alternator to make sure that it is putting out the correct voltage? Otherwise you'll run that new battery down fast if the alternator is not functioning properly
Forum: General E46 Forum 09-10-2019, 03:54 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 681
Posted By BobC63
If the cause of the "cog" is the bad battery -...

If the cause of the "cog" is the bad battery - then yes, it will reset itself when you remove the old battery and replace.

After installing the battery, test the alternator voltage while the car...
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