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Forum: General E46 Forum 02-15-2020, 04:30 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 712
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, 12:52 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,037
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, 12:36 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 268
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...
Forum: General E46 Forum 02-04-2020, 07:17 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 422
Posted By shadetreemech
Don't forget about the oil return line from the...

Don't forget about the oil return line from the ccv to the dipstick tube. If that line or the dipstick tube annulus is clogged the oil the ccv separates out can't return to the crankcase. When that...
Forum: General E46 Forum 01-31-2020, 10:18 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 258
Posted By shadetreemech
I've done this exact sequence with the GM...

I've done this exact sequence with the GM transmission. One minor difference - I used a laser thermometer to get the temp of the transmission case in one instance and a scan tool for the fluid temp...
Forum: General E46 Forum 01-31-2020, 10:05 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 953
Posted By shadetreemech
A couple of observations....... For oil to...

A couple of observations....... For oil to 'crust' like that it was hotter than it's flash point. Any chance a previous owner had the oil changed at a quick change that used conventional oil? The...
Forum: General E46 Forum 01-30-2020, 06:04 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,754
Posted By shadetreemech
I don't know about that particular device but...

I don't know about that particular device but some of them have remote kill capability. They can also kill when removed. In my ignorance I would be leery of just unplugging it. They are fairly...
Forum: General E46 Forum 01-30-2020, 10:05 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 414
Posted By shadetreemech
Well.... just to make sure did you check the...

Well.... just to make sure did you check the bleed screw orifice and make sure it is not plugged? If some one has left the protective cover off of the bleed screw (all to frequent an occurrence) it...
Forum: General E46 Forum 01-30-2020, 09:51 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 881
Posted By shadetreemech
All BMW engines sold in the US after 2011 i think...

All BMW engines sold in the US after 2011 i think it was are turbo charged. For engines that have a turbo charger it is important to use an oil that has been demonstrated not to coke in the high heat...
Forum: General E46 Forum 01-25-2020, 12:18 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 1,197
Posted By shadetreemech
You have an automatic transmission that comes...

You have an automatic transmission that comes with a mechanical radiator fan - that spins all the time. A little bit of oil goes a long way. The fan catches if and blows it everywhere - it the leak...
Forum: General E46 Forum 01-18-2020, 07:27 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 922
Posted By shadetreemech
The factory engine and transmission mounts are...

The factory engine and transmission mounts are 'tuned' to absorb certain frequencies. Aftermarket manufacturers products aren't. They will raise the vibration levels in cabin.

Just a thought - you...
Forum: General E46 Forum 01-18-2020, 06:45 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 913
Posted By shadetreemech
In situations like this - where the nut is...

In situations like this - where the nut is rounded off/deformed - I resort to heat and a six inch pipe wrench.
Forum: General E46 Forum 01-13-2020, 09:28 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 616
Posted By shadetreemech
The wheels appear to be these factory wheels. ...

The wheels appear to be these factory wheels.



The bumper cover issue is not uncommon with e46's. It is frequently an easy fix. There are plastic clips that secure the corners of the cover to...
Forum: General E46 Forum 01-12-2020, 10:26 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,003
Posted By shadetreemech
The GM 5L40E is a mid 1990's design that...

The GM 5L40E is a mid 1990's design that specified the GM fluid of that era - Dexron III. When GM stopped licensing that designation/specification they replaced it with Dexron VI. The Castrol fluid...
Forum: General E46 Forum 01-09-2020, 01:58 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,401
Posted By shadetreemech
I don't know much about racing setups. I just...

I don't know much about racing setups. I just remember watching Hans Stuck throw his car into corners with what appeared to be crazy abandon and end up on 2 wheels - all day long. One explanation at...
Forum: General E46 Forum 01-09-2020, 10:10 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,401
Posted By shadetreemech
Everything in the suspension can be perfect. If...

Everything in the suspension can be perfect. If the tire is oriented straight ahead - close to zero toe - the radial plys on the body of the tire can work back and forth - there is no force setting...
Forum: General E46 Forum 01-09-2020, 09:48 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 2,845
Posted By shadetreemech
From a web search " While there have been...

From a web search " While there have been experiments conducted to substitute magnesium for aluminum, it is still softer, less stable, more expensive and tends to bend easier when under stress." But...
Forum: General E46 Forum 01-09-2020, 09:10 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 850
Posted By shadetreemech
CHF 11 is such a PITA. It requires more frequent...

CHF 11 is such a PITA. It requires more frequent service, much more careful handling, is not compatible with anything else and is expensive. All for a fluid that is engineered for a climate I will...
Forum: General E46 Forum 01-09-2020, 08:48 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,401
Posted By shadetreemech
Don't forget about tires in this discussion. Some...

Don't forget about tires in this discussion. Some tires the belts/tread work back and forth with no toe in - some don't. Some years ago I bought an e36 323ci at an auction and then drove it 600 miles...
Forum: General E46 Forum 01-08-2020, 09:21 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 2,845
Posted By shadetreemech
I currently have an '06 325 CI auto and an '08...

I currently have an '06 325 CI auto and an '08 528 auto. They both have 105k miles. The e60 really hasn't been any more trouble or expensive than the e46. It has been different trouble and a bunch of...
Forum: General E46 Forum 01-07-2020, 09:07 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 3,977
Posted By shadetreemech
My two cents - YMMV. Some Ford V8's have a...

My two cents - YMMV. Some Ford V8's have a 'spark plug ejection' problem do to a design oversight. When removing the plugs at the recommended service interval the aluminum threads in the head are...
Forum: General E46 Forum 01-03-2020, 10:46 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 394
Posted By shadetreemech
The load on the system is greatest with the car...

The load on the system is greatest with the car sitting still on the ground. When you lift the front end it allows the fluid to circulate at a lower pressure and temperature. If the system has been...
Forum: General E46 Forum 01-03-2020, 10:37 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 408
Posted By shadetreemech
It took 3 days and 3 iterations of this to get...

It took 3 days and 3 iterations of this to get mine to work. I still don't know if it was the valve or the passages in the head that were blocked. Out of curiosity - how did you determine your new...
Forum: General E46 Forum 01-02-2020, 07:18 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 245
Posted By shadetreemech
You have the first version of the SAP system. The...

You have the first version of the SAP system. The valve is vacuum operated. You should see a small vacuum line attached to the valve. This rubber line is a common failure item. I don't know if there...
Forum: General E46 Forum 01-02-2020, 03:02 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 577
Posted By shadetreemech
With the oil fill cap removed is there...

With the oil fill cap removed is there pressure/air blowing out at the oil fill or is it pulling a vacuum?
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