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Forum: General E46 Forum 02-15-2020, 09:38 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 246
Posted By Jackson42
I'm a heretic and probably will start a flame...

I'm a heretic and probably will start a flame war, but here goes... When you are within 1000 miles of your next oil change add a quart of ATF to it. Run it to the oil change, and put in whatever...
Forum: General Off-Topic 02-09-2020, 12:18 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 387
Posted By Jackson42
Thank you for the brilliant insight - I don't...

Thank you for the brilliant insight - I don't know how I could have done it without you.

Having spent the last 20 years or so in the infosec and comsec worlds, I know exactly what it means.
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Forum: General E46 Forum 02-08-2020, 12:22 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 225
Posted By Jackson42
If all you're trying to do is separate the axles...

If all you're trying to do is separate the axles from the differential, just remove the six Torx-head cap screws on each flange. You'll have to wedge a pry bar or long screwdriver between a couple...
Forum: General Off-Topic 02-08-2020, 12:19 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 387
Posted By Jackson42
Attn: Moderator

My firewall is blocking www.motorlogbook.com when connected to E46Fanatics because of a mismatch in the certificate web address. FYI
Forum: General E46 Forum 02-08-2020, 12:13 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 5,827
Posted By Jackson42
If anyone is interested, I've got an M54 valve...

If anyone is interested, I've got an M54 valve cover I'd let go cheaply. PM me if interested.
Forum: General E46 Forum 02-08-2020, 07:35 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 585
Posted By Jackson42
+1 on Pentofrost NF. Been using it forever;...

+1 on Pentofrost NF. Been using it forever; never had a problem.
Forum: General E46 Forum 02-08-2020, 07:31 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 267
Posted By Jackson42
Is it a uniform bog or more like...

Is it a uniform bog or more like surging/pulsation? The plastic intake manifold has brass inserts for all threaded fasteners, so if you've got one showing, there's a fastener missing.
Forum: General E46 Forum 02-04-2020, 11:12 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 988
Posted By Jackson42
Agreed - LKQ in Chula Vista, CA (West location)...

Agreed - LKQ in Chula Vista, CA (West location) always has a good inventory of German cars, and E46s in particular.
Forum: General E46 Forum 01-29-2020, 12:47 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 988
Posted By Jackson42
I scored a complete '05 2.5l M56 engine,...

I scored a complete '05 2.5l M56 engine, including A/C compressor, alternator and starter, for $175. Took it apart to find the bearings are perfect - well within factory limits - and the...
Forum: General E46 Forum 01-27-2020, 11:26 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 375
Posted By Jackson42
It's an '04 and has the newer-version coil packs....

It's an '04 and has the newer-version coil packs. Light a candle for me - I'm just waiting for the next one to let go...
Forum: General E46 Forum 01-26-2020, 02:43 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 375
Posted By Jackson42
I'm not out of the woods yet - #1 let go this...

I'm not out of the woods yet - #1 let go this morning with the same failure - the secondary opened up, and it stumbled again since then, indicating imminent failure of another one.

Two things in...
Forum: General E46 Forum 01-25-2020, 01:58 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 375
Posted By Jackson42
Got an update: Pulled the #3 coil and its...

Got an update: Pulled the #3 coil and its secondary is wide open. In the absence of any other diagnostic information I'm going to assume it is infant mortality and move on. If the saga continues,...
Forum: General E46 Forum 01-25-2020, 01:13 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 375
Posted By Jackson42
P030x generic misfire where x is the cylinder. ...

P030x generic misfire where x is the cylinder. Wiring is clean, dry and tight. No cracked insulation, fraying, etc. Grounds solidly attached. As mentioned above, all six plugs and all six coils...
Forum: General E46 Forum 01-24-2020, 09:30 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 375
Posted By Jackson42
330Ci ignition woes

Got a weird one going on here and would appreciate the wisdom of the group. My 330Ci started stumbling occasionally a couple of weeks ago, and through a long process of elimination I traced it down...
Forum: General E46 Forum 01-19-2020, 12:58 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 539
Posted By Jackson42
Impressive - very little carbon buildup and it...

Impressive - very little carbon buildup and it looks quite dry. Notice what appear to be circumferential cracks in the insulator from the center electrode outward. As those cracks get deeper, they...
Forum: General E46 Forum 01-03-2020, 02:52 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 4,449
Posted By Jackson42
I'll bow to your more extensive experience with...

I'll bow to your more extensive experience with the E90 platform; my time under the hood with them is limited, but I've not enjoyed working on them that much. I'll agree that the M54 CCV is a...
Forum: General E46 Forum 01-01-2020, 07:17 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 4,449
Posted By Jackson42
I've always maintained and repaired my own cars,...

I've always maintained and repaired my own cars, and have owned BMWs for a very long time. The E46 is the last of the BMWs that a capable DIY mechanic has a fighting chance of keeping going by him-...
Forum: General E46 Forum 12-27-2019, 02:25 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 296
Posted By Jackson42
I have the PYP notifications set up for Chula...

I have the PYP notifications set up for Chula Vista/West, which is close to home. They've had four (4!) E46 cars come in since Christmas. I'm headed down there in the morning to harvest some coil...
Forum: General E46 Forum 12-26-2019, 10:24 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,219
Posted By Jackson42
Yes - you remove the pre-catalyst O2 sensor and...

Yes - you remove the pre-catalyst O2 sensor and thread the adapter for the pressure gauge into the hole. Start the car; run it up to 2500-3000 RPM and note the pressure reading. Shouldn't be more...
Forum: General E46 Forum 12-26-2019, 07:10 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,219
Posted By Jackson42
Your symptoms sound similar to a problem I had...

Your symptoms sound similar to a problem I had that turned out to be the rear catalytic convertor. Error was something along the line of "Cylinder 4 misfire with fuel cutoff". Cut the ignition;...
Forum: General E46 Forum 12-26-2019, 05:25 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 296
Posted By Jackson42
The electrical gremlins in these cars can drive...

The electrical gremlins in these cars can drive you to distraction, can't they? Glad you were successful! Certainly understand about the stupid exhaust flap vacuum reservoir. I capped that line at...
Forum: General E46 Forum 12-26-2019, 05:19 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 404
Posted By Jackson42
Any/all plastic/rubber parts in the cooling and...

Any/all plastic/rubber parts in the cooling and CCV systems; all sensors; water pump; radiator, header tank. Consider rebuilding the VANOS and replacing the DISA valve. Oil filter housing gasket is...
Forum: General E46 Forum 12-04-2019, 07:44 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,517
Posted By Jackson42
Money is not an issue... riiiighttt... It's...

Money is not an issue... riiiighttt... It's not AN issue until all of a sudden it becomes THE issue.

Strongly recommend you zero-time the cooling system - EVERYTHING - including all belts, all...
Forum: General E46 Forum 12-04-2019, 07:31 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,055
Posted By Jackson42
Oh, right, NOW let's start talking about...

Oh, right, NOW let's start talking about religion! :D

I've used Pentofrost NF for decades (really!) in all our BMWs - I have no chemical analysis to back up my claim that it seems to be the BMW...
Forum: General E46 Forum 11-23-2019, 02:16 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 9,269
Posted By Jackson42
The factory put either a 2.97 or a 3.05 in the...

The factory put either a 2.97 or a 3.05 in the six-speed cars. I had a 2.97 in my 330Ci and replaced it with a 3.05 - both are fine and give the car good acceleration and very long legs for cruising...
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