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by colb
Tue 24 Apr, 2018 22:30
Forum: Check your diary
Topic: Brecon Classic Car Show Sunday 5th August 2018
Replies: 0
Views: 26

Brecon Classic Car Show Sunday 5th August 2018

Entry forms online for this show for pre 2000 cars.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/283718075125716/

They are asking for arrivals by 09:30, no movement off site until 16:00
by colb
Tue 24 Apr, 2018 20:54
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Head Gasket blown again?! Advice needed
Replies: 4
Views: 103

Re: Head Gasket blown again?! Advice needed

How long is a piece of string question, depends on condition of all the parts as a whole or individualy. Good interior and seats will always sell as will body panels, always someone out there wanting to refresh theirs. To guage prices have a look at ebay listings for BMW Z3 parts to see what the goi...
by colb
Tue 24 Apr, 2018 17:13
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Head Gasket blown again?! Advice needed
Replies: 4
Views: 103

Re: Head Gasket blown again?! Advice needed

Depends on how deep your pockets are!
If the rest of the car is in good shape then replace the head and gasket also give the cooling system a refresh with a new water pump and thermostat. Loads of Z's out there for silly money, might be an idea to replace the car and sell the dead one for spares.
by colb
Sun 22 Apr, 2018 21:27
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Another potentially silly question- fans
Replies: 1
Views: 81

Re: Another potentially silly question- fans

Your aftermarket air con fan will be in front of the condensor rad and will be the electric fan. The engine cooling fan should operate via its viscous coupling in the centre of the fan blades, it will only run when the coolant reaches a set temp which causes the viscous unit to engage and spin the b...
by colb
Sun 22 Apr, 2018 10:23
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: How nickable are Z3's?
Replies: 10
Views: 303

Re: How nickable are Z3's?

Agree with first reply, steering wheel locking bar is the way to go, its highly visible so a deterant. Nothing will prevent a car getting stolen if the proffessional thieves want it they will take it. Had a Ford Capri in the 70's that got nicked because of Fords crap locks and keys. Stopped it getti...
by colb
Sat 21 Apr, 2018 21:12
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Loss of power
Replies: 12
Views: 1122

Re: Loss of power

Have you disconnected the Maf electrical plug and tried the car as with it unplugged it should run on default settings. If it runs better then that would point to the Maf being bad. You could try cleaning it with Maf cleaning spray but cleaning rarely fixes a bad maf in my experience. As a replaceme...
by colb
Sun 15 Apr, 2018 19:51
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: ABS/DSC fault codes
Replies: 3
Views: 120

Re: ABS/DSC fault codes

My battery went flat the other week, had left the boot open. Jump started and abs asc lights lit up. No codes set when I checked. Ran a abs pump check in inpatient after which the lights went out. Put your new battery on and give the car a run of a few miles, also switch it on one off a few times so...
by colb
Wed 11 Apr, 2018 20:11
Forum: Computer help
Topic: BM Cables Inpa problems
Replies: 3
Views: 182

Re: BM Cables Inpa problems

Thanks Robert, seems like my Com port settings are ok as I can see what looks like a default menu it reverts to when it fails to load the engine module in E36 modules and I can access the various task buttons and view what they relate to. Seems to me the system can't locate the Engine module for the...
by colb
Wed 11 Apr, 2018 19:17
Forum: Computer help
Topic: BM Cables Inpa problems
Replies: 3
Views: 182

BM Cables Inpa problems

Since my laptop failed have obtained a replacement running Windows 7 and loaded the Cable drivers Inpa and DIS onto it using BMCables Discs. Sees the cable and opens up Inpa to main menu, select E36 and try connecting to the listed modules and it can't open any of them, just get an error message. Sa...
by colb
Mon 02 Apr, 2018 20:39
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: ABS and ASC lights on
Replies: 3
Views: 454

Re: ABS and ASC lights on

Replacement Laptop sourced with Windows 7 Proffessional on it, loaded the Inpa software then had two days of messing about getting it yto work. First problem was no menu displayed just blank screen and buttons. Found a fix for this on the web and evetually after deleting some windows drivers and add...
by colb
Sat 24 Mar, 2018 23:44
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: ABS and ASC lights on
Replies: 3
Views: 454

ABS and ASC lights on

Went to start the Z this afternoon only to find it had a flat battery. Used a start and charge booster to jump start it using the battery terminals. Started right up but ABS and ASC lights on the dashboard. Broke out the laptop and fired up INPA after some difficulty with the laptop which also had a...
by colb
Sat 24 Mar, 2018 00:09
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 PAS cooling loop
Replies: 4
Views: 460

Re: Z3 PAS cooling loop

I would have thought placing an oil cooler in front of the radiator would block some of the air flow to the radiator and may cause overheating. What about making a replacement cooling loop using copper pipe if you don't want to replace it with a stock steel pipe? Not sure what size the fittings are....
by colb
Tue 13 Mar, 2018 19:57
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Sticking lock - my mistake.
Replies: 7
Views: 702

Re: Sticking lock - my mistake.

All locks best use graphite powder for the lock barrel, a little light grease on any rods and moving parts within the door should be ok but I would use a dab of coppereaze grease on thinks like moving rods and the larger solid metal parts of the door latches that actually move, the copper in the gre...
by colb
Tue 13 Mar, 2018 00:20
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Sticking lock - my mistake.
Replies: 7
Views: 702

Re: Sticking lock - my mistake.

Don't use graphite grease, it will stick again, what you want is graphite powder, put some on both sides of the key and work it in by putting the key in and working the lock back and forth. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Graphite-Powder-Lock-Lubricant-Cylinder-Car-Padlock/142690131975?epid=2169198796&ha...
by colb
Mon 12 Mar, 2018 23:22
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Sticking lock - my mistake.
Replies: 7
Views: 702

Re: Sticking lock - my mistake.

Try giving it a good dose of WD40 to wash the oil out, to lubricate locks just use graphite as its a dry lubricant and won't cause sticking.
by colb
Sun 04 Mar, 2018 23:45
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Free 3rd party Image Hosting
Replies: 9
Views: 1295

Re: Free 3rd party Image Hosting

Go to https://imgur.com/ Sign up on there for an account, its free, once signed in you can add your photos to your albums by uploading the picture to your album. When they are in your album when you view them in imgur you will see a list of links on the right of the screen. When you want to post a p...
by colb
Sun 04 Mar, 2018 20:37
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Free 3rd party Image Hosting
Replies: 9
Views: 1295

Re: Free 3rd party Image Hosting

Image
Open an account and upload your pictures, when done you will see various links on the right, this picture was put on the forum using the BB Code for use on message boards and forums.
https://imgur.com/
by colb
Fri 16 Feb, 2018 18:50
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Hazards not working
Replies: 2
Views: 354

Re: Hazards not working

The Hazard switch is probably the cause, whip it out and check its operation, spray some electrical cleaning fluid in it, see if that resolves the problem and all its connections are clean.
by colb
Fri 16 Feb, 2018 14:47
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Condensation
Replies: 6
Views: 831

Re: Condensation

Drying bags or dehumidifier pots you can get from the pound shop type retail outlets are probably the best bet just to get the worst out of the interior, you will never get it all. Propper dehumidifier machines will just pull the moisture out of the air and if the car is outside or in a garage its j...
by colb
Thu 08 Feb, 2018 15:57
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Winter progress + second advisory-free MoT in a row!
Replies: 4
Views: 432

Re: Winter progress + second advisory-free MoT in a row!

If its leaking out of the water pump it would be prudent to change it out for a new one sooner rather than later. Just check its not one of the hoses leaking at a joint, the rubber on our cars is getting rather old now and tend to start leaking, the crimp clips they used to connect hoses often loose...
by colb
Sat 03 Feb, 2018 22:46
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: new outer sills
Replies: 9
Views: 837

Re: new outer sills

Thread from last year one contributor reported sills from BMW at £110 in April 2017
viewtopic.php?t=45073#p415824
by colb
Fri 26 Jan, 2018 15:39
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Please help save my 2.8L all original atlanta blue!
Replies: 15
Views: 1392

Re: Please help save my 2.8L all original atlanta blue!

If you plan on keeping it forever then it's a no brainer, get it fixed, the only thing that worries me is the state of the chassis as Mr Scalex explained in his post and if it can be straightened if distorted. Really need to have the wheel off to see what got bent, you should be able to source body ...
by colb
Thu 25 Jan, 2018 17:31
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Please help save my 2.8L all original atlanta blue!
Replies: 15
Views: 1392

Re: Please help save my 2.8L all original atlanta blue!

Better picture without the dog would be useful and take it parallel with the wheel arch to see how far back it pushed the wheel. You need to strip it down to assess the damage to the suspension components, it may be they have just bent so replacement would not be too much however you need to see if ...
by colb
Thu 25 Jan, 2018 10:36
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: M calliper paint colour
Replies: 1
Views: 293

Re: M calliper paint colour

Think you are right, probably silver finish, don't recall seeing painted calipers when they were new. Choice now will be dependent on what suits the car colour, as my car was Topaz blue metallic I went for blue which made a decent contrast. Choices seem to be Red, yellow, silver or blue and maybe go...
by colb
Tue 16 Jan, 2018 22:34
Forum: Spotted!
Topic: Malta spotted
Replies: 3
Views: 410

Malta spotted

Couple of Z4’s spotted here in Malta today no Z3’s yet but did see a pristine 1960’s Hillman.
by colb
Sat 13 Jan, 2018 19:27
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: any ideas
Replies: 4
Views: 644

Re: any ideas

Sounds very much like a problem I had, noticeable after a night run using headlights, next day flat battery. Checked alternator output and found it was only pushing out 12 volts. Replaced alternator charged battery up and checked alternator output which was restored to over 14 volts when engine runn...
by colb
Mon 08 Jan, 2018 16:43
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: off line for a bit
Replies: 15
Views: 1289

Re: off line for a bit

Sorry to hear what you have been going through, stay strong mate and fight it, lot of people on here wishing you well.
by colb
Mon 01 Jan, 2018 17:15
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Valuation Required on 2.2 Sport
Replies: 3
Views: 581

Re: Valuation Required on 2.2 Sport

Probably best to have a look on ebay to see what similar condition cars are going for. Its all down to condition and mileage in the end. Owners idea of value are often in excess of what the car will achieve. Wouldn't be a bad idea on hanging on to it if it dosn't owe you anything.
by colb
Fri 29 Dec, 2017 20:03
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?
Replies: 2088
Views: 233610

Re: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?

Christmas money spent on a perspex wind blocker, ordered on Tuesday delivered on Friday, fitted it and it fits like a glove to my stainless one piece hoops. Must say the Velcro on the holding strips is the strongest I've seen. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-Z3-WIND-DEFLECTOR-CLEAR-TO-FIT-DUAL-CHROME...
by colb
Thu 28 Dec, 2017 14:45
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Solar trickle charger
Replies: 13
Views: 1425

Re: Solar trickle charger

Forgot to mention a 12v Wind generator, when the brother in law got rid of his boat I rigged it up outside the garage and fed it to the car. Worked quite well, always seemed to have enough wind to spin it up and produce a charge for the battery. Bit of an outlay but better than a solar charger as lo...
by colb
Thu 28 Dec, 2017 12:12
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Solar trickle charger
Replies: 13
Views: 1425

Re: Solar trickle charger

Charger best connection would be direct to battery terminals in the boot although you could use the jump start the terminals in the engine compartment, the loss of current between the jump start terminals and the battery would be minimal given the length of wiring between the two. Don't forget there...
by colb
Wed 20 Dec, 2017 22:24
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 Cold engine RPM
Replies: 18
Views: 1547

Re: Z3 Cold engine RPM

As it seems frozen at that reading might be worth pulling the Disa valve out and checking it is intact as per that video link I posted, could be thats the source of the problem. If a known good Maf fails to solve it then the Disa Valve would be the next place to check. If that checks out ok then one...
by colb
Wed 20 Dec, 2017 09:55
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 Cold engine RPM
Replies: 18
Views: 1547

Re: Z3 Cold engine RPM

Just found this posted on another forum regarding cold start issues, worth a look
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3r7jvpf ... e=youtu.be
by colb
Wed 20 Dec, 2017 08:52
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 Cold engine RPM
Replies: 18
Views: 1547

Re: Z3 Cold engine RPM

Your diagnostic results do point towards the Maf being bad, the exhaust lambda sensors are controlling the fuel mixture using the Maf readings it could of course be that the exhaust sensors are past their best as well. Its going to be expensive throwing new sensors at it just to see if they are work...
by colb
Tue 19 Dec, 2017 22:19
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 Cold engine RPM
Replies: 18
Views: 1547

Re: Z3 Cold engine RPM

Try it with the Maf disconnected to see if it runs better with the default settings as gookha said. If you bought a cheap pattern Maf you were warned of the folly in doing that!! Wonder if anyone is near you with a working oem Maf you could try before shelling out on an oem one just to prove it is b...
by colb
Thu 14 Dec, 2017 21:16
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 Cold engine RPM
Replies: 18
Views: 1547

Re: Z3 Cold engine RPM

Might be best to go for a known good used part from one of the guys who breaks Z's on here. What engine is in yours M43 or M44? Need to get the right one as they are different. M43 has a plug in socket on the Maf M44 has a screw in socket for the connector. Mine is a 1.9 M43, when I had to replace m...
by colb
Thu 14 Dec, 2017 15:56
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 Cold engine RPM
Replies: 18
Views: 1547

Re: Z3 Cold engine RPM

Did a cold start on my 1.9 M43 engine today, on starting it revs at 1000rpm idling as it warms up revs decrease to 750-800rpm at idle. The maf should be reporting the amount of air passing through it, your readings are very low, if your viewing live data what is it showing when you rev it up it shou...
by colb
Wed 13 Dec, 2017 15:42
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Replacement Clutch
Replies: 3
Views: 543

Re: Replacement Clutch

Is it the clutch plate or is it the slave cylinder at fault? Big difference in repair price by a garage, if its the slave cylinder then that would be an easyish swap for a new one and a bit of a bother to bleed it by all accounts. Obviously if it needs a new clutch plate and cover + release bearing ...
by colb
Tue 12 Dec, 2017 23:49
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 Cold engine RPM
Replies: 18
Views: 1547

Re: Z3 Cold engine RPM

From what you have replaced so far it looks like the water temp sensor is functioning ok, cleaning the Maf with the wrong stuff is not recommended it will often destroy it as would touching the sensor itself with anything. A bad Maf may well be the cause of your problems as you have already changed ...
by colb
Tue 12 Dec, 2017 10:10
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 Cold engine RPM
Replies: 18
Views: 1547

Re: Z3 Cold engine RPM

Some advice on this previous post regarding this issue unfortunately he didn't get back with any results. http://www.zroadster.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=43652&p=403320&hilit=cold+start#p403320 Revs from cold start worked out by water temperature sensor and exhaust lambda sensor being compared by...
by colb
Tue 28 Nov, 2017 20:07
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Foxed by Electrical issue?
Replies: 2
Views: 563

Re: Foxed by Electrical issue?

Sounds like a classic case of shorting wires or broken wires in the body to boot lid loom. Going to need stripping back the outer cover to check individual wires in that loom for breaks. Solder any breaks and heatshrink them.
by colb
Sun 26 Nov, 2017 17:55
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Breakdown cover
Replies: 11
Views: 1284

Re: Breakdown cover

That sounds like a bargain, mine is £150 a year for wife and me with the bank, will be looking to change if it works out better. Just checked it out, if I cancel my breakdown with the bank I also loose my annual travel insurance with them so weighing it up I'm better off with what I have. Wife and m...
by colb
Thu 23 Nov, 2017 21:58
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Broken suspension springs ??
Replies: 19
Views: 1901

Re: Broken suspension springs ??

Our road conditions are the main cause, deep potholes and the dreaded speed humps all over the place. Z Springs should be up to the job as with other makes of cars oem quality springs should be ok, you might consider some uprated springs, they are out there. Age of our cars also has some bearing on ...
by colb
Tue 21 Nov, 2017 16:12
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Rear tracking?
Replies: 8
Views: 930

Re: Rear tracking?

No adjustment for rear tracking unless you fit an aftermarket kit. Check out all the rear suspension bushes to see if any are worn, if so replace to bring it back to factory specs and see if that makes a difference to tyre wear. Only other thing if the wheel is out would be accident damage to the co...
by colb
Mon 20 Nov, 2017 10:42
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Key Lock in Door just spins round
Replies: 6
Views: 824

Re: Key Lock in Door just spins round

Would hazard a guess that the flat plates fixing at the end of the unit has failed and the block and spring broke for freedom. Is there another block with a hole in it for the spring to fit in, looks like it in the picture fit the spring with its block back in an compress it in with the flat plate m...
by colb
Thu 16 Nov, 2017 19:56
Forum: Check your diary
Topic: Tewksbury Classic Car Festival Sunday 19th August 2018
Replies: 0
Views: 1348

Tewksbury Classic Car Festival Sunday 19th August 2018

Held at Ashchurch High School Playing Field, just off Jnc 9 of the M5 so easy to get to. £5 Show Car + Driver and £7.50 each passenger. In aid of Air Ambulance. Always a wide range of vehicles attend this show, always something to see. On line booking will be available soon according to their poster...
by colb
Sun 12 Nov, 2017 23:18
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Bonnet keeps popping
Replies: 3
Views: 522

Re: Bonnet keeps popping

Must be the locking latch not engaging fully when closed, check out the release cable it may be dry and sticking so the latch isn't engaging fully to hold it shut.
http://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/showpar ... Id=41_0040
by colb
Sun 12 Nov, 2017 17:10
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Window washer jets issue
Replies: 6
Views: 667

Re: Window washer jets issue

If you want replacements call in or phone your local BMW dealer quote the part number and normally they will be available next day for picking up. They will take a payment over the phone usually.
by colb
Sun 12 Nov, 2017 10:26
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Window washer jets issue
Replies: 6
Views: 667

Re: Window washer jets issue

Had to replace my one way valves on mine when it started spraying under the bonnet into the engine bay behind the sound deadening lining. Obtained mine from BMW dealer about £9 per pair. http://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/showparts?id=CM12-EUR-12-1999-Z3-BMW-Z3_19&diagId=61_0171 Quite why they do this ...