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by dazthephot
Mon 05 Jun, 2017 08:10
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Coolant flushing
Replies: 16
Views: 1879

Re: Coolant flushing

Thanks for the tip.


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by dazthephot
Sun 04 Jun, 2017 18:48
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Coolant flushing
Replies: 16
Views: 1879

Re: Coolant flushing

Also once you've filled it with deionised water for the initial flush would you run the engine a short while to circulate it?


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by dazthephot
Sun 04 Jun, 2017 18:11
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Coolant flushing
Replies: 16
Views: 1879

Re: Coolant flushing

Thank you for the advice. I bought 12 litres of deionised water from Tesco cos it was only a pound or so for 2.5l. I got 3l of bmw coolant for about £20 from a bmw geezer on fleabay. So I'm ready to go. I'm guessing that you turn the heater dial to hot then put the ignition on and run the fan? Right...
by dazthephot
Wed 31 May, 2017 21:43
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Passenger door won't open
Replies: 15
Views: 1715

Re: Passenger door won't open

It's a faff but you can get the actuator off the lock without taking the lock out. Perhaps if you get it off you can manually move the centre spigot enough to unlock the door?? Maybe.



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by dazthephot
Wed 31 May, 2017 14:04
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Passenger door won't open
Replies: 15
Views: 1715

Re: Passenger door won't open

Ha ha it will be a right cirque de soleil too!


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by dazthephot
Wed 31 May, 2017 14:03
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Light switch - panel illumination
Replies: 10
Views: 1453

Re: Light switch - panel illumination

Very good answer thank you.


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by dazthephot
Tue 30 May, 2017 22:53
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Passenger door won't open
Replies: 15
Views: 1715

Re: Passenger door won't open

It's a real **** to get to but if you can take off the internal door handle then work your arm in to reach the actual lock mechanism you might just be able to push up the arm the links the door pin. Maybe. With the door card prised off as much as you can.


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by dazthephot
Mon 29 May, 2017 23:43
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Coolant flushing
Replies: 16
Views: 1879

Re: Coolant flushing

Ah beauty thanks seems an easy way to go.


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by dazthephot
Mon 29 May, 2017 23:11
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Coolant flushing
Replies: 16
Views: 1879

Re: Coolant flushing

Oh right so it's not pre mixed it needs diluting with distilled water or have I got that wrong and you just pour it straight in?


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by dazthephot
Mon 29 May, 2017 22:56
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Light switch - panel illumination
Replies: 10
Views: 1453

Re: Light switch - panel illumination

Ah right thanks. I could put a 5 amp fuse inline to help prevent that or does the 1.2w bulb act as a fuse?


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by dazthephot
Mon 29 May, 2017 22:51
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Coolant flushing
Replies: 16
Views: 1879

Re: Coolant flushing

Do you use normal anti freeze or the premixed bmw stuff?


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by dazthephot
Mon 29 May, 2017 17:54
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Coolant flushing
Replies: 16
Views: 1879

Re: Coolant flushing

Sorry. 1.9 m43


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by dazthephot
Mon 29 May, 2017 14:24
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Coolant flushing
Replies: 16
Views: 1879

Re: Coolant flushing

BladeRunner919 wrote:Not necessary, but it's so cheap, why wouldn't you? :D
I don't suppose you know the capacity do you?


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by dazthephot
Mon 29 May, 2017 13:52
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Passenger door won't open
Replies: 15
Views: 1715

Re: Passenger door won't open

ah right, ta.
by dazthephot
Mon 29 May, 2017 13:51
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Coolant flushing
Replies: 16
Views: 1879

Re: Coolant flushing

very true..
by dazthephot
Mon 29 May, 2017 10:51
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Passenger door won't open
Replies: 15
Views: 1715

Re: Passenger door won't open

The door should still open from the inside as it's a mechanical lock. Doesn't it?


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by dazthephot
Mon 29 May, 2017 10:21
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Coolant flushing
Replies: 16
Views: 1879

Coolant flushing

Ok so it's time for a coolant flush and replace.
I want to use distilled water as the good book says but is that really necessary?

I guess if it is I'll have to flush with it too as I've been topping up with tap water over the years.




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by dazthephot
Sun 28 May, 2017 22:43
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Light switch - panel illumination
Replies: 10
Views: 1453

Re: Light switch - panel illumination

Ah right, ok. So the heater panel illumination isn't fed from the light pull switch then? I thought I could just T off from the heater panel lamp straight to the light pull switch illumination and all would be well! No?


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by dazthephot
Fri 26 May, 2017 17:03
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Light switch - panel illumination
Replies: 10
Views: 1453

Re: Light switch - panel illumination

Yep normal 12v 1.2w bulbs for about £.40 each. I ordered a couple and they came in a massive box! Link: http://www.eurocarparts.com/ecp/p/car-parts/car-electrics-and-car-lighting/lighting1/car-bulb/?481770116&&cc5_401 They'd be better wired to the heater panel illumination i think, i might do that i...
by dazthephot
Fri 26 May, 2017 08:38
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Light switch - panel illumination
Replies: 10
Views: 1453

Re: Light switch - panel illumination

Ha ha I see just as well I bought a couple from eurocarparts. Cheers.


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by dazthephot
Thu 25 May, 2017 22:07
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Hard seats
Replies: 7
Views: 920

Re: Hard seats

Ha ha I realise comfy and sporty seats don't usually go together. I'll have to sit in some others to see.


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by dazthephot
Thu 25 May, 2017 21:58
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Light switch - panel illumination
Replies: 10
Views: 1453

Light switch - panel illumination

I've just replaced the 1.2w bulb in the small panel under the light pull switch. Is it supposed to be on all the time when the key is turned to pos II? Instead of just when you pull the the light switch on. This has bugged me for the 10 years of ownership and it's the first time I've made the effort...
by dazthephot
Wed 24 May, 2017 21:17
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Hard seats
Replies: 7
Views: 920

Re: Hard seats

It did toy with the idea of getting some M seats but I wondered if they were any more comfortable


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by dazthephot
Wed 24 May, 2017 21:08
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Hard seats
Replies: 7
Views: 920

Re: Hard seats

Ah right thanks.


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by dazthephot
Tue 23 May, 2017 20:06
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Alarm problems - tilt sensor
Replies: 9
Views: 1274

Re: Alarm problems - tilt sensor

Ah good point I didn't think to check that. Mind you the alarm hasn't gone off but I will check. I pierced that little rubber bung and put a small piece of pipe through it with a pin to hold it in place so now the highest any water can go is about 5mm. Next heavy rainfall I'll check it again. Finger...
by dazthephot
Tue 23 May, 2017 11:16
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Waterless Coolant
Replies: 2
Views: 460

Re: Waterless Coolant

Good enough reason not to change then. I blame wheeler dealers!


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by dazthephot
Tue 23 May, 2017 10:21
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Waterless Coolant
Replies: 2
Views: 460

Waterless Coolant

Anyone using waterless coolant?
My full service is coming up and i'm considering a coolant flush and putting this in. Is there a good or bad side to this? Mines a 1.9 M43 engine.
by dazthephot
Tue 23 May, 2017 09:53
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Alarm problems - tilt sensor
Replies: 9
Views: 1274

Re: Alarm problems - tilt sensor - update

Update on this. Ordered one from flebay, one from an e46 3 series for £4.45. Looked the same, felt the same, it's the same! Plugged it in, no problems so far and i figured out why the previous waterlogged one was triggering the alarm after drying out. Pin 3 had rusted and disintegrated. Problem solv...
by dazthephot
Tue 23 May, 2017 09:49
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Hard seats
Replies: 7
Views: 920

Hard seats

Just out of interest as i've never sat in another zed, how hard are the seats supposed to be?
Ours has the black standard leather electric seats with the blue piping and they are rock hard. Are they typical or can they be made softer/spongier/comfier?
by dazthephot
Tue 23 May, 2017 09:44
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: The cost of parts!
Replies: 12
Views: 1909

Re: The cost of parts!

wow! talk about the scale of things, in comparison i'm glad i have the zed. Good deal for you though purely for enduring where others would have just shelled out no questions.
by dazthephot
Mon 22 May, 2017 10:49
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: The cost of parts!
Replies: 12
Views: 1909

Re: The cost of parts!

Have to agree. Just paid £10 for an interior light bulb from Coopers, you know the heater panel one. Mind you i did see the same bloody part on Autobulbsdirect for £3.50 after the event. I also paid £10 for a replacement aerial rubber grommet! Having said that though i paid £55 for a replacement aft...
by dazthephot
Sun 21 May, 2017 17:57
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Manual Locking problem (central locking)
Replies: 7
Views: 869

Re: Manual Locking problem (central locking)

Bugger I thought as much. I'm loathe to take it apart again but I might have to. Would you believe I had a spare too sitting in my garage for a couple of years, binned it recently.


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by dazthephot
Sun 21 May, 2017 10:44
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Manual Locking problem (central locking)
Replies: 7
Views: 869

Re: Manual Locking problem (central locking)

Yes. Had it all apart again yesterday. I seem to remember that when the battery is disconnected you can turn the key in the lock and lock the car. That doesn't happen now, I can unlock but not lock. Mechanical issue???


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by dazthephot
Sat 20 May, 2017 16:27
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Manual Locking problem (central locking)
Replies: 7
Views: 869

Re: Manual Locking problem (central locking)

Update to this. I'm 99% certain it's the drivers door lock micro switch that's jiggered. I've had the bloody door lock out 3 times now and I'm not doing it again. The doors all lock as they should using the key remote, if that fails the boot lock activates it all too. Sent from my iPhone using Tapat...
by dazthephot
Sat 20 May, 2017 16:21
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Weather seals rear wings
Replies: 5
Views: 717

Re: Weather seals rear wings

Replaced the aerial body grommet today. Small steps first then of the rain comes in I'll check the third brake light.
Also created a small drain in the rubber grommet under the tilt sensor.


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by dazthephot
Sat 20 May, 2017 10:35
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Weather seals rear wings
Replies: 5
Views: 717

Re: Weather seals rear wings

Right. Today is dry so I will investigate further. Thanks.


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by dazthephot
Fri 19 May, 2017 15:38
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Manual Locking problem (central locking)
Replies: 7
Views: 869

Re: Manual Locking problem (central locking)

BladeRunner919 wrote:I'd be looking for a problem with the wiring in the boot loom. viewtopic.php?f=18&t=34807
Thanks kind sir, i will.
by dazthephot
Fri 19 May, 2017 15:34
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Weather seals rear wings
Replies: 5
Views: 717

Re: Weather seals rear wings

Thanks. I have a new grommet on order. I'll look at the third brake light tomorrow but i'm wondering how water would transfer from the top centre of the boot down through the boot lid to the left side of the car?? It hissed down again last night and sure enough the tilt sensor well had water in it. ...
by dazthephot
Fri 19 May, 2017 15:26
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Overheating problem
Replies: 32
Views: 3792

Re: Overheating problem

For no other reason than to re-visit this thread. 9 years on, still have the same zed and despite one or two minor issues i can't complain about this car. 104k now and it's the missus daily runner and she still gets compliments about how good it looks. One thing for sure though, time i flushed the r...
by dazthephot
Fri 19 May, 2017 14:01
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Weather seals rear wings
Replies: 5
Views: 717

Weather seals rear wings

Hi all. Just wondering where the water is coming from after a problem with the tilt sensor. Should there be a mastic sealant in these joins? https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170519/7d071f66b2eed92de2ab83a2883db170.jpg https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170519/83181834fc2e7a4ac01882aa19fec8d1.jpg S...
by dazthephot
Fri 19 May, 2017 13:58
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Alarm problems - tilt sensor
Replies: 9
Views: 1274

Re: Alarm problems - tilt sensor

Do you think the water is coming in here? Should there be some sort of mastic seal here? I think I'll start a new thread with this. https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170519/215121f453ebf24cc04cf9ac7ed1b41c.jpg https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170519/6bcf6e2b11ea71bede8dca3dab553cde.jpg Sent from ...
by dazthephot
Fri 19 May, 2017 13:55
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Manual Locking problem (central locking)
Replies: 7
Views: 869

Manual Locking problem (central locking)

I've had to fit the third central locking actuator to the drivers door. Mainly because I've bought from breakers yards but the last one is a Chinese copy part, new for £24. For some reason i can't activate the central locking by turning the key in the drivers door but i can still activate it from th...
by dazthephot
Thu 18 May, 2017 22:03
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Alarm problems - tilt sensor
Replies: 9
Views: 1274

Re: Alarm problems - tilt sensor

Good plan. There was a lot of water in the well, at least a litre. The well on the right side had a bit of water in it so did the battery tray but not as much as the near side which makes me look straight to the aerial mount. I've recently had the rear bumper replaced and I noticed condensation in t...
by dazthephot
Thu 18 May, 2017 18:00
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Alarm problems - tilt sensor
Replies: 9
Views: 1274

Re: Alarm problems - tilt sensor

I'm thinking more the perished rubber bung at the base of the aerial. I've ordered one of those too, £10. Having said that, the right side battery well had water in it too so who knows. These cars aren't very well sealed mind you and definitely not built for UK downpours. It could have come through ...
by dazthephot
Thu 18 May, 2017 16:32
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Alarm problems - tilt sensor
Replies: 9
Views: 1274

Alarm problems - tilt sensor

What a palaver. Hissed it down all night and set the ridiculous alarm going every time you looked at the car wrong. Couldn't turn it off, couldn't pull the fuses, all the while I'm getting soaked and er indoors is panicking cos she will be late for work. Anyway A dry day and some fault finding. Afte...
by dazthephot
Fri 22 Nov, 2013 09:05
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Central Locking Intermittent
Replies: 13
Views: 752

Re: Central Locking Intermittent

Thanks tony.
by dazthephot
Tue 19 Nov, 2013 15:19
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Central Locking Intermittent
Replies: 13
Views: 752

Re: Central Locking Intermittent

It's only the driver side. The boot and passenger work fine so I'm guessing it's just the one actuator.
by dazthephot
Mon 18 Nov, 2013 19:23
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Central Locking Intermittent
Replies: 13
Views: 752

Re: Central Locking Intermittent

Yeh it was struggling whilst being intermittent. Now it's completely kaput. I have a growing list of jobs and I wish I had a bigger garage.
by dazthephot
Thu 26 Sep, 2013 19:21
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Falling Prices
Replies: 45
Views: 6493

Re: Falling Prices

I gotta chuckle a bit. When I think back to when I was 19 I had a mkII Escort and some of the activities that took place in that car would be nigh on impossible in the Zed!
Great reason for buying it though, smart choice.
by dazthephot
Fri 20 Sep, 2013 19:42
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Falling Prices
Replies: 45
Views: 6493

Re: Falling Prices

It's good to hear the love for these great little cars. From time to time I have a mooch about the sales but have never been swayed by anything else. This is the longest I've ever owned a car and set to own it a while longer yet, mind you her indoors is using it daily so fingers crossed!! If my mone...