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by John Wilson
Fri 18 May, 2012 17:03
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Wheel Speed/ABS sensor
Replies: 12
Views: 333

Re: Wheel Speed/ABS sensor

The ABS light often doesnt reset immediately. I find it usually takes a couple of journeys before resetting.
by John Wilson
Tue 15 May, 2012 20:25
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Wheel Speed/ABS sensor
Replies: 12
Views: 333

Re: Wheel Speed/ABS sensor

There is a tool called something like an easi-out . It' s like a tap but with a left hand thread. You drill a hole down the centre and screw the tap in. This will unscrew the bolt.
by John Wilson
Tue 15 May, 2012 19:14
Forum: Performance
Topic: Nitrogen
Replies: 23
Views: 1548

Re: Nitrogen

Hydrogen in water is an atom of oxygen joined to 2 atoms of hydrogen, and is not a gas in air but can exist as water vapour. When refering to the composition of air, it is usually the gases that are mentioned, oxygen, nitrogen, carbon dioxide etc. mind, as a chemist working in a QA lab, it is nice t...
by John Wilson
Tue 15 May, 2012 15:51
Forum: Performance
Topic: Nitrogen
Replies: 23
Views: 1548

Re: Nitrogen

There isnt any hydrogen present in air. That's why you don't get explosions when you light a match.
by John Wilson
Tue 15 May, 2012 15:44
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Wheel Speed/ABS sensor
Replies: 12
Views: 333

Re: Wheel Speed/ABS sensor

The bolts are have allen heads on them if they are the original. They sheer off easily so be careful. Lots of WD40 soaking.
by John Wilson
Mon 23 Apr, 2012 10:34
Forum: Let's talk
Topic: New French Motoring Laws
Replies: 33
Views: 4962

Re: New French Motoring Laws

I agree. I love driving the Z in France. I always want holidays these days where I can drive there, and with the price of petrol, France is very convienient as well as having perfect roads for top down driving. My wife has insisted on Dbrovnic this year, where ever that is. How I'm going to get the ...
by John Wilson
Sun 22 Apr, 2012 00:25
Forum: Performance
Topic: BBS RC040 ALLOYS
Replies: 9
Views: 1919

Re: BBS RC040 ALLOYS

I've just taken the laquer off the outside of the rim from one of my wheels just using sandpaper and wet/dry paper,starting from 180 grit down to 2500 ( see current thread 'Refurbished wheels). I was surprised how quick a job it was and even sanding out gashes in the wheel itself was quite easy. Any...
by John Wilson
Fri 20 Apr, 2012 15:32
Forum: The Beauty Parlour
Topic: Refurbished wheels
Replies: 3
Views: 578

Re: Refurbished wheels

Thanks for the advice. I think I'd better seal them with something. I quite like the idea of my wheels smelling of mint. I'd have to stop people trying to lick them. It's a bit expensive though.
by John Wilson
Thu 19 Apr, 2012 16:39
Forum: The Beauty Parlour
Topic: Refurbished wheels
Replies: 3
Views: 578

Refurbished wheels

I wasnt impressed with the cost of having the damage from curbing taken out of my wheels so I thought i'd have a go myself. I just did the rim and sanded off all the marks and the varnish, starting with 180 grade paper and ending with wet 2500. I was going to revarnish it but it looks good enough as...
by John Wilson
Tue 17 Apr, 2012 19:36
Forum: Event/cruise aftermaths
Topic: Yorkshire Cruise Saturday 14th April 2012
Replies: 7
Views: 1494

Re: Yorkshire Cruise Saturday 14th April 2012

More pics. Thanks Marc for a great cruise.Yorkshire was wonderful. http://i1190.photobucket.com/albums/z452/Johnzwilson/IMG_0618.jpg http://i1190.photobucket.com/albums/z452/Johnzwilson/IMG_0637.jpg http://i1190.photobucket.com/albums/z452/Johnzwilson/IMG_0638.jpg http://i1190.photobucket.com/albums...
by John Wilson
Wed 11 Apr, 2012 22:50
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: Drive around the Norfolk Coast
Replies: 5
Views: 519

Re: Drive around the Norfolk Coast

Whats that stately home youre next to. Wendy thinks it might be Sandringham, but we havent been up to the house.
John
by John Wilson
Tue 10 Apr, 2012 21:36
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: my z3, slammed, stanced and staggered, project zed
Replies: 24
Views: 4545

Re: my z3, slammed, stanced and staggered, project zed

This Z has been slammed stretched and lowered. I think it needs another 10 cms off the height to be perfect.Image[/img]
by John Wilson
Mon 09 Apr, 2012 17:35
Forum: Let's talk
Topic: Who's the oldest member here?
Replies: 149
Views: 10303

Re: Who's the oldest member here?

Im a bit confused in what is being said here. The argument seems to be that the country was a better place when women werent on the roads and cars were unreliable and dangerous.
by John Wilson
Fri 23 Mar, 2012 18:29
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Just about had it with the Z3
Replies: 19
Views: 1223

Re: Just about had it with the Z3

I've got the same year and same engine as yours and I used to have the same problem. Even when the car is running fine part of the enjoyment is tempered as you are waiting for that orange light to come on. And when it did , you are in limp mode with no acceleration. The code said it was wheel sensor...
by John Wilson
Tue 20 Mar, 2012 15:43
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: abs/asc lights on
Replies: 12
Views: 688

Re: abs/asc lights on

This site is a lot better than a Haynes manual. Just do a search and theres lots on the wheel sensors. It's a simple job but if the sensors havent been off for a while they get corroded in and need lots of WD40 soaked in. The front ones are generally harder as they are more exposed to the elements. ...
by John Wilson
Mon 05 Mar, 2012 18:56
Forum: Check your diary
Topic: Yorkshire Cruise Saturday 14th April 2012
Replies: 53
Views: 12046

Re: Yorkshire Cruise Saturday 14th April 2012

We would like to come as well. Ferrybridge is my favourite services.
John and Wendy
by John Wilson
Sun 04 Mar, 2012 11:37
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: New MOT and DSC etc warning lights on?
Replies: 9
Views: 388

Re: New MOT and DSC etc warning lights on?

It's probably the wheel sensors that need cleaning. Theres plenty of information on the site how to do this and it's theoretically an easy job. However they do get corroded in and so can be difficult to remove, especially the front ones. Keep spraying WD40 on them and leave to soak in. Dont put too ...
by John Wilson
Sat 03 Mar, 2012 16:39
Forum: Check your diary
Topic: Yorkshire Cruise Saturday 14th April 2012
Replies: 53
Views: 12046

Re: Yorkshire Cruise Saturday 14th April 2012

Can this be put on the '2012 events' bit of the home page?
by John Wilson
Sat 03 Mar, 2012 11:14
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: Free Fix for Constant Pressure Valve
Replies: 58
Views: 10722

Re: Free Fix for Constant Pressure Valve

Just to say, what a brilliant thread this is. Z owners cooperating together to fix a common problem. Thanks to Soma for the inspiration and generosity for initiating this. This is what the site does best and is what will keep it thriving.
John
by John Wilson
Thu 26 Jan, 2012 16:39
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: CD Player Fault.
Replies: 9
Views: 390

Ive had that happen to mine. I can't quite remember how I fixed it, but it is fixable so dont bin it. I think it reset by disconnecting the plug on the wiring (near the changer, under the carpet),and then reconnecting it, or i may have removed the fuse and then put it back in. Either way, its workin...
by John Wilson
Sat 05 Nov, 2011 20:32
Forum: Check your diary
Topic: East Anglian Pub Meet?
Replies: 25
Views: 1721

27th will be good for Wendy and Me. Seems like a nice pub.
John
by John Wilson
Sun 25 Sep, 2011 10:49
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3, looks like it has been designed by a 5 year old
Replies: 18
Views: 1071

I don't think goldeneye is the best advert for the z3. You see it bouncing around off road trying to escape that plane, while James Bond is frantically flailing his arms to keep it on the track as though the steering joints are loose. I really can't comprehend how anyone can dislike the styling of t...
by John Wilson
Sun 31 Jul, 2011 11:58
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: ABS fault light on
Replies: 12
Views: 760

As swamper says, the system will reset itself if the problem has been cured. The front sensors are more likely to be the problem as these pick up more stuff from the road then the back ones. Lots of wd40 over a few days could get them moved, but the important thing is not to put to much pressure on ...
by John Wilson
Mon 25 Jul, 2011 20:44
Forum: Event/cruise aftermaths
Topic: North Norfolk Coast Cruise 24th July.
Replies: 90
Views: 10131

Sorry,i've just signed up to photo bucket so you can have those pics properly

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by John Wilson
Mon 25 Jul, 2011 18:19
Forum: Event/cruise aftermaths
Topic: North Norfolk Coast Cruise 24th July.
Replies: 90
Views: 10131

by John Wilson
Mon 25 Jul, 2011 14:45
Forum: Performance
Topic: Too good to be true?
Replies: 17
Views: 1215

Here's a good article about it
http://www.fuelsaving.info/magnets.htm
by John Wilson
Sun 24 Jul, 2011 22:29
Forum: Performance
Topic: Too good to be true?
Replies: 17
Views: 1215

I am also a chemist, working in industry, and am also sceptical,however I believe that, for instance, hexane has a polarity index of about 0.1 and is therefore slightly polar. Whether this means anything as far as 'declumping' molecules in an electrical field, I have my doubts, but at least it could...
by John Wilson
Sun 24 Jul, 2011 21:39
Forum: Event/cruise aftermaths
Topic: North Norfolk Coast Cruise 24th July.
Replies: 90
Views: 10131

Wendy and I had a lovely day out with all the zs. Thanks to Sandy and Mike for brilliant organisation. The people there were all super and the cars were all shiny. The weather was perfect and the sausage baguettes were delightful. The Norfolk coast in the sunshine was a pleasure. I am now ruining ou...
by John Wilson
Sat 23 Jul, 2011 21:38
Forum: Event/cruise aftermaths
Topic: North Norfolk Coast Cruise 24th July.
Replies: 90
Views: 10131

Yes, it's a shame you can't make it. I was looking forward to seeing that car of yours which I've always thought was the best looking car on the zroadster site. I hope you're not planning to get rid of it for a porsche 944!
by John Wilson
Tue 31 May, 2011 15:46
Forum: Event/cruise aftermaths
Topic: North Norfolk Coast Cruise 24th July.
Replies: 90
Views: 10131

I think i'll be able to make it on the 24th. Looking forward to it.
John
by John Wilson
Mon 25 Apr, 2011 15:49
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: The Skinny Spare Wheel
Replies: 21
Views: 944

One solution for where to put the wheel could be for the spare wheel cage to slide out from beneath the car on rails. The punctured wheel couild then be put in, and the cage left sticking out the back whilst being driven to get repaired. It's a bit like the corsa bike rack thing.
by John Wilson
Mon 25 Apr, 2011 11:48
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: The Skinny Spare Wheel
Replies: 21
Views: 944

Sorry to keep going on about it, but, putting on the spare wheel can only be a 'last ditch' operation if you've decided to actually keep the spare with the car, and not dumped it in favour of foam.
by John Wilson
Mon 25 Apr, 2011 10:47
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: The Skinny Spare Wheel
Replies: 21
Views: 944

The news story of the tyre blowing up and killing someone was only in the news because it was an extremly unusual event. It shouldnt influence the decision whether to abandon the spare wheel or just have a can of foam. If you have a bulge in a wheel, whether you have foam or not isn't going to make ...
by John Wilson
Mon 25 Apr, 2011 00:23
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: The Skinny Spare Wheel
Replies: 21
Views: 944

I've never really understood this thing about the tyre in danger of exploding when being held by a passenger. Surely, if the tyre is inflated, it doesnt need to be taken off in the first place. If, for some unlikely reason, you take off an inflated tyre, then it can easily be deflated by inserting s...
by John Wilson
Fri 22 Apr, 2011 16:57
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: The Marmite Accessory
Replies: 36
Views: 1937

I haven't drawn my own conclusions about why you fitted the mask. I just read your own comments about why you fitted it, at the beginning of your post. I hope I havent offended you- I love your z, would like a white one myself. Thats why I think its a shame to cover it up.
by John Wilson
Fri 22 Apr, 2011 16:17
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: The Marmite Accessory
Replies: 36
Views: 1937

I know that postings are trying to be polite, but it really is the most terrible abuse of a lovely white z3 to put that leather monstrosity on the front. There is a lot of worry about the odd mark on the bodywork of cars by some owners on this site and I think that a lot of the enjoyment of owning s...
by John Wilson
Sun 20 Feb, 2011 15:18
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Hello From Norfolk
Replies: 26
Views: 1230

Small world- I'm in Burston too (Z3 2 litre, silver). From the photos it looks like you're just down the road from me. I'm at the school house- round the back of the primary school. The area is obviously looking up!
by John Wilson
Thu 18 Nov, 2010 23:04
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: ASC warning light & sensor location
Replies: 2
Views: 292

There's lots on the Z3 roadster forum on this. One link is http://www.zroadster.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=23274&highlight=abs+asc. One thing that is very important is that the bolts holding the sensors are very prone to shear- especially the front ones. Try lots of WD40 and waiting for it to soak in...
by John Wilson
Fri 25 Jun, 2010 18:05
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Stiff accelerator pedal...
Replies: 13
Views: 2017

I've just done the throttle on my 2 litre Z3. Thanks for the info. It looks a bit dodgy to do at first because you can't see where the ball end goes. I didn't want to get the ball end out and then not manage to feel where it went back in again. There is a V shape at the bottom that the ball goes up ...
by John Wilson
Tue 13 Apr, 2010 15:49
Forum: Event/cruise aftermaths
Topic: York Cruise 10th April '10 - post photos here
Replies: 71
Views: 5214

Yet another big 'thank you' to Mark for a great day out, and to Tom, our leader, who showed us everything twice because it was so good. We missed the part after Whitby as we had trouble with a faulty petrol guage showing empty and requiring a trip to a petrol station even though we filled up before ...