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by motco
Mon 21 Nov, 2016 19:18
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Needless ritual?
Replies: 23
Views: 1748

Re: Needless ritual?

Isn't this how all youngsters drive today? They all seem devoid of any mechanical empathy. It is something of a miracle that today's cars will tolerate such abuse and they clearly haven't had to coax a 60's or 70's car to get them to work and back on a cold winters morning for an early shift. Thats...
by motco
Sat 19 Nov, 2016 14:57
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Needless ritual?
Replies: 23
Views: 1748

Re: Needless ritual?

Some people would call 1959 "modern". [emoji38] My Sprite is largely based on engineering from an earlier age. If it hasn't run for a while it seems to take some effort to get fuel through the carb, so spinning the engine without ignition would probably also help with that. I have to turn the ignit...
by motco
Sat 19 Nov, 2016 12:05
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Needless ritual?
Replies: 23
Views: 1748

Re: Needless ritual?

I suspect Bonzo meant the time taken to do the gear ritual allowed the engine oil to circulate a bit. My Dad used to spin his car engines over for a few seconds before switching on the ignition so that oil pressure could start to build. Can't be done since the ignition key operated the starter thoug...
by motco
Fri 18 Nov, 2016 17:29
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Needless ritual?
Replies: 23
Views: 1748

Re: Needless ritual?

It's more to do with longevity than breakdowns.
by motco
Fri 18 Nov, 2016 07:45
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Needless ritual?
Replies: 23
Views: 1748

Re: Needless ritual?

Some "rituals" do more harm than good. I don't think yours will do any harm. I always warm the engine up slowly before giving it the beans. That's why I don't do the "dawn runs" and I like being at the back on cruises :wink: . I don't see the point of engaging ALL the gears, but I always "squeeze" ...
by motco
Mon 14 Nov, 2016 16:38
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: My New Z4M Coupe Alpine White
Replies: 24
Views: 2588

Re: My New Z4M Coupe Alpine White

Lovely car! So powerful that the backdraught from the exhaust blew the garage door off! :lol:
by motco
Thu 03 Nov, 2016 17:07
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?
Replies: 2084
Views: 214553

Re: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?

Not exactly a purchase but today I fitted my hard top for the winter... :?
by motco
Fri 28 Oct, 2016 17:23
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: help with windscreen washers please
Replies: 34
Views: 2608

Re: help with windscreen washers please

I removed one valve and not the other before I realised that it was the bottle filter. The one sans the valve is a little behind the other in spraying but not so it would bother you so I haven't got round to putting the valve back. It's such a pain stretching under bonnet to work on them that I plea...
by motco
Sun 23 Oct, 2016 16:47
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: bmw z3 bmw inspection11
Replies: 10
Views: 861

Re: bmw z3 bmw inspection11

My only concern would be brake fluid changing. It's dead easy with normal non-ABS dual circuit brakes, but I tried to bleed my son's Z4M Coupé brake system after changing the flexible hoses, and it was very difficult. Eventually we got Phil at CPC to do it with his electronic gear for controlling t...
by motco
Sun 23 Oct, 2016 11:18
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: bmw z3 bmw inspection11
Replies: 10
Views: 861

Re: bmw z3 bmw inspection11

Because the oil filter is so easily accessible without removing any shields or even jacking up, you could consider a pump to suck the engine oil out. I know, I know, to some this is an heretical suggestion - too much residue remaining, etc., but frankly you'd be lucky to get every last millilitre ou...
by motco
Sun 23 Oct, 2016 08:00
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: bmw z3 bmw inspection11
Replies: 10
Views: 861

Re: bmw z3 bmw inspection11

My only concern would be brake fluid changing. It's dead easy with normal non-ABS dual circuit brakes, but I tried to bleed my son's Z4M Coupé brake system after changing the flexible hoses, and it was very difficult. Eventually we got Phil at CPC to do it with his electronic gear for controlling th...
by motco
Fri 14 Oct, 2016 09:30
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?
Replies: 2084
Views: 214553

Re: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?

For mine, a brand new oil filter, air filter, and six litres of lovely fresh golden Long Life oil.
by motco
Tue 11 Oct, 2016 11:37
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Caliper Bolts
Replies: 8
Views: 802

Re: Caliper Bolts

Soper's of Lincoln will give you great price and quick service.
by motco
Sat 08 Oct, 2016 17:38
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Clunk when changing gears
Replies: 17
Views: 1664

Re: Clunk when changing gears

Mine has neither a throttle cable nor a clutch cable. I don't have a problem with hydraulic clutches but FbW throttles are the Devil's work. My Westfield has cables for both and non-servo brakes and non-power steering. That really is intimate contact!

BTW Pingu I know you know what I meant...
by motco
Sat 08 Oct, 2016 16:06
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Clunk when changing gears
Replies: 17
Views: 1664

Re: Clunk when changing gears

I removed my clutch delay valve - or at least my indie did for me. It makes no difference to the clunk but does improve the control. If only it had a proper cable throttle it would be perfect.
by motco
Sat 08 Oct, 2016 08:44
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Clunk when changing gears
Replies: 17
Views: 1664

Re: Clunk when changing gears

The car has a tendency for clunky gearchanges. Mine is at its worst when I'm trying to drive like a granny and at its best when 'pressing on' and changes are quick. If you're unfamiliar with the marque perhaps that's all it is? In a similar vein, the diff whines - at least Torsen diffs do. TADTS (th...
by motco
Wed 21 Sep, 2016 07:32
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Kwik Fit MOT – ABS & ASC+T lights on like a Christmas tree
Replies: 18
Views: 1838

Re: Kwik Fit MOT – ABS & ASC+T lights on like a Christmas tr

If the ABS/DSC etc. lights come on and stay on, it means either that the system has identified a fault or that something external has happened to “fool” the system into believing it has identified a fault. My understanding is that rotating wheels (which are jacked up and free of the surface) with t...
by motco
Mon 19 Sep, 2016 16:11
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Kwik Fit MOT – ABS & ASC+T lights on like a Christmas tree
Replies: 18
Views: 1838

Re: Kwik Fit MOT – ABS & ASC+T lights on like a Christmas tr

It's happened to me before with a VW, I think in my case it was the brakes being tested in the rollers. I thought if my car was to develop a fault then best it on a test rather than out on the road. But I would never use a fast fit centre for anything, pure money making machines. Find a local garag...
by motco
Mon 19 Sep, 2016 07:36
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Kwik Fit MOT – ABS & ASC+T lights on like a Christmas tree
Replies: 18
Views: 1838

Re: Kwik Fit MOT – ABS & ASC+T lights on like a Christmas tr

It's happened to me before with a VW, I think in my case it was the brakes being tested in the rollers. I thought if my car was to develop a fault then best it on a test rather than out on the road. But I would never use a fast fit centre for anything, pure money making machines. Find a local garag...
by motco
Sat 17 Sep, 2016 07:57
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Kwik Fit MOT – ABS & ASC+T lights on like a Christmas tree
Replies: 18
Views: 1838

Re: Kwik Fit MOT – ABS & ASC+T lights on like a Christmas tr

I have no idea I'm afraid but I would keep an eye on the situation and put worrying on hold until and unless it happens to you in normal use. Oh, and go elsewhere for MoT in future!
by motco
Thu 15 Sep, 2016 17:14
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Torsen diff and brake rollers at MOT centre
Replies: 11
Views: 953

Re: Torsen diff and brake rollers at MOT centre

Thanks Del, that's a lot of money when all I need really is a pair of these: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/331914632435? ... EBIDX%3AIT Maybe I should drop the arms off and try to remove the ball joints. This was all the MoT chap said were moving a bit.
by motco
Thu 15 Sep, 2016 15:35
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Torsen diff and brake rollers at MOT centre
Replies: 11
Views: 953

Re: Torsen diff and brake rollers at MOT centre

Boosh wrote:When I had the ball joints done, it was just as cheap to buy new arms with ball joints and bushes mounted on.

Boosh.
The part is discontinued according to RealOEM, where did you get yours Boosh? Was it a repair kit, these seem available but we're back to the pressing out problem.
by motco
Wed 14 Sep, 2016 20:31
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Torsen diff and brake rollers at MOT centre
Replies: 11
Views: 953

Re: Torsen diff and brake rollers at MOT centre

Dell, Boosh, many thanks for the tips. I shall try the Plus Gas route for the drums, and look at the price or new control arms if they have to come off anyway. I don't intend to stint the cost of looking after the car, after all it's a mere 45,000 miles and in pretty good condition. Hoping in the me...
by motco
Wed 14 Sep, 2016 12:23
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Torsen diff and brake rollers at MOT centre
Replies: 11
Views: 953

Re: Torsen diff and brake rollers at MOT centre

Have you had the discs off to take a look at the handbrake shoes? Since the handbrake doesn't do any real braking (just a lock when already you are already stationary), the shoes don't wear and have probably been in there since new. They do degrade though and can fall apart. I recently noticed my r...
by motco
Wed 14 Sep, 2016 07:40
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Torsen diff and brake rollers at MOT centre
Replies: 11
Views: 953

Re: Torsen diff and brake rollers at MOT centre

What he is asking is if its OK for one wheel to be spun by the rollers while the other is held still. I know its NOT OK on a clutch pack diff, but not sure on TorSen. I think your tester did the smart thing. I wish more were like him. It's a good test centre - I have used it for more than fifteen y...
by motco
Tue 13 Sep, 2016 18:02
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Torsen diff and brake rollers at MOT centre
Replies: 11
Views: 953

Torsen diff and brake rollers at MOT centre

Does anyone know whether a car with a Torsen differential should be brake tested on rollers or not please? Mine just scraped the handbrake efficiency today at MOT - the tester used the Tapley in-car tester instead of rollers because he didn't know for sure.
by motco
Thu 08 Sep, 2016 09:14
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Odometer EEP_1 fixed but with issues
Replies: 17
Views: 1568

Re: Odometer EEP_1 fixed but with issues

My dot is the same orange colour as the rest of the display. However I have a spare cluster from which I took the coding plug to rectify my problem. I'll have a close look at that when time allows.
by motco
Wed 07 Sep, 2016 15:28
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Odometer EEP_1 fixed but with issues
Replies: 17
Views: 1568

Re: Odometer EEP_1 fixed but with issues

If the red dot is the problem, just break the link on the circuit board. It's been a long time since I was last inside a cluster, but I'd look at that as a possibility. Front of cluster http://www.porterbility.co.uk/Files/JPG/BMW/ZM_Jobs/Cluster_Front.jpg Rear of cluster http://www.porterbility.co....
by motco
Tue 06 Sep, 2016 18:26
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Odometer EEP_1 fixed but with issues
Replies: 17
Views: 1568

Re: Odometer EEP_1 fixed but with issues

It would seem so. He read the old failed coding plug and retrieved c.42,600 miles, and then made a mirror of that which he then transferred to the second hand coding plug with 125,000+ on it. When replaced into the car the mileage showed 45,090 which must have been in the internal memory. The tamper...
by motco
Mon 05 Sep, 2016 16:10
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Odometer EEP_1 fixed but with issues
Replies: 17
Views: 1568

Re: Odometer EEP_1 fixed but with issues

I gather that there's between three and five memories in the car and key. You can simply reset the cluster but anyone with diagnostic tools can see that it's been done. To do all the memories takes time and is undetectable, I am reliably assured. I have a chap coming round tomorrow - reports to foll...
by motco
Sun 04 Sep, 2016 16:42
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Odometer EEP_1 fixed but with issues
Replies: 17
Views: 1568

Re: Odometer EEP_1 fixed but with issues

Hi guys I've had this EEP_1 problem occur on my 1999. 2.8 Z3 after reading loads of different posts I've fixed my problem so it may help others. I had no temp,fuel or rev counter as well as the EEP_1 instead of the mileage, I bought a second hand cluster from another 1999 2.8 Z3 that had lower mile...
by motco
Sun 28 Aug, 2016 15:36
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: BMW reliability?
Replies: 24
Views: 16863

Re: BMW reliability?

Think yourselves lucky that you don't have glis glis in your garage! Unless, of course, you live within twenty miles of Tring then you probably have got them! :head:
by motco
Sat 27 Aug, 2016 15:50
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: High lift of car
Replies: 29
Views: 2572

Re: High lift of car

by motco
Sat 06 Aug, 2016 08:29
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: breaking a 2ltr zetec mondeo
Replies: 1
Views: 369

Re: breaking a 2ltr zetec mondeo

Engine? Zetecs are used in kit cars. If you still have the engine I could mention it on the Westfield forum.
by motco
Thu 04 Aug, 2016 08:52
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Cruise Control for a 2001 2.2 Auto
Replies: 7
Views: 747

Re: Cruise Control for a 2001 2.2 Auto

http://www.zroadster.net/forum/viewtopi ... 6&start=50

This thread will tell you all you need to know.
by motco
Tue 19 Jul, 2016 09:02
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Visionary child's toy
Replies: 2
Views: 418

Re: Visionary child's toy

The vendor is 'peddling' a line! No pedal car looking like that can be 1980s. :?
by motco
Sat 09 Jul, 2016 17:47
Forum: The Beauty Parlour
Topic: Anybody seen a bra up close?
Replies: 15
Views: 1685

Re: Anybody seen a bra up close?

I really have to admit that this Monty Python sketch comes to mind:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGrvQ1c5khU

:D
by motco
Fri 08 Jul, 2016 20:18
Forum: Let's talk
Topic: Traffic light tip
Replies: 7
Views: 884

Re: Traffic light tip

The A4 Bath Road through the west side of Slough (past the trading estate) used to have a number of sets of lights phased to be always green if you drove through at 30mph. It no longer appears to work, sadly. I loathe driving in Slough... :head: How does the poem go?? 'Come friendly bombs & fall on...
by motco
Fri 08 Jul, 2016 16:37
Forum: Let's talk
Topic: Traffic light tip
Replies: 7
Views: 884

Re: Traffic light tip

The A4 Bath Road through the west side of Slough (past the trading estate) used to have a number of sets of lights phased to be always green if you drove through at 30mph. It no longer appears to work, sadly. I loathe driving in Slough... :head:
by motco
Fri 08 Jul, 2016 08:42
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Limited Slip Diff Observation
Replies: 19
Views: 1803

Re: Limited Slip Diff Observation

Hi motco. Thank you for the information, most enlightening. I mistakenly assumed the 25% was angular displacement, and not a ratio. Thanks again Flight You're welcome, Flight. I have to admit that it was all a bit vague to me too, until this thread popped up. I had the Torsen down as a soft option,...
by motco
Thu 07 Jul, 2016 17:04
Forum: The Beauty Parlour
Topic: Anybody seen a bra up close?
Replies: 15
Views: 1685

Re: Anybody seen a bra up close?

mrscalex wrote:
Dave L2 wrote:I like Lacy ones ;)
Bonzo wrote:With a matching suspender belt. :D
That's okay guys - we welcome all sorts around here. Cross-dressing is fine :lol:
Steady on chaps, I'm coming all over a-tremble! :lol:
by motco
Thu 07 Jul, 2016 13:57
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Limited Slip Diff Observation
Replies: 19
Views: 1803

Re: Limited Slip Diff Observation

I have followed this item with interest, I have always wondered what kind of differential is fitted to my June 2000 3.0i. Unfortunately I can not find any documentary evidence to prove which type it is. I shall take off the rear cover and investigate. The car has or is supposed to have DSC fitted, ...
by motco
Thu 07 Jul, 2016 08:47
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Limited Slip Diff Observation
Replies: 19
Views: 1803

Re: Limited Slip Diff Observation

2.2 Z3 sport has a 3.38 ratio Torsen LSD. I had one fitted to my coupe for a couple a years. As above, they initially appear to be like an open diff (you turn one side and the otherside turns the opposite way). The good thing is, incident aside, they are maintenance-free. I always advise the MoT te...
by motco
Tue 05 Jul, 2016 16:03
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Limited Slip Diff Observation
Replies: 19
Views: 1803

Re: Limited Slip Diff Observation

My Sport 2.2i has a Torsen LSD 25%
by motco
Thu 30 Jun, 2016 16:53
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: We're all rich I tell you!
Replies: 18
Views: 1832

Re: We're all rich I tell you!

Mine is a 2.2i Sport made in the final week of production and has a mileage of about 47,000 from memory. Must be worth a shilling or two? :?
by motco
Wed 29 Jun, 2016 16:36
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: We're all rich I tell you!
Replies: 18
Views: 1832

Re: We're all rich I tell you!

mrscalex wrote:Read all about it here.

http://www.zroadster.net/forum/viewtopi ... =5&t=44260
Ah, thanks! I didn't make the connection before. Too many £££ floating before my eyes! :D
by motco
Tue 07 Jun, 2016 12:04
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 2.2 rebuild journal - The Terd-Mobile
Replies: 95
Views: 9323

Re: Z3 2.2 rebuild journal - The Terd-Mobile

I agree about the aluminium console panel, it's cheap and tacky. Mine has one and it never looks clean let alone at all classy. I might have a bash at covering it if it's easy to get the panel out.
by motco
Sun 05 Jun, 2016 08:10
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?
Replies: 2084
Views: 214553

Re: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?

pingu wrote:A small electrical component. It cost £1.27 for 10, although I only need one. I'm a wee bit upset at the £1.14 extra that I had to pay, but I'm chuffed to bits at the £726.49 that I hope to save if the repair works :D .
Share out the spare ones and nine more of us could save £726.49 :o
by motco
Mon 30 May, 2016 17:26
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 2.2 rebuild journal - The Terd-Mobile
Replies: 95
Views: 9323

Re: Z3 2.2 rebuild journal - The Terd-Mobile

It would be a shame to scrap such a nice car; well done for taking it on. I hope you find a bonnet to suit - in the the correct colour if possible, but a respray wouldn't be too bad if necessary, surely? I love my 2.2 hope to keep on running it for a good while yet.