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by colb
Fri 21 Apr, 2017 16:46
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Badge Bar fitted
Replies: 3
Views: 579

Badge Bar fitted

Unearthed my old badge bar I had on my Morgan and fitted it to the Z. Cut out a couple of slots in the number plate surround and with a bit of fettling bolted it to the surround, had to drill a couple of holes in the bumper plastic to let the nuts sit in it so the surround sat flush to the bumper. N...
by colb
Wed 19 Apr, 2017 21:00
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?
Replies: 2084
Views: 220457

Re: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?

10 Plastic screw fittings for under bonnet insulation, lost a couple when I changed the washer jet valves
http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?&_from ... 0947756688
by colb
Tue 18 Apr, 2017 11:23
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?
Replies: 2084
Views: 220457

Re: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?

New MOT at 38,097 miles, fitted two new windscreen washer non return valves prior to test, passed no advisories. Fast idle test PASS CO 0.00% vol (max allowed 0.20%) HC 3ppm vol (max allowed 200ppm) Lambda 1.007 (Min allowed 0.970 max 1.030) Natural Idle test PASS CO 0.00%vol (Max allowed 0.30%vol) ...
by colb
Mon 17 Apr, 2017 09:22
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Slowly retracting seatbelt...
Replies: 4
Views: 903

Re: Slowly retracting seatbelt...

Yes washing with a natural soap soloution worked for me, used soap flakes in hot water. The belts get dirty with grime and oil from hands and this causes problems when they recoil. A good wash and allow to dry will probably sort it. Pull the belts out to their full extent and jam them so you can was...
by colb
Thu 13 Apr, 2017 09:48
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Sill removed cleaned and waxoyled
Replies: 26
Views: 3433

Re: Sill removed cleaned and waxoyled

Al Its a bit of a wrestle getting the arch liners out, once all the screws are out I found it was best to drop the inner edge down and then use a screwdriver to spring the outer edge down and out from the outer wing edge being careful not to damage the wing edge when doing it, same for the front alt...
by colb
Wed 12 Apr, 2017 16:14
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Air Bag Reset Tool
Replies: 17
Views: 2270

Re: Air Bag Reset Tool

You want a B800 reset tool, loads on ebay at various prices, cheaper from China but I would go for this one from Manchester, it will arrive quicker. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Airbag-Reset-Tool-Diagnostic-Scanner-Code-Reader-B800-for-BMW-E36-E46-Z3-Z4-X5-/332110699699?hash=item4d53571cb3:g:x0UAAOSwYm...
by colb
Tue 11 Apr, 2017 20:36
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Diff sump plug
Replies: 3
Views: 603

Re: Diff sump plug

by colb
Tue 11 Apr, 2017 20:24
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Air con fan stalling
Replies: 8
Views: 1169

Re: Air con fan stalling

I think you will find fuse 48 in the Aux Fuse Box under the glovebox judging by what I found on the web. Just glad I don't have aircon on mine. More info on this post on bimmerforums https://www.bimmerforums.com/forum/showthread.php?1851194-1999-Z3-auxilliary-fan-fuse-location https://www.bimmerforu...
by colb
Tue 11 Apr, 2017 17:07
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: lambda sensor
Replies: 5
Views: 726

Re: lambda sensor

Quite right check for air leaks or a bad MAF, these will upset the lambda sensor. If you need a new sensor stick with known make such as Bosch or Siemens same goes for replacement MAF. Not worth gambling on the cheap parts on ebay, been there done that, lesson learnt. I replaced my lambda sensors pr...
by colb
Mon 10 Apr, 2017 12:59
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Hazard Warning lights will not turn off
Replies: 12
Views: 1431

Re: Hazard Warning lights will not turn off

Too bad it wasn't the switch, sounds like the others are correct suspecting the alarm causing them to flash.
Bonnet switch sounds a possibility, strange the siren isn't sounding when they flash.
by colb
Sun 09 Apr, 2017 18:54
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Hazard Warning lights will not turn off
Replies: 12
Views: 1431

Re: Hazard Warning lights will not turn off

I would check the hazard switch sounds like it might have developed an internal fault, disconnect the switch and try a known good one to see if that solves the issue.
by colb
Sat 08 Apr, 2017 20:46
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: First impressions
Replies: 9
Views: 1077

Re: First impressions

Change the gearbox oil, check what yours takes, some use ATF, may be a label on the side of the gearbox unless its fallen off over the years.
BMW used fill for life fluid but a change is worthwhile to freshen up the box, gear changes will be smoother after a change, do it and see what you think.
by colb
Thu 06 Apr, 2017 22:58
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: B*stard main dealers
Replies: 20
Views: 2493

Re: B*stard main dealers

When I changed my fuel filter I found it was the original, car built in 1999, I changed it in 2015, given the mileage is only 35k I suppose it lasted well even though the car would have had services before I owned it and it hadn't been changed. I also dislike the current garage practice of the exorb...
by colb
Thu 06 Apr, 2017 20:12
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Sill removed cleaned and waxoyled
Replies: 26
Views: 3433

Re: Sill removed cleaned and waxoyled

Had a go at the passenger side this afternoon, stripped down in an hour then cleaned, now awaiting a good dose of Waxoyle. Got to get some as I ran out doing the drivers side. The passenger side is just as good as the other side, no rust anywhere thank goodness. Only casualty was one of the front ar...
by colb
Thu 06 Apr, 2017 09:17
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Sill removed cleaned and waxoyled
Replies: 26
Views: 3433

Re: Sill removed cleaned and waxoyled

That looks real nasty, hope it heals up quick so you can get back to fettling.
by colb
Sun 02 Apr, 2017 18:09
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Sill removed cleaned and waxoyled
Replies: 26
Views: 3433

Re: Sill removed cleaned and waxoyled

Will do Al, not this week as on call so don't want to have the car in bits and have to rush off if called out. Probably give it a go following week. If you want to make a start just remove the arch liners first and give it a good clean behind them before tackling the sills as the liners have to be o...
by colb
Fri 31 Mar, 2017 16:04
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?
Replies: 2084
Views: 220457

Re: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?

Door threshold trim clips and some replacement self tappers for the sills and arch liners to replace a couple I broke when cleaning and waxoyling the sills. Also renewed insurance £141 fully comp no extras wife as named driver.
by colb
Thu 30 Mar, 2017 20:51
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Radio Aerial
Replies: 6
Views: 816

Re: Radio Aerial

It is as the others have stated a signal amplifier, it has a 12v live feed to it so care needed when disconnecting or connecting the unit. It also has an earth connection which it needs in place to make it work. Just lying in the boot space it will not work, it must be fixed to the car. http://www.r...
by colb
Thu 30 Mar, 2017 17:30
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 to Ferrari 250 swb
Replies: 5
Views: 897

Re: Z3 to Ferrari 250 swb

Nice touch with the illumination of the boot lid racing number, of course you would be welcome, after all we all know what is really underneath!!
by colb
Wed 29 Mar, 2017 13:18
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Sill removed cleaned and waxoyled
Replies: 26
Views: 3433

Re: Sill removed cleaned and waxoyled

Just ordered some sill trim clips to replace a couple I broke when removing the trim, found them here on ebay http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Door-Sill-Trim-Moulding-Fastener-Clips-Protective-Fixing-BMW-/322223819363?fits=Car+Make%3ABMW&hash=item4b06094a63:g:LcwAAOSw0UdXq6GP Some on there cheaper but from...
by colb
Wed 29 Mar, 2017 08:29
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Automatic Gear Expert
Replies: 1
Views: 352

Re: Automatic Gear Expert

Quick search on the web using the part numbers came up with these http://www.weko-bmw-gebrauchtteile.de/BMW-3er-E36-316i-318i-M43-Getriebe-GM-F28-Hydramatic-96018400-96017506 http://www.ebay.com/itm/BMW-E36-318i-318ti-97-98-COMPLETE-AUTOMATIC-TRANSMISSION-GM-SK-96018242-125K-/281089398967?_ul=BO htt...
by colb
Mon 27 Mar, 2017 09:52
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Sill removed cleaned and waxoyled
Replies: 26
Views: 3433

Re: Sill removed cleaned and waxoyled

Yes always use axle stands usually leaving the trolly jacks in place as a back up. If I am going to crawl underneath I use a pair of ramps to get the car high enough, always feels safer than the axle stands. My outer sills were rust free, I was expecting some at either end but they were spotless, I ...
by colb
Sat 25 Mar, 2017 22:54
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Sill removed cleaned and waxoyled
Replies: 26
Views: 3433

Sill removed cleaned and waxoyled

Finally got around to stripping the drivers side sill off the car using instructions posted on the forum. Jacked up and placed on axle stands front and rear wheels removed followed by the arch liners. The car was built 12/1999 and registered in the UK in 03/2000, its a 1.9 badged 1.8. all the fixing...
by colb
Tue 21 Mar, 2017 22:51
Forum: Check your diary
Topic: Aston Martin Open Day St Athan South Wales 9th April 2017
Replies: 0
Views: 417

Aston Martin Open Day St Athan South Wales 9th April 2017

Aston Martin open day at their St Athan South Wales details for free entry tickets here
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/aston-ma ... ff=efbnreg
by colb
Sun 19 Mar, 2017 20:12
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Rear Brake Pipe Replacement
Replies: 2
Views: 452

Re: Rear Brake Pipe Replacement

Have a look at this previous thread on the subject http://www.zroadster.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=41844&p=388385&hilit=rear+brake+pipe#p388385 Check on the oem parts site what pipes you have on your car as they differ if its a DSC equipped car, best check using last 7 digits of your chassis numb...
by colb
Fri 17 Mar, 2017 18:41
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: POPULAR MODIFICATIONS for Z3
Replies: 19
Views: 2385

Re: POPULAR MODIFICATIONS for Z3

How about an air induction kit to make it breath better?
by colb
Mon 20 Feb, 2017 21:19
Forum: Check your diary
Topic: anyone fancy a monthly meet around abergavenny area
Replies: 2
Views: 570

Re: anyone fancy a monthly meet around abergavenny area

I would be up for this but would have to avoid my on call weeks
and of course when I take the Z off Sorn April or May depending on the weather.
by colb
Mon 06 Feb, 2017 22:55
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Horn
Replies: 6
Views: 1106

Re: Horn

Are they the snail shaped horns? Inside is a metal plate that vibrates when activated to produce the noise, the plate may be corroded, try spraying some wd40 down them and try sounding them after they have had a while for the wd40 to loosen off the plate. If that doesn't get them working try Spurs f...
by colb
Thu 02 Feb, 2017 09:15
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Help re steering wheel removal
Replies: 2
Views: 451

Re: Help re steering wheel removal

Search on the forum turned this old post up which includes removal details with pictures
viewtopic.php?p=224854#224854
by colb
Wed 01 Feb, 2017 18:07
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Dead Battery.
Replies: 19
Views: 2330

Re: Dead Battery.

Snap, I have one of these, got it after my alternator started to fail and had to be replaced. Ideal for monitoring the output by simply plugging it in the cig lighter socket. I see the Amazon link is over 4 quid, got mine off ebay for 1.99.
by colb
Wed 01 Feb, 2017 09:46
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Pinking (pre-ignition) 1999 2ltre
Replies: 69
Views: 5364

Re: Pinking (pre-ignition) 1999 2ltre

http://www.bimmerboard.com/forums/posts/797779 Link on previous post works for me, here it is again Yes he fell in to the trap of changing everything he could think of, been there done that :roll: As to plugging it in to read codes rather than spend out at dealers/garage why don't you get yourself a...
by colb
Tue 31 Jan, 2017 20:37
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Fuel injector servicing/cleaning
Replies: 6
Views: 627

Re: Fuel injector servicing/cleaning

You could always clean them yourself, have a look on Youtube, loads of how to guides on there, here is one
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLuAVhVp44Y
by colb
Tue 31 Jan, 2017 10:34
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Pinking (pre-ignition) 1999 2ltre
Replies: 69
Views: 5364

Re: Pinking (pre-ignition) 1999 2ltre

Had a look for Pinking problems and found this regarding the knock sensors, may be of interest to you in tracking down the cause of your problem.
http://www.bimmerboard.com/forums/posts/797779
by colb
Mon 30 Jan, 2017 14:57
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Pinking (pre-ignition) 1999 2ltre
Replies: 69
Views: 5364

Re: Pinking (pre-ignition) 1999 2ltre

oem shows it as a ping sensor http://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/showparts?id=CL31-EUR-07_1998_Z3_BMW_Z3_20&diagId=11_6206#13627568422 Not clear where it attaches to the engine in the diagram, they are usually bolted on the side of the engine block where they would pick up the engine noise. Looks like ...
by colb
Sat 28 Jan, 2017 09:23
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Dead Battery.
Replies: 19
Views: 2330

Re: Dead Battery.

How old is the battery? If the charger failed then quite possible for the battery to die due to old age especially in this cold weather here in UK. Maybe not cold where you are so its probably down to age of battery and failed charger. The draw on the battery would be the clock and the radio memory ...
by colb
Sat 07 Jan, 2017 17:51
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Smells hot after high speed run
Replies: 2
Views: 438

Re: Smells hot after high speed run

I think you may have identified the problem from what you say about the aircon never having worked. Good chance if its not been working bacteria has grown inside and is giving off the smell you experience particularly when the car itself is running hot. Will need to see whats wrong with the system, ...
by colb
Fri 23 Dec, 2016 11:44
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Flashing battery warning light....
Replies: 11
Views: 1302

Re: Flashing battery warning light....

That sounds hopeful, check what the alternator is putting out when you get your volt meter it may have been a dodgy connection with the plug not fully home. Keep your eye on the warning light as well to see if it solved that.
by colb
Thu 22 Dec, 2016 09:55
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Flashing battery warning light....
Replies: 11
Views: 1302

Re: Flashing battery warning light....

When I had charging issues, I bought a small battery meter that plugs in to the cig lighter socket so I could see what the charging rate was as after driving at night with lights on the car was dead with a flat battery next day. Using the meter I found the alternator was not putting out a full charg...
by colb
Thu 22 Dec, 2016 09:30
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Flashing battery warning light....
Replies: 11
Views: 1302

Re: Flashing battery warning light....

Found this answer to your question elsewhere on the web which points to the charging circuit being at fault. The problem is in the charging system, there are a few things that you can check yourself before taking it to a garage if you don't feel that you are capable of doing it yourself. when it is ...
by colb
Tue 20 Dec, 2016 18:11
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Antenna removal
Replies: 2
Views: 612

Re: Antenna removal

The unit just passes through the wing grommet so with the bracket undone it should pull down through the grommet, maybe some one applied glue to seal it? http://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/showparts?id=CM12-EUR-12-1999-Z3-BMW-Z3_19&diagId=65_0284 Try turning the unit whilst pulling downwards to break a...
by colb
Fri 09 Dec, 2016 11:36
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: EEP2 error, speedo over read & ECU warning light
Replies: 51
Views: 3712

Re: EEP2 error, speedo over read & ECU warning light

Your 2001 should work ok with the usb connection, yours has both round 20 pin and 16 OBD2 sockets as mine does. Change was around 1998/99, mine was a December 99 build and registered in 2000. Don't forget the 16pin OBD socket will only read the engine module, all others such as airbag and service li...
by colb
Fri 09 Dec, 2016 09:38
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: EEP2 error, speedo over read & ECU warning light
Replies: 51
Views: 3712

Re: EEP2 error, speedo over read & ECU warning light

If you get the BM Cable Inpa Interface it is fitted with a USB cable so a serial port is not required.
by colb
Thu 08 Dec, 2016 21:33
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: EEP2 error, speedo over read & ECU warning light
Replies: 51
Views: 3712

Re: EEP2 error, speedo over read & ECU warning light

Inpa likes running in Windows XP, bear that in mind when you look for a laptop. Replacing the whole unit is not plug and play some models store the cars mileage in the ecu and the cluster, fitting another unit may result in the car displaying the higher mileage of the two units and placing a dot in ...
by colb
Thu 08 Dec, 2016 18:40
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: EEP2 error, speedo over read & ECU warning light
Replies: 51
Views: 3712

Re: EEP2 error, speedo over read & ECU warning light

You should be good to go with the code reader you have ordered by plugging into the 16pin socket under the steering wheel, but bear in mind this socket only reads some of the engine module, nothing else. If you do go for the BMW INPA diagnostics then that would need to be plugged in to the Round 20p...
by colb
Wed 07 Dec, 2016 22:12
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Rear axle
Replies: 3
Views: 553

Re: Rear axle

Just checked for my 1999 1.8 facelift and it lists Z3 E36   (12/1994 — 06/2002) for Part Number 33219067820 Repair kit bellows, exterior Part 33219067820 was found on the following Z3 vehicles: Z3 E36, Z3 1.8, Roadster, M43, EUR, (CJ11) : Output shaft Z3 E36, Z3 1.9, Roadster, M44, EUR, (CH71) : Out...
by colb
Tue 06 Dec, 2016 19:41
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Stalls when warms up....occasionally.
Replies: 27
Views: 1976

Re: Stalls when warms up....occasionally.

Treat yourself to a code reader to save time and money taking it to a garage, cheapest way to go is a Wifi ELM 327 interface and a download of Dash Command App to your phone or Ipad and a converter cable BMW Round to 16pin OBD2, otherwise go the whole hog and get the BMW INPA software and put it on ...
by colb
Mon 05 Dec, 2016 09:11
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Stalls when warms up....occasionally.
Replies: 27
Views: 1976

Re: Stalls when warms up....occasionally.

Agree with BladeRunner, check for codes set to point you in the right direction, possible Cam sensor or gummed up idle control valve are possible causes. If its the Camshaft sensor then I would expect to see codes. If its the idle control valve then take it off and clean it by spraying carb cleaner ...
by colb
Wed 30 Nov, 2016 08:41
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: oil level lamp
Replies: 11
Views: 991

Re: oil level lamp

If you suspect oil pressure problem have a look at how I fitted an oil pressure guage to my 1.9
viewtopic.php?f=5&t=37830
by colb
Tue 29 Nov, 2016 20:18
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: oil level lamp
Replies: 11
Views: 991

Re: oil level lamp

Sounds like some confusion here regarding sensors/pressure switches
Oil level sender is in sump, oil pressure switch is as NZ00Z3 says under the inlet manifold on the 4 pot
by colb
Tue 29 Nov, 2016 19:18
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: oil level lamp
Replies: 11
Views: 991

Re: oil level lamp

http://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/showpar ... Id=11_6198

Item 16 front underside of sump on 4 pot

Check the wiring connection to it and the cable for damage before replacing it, may be bad connection causing your light.