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by colb
Thu 27 Oct, 2016 20:19
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Central locking motor
Replies: 3
Views: 409

Re: Central locking motor

Have you tried swapping the other window switch over from the working window to see if its a duff switch? If that makes no difference check you are getting voltage to the switch, if not trace it back from switch to fuse and from motor to see if there is a break. Just noticed you are on about central...
by colb
Sun 23 Oct, 2016 21:49
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: long tearm storage
Replies: 13
Views: 1273

Re: long tearm storage

If its going to become a garage queen then there are a number of considerations. What is the state of the garage, well aired, or damp, is it or will it get really cold when shut up? If its cold and damp it isn't going to do the car any good over a long period. Has it got mains power available to run...
by colb
Sun 23 Oct, 2016 11:32
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: bmw z3 bmw inspection11
Replies: 10
Views: 869

Re: bmw z3 bmw inspection11

I have a Pela Suction pump and an electric one I picked up at Aldi or Lidle. Prefer the hand Pela Pump, I used it on a previous car that had 8 litres of oil in its sump and it was less messy than draining through the sump plug all in one go. Regular oil changes should mean less sludge build up in th...
by colb
Sun 23 Oct, 2016 09:50
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: bmw z3 bmw inspection11
Replies: 10
Views: 869

Re: bmw z3 bmw inspection11

A small investment on a service reset tool and a code reader and maybe a Airbag code reader and reset tool would set you up for getting into a DIY mode. All these available on ebay for little money but very well worth having in your tool kit. You mention inspecting the body as being a priority, the ...
by colb
Sat 22 Oct, 2016 22:18
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: bmw z3 bmw inspection11
Replies: 10
Views: 869

Re: bmw z3 bmw inspection11

If that's not an incentive to do it yourself I don't know what is, thankfully I can do it all on mine just paying out for oil, filters and plugs and have the satisfaction its all been done right.
by colb
Tue 18 Oct, 2016 22:23
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?
Replies: 2084
Views: 215443

Re: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?

A pair of windscreen washer valves from Sytners at Newport telephone ordered 09:30 picked them up at 15:00 same day approx £9.00 the pair.
by colb
Mon 17 Oct, 2016 18:15
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: engines fitted to z3's
Replies: 23
Views: 1948

Re: engines fitted to z3's

Seems I put in the wrong build year for my 1.8 correct build date 12/99 first reg early 2000
by colb
Mon 17 Oct, 2016 17:04
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Intermittent radio reception - almost none existent
Replies: 7
Views: 764

Re: Intermittent radio reception - almost none existent

Take the whole unit out and unscrew the top underneath is a very small wire check to see if it is connected or got a bad joint. Its the feed to the mast. Mine had disintegrated and caused the fault you are having. I managed to solder a new wire in and that restored reception.
by colb
Mon 17 Oct, 2016 08:33
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: engines fitted to z3's
Replies: 23
Views: 1948

Re: engines fitted to z3's

Mine is badged 1.8, its a facelift model built in December 1999 and registered in the UK early 2000. M43 Engine 8valve.
by colb
Sun 16 Oct, 2016 19:35
Forum: Event/cruise aftermaths
Topic: Autumn Colours Cruise Sunday 16th October 2012
Replies: 2
Views: 1698

Autumn Colours Cruise Sunday 16th October 2012

Write ups and pictures on Zroadster.org
https://zroadster.org/threads/autumn-co ... ost-242255

Weather was good to us hoods down all the way.
by colb
Fri 14 Oct, 2016 09:14
Forum: Check your diary
Topic: Wye Valley Run Sunday 16th October 2016
Replies: 1
Views: 478

Wye Valley Run Sunday 16th October 2016

Latest update from Z org site
https://zroadster.org/threads/forest-of ... ise.13423/

Full details on page 1 with map and route
by colb
Thu 06 Oct, 2016 19:46
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: DISA valve....can somebody explain?
Replies: 2
Views: 457

Re: DISA valve....can somebody explain?

Yes that's how it should work when power is applied to it, it shortens the length of the intake manifold, it receives its voltage from a signal generated by the ECM when the engine is at a predetermined speed and requires the shorter intake manifold length. Carefully check the pivot points on the fl...
by colb
Wed 05 Oct, 2016 19:33
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Why doesn't my cigarette lighter work?
Replies: 8
Views: 977

Re: Why doesn't my cigarette lighter work?

Look at the underside of the fuse box cover to find where the fuse is for the cig lighter socket, there will also be a ist of what rate of fuse should be fitted. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v258/Salaak/BMW/E36325iFuserelaydiagram.jpg Yours should look something like the diagram, cig lighter ra...
by colb
Mon 03 Oct, 2016 20:17
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Why doesn't my cigarette lighter work?
Replies: 8
Views: 977

Re: Why doesn't my cigarette lighter work?

Piece in your hand is the tip off a accessory plug that was once plugged in the socket and fell out. It probably caused a short in the socket and blew the fuse protecting the circuit, check for a blown fuse in the fuse box. Once fuse is renewed try the cig lighter plug again and see if it has power ...
by colb
Fri 23 Sep, 2016 18:42
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Roof failure - next steps
Replies: 7
Views: 833

Re: Roof failure - next steps

How about the Violet coloured relays that control the pump, found an old post about these
viewtopic.php?f=5&t=34882&p=325380&hili ... mp#p327122
by colb
Fri 23 Sep, 2016 18:21
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Roof failure - next steps
Replies: 7
Views: 833

Re: Roof failure - next steps

Is there access to the motor connections that are fed by plug 2, try bridging those connections at the actual pump. while your there check continuity of both the wires back to the plug to check neither is broken. Do the same with the wires from plug 1 to the micro switch to check for breaks and oper...
by colb
Fri 23 Sep, 2016 17:45
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Roof failure - next steps
Replies: 7
Views: 833

Re: Roof failure - next steps

Is plug 1 going to the micro switch or is it plug 2?
Have you tried bridging the connections in plug 2 ignition on foot on brake pedal?

Glad I have a manual roof less to go wrong.
by colb
Thu 22 Sep, 2016 08:48
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Camshaft Position Sensor
Replies: 6
Views: 612

Re: Camshaft Position Sensor

Same for me bit the bullet and bought at BMW Dealers, tried after market via ebay and very quickly learnt the lesson of only using oem parts.
Hope your exhaust sensor is a known make I replaced mine with Bosh from Europarts, not cheap but worked correctly first time.
by colb
Fri 16 Sep, 2016 20:30
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Clattering noise from the front.
Replies: 39
Views: 4090

Re: Clattering noise from the front.

Best look for a trusted indepedant BMW garage to do the job if you can't do it yourself.Sytners obviouly don't want to know it's not rocket science to diagnose and fix it moving parts are the cause and only a few to check out if it's not the belt pully's its. The timing chain or the tensioner
by colb
Sun 11 Sep, 2016 21:13
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 gone bang :(
Replies: 30
Views: 2052

Re: Z3 gone bang :(

Rich
Put your location in your members details, I'm sure if any of us are near you the odd helping hand would be forthcoming when you set about the transplant.
by colb
Fri 09 Sep, 2016 13:38
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: accelerator pedal sticking
Replies: 6
Views: 680

Re: accelerator pedal sticking

Make sure the pedal pivot is free from dirt and small stones that get carried in on shoes, hoover any debris out from around the pivot and then lubricate with WD40 or a spray lubricant like GT85. Work the pedal up and down to work the lubricant in and check for any binding points. This assumes that ...
by colb
Sun 04 Sep, 2016 19:51
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: My Mora Red Zed
Replies: 21
Views: 2692

Re: My Mora Red Zed

Love the colour, wheels are bling
by colb
Fri 02 Sep, 2016 18:31
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Idle speed......
Replies: 11
Views: 1083

Re: Idle speed......

Look at the throttle cable at the connection on the throttle body, adjust the cable by adjusting the cable guide it passes through turning it out will pull the cable tighter and adjust the tic over speed. It locks in place with a lock nut, you have to loosen the nut to screw the adjuster guide in or...
by colb
Tue 30 Aug, 2016 15:05
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Idle speed......
Replies: 11
Views: 1083

Re: Idle speed......

You can check the rev counter is accurate by doing the instrument test function and observing a digital readout of the revs. Have a look at this link to see how to put the instruments into test mode. http://www.zroadster.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=20201 If you want to increase the idle speed use the ...
by colb
Sun 28 Aug, 2016 16:45
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Wheel Nuts Upgrade?
Replies: 14
Views: 1356

Re: Wheel Nuts Upgrade?

Agree, plastic chrome nut covers from ebay, had mine on for over 3 years, never lost any and looks ok.
by colb
Sat 27 Aug, 2016 17:29
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Android OBD App - Fault Reader
Replies: 3
Views: 417

Re: Android OBD App - Fault Reader

I use a ELM327 obd2 Wifi Interface linked to a BMW round pin cable under the bonnet and my phone with an App called Dash Command http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/ELM327-WiFi-OBD2OBDII-Auto-Car-Diagnostic-Scanner-Scan-Tool-for-PC-iPhone-iPad-/161437593495?hash=item25966e2f97:g:4qUAAOSwGzlTwoH- Dash Command ...
by colb
Fri 26 Aug, 2016 15:42
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Brake discs
Replies: 6
Views: 757

Re: Brake discs

Try Carparts4less even though they are part of Euro Parts they are often cheaper than Europarts
by colb
Fri 26 Aug, 2016 14:30
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: High lift of car
Replies: 29
Views: 2594

Re: High lift of car

I like the ramp level extensions, storage is the only problem unless you park the car on them as well.
The ramps with the jacking pad seems the better soloution for storage.

If you have a decent anchor point how about using a 12v winch to get the car up the ramps?
by colb
Mon 22 Aug, 2016 10:22
Forum: Event/cruise aftermaths
Topic: Tewkesbury Classic Car Show
Replies: 0
Views: 573

Tewkesbury Classic Car Show

Spent an enjoyable day at the Tewkesbury Classic Car Show with the Z. Very good turn out of all classics pre war and post war.
Only spotted one other Z a 2.8 M in red, didn't see the owner, was it you?
http://www.tewkesburycvf.org/

Image
by colb
Sun 21 Aug, 2016 23:39
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: windstopper mesh D.I.Y.
Replies: 7
Views: 855

Re: windstopper mesh D.I.Y.

by colb
Mon 15 Aug, 2016 12:14
Forum: Event/cruise aftermaths
Topic: ZRoadster.org Zedfest 2016
Replies: 1
Views: 527

ZRoadster.org Zedfest 2016

Very pleasant Sunday spent at the Shepshed Water Mill with over 140 Z3's and 4's dare say quite a few of .net people there as well.
Load of pictures have been posted on the .org site.
https://zroadster.org/threads/zedfest-w ... -16.14016/
by colb
Mon 08 Aug, 2016 21:49
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: boot / trunk removal.?
Replies: 7
Views: 729

Re: boot / trunk removal.?

http://www.zroadster.net/forum/viewtopi ... 85#p352585

If you resort to cutting the loom this thread is interesting
by colb
Mon 08 Aug, 2016 21:42
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: boot / trunk removal.?
Replies: 7
Views: 729

Re: boot / trunk removal.?

mrscalex may be the man to answer this, he had his off recently had a quick look on his rebuild thread bu didn't spot any details on the wiring removal
by colb
Sat 30 Jul, 2016 18:18
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Putting a Z3 into storage?
Replies: 16
Views: 1651

Re: Putting a Z3 into storage?

Personally I would change the oil before putting it away no contaminants left in the engine to fester away, also put it up on axle stands so its off the tyres completely. Door locks should be ok, if you disconnect the battery bear in mind you will need your radio code and the ecu may well reset itse...
by colb
Fri 29 Jul, 2016 16:11
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 2.2 journal ft engine replacement - 'Okus'
Replies: 13
Views: 1336

Re: Z3 2.2 journal ft engine replacement - 'Okus'

Maybe con rod bolt let go or crank web fractured and tried escaping?
by colb
Wed 27 Jul, 2016 14:49
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Just about to push the button
Replies: 20
Views: 1621

Re: Just about to push the button

Bung a code reader on it and just check for any codes, all the sensors getting old on it now and ripe for playing up as are the rubber hoses and pipes, give it a good going over.
by colb
Wed 27 Jul, 2016 11:32
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: 2.8 misfiring..
Replies: 21
Views: 1999

Re: 2.8 misfiring..

Give the code reading a go at least it should show some misfire info which may narrow the faulty cylinder(s) down.
Swapping the coils for known good ones is the way to go without codes to go by certainly sounds as though something is breaking down.
by colb
Tue 26 Jul, 2016 18:28
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: disconnected battery hmmm
Replies: 5
Views: 553

Re: disconnected battery hmmm

In Wednesday all day if you want to pop down and plug mine in, plan to do an oil change on mine.
by colb
Tue 26 Jul, 2016 15:58
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: disconnected battery hmmm
Replies: 5
Views: 553

Re: disconnected battery hmmm

Al Not sure it would reset itself with battery disconnected, some one will be along to answer that one I'm sure. As you had the throttle body off double check all the hoses for air leaks, that could be a reason for rough idle. Plug your code reader in to see if it's set any codes which may be a clue...
by colb
Mon 25 Jul, 2016 16:58
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 2.2 rebuild journal - The Terd-Mobile
Replies: 95
Views: 9352

Re: Z3 2.2 rebuild journal - The Terd-Mobile

+1 on Roberts advice re connector to use for airbag work, when you get your airbag reader/reset tool you need to use the pacman socket even if it comes with a OBD2 plug, obviously need a round to OBD2 changer cable. Some of the sellers of this kit on ebay include the changer cable. I have a B800 Air...
by colb
Mon 25 Jul, 2016 15:04
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 2.2 rebuild journal - The Terd-Mobile
Replies: 95
Views: 9352

Re: Z3 2.2 rebuild journal - The Terd-Mobile

Double check the connections and wires under the seats may be as simple as that considering you have had the seats out.
Good luck for Thursday.
by colb
Sun 24 Jul, 2016 21:45
Forum: Spotted!
Topic: Spotted at Cwmcarn
Replies: 1
Views: 389

Spotted at Cwmcarn

Run from Betws-y-coed back to Newport today only spotted a metallic blue Z3 with chrome side gills at Cwmcarn 10 miles from home just after I was pulling out of a lay by putting the hood up because of the rain, was it you?
by colb
Sat 23 Jul, 2016 12:06
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: gearbox and diff oil change
Replies: 9
Views: 949

Re: gearbox and diff oil change

+1 on Southernmost gravity refill I did same with a length of clear hose and a funnel from top of engine
by colb
Thu 21 Jul, 2016 23:00
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Rpm goes up and down
Replies: 1
Views: 254

Re: Rpm goes up and down

Could be due to an air leak, as you have had the head apart recheck all the air hoses are sealing with their hose clips and none have holes or splits. If hoses look good then take off the Idle Control Valve and give it a clean with carb cleaner let it drain and dry before refitting it. See if that r...
by colb
Wed 20 Jul, 2016 22:41
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: bad leak behind passenger seat
Replies: 7
Views: 787

Re: bad leak behind passenger seat

First check the drain tubes at each side of the hood pivots are not blocked, previous posts on these. Could be the joint under the back window if the seal along the back edge of the hood has started leaking. Probably best way of checking would be to remove the seats and get someone to spray a hosepi...
by colb
Tue 19 Jul, 2016 20:26
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Headlight polishing
Replies: 7
Views: 1425

Re: Headlight polishing

Give them a good polishing using Brasso or Silver polishing fluid, probably best used with a small electric mop, cheaper than a kit and good results, I have used the method on motorcycle screen to get rid of scratches with good results.
by colb
Tue 19 Jul, 2016 19:47
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Jobs to do...... ;)
Replies: 4
Views: 420

Re: Jobs to do...... ;)

Regarding your seat belt not retracting very well, pull the belt out to its full extent and gently shampoo the webbing and rinse, leave it to dry then see how well it retracts, have solved this problem on a number of cars by doing this, the webbing gets dirty and becomes problematic when rewinding, ...
by colb
Mon 18 Jul, 2016 13:13
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 2.2 rebuild journal - The Terd-Mobile
Replies: 95
Views: 9352

Re: Z3 2.2 rebuild journal - The Terd-Mobile

Shame you didn't paint the calipers when you had them apart, good job to have given James.
by colb
Mon 18 Jul, 2016 13:04
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Gearbox Problem
Replies: 4
Views: 475

Re: Gearbox Problem

Don't know what mileage you have covered in seven years but its somewhat overdue some fresh lube in it, you will be amazed at how it feels after a change.

I change mine every 2 years and mine is very low mileage summer use only.

Colb
by colb
Mon 18 Jul, 2016 09:16
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Gearbox Problem
Replies: 4
Views: 475

Re: Gearbox Problem

Have you changed the gearbox oil? Despite BMW saying filled for life a change is always worth doing it usually transforms gear changing.

Be aware some gearboxes use ATF others oil, label on gearbox indicates which if its still attached.

Someone will nbe along regarding the worn pins question.