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by colb
Thu 22 Dec, 2016 09:30
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Flashing battery warning light....
Replies: 11
Views: 1376

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: 641

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: 3847

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: 3847

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: 3847

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: 3847

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: 580

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: 2096

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: 2096

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: 1076

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: 1076

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: 1076

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.
by colb
Sun 27 Nov, 2016 18:49
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Seat belt pre-tensioner plug
Replies: 10
Views: 1081

Re: Seat belt pre-tensioner plug

Glad you sorted it, most likely loose or duff connection, its quite common for the light to get triggered with movement of the cables or plugs under the seat, its not just a BMW thing, happens on other makes as well. Lets hope it stays out now.
by colb
Sat 26 Nov, 2016 18:50
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Seat belt pre-tensioner plug
Replies: 10
Views: 1081

Re: Seat belt pre-tensioner plug

Loom = The actual cable run from the plug back to where it joins into the main wiring loom, just check for any damage where it may have been crushed or cut by the seat being moved and it was in the way.
by colb
Fri 25 Nov, 2016 20:08
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Seat belt pre-tensioner plug
Replies: 10
Views: 1081

Re: Seat belt pre-tensioner plug

I believe Code 6 points to the pre tensioner as in your photo. Suggest you check the condition of the loom under the seat area for damage and clean the connections where it plugs in, disconnect the battery when you carry out the checks and cleaning of connections.Repair any damage to the loom if fou...
by colb
Mon 21 Nov, 2016 09:50
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Horn
Replies: 7
Views: 897

Re: Horn

Here is a link to the parts, on my facelift 1999 1.8 http://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/showparts?id=CM12-EUR-12-1999-Z3-BMW-Z3_19&diagId=61_0956 Horn plus mounting bracket is shown in diagram but mounting bracket is greyed out No 4 and not listed so not used on my car, looks like it was dropped from m...
by colb
Sun 20 Nov, 2016 22:13
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Horn
Replies: 7
Views: 897

Re: Horn

Without going out to the car to check I think you should be able to find them by looking into the front of the car with the bonnet up beyond the power steering cooling loop pipe, you may be able to get a spanner on the single fixing bolt through there as well.
by colb
Mon 14 Nov, 2016 13:18
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Diagnostic hardware
Replies: 4
Views: 530

Re: Diagnostic hardware

I have the BC Cables kit for my 1999 1.9, it connects to my Laptop via the 20pin socket using the 20pin - 16pin obd2 cable that you may have to buy separately. Laptop needs plenty of Disc space if you are going to load all the software that comes with the kit. Hardest part is getting it installed on...
by colb
Thu 10 Nov, 2016 09:45
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: what obd software ?
Replies: 9
Views: 892

Re: what obd software ?

Nice offer from Lewy if anyone is near to him, don't forget the Members with Diagnostic thread on here, worth checking if you don't have any kit or don't have the knowledge to do this sort of thing on your car could save you money rather that rely on having to use a garage to find out whats wrong. I...
by colb
Wed 09 Nov, 2016 15:36
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: what obd software ?
Replies: 9
Views: 892

Re: what obd software ?

Yes you will need the round pin adapter, they sell the whole lot as a package. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-Diagnostic-USB-Cable-Code-Reader-Interface-Full-Adapter-Set-INPA-DIS-SSS-/152224302716 My 1999 1.9 has the round under bonnet socket and the 16 pin OBD2 socket under the steering wheel, the 1...
by colb
Wed 09 Nov, 2016 14:31
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Help needed Z3
Replies: 11
Views: 1325

Re: Help needed Z3

Looks like the pump is knackered if its leaking behind the pulley, bearing failed by the sound of it. Avoid running it and get a replacement fitted then repeat the test with new fluid. Loads on ebay used and reconditioned. The fluid is foamy because air is getting in the leak and making it foamy Wha...
by colb
Wed 09 Nov, 2016 10:47
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Help needed Z3
Replies: 11
Views: 1325

Re: Help needed Z3

First thing is check where the fluid has gone, major leak somewhere, if its been run dry then pump may have suffered. Fix any leaking pipes, put some fluid in and see how it performs with the wheels off the ground and steering turned lock to lock a few times, should be smooth, check for leaks. If sa...
by colb
Wed 09 Nov, 2016 09:26
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: what obd software ?
Replies: 9
Views: 892

Re: what obd software ?

INPA should give you a view of the Camshaft sensor and what it is doing, don't think any of the other diagnostic apps will do it, my Engine Check and Dash Command systems don't show the sensor. If you go for INPA get it with the Interface and software, going to need a decent Laptop, if you load all ...
by colb
Tue 08 Nov, 2016 10:18
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Ignition upgrades?
Replies: 4
Views: 608

Re: Ignition upgrades?

Quick look around reveals plenty of choice on ebay or the parts sites at Car Parts 4 less and Europarts. Vast range of prices £25 - +£100 for sets depending on materials they are made from. Standard copper cables seem to be the cheapest with Silicon leads being the more expensive. Given your mileage...
by colb
Mon 07 Nov, 2016 08:57
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: 1998 m44 engine z3 check engine light
Replies: 13
Views: 1037

Re: 1998 m44 engine z3 check engine light

I know handsomejacks car was built 13 August 1998 so he should have the engine symbol light same as Roberts
by colb
Sun 30 Oct, 2016 09:46
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: help with windscreen washers please
Replies: 34
Views: 2836

Re: help with windscreen washers please

Must be an autumn thing, had to get replacements for mine after nearside one failed and started to loose water out of the tiny hole. Did have a poke about and a good blow with an airline and got it to work again so haven't fitted the new one yet.
by colb
Sat 29 Oct, 2016 12:33
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: MOT Emmission failure/pass
Replies: 8
Views: 948

Re: MOT Emmission failure/pass

Diagnostics kit here http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-USB-OBD-Diagnostic-Cable-set-UK-GT1-Ediabas-Inpa-DIS-SSS-Code-Reader-/281128248013 Need a good Laptop with loads of disc space for this and practice in using it. A simple code reader that you can use in iPhone or ipad is an alternative also availabl...
by colb
Thu 27 Oct, 2016 20:19
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Central locking motor
Replies: 3
Views: 464

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: 1438

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: 968

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: 968

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: 968

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: 2088
Views: 224451

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: 2216

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: 880

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: 2216

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: 1806

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: 569

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: 489

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: 1114

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: 1114

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: 927

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: 927

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: 927

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: 679

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: 4475

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: 2322

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: 768

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: 3155

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: 1220

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...