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by therealdb1
Wed 31 Aug, 2016 22:38
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: High lift of car
Replies: 29
Views: 2778

Re: High lift of car

Without researching the actual model of the cream coloured box the wires that you can see will almost certainly be zero volt contacts for the switches on the remote with an analogue input, 4 to 20 mA I imagine, for the speed control. All perfectly safe although the manufacturer is probably expecting...
by therealdb1
Mon 22 Aug, 2016 12:49
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Transporting 6 cylinder engine
Replies: 10
Views: 1067

Re: Transporting 6 cylinder engine

Sorry! Obviously your sense of humour differs from mine. If the engine is on a pallet the load will be spread so you'll be fine although if you can get someone else to do the transportation for £20 I'd take that option. It does sound cheap but maybe the catch is the delivery time as the company may ...
by therealdb1
Sun 21 Aug, 2016 23:26
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Transporting 6 cylinder engine
Replies: 10
Views: 1067

Re: Transporting 6 cylinder engine

Are you looking to transport a 6 pot engine made of solid lead? An entire Z3 only weighs about 1300kg and according to Ford the baby Transit Connect has a payload around 700kg and the full size Transit is over 1 tonne. If carrying a car engine ended up "busting" the van then dear old Henry's company...
by therealdb1
Sun 12 Jun, 2016 12:42
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Rear wings. Different sizes?
Replies: 15
Views: 1182

Re: Rear wings. Different sizes?

If the OP has access to both cars he could simply take a photo from directly behind each car (even better in the same picture) and the difference would be immediately apparent without considering lighting angles, damage or whether or not the bumper is correctly attached.
by therealdb1
Sun 05 Jun, 2016 23:00
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 CLEAR COAT LACQUERED INNER BODY SHELL
Replies: 12
Views: 1585

Re: Z3 CLEAR COAT LACQUERED INNER BODY SHELL

My "Individual" has body colour engine bay and it appears laquered because it is metallic. I have not checked under carpets inside or in the boot though. Perhaps I should but not at this time of night! Metallic paint generally looks awful without the clear coat which is probably why the O/P's Arctic...
by therealdb1
Sun 05 Jun, 2016 22:52
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 starting probelms
Replies: 11
Views: 1390

Re: Z3 starting probelms

Well it is a simple fix even if you need to replace the battery or the lead. Much easier than tracking down faults with the immobiliser or ignition switch at least! The car would not have been designed to require packing under the battery so if you really do have to stretch the lead to reach the ter...
by therealdb1
Sat 04 Jun, 2016 23:22
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 starting probelms
Replies: 11
Views: 1390

Re: Z3 starting probelms

I've had a loose negative battery terminal too with exactly those symptoms. It must be a common but peculiar issue on Z's as I've never suffered it on any other car I have driven in the last 40 years! It takes longer to open the boot and move the carpet out of the way than to fix once you know what ...
by therealdb1
Fri 03 Jun, 2016 23:26
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Zed fuel economy
Replies: 17
Views: 2130

Re: Zed fuel economy

If you can find anywhere to buy French fuel at the moment :lol:
by therealdb1
Fri 06 May, 2016 23:14
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Car identification.
Replies: 14
Views: 1812

Re: Car identification.

Some of the options prices were a bargain! I paid more than that for metallic paint and cruise control on my Volvo V70 purchased new in 1999. It does have air con and wood trim as standard though and as for powered hood it doesn't even have a sunroof! I'll have to think about changing it in a couple...
by therealdb1
Wed 23 Mar, 2016 23:37
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Some newbie Technical help needed please.
Replies: 11
Views: 763

Re: Some newbie Technical help needed please.

If you think changing the rubber boot was difficult try changing a throttle body on a Jaguar XJR!!! Sorry off topic there back to the Z3 I hope you never have to get the rear brake discs off when the handbrake shoes have delaminated inside them! :head: I'm glad the new bellows have sorted your runni...
by therealdb1
Tue 22 Mar, 2016 22:39
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Some newbie Technical help needed please.
Replies: 11
Views: 763

Re: Some newbie Technical help needed please.

Hi there, I cannot really help with 2 or 3 without seeing / hearing the issues you describe but 1 will almost certainly be rectified by a replacement rubber boot. Even a small split will let unmetered air in which will give mixture problems and cause you misfires, stalling and random lambda readings...
by therealdb1
Thu 17 Mar, 2016 23:10
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: HELP NEEDED PLEASE...
Replies: 18
Views: 2199

Re: HELP NEEDED PLEASE...

Something is seriously wrong with that! I don't see any way that standard parts in serviceable condition could cause an increased wheelbase. If it were accident damage then you would not expect it to be the same both sides. I would be tempted not to drive the car until it has been checked by someone...
by therealdb1
Mon 14 Mar, 2016 14:47
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: ABS and ASC LIGHTS
Replies: 6
Views: 1031

Re: ABS and ASC LIGHTS

Hi Steve, The two are almost certainly linked since they use the same wheel sensors. The switch is doing nothing because the systems are disabled which is what the warning lights are telling you. If you get the appropriate sensor sorted and clear the stored codes, which the chap with the reader can ...
by therealdb1
Sun 13 Mar, 2016 23:00
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 Cherry busted! But....
Replies: 5
Views: 878

Re: Z3 Cherry busted! But....

If it goes as well as you say it is unlikely to be a head gasket but you could get a compression check done for your own piece of mind. A lot of these cars sit around doing nothing for a lot of the time these days and cold damp weather combined with limited running will be prone to condensation and ...
by therealdb1
Sun 13 Mar, 2016 22:43
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: ABS and ASC LIGHTS
Replies: 6
Views: 1031

Re: ABS and ASC LIGHTS

Yes a good idea to get the codes read before changing parts randomly.
Most likely to be a wheel sensor dirty or faulty but if you get the code read by a BMW specific reader like INPA it will tell you which wheel needs attention.
by therealdb1
Sun 13 Mar, 2016 22:38
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: So it's still not handling how I'd want...
Replies: 64
Views: 5845

Re: So it's still not handling how I'd want...

The "individuals" were factory cars; see here http://users.belgacom.net/bmw_z3/bmw_z3 ... ograms.htm
Yes there is a plate under the bonnet that states "individual" with the name and paint code.
by therealdb1
Sun 13 Mar, 2016 10:01
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: So it's still not handling how I'd want...
Replies: 64
Views: 5845

Re: So it's still not handling how I'd want...

Ah ah! We're back on the old chestnut of special editions! You would have thought that an efficient German company would have kept records of how many cars were made but apparently not. No one can give a definitive answer. The excuse I was given when I enquired about my 'Mora' was that the "Individu...
by therealdb1
Sat 27 Feb, 2016 00:13
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: ABS sensors.
Replies: 12
Views: 1117

Re: ABS sensors.

Actually I've confused myself! The last ones I did were on my Volvo which drop in from the top on the front wheels. :dunce: However the technique I describe still holds but you shall have to remove the brake disc and possibly the hub too. It depends how much you want to save the sensor. Why are you ...
by therealdb1
Fri 26 Feb, 2016 22:54
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: ABS sensors.
Replies: 12
Views: 1117

Re: ABS sensors.

No there is no locating groove and when freshly installed they can be wriggled side to side slightly. However it is a common problem for them to seize in the hole. A technique I have used with 50/50 success is to lift the car high enough to get a bar of aluminium (soft but stiff and non-magnetic) of...
by therealdb1
Fri 19 Feb, 2016 22:46
Forum: Performance
Topic: tyre pressure gauges.
Replies: 1
Views: 512

Re: tyre pressure gauges.

If you have a pump and pressure gauge at home why do you want to trust someone else's when you have no control over who uses it or how it is used? The question that needs to be asked is "where can you get your gauge and/or pump calibrated so you know they are correct?" I cannot really help you with ...
by therealdb1
Fri 12 Feb, 2016 22:58
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: HELP needed total loss of power
Replies: 36
Views: 3157

Re: HELP needed total loss of power

Good news! It's nothing to do with DSC or ASC. It sounds like an air leak which can be confirmed by resetting the code and checking that it recurrs when you try to drive the car. This then means old fashioned detective work with your fingers and eyes. You will need to check every rubber hose on the ...
by therealdb1
Mon 08 Feb, 2016 16:40
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: FOR SALE Z3M WHEELS & TYRES
Replies: 5
Views: 809

Re: FOR SALE Z3M WHEELS & TYRES

I always thought that Eagle NCT's were Goodyear tyres.
Dunlop tyres normally have "sport" in the name!
by therealdb1
Mon 08 Feb, 2016 16:30
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Kickdown not working
Replies: 3
Views: 499

Re: Kickdown not working

Have you checked the gear box oil level?
Autos can do some strange things when the level is marginal and you have been showing it what for!
by therealdb1
Tue 19 Jan, 2016 09:11
Forum: Z4 roadster and Z4 Coupe
Topic: Bonnet wont release
Replies: 17
Views: 4048

Re: Bonnet wont release

The bonnet release may not be a service item according to BMW but it definitely needs maintenance. Over time the system siezes due to lack of lubrication and you end up snapping a cable trying to open the bonnet. Then you really have made a job and a half for yourself! How do I know that? When after...
by therealdb1
Fri 11 Dec, 2015 23:29
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Decipher INPA codes
Replies: 12
Views: 1604

Re: Decipher INPA codes

Hi Julie, Before you go rushing in to the inlet cam sensor it is highly likely that there is anything wrong with it if the engine is running correctly. INPA is a great diagnostic tool, even in German since Google translation will give you the gist of what it says and I am sure the version I have con...
by therealdb1
Tue 01 Dec, 2015 23:37
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: INPA
Replies: 4
Views: 744

Re: INPA

I have one of these and it works perfectly on Windows XP and Windows 7. Haven't tried it on 10 yet but the advert claims compatibility. I also found that there was no path option when installing and it defaults to the C drive which is a minor inconvenience but if you are aware of that in advance you...
by therealdb1
Mon 09 Nov, 2015 00:01
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Is Cooper-BMW-parts.co.uk still running?
Replies: 10
Views: 1355

Re: Is Cooper-BMW-parts.co.uk still running?

Do you not have access to a telephone or e-mail? I have always found their phone and over the counter service exceptional. The guys in there are knowledgable and helpful. You don't even need to know the BMW part numbers. Give them your chassis number and they will look up the parts for you then if t...
by therealdb1
Thu 05 Nov, 2015 23:18
Forum: Let's talk
Topic: I'm back after 2 years.
Replies: 4
Views: 1013

Re: I'm back after 2 years.

Hi Marty,
Welcome on your return from me but like Del I cannot believe it is 2 years since the pain of releasing the Z.
I'm glad that your fortunes have changed as they must have improved dramatically if you are considering an M!
by therealdb1
Tue 29 Sep, 2015 22:10
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Tyre noise or not.
Replies: 5
Views: 682

Re: Tyre noise or not.

What sort of noise?
Do you have the same type of tyre on both sides?
Has the noise changed at all with the new wheel bearing?
by therealdb1
Tue 29 Sep, 2015 22:07
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Clattering noise from the front.
Replies: 39
Views: 4293

Re: Clattering noise from the front.

Could be your Vanos units. I would say search for a Youtube video of a double Vanos engine like yours with duff units to see if the sound is the same. Otherwise take it to a garage with BMW engine experience since they would have more idea what's wrong without stripping the engine. Do you notice tha...
by therealdb1
Tue 29 Sep, 2015 21:56
Forum: The Beauty Parlour
Topic: Power Bond 806 Glue
Replies: 2
Views: 970

Re: Power Bond 806 Glue

Yes it is very good at bonding including fingers!
I had some years ago too, kept it in the fridge but it still went rock solid in about a year. Maybe my fridge had too much condensation inside but recommend you buy a small quantity regularly rather than rely on keeping a larger quantity indefinitely.
by therealdb1
Wed 16 Sep, 2015 09:37
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: oscillophone :D
Replies: 2
Views: 326

Re: oscillophone :D

I took the easy route and purchased a very nice Hameg twin beam scope on eBay for £20 which has far superior specifications to the smartphone adaptor shown in the link! Keep your eyes peeled and you can buy digital storage scopes for about £50 sometimes. Of course you do not get the enjoyment of bui...
by therealdb1
Thu 10 Sep, 2015 23:48
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Thermostat Query
Replies: 8
Views: 871

Re: Thermostat Query

Thermostats can fail either open or closed. Trust me I have had both... Several times each!
Not sure about the 4 cylinder but my 6 pot has a heated thermostat.
by therealdb1
Wed 09 Sep, 2015 10:01
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: exhaust emission warning light
Replies: 16
Views: 1500

Re: exhaust emission warning light

If it is running rich it may be that the ECU thinks the engine is cold. Hook it up to an INPA and see what engine temperatures you are getting. Also go to a friendly MOT station and get them to check the lambda and hydrocarbon readings at the exhaust. These will tell you if the mixture is over-rich ...
by therealdb1
Fri 04 Sep, 2015 17:16
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: M Roadster Breaking on EBay
Replies: 2
Views: 552

Re: M Roadster Breaking on EBay

It looks pretty sad! Seller goes on about how rare it is and then wants to break it!!! I can only assume it has NSF accident damage as he carefully has avoided showing that corner and the stance looks wrong. Even with the escalating prices of the M there is only so much that can be done to keep them...
by therealdb1
Wed 02 Sep, 2015 12:19
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Fitting an air con unit.
Replies: 7
Views: 687

Re: Fitting an air con unit.

I applied for a job once retro-fitting air con into brand new cars on behalf of franchised dealers. They expected me to fit two or three a week and maybe an extra one by doing overtime if there was a long commute from the head office. I never took the job for several reasons but it gives an idea of ...
by therealdb1
Wed 02 Sep, 2015 09:35
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Thermostat question
Replies: 9
Views: 692

Re: Thermostat question

As I said the temperature is being measured at one point in the cylinder head, not the radiator as that temperature will fluctuate every time you stop or move or the fan cuts in. "Cool" water is being pumped into a "hot" engine through narrow ducts there will be all sorts of temperature gradients an...
by therealdb1
Tue 01 Sep, 2015 23:34
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: 1999 z3 2.8 for sale £2795
Replies: 3
Views: 733

Re: 1999 z3 2.8 for sale £2795

Nice looking car although with almost a million miles on the clock you must know it is reliable!
I would change the quoted mileage of "964500" if I were you!
by therealdb1
Tue 01 Sep, 2015 23:30
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Car cover or not?
Replies: 19
Views: 2458

Re: Car cover or not?

That's a bad move! Just watched one of those house hunting programmes on TV where the 'expert' was getting really frustrated with the guy looking to buy a house since he was putting more priority on the garage / workshop facilities for his Land Rovers than the living accommodation. I guess there are...
by therealdb1
Tue 01 Sep, 2015 23:21
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Thermostat question
Replies: 9
Views: 692

Re: Thermostat question

It's like that because that's the way it is. You cannot expect a temperature gauge to sit exactly in the middle of full scale and it will generally move slightly up or down depending on several things e.g. engine load, ambient temperature, airflow around the engine. The gauge is measuring the temper...
by therealdb1
Fri 21 Aug, 2015 11:43
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Rear Suspension and wheels and gaps and stuff
Replies: 18
Views: 1379

Re: Rear Suspension and wheels and gaps and stuff

"pry in and out"! Did you not use spring compressors? Changing springs without them is a very dangerous game! There also appears to be an emphasis on lack of tools which considering the enormity of the task of building a kit car is surprising. I hope the car turns out well, certainly what you have d...
by therealdb1
Fri 21 Aug, 2015 00:20
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: 2.8 V6
Replies: 6
Views: 667

Re: 2.8 V6

Worryingly Mike there is a photo with the bonnet open and the engine looks pretty straight to me.

This suggests that the owner cannot tell the difference even when looking at the engine! :dunce:
by therealdb1
Fri 21 Aug, 2015 00:11
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Fuel
Replies: 20
Views: 1891

Re: Fuel

I'm not saying that the fuel had no effect but you also need to take into account the ambient temperature, pressure and humidity especially since your tests were several weeks apart. Cold air will be more dense and therefore have more mass for the same swept volume. Since cars these days have a Mass...
by therealdb1
Tue 18 Aug, 2015 20:14
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: Mor61e's Topaz Blue 2.8 - Respray time
Replies: 80
Views: 12542

Re: Mor61e's Topaz Blue 2.8 - Respray time

Whereabouts is your mate Craig based?
I have a rear quarter panel off the car that I need respraying and his handy work looks the business.
by therealdb1
Tue 18 Aug, 2015 20:11
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Help... Idle problem
Replies: 3
Views: 381

Re: Help... Idle problem

You say it is an "old" 2.8 so I'm guessing that it has a cable and it is one of those hybrid throttle bodies where the motor overrides the cable for traction control. I read somewhere that you should not try and move the butterfly on these by hand otherwise the unit can be damaged but since it revs ...
by therealdb1
Tue 18 Aug, 2015 19:58
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Fuel
Replies: 20
Views: 1891

Re: Fuel

Absolute nonsense, Corky! Mugs is correct. If you put lead in the tank you will probably destroy your catalytic converter. What the guy is talking about is that you should use high octane fuel in other words 'super unleaded' RON 95 or above if you can find it not the usual rep-mobile supermarket unl...
by therealdb1
Fri 14 Aug, 2015 13:22
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Can You Program a Second Hand Key?
Replies: 16
Views: 1518

Re: Can You Program a Second Hand Key?

Forgot to mention, Bob, when I bought my replacement key from Motormec, not a franchised dealer, there was no need for any of this pfaffing about reprogramming it worked straight out of the packet. Remotely opened the doors and started the car as well as fitting all of the locks to manually unlock. ...
by therealdb1
Thu 13 Aug, 2015 23:43
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Can You Program a Second Hand Key?
Replies: 16
Views: 1518

Re: Can You Program a Second Hand Key?

When I got my Z it only had one key with the 3 buttons on it and looked like it had been used by a labrador! I initially went down the ebay route and found it was quite difficult to get anyone to cut a blank to fit my locks for less than about £50 and then guarantee it would work. You should be able...
by therealdb1
Mon 10 Aug, 2015 13:46
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 Suspected Head Gasket Failure
Replies: 12
Views: 1090

Re: Z3 Suspected Head Gasket Failure

It could, of course, be leaking between cylinders and may not be showing any oil / water symptoms but then I suspect it would run like a pig if it started at all.
A compression check could spot this eventuality also.
by therealdb1
Mon 10 Aug, 2015 13:42
Forum: Boyz Toyz
Topic: Changing Head Unit
Replies: 5
Views: 1824

Re: Changing Head Unit

The sound comes from the speakers and the standard fit ones are not the best. Better electronics will still sound poor if the speakers are not up to the task so I would start here. Having said that part of the allure of the Z, particularly the 6 pots, is the exhaust note so why would you want a radi...