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by pingu
Fri 14 Oct, 2016 01:09
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Does the ECU take time to settle down?
Replies: 26
Views: 2553

Re: Does the ECU take time to settle down?

Some night-time reading...

BMW Vehicle Communication Software Manual

If the answer is not in here, then it probably can't be answered by anyone outside of BMW :) .
by pingu
Thu 13 Oct, 2016 02:25
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Caliper Bolts
Replies: 8
Views: 856

Re: Caliper Bolts

for bolts etc ebay is fine.... theres a couple of good people. I also use BIGGRED - just google, they are great. Remember to bed your pads in properly - PM me if needed Some bolts are very important. I wouldn't use eBay for wheel bolts or brake caliper bolts unless you can 100% trust the source and...
by pingu
Wed 12 Oct, 2016 18:11
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Does the ECU take time to settle down?
Replies: 26
Views: 2553

Re: Does the ECU take time to settle down?

The reset trick ensures that the +ve and -ve have a zero potential difference. I've never done it with the ignition on, but it makes sense as there will be circuits that are only "live" when the ignition is on. If I were to do it, I would... 1. Switch everything off and remove the key. 2. Disconnect...
by pingu
Tue 11 Oct, 2016 12:07
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Clunk when changing gears
Replies: 17
Views: 1755

Re: Clunk when changing gears

Hi. I have replaced the clutch, fitted s/s braided hose, rubber drive disc is perfect, drive shaft CV joints OK, and it still bloody clunks. Next job during winter is a complete axle and sub frame bush change, and the differential unit rebuilt. It doesn't say much for BMW engineers producing so man...
by pingu
Sun 09 Oct, 2016 22:16
Forum: Z4M roadster and Z4m coupé
Topic: Z3 to Z4M
Replies: 8
Views: 1097

Re: Z3 to Z4M

Never raced or rallied :D
by pingu
Sat 08 Oct, 2016 16:11
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Clunk when changing gears
Replies: 17
Views: 1755

Re: Clunk when changing gears

motco wrote:If only it had a proper cable throttle it would be perfect.
It has, but I know that you meant clutch cable :wink: .
by pingu
Sat 08 Oct, 2016 01:06
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Clunk when changing gears
Replies: 17
Views: 1755

Re: Clunk when changing gears

I'd check this (and I'd also check the spelin) :wink:

Also check for loose propshaft bolts or a knackered diff mount.
by pingu
Fri 30 Sep, 2016 19:12
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?
Replies: 2084
Views: 220479

Re: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?

Rory4711 wrote:Image
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New home for the Autumn/Winter, replaces previously-used Air Chamber, now passed on to a fellow owner
PM sent
by pingu
Thu 29 Sep, 2016 12:57
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: anyone thinking of selling?
Replies: 6
Views: 1076

Re: anyone thinking of selling?

Everything is for sale - at a price :wink: :)
by pingu
Thu 29 Sep, 2016 12:50
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Emissions? bent pipe failure
Replies: 12
Views: 1260

Re: Emissions? bent pipe failure

Yes its the secondary air pipe that goes between the pump and the valve on the engine. Secondary air only operates for about 30 seconds when the engine is started. Think of it as a system that produces a flame thrower that heats the cat's up really quickly to reduce emissions. Should you remove it?...
by pingu
Sun 25 Sep, 2016 15:06
Forum: Check your diary
Topic: BMWCC Track Day List 2016
Replies: 23
Views: 5876

Re: BMWCC Track Day List 2016

Mainly for Brian H, but is anyone going over to Donington Park on Monday 26th September (tomorrow) for the BMW Track Day? I met up with Brian and had a brilliant day two years ago, last year I was working but this year Rocky Dave and myself are coming across in our Zeds. Definately worth the trip. ...
by pingu
Fri 23 Sep, 2016 19:48
Forum: Z1 roadster
Topic: M3 Conversion + DKG Gearbox
Replies: 14
Views: 1684

Re: M3 Conversion + DKG Gearbox

Hi, That seems to be quite good !! Now the first question is, can we swap and fit on ??... in terms of space at first... (N54 + DCT) That's a good question, isn't it ??... And then, there will be the question about price !! Anything can be done. Whatever you do will require a lot of modifications t...
by pingu
Thu 22 Sep, 2016 13:01
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Camshaft Position Sensor
Replies: 6
Views: 650

Re: Camshaft Position Sensor

Hi guys, I've been in the process of restoring my 1997 1.9 Zed and recently I've started replacing some sensors. I have an oxygen sensor on its way and I currently need to replace the camshaft position sensor. At the moment I'm having a hard time trying to source one that is genuine and not an afte...
by pingu
Wed 21 Sep, 2016 13:22
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: How to Repair the S50B32 VANOS
Replies: 8
Views: 1412

Re: How to Repair the S50B32 VANOS

bertiejaffa wrote:Well done fella - you could now make a lot of money if you wanted !!
Been there, done that :)

I'd rather have time to spend a little than lots of dosh and no time :wink: .
by pingu
Mon 19 Sep, 2016 13:59
Forum: Z1 roadster
Topic: M3 Conversion + DKG Gearbox
Replies: 14
Views: 1684

Re: M3 Conversion + DKG Gearbox

Which M3 engine?

I think your best option for an M3+Auto would be S54+SMG.
by pingu
Sun 18 Sep, 2016 20:11
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: More loutish behaviour...
Replies: 4
Views: 890

More loutish behaviour...

No wonder these louts complain when their boot floors crack and their vanos rattles...



:twisted:
by pingu
Sun 18 Sep, 2016 00:35
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Clattering noise from the front.
Replies: 39
Views: 4276

Re: Clattering noise from the front.

I'm surprised the mechanic didn't put a stethoscope on it. I suspect that the plastic tensioner (Item 7) on the timing chain has worn away and the chain is rattling.

Very easy to check.

Remove Item 9 and prod around with your finger in the hole...
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by pingu
Fri 16 Sep, 2016 05:22
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: How to Repair the S50B32 VANOS
Replies: 8
Views: 1412

How to Repair the S50B32 VANOS

Hopefully these videos will help you decide if you want to take on the dreaded rattle or poor performance. It will cost you around £150 to get it sorted if you DIY. Now that I know what I'm doing, I could do the full repair in a long day. You should still read the Beisan instructions ( Seal Replacem...
by pingu
Tue 13 Sep, 2016 14:12
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Second failure today! :(
Replies: 7
Views: 804

Re: Second failure today! :(

I always use Kwik-Fit as they do a free check before they fill and they also do a dye test if they can't spot the leak by eye. It takes about an hour to do the test.

It does cost £49 if it's OK to fill, though - so they are not the cheapest.
by pingu
Mon 12 Sep, 2016 13:44
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Second failure today! :(
Replies: 7
Views: 804

Re: Second failure today! :(

Get them to use the UV dye.
by pingu
Thu 08 Sep, 2016 04:03
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Odometer EEP_1 fixed but with issues
Replies: 17
Views: 1681

Re: Odometer EEP_1 fixed but with issues

I strongly suspect that the red dot is lit by just one of the tracks that go at 45 degs towards the connector right of centre in the lower image. If it were me and I was worried about it, I'd probe each track and break the appropriate one - but that's me :shock: . Anyway, you haven't got a problem u...
by pingu
Wed 07 Sep, 2016 00:33
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Odometer EEP_1 fixed but with issues
Replies: 17
Views: 1681

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.u...
by pingu
Wed 07 Sep, 2016 00:24
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Free M Suspension Parts
Replies: 9
Views: 1135

Re: Free M Suspension Parts

BMW don't list their springs on RealOEM. The only way to get a pair is to quote them your chassis number and confirm the car is standard - which you have (by the sounds of it). I don't think that you will get any from anywhere that are as well spec'd as BMW's - if your car is as it left the factory....
by pingu
Sun 04 Sep, 2016 19:20
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Odometer EEP_1 fixed but with issues
Replies: 17
Views: 1681

Re: Odometer EEP_1 fixed but with issues

I've had my odometer corrected and the lad who did it said he had never been asked to go up the way :shock: . He did it using some very sophisticated electronics that he plugged into the cluster (which was out of the car). He then shorted some connections inside the cluster and was able to change th...
by pingu
Sun 04 Sep, 2016 19:04
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Free M Suspension Parts
Replies: 9
Views: 1135

Re: Free M Suspension Parts

Alfie wrote:Hi. You have pm. A.
Alfie. You know that S50 and S54 front suspension is different, don't you?
by pingu
Fri 26 Aug, 2016 20:12
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: #22PushUpChallenge
Replies: 2
Views: 551

Re: #22PushUpChallenge

Point 1: Elbows to 90 degrees :)
Point 2: Cheeky sod :oops:
by pingu
Fri 26 Aug, 2016 15:01
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: #22PushUpChallenge
Replies: 2
Views: 551

#22PushUpChallenge

Day 6. My first Z-inspired set of 22...

by pingu
Sat 06 Aug, 2016 10:16
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Putting a Z3 into storage?
Replies: 16
Views: 1748

Re: Putting a Z3 into storage?

I have left a car in gear before and ended up with the clutch rusted in place so I won't be doing that again! :shrug I'm interested to know how you think that leaving the car in neutral will affect whether the clutch seizes or not. Dampness and lack of use would have caused the clutch to seize. I'm...
by pingu
Tue 26 Jul, 2016 00:56
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?
Replies: 2084
Views: 220479

Re: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?

BladeRunner919 wrote:
pingu wrote:Some Fiat X/19 valve shims :wink: .
Oooh, pics of the X/19 please!
Thread Title wrote:What did you buy your Z3 this week ?
:D
by pingu
Mon 25 Jul, 2016 13:16
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?
Replies: 2084
Views: 220479

Re: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?

Some Fiat X/19 valve shims :wink: .
by pingu
Thu 21 Jul, 2016 23:38
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Cost to replace clutch
Replies: 21
Views: 2079

Re: Cost to replace clutch

Pingu's referring to the preload applied on the prop shaft bearing. I've changed a few z3 clutches at home. Not a hugely complicated job just time consuming. All in not including my own time the cost came to £170 for LUK parts. Lee Yes. The bearing is pushed towards the engine by a number of millim...
by pingu
Wed 13 Jul, 2016 15:10
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Cost to replace clutch
Replies: 21
Views: 2079

Re: Cost to replace clutch

Ask them what the pre-load is on the propshaft. If they don't know - walk away. They don't know how to do the job properly.
by pingu
Tue 05 Jul, 2016 00:07
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: I have been busy at the weekend!
Replies: 8
Views: 791

Re: I have been busy at the weekend!

Looks very neat.

I may look into doing the same.
by pingu
Fri 01 Jul, 2016 18:50
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Flywheel Worry
Replies: 4
Views: 621

Re: Flywheel Worry

Get the car in the air if possible. Stop one wheel from rotating by chocking it somehow. Put it in gear with the engine off and rock the other wheel and see what moves.

It does sound like the flexible coupling, but it could be any of the joints in the transmission.
by pingu
Mon 27 Jun, 2016 09:15
Forum: Check your diary
Topic: The Much Bigger Than DTEC Tour 2018 (or later)
Replies: 6
Views: 1071

Re: The Much Bigger Than DTEC Tour 2018 (or later)

Now with distances and times :shock:

7600 miles (133 hours = 15 days @ 9 hrs per day)
or
6600 miles (124 hours = 14 days @ 9 hrs per day) if the Finland/Sweden loop is shortened by taking the Naantali/Turku-Stockholm ferry.
by pingu
Sun 26 Jun, 2016 19:16
Forum: Check your diary
Topic: The Much Bigger Than DTEC Tour 2018 (or later)
Replies: 6
Views: 1071

Re: The Much Bigger Than DTEC Tour 2018 (or later)

bertiejaffa wrote::lol: :lol: You are mad !!

why so far in advance, is that when the vanos is expected to be ready?
Something's happening in two year's time - you might have heard the news :wink: .
by pingu
Sun 26 Jun, 2016 03:20
Forum: Check your diary
Topic: The Much Bigger Than DTEC Tour 2018 (or later)
Replies: 6
Views: 1071

Re: The Much Bigger Than DTEC Tour 2018 (or later)

Section 1 http://www.porterbility.co.uk/Files/JPG/2018_BREXIT/2018_Brexit_01.jpg 2700 miles (42 hours) [excludes distance & time to get to Coquelles] Section 2 http://www.porterbility.co.uk/Files/JPG/2018_BREXIT/2018_Brexit_02.jpg 2200 miles (42 hours) Section 3 http://www.porterbility.co.uk/Files/...
by pingu
Sat 25 Jun, 2016 15:16
Forum: Check your diary
Topic: The Much Bigger Than DTEC Tour 2018 (or later)
Replies: 6
Views: 1071

The Much Bigger Than DTEC Tour 2018 (or later)

I'm thinking of a tour that will be much bigger than DTEC 2016. It will take in at least 27 countries (28 if you include UK). The date will be 2018, or 2019, or maybe later. It will have to be done within 2 years of a date to be decided. I can plan the route, but not the dates. I already have a name...
by pingu
Sat 25 Jun, 2016 13:43
Forum: Let's talk
Topic: Getting better
Replies: 7
Views: 1149

Re: Getting better

Hope you're better, but some things you may have missed were... I don't know why the Government selected 1998 as the cut-off date for all this new legislation, but... All cars of less than 2 litres built before 1998 are exempt from VED. Shell have just started offering free fuel to any German cars o...
by pingu
Sat 25 Jun, 2016 13:17
Forum: The Beauty Parlour
Topic: I'm not anal about this but..........
Replies: 18
Views: 1409

Re: I'm not anal about this but..........

I agree, I always like to keep mine fresh and showroom style.... http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e309/bertiejaffa/9E6D482D-45AA-42C7-86A5-E1D240012E33_zpszjfcmvl1.png http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e309/bertiejaffa/57D050D3-8521-4DD1-AB3B-75A214F481FE_zpsg1fvaqxm.jpg It did leave the showroom ...
by pingu
Sat 25 Jun, 2016 13:10
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: The price of a Z3 M vs Z4 M
Replies: 10
Views: 864

Re: The price of a Z3 M vs Z4 M

bertiejaffa wrote:speaking to a guy tonight on the plane home who had been to goodwood to view classic cars that he is bidding on - Z8 in the brochure,

O.M.F.G - how stunning
Missed the boat on Z8s as well. They were £30k at the bottom of the market.
by pingu
Thu 23 Jun, 2016 05:15
Forum: The Beauty Parlour
Topic: I'm not anal about this but..........
Replies: 18
Views: 1409

Re: I'm not anal about this but..........

Robert T wrote:The anal ones get out a brush and start cleaning the grass out of the tyre treads!
I like to get my cotton buds out and clean the inside of the valve caps :D
by pingu
Wed 22 Jun, 2016 19:31
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: The price of a Z3 M vs Z4 M
Replies: 10
Views: 864

Re: The price of a Z3 M vs Z4 M

( as opposed to an investment ) I would plump for the newer and more refined Z4M. :) Investments are bought at the bottom of the market :wink: . A Z3M is like a Z1. If you want it as an investment, you are too late. You will make money, just not enough to call it an investment. Z4Ms are still dropp...
by pingu
Mon 06 Jun, 2016 20:56
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: For Sale: Z3 Bentley Manual - Like New
Replies: 16
Views: 1616

Re: For Sale: Z3 Bentley Manual - Like New

finnbar wrote:Oh that's a shame it's not the right year for your car. Funny as my Z3M was 2002 and I never even noticed this manual was for the wrong year :-)
I don't think they cover the M Roadster, regardless of the year.
by pingu
Sun 05 Jun, 2016 14:55
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 CLEAR COAT LACQUERED INNER BODY SHELL
Replies: 12
Views: 1580

Re: Z3 CLEAR COAT LACQUERED INNER BODY SHELL

Is it possible it's been re-shelled? And the bare shell was painted in a body shop by someone unaware it didn't need to be lacquered? Just one theory. And possibly not the sort you welcome! Sounds like you may have a better Z3 than left the factory. I reshelled a car once and I'm pretty certain tha...
by pingu
Sun 05 Jun, 2016 13:06
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?
Replies: 2084
Views: 220479

Re: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?

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 I'll share t...
by pingu
Tue 31 May, 2016 13:59
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?
Replies: 2084
Views: 220479

Re: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?

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 .
by pingu
Mon 23 May, 2016 20:53
Forum: Check your diary
Topic: DTEC 2016 - w/ Video
Replies: 67
Views: 7931

Re: DTEC 2016 - w/ Video

I've not added up the cost in fuel, etc. Too scared :bawl: . I've just spent $210 on a vanos kit from the US and £92.46 on vanos bits from Sytner's. All the parts are here now, so I can start the work :rtm: :shake: . I only did 2786 miles door-to-door. Have you found the county that we missed? There...
by pingu
Mon 23 May, 2016 14:12
Forum: Check your diary
Topic: DTEC 2016 - w/ Video
Replies: 67
Views: 7931

Re: DTEC 2016 (A Challenge Too Far?)

WARNING: There is some swearing on the video

This one isn't blocked in 237 countries, just the one (Germany). As John Motson once said about the Germans, who cares?

by pingu
Fri 20 May, 2016 23:38
Forum: New to zroadster.net?
Topic: Soon to be Z3M owner
Replies: 8
Views: 1423

Re: Soon to be Z3M owner

Drive it like you stole it and be prepared for the the bills. I'm suffering the bills side at the moment, but it was worth it :D .