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    Idling - Listen to it purr... MemphisMiata's Avatar
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    That's awesome! A wagon on killboy!

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    I have to admit, this trip really endured me to this car. Makes me want to fix it up, give it some style.

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    New front brakes and rotors for the 'bär. Brakes are a breeze on these cars.

    No more shudder under braking now.

    Also changed the air filter and rotated the tires.

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    Oil filter housing gasket. Goddamn. Not sure the new one sealed right. What a stupid design.


























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    'k, think it sealed right, just needs a few heat cycles to fill out the channels. I never knew the metal undertray was shiny silver, so much damn oil caked on. I think it's alright for my wife's upcoming road trip.

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    Before/after degreasing. All six cans of cleaner spent.




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    Wow! Major clean!
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    Quote Originally Posted by kung fu jesus View Post
    'k, think it sealed right, just needs a few heat cycles to fill out the channels. I never knew the metal undertray was shiny silver, so much damn oil caked on. I think it's alright for my wife's upcoming road trip.
    This! Mine was so dirty, but super clean after some work!

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    Schwarzbär

    96k on the clock. Time for spark plugs. Records don't indicate they were changed, and are recommended at 100k. Prayed to Cthulhu that they weren't seized or broke off upon removal. They did not, but were pretty stout to remove.


    Revmove cabin filter box at firewall ( to access the last two cylinders)




    Remove engine covers.


    Pop out the coils one at a time. Soooo much easier than in an e36.


    Yup. Original factory plugs. Not too bad.


    NGK Iridiums. Gapped to spec.


    Checked wells for oil and debris. I have a VC gasket on desk just in case.




    Time to finish up. This all has to go back in. Blu looks on approvingly.


    Washed the cabin filter box.

    Finished up by washing car, it's filthy.

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    Gathered up some part numbers for the cooling system refresh.

    BMW owners have a free resource at realoem.com. It's a site that allows me to pull up the build data of my BMWs just by plugging in the last seven digits of the VIN; model, year, chassis code, engine code, body style, subpackage, and date code (build date). On top of that I can browse through the part diagrams of all the systems and subsystems. The exploded views list the part numbers for all the parts. It's really very helpful and I learn more looking at the explored views than reading the repair manuals. It's a tremendous resource. The part number/descriptions are easily copied and pasted into a table like excel or a Microsoft Word document table. This is awesome for making a list of parts to look up to purchase.

    I made my list, about 22 items. A lot of online BMW part retailers have service kits that are customizable for the cooling system, but they included parts I have recently replaced (like pulleys, tensioners, and belts).

    So, I took some time to plug in the part numbers in a few of the sites so I could hand-pick the part manufacturers and compare prices. There was about $100 difference between the vendors I checked and some had parts I didn't like (waterpump impeller construction).

    $525 for ALL the hoses, water pump, radiator, sensors, seals, coolant, t-stat, t-stat housing, and clamps. I included a new pump pulley and heater control solenoid for peace of mind. RMEuro in Denver had the prices I liked and a solid reputation.

    I had replaced the overflow bottle and pressure cap about 8 weeks ago when it failed in the driveway (thankfully).

    I'll wait for the parts and attack this when the weather cools.


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    I sure love north-south engines and RWD!

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    I have boxes of parts sitting in the garage too but too damn hot to do anything. Can't wait for winter.
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    I've thought about picking up a second hand AC unit for the garage. It's a converted car port, so all the walls are insulated and there are two double hung, insulated windows.

    As big as our lot is, I would love to punch out the back wall and turn it into a 4 car unit. That would be tits!

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    Mine is cinder block so no matter how hot it is outside, the blocks just make it hotter inside, like a clay oven. I've gone back and forth about getting an air conditioner. It would cost a lot to run so I'd have to make sure whatever I'm doing is important enough to warrant the electricity bill.
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    Swamp cooler and one of those industrial-sized fans?

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