Meet the E46

Discussion in 'Members Rides' started by RyanV, Jan 29, 2016.

  1. RyanV

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    Definitely. Both the wife and I working full time and my wife is doing Grad studies, so free time is always in short supply. Plus the Grandparents always want to come for a visit on the weekends...
     
  2. RyanV

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    Replaced the PCV (or CCV) system in my wife's E46. Actually not as bad of a job as I thought it was going to be. Nothing was a total PITA. It just took a while. I think it was 4-4.5 hours. I installed the cold weather package, but I bought the Viaco parts. I'd recommend anyone else sticks with the OEM parts if they do this. I saved a bit of money, but the fittings didn't seems quite as good and I had to trim back the insulation on the oil separator to get one of the hoses to snap in properly and to reinstall the throttle body. Obviously, while I was in there I cleaned off the throttle body, IACV and DISA. I need to replace one of the torx screws for the DISA though.

    Also, changed the oil :) I didn't take many photos, but here's a few:

    Everything taken apart:

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    Old vs new oil separator. I broke the old one pulling it out since I wasn't putting it back:

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    And all back together again. Yes, I know the engine bay could use a clean, but I didn't feel like doing that today.

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  3. RyanV

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    Headlights cleaned up. Little things can make such a big difference.

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    Whoa. How did you go about this?
     
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    Oh nice, I have a tube of plastx. Powertool or elbow grease? I tried a "headlight restoration kit" before on a similarly hazed light, but the result didn't look anywhere near as nice.
     
  7. RyanV

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    Drill attachment. You can see it in the top left of the first photo. I don't think it would work trying to do it by hand. I went over it a couple of times to get the above results.
     
  8. Dah_Hunter

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    That headlight looks good i hate cloudy headlights. but also hate polishing things that dont work.

    Does that kit come with the drill attachment?
     
  9. RyanV

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    Yes, it does :). My kit is a bit older, but it looks like their current "two stage" kit comes with the same drill attachment.
     
  10. IanB

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    The drill attachment is key, it would take forever to buff to the same results by hand, and much harder to get a consistent finish.

    Looks great, love those German cars, hated owning one, lol.