Meet the E46

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

  1. RyanV

    RyanV Member

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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?
     
  5. RyanV

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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

    Dah_Hunter Looking over your shoulder, so you dont have to.

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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.
     
  11. tperkins

    tperkins Devout AYC Disciple

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    Drill attachment +1, for mine it came with a foam pad for holding, I just cut a hole in the back a little off centered and rammed a 1/2" impact driver for my drill into there. Works a treat!
     
  12. magnavahn

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    Good job on the headlights RyanV!
    Great idea! I'm doing that right now.
     
  13. tperkins

    tperkins Devout AYC Disciple

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    Low speed on your impact driver. Then I would get a laminex or 3m clear put on... or bring your headlights to an auto body shop and have them professionally clear coated. I don't care what preservative the kit comes with, it doesn't really work.
     
  14. RyanV

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    Coil pack died a few weeks ago, so Ive been able to keep the car on the road by borrowing a pack from the M5. I got the new coil packs last night and got them installed today.

    Half way through the replacement:

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    I guess its about time since these were the originals:

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    We are sort of contemplating whether we will be keeping the car at this point. Really nothing wrong with it, but its a 20 year old BMW, so stuff goes wrong. Doesnt really matter if I have issues with my vehicles since I have others I can drive, but if my wifes car goes down its more problematic.