Had this 530i come in for it’s 60k service today. Being an 04, it was time to get the fluids flushed and the filters changed. Step 1: Drain the oil. Step 2: Make big oil mess. Step 3: Drain the coolant and get fresh coolant in. Lifetime coolant? LOL But, we do replace with the proper BMW blue coolant. Then it was time for filters. The air filter here. And two pollen/cabin filters here. Notice the new and the old. …

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If you have been following this build we showed the sorry state this head was in before.   Now decked with new seals and all of the valves seated the head is ready to go back together. Cam seals in the front, new O-ring for the cam angle sensor on the back of the left bank (right as seen from front.) Seals in, cams now torqued, water neck sealed, ready to go! One tip: While the cam sensor can be re-installed …

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Infinity FX45

Daily driver business 🙂 This little FX45 came in for some needed maintenance to get it through the year. The brakes were pulsating, it was low on oil, and it needed a seat heater switch repair. All easy stuff….or so I thought 😉 On the lift ready to go. First up was topping off the fluids. Then I moved on to the rear brakes. I noticed the rear inner pad on the left was worn much more than the others, …

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VRRROOOOOOMMM!! Goodbye secondary muffler, hello bypass pipe.

I finally pulled this car out onto a lift today and did some work. Like anything, when you shove something back in a corner, you sort of forget it is there! I’ve had the idea planned out for the fuel cell for awhile now, I just needed to put it together. We had decided on relative placement of the tank awhile back, so I started lining everything up. First hole is the hardest one to make. When you make that …

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Finished up the 323i throttle body install the other day. Pretty straight forward going back together, except that we tossed the crappy old torn rubber intake boots in favor of new boots. New throttle body ready to go on. TB installed with new rubber intake boots. Since the car came in on a flat bed, I didn’t really know the condition of the car. Once it was running, it was discovered it had a large oil leak and a significant …

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We ran into a little snag late Monday night when trying to close up for the night. As we were closing the big bay door, the right side cable snapped and jammed the door opener. After some antics, we were able to climb up and cut the left side cable which allowed us to get the door closed. Unfortunately, with a 600+lb door, the door opener needs the sprung cable tension to over come the weight and open. Some of …

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Slowly plodding along with our 964 project as we have time. We are waiting on one of the gauges to come back from NHS. The face was de-laminating over the warning lights, so we sent it out to be replaced. A little ridiculous that they wouldn’t sell us a new face, as the install is no different that replacing the odometer gears (different gauge). Oh well. So….we are putting on a cup bypass pipe, so I dropped the secondary muffler …

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We’ve seen it time and time before, but odd electrical issues often point to a bad ignition switch in these cars. Up under the dash is the ignition switch, fairly straight forward replacement with the right tool. Old switch showed some sponginess in it, so this should solve the problem.

This poor little thing was towed in with an EML light and check engine light on. The EML light typically relates directly to the throttle body being bad (internal TPS sensors on this model), and the CEL revealed a list of about 9 codes ranging from secondary air injection problems to MAF sensors to cam sensors to O2 sensors. Yuck. But, to get it back on the road, the EML was the main issue, so I ordered in the new …

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