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    New BMW owner,320 TD SE,just finding out about this swirl flap malarky.How (or where)
    can i check if the required changes have been done?Worryingly blank looks at my local
    BMW dealership,want to get this sorted pronto.
     
     

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    Hi stranglerkitty,Welcome to Bimmerforums.co.uk...........

    Hree's an interesting thread on swirl flaps...I don't know too much personally but I do know they're not very useful....
    http://www.bimmerforums.co.uk/forum/...l-flaps-t5537/
     
     

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    Welcome matey, quality motor

    The swirl flaps merit your anxiety, StK's link should summarise it, the good news is getting them removed isn't hard or expensive and definately worth doing
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cendrian View Post
    Welcome matey, quality motor

    The swirl flaps merit your anxiety, StK's link should summarise it, the good news is getting them removed isn't hard or expensive and definately worth doing
    Hello pal,do you think i should get them removed at the local BMW dealership where i get it serviced or do you think any garage would handle it?When i mentioned 'swirl flaps' to the BMW guy behind the service desk he didn't have a clue what i was on about (and,as usual,they seem quite expensive as well).
    Thanks for the advice...
     
     

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    No doubt as the guy was saying 'no idea what you are talking about' he was rubbing his hands at the prospect of a big repair bill should they ever go walkabout. Were his colleagues sniggering in the background?
    2002 325 Compact Sport ti M-Tec---- A little thanks goes a long way
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by stranglerkitty View Post
    Hello pal,do you think i should get them removed at the local BMW dealership where i get it serviced or do you think any garage would handle it?When i mentioned 'swirl flaps' to the BMW guy behind the service desk he didn't have a clue what i was on about (and,as usual,they seem quite expensive as well).
    Thanks for the advice...
    Any garage should be able to do it, as its really easy to do, nothing fancy about the job at all. I do recommend buying the blanking plugs though, rather than improvising plugs etc, see:

    http://www.pmwltd.co.uk/?tag=bmw-swirl-flaps

    http://www.pmwltd.co.uk/swirl_flaps.pdf <- info and fitting guide

    They do them, plus you can also get them on eBay etc.

    The amount of people whose swirl flaps have destroyed the engine is still a small portion to the amount of cars out there - the problem is if you are one of the unlucky ones - its catastrophic, so worth pre-empting by removing them etc.

    Its literally a case of taking off the intake manifold, removing the flaps, putting on the blanking plugs, refitting etc. The guide in that link is a wee bit over simplified, but it shows the process.
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cendrian View Post

    The amount of people whose swirl flaps have destroyed the engine is still a small portion to the amount of cars out there - the problem is if you are one of the unlucky ones - its catastrophic, so worth pre-empting by removing them etc.
    Spot on phrase for the issue. 98 percent may never have a problem. But for those left? Ouch doesn't even come close
    2002 325 Compact Sport ti M-Tec---- A little thanks goes a long way
     
     

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