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  1. BMW 3 Series Forum - Technical Talk on the BMW E46
    330D M57, some time ago I found the coolant flange (the one under the inlet manifold) had cracked and was leaking. I replaced the flange with a new one, and fitted it dry relying on the new rubber seal, although mating face had some corrosion. After a few weeks I found it was leaking. So I...
  2. BMW 3 Series - Tech Talk For All Gen Of 3 Series
    Anybody managed to do this job on my model? Eg. remove the oil filter housing to change the gaskets. I attempted this Sunday and failed, wasted at least 5 hours and gave up. I searched the net and forums quite extensively and did not find any information before taking on the task. In my...
  3. BMW 5 Series - Tech Talk For All Gen Of 5 Series
    I am now in the process of rebuilding my engine block. Shooting videos to show the process (for those who might be interested). The long story short… Had oil leaks problem (bad, very bad). Corrected a few: - Recently changed oil filter housing seal (few months ago) - Oil cooler flange seal...
  4. General BMW Discussions
    Hello all, A couple of weeks ago I (drunk on ebay) bought a 2008 320d with apparent head gasket failure. Went to have a look at the car and it was pressurising the coolant but otherwise fine so took it home. As the EGR cooler could feasibly create the same symptoms (and is a common failure)...
  5. BMW 3 Series Forum - Technical Talk on the BMW E46
    Hi everyone. I'm at a standstill. I have a 2005 325xi. Replacing the head gasket and was checking my block for flatness. I noticed that the cylinder liner is... In a uniform way... Protruding up only in the middle of my block where the cylinder walls are thin. I don't know if this is by...
  6. Introductions
    Hi all. New to the forum and newish to BMW (wife was left a shark nose in a will some years ago but it never ran unfortunately). I've owned Jag's, a Porsche, Volvo's and Audi's in the past. I was looking for a Merc or another Jag, maybe a Chrysler 300C or possibly a Porsche Cayenne but then for...
  7. Car Audio, ICE, Car Alarms, Mobile Phones, I-Drive
    Having already put one into a Jetta and pleased with it, the old dashcam died in the 535d so got a front/rear DR02-D from Aukey, couple of hours putting in then finished up and went to lock.... Only way I could lock was by key. Indications that the fob battery was low. Fob not present, unable...
  8. BMW 3 Series Forum - Technical Talk on the BMW E46
    Hi guys, Hopefully somebody here knows the answer to this obscure question; if I want to replace the block on my M54B22, what numbers do I need to be looking out for to ensure I get a block with the same casting as my current one? I've attached a picture of the engine sticker, if somebody...
  9. Introductions
    Hi all, I live down in Kiwi land and have owned and driven BMWs for 40 or so years. I am currently looking at buying a fairly old X5 V8 to set up to go skiing. Can anyone tell me what the major faults are that I should look for and if these faults can be modified or easily fixed? I appreciate...
  10. BMW Engine Conversions
    Hello, ive bought a cheap e53 with totaled engine so i was searching for a used engine. I stumbled across one with low milage that has been in a car accident, the price is like 1/3 of a used one with double the milage. BUT it has some block damage, can this be repaired? Ive been thinking that if...
  11. BMW 3 Series Forum - Technical Talk on the BMW E21
    Hi Everyone, I am in desperate need of an M42 B18(184S1) engine for my 1990 E30 318is. I left my car in with my BMW specialist to replace the chain and tensioner and was contacted the next day informing me that the cam shaft was cracked and needed a new block. I work in the motor industry in...
  12. BMW 3 Series Forum - Technical Talk on the BMW E21
    I recently flushed my coolant and after a short drive this hose started to expand and drip. I think that there is a air lock and that the hose is also dead. I have a new hose now but in order to replace it can I just drain the radiator or will I need to drain the entire block? It's the upper...
  13. BMW 3 Series Forum - Technical Talk on the BMW E46
    Hi guys, I am in the process of changing the coolant in my 2006 e46 318ci. I have removed the blue plug from under the radiator and also loosened the blue one under the expansion tank and drained the coolant, however for the life of me I cannot locate the drain plug on the block. I have looked...
  14. BMW 5 Series - Tech Talk For All Gen Of 5 Series
    Hello guys. I want to clean up the whole engine block so i can diagnose oil and coolant leaks plus for general maintenance. There are many electrical stuff and biggest being the alternator. Whats the safest way of cleaning the block? people degrease and either steam clean or jet wash it clean...
  15. BMW 3 Series - Tech Talk For All Gen Of 3 Series
    Hi I wonder if any members know what kind of thread is used on the drain plug, which is an M14 x 1.5 but is this a straight metric thread or a BSP (British Standard Pipe) thread? I unfortunately have ruined the female thread in the engine block due to almost impossible access trying to screw...
  16. Introductions
    Hi guys new to this, just bought my first BMW a 520d Msport sport auto box. picking it up soon, Anyone with any tips or stuff to watch out for??
  17. Introductions
    Good evening one and all Not exactly new on here but I've managed to loose my log in details for my original profile. This is a little snippet of my latest toy Will upload mor pics as the work progresses
  18. General BMW Discussions
    Hi, I am new on here and looking for a bit of help and advice if possible from the forum users. I also apologise in advance if this subject has already been covered, but I can't find anything anywhere hence my questions. I need to try to build from standard BMW parts a 1600cc engine that...
  19. BMW 3 Series - Tech Talk For All Gen Of 3 Series
    Hi guys. Came on here hoping someone can help me and give me some insight into what i can do. My engine seized up in my 320i 2ltr. Its a white convertible 2011 3 series. As the engine seized i needed to get a new engine block. I got an engine block from a 2007 1 series 1.6. I was told that...
  20. BMW 3 Series Forum - Technical Talk on the BMW E21
    Hi guys. Came on here hoping someone can help me and give me some insight into what i can do. My engine seized up in my 320i 2ltr. Its a white convertible 2011 3 series. As the engine seized i needed to get a new engine block. I got an engine block from a 2007 1 series 1.6. I was told that...
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