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by Robert T
Wed 21 Sep, 2016 19:54
Forum: Site Announcements and Feedback
Topic: Forum glitch - please fix
Replies: 12
Views: 1294

Re: Forum glitch - please fix

This is not something that is in my power to fix. It is a function of the underlying forum software. Knowing phpBB, it almost certainly requires cookies to be enabled. I use the feature of my browser to save passwords. When you click reply on a topic it will prompt you for your username and password...
by Robert T
Sun 18 Sep, 2016 19:20
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Help please.
Replies: 5
Views: 663

Re: Help please.

Congrats on the purchases. Cannister sounds like secondary air pump, which was a stupid addition for California emissions laws - it pumps air into the exhaust to dilute the gases when the engine is cold. It was not fitted to every car and is common to be removed from European cars, where it is not n...
by Robert T
Sat 17 Sep, 2016 18:53
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: HELP FIX A STUPID MISTAKE
Replies: 7
Views: 864

Re: HELP FIX A STUPID MISTAKE

There are several inches of sound-deadening foam under the carpet that you are going to need to dry out as well. When removing the seats it is sensible to disconnect the battery so as to avoid the dreaded airbag light. It saves you from accidentally turning the ignition on. Cheers R. Sent from my SM...
by Robert T
Thu 15 Sep, 2016 00:03
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Awsome drive
Replies: 7
Views: 842

Re: Awsome drive

Some pics here of our run in 2013 - much more fun when done with a few zeds. :D

Cheers R.
by Robert T
Mon 12 Sep, 2016 00:15
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 gone bang :(
Replies: 30
Views: 2117

Re: Z3 gone bang :(

RichP wrote: How much does an engine weigh? 200-250kg? can i get that in the back of a 1.7d hyundai ix35? (using a hoist)
About 100kg according to RealOEM. See here.

Cheers R.


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by Robert T
Mon 12 Sep, 2016 00:12
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: FREE: 1998 1.9 Engine and/or bones of car
Replies: 8
Views: 1270

Re: FREE: 1998 1.9 Engine and/or bones of car

mrscalex wrote:Have you used realoem before? It's an online diagram/parts database for BMWs.
It also shows the weight of each part, so whoever was asking the weight of a 1.9 engine earlier, the answer is 101kg for an M44. See here.

Cheers R.


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by Robert T
Sun 11 Sep, 2016 20:29
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Electric roof failure
Replies: 19
Views: 1501

Re: Electric roof failure

You can test by bypassing the switch and cable completely at the connector by the lefthand (UK passenger) seatbelt turret. If that works, then you can start to narrow it down to either the microswitch or the cable. Another possibility is the roof up-down switch itself on the dash. I have heard at le...
by Robert T
Wed 07 Sep, 2016 23:56
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Engine bay paint
Replies: 10
Views: 1051

Re: Engine bay paint

What colour is the car?

Cheers R.

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by Robert T
Mon 05 Sep, 2016 22:42
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Passenger Airbag removal
Replies: 6
Views: 613

Re: Passenger Airbag removal

No, it is DEFINITELY safer to disconnect the battery. You do not want an airbag deploying when you are holding a screwdriver in front of your face!

Cheers R.

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by Robert T
Mon 05 Sep, 2016 17:55
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Odometer EEP_1 fixed but with issues
Replies: 17
Views: 1632

Re: Odometer EEP_1 fixed but with issues

AFAIAA there are only two memories. One in the cluster and one in the ECU.

EEP is short for EEPROM (Electrically Erasable Programmable Read Only Memory) and I am beginning to suspect that this resides in the coding plug.

Cheers R.

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by Robert T
Thu 01 Sep, 2016 08:47
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Chrome Roll-Bars
Replies: 9
Views: 951

Re: Chrome Roll-Bars

Do you sit on a booster cushion or something? I'm also 6ft and although my head is over the top of the seat, it is definitely well below the roll hoops. Either that or you have really really short legs. :wink: OEM hoops are very substantial and are very securely attached to the chassis. If you want ...
by Robert T
Sat 27 Aug, 2016 12:41
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Android OBD App - Fault Reader
Replies: 3
Views: 425

Re: Android OBD App - Fault Reader

Even if you have an OBDII socket under the steering wheel, you will be better off using an adapter cable to connect to the round 20-pin socket in the engine bay, as the only module connected to the under-dash one is the engine. Having said that, unless the software is BMW-specific, then it may be re...
by Robert T
Fri 26 Aug, 2016 11:47
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: sensor issues
Replies: 3
Views: 826

Re: sensor issues

Look at either realoem.com or bmwfans.info. Use the last 7 digits of your VIN to select your exact model. You can then find both the names and part numbers of the sensors. If ordering from BMW, get then to lookup the part numbers and then it is their fault if they order the wrong one. Crank sensor i...
by Robert T
Mon 22 Aug, 2016 07:03
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: windstopper mesh D.I.Y.
Replies: 7
Views: 874

Re: windstopper mesh D.I.Y.

Funny answers aside, my local garden centre has various meshes and mattings for protecting plants. Might be worth a look.

Cheers R.

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by Robert T
Sun 21 Aug, 2016 23:01
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: windstopper mesh D.I.Y.
Replies: 7
Views: 874

Re: windstopper mesh D.I.Y.

Ann Summers? [WINKING FACE]

Cheers R.

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by Robert T
Fri 19 Aug, 2016 11:35
Forum: New to zroadster.net?
Topic: Buying Guide for Z3
Replies: 1
Views: 569

Re: Buying Guide for Z3

Hi and welcome to the forum.

Check the knowledgebase on here for several useful articles. First one the springs to mind is this: viewtopic.php?t=9788

Cheers R.

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by Robert T
Fri 19 Aug, 2016 07:41
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Strange (to me) Switch.
Replies: 4
Views: 716

Re: Strange (to me) Switch.

Do you mean the lock for the storage box? It locks both the upper and lower compartments.

If not, the please can you post a photo.

Cheers R.

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by Robert T
Thu 18 Aug, 2016 09:38
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: 2.8 misfiring..
Replies: 21
Views: 2044

Re: 2.8 misfiring..

Coil packs often only seem to misbehave when warm, so clear the error codes, give it a decent run, then check the codes again.

Glad you seem to be sorted.

Cheers R.

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by Robert T
Mon 15 Aug, 2016 20:54
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Best tyres to eliminate tramlining
Replies: 26
Views: 2899

Re: Best tyres to eliminate tramlining

It is not so much that a specific brand of tyre tramlines and another doesn't, but rather the tyre start to tramline as they wear. Last time I fitted new Michelin to the front of mine, the tramlining went away. Now, after 25k miles, it is back to tramlining again. I like Michelins as they are good i...
by Robert T
Sun 14 Aug, 2016 15:35
Forum: Site Announcements and Feedback
Topic: Unscheduled Downtime - Sun 14th August
Replies: 0
Views: 588

Unscheduled Downtime - Sun 14th August

You may have noticed that the site was down from about 10:40 until around 15:00 today. Something seems to have been putting excessive load on the server (possibly a DDoS attack). I took the issue up with support at our provided, but actually managed to get onto the server and restart things myself. ...
by Robert T
Sat 13 Aug, 2016 20:41
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Anyone use a wind blocker ?
Replies: 26
Views: 2637

Re: Anyone use a wind blocker ?

My OE mesh wind blocker works incredibly well but it has faded. What's the best way to get the crisp black colour back?? Faded or dusty? Mine benefited immensely from a good wash. If it has faded then fabric die would work on the mesh and the end pieces I think are vinyl, so perhaps some vinyl roof...
by Robert T
Sat 13 Aug, 2016 14:50
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Ze wheels opinions please...
Replies: 5
Views: 856

Re: Ze wheels opinions please...

Google "all the BMW wheels". Should take you to a page with pictures of all original wheels listing offsets etc.

Cheers R.

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by Robert T
Fri 12 Aug, 2016 11:33
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Headlight Bulbs
Replies: 8
Views: 1191

Re: Headlight Bulbs

I previously used Osram/Sylvania Silverstars and am now using Ring 100% brighters. They make a significant difference on low beam. The only thing to watch out for is that these kinds of bulbs sacrifice longevity for brightness, and in my case I actually had both fail at the same time. Cheers R. Sent...
by Robert T
Thu 11 Aug, 2016 17:58
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: M44 Catalytic Converter
Replies: 4
Views: 626

Re: M44 Catalytic Converter

Thanks for the offer, Peter, but it barely made it half a mile down the road! They had to push it in and out of the workshop. If I have some less urgent underside jobs, I may take you up on the offer.

Thanks R.

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by Robert T
Thu 11 Aug, 2016 17:54
Forum: Let's talk
Topic: Help Wiring Diagram
Replies: 4
Views: 870

Re: Help Wiring Diagram

Hi Bex. Long time no see! Links to the wiring diagrams are in the knowledgebase here: http://www.zroadster.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=34176 Do any of the gauges work? On mine I periodically have all four read zero. Turn off the car, wait a few mins and all comes back to life. Unfortunately this only ...
by Robert T
Thu 11 Aug, 2016 07:39
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: M44 Catalytic Converter
Replies: 4
Views: 626

M44 Catalytic Converter

My zed had a bit of a poorly do coming back from the Lakes last week. When I started it up, I noticed a rattling noise, which I initially thought might have been the viscous coupling on the fan, but which turned out to be from under the car and it got worse when blipping the throttle. I needed to ge...
by Robert T
Thu 11 Aug, 2016 07:04
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Air con fan stalling
Replies: 8
Views: 1137

Re: Air con fan stalling

Z3 air-conditioning is a very basic on/off thing, with no sophisticated electronics, so there won't even be a module you can scan for error codes. As for disassembly, I suspect the motor will be designed in such a way that you would have to destroy it to get it apart. I was wanting to do something s...
by Robert T
Thu 04 Aug, 2016 09:21
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Head Unit Connections
Replies: 2
Views: 415

Re: Head Unit Connections

This is my right hand speaker connection (sorry it's not a great pic - it is actually of the rollhoop bracket): http://www.zroadster.net/forum/download/image.php?id=242 The ETM is not particularly clear on the speaker connections - the diagrams all seem to show a HiFi amplifier, which my car doesn't...
by Robert T
Tue 02 Aug, 2016 14:45
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Cruise Control for a 2001 2.2 Auto
Replies: 7
Views: 778

Re: Cruise Control for a 2001 2.2 Auto

I would have thought so. The interface is listed as being for the 2.2, and would seem to be the FBW throttles - see http://bmwfans.info/parts-catalog/65718380054 The other parts are even less specific. There was a spate of retrofits on here once it was discovered how easy it was, so it might be that...
by Robert T
Wed 27 Jul, 2016 22:19
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: 2.8 misfiring..
Replies: 21
Views: 2044

Re: 2.8 misfiring..

I have a 97 2.8 and I thought that there was only one socket under the bonnet and that was it. So is they another one under the dashboard? Not on a '97 car. Not sure of the exact date it was added, but my 01/99 doesn't have it, even though it has the later more OBDII-compliant electronics which wer...
by Robert T
Wed 27 Jul, 2016 22:10
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Just about to push the button
Replies: 20
Views: 1647

Re: Just about to push the button

Hi and welcome to the forum, Mac. Hardtop preparation does not mean installation of a hardtop fitting kit. It means running the wiring for the heated rear windscreen through to the mounting point next to the left-hand seatbelt turret - this is done on all cars with the electromechanical softtop as t...
by Robert T
Wed 27 Jul, 2016 12:52
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: 2.8 misfiring..
Replies: 21
Views: 2044

Re: 2.8 misfiring..

Plugs, coil packs, camshaft and crankshaft sensors... A code reader is your friend here as if the ECU detects a misfire it actually logs which cylinder it thinks it is on. Regarding the OBD sockets - the one under the dash is only connected to the engine ECU - for everything else, including the serv...
by Robert T
Mon 25 Jul, 2016 21:57
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 2.2 rebuild journal - The Terd-Mobile
Replies: 95
Views: 9497

Re: Z3 2.2 rebuild journal - The Terd-Mobile

mrscalex wrote:Reset okay :) Thanks again Robert T.
You're most welcome. :D

Cheers R.
by Robert T
Mon 25 Jul, 2016 16:29
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 2.2 rebuild journal - The Terd-Mobile
Replies: 95
Views: 9497

Re: Z3 2.2 rebuild journal - The Terd-Mobile

If you have INPA, then you should be able to reset the airbag light using it. Make sure you connect to the round 20-pin socket under the bonnet and NOT the OBDII connector under the dash (this is only connected to the engine ECU). Use the INPA Airbag module to clear the error memory.

Cheers R.
by Robert T
Mon 25 Jul, 2016 11:21
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Changing Door and Boot Locks
Replies: 6
Views: 582

Re: Changing Door and Boot Locks

Do a search - I am convinced that there is a detailed post wrt door locks. I think I even commented on how to make the reinsertion of the window rail a bit easier. The first time it is scary dealing with the lock without seeing what you are doing. Probably this thread that you are thinking of, BonB...
by Robert T
Sun 24 Jul, 2016 12:00
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: DSC and reduced power
Replies: 10
Views: 992

Re: DSC and reduced power

Clearing the code will not have fixed the problem. If the car went into limp mode, then it may allow it to return to normal for a while. These sensors tend to go intermittent rather than failing outright, so I suspect the problem will return. I had a camshaft sensor go on mine and it wouldn't run fo...
by Robert T
Fri 22 Jul, 2016 15:43
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Facelift rear bumper swap to the prefacelift widebody?
Replies: 7
Views: 757

Re: Facelift rear bumper swap to the prefacelift widebody?

I've been hunting through old threads on this subject, looking for a comparison photo, but it seems to have fallen off the interweb. When I get chance, I will make up another one and host it on here so that it can be used for reference. The general consensus is that the pre-facelift widebody (2.8) a...
by Robert T
Fri 15 Jul, 2016 14:04
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Airbag light
Replies: 3
Views: 348

Re: Airbag light

This is a very common problem and as such there are countless threads on here on the subject, so I'll just give a quick summary here. Once the airbag light comes on, it latches on, and the only way to clear it is to clear the error memory, either with an airbag light reset tool or with diagnostic so...
by Robert T
Wed 06 Jul, 2016 21:28
Forum: Spotted!
Topic: Bmw i8
Replies: 3
Views: 571

Re: Bmw i8

There is a white one lives round here somewhere as I keep seeing it. I had a good look over one at Tatton last year. Very nice looking car, but unless you only want to take a sandwich box with you for luggage, they are a bit impractical. I think you'd finish up using the back seats as a boot, which ...
by Robert T
Tue 05 Jul, 2016 17:52
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Limited Slip Diff Observation
Replies: 19
Views: 1872

Re: Limited Slip Diff Observation

Spinning the wheel doesn't work on a Torsen (Torque Sensing) diff . You can test it by launching the car and seeing how many black lines you get - two = LSD, one = No LSD or broken LSD. :wink: You probably are better looking at the markings on the diff casing to see what you have. LSDs were not fitt...
by Robert T
Mon 04 Jul, 2016 22:56
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Early model roofs
Replies: 2
Views: 322

Re: Early model roofs

Pre-facelift cars had no roof-lining. It was added at the facelift, so all facelift cars got it. It is possible to retrofit it, as BMW sold a retrofit kit, but I am not sure how the kit differs from the facelift roof, or whether there is any drilling of the frame involved. The roof itself is the sam...
by Robert T
Mon 04 Jul, 2016 10:52
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: DIAGNOSTIC HELP NEEDD
Replies: 20
Views: 1800

Re: DIAGNOSTIC HELP NEEDD

I have both INPA and DIS, but I have not really used DIS to do anything useful - it doesn't seem to be as easy to get working with my USB adapter. I'm North Cheshire, so you'd have to bring your car to me, but I would certainly take a look for you. Also, what is the build date of your car, as my kit...
by Robert T
Mon 04 Jul, 2016 10:47
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: passenger airbag disablement
Replies: 4
Views: 335

Re: passenger airbag disablement

Short of disassembling the car to see what is underneath (which I wouldn't recommend!), the only way I can think to tell is to put the car in diagnostics and see what the airbag module thinks it has attached to it. Using INPA I can see that my car only has a driver's airbag: http://www.zroadster.net...
by Robert T
Sat 02 Jul, 2016 14:49
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: passenger airbag disablement
Replies: 4
Views: 335

Re: passenger airbag disablement

Does the panel on the passenger side corresponding to the instrument binnacle have SRS airbag embossed on it? If not, and it is the original panel, then you likely do not have a passenger airbag. My 01/99 built 1.9 definitely does not. If you do have an airbag, then simply removing the fuse is not g...
by Robert T
Mon 27 Jun, 2016 00:11
Forum: Spotted!
Topic: More Waving ......
Replies: 11
Views: 2399

Re: More Waving ......

Saw 5 zeds this weekend (one at a time, not all together). Waved to a blue one in Hale Barns, but would probably have been confused as I was passenger in the frog. Would have waved at the others, but not much point from the back seat of a 1er. [emoji38] Cheers R. Sent from my SM-T810 using Tapatalk
by Robert T
Thu 23 Jun, 2016 22:22
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Z3m rear view mirror wanted
Replies: 15
Views: 1391

Re: Z3m rear view mirror wanted

Convertible Mini mirror retrofit is in the knowledgebase: http://www.zroadster.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=42469

Cheers R.

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by Robert T
Thu 23 Jun, 2016 10:58
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: 1997 Z3 Emissions Problem - any suggestions ?
Replies: 15
Views: 1009

Re: 1997 Z3 Emissions Problem - any suggestions ?

There are many reasons why the car could fail on emissions, and it is going to be a case of working through them all. However, number one reported on here is the car (and CAT) not being up to temperature when tested - you can take it for a good run beforehand, but if it sits on the forecourt for hou...
by Robert T
Wed 22 Jun, 2016 22:55
Forum: The Beauty Parlour
Topic: I'm not anal about this but..........
Replies: 18
Views: 1377

Re: I'm not anal about this but..........

I use Meguires Quick Detailer on the Sprite, usually just to shine it up again on day two of a weekend show as the cars tend to get dusty sitting on a showfield all day.

The anal ones get out a brush and start cleaning the grass out of the tyre treads!

Cheers R.

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by Robert T
Wed 22 Jun, 2016 22:08
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: dashboard leathe is coming away at the back
Replies: 10
Views: 923

Re: dashboard leathe is coming away at the back

I seem to remember that there was a subsequent post to this somewhere which described how he then re-stretched the leather to fix it back down again but I can't find it for the life of me :head: Anyone know where it is? Here: http://www.zroadster.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=26136&p=245231 All I d...
by Robert T
Mon 20 Jun, 2016 23:56
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Retrieving radio security code with diagnostics
Replies: 5
Views: 760

Re: Retrieving radio security code with diagnostics

On a Z3? You're more likely to get a response from aliens. [emoji38] To be fair, I don't have a BMW headunit, and I don't think many of the cars I have tested with INPA have either, but I find it highly unlikely. There are options for entertainment system on there, but I think they only apply to lat...