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by Robert T
Tue 27 Sep, 2016 15:25
Forum: Site Announcements and Feedback
Topic: Forum glitch - please fix
Replies: 12
Views: 1433

Re: Forum glitch - please fix

Ok, I just checked - replying works as you described... Good, so it's not broken then. I will open zroadster.org tomorrow I will not be logged in automatically as expected. Then try logging into zroadster.net instead. :wink: I found this random suggestion on phpBB forum regarding this issue, maybe ...
by Robert T
Mon 26 Sep, 2016 17:39
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: Faulty Key chip
Replies: 7
Views: 996

Re: Faulty Key chip

You could do with getting the car plugged into INPA. This will tell you what the key is actually doing, including showing you the code that the car has read. As I understand it, the code is cyclic, so I am wondering if it has just got out of sync and will come back round into sync eventually. This h...
by Robert T
Sat 24 Sep, 2016 17:56
Forum: Site Announcements and Feedback
Topic: Tapatalk Update
Replies: 0
Views: 381

Tapatalk Update

I have updated the Tapatalk plugin to the latest version. It appears to be working from my mobile, but if you do find any problems using Tapatalk, please let me know.

Cheers R.
by Robert T
Fri 23 Sep, 2016 18:59
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Roof failure - next steps
Replies: 7
Views: 963

Re: Roof failure - next steps

The most common failure points are the roof microswitch, the wiring leading to the roof microswitch, the roof up/down switch on the dash and the brake pedal switch. Whilst it is feasible that other parts of the system can fail, the relays in the boot and the pump itself are not normally an issue. Th...
by Robert T
Fri 23 Sep, 2016 17:12
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Z4 (E85) Wind Deflector
Replies: 2
Views: 486

Re: Z4 (E85) Wind Deflector

No bidding, sorry. All items in the Stock Exchange must contain a price. See viewtopic.php?f=11&t=27722

Cheers R.
by Robert T
Fri 23 Sep, 2016 17:09
Forum: Event/cruise aftermaths
Topic: Hardknott & Wrynose Revisited PHOTOS
Replies: 27
Views: 3984

Re: Hardknott & Wrynose Revisited PHOTOS

kruisn wrote:Am curious about the sticker on the window of the Zd in the first photo (looks like a kiwi on ski's).
I guess it does a bit. It's actually Snoopy of Peanuts fame. The car belongs to snoops on here. :)

Cheers R.
by Robert T
Thu 22 Sep, 2016 18:35
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Anyone know how to remove this piece of trim?
Replies: 9
Views: 1078

Re: Anyone know how to remove this piece of trim?

There looks to be a small gap in the insulation, but if not, a tiny cut would expose the copper core to short the wires at the microswitch. See photos here: viewtopic.php?t=34454

Cheers R.

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by Robert T
Thu 22 Sep, 2016 16:04
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Anyone know how to remove this piece of trim?
Replies: 9
Views: 1078

Re: Anyone know how to remove this piece of trim?

It should just be a snug fit, but I destroyed the one on whiteminks' car trying to get it out. It completely fills the void at the side of the trim and will need to compressed a bit to get it out. On cars with hardtop brackets fitted, the connector clips to the bracket and is very much easier to get...
by Robert T
Thu 22 Sep, 2016 15:55
Forum: Site Announcements and Feedback
Topic: Forum glitch - please fix
Replies: 12
Views: 1433

Re: Forum glitch - please fix

Just to prove the point, I am replying to this having clicked the Post Reply button without being logged in. I was prompted for my username and password (which auto-completed as per my suggestion above), and on clicking okay I was sent to a redirection page, which waits a few seconds before taking m...
by Robert T
Wed 21 Sep, 2016 19:54
Forum: Site Announcements and Feedback
Topic: Forum glitch - please fix
Replies: 12
Views: 1433

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: 829

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: 1006

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: 1019

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: 2420

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: 1398

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: 1694

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: 1190

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: 720

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: 1827

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: 1111

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: 474

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: 950

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: 968

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: 968

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: 665

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: 799

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: 2275

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: 3260

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: 657

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: 2939

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: 947

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: 1352

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: 676

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: 1037

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: 676

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: 1307

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: 478

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: 881

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: 2275

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: 1776

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: 2275

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: 10196

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: 10196

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: 665

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: 1150

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: 864

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: 400

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: 648

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: 2106

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: 361

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...