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by Robert T
Mon 04 Jul, 2016 10:52
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: DIAGNOSTIC HELP NEEDD
Replies: 20
Views: 1990

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: 377

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: 377

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: 2562

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: 1550

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: 1105

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: 1558

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: 1004

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: 839

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...
by Robert T
Sat 18 Jun, 2016 14:49
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: hard dogs
Replies: 4
Views: 742

Re: hard dogs

Not compatible with power top or hardtop?

Hardtop maybe due to the front legs. Power top hydraulic ram is in the same place as the manual roof gas strut, so don't understand that one.

Cheers R.

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by Robert T
Fri 17 Jun, 2016 18:55
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: z3 roll hoops
Replies: 20
Views: 1397

Re: z3 roll hoops

My seats were out anyway. I would think it's a lot easier if not a necessity to have them out to do this. No need to remove the seats. Just put the roof down. :wink: Torx headed screws weren't that expensive from BMW if you don't have them all - they should still be available. I wouldn't skimp on t...
by Robert T
Fri 17 Jun, 2016 17:42
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: z3 roll hoops
Replies: 20
Views: 1397

Re: z3 roll hoops

Everything you wanted to know (and a lot that you probably didn't) is in the knowledgebase here: http://www.zroadster.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=3439 And to answer the questions above: Yes, the pre-facelift and post-facelift storage box trim is different, but the roll hoop mountings are the same...
by Robert T
Thu 16 Jun, 2016 22:16
Forum: Boyz Toyz
Topic: Sub-woofer opportunity
Replies: 2
Views: 1000

Re: Sub-woofer opportunity

ICE - that's a slippery slope once you start down it... Subwoofer will require a separate amplifier. The Harmon Kardon system the original enclosure was designed for had one in the boot. It includes some other weird bits, one of which is referred to as a snorkel! I was going to suggest that the base...
by Robert T
Wed 15 Jun, 2016 12:32
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Window switches rewire
Replies: 9
Views: 1001

Re: Window switches rewire

What's the difference - I'm sure mine both operate in the same way? Just trying to find the details in the manual, but it seems I may be mistakenly thinking of the door locks. I thought there was some juxtaposition between being able to operate the windows and which door was opened, but it seems th...
by Robert T
Wed 15 Jun, 2016 10:03
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Window switches rewire
Replies: 9
Views: 1001

Re: Window switches rewire

Just had a look at the ETM for you - assuming that your zed is a 1997 1.8 as per your profile, then the pins on the windows switch are: DRIVER'S SIDE 1 - SW/WS (black with white stripe) - from body electronics module pin 7 (goes to the switch part) 2 - VI/WS (violet with white stripe) - from body el...
by Robert T
Wed 15 Jun, 2016 01:20
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Window switches rewire
Replies: 9
Views: 1001

Re: Window switches rewire

What makes you think they are not OEM?

Wiring colours should be given in the ETM - see http://www.zroadster.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=34176

Cheers R.

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by Robert T
Mon 13 Jun, 2016 22:22
Forum: Let's talk
Topic: hood fixing hole
Replies: 4
Views: 963

Re: hood fixing hole

Correct. They are for the grub screws that secure the front of the hardtop.

Cheers R.
by Robert T
Mon 13 Jun, 2016 22:21
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Did the Z3 3.0 have "M Sport" suspension as standard?
Replies: 17
Views: 1655

Re: Did the Z3 3.0 have "M Sport" suspension as standard?

Was the LSD a Sport feature?

Cheers R.
by Robert T
Mon 13 Jun, 2016 22:20
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Coolant sensor location Z3 1.9i
Replies: 15
Views: 2067

Re: Coolant sensor location Z3 1.9i

From the diagrams, this looked more likely to be an oil temperature sensor - you will soon find out when you remove it! If it is coolant, then you will need to drop the coolant below the level of the sensor, or it will go everywhere. If it is oil, then the oil should be in the sump, so you shouldn't...
by Robert T
Sun 12 Jun, 2016 13:45
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: CD/Radio problems
Replies: 3
Views: 546

Re: CD/Radio problems

Many cars have the hump, but no CD changer or Amplifier. The boot amp was only fitted with the higher spec speaker systems - I'd have to check if this includes the HiFi option, but it certainly is needed for the Harmon Kardon system with the subwoofer between the seats. The standard system has no am...
by Robert T
Sat 11 Jun, 2016 23:11
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Flashing Indicators once locked.
Replies: 5
Views: 949

Re: Flashing Indicators once locked.

Does your alarm siren work, as it sounds more like the alarm is trying to go off. The only common water-related alarm issue I know of is the tilt switch being drowned in the left-hand boot well. That is not to say water couldn't have got in elsewhere. Locking the car with the key doesn't set the ala...
by Robert T
Sat 11 Jun, 2016 23:04
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Did the Z3 3.0 have "M Sport" suspension as standard?
Replies: 17
Views: 1655

Re: Did the Z3 3.0 have "M Sport" suspension as standard?

Just at note on BMW phraseolgy. There is no such thing as an "M Sport" Z3. That phrase was coined after the Z3 finished production. The car is referred to as a "Sport" and suspension as "M-Tech Suspension".

Cheers R.

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by Robert T
Sat 11 Jun, 2016 11:50
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Rear wings. Different sizes?
Replies: 15
Views: 1268

Re: Rear wings. Different sizes?

To the best of my knowledge, there are only two sizes of rear cluster - pre-facelift and facelift - and they are different shapes. The pre-facelift is the same for both narrowbody and widebody. The smoked ones will not be OEM, unless they have simply been painted as such - if they are home-smoked, c...
by Robert T
Fri 10 Jun, 2016 17:57
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: New member!
Replies: 10
Views: 1315

Re: New member!

Dzień dobry and welcome to the forum. It sounds like you have two faults there, as to the best of my knowledge, the key only transmits to the car - it does not receive - so the remote control circuitry might be foobarred. :( If the central locking does not work using the key in the drivers door lock...
by Robert T
Fri 10 Jun, 2016 17:48
Forum: Computer help
Topic: inpa ports
Replies: 2
Views: 3899

Re: inpa ports

A proper serial port is required for early cars, which use ADS. The later cars use OBD-II signals and can be connected to using USB readers (this is true even on cars without an OBD-II socket, like my 01/99 car). I have not tried using a serial port to connect to later cars, but you will probably wa...
by Robert T
Wed 08 Jun, 2016 16:00
Forum: New to zroadster.net?
Topic: Another Newbie!
Replies: 7
Views: 1532

Re: Another Newbie!

Hi and welcome to the forum, Andy. How do you get your photos under your signature? You'll need to master putting pictures in a post first, but the principle is the same, you put IMG tags into your the signature in just the same way. Have a go in the Test Track if you want to practice. You can keep ...
by Robert T
Wed 08 Jun, 2016 12:41
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Pre-facelift seats in facelift car
Replies: 10
Views: 1191

Re: Pre-facelift seats in facelift car

The metal connector with the locking tab that you removed is likely to be common to many connectors. There are male and female versions and you could conceivably transplant them into a new socket casing and put the matching plug on the seats. I note that there are some larger ones for the higher cur...
by Robert T
Wed 08 Jun, 2016 08:59
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Coolant sensor location Z3 1.9i
Replies: 15
Views: 2067

Re: Coolant sensor location Z3 1.9i

Looking at the diagrams, there appear to be three locations to check. There should be a double temperature switch in the side of the radiator, but there are two different radiators depending upon whether the car has aircon, and the location might not be the same between the two, however it should st...
by Robert T
Tue 07 Jun, 2016 11:27
Forum: Z1 roadster
Topic: Spare part required.
Replies: 5
Views: 1144

Re: Spare part required.

bertiejaffa wrote:Send a PM to spursfaninacoupe who might be able to help.
I don't think Andy breaks many Z1's. :wink:

Cheers R.
by Robert T
Tue 07 Jun, 2016 11:27
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Pre-facelift seats in facelift car
Replies: 10
Views: 1191

Re: Pre-facelift seats in facelift car

The large yellow connector on the facelift appears to be a casing containing three smaller connectors. Whilst they probably all aren't the same as the pre-facelift ones on the seat, they will be more standard connectors and you may be able to make up matching connectors to replace those on the seat,...
by Robert T
Sat 04 Jun, 2016 18:29
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 starting probelms
Replies: 11
Views: 1484

Re: Z3 starting probelms

The chip in the ignition key is read inductively by a coil, so no pins. It could still be the immobiliser, but you would need diagnostic software to check that the immobiliser has correctly read the key. Do you have a second key to try with?

Cheers R.

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by Robert T
Wed 01 Jun, 2016 22:47
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: .net Z3 /Z4 "HELP CENTERS" ??
Replies: 13
Views: 1316

Re: .net Z3 /Z4 "HELP CENTERS" ??

Barry, we already have a map showing people with diagnostic kit here: http://www.zroadster.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=36055 My concern with offering help to fix problems is the amount of people's time this will take up, and the responsibility of working on someone else's car. Diagnostics is norma...
by Robert T
Wed 01 Jun, 2016 22:35
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Got my new second Z3 today
Replies: 19
Views: 1783

Re: Got my new second Z3 today

Where is the small key to turn the siren off? One would hope that it was on the same keyring with the ignition key and the alarm fob! It looks like this: http://www.zroadster.net/forum/download/file.php?id=2070 I have also seen one mention of a small bladed key for the same purpose of operating a k...
by Robert T
Wed 01 Jun, 2016 13:55
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Got my new second Z3 today
Replies: 19
Views: 1783

Re: Got my new second Z3 today

I pressed the grey button on the separate fob and it stopped. What's going on? Should I have disarmed it before unlocking the car? Short answer, Yes. The alarm is set/unset with the remote central locking. If you unlock with the key, the alarm will still be set. Conversely if you lock with the key ...
by Robert T
Tue 31 May, 2016 23:10
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Got my new second Z3 today
Replies: 19
Views: 1783

Re: Got my new second Z3 today

Was the previous owner a Mr J Bond? Might be the self-destruct mechanism.

What alarm does it have? The BMW one doesn't make noises like that and I don't know of anything else on the car other than the headlight warning buzzer.

Cheers R.

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by Robert T
Sat 28 May, 2016 18:52
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Odometer EEP_1 fixed but with issues
Replies: 17
Views: 1821

Re: Odometer EEP_1 fixed but with issues

From what I have read, the mileage can only be adjusted upwards, so if you fit a zero-mile cluster, it will get the mileage stored in the engine's ECU. If you fit a new zero-mile engine and ECU, then the engine ECU will get the mileage from the cluster. BMW would not intend you to fit a cluster with...
by Robert T
Fri 27 May, 2016 22:28
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Duplicate key
Replies: 7
Views: 988

Re: Duplicate key

Congrats on the purchase. 3.0 will be a nice motor. The 3.0 will have the later key with the alarm remote built into it. So you should have alarm and central locking (assuming it is a UK spec car). The cheapest way to get a spare key is to buy a grey service key from BMW for about £60 IIRC. This wil...
by Robert T
Fri 27 May, 2016 22:18
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Petrol Cap Stuck On
Replies: 7
Views: 1053

Re: Petrol Cap Stuck On

There are two types of petrol cap, locking and non-locking. On pre-facelift cars with a locking cap, the flap does not lock. On facelift cars with a non-locking cap, the flap locks (with the central locking IIRC). I was looking for some wisdom on here as there have been a couple of problems with fil...
by Robert T
Sun 22 May, 2016 23:02
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Hood protector and proofer
Replies: 14
Views: 1735

Re: Hood protector and proofer

The purpose of waterproofing the roof is not to because the roof will leak without it, but rather to stop water soaking into the outer roof fabric and making it heavy and wet. It can take quite a while to dry out, and if water collects on the roof rather than running off, it can soak through - parti...
by Robert T
Sat 21 May, 2016 22:23
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: For sale - square (pre-facelift) Z3 OBC clock trip computer
Replies: 7
Views: 1106

Re: For sale - square (pre-facelift) Z3 OBC clock trip compu

T-reg started 1st March 1999, so not all T-regs will be facelifts (mine isn't). Build date is more accurate, though simply looking at the rear of the car is easiest - curvy arse = facelift. It will not fit you car, Peter. Hole in your dash is the wrong shape and it has a different connector. Cheers ...
by Robert T
Sat 21 May, 2016 11:41
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: The site/home page is very slow to connect.
Replies: 12
Views: 1292

Re: The site/home page is very slow to connect.

The problem affects both the normal website and Tapatalk, but it somehow feels slower on Tapatalk. It is evidently not bad enough to trigger my server monitoring though - this checks access to the site from about 10 locations around the world and lets me know if the site cannot be reached. I will ke...
by Robert T
Sat 21 May, 2016 09:49
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: The site/home page is very slow to connect.
Replies: 12
Views: 1292

Re: The site/home page is very slow to connect.

I have noticed this a couple of times in recent weeks, particularly when accessing the site via Tapatalk. It has a lot more do with us being a virtual instance on a shared server, than ZR getting lots of search engines connecting at once. If the other virtual instances are heavily loaded, then we sl...
by Robert T
Fri 20 May, 2016 15:59
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: What's this then?
Replies: 12
Views: 1487

Re: What's this then?

If you look at the uses for the plug, it is used on many different exhaust manifolds and on some models there are alternative parts shown for exhaust temperature and exhaust pressure sensors. These do not seem to have been fitted to any Z3 models (none that I could see anyway), however it may be tha...
by Robert T
Wed 18 May, 2016 22:09
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: radio
Replies: 12
Views: 1541

Re: radio

Does it happen with anything else in the lighter socket? Do you have a Satnav to try?

Cheers R.

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by Robert T
Tue 17 May, 2016 16:39
Forum: Spotted!
Topic: More Waving ......
Replies: 11
Views: 2562

Re: More Waving ......

I got a flash from a Z3 the other week - I waved back, as flashing may have induced chaos at the roundabout ahead. :lol: I get acknowledgements from a few Z3s round here, but the majority of Z4 owners just seem to ignore you. Better than the Audi drivers though, who seem to think they own the road.....
by Robert T
Sat 14 May, 2016 10:21
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Boot spot weld
Replies: 36
Views: 3464

Re: Boot spot weld

If we're talking about the guy that makes a subframe kit, then his name is Randy Forbes. He does have an account on here, but he hasn't posted in a while. He's based in the States, so bit of a trek to go and see him. See http://www.zroadster.net/forum/viewtopic.php?p=391506#p391506 Cheers R. Sent fr...
by Robert T
Wed 11 May, 2016 22:10
Forum: Z1 roadster
Topic: Car Cover scratches
Replies: 8
Views: 1405

Re: Car Cover scratches

Most of them seem to be poly-cotton. I picked mine up at a car show quite cheaply - it is not a tailored fit. One of these days I will treat it to a custom fit one with a pocket for the wing mirror.

Cheers R.
by Robert T
Wed 11 May, 2016 11:27
Forum: Z1 roadster
Topic: Car Cover scratches
Replies: 8
Views: 1405

Re: Car Cover scratches

I use a soft indoor cover underneath the outdoor cover on my Sprite. I used to put soft blankets on the bonnet and boot, but the areas they didn't cover finished up looking dull after a relatively short period of time. The indoor cover is much better, but not perfect, as it still moves around in the...
by Robert T
Mon 09 May, 2016 13:41
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Heated seat switch plugs
Replies: 3
Views: 511

Re: Heated seat switch plugs

Some connectors are free-floating - we found a few behind the heater panel on one car when fitting a HRW switch, which turned out to be very well hidden. Your best bet is probably to remove the screws on the driver's (right-hand) side footwell panel to gain access to the area behind the heater panel...
by Robert T
Fri 06 May, 2016 14:35
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 uneven ride height
Replies: 6
Views: 686

Re: Z3 uneven ride height

When you jack it up the tyre will settle in a different position/angle than when the car is being driven. A simple roll back out of the garage should be enough for it to find its correct position. Only worry if after that, if it still doesn't look right. Cheers R. Sent from my SM-T810 using Tapatalk