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by dazthephot
Mon 03 Aug, 2020 18:34
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: C110+ Scanner Software
Replies: 8
Views: 199

Re: C110+ Scanner Software

Well I’ve just plugged it in under the bonnet using my round plug adapter. It comes on and I can go though the menus. I used the read codes function and it reported no errors. The software in it says v7.5 dated October 2018. I didn’t try it from inside the car. I would have thought it would reset se...
by dazthephot
Sun 02 Aug, 2020 17:14
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: C110+ Scanner Software
Replies: 8
Views: 199

Re: C110+ Scanner Software

I bought a C110 that was a fake, no updates Bought another for a little more money and that can be updated. Well that’s interesting. I still haven’t plugged it in yet but I re-read the ad on eBay and it said in red letters this can’t be updated via the internet. The whole thing is a typical Chinese...
by dazthephot
Fri 31 Jul, 2020 21:34
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: C110+ Scanner Software
Replies: 8
Views: 199

Re: C110+ Scanner Software

Thanks.


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by dazthephot
Fri 31 Jul, 2020 14:34
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: C110+ Scanner Software
Replies: 8
Views: 199

Re: C110+ Scanner Software

What software? I have one and I just plug the scanner in and it works? Robert Well in all honesty I’m not sure Robert. I believe it’s for software updates but if I don’t need it then I won’t bother. It only came today so I haven’t tried it yet. I only really bought it to see if it’s more functional...
by dazthephot
Fri 31 Jul, 2020 12:58
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: C110+ Scanner Software
Replies: 8
Views: 199

C110+ Scanner Software

Hi all,

i've just bought one of these scanners, went to download the software but it's not on the supplied CD - just the manual. All of the online resources take you to a blacklisted site so I can't get the software from anywhere. Does anyone have a resource link for the software?

Thanks
by dazthephot
Mon 13 Jul, 2020 18:21
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Seat belt guide
Replies: 4
Views: 242

Re: Seat belt guide

BonBon wrote:The Z parts that fix the guide externally are cute and save a major job
Southernboy sells them
Nice one thank you.


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by dazthephot
Mon 29 Jun, 2020 13:32
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Seat belt guide
Replies: 4
Views: 242

Re: Seat belt guide

That's what i was afraid of. Thank you.
by dazthephot
Sun 28 Jun, 2020 17:41
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Seat belt guide
Replies: 4
Views: 242

Seat belt guide

Hi all. Somehow my wife has managed to break the drivers seatbelt guide completely in half. So, does anyone have a spare they wish to sell? Also how difficult is it to change?
Thx


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by dazthephot
Sun 24 May, 2020 20:45
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Different Greases
Replies: 2
Views: 551

Re: Different Greases

Fantastic answer thank you and a great reference. I got my new pistons and seals from bigg red and they came with silicon grease for the seals and to aid reassembly. ( I recently had to service the fronts due to seized pistons) It was the fact that I could use the grease in a chamber that contains b...
by dazthephot
Sat 23 May, 2020 22:42
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Different Greases
Replies: 2
Views: 551

Different Greases

We pick things up as we go along and we learn all sorts as home mechanics. Is there a definitive guide to grease? I ask because I’ve learned about silicon being dot 4 friendly and all Kinds of things like that. Things like hub grease cv joint grease etc are all different so I’d like to know why and ...
by dazthephot
Sat 16 May, 2020 21:48
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Front Brake Caliper Refurb
Replies: 8
Views: 1224

Re: Front Brake Caliper Refurb

I feel your pain buddy! The relief when it eventually gives in and slides home is a strange pleasure indeed!


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by dazthephot
Fri 15 May, 2020 17:50
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Front Brake Caliper Refurb
Replies: 8
Views: 1224

Re: Front Brake Caliper Refurb

Holy bjesus talk about fighting me all the way. It all started when I couldn’t get the brake line off the calliper so I could work freely with the caliper off. I had to leave it in situ. Then the rubber hose was so hard that I couldn’t clamp it off. Next the piston wouldn’t come out, I was using the...
by dazthephot
Thu 07 May, 2020 19:38
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Front Brake Caliper Refurb
Replies: 8
Views: 1224

Re: Front Brake Caliper Refurb

Thanks everyone much appreciated. My quote from BCG came in at £180 for the pair. I think I’m gunna have a crack at buying the repair kit and do it myself. I will look at big red though Interestingly replacement exchange Bosch ones are about £50 each which I don’t think is too bad. Sent from my iPho...
by dazthephot
Tue 05 May, 2020 15:16
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Front Brake Caliper Refurb
Replies: 8
Views: 1224

Front Brake Caliper Refurb

HI,
Anyone had their front calipers refurbished? What sort of cost and recommendations please.
Thanks
by dazthephot
Sat 04 Apr, 2020 22:22
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Aerosol Paint
Replies: 7
Views: 1553

Re: Aerosol Paint

Certain Halford shops do mix colours up, if they haven't got the colour you want. Looks like Halfords do the topaz blue code 364. Worth a go I think. Going to use the zinc 182 as a primer after getting all the old bubbled paint off. I’ve seen an old YouTube video that uses a belt sander to get down...
by dazthephot
Sat 28 Mar, 2020 22:39
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Aerosol Paint
Replies: 7
Views: 1553

Re: Aerosol Paint

Fender2004 wrote:Certain Halford shops do mix colours up, if they haven't got the colour you want.
Nice one thank you.


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by dazthephot
Sat 28 Mar, 2020 22:39
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Aerosol Paint
Replies: 7
Views: 1553

Re: Aerosol Paint

Bumpa wrote:My Z3 is Estoril Blue Metallic which seems to be hard to find. I bought a can from the Scratch Doctor which is exactly the right shade.
http://www.thescratchdoctor.co.uk/
Ah brilliant thanks.


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by dazthephot
Fri 27 Mar, 2020 14:37
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Aerosol Paint
Replies: 7
Views: 1553

Re: Aerosol Paint

Thank you. Yes you’re right about whether they are open or not I keep forgetting. I do have a Halfords I was just sure I’d seen a bmw aerosol kit you could buy.
Maybe not.


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by dazthephot
Thu 26 Mar, 2020 21:18
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Aerosol Paint
Replies: 7
Views: 1553

Aerosol Paint

I’m going to tackle the rusty wing mirror bases. I don’t seem to be able to find the aerosol paint in topaz blue. Do body repair places mix up aerosols?


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by dazthephot
Sun 08 Mar, 2020 20:20
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Oil selection.
Replies: 10
Views: 4101

Re: Oil selection.

Thanks.


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by dazthephot
Fri 21 Feb, 2020 19:09
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Rear spring removal
Replies: 13
Views: 3144

Re: Rear spring removal

Ah right I see thanks. I’m so conscious of bloody potholes and drain depressions in the road but unfortunately er indoors isn’t!! She seems to drive close to the curb rather than in the centre of the lane so we shall see how long these springs last. Mind you I’ve owned this car 13 years and they’re ...
by dazthephot
Fri 21 Feb, 2020 15:34
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Rear spring removal
Replies: 13
Views: 3144

Re: Rear spring removal

Managed to do the springs today, actually easier than I thought. Only a little bit of prying required to get the broken one and other one out then a bit of a shove and a little prying to get the new ones in. In the spirit of sharing here’s the old one next to the new one. Look how thin the old ones ...
by dazthephot
Wed 19 Feb, 2020 20:51
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Rear spring removal
Replies: 13
Views: 3144

Re: Rear spring removal

I managed to get some Sachs springs for £57 each on offer. I’ll be sure to report if they don’t last. Standard height for my 1.9


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by dazthephot
Wed 19 Feb, 2020 20:46
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Oil selection.
Replies: 10
Views: 4101

Re: Oil selection.

I would avoid 'Longlife' oils, as they are invariably very thin at the cold end of their viscosity range - such as the popular 0W - 30 SAE type. In an old engine, or a badly-run in engine they can produce high oil consumption (such as the BMW 3 litre engine) and only have a benefit for those who la...
by dazthephot
Mon 17 Feb, 2020 09:49
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Rear spring removal
Replies: 13
Views: 3144

Re: Rear spring removal

Yes, the compressors are a tight fit, and will only do the job if fitted in the correct positions, but it is preferable to straining the inner CV joint by using lots of force on a crowbar, which is really butchery! I supported the trailing arm at it maximum drop angle to avoid strain on the CV join...
by dazthephot
Sun 16 Feb, 2020 17:54
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Rear spring removal
Replies: 13
Views: 3144

Re: Rear spring removal

Usually, once you remove the bottom shock bolt, you can drop the trailing arm enough to wriggle/pry the spring out and back in again. Not sure if there is enough room for a couple of spring compressors. I’ll try the pry bar method first and see how hard it is. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
by dazthephot
Sun 16 Feb, 2020 17:53
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Rear spring removal
Replies: 13
Views: 3144

Re: Rear spring removal

Mike Fishwick wrote:I have used spring compressors, which make the job a lot easier than forcing things with a crowbar, but even then you must get the compressors into the correct position.
Not much room on the rears as they’re quite there tightly compressed anyway.


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by dazthephot
Sat 15 Feb, 2020 22:18
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Rear spring removal
Replies: 13
Views: 3144

Rear spring removal

I have a broken spring O/S/R and there’s a couple of ways to remove them. Most seem to favour using a pry bar to get the spring out after you’ve dropped the trailing arm. Would spring compressors be better?


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by dazthephot
Thu 13 Feb, 2020 14:25
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Oil selection.
Replies: 10
Views: 4101

Re: Oil selection.

Excellent, thank you.
by dazthephot
Wed 12 Feb, 2020 09:26
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Oil selection.
Replies: 10
Views: 4101

Re: Oil selection.

Gazza wrote:Look for LLO4
Nice one [emoji106]


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by dazthephot
Tue 11 Feb, 2020 18:35
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Oil selection.
Replies: 10
Views: 4101

Re: Oil selection.

Gazza wrote:I’m not a brand specific person when it comes to oil.
If it meets the required spec then it’s ok with me.
I’ve seen various extra letters when looking for oil but have no idea what they mean. What’s the required spec for ours?


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by dazthephot
Tue 11 Feb, 2020 18:33
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Eurocarparts
Replies: 6
Views: 2831

Re: Eurocarparts

I’ve found oils cheaper than ECP (even with their discount) on eBay Many manufacturers spec their oil, so just looking for 5w/30 isn’t enough. Something that im learning about having wondered about the Dexos 2 that was put in my 320D However my thoughts were about today’s oils being made to a highe...
by dazthephot
Mon 10 Feb, 2020 12:26
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Oil selection.
Replies: 10
Views: 4101

Oil selection.

This is a divisive topic I know so I’ll keep it light. How different are oils these days? If I put fully synth 5w30 in instead of 5w40 if I buy a brand like Triple QX instead of Castrol what problems will I cause? As I understand it in the most simplistic terms the 5 bit affects cold starting and th...
by dazthephot
Mon 10 Feb, 2020 12:18
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Eurocarparts
Replies: 6
Views: 2831

Re: Eurocarparts

wonderloaf wrote:Carparts4less is online only, whereas Euro Car Parts have stores so you can click'n'collect, maybe that's why carparts4less is cheaper?
That makes sense. Cheers


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by dazthephot
Sun 09 Feb, 2020 13:51
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Eurocarparts
Replies: 6
Views: 2831

Eurocarparts

Here’s something that I didn’t know. It looks like Eurocarparts and Carparts4less are the same company but one is always cheaper than the other at different times. It’s worth checking and pricing the two off each other. Also if you’re looking for non specific things like engine oil if you don’t put ...
by dazthephot
Tue 04 Feb, 2020 13:49
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Calliper sliding bolts
Replies: 3
Views: 2172

Re: Calliper sliding bolts

Thanks LaRy
by dazthephot
Fri 24 Jan, 2020 20:13
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Calliper sliding bolts
Replies: 3
Views: 2172

Re: Calliper sliding bolts

Scratch that I’ll answer my own post. Silicon grease is supplied in the repair kit so my high temp grease should be fine for a while.


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by dazthephot
Fri 24 Jan, 2020 20:08
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Basic information for home maintenance ?
Replies: 9
Views: 2838

Re: Basic information for home maintenance ?

The Bentley manuals are more technical and considered the bibles of car maintenance. The Haynes ones aren’t too bad albeit a bit simplistic and general in certain areas especially when it comes to different engine types. I have one for mine but it’s the wrong year, my car is a 1999 but the manual is...
by dazthephot
Fri 24 Jan, 2020 13:18
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Basic information for home maintenance ?
Replies: 9
Views: 2838

Re: Basic information for home maintenance ?

A great source of reference is the realoem site plus you could get yourself a Bentley service manual. Stick your chassis number into the realoem website for oem part numbers for reference if you need.


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by dazthephot
Fri 24 Jan, 2020 13:15
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Calliper sliding bolts
Replies: 3
Views: 2172

Calliper sliding bolts

What’s the school of thought here? I’ve been dealing with a seized brake piston (OSF) and also old stuck slider bolts. I’ve managed to free off the piston and I’ve cleaned and lubed the slider bolts with some high temp grease. It didn’t look like the slider bolts had had any grease on them and the r...
by dazthephot
Sat 18 Jan, 2020 21:24
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Emulsion Removal
Replies: 10
Views: 3046

Re: Emulsion Removal

Nobody has mentioned 'thermostat'. They are often the cause of sludge on the oil filler cap. Is the temp gauge getting to the normal centre position after a couple of miles? If not I would certainly suspect the thermostat. Cheap, easy fix. Well I’ve recently dealt with an airlock in the system to f...
by dazthephot
Wed 15 Jan, 2020 21:20
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Emulsion Removal
Replies: 10
Views: 3046

Re: Emulsion Removal

A coolant pressure tester is a good tool. There is a tool that works in reverse (it creates a "vacuum") and is used to fill the system. It can also test for leaks, but isn't as good a tester. Ah right thanks I’ll look out for one. I did change the crankcase water hose union and there’s a tiny water...
by dazthephot
Wed 15 Jan, 2020 21:18
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Emulsion Removal
Replies: 10
Views: 3046

Re: Emulsion Removal

Fender2004 wrote:You could always go for a long drive when you have time and see if it makes a difference?
It does need a good long run for sure. I mean it does run perfectly fine which is why I’m not overly worried


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by dazthephot
Tue 14 Jan, 2020 22:54
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Emulsion Removal
Replies: 10
Views: 3046

Re: Emulsion Removal

I don’t see any oily film in the coolant, I flushed it last summer and didn’t notice anything untoward. There’s no emulsion on the oil filler cap I just shined a torch inside to see what looks like emulsion film. There’s steam from the exhaust at start up then soon clears. Perhaps I should buy a kit...
by dazthephot
Tue 14 Jan, 2020 14:56
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Emulsion Removal
Replies: 10
Views: 3046

Re: Emulsion Removal

Hi Robert, yes it lives outside. Sacrilege i know but it needs to be a daily driver now and i think is better for it. To be honest i didn't consider outside life as a factor in the emulsion build up having read threads on this subject but i guess it could well be given the utterly crap weather we ha...
by dazthephot
Tue 14 Jan, 2020 11:47
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Emulsion Removal
Replies: 10
Views: 3046

Emulsion Removal

Hi all, I get a fair bit of emulsion build up due to the fact the car is only doing very short journeys twice a day, 10 miles in the morning and 10 miles back in the evening. It isn't getting hot enough to burn moisture from the oil so i see emulsion in the dipstick. I assume it's in the sump too an...
by dazthephot
Thu 19 Dec, 2019 21:25
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Steering wheel squeak
Replies: 5
Views: 1780

Re: Steering wheel squeak

Thanks [emoji120]


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by dazthephot
Wed 18 Dec, 2019 13:32
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Steering wheel squeak
Replies: 5
Views: 1780

Re: Steering wheel squeak

Come to think about it i did remove the airbag unit when i changed the centre piece bottom half...hmmm
mrscalex wrote:
Wed 18 Dec, 2019 11:31
You need to find out where it's coming from. If it's really the steering wheel not the steering column it will most likely be the airbag slip ring.
by dazthephot
Wed 18 Dec, 2019 13:31
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Steering wheel squeak
Replies: 5
Views: 1780

Re: Steering wheel squeak

Ok thank you. I will do some checking this winter break, It does sound like an internal noise though on first glance.
by dazthephot
Wed 18 Dec, 2019 10:58
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Steering wheel squeak
Replies: 5
Views: 1780

Steering wheel squeak

Well it’s more of a scrape than a squeak. I’ve heard of people lithium lubing the column joints near the firewall. Any recommendations?


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