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by Mike Fishwick
Wed 01 Jul, 2020 14:42
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Engine Mgt Light (2.2i)
Replies: 6
Views: 177

Re: Engine Mgt Light (2.2i)

Hydrogen Sulphide (rotten eggs smell) is a sign of catalytic converter trouble, which in turn can be due to air leaks in the inlet system, or Lamda probe problems. Take the car to a decent specialist aqnd see what they find. Most dealers do not have a clue about older cars, and are only proficient a...
by Mike Fishwick
Tue 30 Jun, 2020 11:31
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Is it OK to jack under the differential?
Replies: 10
Views: 742

Re: Is it OK to jack under the differential?

For a reliable and safe means of supporting the car, why not use the ends of the cross-member, below its rubber mounts?
by Mike Fishwick
Tue 30 Jun, 2020 09:33
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: E10 is coming
Replies: 8
Views: 2162

Farmers

Yes - I have heard about American farmers being more interested in producing ethanol rather than food, as is promoted by oil companies in third-world countries which have a starvation problem! An identical situation concerns the US overproduction of corn, which rather than donate it free to starving...
by Mike Fishwick
Tue 30 Jun, 2020 09:33
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: E10 is coming
Replies: 8
Views: 2162

Re: E10 is coming

Assuming that you can get to France this summer, you will often find a bewildering array of pump fuel available. These days we are all used to unleaded petrol in 98 octane, as well as 95 and 95 e10 varieties. Remember that ‘e10’ fuels should not be used in BMW engines built before 1986, or poor fuel...
by Mike Fishwick
Thu 25 Jun, 2020 13:56
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Is it OK to jack under the differential?
Replies: 10
Views: 742

Re: Is it OK to jack under the differential?

Yes - you CAN place the jack under the diff, but it is pretty poor practice! Just because some nameless person has placed something on the internet does not mean that it is automatically the best option - it is just like believing all the garbage written about the Z3 which you can read in the media ...
by Mike Fishwick
Sun 24 May, 2020 11:22
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Different Greases
Replies: 2
Views: 467

Re: Different Greases

Do not become confused with silicone brake fluid and silicone grease! They are different compounds with different properties, and it is not wise to mix them. I always lubricate the caliper piston/seal area with brake fuid, which is entirely safe. Contrary to popular wisdom, the grease often provided...
by Mike Fishwick
Mon 18 May, 2020 21:13
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 2.8 Roadster alternator
Replies: 6
Views: 707

Re: Z3 2.8 Roadster alternator

My air con belt tensioner got quite noisey at about 130,000 miles too. Replacement of both tensioners would seem to be a good idea at this kind of mileage.
by Mike Fishwick
Mon 18 May, 2020 08:09
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 2.8 Roadster alternator
Replies: 6
Views: 707

Re: Z3 2.8 Roadster alternator

I doubt if you would notice any difference, as the alternator - like most Z3 bits - is a standard type, used on many E36 models.

Are you sure that the noise is due to the alternator bearings? The belt tensioner bearings usually become noisey first.
by Mike Fishwick
Thu 07 May, 2020 16:56
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Pre facelift to post face lift conversion.
Replies: 6
Views: 1085

Re: Pre facelift to post face lift conversion.

Why bother? The pre-facelit wings look better anyway, unless you fit wider wheels and tyres, which may not improve the handling as much as people may tell you. The 1.9 is probably the best-handling of all Z3s, with 50 pounds less engine weight than the sixes, and everything behind the axle line You ...
by Mike Fishwick
Thu 07 May, 2020 16:42
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Thermostat Advice please!
Replies: 2
Views: 639

Re: Thermostat Advice please!

Buying from Ebay is fraught with risk! Try your local German & Swedish - their prices are not much different from Ebay, and you will not be stung for postage.
by Mike Fishwick
Thu 07 May, 2020 16:38
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Front Brake Caliper Refurb
Replies: 8
Views: 1110

Re: Front Brake Caliper Refurb

I used exchange Girling calipers from a local motor factor - I cannot recall the price now, but they were not expensive, and of course had been cleaned and replated, with all new seals etc. With a few coats of bronze Hammerite and stainless nipples they looked great, and still do.
by Mike Fishwick
Wed 18 Mar, 2020 11:45
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: 2000 Z3 DSC 178 error Preload Pump Actuation Error
Replies: 5
Views: 1813

Re: 2000 Z3 DSC 178 error Preload Pump Actuation Error

That's the price of so-called 'Progress!' Faults on old DSC systems are certainly not unknown, and are always expensive - just more over-complex junk which you do not need. Could you remove the entire DSC system and still pass an MoT? As DSC was not mandatory when the car was built, I would have tho...
by Mike Fishwick
Fri 13 Mar, 2020 11:37
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: E10 is coming
Replies: 8
Views: 2162

Re: E10 is coming

Yes - here in France we have had E10 available for several years, but we also have E5 95 octane, mainly at auroroute serviuce areas, as an addition to E5 95 voctane fuel. More importantly, We also have really good 98 octane widely available - I find that on a steady speed autoroute journey, using ou...
by Mike Fishwick
Thu 12 Mar, 2020 08:49
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: E10 is coming
Replies: 8
Views: 2162

Re: E10 is coming

According to BMW all car manufactured since 1986 are compatable. This was about the time that E10 type fuel became the norm in the US, so compatability was required. I have heard of older BMW cars which had to be recovered to the UK with a strange failure to start, which was quickly traced to the us...
by Mike Fishwick
Thu 20 Feb, 2020 09:31
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Rear spring removal
Replies: 13
Views: 2990

Re: Rear spring removal

Another factor in spring life is the growth of potholes in UK roads! I forgot to mention that, as the French do decent surfacing, which does not melt in summer, or fall to pieces in winter - with extreme temperatures of minus 10 to plus 40 in my area.
by Mike Fishwick
Wed 19 Feb, 2020 13:37
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Oil selection.
Replies: 10
Views: 3988

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 lac...
by Mike Fishwick
Tue 18 Feb, 2020 10:13
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Rear spring removal
Replies: 13
Views: 2990

Re: Rear spring removal

The current rate of spring fractures is probably due to the use of poor-quality and badly heat treated material, and the craze in the UK for speed bumps. Many springs which are supplied with dampers are of really poor quality, and will split along the coil for 2 to 3 inches, broken springs now being...
by Mike Fishwick
Mon 17 Feb, 2020 08:53
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Rear spring removal
Replies: 13
Views: 2990

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 joint...
by Mike Fishwick
Sun 16 Feb, 2020 08:47
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Rear spring removal
Replies: 13
Views: 2990

Re: Rear spring removal

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.
by Mike Fishwick
Fri 07 Feb, 2020 17:30
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Torchlight?
Replies: 7
Views: 2690

Re: Torchlight?

Perhaps a torch WAS supplied for certain markets, but not for the Z3 in the UK. An example of this selective specification is the case of a LSD, which was fitted for some markets (ie the UK) but not for others, such as Japan. If you get a copy of the build/equipment spec - from any dealer, free, if ...
by Mike Fishwick
Wed 05 Feb, 2020 14:31
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Torchlight?
Replies: 7
Views: 2690

Re: Torchlight?

I have never seen a torch supplied with a Z3, although other models such as the E39 Five Series of the same period were.
by Mike Fishwick
Sun 26 Jan, 2020 12:35
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Basic information for home maintenance ?
Replies: 9
Views: 2788

Re: Basic information for home maintenance ?

Like most BMW cars, the Z3 is not particular about its fluids, but some work better than others. Remember that the current infatuation with 0-30 engine oils is intended for those who insist on driving hard with a cold engine, but their use can often result in high oil consumption, particuarly in the...
by Mike Fishwick
Sat 25 Jan, 2020 14:17
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: How much do you like your Z3
Replies: 101
Views: 53981

Re: How much do you like your Z3

Try lifting the bonnet . . .
by Mike Fishwick
Sat 25 Jan, 2020 12:39
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Basic information for home maintenance ?
Replies: 9
Views: 2788

Re: Basic information for home maintenance ?

Have you had a look in the Z3 Knowledgebase? It holds lots of maintenance information. I agree that the TIS disc is the best, but it assumes a certain level of background. The Bentley manual is a waste of money, being based on the pre-September 1998 models, which were superceded by the M54TU engine ...
by Mike Fishwick
Thu 16 Jan, 2020 13:21
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Headlight problem
Replies: 3
Views: 2089

Re: Headlight problem

Isn't it nice being able to buy down to component level?
by Mike Fishwick
Wed 14 Aug, 2019 14:01
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Is this a valid statement?
Replies: 10
Views: 3356

Re: Is this a valid statement?

In the case of cars made by mass-market companies such as BMW 'rare' means that they could not sell many! It does not make them better cars than those which people would actually buy - quite the opposite. Another reason for rarety is that they were rust boxes - look at the 6 and 3 series BMW from th...
by Mike Fishwick
Thu 25 Jul, 2019 12:27
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Is this a valid statement?
Replies: 10
Views: 3356

Re: Is this a valid statement?

A lot of vendors try to make out that their car is something special - I have seen people claiming that their facelifted car has superior aerodynamics than the older type! As soon as you see the word 'Rare' you know that someone is trying to 'talk up' the value of their car.
by Mike Fishwick
Tue 07 May, 2019 08:41
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 overheating.
Replies: 18
Views: 4245

Re: Z3 overheating.

You have not mentioned replacing the thermostat - are you confusing it with the thermo switch for the electric fan? Even if the electric fan (assuming that you have air conditioning) is not operating, the viscous-coupled fan is capable to keeping the engine at a decent temperature. I would look for ...
by Mike Fishwick
Mon 29 Apr, 2019 13:59
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Exhaust!
Replies: 6
Views: 1689

Re: Exhaust!

If you have an originality fetish, and wish to replace the rear silencer, BMW sell a seperate silencer and an suitable sleeve with suitable clamps to attach it. It would probably be cheaper to have a stainless cat-back system made up, unless you think that the droning exhaust note is worth listening...
by Mike Fishwick
Sun 28 Apr, 2019 18:22
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Exhaust!
Replies: 6
Views: 1689

Re: Exhaust!

Yes - the 2 litre used the same exhaust system as the September 1998-on 2.8. The system is in one welded piece from the three-bolt flanges near the engine, without a central joint, so perhaps your system is not the original. The earlier 2.8 used a single cat with a joint after it, but this was not u...
by Mike Fishwick
Sat 27 Apr, 2019 14:32
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 3.0i boot light
Replies: 3
Views: 961

Re: Z3 3.0i boot light

The Z3 boot is small enough to eliminate the risk of having anything lost within its confines! I took the bulb out of my boot light for this very reason about twenty years ago, and have never missed it! Alternatively, you could leave a window slightly lowered, and connect the charger via the cigar l...
by Mike Fishwick
Mon 01 Apr, 2019 15:32
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Inlet Camshaft Sensor M54 engine
Replies: 9
Views: 1829

Re: Inlet Camshaft Sensor M54 engine

Try cleaning the sensor of any ferrous particles stuck to the magnet side before spending money! These sensors act like magnetic drain plugs, and attract any small particles worn from the timing chain and sprockets. My old 2.8 has a cable throttle, and I used to have the problem of stalling in rever...
by Mike Fishwick
Sat 16 Mar, 2019 15:11
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Chassis dimesions data
Replies: 6
Views: 1266

Re: Chassis dimesions data

Why don't you simply have a full geometry check at a good tyre dealer? That will show up any problems such as bent trailing arms or rear cross member, not to mention distortion of the front cross member, chassis rails, or wishbone mountings.
by Mike Fishwick
Mon 25 Feb, 2019 09:46
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: My nearside light cluster has water in it.
Replies: 7
Views: 1429

Re: My nearside light cluster has water in it.

Take the light cluster off and use your powers of deduction! I think you will find that the lens is glued to the body, so look for an area showing signs of algie etc. Perhaps you will be able to dribble a bit of Araldite onto the back of the faulty area through the bulb hole.
by Mike Fishwick
Sat 26 Jan, 2019 12:33
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Oil level sensor
Replies: 4
Views: 1159

Re: Oil level sensor

The sensor operates by heating a small amount of oil around its body, and then reading the incerease in temperature further up the sensor body. Your problem may therefore be as simple as an accumulation of sludge on the sensor body, acting as a heat insulator, so it is worth removing the sensor and ...
by Mike Fishwick
Fri 23 Nov, 2018 12:36
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Battery Life
Replies: 5
Views: 2165

Battery Life

I have just replaced the second battery on my twenty-year-old 2.8 Z3. The original American battery lasted twelve years, and the replacement Varta Silver eight years - what kind of life do others experience? Like our other vehicles - cars, motorcycles and lawnmower - the batteries have always been c...
by Mike Fishwick
Sat 03 Nov, 2018 12:21
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Steering grating noise and slipring
Replies: 8
Views: 2045

Re: Steering grating noise and slipring

I'm puzzled - why do you think your 'slipring' is grating and the replacement needs to be lubricated? The horn push and airbag are connected by a flexible connection strip similar to a watchspring. It therefore does not need lubrication, and cannot make a 'grating' noise. I would bet that the noise ...
by Mike Fishwick
Thu 02 Aug, 2018 09:22
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: French Speed Limits
Replies: 8
Views: 2374

Re: French Speed Limits

At least the French do not view ordinary speeding as being a baby killer etc etc. If the speed limit is more than 50 kph, and you are not breaking it by more than 20 kph, the fine is 65 euros (reduced to 45 for payment within a fortnight) and one point off your licence, which is returned after a yea...
by Mike Fishwick
Wed 01 Aug, 2018 15:18
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: French Speed Limits
Replies: 8
Views: 2374

Re: French Speed Limits

I guess I am a bit of a recluse, as I do not watch French TV - it is ghastly - or read newspapers - not even the English-language ones! I think I had better start taking more notice of what is going on! They (and most other EU states) can still fine you at home via DVLA, and the French can take away...
by Mike Fishwick
Tue 31 Jul, 2018 08:43
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: French Speed Limits
Replies: 8
Views: 2374

Re: French Speed Limits

Has anyone ever heard of a Brit being prosecuted under this agreement? I would think it would merit a banner headline in the Daily Mail, to the effect that the government have allowed those awful foriegners to persecute British who are merely enjoying their holidays!
by Mike Fishwick
Mon 30 Jul, 2018 16:03
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: French Speed Limits
Replies: 8
Views: 2374

French Speed Limits

I live in France, yet was unaware that the 90 kph speed limit on single-carraigeway roads has, from 1 July, been reduced to 80 kph! On my return from the UK last week I noticed that some of the 90 kph signs have been replaced by 80 kph, but do not assume that all 90 kph signs mean what they say! Wit...
by Mike Fishwick
Sun 29 Jul, 2018 12:06
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Fog light woes
Replies: 7
Views: 1813

Re: Fog light woes

I wonder if the pre-October 1998 foglamp lenses - the prismatic type - are more prone to being broken that the later clear type? After twenty years my October 1998 car is still on its original foglamps . . .
by Mike Fishwick
Sun 29 Jul, 2018 07:42
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: What makes a screen wash pump fail?
Replies: 6
Views: 1952

Re: What makes a screen wash pump fail?

You do not give us the full story - did the motor fail, or did it run but not pump anything?

Older washer pumps (up to the early 2000's or so) have a habit of the impeller coming loose on the shaft.
by Mike Fishwick
Tue 10 Jul, 2018 14:59
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: ABS & DSC lights again!
Replies: 9
Views: 1715

Re: ABS & DSC lights again!

The Slip Control Module is voltage-sensitive, so if the car has been standing for a while without being trickle charged the lights will come on, and after a decent run they will go out when the battery is fully charged. It is also sensitive to having rear tyres which are unevenly worn. Having said t...
by Mike Fishwick
Fri 06 Jul, 2018 07:37
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Fog light woes
Replies: 7
Views: 1813

Re: Fog light woes

Yes - I am spoilt by French roads - Even those which have not been resurfaced for thirty years are better than a lot of UK roads. I am not looking forward to dodging potholes on motorways etc when I visit next week! We do have one local road which was resurfaced suspiciously quickly , and is now fal...
by Mike Fishwick
Fri 06 Jul, 2018 07:31
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: 3.0i gearing
Replies: 9
Views: 1903

Re: 3.0i gearing

A friend fitted a six-speed gearbox from a 3 litre Z4, which gives about a 10% higher top gear. He is very pleased with it, and found that the only thing which needed modification was the front section of the prop shaft, which had to be shortened by 40 mm, a job which most prop shaft specialists can...
by Mike Fishwick
Thu 05 Jul, 2018 09:15
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Fog light woes
Replies: 7
Views: 1813

Re: Fog light woes

Yes - given the the Z3 headlamps have a sharp cut-off anyway, fog lamps are pretty useless - apart from to the people who insist on using them as running lamps in the belief that it looks 'cool.' In 19 years of Z3 use I have yet to have a broken fog lamp lens, so assuming that you are not travelling...
by Mike Fishwick
Wed 04 Jul, 2018 09:39
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: European Environmental Protection Zones
Replies: 3
Views: 1669

European Environmental Protection Zones

Environmental Protection Zones are spreading like wildfire over Europe, and following in the footsteps of Germany and France, Austria and Denmark have now introduced their own Environmental Protection Zones, with an assortment of windscreen stickers to match. These regulations also apply all to vehi...
by Mike Fishwick
Tue 26 Jun, 2018 14:51
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Headlight wiring query
Replies: 4
Views: 1293

Re: Headlight wiring query

They are sockets for the headlamp height adjustment motors, with black, brown, and yellow wires.
by Mike Fishwick
Tue 19 Jun, 2018 09:34
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: BMW Z3 1.9 M44 - Induction System - Suction Pipe
Replies: 4
Views: 1033

Re: BMW Z3 1.9 M44 - Induction System - Suction Pipe

Can you make a replacement from PVC drainpipe and fittings? I know, it's not the same thing, but I made a better air intake for my 2.8 from 70 mm rain water pipe, and after spraying it matt black is could be original. It may be possible to make a pipe which picks up air frm a better place than the o...