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by Mike Fishwick
Tue 07 May, 2019 09:41
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 overheating.
Replies: 18
Views: 2195

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 14:59
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Exhaust!
Replies: 6
Views: 648

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 19:22
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Exhaust!
Replies: 6
Views: 648

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 15:32
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 3.0i boot light
Replies: 3
Views: 411

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 16:32
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Inlet Camshaft Sensor M54 engine
Replies: 9
Views: 853

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: 678

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: 756

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: 687

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: 1135

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: 1419

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 10:22
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: French Speed Limits
Replies: 8
Views: 1438

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 16:18
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: French Speed Limits
Replies: 8
Views: 1438

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 09:43
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: French Speed Limits
Replies: 8
Views: 1438

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 17:03
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: French Speed Limits
Replies: 8
Views: 1438

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 13:06
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Fog light woes
Replies: 7
Views: 1124

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 08:42
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: What makes a screen wash pump fail?
Replies: 6
Views: 1143

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 15:59
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: ABS & DSC lights again!
Replies: 9
Views: 1079

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 08:37
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Fog light woes
Replies: 7
Views: 1124

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 08:31
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: 3.0i gearing
Replies: 9
Views: 1474

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 10:15
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Fog light woes
Replies: 7
Views: 1124

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 10:39
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: European Environmental Protection Zones
Replies: 3
Views: 1270

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 15:51
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Headlight wiring query
Replies: 4
Views: 878

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 10:34
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: BMW Z3 1.9 M44 - Induction System - Suction Pipe
Replies: 4
Views: 691

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...
by Mike Fishwick
Fri 08 Jun, 2018 14:14
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: MOT failure
Replies: 8
Views: 1075

Re: MOT failure

Yes John - my first reaction was that the OP had been drivng around with the fog lamps on, but he says that he does not do so. One presumes that he would notice if the fog lights were on, but they are pretty feeble things, and could become 'lost' in the dipped beams. If he is not driving on the fogs...
by Mike Fishwick
Fri 08 Jun, 2018 12:07
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: MOT failure
Replies: 8
Views: 1075

Re: MOT failure

OK - in that case you have a problem concerning the front foglamp indicator - just because it has always illuminated when the lights (headlights?) are on does not mean that it should, unless perhaps your car is a US market model, where they need to be spoon-fed! This is why the Z3 has a buzzer which...
by Mike Fishwick
Thu 07 Jun, 2018 13:46
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: MOT failure
Replies: 8
Views: 1075

Re: MOT failure

If you to read the Owner's Manual (well reccommended) you will find that the green warning lamp is provided to show that the front fog lamps are on! It even has a little picture of a fog lamp . . . You have therefore been driving around with the fog lamps on irrespective of visibility, which is an o...
by Mike Fishwick
Tue 13 Sep, 2016 16:23
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Wheel spacers and some other questions
Replies: 15
Views: 3138

Re: Wheel spacers and some other questions

Hi Alex I forgot to mention that your car will have a Torsen (TORque SENsing) type of LSD. These units are a far better type for road driving than the locking-cloutch type, but they reduce the ease with which the car can be drifted. They operate by a clever gear train - see Wikipedia for details - w...
by Mike Fishwick
Fri 11 Dec, 2015 15:24
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Clattering noise from the front.
Replies: 39
Views: 6189

Re: Clattering noise from the front.

Does your 2.2 have an engine-driven fan? Can't remember if they do, as the later BMW engines rely on the air con condensor fan. If it does have a mechanical fan, it may be that the viscous coupling is on its last legs - 60 to 70,000 miles is a pretty usual life for these couplings. It is easy enough...
by Mike Fishwick
Fri 11 Dec, 2015 08:55
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Future Classic?
Replies: 42
Views: 6516

Re: Future Classic?

The N54 engine - the 2.2 and 3 litre models - are the engines which can often burn oil steadily. Some dealers claim that it is 'designed' to burn oil, as though it is a sign of a thoroughbred sports car! A lot of these engines were filled with synthetic oil by the dealers, which extends the running-...
by Mike Fishwick
Fri 27 Nov, 2015 08:56
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Gear stick
Replies: 10
Views: 1985

Re: Gear stick

If your gear lever is not made of metal, what is it made from - perhaps resin, like the clutch pedal? In this case you would need to get hold of an older type of lever.
by Mike Fishwick
Thu 26 Nov, 2015 13:56
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 gear change?
Replies: 25
Views: 3634

Re: Z3 gear change?

The usual cause is clutch drag, caused by either a worn-out clutch or (more likely) the need for re-greasing of the splines on the gearbox input shaft and the clutch hub.

Bleeding the clutch slave cylinder and changing the oil also help.
by Mike Fishwick
Thu 26 Nov, 2015 10:04
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Gear stick
Replies: 10
Views: 1985

Re: Gear stick

Shortening the gear lever is one of the best things I have dome to my car - the others being disabling the self-cacelling of the indicators, and the other the smaller RAID steering wheel, all of which are nice to play with even when the car is in its garage! The upper portion of the gear lever is al...
by Mike Fishwick
Tue 10 Nov, 2015 15:46
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Heritage Motor Center
Replies: 10
Views: 1701

Re: Heritage Motor Center

I would put Gaydon as being a two-hour visit, but Cosford can be an all-day one, and even then you would have missed a lot.
by Mike Fishwick
Tue 10 Nov, 2015 12:13
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Heritage Motor Center
Replies: 10
Views: 1701

Re: Heritage Motor Center

Cars are OK, but if you want to see real engineering design, visit the massive RAF Museum at Cosford - signed off M54 J3 - it's free, too!

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by Mike Fishwick
Wed 04 Nov, 2015 10:03
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Which trolley jack?
Replies: 13
Views: 3111

Re: Which trolley jack?

Buy two jacks - you can then raise either end of the car easily and quickly. I use a pair of Halfords 2.5 ton jacks, which have a larger frame than their 2 ton jacks - about £30 each. To raise the front of even a non-lowered car, just drive onto a pair od 50 X 200 mm pieces of wood, with one end saw...
by Mike Fishwick
Sun 01 Nov, 2015 15:22
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Polybush help in North West
Replies: 9
Views: 1557

Re: Polybush help in North West

Which part of my article did you not understand? I thought it was clear enough, but maybe I could do better!
by Mike Fishwick
Sat 31 Oct, 2015 16:49
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Rip off spare price's
Replies: 9
Views: 1220

Re: Rip off spare price's

Compared to VW, BMW parts are very reasonable - a front strut mount for a Mk.2 Golf GTI for example costs £75 at a dealer, and is the only decent quality mount available. Pattern mounts fall to pieces. An E46 mount for my Z3 cost £25 . . . Do not dismiss BMW parts as being expensive until you know, ...
by Mike Fishwick
Sat 31 Oct, 2015 11:52
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: DSC Woes Fixed (Hopfully)
Replies: 13
Views: 1631

Re: DSC Woes Fixed (Hopfully)

The cam sensors look like they use a Hall-effect sensor, with a magnet on one side, which attracts fine metalic particles from the engine oil. When enough of this debris is attracted, the sensing part of the unit is shielded from the magnet - hence it is a good idea to clean them from time to time. ...
by Mike Fishwick
Fri 30 Oct, 2015 16:21
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: DSC Woes Fixed (Hopfully)
Replies: 13
Views: 1631

Re: DSC Woes Fixed (Hopfully)

Clean them everyyear - it is just one of the many things ignored by the so-called 'Full BMW Service!' Cam sensors are another area of offical neglect . ..
by Mike Fishwick
Sun 20 Sep, 2015 17:29
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: 1996 1.9 idle issues related to charging issue?
Replies: 7
Views: 1068

Re: 1996 1.9 idle issues related to charging issue?

More likely to be a sticky idle control valve - take it off and clean it before suspecting naything else.
by Mike Fishwick
Sat 19 Sep, 2015 11:19
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Top mounts rattling after swapping out..!
Replies: 10
Views: 1284

Re: Top mounts rattling after swapping out..!

Did you replace the gasket between the mount and the body? I find that two gaskets make a difference.

Also - did you use the original nuts with built-in washers? use of ordinary nuts with washers is known to generate noise.

Mod edit -Gazza
by Mike Fishwick
Thu 17 Sep, 2015 15:37
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: A pillar water leaks
Replies: 1
Views: 640

Re: A pillar water leaks

This seems to be a complex description of an improbably drainage system, but being on an american website people tend to believe it! If this idea were true, then why could I see daylight between the rubber seals at the top of the screen frame and above the window - on a car which was two years old? ...
by Mike Fishwick
Wed 16 Sep, 2015 16:26
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Chrome handles
Replies: 11
Views: 1956

Re: Chrome handles

My Wellstar trims were labelled as being for E36 saloons, which is logical - hence the lock hole on the passenger door.
by Mike Fishwick
Wed 16 Sep, 2015 09:10
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Tyres
Replies: 11
Views: 1761

Re: Tyres

I have been using Falkens (in seventeen-inch sizes with staggered wheels) for fifteen years on my 2.8, in FK 451, 452, and currently 453 forms, and have no complaints. I prefer 2.5 bar all round, and get about 30k from the fronts, with 20 k from the rears.
by Mike Fishwick
Sun 13 Sep, 2015 18:14
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Chrome handles
Replies: 11
Views: 1956

Re: Chrome handles

They are probably similar to the 'Wellstar' handle covers I have been using for about twelve years - no problems, apart from using black silicone in place of the sticky pads for the handle surrounds. They are a lot cheaper than buying complete new door catch/handle lifter units, and after many years...
by Mike Fishwick
Sun 13 Sep, 2015 12:51
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Thermostat Query
Replies: 8
Views: 1507

Re: Thermostat Query

I have never seen one in the metal, but the 'normal' thermostat which was fitted to the 1.9 140 bhp engine - the M44 - was probably a two-late type anyway, as used on a Golf GTI etc. People tend to assume that things such as this are always what they are familiar with! I think that the 'electric' th...
by Mike Fishwick
Sat 12 Sep, 2015 13:10
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Horn cable connectors
Replies: 3
Views: 583

Re: Horn cable connectors

I'm puzzled - do you mean the connectors on the ends of the horm cables, or those on the horns themselves? Those on the cables are easy enough to buy from any motor factor, but those on the horns are part of the horn itself - and surely you would have noticed this when you replaced the horns? If 'Th...
by Mike Fishwick
Sat 12 Sep, 2015 12:43
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Thermostat Query
Replies: 8
Views: 1507

Re: Thermostat Query

What were the symptoms before the RAC man decided to gut the thermostat? The electrically-controlled thermostat was introduced to permit the ECU to regulate coolant temperature between very close limits, so reducing exhaust emissions and fuel consumption. Unlike old British cars, the electrically-co...
by Mike Fishwick
Tue 08 Sep, 2015 15:05
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: exhaust emission warning light
Replies: 16
Views: 2422

Re: exhaust emission warning light

It is worth checking that the intake bellows pieces are both free from splits, as this will weaken the mixture and bring the emissions light on. It may not be this, but checking simple things first costs nothing. Lots of BMW owners first go for an expensive diagnostic test, which brings up codes for...
by Mike Fishwick
Tue 08 Sep, 2015 11:16
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: TCS Coming on for no reason
Replies: 25
Views: 2815

Re: TCS Coming on for no reason

Why not try a bit of DIY?

What are the tread depths of each tyre?

Have you removed the front wheels yourself, and checked that the sensor cables are not damaged?

Have you removed the sensors and made sure they are clean?