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by Southernboy
Thu 15 Nov, 2018 09:30
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Central locking with key.
Replies: 10
Views: 176

Re: Central locking with key.

I have just now spent an hour doing the multi meter boot loom check. Everything is 100% in the wiring. I removed the actuator and drowned it in switch cleaner, replaced it and still nothing. By chance, I put the key into the driver door lock and locked / unlocked / locked etc etc.... I noticed a sma...
by Southernboy
Wed 14 Nov, 2018 17:17
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Central locking with key.
Replies: 10
Views: 176

Re: Central locking with key.

I'm really impressed with your help !! I'll go look there and hope it'll be the source of the problem - I'll let you know what I find
by Southernboy
Wed 14 Nov, 2018 16:01
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Central locking with key.
Replies: 10
Views: 176

Re: Central locking with key.

If I use the key to lock at the drivers door it locks both doors and the boot. If I use the key in the boot, it only locks the boot without any sound of the boot actuator being involved. It also doesn't lock the doors. If I use the key in the drivers door to lock everything both doors and boot actua...
by Southernboy
Wed 14 Nov, 2018 15:19
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Central locking with key.
Replies: 10
Views: 176

Re: Central locking with key.

BTW - Can I access the info through OBD II inside the car or must I use the engine bay connection ?
by Southernboy
Wed 14 Nov, 2018 15:10
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 Petrol tank support and strap - Heads up
Replies: 3
Views: 142

Re: Z3 Petrol tank support and strap - Heads up

Ditto that... I'd hate to have to dismantle the entire rear end sub frame/ suspension etc etc.... Be interested in the procedure..
by Southernboy
Wed 14 Nov, 2018 15:08
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Central locking with key.
Replies: 10
Views: 176

Re: Central locking with key.

Cheers mate.... Problem is it's not actually "random" I can use the key remote function to unlock, but the key remote won't lock. Do you think there is a wiring issue on one of the actuators on the "Lock" side vs the "unlock" side which is causing the problem?? I'll have to examine the wiring diagra...
by Southernboy
Wed 14 Nov, 2018 13:30
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 Petrol tank support and strap - Heads up
Replies: 3
Views: 142

Re: Z3 Petrol tank support and strap - Heads up

It would be really useful if you did a "HOW TO" on this issue... I may be in need of your guidance... :wink:
by Southernboy
Wed 14 Nov, 2018 13:18
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Central locking with key.
Replies: 10
Views: 176

Central locking with key.

Hi all. A little bit of background info. A few days back I was out and after getting out the car, I pressed the lock button on the key fob and there was no response. I tried the key initialising sequence and the system didn't respond - no lock / unlock as it should have done. Now here's the queer pa...
by Southernboy
Mon 05 Nov, 2018 10:58
Forum: The Beauty Parlour
Topic: Had a bit of a spend up today!
Replies: 4
Views: 348

Re: Had a bit of a spend up today!

Gazza, you should have warmed it up in some hot water first... It becomes quite liquid and easier to work with... :wink:
by Southernboy
Fri 02 Nov, 2018 05:55
Forum: Let's talk
Topic: Engine oil Z3 M
Replies: 15
Views: 628

Re: Engine oil Z3 M

I use the Castrol Edge here. The oil costs me around £55 for the fully synthetic and the filter with new O ring and washer costs £15. So £70 for an oil change if I do it myself. If I had someone else do it, it would cost an extra £15. Someone is making huge profits on oil in the UK !! :shock: TBH, I...
by Southernboy
Thu 01 Nov, 2018 16:19
Forum: Let's talk
Topic: Engine oil Z3 M
Replies: 15
Views: 628

Re: Engine oil Z3 M

All the above responses are good advice. I can only add that the frequency of oil changes should be a balance between the mileage since the previous oil change, and the overall mileage the engine has done since new. The greater the overall mileage, the more frequent one should do oil changes. Genera...
by Southernboy
Thu 01 Nov, 2018 15:49
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: TEST 21
Replies: 0
Views: 143

TEST 21

Quick tip. I disconnected the battery to do a small maintenance job which also required removal of the steering airbag pod. When I had completed the task, I reconnected everything and was a little alarmed to find my fuel gauge not working, and the reserve warning light was on. I did the "stupid thin...
by Southernboy
Thu 01 Nov, 2018 15:41
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Horn
Replies: 9
Views: 1731

Re: Horn

The wires from the steering push pad to operate the horns go through the slip ring and emerge to be connected under the steering column ajacent to the indicator lever. There are 2 sets of wires housed onto the same base plate clip. One lot is for the steering / diver airbag, and is a larger yellow c...
by Southernboy
Thu 01 Nov, 2018 15:25
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: bmw z3m analogue clock Not working
Replies: 7
Views: 268

Re: bmw z3m analogue clock Not working

So here's the cure..... The pro on these is Bertiejaffa. But bottom line is that the little internal things get gungy with something akin to the lint fluff you find in the bottom most corner of your trouser pocket if it hasn't been turned inside out for a while. The remedy is to use switch cleaner t...
by Southernboy
Mon 29 Oct, 2018 14:03
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: WANTED
Replies: 0
Views: 119

WANTED

I'm looking for a cruise control interface PN 65718380054. This fits onto the M52TU to activate the C/Control.
Anyone who may have one or knows where I can get one at a really good price, please PM me.
Barry
by Southernboy
Sat 27 Oct, 2018 14:15
Forum: Z3 range knowledgebase
Topic: Seat motors
Replies: 3
Views: 244

Seat motors

Yesterday the driver side seat height adjustment motor stopped working. After removing the seat mounting bolts and the safety belt bolt I tilted the seat inside the car so it was bridged with the backrest on the center console and the base resting on the door sill. I place a towel under both parts w...
by Southernboy
Fri 26 Oct, 2018 06:35
Forum: The Beauty Parlour
Topic: Collinite # 845
Replies: 10
Views: 597

Re: Collinite # 845

Yes - it is also known as surgical spirits... Somehow here in SA, the chemist sells Surgical Spirit and Rubbing alcohol - perhaps one has a higher alcohol content ?? I have never considered spraying it under my arms, but considering what actually causes BO is microbial life waste after feeding on bo...
by Southernboy
Wed 24 Oct, 2018 07:09
Forum: The Beauty Parlour
Topic: Collinite # 845
Replies: 10
Views: 597

Re: Collinite # 845

Another useful tip..... My steering wheel leather had become super shiny over the past 20+ years. Almost looked like it was varnished. I got some rubbing alcohol and a microfibre cloth and gave it a serious clean. The amount of black filth which appeared on the cloth was a little alarming. At first ...
by Southernboy
Tue 09 Oct, 2018 12:44
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Side window leaks.
Replies: 3
Views: 296

Side window leaks.

I would be interested to find out how many Z3 owners have water coming in through one or both windows. We are all quite familiar with the A pillar sealing issue and how to sort that one easily. What I'm interested in is how many drivers have water getting in because the window can't / doesn't seal a...
by Southernboy
Tue 09 Oct, 2018 06:49
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: M Tec 2 steering wheel
Replies: 7
Views: 388

Re: M Tec 2 steering wheel

It's a solution to the thickness of the wheel to have it re-covered, but one is still left with the somewhat large diameter wheel - 420mm - which I believe is the main issue with the OEM wheel.
by Southernboy
Mon 08 Oct, 2018 12:59
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: M Tec 2 steering wheel
Replies: 7
Views: 388

Re: M Tec 2 steering wheel

You're welcome... I t isn't apparent at first that there is no airbag on those wheels, so I guess it's a better idea to stick with the original wheel.
by Southernboy
Mon 08 Oct, 2018 12:22
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: M Tec 2 steering wheel
Replies: 7
Views: 388

Re: M Tec 2 steering wheel

The M Tech II wheel has no airbag, so you'll need to sort that out within the car's systems to avoid issues. Also, these wheels were fitted to the E30's and subsequent models including 5 series cars. Your existing slip ring may or may not fit to the wheel, or the slip ring which perhaps comes with t...
by Southernboy
Mon 08 Oct, 2018 12:00
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Before you blame the Sender..
Replies: 3
Views: 327

Re: Before you blame the Sender..

That's exactly what was happening inside my tank - the arm was catching. However, I doubt the tank has deformed, although I admit it may be possible in a very hot climate. On the pump / sender unit you will see that the float arm pivot shaft fits into a plastic tube housing. These 2 parts actually w...
by Southernboy
Sun 07 Oct, 2018 08:58
Forum: The Beauty Parlour
Topic: Collinite # 845
Replies: 10
Views: 597

Re: Collinite # 845

Here's a very interesting You Tube video - It would make the Z3 rear window as good as the windscreen !!

Link:- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CzrYZXdhVwg
by Southernboy
Sat 06 Oct, 2018 19:33
Forum: The Beauty Parlour
Topic: Collinite # 845
Replies: 10
Views: 597

Re: Collinite # 845

Hi Gazza I looked at that too ! My reluctance was mostly that I would be putting in more effort to buff it after application. Here in Johannesburg, the temperature out in the sun is probably in the upper 30's. In my garage with the windows and door open it's still warm enough to keep the 845 in a th...
by Southernboy
Sat 06 Oct, 2018 13:43
Forum: The Beauty Parlour
Topic: Collinite # 845
Replies: 10
Views: 597

Collinite # 845

I've been looking at waxes, their benefits and comparisons to polishes. So first thing I discovered in the reading is that a polish is an abrasive. It actually removes a fine layer of the clear coat in the process of application and buffing. This is really great if you have swirl marks or extremely ...
by Southernboy
Wed 03 Oct, 2018 18:49
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: DRIVER SIDE SEAT ADJUSTMENT SWITCH
Replies: 4
Views: 213

Re: DRIVER SIDE SEAT ADJUSTMENT SWITCH

Pleasure Peter.
by Southernboy
Wed 03 Oct, 2018 12:05
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: DRIVER SIDE SEAT ADJUSTMENT SWITCH
Replies: 4
Views: 213

Re: DRIVER SIDE SEAT ADJUSTMENT SWITCH

PM sent Peter.
by Southernboy
Mon 01 Oct, 2018 21:21
Forum: The Beauty Parlour
Topic: Best windscreen washer fluid
Replies: 3
Views: 242

Re: Best windscreen washer fluid

Thanks Robert. I'll go that route then.
by Southernboy
Mon 01 Oct, 2018 13:09
Forum: The Beauty Parlour
Topic: Best windscreen washer fluid
Replies: 3
Views: 242

Best windscreen washer fluid

Having fitted a new soft top, I would like to know if anyone has considered which reservoir washer fluid to use. I'm certain some fluids could leave marks of residue in the fabric and others may just be plain harmful. Anyone ever found an effective cleaning fluid which they would recommend?
by Southernboy
Mon 01 Oct, 2018 12:05
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: DRIVER SIDE SEAT ADJUSTMENT SWITCH
Replies: 4
Views: 213

DRIVER SIDE SEAT ADJUSTMENT SWITCH

I have a 100% working seat position adjustment switch - right hand side. Complete with wiring loom and button to fit pre-facelift vehicles. P/N 61318413894 £65 excl postage. I also have a complete right side plastic seat trim into which the seat switch is fitted. It is complete with the little tab w...
by Southernboy
Thu 27 Sep, 2018 09:28
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Windscreen replacement.
Replies: 5
Views: 327

Re: Windscreen replacement.

Perhaps because I didn't post ant photographs... :dunce:
by Southernboy
Wed 26 Sep, 2018 16:10
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Windscreen replacement.
Replies: 5
Views: 327

Re: Windscreen replacement.

You're absolutely on it there.. I had a vacuum machine to clean out the wiper mechanism well and also the dust and filth which had accumulated between the dash and the windscreen. I actually found 3 unused tickets to a live music gig which had slipped into that space. The owner at the time must've b...
by Southernboy
Wed 26 Sep, 2018 12:17
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Windscreen replacement.
Replies: 5
Views: 327

Windscreen replacement.

I had my windscreen replaced today. These guys are a mobile service and came to my home. The job took 30 minutes which included removing the old windscreen, and fitting the new one. I watched the process, and TBH it's a dead easy job. I had previously removed the plastic trim inside the engine bay w...
by Southernboy
Sun 23 Sep, 2018 07:32
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: All comments and suggestions welcomed!!
Replies: 7
Views: 527

Re: All comments and suggestions welcomed!!

To close this thread - I found the rattle !!! On friday I stripped off the old roof and yesterday I fitted a new one. In the process of stripping, I was quite surprised to find the 19 large self tapping bolts at the back window area which hold the sealing and tack strips were quite loose. Anyhow, af...
by Southernboy
Sun 23 Sep, 2018 07:25
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Pool of water behind fuel flap
Replies: 9
Views: 494

Re: Pool of water behind fuel flap

Try a long thin cable tie.. Or a thin plastic knitting needle if you still knit... :D
by Southernboy
Sun 23 Sep, 2018 07:23
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: 3.0i gearing
Replies: 9
Views: 789

Re: 3.0i gearing

:oops: ......... YES..
by Southernboy
Fri 21 Sep, 2018 06:25
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: All comments and suggestions welcomed!!
Replies: 7
Views: 527

Re: All comments and suggestions welcomed!!

Thanks buddy - I'll check those CV joints - could be the culprits.. :cheers
by Southernboy
Thu 20 Sep, 2018 15:52
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: All comments and suggestions welcomed!!
Replies: 7
Views: 527

Re: All comments and suggestions welcomed!!

Cheers Paul...did that - spare wheel isn't fitted at the moment and everything associated is really secured well. Somewhere I read that there is a "ball valve" fitted on the top side of the tank... Same system as a toilet ball valve. Apparently it's there to prevent fuel spillage in the event you ro...
by Southernboy
Thu 20 Sep, 2018 13:32
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: All comments and suggestions welcomed!!
Replies: 7
Views: 527

All comments and suggestions welcomed!!

After my earlier post on the fuel gauge issue, I am now looking for the "rattle in the back"... I have checked all the obvious items like shocks, exhaust, tank strap rubber cushions and bumper weights and all to no avail. So... anyone who has come across more unusual causes, please pass on the info ...
by Southernboy
Thu 20 Sep, 2018 13:10
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: 3.0i gearing
Replies: 9
Views: 789

Re: 3.0i gearing

You could look at the diff ratio. Fitting a longer ratio diff will work through all the gears. I particularly dislike 1st gear being too short - it's more like a truck than a car and with the fan roaring it sounds like one too... I have fitted a 2.74 : 1 diff which allows 1st gear speed to go up to ...
by Southernboy
Thu 20 Sep, 2018 12:53
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Before you blame the Sender..
Replies: 3
Views: 327

Before you blame the Sender..

I bought a project Z3 around January time. I drove it from Cape Town back up to Johannesburg without a functioning fuel gauge... scary stuff with lots of fill up stops. Since then, I have had the fuel pump / sender out no less than a dozen times. A previous owner had obviously had a go at sorting ou...
by Southernboy
Mon 10 Sep, 2018 14:55
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Door speakers
Replies: 3
Views: 402

Re: Door speakers

Other than the 2 small speakers under the 1/4 light window that's all there is on the door. If you want to improve the quality / volume you can remove the trim in the foot wells and shove lots of foam rubber around, behind etc those speakers. You're losing a heap of sound through the thin steel body...
by Southernboy
Mon 10 Sep, 2018 14:51
Forum: Performance
Topic: Over cranking
Replies: 0
Views: 496

Over cranking

Some potentially useful information regarding cranking the motor. Recently I went to a neighbouring town. About 2 blocks from my destination, I pulled into a gas station and switched off, gave the attendant the key to open the cap and fill up the tank. He returned the key to me, I paid and turned th...
by Southernboy
Tue 31 Jul, 2018 10:39
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: OEM ROLL HOOPS
Replies: 0
Views: 300

OEM ROLL HOOPS

Anyone looking for a set of roll hoops complete with brackets, screws, center storage box and seat belt turret covers. All parts accounted for with the exception of right hand turret window cover, and one clip in window cover for the inside of the storage box. Colour Black. Center storage box has a ...
by Southernboy
Tue 31 Jul, 2018 10:29
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: seat adjustment switch
Replies: 1
Views: 293

Re: seat adjustment switch

No problem - sorted.
I collected a "broken" old style switch last night and discovered that other than the power supply connection connector, the other 2 connectors were identical. So an easy swap of the old type connector to the new style switch and loom.
by Southernboy
Mon 30 Jul, 2018 19:06
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: seat adjustment switch
Replies: 1
Views: 293

seat adjustment switch

I have in the past seen posts regarding the fitting of the face lift seat adjustment switch to the older pre-face lift wiring loom. I've had a search, but nothing has come up in that regard.
Perhaps someone can help with locating the posts regarding the way to complete the connection issues.
Thanks...
by Southernboy
Sun 22 Jul, 2018 06:46
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Power Flow Exhausts
Replies: 4
Views: 741

Re: Power Flow Exhausts

On any modern car, it's the cat converters which create the greatest restriction to getting the exhaust gasses out. So, if you want to achieve a small power gain, you have to dump those. Whether your laws allow this or not will determine your decision. In any event, the gains aren't so significant t...
by Southernboy
Sat 21 Jul, 2018 08:09
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: "CHEAPER" COURIER SERVICE
Replies: 4
Views: 413

Re: "CHEAPER" COURIER SERVICE

I did think that may be, but then it also seems one can use the system to send from any country to any other country since the form allows for "collection country" and "delivery country". I will investigate further. As it is, I can purchase in the UK and use my UK "postbox" addy as the start point a...
by Southernboy
Sat 21 Jul, 2018 08:05
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Rain getting in again! Has anyone else seen this?
Replies: 3
Views: 491

Re: Rain getting in again! Has anyone else seen this?

If the main window glass isn't sealing against the rubbers at the top you can try adjusting the window mechanism so the top of the glass in the closed position is closer to those rubber seals. This has been covered before, but briefly it requires removing the door card, then slight loosening the 2 u...