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by colb
Tue 11 Sep, 2018 22:31
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Air con front pipe mount
Replies: 6
Views: 236

Re: Air con front pipe mount

Thought it would be the power steering cooling loop fixings you were after. Whilst your in there give the pipe a good look over for any corrosion, living at the front of the car they tend to get a battering and corrode.
by colb
Tue 11 Sep, 2018 20:13
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Air con front pipe mount
Replies: 6
Views: 236

Re: Air con front pipe mount

Any chance of a photo of the part your asking about, just had a look on oem and couldn't see any aircon pipe like yiu describe. Are you confusing the power steering cooling pipe at the front of the car with an aircon part, the power steering pipe is mounted with rubber bolts, here is the oem page wh...
by colb
Sat 08 Sep, 2018 22:31
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Door speakers
Replies: 3
Views: 241

Re: Door speakers

Real OEM shows three types of stereo system available for your model and year Bog standard stereo only has tweeter in door, Hifi system and Harmon Kardon HiFi systems had an mid range speaker in the door with the tweeter. If you have space for the Mid range speakers but nothing there then you have t...
by colb
Sat 08 Sep, 2018 10:00
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Another thing after another
Replies: 7
Views: 383

Re: Another thing after another

Seems you got it sorted and learnt a lesson oem parts every time from now on.
by colb
Thu 30 Aug, 2018 21:18
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Another thing after another
Replies: 7
Views: 383

Re: Another thing after another

Agree, check all rubber connections and pipes from Maf forwards for any cracks or splits, seems the exhaust sensor is seeing more air and demanding a richer mixture hence the increase you see in mpg. Its reached a point where the ecu cant keep up with what its being told and can't change the setting...
by colb
Fri 24 Aug, 2018 09:24
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: car dead any ideas
Replies: 8
Views: 369

Re: car dead any ideas

OK with that short mileage it wouldn't take long to deplete the battery over time if the alternator output is below par, use of the headlights would accelerate its depletion. Well worth putting a volt meter on the battery when you get it running to see what its putting out over the rev range. Can yo...
by colb
Fri 24 Aug, 2018 08:55
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: car dead any ideas
Replies: 8
Views: 369

Re: car dead any ideas

Agree what Mr Scalex said, I had a problem arise with mine being dead after putting it away, realised it happened only after having used headlights. Checked out what the alternator was putting out and it was only putting out 12v instaed of a healthy 14v+. Fitted a replacement alternator and that sol...
by colb
Tue 21 Aug, 2018 21:22
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: passenger side clear indicator lens
Replies: 3
Views: 271

Re: passenger side clear indicator lens

Do you mean these https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Genuine-BMW- ... OSwjUxbMMI~

They are the front sidelights on my 1999 1.8, if its these on yours I take it you have orange bulbs fitted?
by colb
Mon 09 Jul, 2018 16:10
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Aerial fell apart!
Replies: 3
Views: 352

Re: Aerial fell apart!

Common problem, that small wire is soldered to the metal threaded top portion you are missing, looks like a repair would be difficult if you managed to find a replacement, best seek out a replacement from one of the breakers on here. Fit a new rubber grommit whilst you are at it as well.
by colb
Wed 13 Jun, 2018 10:07
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Mohair hood renovation
Replies: 9
Views: 456

Re: Mohair hood renovation

No not your everyday washing powders, soap flakes Dreft is a brand name but there are others, it’s flakes of actual soap and is kinder to the material
Tesco do a liquid soap flakes version which will be as good as the dry packs of flakes
by colb
Wed 13 Jun, 2018 07:23
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Mohair hood renovation
Replies: 9
Views: 456

Re: Mohair hood renovation

Always found proper soap flakes in hot water and agitated with a nail brush lifts the dirt out followed by cold water rinse to get rid of the soap and gunge. After it’s dried I apply at least two coats of Fabsil waterproofing with a brush with the body panels masked off with old towels.
by colb
Sun 10 Jun, 2018 16:30
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 1.9 Pre facelift M44 Engine. Lambada probe
Replies: 7
Views: 608

Re: Z3 1.9 Pre facelift M44 Engine. Lambada probe

If you check oem using last six letters and numbers of your vin number the diagrams displayed will show a generic picture. If your car is not fitted with a part it will be greyed out in the diagram
by colb
Mon 04 Jun, 2018 18:20
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Getting the Spare Wheel out
Replies: 10
Views: 566

Re: Getting the Spare Wheel out

Remember the skinny spare rubber will be as old as your car so may be past it’s best give it a good look for cracking on sidewalls and in between treads, any doubt replace it, bet the wheel needs a good derust as well.
by colb
Fri 11 May, 2018 21:52
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: ABS DSC & Hydraulics lights on...
Replies: 1
Views: 277

Re: ABS DSC & Hydraulics lights on...

Same happened to mine when I left the boot open and drained the battery, a few starts and a bit of a run and they reset, no codes when I checked.
by colb
Tue 01 May, 2018 20:12
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Not idling well..
Replies: 6
Views: 743

Re: Not idling well..

Since you have changed the plugs best to look elsewhere, might be an idea to check if any codes have been set before you start doing anything else, get a code reader on it. What state are the plug leads in, at 125k they may be past their best by now letalone coils breaking down. Would be worth check...
by colb
Thu 26 Apr, 2018 21:21
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: B pillar drains
Replies: 2
Views: 570

Re: B pillar drains

Look behind the hood hinge point on each side you will see a metal well capped with a rubber trim around the edge, the drain hole in inside this, a tube runs down and exits at the bottom of the sill just in front of the rear wheel. Picture in this post submitted by Vic-z3 http://www.zroadster.net/fo...
by colb
Tue 24 Apr, 2018 22:30
Forum: Check your diary
Topic: Brecon Classic Car Show Sunday 5th August 2018
Replies: 0
Views: 332

Brecon Classic Car Show Sunday 5th August 2018

Entry forms online for this show for pre 2000 cars.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/283718075125716/

They are asking for arrivals by 09:30, no movement off site until 16:00
by colb
Tue 24 Apr, 2018 20:54
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Head Gasket blown again?! Advice needed
Replies: 4
Views: 535

Re: Head Gasket blown again?! Advice needed

How long is a piece of string question, depends on condition of all the parts as a whole or individualy. Good interior and seats will always sell as will body panels, always someone out there wanting to refresh theirs. To guage prices have a look at ebay listings for BMW Z3 parts to see what the goi...
by colb
Tue 24 Apr, 2018 17:13
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Head Gasket blown again?! Advice needed
Replies: 4
Views: 535

Re: Head Gasket blown again?! Advice needed

Depends on how deep your pockets are!
If the rest of the car is in good shape then replace the head and gasket also give the cooling system a refresh with a new water pump and thermostat. Loads of Z's out there for silly money, might be an idea to replace the car and sell the dead one for spares.
by colb
Sun 22 Apr, 2018 21:27
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Another potentially silly question- fans
Replies: 1
Views: 372

Re: Another potentially silly question- fans

Your aftermarket air con fan will be in front of the condensor rad and will be the electric fan. The engine cooling fan should operate via its viscous coupling in the centre of the fan blades, it will only run when the coolant reaches a set temp which causes the viscous unit to engage and spin the b...
by colb
Sun 22 Apr, 2018 10:23
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: How nickable are Z3's?
Replies: 14
Views: 1598

Re: How nickable are Z3's?

Agree with first reply, steering wheel locking bar is the way to go, its highly visible so a deterant. Nothing will prevent a car getting stolen if the proffessional thieves want it they will take it. Had a Ford Capri in the 70's that got nicked because of Fords crap locks and keys. Stopped it getti...
by colb
Sat 21 Apr, 2018 21:12
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Loss of power
Replies: 12
Views: 1814

Re: Loss of power

Have you disconnected the Maf electrical plug and tried the car as with it unplugged it should run on default settings. If it runs better then that would point to the Maf being bad. You could try cleaning it with Maf cleaning spray but cleaning rarely fixes a bad maf in my experience. As a replaceme...
by colb
Sun 15 Apr, 2018 19:51
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: ABS/DSC fault codes
Replies: 3
Views: 463

Re: ABS/DSC fault codes

My battery went flat the other week, had left the boot open. Jump started and abs asc lights lit up. No codes set when I checked. Ran a abs pump check in inpatient after which the lights went out. Put your new battery on and give the car a run of a few miles, also switch it on one off a few times so...
by colb
Wed 11 Apr, 2018 20:11
Forum: Computer help
Topic: BM Cables Inpa problems
Replies: 3
Views: 1073

Re: BM Cables Inpa problems

Thanks Robert, seems like my Com port settings are ok as I can see what looks like a default menu it reverts to when it fails to load the engine module in E36 modules and I can access the various task buttons and view what they relate to. Seems to me the system can't locate the Engine module for the...
by colb
Wed 11 Apr, 2018 19:17
Forum: Computer help
Topic: BM Cables Inpa problems
Replies: 3
Views: 1073

BM Cables Inpa problems

Since my laptop failed have obtained a replacement running Windows 7 and loaded the Cable drivers Inpa and DIS onto it using BMCables Discs. Sees the cable and opens up Inpa to main menu, select E36 and try connecting to the listed modules and it can't open any of them, just get an error message. Sa...
by colb
Mon 02 Apr, 2018 20:39
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: ABS and ASC lights on
Replies: 3
Views: 750

Re: ABS and ASC lights on

Replacement Laptop sourced with Windows 7 Proffessional on it, loaded the Inpa software then had two days of messing about getting it yto work. First problem was no menu displayed just blank screen and buttons. Found a fix for this on the web and evetually after deleting some windows drivers and add...
by colb
Sat 24 Mar, 2018 23:44
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: ABS and ASC lights on
Replies: 3
Views: 750

ABS and ASC lights on

Went to start the Z this afternoon only to find it had a flat battery. Used a start and charge booster to jump start it using the battery terminals. Started right up but ABS and ASC lights on the dashboard. Broke out the laptop and fired up INPA after some difficulty with the laptop which also had a...
by colb
Sat 24 Mar, 2018 00:09
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 PAS cooling loop
Replies: 4
Views: 691

Re: Z3 PAS cooling loop

I would have thought placing an oil cooler in front of the radiator would block some of the air flow to the radiator and may cause overheating. What about making a replacement cooling loop using copper pipe if you don't want to replace it with a stock steel pipe? Not sure what size the fittings are....
by colb
Tue 13 Mar, 2018 19:57
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Sticking lock - my mistake.
Replies: 7
Views: 1049

Re: Sticking lock - my mistake.

All locks best use graphite powder for the lock barrel, a little light grease on any rods and moving parts within the door should be ok but I would use a dab of coppereaze grease on thinks like moving rods and the larger solid metal parts of the door latches that actually move, the copper in the gre...
by colb
Tue 13 Mar, 2018 00:20
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Sticking lock - my mistake.
Replies: 7
Views: 1049

Re: Sticking lock - my mistake.

Don't use graphite grease, it will stick again, what you want is graphite powder, put some on both sides of the key and work it in by putting the key in and working the lock back and forth. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Graphite-Powder-Lock-Lubricant-Cylinder-Car-Padlock/142690131975?epid=2169198796&ha...
by colb
Mon 12 Mar, 2018 23:22
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Sticking lock - my mistake.
Replies: 7
Views: 1049

Re: Sticking lock - my mistake.

Try giving it a good dose of WD40 to wash the oil out, to lubricate locks just use graphite as its a dry lubricant and won't cause sticking.
by colb
Sun 04 Mar, 2018 23:45
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Free 3rd party Image Hosting
Replies: 9
Views: 1783

Re: Free 3rd party Image Hosting

Go to https://imgur.com/ Sign up on there for an account, its free, once signed in you can add your photos to your albums by uploading the picture to your album. When they are in your album when you view them in imgur you will see a list of links on the right of the screen. When you want to post a p...
by colb
Sun 04 Mar, 2018 20:37
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Free 3rd party Image Hosting
Replies: 9
Views: 1783

Re: Free 3rd party Image Hosting

Image
Open an account and upload your pictures, when done you will see various links on the right, this picture was put on the forum using the BB Code for use on message boards and forums.
https://imgur.com/
by colb
Fri 16 Feb, 2018 18:50
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Hazards not working
Replies: 2
Views: 525

Re: Hazards not working

The Hazard switch is probably the cause, whip it out and check its operation, spray some electrical cleaning fluid in it, see if that resolves the problem and all its connections are clean.
by colb
Fri 16 Feb, 2018 14:47
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Condensation
Replies: 6
Views: 1152

Re: Condensation

Drying bags or dehumidifier pots you can get from the pound shop type retail outlets are probably the best bet just to get the worst out of the interior, you will never get it all. Propper dehumidifier machines will just pull the moisture out of the air and if the car is outside or in a garage its j...
by colb
Thu 08 Feb, 2018 15:57
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Winter progress + second advisory-free MoT in a row!
Replies: 4
Views: 674

Re: Winter progress + second advisory-free MoT in a row!

If its leaking out of the water pump it would be prudent to change it out for a new one sooner rather than later. Just check its not one of the hoses leaking at a joint, the rubber on our cars is getting rather old now and tend to start leaking, the crimp clips they used to connect hoses often loose...
by colb
Sat 03 Feb, 2018 22:46
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: new outer sills
Replies: 9
Views: 1379

Re: new outer sills

Thread from last year one contributor reported sills from BMW at £110 in April 2017
viewtopic.php?t=45073#p415824
by colb
Fri 26 Jan, 2018 15:39
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Please help save my 2.8L all original atlanta blue!
Replies: 15
Views: 2173

Re: Please help save my 2.8L all original atlanta blue!

If you plan on keeping it forever then it's a no brainer, get it fixed, the only thing that worries me is the state of the chassis as Mr Scalex explained in his post and if it can be straightened if distorted. Really need to have the wheel off to see what got bent, you should be able to source body ...
by colb
Thu 25 Jan, 2018 17:31
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Please help save my 2.8L all original atlanta blue!
Replies: 15
Views: 2173

Re: Please help save my 2.8L all original atlanta blue!

Better picture without the dog would be useful and take it parallel with the wheel arch to see how far back it pushed the wheel. You need to strip it down to assess the damage to the suspension components, it may be they have just bent so replacement would not be too much however you need to see if ...
by colb
Thu 25 Jan, 2018 10:36
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: M calliper paint colour
Replies: 1
Views: 462

Re: M calliper paint colour

Think you are right, probably silver finish, don't recall seeing painted calipers when they were new. Choice now will be dependent on what suits the car colour, as my car was Topaz blue metallic I went for blue which made a decent contrast. Choices seem to be Red, yellow, silver or blue and maybe go...
by colb
Tue 16 Jan, 2018 22:34
Forum: Spotted!
Topic: Malta spotted
Replies: 3
Views: 686

Malta spotted

Couple of Z4’s spotted here in Malta today no Z3’s yet but did see a pristine 1960’s Hillman.
by colb
Sat 13 Jan, 2018 19:27
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: any ideas
Replies: 4
Views: 856

Re: any ideas

Sounds very much like a problem I had, noticeable after a night run using headlights, next day flat battery. Checked alternator output and found it was only pushing out 12 volts. Replaced alternator charged battery up and checked alternator output which was restored to over 14 volts when engine runn...
by colb
Mon 08 Jan, 2018 16:43
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: off line for a bit
Replies: 15
Views: 1889

Re: off line for a bit

Sorry to hear what you have been going through, stay strong mate and fight it, lot of people on here wishing you well.
by colb
Mon 01 Jan, 2018 17:15
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Valuation Required on 2.2 Sport
Replies: 3
Views: 730

Re: Valuation Required on 2.2 Sport

Probably best to have a look on ebay to see what similar condition cars are going for. Its all down to condition and mileage in the end. Owners idea of value are often in excess of what the car will achieve. Wouldn't be a bad idea on hanging on to it if it dosn't owe you anything.
by colb
Fri 29 Dec, 2017 20:03
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?
Replies: 2088
Views: 245115

Re: What did you buy your Z3 this week ?

Christmas money spent on a perspex wind blocker, ordered on Tuesday delivered on Friday, fitted it and it fits like a glove to my stainless one piece hoops. Must say the Velcro on the holding strips is the strongest I've seen. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-Z3-WIND-DEFLECTOR-CLEAR-TO-FIT-DUAL-CHROME...
by colb
Thu 28 Dec, 2017 14:45
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Solar trickle charger
Replies: 13
Views: 1846

Re: Solar trickle charger

Forgot to mention a 12v Wind generator, when the brother in law got rid of his boat I rigged it up outside the garage and fed it to the car. Worked quite well, always seemed to have enough wind to spin it up and produce a charge for the battery. Bit of an outlay but better than a solar charger as lo...
by colb
Thu 28 Dec, 2017 12:12
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Solar trickle charger
Replies: 13
Views: 1846

Re: Solar trickle charger

Charger best connection would be direct to battery terminals in the boot although you could use the jump start the terminals in the engine compartment, the loss of current between the jump start terminals and the battery would be minimal given the length of wiring between the two. Don't forget there...