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by mrscalex
Fri 31 Jul, 2020 14:53
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: C110+ Scanner Software
Replies: 8
Views: 199

Re: C110+ Scanner Software

You’ll be fine as is unless it’s a variant I’ve not come across before.
by mrscalex
Fri 31 Jul, 2020 13:43
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
by mrscalex
Thu 16 Jul, 2020 23:28
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Swapping Door cards?
Replies: 5
Views: 213

Re: Swapping Door cards?

Please don't continue with this. As already said you are going to screw up operation of the air bag. An air bag door card has a hinged flap for when detonated. You are going to have door card including hard pieces of plastic blown at high speed into your side. Plus it's a 100% MOT fail to compromise...
by mrscalex
Wed 01 Jul, 2020 14:55
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Engine Mgt Light (2.2i)
Replies: 10
Views: 397

Re: Engine Mgt Light (2.2i)

Mike Fishwick wrote:
Wed 01 Jul, 2020 14:42
What is a 'Suction set pump' on the inlet manifold? It sounds like peaudo-technobabble . . .
Glad you asked Mike. Thought it was just me who didn't know so kept quiet. Smells of BS to me.

I would guess at a vacuum leak, maybe the MAF.
by mrscalex
Fri 12 Jun, 2020 13:08
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: P0414 Error code
Replies: 4
Views: 389

Re: P0414 Error code

Hi thanks for the replies, I can only assume the error code has nothing to do with the problem I had. I delete the 0414 code and it always instantly comes back even without starting the car. Will totally ignore that code in future. Went out for a long drive this morning and couldn’t get the fault /...
by mrscalex
Fri 12 Jun, 2020 08:24
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: P0414 Error code
Replies: 4
Views: 389

Re: P0414 Error code

I have a 2.2 that persistently reports a secondary air pump error. Despite never having been fitted with one. It doesn't affect the performance of the car in any way.
by mrscalex
Fri 29 May, 2020 13:33
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Is it OK to jack under the differential?
Replies: 11
Views: 962

Re: Is it OK to jack under the differential?

If you mean the rear beam under the vicinity of the diff yes. If you mean the diff itself - not so sure I would do that.

I've always used the rear beam centrally in the diff area.
by mrscalex
Fri 06 Mar, 2020 20:05
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Lights-on Buzzer gone AWOL
Replies: 1
Views: 1826

Re: Lights-on Buzzer gone AWOL

You must have hurt it’s feelings :lol:

Has anything been behaving strangely?
by mrscalex
Wed 18 Dec, 2019 11:31
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Steering wheel squeak
Replies: 5
Views: 1780

Re: Steering wheel squeak

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 mrscalex
Mon 16 Sep, 2019 12:00
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Wanted: hardtop and fitting kit
Replies: 5
Views: 2651

Re: Wanted: hardtop and fitting kit

I have for one sale. I guess it depends what you call sensible money! But I think it is :)

I'll PM you.
by mrscalex
Wed 31 Jul, 2019 18:53
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Diagnostic tools
Replies: 36
Views: 10734

Re: Diagnostic tools

Never seen that post before. I think I’ve just got over excited. Will certainly be trying that out :)
by mrscalex
Fri 26 Jul, 2019 17:20
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Guide to roof adjustment
Replies: 6
Views: 1576

Re: Guide to roof adjustment

The rear bulkhead seals are hidden so you have no way of knowing the condition other than implied by whether they leak or not. Hopefully this is not where your leak is.
by mrscalex
Fri 26 Jul, 2019 16:51
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Guide to roof adjustment
Replies: 6
Views: 1576

Re: Guide to roof adjustment

The only adjustment on the roof structure itself is the catch mechanism. This should be adjusted so there is decent resistance as the handle is pushed home. There is arguably some adjustment from packing shims under the rear mounting points but that is set at the factory and shouldn't need to be tou...
by mrscalex
Fri 03 May, 2019 12:45
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Parts for Z3 available
Replies: 8
Views: 3549

Re: Parts for Z3 available

It’s worth adding more detail to your ad :wink: I agree. But €1000 sounds like a bargain price regardless unless it is falling to bits. I believe left-hand drive/Z3 prices on mainland Europe are generally higher than UK so might be a good bet for someone based over there. If not in France then Belg...
by mrscalex
Wed 24 Apr, 2019 20:57
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Not firing on all cylinders
Replies: 7
Views: 1339

Re: Not firing on all cylinders

Pull the DME out and make sure the cylinder firing pin-outs aren't corroded and preventing the signal from getting to the coil. I had this issue and if I remember correctly it was cylinder 4 - significant as it is in the most prone position to water ingress. I would say the chances are low it will b...
by mrscalex
Tue 23 Apr, 2019 16:03
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Have I overpriced my car?
Replies: 8
Views: 1763

Re: Have I overpriced my car?

We don't know the mileage or just how good it is.

So all I can reflect on is for the money that's taking you into 3.0 territory so maybe that has an impact.
by mrscalex
Thu 28 Mar, 2019 17:59
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Inlet Camshaft Sensor M54 engine
Replies: 9
Views: 1835

Re: Inlet Camshaft Sensor M54 engine

Aftermarket sensors tend to have a bad reputation. But I think this is a sweeping generalisation. There must be some good ones out there. The trouble is it's difficult to pin down what they are and even when you find one because of the way these suppliers work it may or may not stay that way. Someon...
by mrscalex
Fri 22 Mar, 2019 10:47
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Grommet part number for handle cover replacement
Replies: 3
Views: 836

Re: Grommet part number for handle cover replacement

I think it's probably part 24 on this diagram. http://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/showparts?id=CN12-EUR-02-2001-Z3-BMW-Z3_22i&diagId=51_2049 If you still have the one from the other side you may find the part number printed on the inside. It depends whether this was a bespoke part for BMW or a universa...
by mrscalex
Wed 13 Mar, 2019 20:16
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Chassis dimesions data
Replies: 6
Views: 1277

Re: Chassis dimesions data

Yes that's how Arthur measures. With a big bar across matching diagonals. I think it's called a tram gauge.
by mrscalex
Wed 13 Mar, 2019 15:25
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Chassis dimesions data
Replies: 6
Views: 1277

Re: Chassis dimesions data

Those files do look interesting for geeks like me though ;)
by mrscalex
Wed 13 Mar, 2019 15:11
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Chassis dimesions data
Replies: 6
Views: 1277

Re: Chassis dimesions data

Personally I'd compare side by side with another Z3. And or by offering up known good parts like the chassis brace to see if they fit. Eg the chassis brace on the car may have been squeezed in by 1-2mm with the chassis rails at the time of an accident so just because it appears to fit... In fact tha...
by mrscalex
Mon 18 Feb, 2019 19:47
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: September 2001 wide body 3l Sport
Replies: 4
Views: 989

Re: September 2001 wide body 3l Sport

New ones aren’t too bad £65.

Or I can sell you a secondhand one. PM me if interested.
by mrscalex
Wed 30 Jan, 2019 10:57
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Bilstein B6 on stock springs
Replies: 6
Views: 1345

Re: Bilstein B6 on stock springs

I think you may be over-specing the shock if you are keeping factory springs. Perhaps even risking mis-matching if the Bilstein has a shorter stroke and expects a shorter spring.

But this is not one of my areas of expertise so hopefully others can give you firmer advice.
by mrscalex
Wed 30 Jan, 2019 10:30
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Bilstein B6 on stock springs
Replies: 6
Views: 1345

Re: Bilstein B6 on stock springs

Over on .Org Monroe Reflex shocks are a popular, cheap and well proven solution including on cars with bigger engines than your own. I've used them myself. Having previously been very hung up on what Bilsteins to buy. I like them. So save yourself a load of cash and headaches by considering these. Y...
by mrscalex
Mon 21 Jan, 2019 09:00
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Windscreen replacement
Replies: 2
Views: 952

Re: Windscreen replacement

Insist on a proper BMW screen. Not their cheapie version.
by mrscalex
Fri 16 Nov, 2018 08:03
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: accelerator pedal
Replies: 5
Views: 1668

Re: accelerator pedal

I would guess it might be the throttle cable getting old and sticky. Rather than the pedal.
by mrscalex
Thu 15 Nov, 2018 14:16
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Central locking with key.
Replies: 16
Views: 4095

Re: Central locking with key.

Is the boot lock working now?

I still have my suspicions there. As I suspect Pingu does from his post.
by mrscalex
Wed 14 Nov, 2018 20:35
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Central locking with key.
Replies: 16
Views: 4095

Re: Central locking with key.

Well I can't be certain of course but it's where I would start. Top bet is I would expect to find something worn/damaged under the outer sheath near the hinge where the cables go up into the boot lid. But it might be somewhere else on that leg of the loom as other places are subject to wear in the b...
by mrscalex
Wed 14 Nov, 2018 16:20
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Central locking with key.
Replies: 16
Views: 4095

Re: Central locking with key.

Well I think that’s the clue isn’t it.

I would start from the boot lid. And I suspect you will find damage to the loom.
by mrscalex
Wed 14 Nov, 2018 15:32
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Central locking with key.
Replies: 16
Views: 4095

Re: Central locking with key.

I meant a seemingly random manifestation. I know it repeats.

You’ll need to use under the bonnet connector for sure.

What happens when you try and operate using the key in the boot lock?
by mrscalex
Wed 14 Nov, 2018 14:49
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Central locking with key.
Replies: 16
Views: 4095

Re: Central locking with key.

INPA will let you trigger individual solenoids and this may help to isolate an issue.

But honestly, it sounds like a wiring fault it’s so apparently random. May be the old loom of doom in the boot. I can 100% tell you from experience damage there can do daft things like this.
by mrscalex
Tue 30 Oct, 2018 15:32
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Horn
Replies: 9
Views: 3353

Re: Horn

If both horns failed at the same time and the fuses/relay are okay then it may be the steering wheel slip ring.

That's the ring behind the horn push with the rotatable electrics to fire the airbag and work the horn push.
by mrscalex
Sat 15 Sep, 2018 21:04
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Floor mat tethers - sorted (hopefully)
Replies: 2
Views: 955

Re: Floor mat tethers - sorted (hopefully)

Very good :)
by mrscalex
Sat 15 Sep, 2018 09:46
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Floor mat tethers
Replies: 3
Views: 1161

Re: Floor mat tethers

I've had engines in and out, completely dismantled 3 cars and done all sorts to Z3s. But this one has always beaten me. In fact I was only thinking about it again in the last few days! It's a safety thing too the mat rides up and can affect operation of the pedals if you are not careful. The answer ...
by mrscalex
Thu 13 Sep, 2018 19:41
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Are all bonnets the same?
Replies: 2
Views: 1028

Re: Are all bonnets the same?

by mrscalex
Thu 13 Sep, 2018 10:09
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: BMW Z3 Roll hoops retrofit kit for sale
Replies: 1
Views: 961

Re: BMW Z3 Roll hoops retrofit kit for sale

Why does it require welding? OEM kits don't normally need this?
by mrscalex
Tue 11 Sep, 2018 21:07
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Air con front pipe mount
Replies: 6
Views: 1545

Re: Air con front pipe mount

It's part 14 on the link. And they are about £3.50 each from the dealer.

Common fault for the rubber to break off from the backing plate. Not really surprising either at about 20 years old!
by mrscalex
Fri 24 Aug, 2018 07:47
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: car dead any ideas
Replies: 8
Views: 1607

Re: car dead any ideas

If it’s exactly 12v then it’s the battery. A charged battery needs to be 12.6v or just above. And it sounds like the battery from the symptoms too. If you are only occasionally using the car and for short journeys even a new battery can go flat in 2-3 weeks. And/or you may have parasitic drain from ...
by mrscalex
Sun 12 Aug, 2018 10:14
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Window washer jets issue
Replies: 10
Views: 2868

Re: Window washer jets issue

When you remove any pipe from the washer system you will see that it’s bulbous on the end. Distorted from years sat on the ridge it fits onto. This is what causes leaks from the pipe itself. I tried various types of clip and none helped. But where there is enough length just cut the bulbous part off...
by mrscalex
Sun 29 Jul, 2018 11:37
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Spinning ignition barrel
Replies: 5
Views: 1503

Re: Spinning ignition barrel

As mentioned in my last paragraph, I would tend to suspect that too.
by mrscalex
Fri 27 Jul, 2018 14:07
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: What makes a screen wash pump fail?
Replies: 6
Views: 1983

Re: What makes a screen wash pump fail?

It might have become clogged. Or it might just have given up.

I don’t think 16 years is too bad. My brother’s 8 years old 1 Series pump has stopped working. And I’ll have to take the driver wing off for that.
by mrscalex
Fri 27 Jul, 2018 14:00
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Spinning ignition barrel
Replies: 5
Views: 1503

Re: Spinning ignition barrel

If you mean the release hole. You can get the proper tool off eBay for about £7. I’ve done it with a vent paper clip before. But it’s fiddly. I haven’t tried the tool yet but I bought it to simplify the job. But the key is meant to be turned to posn 1 or 2 to align the release pin. That may be your ...
by mrscalex
Fri 27 Jul, 2018 13:50
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Hardtop tool(for securing screws at front of Hardtop)
Replies: 6
Views: 3133

Re: Hardtop tool(for securing screws at front of Hardtop)

I wouldn’t worry about getting the proper tool. I assume mine is OEM but it’s only a red T hex tool. I don’t even think it’s branded BMW.

The screws are the special item because of their rubber retaining band. They are £15 ea I think!
by mrscalex
Mon 16 Jul, 2018 09:10
Forum: Spotted!
Topic: Parked next to Blue 1.9 in Whitby on Sunday 15th July
Replies: 2
Views: 1802

Re: Parked next to Blue 1.9 in Whitby on Sunday 15th July

Well there's a coincidence. We were at Whitby Abbey yesterday. But not in my Z3.
by mrscalex
Mon 09 Jul, 2018 16:41
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Aerial fell apart!
Replies: 3
Views: 1152

Re: Aerial fell apart!

I can help with a replacement if you PM me.
by mrscalex
Tue 26 Jun, 2018 08:55
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Carpet locks
Replies: 2
Views: 814

Re: Carpet locks

They are about £3.50 each from the dealer over here.

If you email someone like Sopers they may be prepared to send over to you.
by mrscalex
Sat 16 Jun, 2018 18:19
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: BMW Z3 1.9 M44 - Induction System - Suction Pipe
Replies: 4
Views: 1040

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

Yes they do get rough. A tasty £110 for a new one.

Sorry no ideas. Will be interested to hear myself.
by mrscalex
Sat 16 Jun, 2018 16:31
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Ground Locations
Replies: 16
Views: 2786

Re: Ground Locations

That issue may well be the cause. But it needs dealing with anyway.

If you aren’t happy selecting the correct type of cable and soldering a new section in then just call a reliable auto electrician. It’s probably what the BMW dealer will do if you take it there.
by mrscalex
Sat 16 Jun, 2018 10:14
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Ground Locations
Replies: 16
Views: 2786

Re: Ground Locations

Thanks Bumpa. Saved me a job :)

The disclaimer may be when the square connector only is used. You would need the round plug converter to pick them up.
by mrscalex
Sat 16 Jun, 2018 09:31
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Ground Locations
Replies: 16
Views: 2786

Re: Ground Locations

This is my preferred tool on a laptop now. You pay for the cable and get the software with it. It’s much easier to setup than INPA. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-Scanner-1-4-0-Diagnostic-Interface-Code-Reader-Scan-Tool-E38-E39-E46-E53-E83-/152070887752 It’s much more user friendly than INPA too and...