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by Bumpa
Sat 22 Sep, 2018 22:26
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Pool of water behind fuel flap
Replies: 9
Views: 185

Re: Pool of water behind fuel flap

Thank you Knighthawk. I don't know where the roof drains are either. I sucked out all the filthy water from the fuel filler pocket with a Pasteur pipette (I was a lab scientist) and then cleaned out all the sludge. Lo and behold the drain hole became visible. However, I can't get anything to go down...
by Bumpa
Fri 21 Sep, 2018 17:25
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Pool of water behind fuel flap
Replies: 9
Views: 185

Pool of water behind fuel flap

After all the rain we have had, there is a considerable pool of water behind the fuel flap on my 2002 Z3. I know this pocket is rubber lined so shouldn't rust, but surely water is supposed to drain away. How is that meant to be achieved?
by Bumpa
Thu 30 Aug, 2018 19:23
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Another thing after another
Replies: 7
Views: 402

Re: Another thing after another

Pingu may have a point. On my 2.2 I got "Fuel Trim" errors which turned out to be splits in the air trunking between the MAF sensor and the throttle body. The two bits of trunking were less than £30 and once fitted all was well.
by Bumpa
Sun 05 Aug, 2018 19:57
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Headlight 'Glass' Cleaning results?
Replies: 8
Views: 542

Re: Headlight 'Glass' Cleaning results?

I was going to use the 3M kit on my recently purchased Z3's lights, but then discovered that the adjusters were all broken and the left dip beam pointed directly at the ground in front of the car. So I bought a pair of replacements made in China for a fraction of BMW price. They look great and seem ...
by Bumpa
Sun 05 Aug, 2018 09:51
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Headlight 'Glass' Cleaning results?
Replies: 8
Views: 542

Re: Headlight 'Glass' Cleaning results?

If you Google "Cleaning opaque headlights" you will get loads of advice and Youtube videos. You can buy a kit of cleaning products from 3M with full instructions if you want.
by Bumpa
Sun 15 Jul, 2018 19:48
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Rain getting in again! Has anyone else seen this?
Replies: 3
Views: 376

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

Thanks Robert. Actually I have already sealed the top of the A-pillar rubber. I have had a lot of bother with wet floors on the passenger side of the car, leading to failure of the lateral acceleration sensor under the carpet. I don't want a repeat of that! The rain was pouring in through the door a...
by Bumpa
Sun 15 Jul, 2018 15:47
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Rain getting in again! Has anyone else seen this?
Replies: 3
Views: 376

Rain getting in again! Has anyone else seen this?

I have spent ages stopping the rain from getting in round and through the door, but now it is dripping from the inside edge of the screen pillar. In this photo I have actually captured a drop falling so you can see where it comes from. https://www.flickr.com/photos/65077213@N04/28554507887/in/album-...
by Bumpa
Mon 09 Jul, 2018 17:27
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: ABS & DSC lights again!
Replies: 9
Views: 441

Re: ABS & DSC lights again!

Have you cleaned the sensors themselves. They need regular cleaning. Its hard the first time because they corrode in place but after that it becomes a very quick job. Thats usually the problem, rather than the ring. Do the lot then you dont need to worry about which ones to blame. That's good advic...
by Bumpa
Mon 09 Jul, 2018 13:54
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: ABS & DSC lights again!
Replies: 9
Views: 441

Re: ABS & DSC lights again!

How can you get at the reluctor ring to clean it? After 16 years it could well be rusted and cruddy.
by Bumpa
Mon 09 Jul, 2018 10:01
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: ABS & DSC lights again!
Replies: 9
Views: 441

ABS & DSC lights again!

My 2002 Z3 2.2 litre Sport has the later DSC type of ABS. Recently I have had the DSC triangle and the ABS lights coming on, both amber not red. It is very variable when they show. I can drive 20 miles and they stay off, or I can drive less than a mile before they come on. First the triangular DSC l...
by Bumpa
Sun 24 Jun, 2018 16:33
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: M54 Oil Consumption - two possible fixes, which is better?
Replies: 28
Views: 1237

Re: M54 Oil Consumption - two possible fixes, which is better?

It's a lovely afternoon and I had some time so I thought I would check my dipstick tube. I managed to get the drain pipe off the Y-connector and that looks all clear inside. BUT (there's always a but) I just could not undo the 13mm bolt for the bracket at the bottom of the tube. I have a fair select...
by Bumpa
Sat 23 Jun, 2018 13:43
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: M54 Oil Consumption - two possible fixes, which is better?
Replies: 28
Views: 1237

Re: M54 Oil Consumption - two possible fixes, which is better?

Great. I'll look out for your further posts.

Mike
by Bumpa
Sat 23 Jun, 2018 11:15
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: M54 Oil Consumption - two possible fixes, which is better?
Replies: 28
Views: 1237

Re: M54 Oil Consumption - two possible fixes, which is better?

That is a brilliant and useful answer Southernboy and I have copied it onto a Word document for future reference. I like the idea of draining the catch can back into the sump - it would save much of the topping up that is currently needed. Isn't it good that folk who live in entirely different parts...
by Bumpa
Fri 22 Jun, 2018 17:17
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: M54 Oil Consumption - two possible fixes, which is better?
Replies: 28
Views: 1237

Re: M54 Oil Consumption - two possible fixes, which is better?

Thank you Southernboy for your comments. I am looking into the oil burning issue at the moment and as I haven't had my car long I am not sure yet what the oil consumption is like with 78,000 miles on the clock. Your description of cleaning out the dipstick tube is a good idea and I shall have a go a...
by Bumpa
Sat 16 Jun, 2018 10:38
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Ground Locations
Replies: 16
Views: 692

Re: Ground Locations

I've just found EndTuning's lists of BMW codes on the internet and there 5E3C is described as Wheel Speed Not Plausible. Fine, but which wheel?
by Bumpa
Sat 16 Jun, 2018 10:32
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Ground Locations
Replies: 16
Views: 692

Re: Ground Locations

I have a C110+ and it can definitely pick up ABS codes, but it only gives a hexadecimal code with a brief description. Can you convert the hex to a P code or whatever is most useful? For example my 2002 2.2 sport with DSC occasionally shows warning lights and the C110 gives 5E3C Rotation Rate Signal...
by Bumpa
Thu 14 Jun, 2018 11:35
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: M54 Oil Consumption - two possible fixes, which is better?
Replies: 28
Views: 1237

Re: M54 Oil Consumption - two possible fixes, which is better?

Lee, I agree that a thicker oil could be a solution although I haven't heard of anyone using a 10W-60 before. Are you using a full synthetic, part-synthetic, or mineral oil? On zroadster.org where I posted the same question, several replies have said that changing the CCV set-up did help, and one sa...
by Bumpa
Mon 11 Jun, 2018 10:34
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: M54 Oil Consumption - two possible fixes, which is better?
Replies: 28
Views: 1237

Re: M54 Oil Consumption - two possible fixes, which is better?

Yes, I was wondering if I would end up doing a somewhat tricky and reasonably expensive job to find it made no difference. However, the author's own components seemed pretty claggy - I wonder what mine are like? As for the extra vacuum line, I would have thought there would be a possibility of upset...
by Bumpa
Sun 10 Jun, 2018 16:13
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: M54 Oil Consumption - two possible fixes, which is better?
Replies: 28
Views: 1237

M54 Oil Consumption - two possible fixes, which is better?

Looking at the issue of M54 oil burning with regard to my 2002 2.2 Z3 I have found two different approaches short of stripping the engine and changing the oil control rings. In the first http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fo2rLSzNzt0 the guy installs a new piece of tubing to generate extra vacuum in the...
by Bumpa
Tue 05 Jun, 2018 17:33
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Getting the Spare Wheel out
Replies: 10
Views: 567

Re: Getting the Spare Wheel out

That's horrific, but must be very rare. Still, I shall definitely deflate it first if I ever have to resort to putting the tyre in the car. :(
by Bumpa
Tue 05 Jun, 2018 09:54
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Getting the Spare Wheel out
Replies: 10
Views: 567

Re: Getting the Spare Wheel out

I reckon the space saver spare is just about useless anyway. Where the blazes are you going to put the punctured tyre once you've fitted the spare? The only possible place is on your passenger's lap. Great planning BMW. I intend to go for the gel stuff that seals the tyre from the inside should it b...
by Bumpa
Tue 29 May, 2018 22:50
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: New steering rack - stiffness...
Replies: 20
Views: 3713

Re: New steering rack - stiffness...

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by Bumpa
Tue 29 May, 2018 22:36
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Headlight wiring query
Replies: 4
Views: 499

Re: Headlight wiring query

I don't know what the cable colours are but my 2002 2.2 has headlamp height adjustment motors and they use a three pin plug.
by Bumpa
Wed 09 May, 2018 11:58
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Seat goes back and forward but not up and down
Replies: 7
Views: 607

Re: Seat goes back and forward but not up and down

I disconnected the battery because I was concerned about the seat belt tensioner device going off. The manual tells you to disconnect the battery and wait a short while before unplugging the seat harness. Of course the SRS warning light was on after I had put it all back together, but my C110 code r...
by Bumpa
Tue 08 May, 2018 14:30
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Seat goes back and forward but not up and down
Replies: 7
Views: 607

Re: Seat goes back and forward but not up and down

I got the seat out today and upended it on the bench. It was indeed stuck at the max height. If you refer to this photo https://imgur.com/a/yrqOccf I have labelled the motor which drives through a gearbox to turn the coarse screw you can see. It was completely stuck, explaining why I heard a click w...
by Bumpa
Sun 06 May, 2018 20:01
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Seat goes back and forward but not up and down
Replies: 7
Views: 607

Seat goes back and forward but not up and down

My 2002 Z3 2.2 Sport has the fully electric seats. The passenger one goes back and forward properly, but if you try to alter the height I can hear something cclick under the seat, but it doesn't move, and there is no sign of the motor running. I just womdered if this is a common problem and if there...
by Bumpa
Wed 25 Apr, 2018 11:15
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: How nickable are Z3's?
Replies: 14
Views: 1602

Re: How nickable are Z3's?

It seems that the modern trend for keyless entry to cars is one of the causes of the car theft rate increasing. With a couple of small computers the thieves don't need to break into the car or the house. One stands at the front door and picks up the transmission from the fob, sends this code to the ...
by Bumpa
Sun 15 Apr, 2018 14:18
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: DSC light permanently on (code 163)
Replies: 7
Views: 868

Re: DSC light permanently on (code 163)

My garage changed that sensor on my 2002 2.2 litre after the old one was flooded by rain water, and the light stayed on with the new one fitted. They found that it needed to be calibrated so that it read zero when the car was stationary. I'm afraid I don't know how that was done.
by Bumpa
Fri 06 Apr, 2018 09:38
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Rain Water Ingress - I'm out of ideas
Replies: 12
Views: 2073

Re: Rain Water Ingress - I'm out of ideas

OK, here's the link to the photo.
https://imgur.com/a/6mMQ6
by Bumpa
Thu 05 Apr, 2018 17:01
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Rain Water Ingress - I'm out of ideas
Replies: 12
Views: 2073

Re: Rain Water Ingress - I'm out of ideas

Yes, I seem to have stopped it getting in. I used a two-fold assault after much close inspection of what was happening when it rained. Firstly I borrowed an idea from this or the Zroadster.org forum (can't remember which). The idea was to beef up the seal on the windscreen frame where the quarter gl...
by Bumpa
Mon 26 Feb, 2018 14:20
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Dynamic Brake Control (DBC)
Replies: 7
Views: 941

Re: Dynamic Brake Control (DBC)

My 2002 Z3 2.2 Sport has DSC and it has caused me quite a lot of bother. The problem with my car, which might be the same for yours, was rain water ingress soaking under the carpets. Just in front of the passenger seat (RHD car), bolted to the floor are two sensor modules to assess lateral accelerat...
by Bumpa
Thu 08 Feb, 2018 17:06
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: How to remove your ABS module
Replies: 15
Views: 2331

Re: How to remove your ABS module

Thanks very much for your detailed description. I don't have these problems on my Z3 - yet! But knowing what can be done and who can help is enormously reassuring. I have bought a C110 scanner which was able to clear a SRS fault on my car after I had removed and replaced the seats, but I wish I had ...
by Bumpa
Fri 08 Dec, 2017 22:11
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Rain Water Ingress - I'm out of ideas
Replies: 12
Views: 2073

Re: Rain Water Ingress - I'm out of ideas

Thanks for that Emek. I will check that window adjustment procedure. The rain definitely gets past the seal where the fixed glass meets the windscreen frame. So far nothing I have tried has cured it, but it is cold here now and the car has a top cover on to keep the rain out. Once the weather change...
by Bumpa
Tue 05 Dec, 2017 13:53
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Rain Water Ingress - I'm out of ideas
Replies: 12
Views: 2073

Re: Rain Water Ingress - I'm out of ideas

Thanks for your reply. Have you loosened the quarter glass bolts, pulled the quarter glass in towards the car and tightened it under tension? That's how I solved my issue in that location. WHERE ARE THE BOLTS YOU REFER TO? Are you 100% sure it's coming from there? YES. I HAVE BEEN SPRAYING THE CAR W...
by Bumpa
Tue 05 Dec, 2017 12:27
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Rain Water Ingress - I'm out of ideas
Replies: 12
Views: 2073

Rain Water Ingress - I'm out of ideas

My Z3 has now been out of action for over a month while first the lateral acceleration sensor was replaced, then while I stripped the interior to try and dry it out, and now while I try to prevent the rain getting in again. I have successfully sealed the rubber plug at the top of the screen post, an...
by Bumpa
Sun 26 Nov, 2017 10:08
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Broken suspension springs ??
Replies: 19
Views: 2444

Re: Broken suspension springs ??

It is just that rather than gradually wearing out they suffer catastrophic failure and the first you know about it is a dropped ride height or MOT refusal. Not on my VW. All I noticed was a gentle clicking noise when riding over bumps. Rear spring had snapped but you would never know from looking a...
by Bumpa
Thu 23 Nov, 2017 22:43
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Broken suspension springs ??
Replies: 19
Views: 2444

Re: Broken suspension springs ??

Changing broken springs is one of the commonest jobs done by workshops these days. By the time I traded in my Mondeo it only had one original spring left. The new VW I replaced it with broke a spring after about 4 years. It isn't just a Z3 problem. It's a universal problem.
by Bumpa
Mon 20 Nov, 2017 22:06
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Key Lock in Door just spins round
Replies: 6
Views: 1102

Re: Key Lock in Door just spins round

Graham, I'm not joking since I live on the coast in SW Scotland. Have you heard the description of the seasons in Scotland? There are only two - June and winter. We don't have snow or fog, rarely have frost but we have almost continuous wind and rain at this time of year. My poor Z3 lives outside an...
by Bumpa
Mon 20 Nov, 2017 16:12
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Key Lock in Door just spins round
Replies: 6
Views: 1102

Re: Key Lock in Door just spins round

Thanks to both of you. The eatsleeptinker instructions are what I need to follow. As soon as it looks as though it won't rain for a few hours I'll give it a go - maybe next May then!
by Bumpa
Sun 19 Nov, 2017 17:14
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Key Lock in Door just spins round
Replies: 6
Views: 1102

Key Lock in Door just spins round

While I have the interior out of my Z3 trying to dry it out and fix the leaks, I have the battery disconnected because the seats are out and all the switches on the centre console are unplugged as well. I have been locking the car with the key in the driver's door. Two days ago there was the sound o...
by Bumpa
Mon 13 Nov, 2017 19:23
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: DSC Warning Lights on
Replies: 6
Views: 1251

Re: DSC Warning Lights on

Robert said "From memory, I seem to recall that there is some kind of calibration process that has to be carried out on the new sensor. I don't recall if this needs software, or if it is automatic, requiring the car to be driven. I do know that INPA will show the individual outputs from the sensors,...
by Bumpa
Sat 04 Nov, 2017 17:19
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: DSC Warning Lights on
Replies: 6
Views: 1251

Re: DSC Warning Lights on

Thanks for those thoughts. I am not close to Amersham, living as I do in Troon, SW Scotland!

The link that Robert sent would be a lot more useful if I could see the pictures. Is there any way to make them appear? I know that Photobucket have screwed up lots of forums - is there a work-around?

Mike
by Bumpa
Fri 03 Nov, 2017 09:28
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: DSC Warning Lights on
Replies: 6
Views: 1251

DSC Warning Lights on

The car is a 2002 2.2 Sport. I have the brake fluid and the DSC lights permanently on, which the handbook tells me is caused by the DSC system. I have taken the car to a local independent workshop that I have used for years and have always found to be excellent in the past. The story so far... My ca...
by Bumpa
Sun 16 Jul, 2017 17:14
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Picked up my new-to-me Z3 yesterday and it rained overnight...
Replies: 4
Views: 1183

Re: Picked up my new-to-me Z3 yesterday and it rained overnight...

Thanks all. I have sealed the plugs at the top of the pillar with Shoe Goo and despite some serious rain yesterday here in Scotland, all is dry inside. Fingers crossed it remains so!
Mike
by Bumpa
Thu 06 Jul, 2017 11:22
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Picked up my new-to-me Z3 yesterday and it rained overnight...
Replies: 4
Views: 1183

Picked up my new-to-me Z3 yesterday and it rained overnight...

And this morning I have rain on the pasenger seat and on the passenger door sill (see photo). The soft top on this car is virtually new and looks fine in all the places where rain might enter. I have been unable to locate the source. What are the most likely places and how do I fix them? My passenge...