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by LaRy
Thu 11 Jul, 2019 11:09
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Transmission warning light?
Replies: 3
Views: 187

Re: Transmission warning light?

I would change the oil and filter! Remember that you probably use an oil, that is now 17 years old!!!!! When I bought mine Z3 several years ago, I met an auto tranny expert. He told me to change oil immediately, BMW transmission is very sensitive and expensive to renovate, at that time my car was "o...
by LaRy
Wed 03 Jul, 2019 07:29
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Baked on brake dust
Replies: 9
Views: 493

Re: Baked on brake dust

Use Autosol and a cloth! Hard work. If you can't buy/find Autosol, it is a cream for polishing chrome. Anything to make chrome shine again will work. I've used Autosol with good result.
by LaRy
Mon 01 Jul, 2019 10:47
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Tick toc fun with my clock
Replies: 8
Views: 530

Re: Tick toc fun with my clock

If you charge Zedna, and has less than 12.4 volt the next day, buy a new battery. No more investigation is needed. If you are down at 12.0 volt, you have 10% capacity, lost 90% over the night. 12.4 volt is equal to 60 %. 12.7 volt is equal to 100 %. A fully charged battery should not be down to 12.4...
by LaRy
Thu 27 Jun, 2019 20:37
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Tick toc fun with my clock
Replies: 8
Views: 530

Re: Tick toc fun with my clock

Feedback is always welcome.
by LaRy
Thu 27 Jun, 2019 13:45
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Tick toc fun with my clock
Replies: 8
Views: 530

Re: Tick toc fun with my clock

My guess is that you have a poor battery, but still strong enough to start the engine. But too low voltage to keep OBC (clock computer) data. I suggest that you check the battery voltage when the car has not been used for a while. The battery voltage should definitely never be below 12.4 volt. A poo...
by LaRy
Mon 24 Jun, 2019 16:48
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Right hand door pull.
Replies: 4
Views: 265

Re: Right hand door pull.

I noticed now that I actually also used a screw from the underside to the inside, through the broken plastic. Anyway, the combination of a couple of screws with nuts through the broken plastic part and Loctite power epoxy is getting strong enough. At least, it has been working one and a half year fo...
by LaRy
Mon 24 Jun, 2019 16:06
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Roof issues
Replies: 15
Views: 813

Re: Roof issues

The Micro switch problem. It is rather common that micro switch is getting broken. Mine is replaced twice, and it was acting just as you describe. You can by pass it by connecting the wires at the micro switch, but remember to lift the roof in the correct way, while testing. The switch is small and ...
by LaRy
Mon 24 Jun, 2019 15:49
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Right hand door pull.
Replies: 4
Views: 265

Re: Right hand door pull.

Hi, I have successfully repaired it a year ago. Of course you need to take the door card off. I used a two component Loctite Power Epoxy, as much as possible to connect the two parts again. I guess they are getting broken in the same place for us, the hard plastic part. So, in order to make it even ...
by LaRy
Mon 27 May, 2019 20:54
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Too far gone?
Replies: 9
Views: 781

Re: Too far gone?

Finally when ready for the paint, I have an advice I read somewhere. I knows it is making a very good result: First a layer of primer, or two. Spray with the color until slightly wet, wait 5 minutes, yes, really check the time. Next layer after 5 minutes. Continue like that until you have minimum 4 ...
by LaRy
Mon 06 May, 2019 22:07
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Alarm issue with starting my Z3
Replies: 4
Views: 462

Re: Alarm issue with starting my Z3

As Robert T indicates, loss of power, or simply just an almost dead battery. I think everything in your description sounds like a discharged battery. Check the voltage! Below 12 volt, definitely poor. Or simply just turn on the headlight and check if those are totally dimmed when you try to start th...
by LaRy
Wed 01 May, 2019 19:20
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: instrument light
Replies: 6
Views: 530

Re: instrument light

I have cut one wire in the flat cable to the OBC to get rid of the damping function in the On board Computer. I think I cut the grey/rot, but are not sure any longer. But even with the electric wire diagram it is difficult to find a solution for the instrument cluster damping light feature, and I'm ...
by LaRy
Wed 01 May, 2019 17:26
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: instrument light
Replies: 6
Views: 530

Re: instrument light

I would say this is normal. In the old days, headlight was just switched on when it is dark. When it is dark, the light should go down in the dashboard. Today, we use the headlight different, and this "feature" has become a minor problem.
by LaRy
Thu 04 Apr, 2019 07:50
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.

Dazthephot is suggesting the same solution for the problem, but using silicone sealant. I prefer, as I wrote, white/transparent rust protection wax, because this will make it possible to remove the cluster rather easily, if needed. Maybe the case will be that you buy a new gasket, then the wax can e...
by LaRy
Wed 27 Feb, 2019 21:15
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: newbie leaky roof questions
Replies: 6
Views: 678

Re: newbie leaky roof questions

Poor some water over the roof close to the doors. It is common that the big rubber sealing above the side windows are not water tight in the vertical connection against the windscreen rubber sealing. This will also put some water in the seat. In the same area, you will find a small hole in the winds...
by LaRy
Tue 26 Feb, 2019 08:06
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.

To make it clear:
You should use the White/transparent real wax, used for the rust protection, often used on the side sills to be applied straight on the paint. Not any "dirty dark brown / black stuff"
by LaRy
Mon 25 Feb, 2019 21:41
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.

Hi, I had similar problems with my old Volvo 740. Same technical design, water is supposed to flow over the rear light. I suggest that you take out all light bulbs and remove the rear light. Put a heater fan (or a hairdryer) in front of the holes for the bulbs. Keep a good distance, avoid melting th...
by LaRy
Sat 26 Jan, 2019 12:18
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Info on Instruments wanted please.
Replies: 7
Views: 723

Re: Info on Instruments wanted please.

Hi,
One simple thing that no one has mentioned so far. What about wheel size? If those have a smaller diameter than the specificated wheels for the car, it will of course show wrong speed.
According to some international standard for speedometers, those must always show higher speed than real speed.
by LaRy
Mon 24 Dec, 2018 12:48
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 business cd 43
Replies: 19
Views: 2356

Re: Z3 business cd 43

I would start to buy a lens cleaner disc set, sometimes in combinations with some fluid. It looks like a cd with a soft brush.
by LaRy
Fri 14 Dec, 2018 08:02
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Instrument Cluster
Replies: 6
Views: 1155

Re: Instrument Cluster

Thank you colb for the information, concerning no need to remove the steering wheel, good to know. I read it in the Bentley Publishers Service Manual that the steering wheel must be removed.
by LaRy
Thu 13 Dec, 2018 13:28
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Instrument Cluster
Replies: 6
Views: 1155

Re: Instrument Cluster

I would start just like colb wrote. I looked into the electric wiring diagram for the Z3, and the components you are describing are in someway connected in the cluster, maybe common stabilized power supply circuits. Something happening in old cars is that some soldering is cracked on the cluster cir...
by LaRy
Thu 13 Dec, 2018 10:58
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Automatic gear knob / Heater control lights
Replies: 3
Views: 838

Re: Automatic gear knob / Heater control lights

Remeber, if you disconnect the radio, you need the radio code.
And yes, my answer is for automatic lever. I also had a poor connection for the indicator light.
by LaRy
Thu 13 Dec, 2018 10:53
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Automatic gear knob / Heater control lights
Replies: 3
Views: 838

Re: Automatic gear knob / Heater control lights

You just have to be stronger. Pull the auto lever gear knob straight up, with much force. Nothing else. I know, I had mine loose a few months ago.
Access to lamps: Remove the radio and you will hav good access.
by LaRy
Mon 10 Dec, 2018 21:05
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Heat at idle
Replies: 9
Views: 1249

Re: Heat at idle

Probably it is like you say, in the UK. This link is showing what I tried to install, normally used in the 3 series and in the Z3 M. https://www.ebay.com/itm/00-05-BMW-M3-3-series-E46-OEM-water-heater-core-valve-part-64-11-8-369-807-/121016099131 As you can see, it has two cylinders, one is the elec...
by LaRy
Mon 10 Dec, 2018 19:47
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: European Environmental Protection Zones
Replies: 3
Views: 1271

Re: European Environmental Protection Zones

I read that Madrid will also have a sticker to be allowed to enter the city. Unfortunately, that is not for sale for foreign cars………..
by LaRy
Mon 10 Dec, 2018 19:43
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Heat at idle
Replies: 9
Views: 1249

Re: Heat at idle

I have a 2.8 l with exactly the same problem. Checked everything and it was ok, even the water pump is new. I started to read forums and comment from all over the world. Summary, this is normal, Z3 has a poor heating system. Of course, roof should be down, who cares about heat. More important that t...
by LaRy
Fri 16 Nov, 2018 10:23
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: ABS lights - frustration!
Replies: 51
Views: 10274

Re: ABS lights - frustration!

A couple of years ago, I also had this problem with the ABS light coming on after bringing the car out in spring time. I decided to understand how the system is working instead of reading fault codes. I was reading everything I could find in the internet. You know, this system is used in a lot of ca...