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by Bertie
Mon 21 Dec, 2020 04:53
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Engine outline warning lamp?
Replies: 14
Views: 2404

Re: Engine outline warning lamp?

I had the same problem , which in my case was caused by a loose gas cap leaking air into the fuel tank and venting system . Cured by a smear of silicone grease on a the gas cap gasket and fully tightened gas cap .
Berie
by Bertie
Sun 15 Nov, 2020 04:44
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Head light bulb upgrades , any recommendations
Replies: 13
Views: 2002

Re: Head light bulb upgrades , any recommendations

I'm used to older cars where it's literally a 5 minute job tp change a light bulb Removing a load of fragile looking plastic on one side and a 5 litre plastic jug of washer fluid on the other , just to get at the back of the head lights ,and even more to access the fog lights and little twinky light...
by Bertie
Fri 13 Nov, 2020 03:57
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Cheap solution fuel gauge problems
Replies: 24
Views: 3258

Re: Cheap solution fuel gauge problems

A vented fuel cap would have the same effect as a loose fuel cap ?? A loose cap provoked an engine warning light on my
2001 Z 3.0i , and a buttock clenching ride home as I assumed the little red light predicted imminent engine failure

Bertie. .
by Bertie
Sun 25 Oct, 2020 03:25
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Manual or Automatic? Looking at entry into Z3 ownership
Replies: 10
Views: 1160

Re: Manual or Automatic? Looking at entry into Z3 ownership

For what it's worth : My 2001 Z3 3,0i manual has just past 200,000 km . I have all the service records from new , it as never had a replacement clutch or gear box. I have just changed the gear box and differential oils and its running like a charm . This car seems to be built like a brick outhouse C...
by Bertie
Thu 15 Oct, 2020 17:04
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Head light bulb upgrades , any recommendations
Replies: 13
Views: 2002

Re: Head light bulb upgrades , any recommendations

Thanks Mike and all the other contributors Autumn is on us and the car is about to go into winter hibernation , -30 C , snow and rear wheel drive are not ideal driving conditions for a convertible . I will put new Osram or Phillips bulbs on my Christmas list and spend the winter stripping out the fr...
by Bertie
Sat 03 Oct, 2020 03:11
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Head light bulb upgrades , any recommendations
Replies: 13
Views: 2002

Re: Head light bulb upgrades , any recommendations

Thanks
Philipps seem to be the way to go .
Bertie
by Bertie
Fri 02 Oct, 2020 21:55
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Head light bulb upgrades , any recommendations
Replies: 13
Views: 2002

Re: Head light bulb upgrades , any recommendations

I am looking for a review of the current halogen replacement options . I have no wish to install advanced death ray optics . There are several makers claiming improvements on standard replacements of OEM halogen bulbs, at multiples of the OEM replacement cost .An independent test to sort out real li...
by Bertie
Fri 02 Oct, 2020 03:46
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Head light bulb upgrades , any recommendations
Replies: 13
Views: 2002

Head light bulb upgrades , any recommendations

The Knowledge Base article on upgraded bulbs is rather old . Does any one have recommendations for more recent upgrades??
I simply want to change out the bulbs, I don't want to modify the original lights .
Cheers
Bertie
by Bertie
Thu 24 Sep, 2020 03:06
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Engine warning light , Causes ,cures ??
Replies: 7
Views: 1252

Re: Engine warning light , Causes ,cures ??

The Z3 carbon canister is tucked under the LH rear suspension a real bear to remove , I decided to look at simpler options . Other sites had suggested that air could be leaking past the fuel filler cap. Lo and behold the cap wasn't tightened down , I tightened it until it clicked and BINGO the probl...
by Bertie
Wed 23 Sep, 2020 04:22
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Engine warning light , Causes ,cures ??
Replies: 7
Views: 1252

Re: Engine warning light , Causes ,cures ??

Hi Mr Google has answered my question on the location of the "Evaporative Emission System" There is a great set of articles on Z3 maintenance on the US Pelican Parts website www pelicanparts.com/BMW/techarticles/tech-main-Z3.htm The index covers 8 pages , the articles are well written and illustrate...
by Bertie
Tue 22 Sep, 2020 21:37
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Engine warning light , Causes ,cures ??
Replies: 7
Views: 1252

Re: Engine warning light , Causes ,cures ??

Hi I had a good poke around the engine and didn't find any obvious cracked or disconnected small bore hoses . A scanner gave a" PO 45 - Evaporative System Large Leak detected " readout . I assume that there is a charcoal cannister somewhere with a disconnected hose ?{ I thought that I had detected a...
by Bertie
Tue 22 Sep, 2020 03:00
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Engine warning light , Causes ,cures ??
Replies: 7
Views: 1252

Re: Engine warning light , Causes ,cures ??

Warrior
Thanks for the link . I shall spend tomorrow checking hoses etc for leaks .
Bertie
by Bertie
Mon 21 Sep, 2020 22:07
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Engine warning light , Causes ,cures ??
Replies: 7
Views: 1252

Engine warning light , Causes ,cures ??

Hi Driving home in a shoal of high speed traffic I noticed my engine warning light was on . Unable to get out of the traffic I drove 15 km home expecting to experience major $$ engine failure, but all seems well . The owner's manual say it's an exhaust gas out of spec problem which I should take to ...
by Bertie
Mon 07 Sep, 2020 01:08
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: 2001 Z 3 Key and radio problems
Replies: 14
Views: 4327

Re: 2001 Z 3 Key problems

Been there and done that :
Yesterday I did the key 1 reboot and take key 1 out quickly, before rebooting key 2 . This gave any 1 from 2 keys locking remotely ,and a choice of which key will lock remotely
Today key 2 works , but key 1 refuses to reboot !
Gremlin Attack ??
Bertie
by Bertie
Sat 05 Sep, 2020 03:55
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: 2001 Z 3 Key and radio problems
Replies: 14
Views: 4327

Re: NEW v 2001 Z 3 Key problems

HI I finally sorted my " Dead" Key 2 using the reprogramming procedure in the Owner's Hand book , which had previously failed to work . For a brief time I imagined that both Key 1 and Key 2 would lock the car remotely. I tried Key 1 today , no remote action . Key 2 still locked the car I then reprog...
by Bertie
Thu 27 Aug, 2020 15:22
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: 2001 Z 3 Key and radio problems
Replies: 14
Views: 4327

Re: 2001 Z 3 Key problems SUCCESS at LAST

HI I had decided to live with my erratic locking system .One key works , with a new battery and a fully charged battery on the car . The other refused to remotely lock and unlock the car . I had tried all the different mumbo jumbo key reactivation procedures I could find with no results Yesterday in...
by Bertie
Mon 27 Jul, 2020 19:22
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 Air conditioning schematic ?
Replies: 10
Views: 1717

Re: Z3 Air conditioning schematic ?

Lary I have a 2001 Z3 3.0i which has only one huge fan , the first thing you see when you open the hood . The only obvious thing like a power feeder to the fan is a 3 wire connector on the right hand side of the radiator . I am unable to separate the connector to see if there is current to the fan ....
by Bertie
Sun 26 Jul, 2020 17:03
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 Air conditioning schematic ?
Replies: 10
Views: 1717

Re: Z3 Air conditioning The story continues .

Hi The big electric fan in front of the radiator is called the " auxiliary cooling fan " in some of the literature I've discovered . I think this is a misnomer , and that the cooling sequence for the engine and air conditioner is : All cooling airflow passes through the air conditioner condenser to ...
by Bertie
Fri 24 Jul, 2020 04:52
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 Air conditioning schematic ?
Replies: 10
Views: 1717

Re: Z3 Air conditioning continued

The saga continues I have checked the relays and fuses [ except fuse 48 a 40 amp fuse which is in the auxiliary fuse box ]. Where is this ?? I,m not convinced I really need this fan which pushes air through the condenser , which sits in front of the radiator which has it's own engine driven fan The ...
by Bertie
Wed 22 Jul, 2020 03:19
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 Air conditioning schematic ?
Replies: 10
Views: 1717

Re: Z3 Air conditioning schematic ?

Thanks Robert
I missed this in my troll through the Knowledge Base . I was looking for a reference to A/C or Climate Control systems;
I will check fuses, relays and connections before looking for a new fan.
Cheers
Bertie
by Bertie
Tue 21 Jul, 2020 15:27
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 Air conditioning schematic ?
Replies: 10
Views: 1717

Re: Z3 Air conditioning schematic ?

Thanks
That's a big help , could you send a reference so that can find the schematic or perhaps e mail a copy to " phing @ videotron.ca "
Cheers
Bertie
by Bertie
Mon 20 Jul, 2020 19:22
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 Air conditioning schematic ?
Replies: 10
Views: 1717

Z3 Air conditioning schematic ?

Hi I just had my A/C serviced after I fried in a 40 C traffic jam . System was basically empty so I had the full evacuate , find a leak ,, fix , oil the compressor, and refill with a large amount of refrigerant . The system had a leaking O ring on the connection to the evaporator The mechanic said t...
by Bertie
Wed 08 Jul, 2020 15:39
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Recharging A/C Experiences ??
Replies: 5
Views: 926

Re: Recharging A/C Experiences ??

Thanks guys for your advice. I will investigate local A/C shops . I had forgotten the purge and dry step before refilling the system . I hope the compressor seals have not dried out .
Cheers
Bertie
by Bertie
Tue 07 Jul, 2020 18:21
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Recharging A/C Experiences ??
Replies: 5
Views: 926

Recharging A/C Experiences ??

I never considered I would use A/C in an open convertible . Yesterday I decided that 40C weather and traffic jams could change my mind . I turned on the A/C , probably for the first time ever , and received a blast of hot air .The A/C y needs, as a minimum, a new charge of refrigerant . Has any one ...
by Bertie
Fri 26 Jun, 2020 03:04
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Is it OK to jack under the differential?
Replies: 11
Views: 2420

Re: Is it OK to jack under the differential?

My post said very clearly that you lowered the car onto jack stands ,after raising it by jacking under the differential .; before working under the car. The jack stands would be placed under the rear jacking points.Being Canadian I would use hockey pucks between the jack stands and the jacking point...
by Bertie
Sun 21 Jun, 2020 03:02
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Is it OK to jack under the differential?
Replies: 11
Views: 2420

Re: Is it OK to jack under the differential?

The Pelican parts Child's Guide I wrote about recently jacks the Z3 under the differential before lowering the car onto jack stands .
Bertie
by Bertie
Wed 17 Jun, 2020 16:23
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 illustrated Child's Guide to DIY maintenance
Replies: 1
Views: 897

Z3 illustrated Child's Guide to DIY maintenance

Hi Pelican Parts a US parts supplier for European cars has an excellent ,online , well illustrated guide to basic Z3 D I Y maintenance and repairs . Google BMW Z3 E36/E37 [1996-2002] Speaking as an old fart coming to a complex ' "modern Z3" after a lifetime of fettling old British cars, the informat...
by Bertie
Thu 04 Jun, 2020 03:36
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: BMW Electrical trouble shooting guide on line
Replies: 3
Views: 1077

BMW Electrical trouble shooting guide on line

Porterbility has the complete BMW 2001 Z series 3 E 36/7 Electrical trouble shooting manual online at" porterbility.co.uk Files/PDF36 z3 pdf " It's a monster 350+ page document covering wiring diagrams , fuses , location of electrical items with pictures to show where everything is. It's a real Chil...
by Bertie
Sun 31 May, 2020 14:12
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: 2001 Z 3 Key and radio problems
Replies: 14
Views: 4327

Re: 2001 Z 3 Key and radio problems

Robert Thanks for your reply . The one key which works is now locking and unlocking properly , at least when the weather is warm . The other key is still dead and will not lock or unlock remote.I have replaced the battery,the little red light flashes encouragingly ,but the key refuses to be recalibr...
by Bertie
Sun 24 May, 2020 03:36
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: 2001 Z 3 Key and radio problems
Replies: 14
Views: 4327

Re: 2001 Z 3 Key, radio and alarm problems

Hi Radio problems resolved Late Spring arrived in Montreal this week, at last .With the Sirius satellite radio uninstalled I was able to bomb around , top down with the radio and CD player running at anti social volume levels Key problems improving I still have only one working remote key fob ,which...
by Bertie
Sun 26 Apr, 2020 04:10
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: 2001 Z 3 Key and radio problems
Replies: 14
Views: 4327

Re: 2001 Z 3 Key and radio problems

Hi Having come to terms with the erratic key situation I decided to convert the radio from 24/7 Celine Dion to normal operation .My son unearthed a U Tube video showing how to install a Sirius Satellite radio . We reversed the sequence and uninstalled the Sirius unit . Bingo , no more Celine , the r...
by Bertie
Mon 20 Apr, 2020 03:29
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: 2001 Z 3 Key and radio problems
Replies: 14
Views: 4327

Re: 2001 Z 3 Key and radio problems

Robert Thanks for your response . I have 3 button remote locking keys I thought the 3rd button with wavy graphics was like my Honda's panic button - Press the button to flash the lights and sound the horn if approached by a big guy with a baseball bat in a dark garage . State of play . Key 1 - Remot...
by Bertie
Thu 16 Apr, 2020 16:32
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: 2001 Z 3 Key and radio problems
Replies: 14
Views: 4327

Re: 2001 Z 3 Key and radio problems

Thanks colb This is the procedure outlined in my owner's manual .Unfortunately it doesn't work with my keys . Key 1 works most of the time at very short range .very occasionnaly it works properly .So I suppose it's not a blown fuse problem ? Key 2 simply will not work . The panic button will not wor...
by Bertie
Wed 08 Apr, 2020 21:14
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: 2001 Z 3 Key and radio problems
Replies: 14
Views: 4327

2001 Z 3 Key and radio problems

Hi I seem to have gremlins in my electrics . I would appreciate any help . Keys I bought my Z last Fall. It came with two keys , both locked and unlocked the car manually Key 1 would sometimes open and close the car from a short distance ,but usually would not Key 2 simply would not . Both keys " pa...
by Bertie
Sat 14 Mar, 2020 18:09
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: E10 is coming
Replies: 8
Views: 3196

Re: E10 is coming

Ethanol use in the USA has nothing to do with the environment . It started in the mid 80's as a boon doggle for to subsidise Mid Western farmers. The objective was to justify agricultural subsidies to farmers who were being paid not to produce anything . Ethanol from corn is a stupid use of agricult...
by Bertie
Fri 07 Feb, 2020 19:27
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: How much do you like your Z3
Replies: 101
Views: 56939

Re: How much do you like your Z3

My Z 3 3.0i is the culmination of a lifetime's obsession with older cars . Morris Minor tourer , MG B , two ground up rebuilds 1947 Singer 4 A B , 1949 Rover P3, Rover P6 B V 8 [a silly little car full of complex engineering solutions to non existent " problems" ] 1962 E type Jaguar , a real heart b...
by Bertie
Tue 04 Feb, 2020 15:57
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Original Build Data
Replies: 34
Views: 25974

Re: Original Build Data

Thanks Robert
by Bertie
Mon 03 Feb, 2020 18:32
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Original Build Data
Replies: 34
Views: 25974

Re: Original Build Data

WHERE were z3's built ?? Were they all built in the USA and exported worldwide ? Were " some " built in Bavaria ? if so which ones ? I've read that some US built ones were fitted with German VIN plates , allegedly some complex scam revolving around the US plant being in a " Free Port ; enterprise ta...
by Bertie
Sat 25 Jan, 2020 18:13
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Basic information for home maintenance ?
Replies: 9
Views: 3373

Re: Basic information for home maintenance ?

Thanks Mike I'm gradually finding my way around the information available ,which is widely scattered .Previously I have found handy dandy summaries listing specifications and quantities needed for routine maintenance for all of my summer toys . In contrast BMW seem to have adopted a Rolls Royce atti...
by Bertie
Fri 24 Jan, 2020 16:07
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Basic information for home maintenance ?
Replies: 9
Views: 3373

Re: Basic information for home maintenance ?

Thanks Daz The real oem site is really useful . It sorted out my misconceptions about the construction of my wheels and confirmed that the gear box and back axle oil doesn't need to be changed .Hours and hours of geeky reading here I still need a "Boys Wonder Book of the Z3 " type shop manual , whic...
by Bertie
Fri 24 Jan, 2020 04:30
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Basic information for home maintenance ?
Replies: 9
Views: 3373

Re: Basic information for home maintenance ?

Thanks pingu
Bertie
by Bertie
Thu 23 Jan, 2020 20:55
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Basic information for home maintenance ?
Replies: 9
Views: 3373

Basic information for home maintenance ?

Hi I 'm looking for information so that I can do basic maintenace at home. I want to do a complete drain and refill of all systems before Spring Is there a basic manual ,with the essential information on quantities, specifications , " " how to " ? I've found recent Haynes manuals for other cars to b...
by Bertie
Tue 21 Jan, 2020 20:43
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Original Build Data
Replies: 34
Views: 25974

Re: Original Build Data

VIN decoders seem to come and go like snowflakes > I tried several today I found on Google , with mixed results WWW bimmer Lost me in a death spiral around a Captcha device to prove I was not a robot . I got no useful information here FPC Euro parts site has minimal build info , but detailed parts l...
by Bertie
Sun 19 Jan, 2020 22:25
Forum: New to zroadster.net?
Topic: Hi from Montreal Canada
Replies: 3
Views: 5097

Re: Hi from Montreal Canada

Thanks Gazza It doesn't seem to be a good option for a summer toy tucked up in a warm garage From November to April ? Probably better to blow up the doughnut and hope I never need it Bertie Anyone have experience / comments on replacement head light bulbs ? The usual N American reviews are of the Bo...
by Bertie
Sat 18 Jan, 2020 18:07
Forum: New to zroadster.net?
Topic: Hi from Montreal Canada
Replies: 3
Views: 5097

Hi from Montreal Canada

I bought my 2001 Z 3 3 litre before the holidays and am still finding my way round it.Planning a " To Do List " before taking it off the axle stands in the Spring . It's -20 C here today ,snowing and windy . Temperature with wind effect feels like -30C . It is not top down weather! I've found the kn...
by Bertie
Sat 11 Jan, 2020 20:50
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: New Rear Window or Entire Roof
Replies: 8
Views: 3442

Re: New Rear Window or Entire Roof

Hi Have you tried "Captain Tolley's Creeping Crack Cure " [It's real product not a joke ].A styrene based liquid which penetrates cracks and polymerises to form a water tight seal . I've used it to seal windscreens and boot seals on old cars , my son has used it to seal windows on his sail boat cabi...
by Bertie
Sat 11 Jan, 2020 20:49
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: New Rear Window or Entire Roof
Replies: 8
Views: 3442

Re: New Rear Window or Entire Roof

Hi Have you tried "Captain Tolley's Creeping Crack Cure " [It's real product not a joke ].A styrene based liquid which penetrates cracks and polymerises to form a water tight seal . I've used it to seal windscreens and boot seals on old cars , my son has used it to seal windows on his sail boat cabi...