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by pingu
Sun 27 Oct, 2019 09:35
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Instrument Cluster Problems again - EEP 2 error
Replies: 7
Views: 205

Re: Instrument Cluster Problems again - EEP 2 error

It is definitely weather related. It never happened through the summer, although I had seen it just once or twice last winter. Now it is every time I start from cold. I've had the cluster out and all the plugs and contacts look fine - I sprayed them with electrical contact cleaner anyway. Anything ...
by pingu
Sat 26 Oct, 2019 22:31
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Instrument Cluster Problems again - EEP 2 error
Replies: 7
Views: 205

Re: Instrument Cluster Problems again - EEP 2 error

I notice that you mention the time of year. I suspect that dampness has got in somewhere. I'm not talking about drops of water, but water vapour. If you have air-con, try running it for half an hour to dry the car out. That might work, but it's not a cure. Finding the offending solder joint(s) will ...
by pingu
Mon 07 Oct, 2019 19:44
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Suspension clearance
Replies: 3
Views: 323

Re: Suspension clearance

Check your details are correct.

According to https://www.autodoc.co.uk/monroe/7436549, the correct shocks should be E7038R & E7039L, not E7039R & E7038L.
by pingu
Tue 17 Sep, 2019 12:05
Forum: Performance
Topic: Engine gif
Replies: 0
Views: 777

Engine gif

Become mesmerised by this cartoon what I has done as a l'al project...

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by pingu
Fri 06 Sep, 2019 21:55
Forum: Z1 roadster
Topic: White Smoke
Replies: 4
Views: 819

Re: White Smoke

I would do a coolant pressure test.
by pingu
Wed 04 Sep, 2019 11:51
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Touch up paint
Replies: 7
Views: 933

Re: Touch up paint

Have you tried having it made at Halfords?
by pingu
Wed 28 Aug, 2019 14:48
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Diagnostic tools
Replies: 36
Views: 3166

Re: Diagnostic tools

You were lucky the CD didn't explode. You shouldn't use a damaged CD. I'd recommend saving the data from it onto a fresh CD, if you dare run it again. Re the OBD, you won't get much info through the OBD2 port, you want to use the round 20-pin connector under the bonnet. All the on-board diagnostics ...
by pingu
Tue 27 Aug, 2019 14:01
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Z3M on Autotrader
Replies: 9
Views: 1234

Re: Z3M on Autotrader

I wouldn't be concerned about low mileage. I'd be more concerned about condition and the cost to get things juts how you want them. I've just passed 138,000 miles and it's probably in better mechanical condition than one with a third of the miles. I've just looked at the 55,000 mile one, and it does...
by pingu
Thu 22 Aug, 2019 10:55
Forum: Z1 roadster
Topic: Need your help- engine wiring harness needed
Replies: 1
Views: 542

Re: Need your help- engine wiring harness needed

Find the price from BMW. I suspect they may have some, as it's a very unusual part to need. Then compare that price to the cost of having the harness manufactured. It should be quite easy to get one manufactured if you can supply an original (even if it is burnt out).
by pingu
Mon 12 Aug, 2019 20:23
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: ABS Sensor readings
Replies: 12
Views: 1396

Re: ABS Sensor readings

Get a salvage BMW one rather than a new copy. Thanks I will see if I can get one, there’s quite a few breakers around the internet. Depends on price saving though over a new one. Big breakers give a short warranty though which is good. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro It's not the money savin...
by pingu
Mon 12 Aug, 2019 10:17
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: ABS Sensor readings
Replies: 12
Views: 1396

Re: ABS Sensor readings

Get a salvage BMW one rather than a new copy.
by pingu
Thu 08 Aug, 2019 13:39
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: Boot weld repairers around North Yorkshire?
Replies: 13
Views: 1934

Re: Boot weld repairers around North Yorkshire?

I have a Randy Forbes kit if anyone wants to buy it.

£500 delivered in UK.
by pingu
Thu 01 Aug, 2019 21:23
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Diagnostic tools
Replies: 36
Views: 3166

Re: Diagnostic tools

Unfortunately I have had the experience of ABS/ACS problems and solved it by reading and learning how it works. In this Z3 early generation of modern electronics, you can not trust in the fault code. I had actually exactly as you mentioned, left front wheel, but that was false information. It can b...
by pingu
Thu 01 Aug, 2019 10:18
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Diagnostic tools
Replies: 36
Views: 3166

Re: Diagnostic tools

I have a problem with the self-levelling headlamps on my Jaguar X-Type and have been researching OBD2 adapters for use with apps for Android. One thing I found was that the cheap adapters are clones and do not have full functionality, but a 'proper' elm327 (many claim, few are truthful) can access ...
by pingu
Wed 31 Jul, 2019 21:46
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Diagnostic tools
Replies: 36
Views: 3166

Re: Diagnostic tools

If you view INPA on a test run, wheel speed will be zero on one of the wheels if the sensor isn't working.
by pingu
Wed 31 Jul, 2019 18:43
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Diagnostic tools
Replies: 36
Views: 3166

Re: Diagnostic tools

I have an old XP laptop (dating from around 2000) with a serial (RS232) input/output port (£75 from eBay). and 12v charger to allow the computer to run when the car is being tested. 20 year old batteries are not very reliable :). Windows XP (do not connect to the internet unless you want to get a vi...
by pingu
Thu 11 Jul, 2019 22:29
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: Z3m Help needed
Replies: 3
Views: 696

Re: Z3m Help needed

Is the fan running in the ECU box.

The box is top left of the engine bay as you look at the engine.

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It may not be the relevant ECU, but it's something to check.
by pingu
Tue 09 Apr, 2019 13:48
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: Need set of Lambda sensors for S50
Replies: 2
Views: 561

Re: Need set of Lambda sensors for S50

S50 only has two pre-cat sensors only. One on the 1-3 pipe and one on the 4-6 pipe. There are no post-cat sensors on the S50, but there are on the S54 (which has a different system up to the rear boxes). http://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/showparts?id=CK92-EUR-07-1998-Z3-BMW-Z3_M&diagId=18_0229 Parts 2...
by pingu
Tue 11 Dec, 2018 18:54
Forum: Performance
Topic: S50B32 Air Filter Box Modifications
Replies: 3
Views: 1653

Re: S50B32 Air Filter Box Modifications

I have tested... a) OEM (16000 miles) = 45mm b) OEM (new) = 42mm c) No Filter = 35mm d) Simota (unoiled) = 40mm e) Simota (oiled) = 105mm Those tests were on the original rig. The suction was supplied by a leaf blower and the measurements show the relative pressure differences required to run the ri...
by pingu
Mon 10 Dec, 2018 00:34
Forum: Performance
Topic: S50B32 Air Filter Box Modifications
Replies: 3
Views: 1653

S50B32 Air Filter Box Modifications

Looking at the intake system of the M Roadster, I thought that the air filter box could do with some improvement... http://www.porterbility.co.uk/Files/JPG/Modified_Air_Filter/IMG_01.jpg I built a flow bench to measure the flow rate through the air filter box... http://www.porterbility.co.uk/Files/J...
by pingu
Thu 15 Nov, 2018 21:24
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Central locking with key.
Replies: 16
Views: 2437

Re: Central locking with key.

I suspect that you have a dodgy connection in the connections around the driver's door lock. Connect a bulb to the circuit and wiggle the wires.
by pingu
Thu 15 Nov, 2018 12:56
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Central locking with key.
Replies: 16
Views: 2437

Re: Central locking with key.

Testing with a multimeter only confirms that there is a single strand wire connection.

Use a test bulb. It will carry enough current to burn through any single strand connections AND highlight the fault.
by pingu
Sun 14 Oct, 2018 17:19
Forum: Let's talk
Topic: Engine oil Z3 M
Replies: 15
Views: 2767

Re: Engine oil Z3 M

Engine oil is very complicated. It's like blood. Oil grades are like blood types in their simplicity. There are just a few types of blood, O, A, B and AB with rhesus + and -, right? Wrong? There are many subtleties that make some blood better than others at different things (hence blood doping) - it...
by pingu
Sun 14 Oct, 2018 15:21
Forum: Let's talk
Topic: Engine oil Z3 M
Replies: 15
Views: 2767

Re: Engine oil Z3 M

It depends on the engine. S54s use different oil from S50s...

http://www.porterbility.co.uk/BMW_Oil_Sheets.htm
by pingu
Thu 30 Aug, 2018 13:32
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Another thing after another
Replies: 7
Views: 1310

Re: Another thing after another

You may have a leaking air pipe after the MAF.

e.g. The MAF is sensing 50 litres/minute, but the engine is getting 60 litres/minute and the ECU is getting confused as it can't up the fuel injection time to compensate for the excess air sensed by the O2 sensor.
by pingu
Tue 31 Jul, 2018 14:46
Forum: Stock exchange
Topic: Hardtop tool(for securing screws at front of Hardtop)
Replies: 6
Views: 2341

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

I bought a complete set of security Torx keys from Halfords for £9.99. It looks like the Halfords set is £18 now, but there is a set in B&Q for £8 (B&Q Link)

The T40 that you need is part of the set
by pingu
Sun 08 Jul, 2018 20:39
Forum: M Roadster and M coupé
Topic: Emissions Air Pump Tube (11721404626) for less than £10
Replies: 0
Views: 1171

Emissions Air Pump Tube (11721404626) for less than £10

S50 Engines only The tube goes from the air filter box to the emissions pump. If the hose fails it can be replaced for less than £10, not the £100 that BMW want. RealOEM ECS Tuning - their price is usually very close to the BMW price. The original pipe... http://www.porterbility.co.uk/Files/JPG/BMW...
by pingu
Fri 11 May, 2018 10:15
Forum: Z1 roadster
Topic: Z1 - crack repairs
Replies: 25
Views: 4943

Re: Z1 - crack repairs

You can make ABS glue if you mix ABS chippings with acetone.

https://www.matterhackers.com/news/how- ... and-slurry

The glue can be coloured to suit the part being glued.
by pingu
Thu 03 May, 2018 19:58
Forum: Check your diary
Topic: Shortest Night Run 2018
Replies: 3
Views: 1419

Re: Shortest Night Run 2018

971 miles for me.
by pingu
Tue 01 May, 2018 23:39
Forum: Check your diary
Topic: Shortest Night Run 2018
Replies: 3
Views: 1419

Shortest Night Run 2018

I'm thinking of doing the Land's End to Lowestoft night run. Anyone else thinking about it? There are some Pistonheaders ( thread ) doing it on the Thursday night, Friday night or Saturday night. Sunset Times at Land's End 2135 Tuesday 19/06/18 2136 Wednesday 20/06/18 2136 Thursday 21/06/18 2136 Fri...
by pingu
Mon 30 Apr, 2018 13:32
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: How nickable are Z3's?
Replies: 14
Views: 3027

Re: How nickable are Z3's?

I used to have a "push-to-make" switch in series with the starter relay.

Press it when starting or the car won't start. I suppose you could bump start it, but the idea is to slow them down and deter them - you will never stop a determined criminal.
by pingu
Sun 08 Apr, 2018 10:38
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: INPA experts
Replies: 10
Views: 2532

Re: INPA experts

I had my mileage reset by a dodgy yoof for £50.

He had never been asked to INCREASE a mileage by 100,000 :shock: .

The thread is on here somewhere.
by pingu
Sat 07 Apr, 2018 22:57
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: INPA experts
Replies: 10
Views: 2532

Re: INPA experts

I would take the instrument cluster off and look at the circuit board for damage and confirm that the coding plug is secure. Check the wires and plugs for any damage.
by pingu
Sat 07 Apr, 2018 19:26
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: INPA experts
Replies: 10
Views: 2532

Re: INPA experts

Q1. Which car are you talking about (Z1 or M Roadster)?
Q2. When did it start doing this?
Q3. Had you done anything recently that could have prompted it? New battery. New diff.
by pingu
Sat 31 Mar, 2018 12:41
Forum: Z4M roadster and Z4m coupé
Topic: Help! Major Fuel Leak on 1999 Z3 M Roadster!
Replies: 3
Views: 1261

Re: Help! Major Fuel Leak on 1999 Z3 M Roadster!

You don't have to run the engine to see a fuel leak. With the door open and your hand on the key, turn the key to position 2 (all lights on dash), but don't start. At the same time look under the car. You should be able to see where the leak is. Turn key off when you see the leak. Have a fire exting...
by pingu
Sun 25 Mar, 2018 00:34
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Z3 PAS cooling loop
Replies: 4
Views: 1276

Re: Z3 PAS cooling loop

I wouldn't be too concerned about the cooling effect of the loop. Have you ever felt any heat in the pipe? - I haven't.

I doubt there would be any serious problems if you just bypassed the loop, especially in a temperate climate. If you were in the Gulf, it would be a different matter.
by pingu
Thu 22 Mar, 2018 21:55
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Lowest point in the world
Replies: 2
Views: 1079

Re: Lowest point in the world

Looks awfully dry for the Mariana trench.

I'm just a jealous guy :wave
by pingu
Wed 07 Mar, 2018 14:55
Forum: Z1 roadster
Topic: Z1 - crack repairs
Replies: 25
Views: 4943

Re: Z1 - crack repairs

A right hand side is also available on ebay: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-Z1-Side-Panel/202070533788?hash=item2f0c57a69c:g:sNwAAOSw2hNZtYyk Or you can do what I did and go for carbon fibre from: edeldesign-tuning.de I haven't received the sill yet tho', so I don't know: a. how well it fits b. wha...
by pingu
Tue 27 Feb, 2018 18:21
Forum: Performance
Topic: Can anyone explain how scavenging works on a full exhaust system?
Replies: 4
Views: 2437

Re: Can anyone explain how scavenging works on a full exhaust system?

Would your initial observation have something to do with the amount of air being forced in ? I just watched a similar demonstration on Wheeler Dealers (s14 ep8) where Ant showed the flow on a 3 into 1 collector, he placed tissue over two inlets, he used compressed air at a low flow in one inlet and...
by pingu
Tue 27 Feb, 2018 14:28
Forum: Performance
Topic: Can anyone explain how scavenging works on a full exhaust system?
Replies: 4
Views: 2437

Re: Can anyone explain how scavenging works on a full exhaust system?

I've solved the problem with more learning. What you can see on the video is inertia scavenging. Inertia scavenging only works on systems with little or no back pressure (as you said). Wave scavenging is the one to go for. The wave can't be seen, but is generated when the exhaust valve opens. The po...
by pingu
Mon 12 Feb, 2018 02:16
Forum: Performance
Topic: Can anyone explain how scavenging works on a full exhaust system?
Replies: 4
Views: 2437

Can anyone explain how scavenging works on a full exhaust system?

The video shows the dilemma. I can see how it works when the system has very little back pressure, but how does it work on a full system?

by pingu
Wed 07 Feb, 2018 18:41
Forum: Let's talk
Topic: M Roadster Engine oil
Replies: 5
Views: 2087

Re: M Roadster Engine oil

Can only recommend what I use, as I found out the same in that there were many diff rent opinions! As recommended by my M service specialist, my own S50 M Coupe uses Castrol Edge 10w 60 with no issues whatsoever. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk That is the correct oil for the S54. The BMW oil data...
by pingu
Thu 18 Jan, 2018 20:45
Forum: Z1 roadster
Topic: Original BMW Z1 windscreen
Replies: 7
Views: 2026

Re: Original BMW Z1 windscreen

I wouldn't be too worried. Pilkington and other windscreen manufacturers have the moulds for every vehicle made by a major manufacturer since the 60s. The ones that will be difficult to get hold of will be kit cars.
by pingu
Wed 17 Jan, 2018 18:33
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Battery Drain and Fuse 31 ?
Replies: 2
Views: 1169

Re: Battery Drain and Fuse 31 ?

http://www.porterbility.co.uk/Files/PDF/e36z3_98_AG.pdf

See p. 20

According to this, Fuse 31 is for the starter as well as the "Body Control Electrics" and several other things. You will need to check the individual pages referred to in the table.
by pingu
Sun 14 Jan, 2018 18:47
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: off line for a bit
Replies: 15
Views: 3299

Re: off line for a bit

Sorry to read about the small c. I'm glad that you are out and about.

I hope that your treatment goes well.
by pingu
Mon 18 Dec, 2017 14:41
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: eBay Headers (Speed Daddy Headers)
Replies: 1
Views: 831

Re: eBay Headers (Speed Daddy Headers)

I've got my headers off at the moment, and I feel your pain.

At one point, I thought that the only way to get them off was to take the engine out :shock: .

Did you measure yours before you fitted them and compare them to the originals?
by pingu
Wed 17 May, 2017 20:19
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: Engine hunting when reversing.
Replies: 4
Views: 1465

Re: Engine hunting when reversing.

Hunting is usually an air leak. Strange that it only happens when you are reversing.

It could be that you are driving so slowly. Does it happen when you try to crawl along at very low speed, especially uphill?
by pingu
Sat 13 May, 2017 15:50
Forum: Z3 roadster
Topic: What power supply for diagnostics?
Replies: 10
Views: 2424

Re: What power supply for diagnostics?

Its not Voltage that fries electronics its amps. The car will take voltage up to around 14-15v it seems (not that you would ever do that). When using progman for example it draws amps. If this draw discharges the battery enough (below the specified 13V) while coding is in progress, It causes proble...