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How to replace E30 OBC light and how to upgrade to an LED light bar

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September 26, 2014
How to replace E30 OBC light and how to upgrade to an LED light bar

The on board computer (OBC) in an E30 uses two regular light bulbs wired in series on a removable circuit board to light up the display on the OBC. Because they are wired in series, if one light-bulb goes out both go out. The bulbs are not supposed to be replaceable as they are...
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E30/E36/E46 BMW control arm bushing specialty tools and tips

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September 17, 2014
E30/E36/E46 BMW control arm bushing specialty tools and tips

Supplementary Article for control arm bushing options: http://www.rtsauto.com/e30-control-arm-bushing-upgrades-also-applicable-to-e36-comprehensive-guide-on-control-arm-bushings/   Recently picked up a E30/E36/E46 control arm bushing specialty tool which made the job extremely easy as far as getting the finished bushing carrier with bushing onto the control arm shaft. This article only really applies to OEM rubber bushings as poly and solid bushings...
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Re-installing rear axles into hub the right way with the proper tool (E30, BMW, Porsche, etc.)

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September 10, 2014
Re-installing rear axles into hub the right way with the proper tool (E30, BMW, Porsche, etc.)

It is not always justifiable to spend the money on a specialty tool, however in the case of rear axles a little investment goes a long way.   The problem with many german cars and particularly E30’s is that the tolerance between the hub splines and the axles splines is VERY small causing a...
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How to diagnose a bad wheel bearing everytime and how to change front wheel bearings on an E30.

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September 5, 2014
How to diagnose a bad wheel bearing everytime and how to change front wheel bearings on an E30.

Wheel bearings can be deceiving since they can often only be heard when the wheel is spinning in excess of 30mph; they produce a howling, growning, sometimes grinding sounds that increases frequency with speed. The problem: You drive around and around and try to figure which bearing it actually is, and thinking to yourself if...
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BMW ETK part catalogue

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September 18, 2014
BMW ETK part catalogue

There are many online based ETK systems like realoem and bmwfans.info for BMW parts and most work great, however none...
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E30, BMW, and Mercedes Driveshaft and u-joint rebuild, non-serviceable u-joints.

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January 3, 2014
Staked in ujoint driveshaft

BMW (including E30’s) and some Mercedes drive-shafts particularly of the 80’s-90’s vintage have what are called non-serviceable staked in...
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The mystery of the unknown BMW Vin number

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June 8, 2013
The mystery of the unknown BMW Vin number

Many months ago I took out a 380 ECU out of my E30, expecting to find a 153 ECU,...
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BMW VIN decoder – see what options your BMW came with from the factory

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September 2, 2012
BMW VIN decoder – see what options your BMW came with from the factory

On a 25 year old E30 it is hard to know what options were original to the car and what options...
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