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How to prevent a balljoint (tierod, control arm, A-arm, etc) from spinning when trying to remove balljoint nut

October 26, 2017
How to prevent a balljoint (tierod, control arm, A-arm, etc) from spinning when trying to remove balljoint nut

One of the most frustrating parts of doing suspension work, especially for someone who doesn’t have a ton of experience is loosening or tightening the nuts on balljoints; because they spin. They are designed to spin, and sometimes need to be persuaded to not rotate so the ball joint nut can be tightened or...
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Car dies after jump starting: Different types of alternators; self exciting vs non self exciting

September 22, 2017

So you go to jump start a car, and soon after you disconnect the jumper cables the car dies, what gives? Is it a bad battery? Bad alternator? If you do a quick google search you will think you have a bad alternator, but often this isn’t the case, and its not the battery...
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E30 front sway bar reinforcement – improvement over OEM

September 21, 2017

There are two problems with the front sway bar link mounts on the E30. First, instead of the bushing shackle mounting by means of two bolts, BMW instead decided to use a slotted end, and one bolted end.   The problem with the slotted design is that the slot first needs to be inserted...
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RTSTools now up! Like RTSAuto, but for tools and related tips.

July 24, 2017
RTSTools now up! Like RTSAuto, but for tools and related tips.

Tools come with the territory of being a gear head and a car enthusiast. We are just as passionate about tools as we are cars and love sharing tool information. That is why the second installment in the RTS project is now up and running at www.Rtstools.com
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Progressive Vs Linear springs

July 13, 2017

Linear springs: Linear springs require the same amount of force per inch of compression throughout its full travel. Almost all OEM’s use linear springs for three main reasons: 1.The automaker has the luxury of designing the strut, tower, and suspension geometry around their spring and shock. Therefore if they want the car to be...
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E30 Stock Spring options and Spring rates

July 5, 2017
E30 Stock Spring options and Spring rates

These are from technical specification drawings for stock E30 springs straight from BMW Germany. The spring forces and lengths were from BMW Germany, while I calculated the spring rates to accurately compare the springs per inch of travel. Only looking at spring force does not allow you to compare springs because it only signifies the force...
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E30 Electrical troubleshooting schematics

July 2, 2017

        1988 E30 M3 Electrical Schematics 1987 E30 M3 Electrical Schematics 1990 E30 IX Electrical Schematics 1989 E30 IX Electrical Schematics 1988 E30 IX Electrical Schematics 1992 E30 Convertible Electrical Schematics 1990 E30 Convertible Electrical Schematics 1989 E30 Convertible Electrical Schematics 1988 E30 Convertible Electrical Schematics 1992 E30 Electrical Schematics 1991...
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E30 Torque Specs and Technical Specifications

June 30, 2017

      Engine Torque Specs: Camshaft chain tensioner rail Securing nut……………………………………………………………………….35 ± 5 Nm (26 ± 4 ft. lb.) Camshaft drive belt tensioner to engine (Bolts)………………………………………………………………………….…………..22 ± 2 Nm (16 ± 1 ft. lb.) Camshaft oil carrier to cylinder head M6 bolts …………………………………………………………………………..…….9 ± 1 Nm (80 ± 9 in.lb.) M8 bolts………………………………………………………………………………22 ±...
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How to change a rear wheel bearing on an E30

June 6, 2017
How to change a rear wheel bearing on an E30

A rear wheel bearing job, dependent on which tools you have can either be a fairly painless job, or rather difficult. What you will need to make it easy is: Basic range of wrenches Plenty of 3/8 extensions Socket set with ratchets Hex Key Bit Socket Set or Torx key bit socket set (depending on...
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Anti theft GPS Tracking for your car without a monthly subscription

June 5, 2017

If you have ever tried to find anti theft options for your car you probably know that you basically have two options: One time payment transmitter based systems such as Lojack – old style system, pre GPS and pre modern cellular network technology. These systems depend on the supplier to hide a transmitter in...
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