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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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Best way to remove brake dust, stone chip rust and rail dust

June 2, 2017

What do stone chip rust spots, industrial fallout in your paint and brake dust have in common? Iron. In the last 10 years there has been an introduction of Thioglycolic acid or “Fallout removers” introduced in the automotive market. The existence and use of Thioglycolic acid isn’t new; foundries used it as far back...
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BMW Motronic Tuning, specifically Motronic 1.3, 1.1 and 1.0

December 30, 2016
BMW Motronic Tuning, specifically Motronic 1.3, 1.1 and 1.0

*If you have .bin files for chips or XDF files for these ECU’s please email them to me at admin@rtsauto.com and I will upload them to this page as a resource for others.* Bosch Motronic 1.3, 1.1, 1.0, 1.7 are the primary ECU’s that power all E30’s. 1.3, 1.1, 1.0 for M20’s (6 cylinders)...
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How to recharge the AC in your car (Eg. used will be E30) and how to use AC manifold gauges and pull vacuum

December 15, 2016

Recharging your own Air conditioning system is one of those things that seems difficult, but really is rather simple as long as you have all the correct tools and follow the correct steps. I will as in depth as I can describe how to properly pull a vacuum on your car, how to check...
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E30 Aux fan resistor replacement and the two different E30 auxiliary fan types

December 14, 2016
E30 Aux fan resistor replacement and the two different E30 auxiliary fan types

The auxiliary fan resistor is in need of replacement when the auxiliary fan does not operate at low speed. The aux fan should activate: When the AC is on (by way of selecting the AC button in the interior) When the radiator coolant temperature sensor reaches sufficient temperature to trigger the aux fan To...
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How dealer auctions work and where dealerships get their used cars from; how to buy a good car

December 12, 2016
How dealer auctions work and where dealerships get their used cars from; how to buy a good car

The used car market in north america is a very saturated market and therefore heavily standardized. Below is some information that will make you a better informed buyer:   Where do original and used car dealerships get their cars from? Used car dealerships leverage either of two systems: Buying cars from dealership auctions  The...
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Different types of Rust proofing / Undercoating types explained: which to avoid and which to use

December 10, 2016
Different types of Rust proofing / Undercoating types explained: which to avoid and which to use

There is a lot of misinformation and misconceptions with rust proofing / under coating/ rust prevention; for which I hope to provide some clarity and direction. First, remember that rust is like an iceberg, you only see 10% of it. Moisture normally gets trapped for the longest duration of time in the places that...
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Getrag rattle and how to alleviate it

December 9, 2016
Getrag rattle and how to alleviate it

When you first hear the Getrag rattle its a little unnerving. The Getrag rattle is the sound the Getrag transmissions (particularly 5 speed’s like those found in E30’s, BMW’s and GM’s) makes when it is in Neutral and the clutch pedal is not engaged. The sound completely goes away when either the clutch pedal...
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