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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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Two of most common E30 Central locking/Power locking issues and how to fix them

December 9, 2016
Two of most common E30 Central locking/Power locking issues and how to fix them

Although there are a multitude of reasons why your central locking may not be working (Microswitches, actuators, fuses, previous owners attempts) there are two major flaws in the design of the E30 central locking system that often fail and contribute to 80%+ of the central locking problems people experience. The first is the internal...
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How to replace E30 OBC light and how to upgrade to an LED light bar

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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BMW ETK part catalogue

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 are as accurate and up to date as the ETK directly from BMW. Luckily BMW has their ETK available online with a general login. To access it just press the link below and enter the...
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E30/E36/E46 BMW control arm bushing specialty tools and tips

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.)

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.

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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