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Do it Yourself

A place to find DIY guides to doing car repairs/mods/etc.

How to recharge the AC in your car (Eg. used will be E30) and how to use AC manifold gauges and pull vacuum

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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

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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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Different types of Rust proofing / Undercoating types explained: which to avoid and which to use

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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

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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

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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

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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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E30 Control arm bushing upgrades (also applicable to E36) – Comprehensive guide on Control arm bushings

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August 22, 2014
E30 Control arm bushing upgrades (also applicable to E36) – Comprehensive guide on Control arm bushings

Supplementary Article for specialty tools and bushing install: http://www.rtsauto.com/control-arm-bushing-specialty-tools-and-tips/     When talking about control arm bushings, there are two ways to “upgrade” and I use that word loosely because upgrade is relative. The first way is to add rigidity to the bushing to prevent deflection under steering and braking, the second being the positioning of...
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