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Do it Yourself

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

How to change a rear wheel bearing on an E30

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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

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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

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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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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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