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E30 Radio: Alpine CM5905, CM5907 and Pioneer KE-91ZBM, KE-92ZBM display LCD Bulb replacement

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July 13, 2021

Alpine CM5905, CM5907 Bulb: T1-1/4 12v 75ma (4mm) If you follow this video along until 3:12, it will be clear how to remove the bulb holder, then all you need to do is unsolder and resolder the new bulbs. Pioneer KE-91ZBM, KE-92ZBM Bulb: T1 8v 60ma (3mm)
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Clean your E30 water drains or face flooding and rust

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June 25, 2021

Other than a coolant leak around the heater core, most wet carpets are a byproduct of the water drains being clogged. The water has nowhere to drain and backs up and flows into where it shouldn’t; either your interior or settles and causes moisture/rust where it shouldn’t. The good news is that cleaning the...
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E30 No Start Troubleshooting

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June 1, 2021

E30Zone already has a great resource and flow chart to follow along with; in part this article is to backup that great information, but also to add onto a couple things to check to quickly and effectively rule out common issues related to no start conditions. Crank no start condition: Check to see if...
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BMW and Bosch release Gen 3 injectors for E30 M20B25

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April 21, 2021

OEM injectors are pintle design; good for its time, but there have been many generational iterations of fuel injectors since. Recently BMW aligned with Bosch to release a direct replacement 14.5lb gen 3 injector that is 4 hole (disc type). 4 hole injectors provide for much better fuel atomization when compared to pintle design;...
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Fixing floppy E30 AC vents

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April 19, 2021

Fixing your AC vents so they are no longer floppy is easier than you think. All you need is: Flat head screw driver Nylon washers 20 min To remove an AC vent all you have to do is point it down until you feel it click, then with a thin screw driver carefully push...
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Painless Power Brakes for E30 V8 swaps (Remote Hydrovac Booster)

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February 28, 2021

If you’ve been researching doing a V8 swap into an E30, you’ll quickly learn that one of the major dilemmas is how to solve the brake booster problem. With a V8 swap, there is no room for any kind of brake booster in the stock location. In the early years, the solution was to...
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Leaking hydraulic sealing copper or aluminum washer? Can’t get it to seal? Use a dowty (bonded washer).

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January 17, 2021

Most automotive hydraulic applications use a copper or aluminum washer for sealing. The idea is that the two surfaces are near perfectly flat and all that is needed is a hint of squished copper or aluminum. A small gouge, unevenness, or slop in the mounting threads can mean the squish of a copper or...
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Power Steering Line From Reservoir to Pump compatibility between early and late E30 M20

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April 29, 2020

If you have an early E30 (pre 10/87) your power steering line from the reservoir to the pump probably looks like this: The hose is held to the banjo by a worm style hose clamp: Post 10/87 has a banjo permanently crimped to the hose: If you check the ETK, there is no mention...
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Relocating E30 Central locking to fix moisture problems once and for all

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April 12, 2020
Relocating E30 Central locking to fix moisture problems once and for all

A few years ago I wrote about common problems with the E30 central locking and how to fix them. Two of most common E30 Central locking/Power locking issues and how to fix them Well, its time to revisit the topic, because I have figured out the once and for all solution. You see, even...
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Toyota Techstream 0xC0040001 Error, MVCI Driver ended prematurely error and Unable to connect to vim Techstream

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October 24, 2019

So you’re trying to get Techstream going, but you keep getting errors; let me help you solve all of them in one place.   Toyota Techstream 0xC0040001 Error – This error is due to a firmware limitation, there are generally two firmware versions of the J2534 connector. Version 1.4.1 and Version 2.0.4. To access...
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