GJN

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  1. Dashcam Wiring

    Guys, I’m hard wiring a dashcam into my 330i; which are the best fuses to piggy-back for a constant (ign off) +ve feed and a switched (ign on) +ve feed? I’ve heard that some dashcams can be damaged if either feed cuts out temporarily during engine starting. Also, is there a convenient earth point within the fuse box area? Thanks in advance.
  2. Dashcam Wiring

    I saw a Blackvue power supply that plugs into the OBD port, and includes a voltage cut-off. Does the E46 have OBD2, with CAN bus, or is it too early for that? Seems like the simplest way to power it in parking mode for £20.
  3. Guys, Can anyone tell me the right camber/caster/toe settings for an ‘02 330i Sport saloon? I had the front wishbones/bushes and 4 springs fitted (all factory spec). Took it to KwikFit for 4 wheel alignment and they gave me a data sheet with the old and new settings - perhaps not surprisingly a big difference. However, they got the settings from their own database and the sheet heading just says “BMW E46 1998-2006 COUPE 18” wheel” Mines a saloon, not a coupe. Many thanks in advance.
  4. Dashcam Wiring

    Thanks for the info. Is there any advantage in doing what you did, over using 2 piggy-back fuses for switched and permanent live feeds?
  5. Guys, E46, 330i Sport 2002. This morning on turning the key, there was just a rapid clicking noise, but no starter motor. I assumed it was a dead battery, and bump started it with no issue. After running for a while, it started again a couple of times with no hesitation. When I've had dead batteries in the past, I've just had one click from the solenoid on turning the key, is the rapid clicking normal with E46's? Thanks!
  6. Dashcam Wiring

    Yes, I could do that, and also piggy-back the reversing light fuse for the ign. switched feed I guess?
  7. Dashcam Wiring

    Thanks very much - I'll look into the rain sensor idea, but I don't think it will work for me, because in parking mode I need a permanent live, and a place for the regulator box.
  8. The springs on my car are pretty tired, one of the rears may be broken. I want to get a replacement set, but which makes are the best? I want standard specification, although according to Euro Car Parts there are "standard" and "sports suspension" versions for my reg. number. Any ideas as to which one is factory spec for my car? Do I need new spring seats front and rear when replacing them? It's a 4 door, 330i Sport (2002). Thanks in advance.
  9. I don't think there's any issue at all with just changing the brand of part, it's when the specification changes from "standard" that the issue arises. For example, the Eibach springs (and most other 'sports' kits) specify a lowering dimension from standard; that's going to be the issue.
  10. I once fitted a stainless manifold to my old Honda Prelude - like-for-like swap, zero performance increase, just a different material. The main reason I bought it was that the old one had cracked, and the stainless version was several times cheaper than an original Honda mild steel version. I mentioned it on renewal and they nearly had a fit. At first they said they couldn't insure me at all, but after a load of hassle they eventually accepted it, but with a premium increase due to it now being a modified car. Never again. It's easy to assume 'nobody will notice', but the potential penalties are really quite severe if you're unlucky, and someone cares to look into it. For me it's not worth it, but each to their own!
  11. Correct on both counts. For me, it's not worth the risk of - technically - driving without insurance, or the hassle/cost of declaring a modification. It's easy to say "the difference is irrelevant", but if the worst came to the worst, I very much doubt that's how a court would view it. .
  12. Thanks for the information MOMO, the issue with the Eibach springs/insurance isn't the colour, its the "Eibach" and part number printed on them! Cheers.
  13. Thanks guys. Problem is, Euro Car Parts are no longer listing front springs for "vehicles with sports suspension". I can't find any anywhere else, and don't know the original part numbers, so EBay would be a risk. Any ideas where I can get a full set of decent quality springs for an E46 330i Sport? BTW I don't want to lower the car, or to 'modify' it becasue of insurance issues, plus the roads around here feel bad enough already! Cheers!
  14. Bonkers Rear Light Issue

    Just to clear this up: It *was* an earth issue after all. It was with the boot mounted lights - There was corrosion around the earth surrounds which I thought Id cleaned off. I tried again and got one side working - still an issue with the other side even when cleaned. I linked the two earth terminals side to side with an additional earth wire and everything works now. BTW there are bulbs in both fog lamp holders, both of which light as tail lights, but the off side one gets much brighter when the fog lamp switch is on. Thanks for all the advice.
  15. Guys, E46 330i Sport, ‘02. Everything was fine before, but...On a recent long trip, the rear left light warning came on. It went off again randomly. Now the rear right warning is on all the time. I checked all the rear clusters. The reversing lights (boot mounted) don’t work (fuse is ok) and the right fog light (boot mounted) is on dimly when the headlights are on. It gets much brighter when the fog light switch is on. The left fog light light is off all the time. All bulbs are fine. All main (body) cluster lights are all fine. I’ve cleaned all contact points and checked the plugs. The secondary earth wires are in place on the clusters. Any ideas - it’s driving me mad. Thanks!
  16. Bonkers Rear Light Issue

    Can’t see anything obviously wrong from the boot end, and the body end is inaccessible because the rubber extends right into the body panel. I guess I could cut it.
  17. Bonkers Rear Light Issue

    Thanks. What’s the best way to check it?
  18. Bonkers Rear Light Issue

    Took all four light clusters out and bench tested them - they all work fine. Also changed the reversing light fuse as a precaution. Still no reversing lights, fog light on (dim) with tail lights, still got the bulb warning on the dash. Anyone with any other ideas before I take it to the Indy?
  19. Bonkers Rear Light Issue

    Are you thinking high resistance in old ones?
  20. Bonkers Rear Light Issue

    Thanks, as I mentioned, the secondary earth wire mod is already in place.
  21. Bonkers Rear Light Issue

    Thanks - I’ve not checked the correct bulb spec, but they were working before the warning light came on, and they still all light when substituted. So really nothing’s changed with the bulbs. There is definitely a bulb in the left fog lamp by the way, whether it ever lit I don’t know.
  22. Guys, I just got my '02 330i Sport back from Sytners (for an airbag recall). I asked them to inspect the boot floor suspension mounts for cracks, which they did, saying they were fine. The car is in great condition considering its age, and I'm having the wheels re-furbed and hopefully some minor rear arch rust sorted out soon. I'd like to keep the car for at least a few more years, so my question is: Are there any steps I can take to prevent, or delay, the boot floor cracking issues? For example, having the foam/resin treatment? Apologies if there's another thread on preventative maintenence, if so, please point me towards it! Thanks!
  23. Guys, My '02 330i has got cloudy headlamp covers. I've tried polishing them inside an out with compounds, but I think they are crazed in the surface of the plastic. Are there any direct replacements at a decent price? They are very easy to remove, so it would seem the best option. Thanks.