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  1. Been digging around on various forums and it seems a few others have posted about missing an idler pulley on their M54 engines but we're not aware till they went to change the belts etc. To be honest, if it's not causing an issue and the bolt thread is knackered anyway, i think I will leave it! Cheers Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. Hi So one of my pulleys is making a noise so I figured I would change it all, idler, both tensioners and the belts. Went to do it and found I had no idler pulley!! The bolt is there so I figured I would put the new one on. Went to tighten the bold and as soon as it comes to the last tighten, it spins over and loosens so the thread is knackered. The fact I didn't have one for 18 months suggests the idler pulley is not vital? What happens without it? Not sure what I can do as my skills don't stretch to re threading. Ta Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. Yes I did. Thanks for your constructive input, always nice. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. Found it, was much further back than I expected. On the back of the block really, didn't look there as I wasn't expecting it to be so far back. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. Not great pics but the second picture shows a thread but no bolt. Can't work out if that could be it but with the bolt missing? Looks a little high uo Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. I have a 2002 325Ci in the UK I know what you're thinking, the drain plug is 17mm and is on the side of the sump? I'm under the car and there is not a single 17mm plug there! Having changed oil on cars before, I know what a sump plug looks like. I have removed the whole cover, there was not flap so the whole cover needed to come off. All I can see on the drivers side of the sump is a small thread where it looks like a drain plug should be but it's not there. Am I going mad? It was serviced by a garage a year ago when I bought it. Thanks Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. It's not worked since I got the car a year ago and plenty of people on the forums say the handbrake on the 3 series is not the best. It just doesn't seem strong enough to hold that amount of weight on a steep ish hill. Maybe it's become habit but I will still be leaving it in gear just in case [emoji1303] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. Ok so I seem to have sorted this out, although I don't think I could ever trust the handbrake on this model! Loosened the two nuts by the lever so they were slack. Then adjusted through the wheel hole both sides, once I could no longer turn the disc by hand, I backed off a few clicks. This is both sides. Then I pulled the lever up a few times. Then I pulled up two clicks and did the nuts up until I could no longer turn the rear wheels by hand. I then backed the nuts off a little. Handbrake now comes up 4-5 clicks and seems to hold the car, as said I wouldn't trust it but should pass an MOT which is all I wanted anyway. Cheers for the replies everyone. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. did you slacken the nuts lever end before adjusting at the wheels? Slackened them off about half way. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. I tried this but the nuts are already maybe 1.5-2 inches from the end of the thread and looking at pictures online, I think this suggests my cable is stretched? To be fair, I haven't done those bolts up much more but I don't think there is much more they can be done up! Cheers Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. Hey So my MOT is due in Jan and the handbrake does not hold the car, even on a slight hill. I bought new discs, pads and handbrake shoes. Changed them all and adjusted the shoes via the adjuster inside the hub bit. It now holds the car but only if pulled up about 7 or 8 clicks! I can't adjust them anymore via the Hub as otherwise I can't turn the wheels by hand so. I am thinking the cable might be stretched beyond limit? I can't see it being anything else as I have replaced it all! Thoughts? Cheers Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. Thanks everyone, I think I am going to do it myself. I realise you have to spend money each year when it comes to Car ownership but if I can do it myself for half or even a third of the price, it seems a no brainier. Foe, mine is only worth 3k due to the the sub 100k mileage and not having any rust lol Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. It just seems a lot of money for something which is worth maybe £3k at best. It needs new handbrake shoes, rear discs and pads at the moment and a local Garage quoted me £350! Add £150 for the next service and that's £500. I could do the whole lot myself for £150. If it were a 10k car then maybe I would but I really can't see it adding much value. The car owes me nothing and if I got £1500 for it in two years time I would be happy enough. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. Hi I have an 02 E46 which had 'FSH' when I bought it. I say FSH, it had been done every 15k miles according to the computer which means 3-4 years between each service as it was not used much! Most are BMW and the last two are independent. Its due soon and I have always done previous cars myself, I prefer to try and save money where possible. Half of me thinks its worth the £100 for the oil change just to get the stamp but does it really make that much difference on a 14 year old car? I would do it myself for half that and not be without a car for the day. Cheers
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