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About gaz-777

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  • Birthday 05/09/1983

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    E46 330CI
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    Cars, Detailing, Football, Mountain Biking, Family

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  1. I’d rather spend money fixing older cars than pay a monthly finance figure on a new one! You learn a bit more along the way too! Did you replace your aux belt tensioner with a mechanical one? I rang bmw for a price but they asked if it was mechanical or hydraulic. I assume it’s the original mechanical one in mine. I know you said a genuine one wasn’t much more than another brand from eurocar parts. I've also got a sticking front o/s caliper, I’ve looked online for an ate caliper refurb kit but can’t seem to find any. Have you ever had to rebuild/refurbish an E46 caliper? Obviously I will do both sides if I can find a kit for it.
  2. Yep all part of the fun. I had my Aircon checked over and re-gassed last month, no leaks detected and blows ice cold. I had my dad look at the belts when I started from cold and it’s the aux belt that just slips slightly but makes a horrible squeal sound. Only lasts about 10 seconds but going to work at 3am is not good when it does it!
  3. Also forgot to mention it Passed the MoT in June with no advisories. And taking it down to Portsmouth took it over 100k miles 😁
  4. Another update to this thread, I carried out the Valve cover gasket replacement last week following a useful video on YouTube. Took about an hour and half doing it for the first time, but it was leaking quite badly at the back of the engine and dripping onto the 2nd bank primary cat. So the smell of burning oil was not nice when starting a journey. Anyway I decided to give the elring gasket a go from euro car parts, approximately £30 after their 33% off. The rubber seals on the valve cover bolts were all in good condition so I cleaned them up and re-Fitted them. I cleaned up the valve cover and surfaces well before fitting the new gasket, and any oil that had leaked around the area. I’ve just been down to Portsmouth on a family holiday and all seems to be good with no more leaks. The only thing annoying me now is the aux belt tensioner, the aux belt slips on cold start up. I replaced the belts when I did the coolant overhaul last summer but never replaced the tensioner, so that’s the next job. It never seems to end but I don’t mind doing the maintenance on a 14 year old car that drives and goes so well.
  5. Hi Guys, just to update this thread I carried out an oil and filter change a few weeks ago. Also gave the pipercross panel filter a clean and replaced the pollen filter. Whilst doing the oil change I noticed an oil leak on the passenger side of the block which looked like it was coming from the oil filter housing gasket. You can’t see the leak from the top of the engine but only underneath with the bottom tray removed. So I ordered a genuine gasket from BMW and replaced the oil filter housing gasket on monday. The job was easy enough after watching a handy video on YouTube, but the majority of the job was cleaning all the oil that had leaked down the side of the block onto the steering rack and surrounding area. As I didn’t take any photos I’ve attached one from the web to show the failed housing gasket. And after finishing that I found out that I also have another leak on the drivers side at the back of the engine. I suspect it is a failed cam cover gasket which is next on my to do list. A genuine BMW gasket is £38, anyone fitted any other brand of gasket for this job?
  6. Shame that mate, after all you’ve been through with it. I’ve had my 330ci nearly 5 years now, keep thinking about selling but just can’t find anything anywhere near the condition of it. I’ve got the cam cover gasket and oil filter housing gasket to change next week, I use it daily now and I love driving it. Any thing in mind what’s next?
  7. This looks very clean mate, all the usual jobs/mods being done too, I like!!
  8. Hey bud, I already had longer wheel bolts when I purchased the car. So I’m only guessing you will need them to fit the wheels, never tried the original bolts so I can’t comment on them. I sourced my centre caps caps from eBay, there only cheap ones and yes they are 68mm so they should fit. But I did pick up some genuine bmw “m” stickers for the wheels, again on eBay.
  9. Ha, funny you say that, because this is the first car I really liked on this forum and I ended up buying it! I suppose it was just meant to be
  10. Glad to hear buddy, it’s kind of having an electronic valve that opens at 4K revs. It sounds stock at low revs, but then open the throttle and take it to 5-6k and it has that M3 raspy metallic note. Would love to hear what it sounds like with a Race spec Eisenmann bolted on the back.
  11. Cheers Kirkynut! Yes the Hella parts are one of the best I’ve seen. Straight replacement with no problems, I didn’t realise at first that the radiator came equipped for both manual and auto. I just assumed the one I ordered for my reg was for a manual. But hey now I know!
  12. The resonator delete amplified the 6 pot a bit more, a few pops on overrun and nothing drastic in noise. But if I had the chance again I would do a rear box delete first to see what that sounds like. And then go from there.
  13. This is looking very nice buddy, love the rear spoiler. You mentioned about the exhaust upgrade on your old 328, what rear box did you upgrade to? I have the resonator delete on mine but my rear box/tail pipes could be improved!
  14. The Hella products seem to be good quality and a perfect oem replacement. Better than cheaper ones on eBay etc. I actually destroyed the drain plug on my original radiator as the main plug just twists and then you pull it out, but I kept unscrewing it with my ratchet and broke it. The drain screw in the middle of it does screw out but not the main plug. Luckily I wasn’t using the old drain plug in the new rad. I did install my original coolant level sensor and kept the new one for spares.
  15. Continuing on from the coolant change, I recently ordered a new Hella Radiator and new Hella expansion tank from euro car parts. Fitting was relatively easy and straight forward. The radiator comes with a short and a long drain plug, the longer one was installed and caused a leak. So I swapped it out for the shorter one and that sorted the leak out. After running the engine up to temperature I had another leak coming from the top hose where it connects to the expansion tank, but the cause of that was that it wasn’t properly connected. After that was clipped on properly all was good. I haven’t had any other leak after a week of driving it now and should be good for another 13 years!
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