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Where is the e46 AC drain hose located?

I've tried looking online, but I can't find a description and the images are too zoomed-in to tell exactly where the AC drain hose is. Another problem is that the hose might vary between generations. ...
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BMW 320Ci (E46) flat battery, caused by light?

I just bought a second hand manual BMW 320Ci yesterday, and after driving around in the backyard for 15mins this morning, I found I have a flat battery this evening. The engine won't start and I can ...
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Is vehicle's fluid level monitoring the best way to detect all leaks?

I did an oil change for my friend's car and the mechanic was trying to convince me that it is leaking oil and brake fluid. He suggested that the car needs a costly repair (~$1400). While I don't have ...
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AC suddenly stopped working?

After few hours driving in town with a lot of traffic my AC was working fine, keeping low temperature inside. Then I had to stop the engine for few minutes and when I turned it on, although the AC ...
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Engine on BMW G650GS 2011 does not start when it's hot

I have a rather strange problem with my BMW G650GS. In the morning, when the engine is cold, it starts fine with a single crank. There is no problem with riding, the engine works fine and never ...
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How to know BMW e46 AC type

Apparently there are two types of air conditioning units - IHKR and IHKA - in BMW e39's. I'm curious whether there are different types in e46's and, if so, how do I find out?
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BMW e46 AC intake location(s)

Is the intake for the air conditioning unit the same (i.e. under the hood near the windshield wipers) as the regular cabin air intake? What about in recirculation mode?
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BMW e46 cabin air vent smells

The cabin vents smell like mold and mildew. It's worse during humid days. I'm pretty sure the AC has something to do with it (since it smells bad when I turn the AC off and keep the fans blowing) but ...
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BMW e46 problems after Lysol in air intake

I was spraying Lysol into the cabin air intake (not the engine intake) right under windshield wipers while running the fans, and after doing this for several minutes (fans on the whole time, Lysol ...
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Urgent! BMW 318i 2007 E90 Heating Up

I've BMW 318i E90 2007 which is heating up after about 2-3 miles and since it has been heating so quick esp in down town and low speeds, I have not had a chance to take it to highways. Now, there are ...
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Will my tyres fit?

I currently have 225/50R16 run flat tyres on my BMW 3 series 320d E90 (2006) and I am looking to get some new alloys. I'm looking at getting 16 Inch BBS SR alloys. They have a width of 7J and an ...
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What is the Carter Gas Filter for?

I'm confused with this, are there any combustion gasses in the carter and why do they need to be filtered? What is the Carter gas filter, where is it located and what is its use? Is there a way to ...
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Rough idle in neutral

I have a 6-speed 2012 135i, and whenever I idle in neutral, the car vibrates and makes a noise that I can only describe as sort of a faint grinding sound (it doesn't actually sound as bad as that ...
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Is it common for ECU's to maintain individual limit maps for each knock sensor?

Preamble I'm in the process of interpreting my BMW M5's ECU binary with the aid of some nifty scripting and rather informative forum posts. One of the things I've found is that there are knock limit ...
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My car doesn't leak oil but I have to tap it off every 500 miles

I am in a really weird situation. I have a BMW 325i(2002). I bought it second hand and I have been driving it for 5 years. Now, lately I have been having to tap my oil every 500 miles with 2 quarts. ...
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E46 Check engine light on at high altitude

In my E46 BMW, the yellow check engine light always turns on when visiting Lake Tahoe (altitude ranging from 6000-8000 feet). It usually turns off if I've been there for a couple days. After many ...
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E46 engine chirps when idling in the morning

The title pretty much sums it up. If I haven't driven the car in a few days, the BMW E46 engine makes a faint chirp for about 30 seconds when I start up the engine. It's more like a rapid chirp, as ...
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Car still burning oil after replacing head gasket and rings; what's next?

I have a 1991 BMW e34 525i with 374,000 km which burns oil. I don't have any leaks, and I have little smoke when I go uphill and accelerate. I have replaced the cylinder head gasket set and the ...
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Why aren't my “street performance” pads performing well on the street?

Background I drive a 1989 BMW 325i, and a few months ago I got a brake lining warning light. I gladly took the opportunity to upgrade from OEM rotors and pads to nice, shiny, new cross-drilled and ...
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Car won't start in the cold

everyone! I've googled about this issue, but couldn't find much info. I hope that someone could help. I have cold start issue below -10C(14F). If it just -10C it harder to star, but if temperature ...
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BMW e36 wont maintain idle

A friend has an e36 that wont maintain idle. The car is driveable but coughs and stops when idling. I've checked the air box and boot and they are in good condition - no leaks. I think spark and ...
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BMW 320i 1992 Gearbox in Sports Mode

My cas is a BMW e36 320i, with an automatic gear box. The gearbox has three modes, Economic, Sports and ICE. When in Economic mode, The gearbox switches smoothly between the 5 speeds, however, the ...
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BMW 530i Navigation software

My friend has bought a BMW 530i from 2004, manufactured in Germany. The original navigation system installation disk is broken. I wounder if it can be downloaded, burnt to a cd/dvd and installed into ...
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Correct procedure and cost repair BMW timing chain (BMW 318ti)

I was looking to buy a used BMW and realised that the one I liked has timing chain. I am more used to timing belts and know that they cost about £200 ($320) to replace. However, I don't have any ...
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Modifying BMW 1.16i to have more horsepower

I'm planning to increase the horsepower of my BMW 1.16i along with some additional make-up modifications. If I'll be making the horsepower upgrade, it will happen using the official software from ...
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BMW | Engine Struggles and Overheats

I had a problem with the coolant light going on for few minutes after running the car from a cold engine and then it would turn off by itself. I took it to the mechanic and they added coolant and, ...
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Can I put a regular lead acid battery in place of a gel battery in a BMW R110RT?

I just got a 2000 BMW R1100RT and the previous owner told me the battery is 7 years old so I figure it's time to go. I saw this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XEBjekqUV9c and the guy points ...
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Car is heating while Coolant Temp Sensor is normal

I bought a BMW 318i and the car heated twice so far while the coolant temperature sensor is normal. If we exclude the possibility that the sensor is malfunctioning, what problem would cause the ...
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BMW 320i e36 VS BMW 325i e36 [closed]

What are the difference between a BMW 320i e36 and BMW 325i e36, Does the 325 engine offer much more power than the 320 engine, what are the Pros and Cons of each one, Thanks
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Drove up a curb in my '94 525i bmw and took a chunk out of the sidewalk

Immediately after going up the curb i put the car into reverse, and then park where i then turned the engine off as quickly as possible. Four of the fan's blade broke off, front right blinker popped ...
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Does my BMW e36 320i 1992 have a Gearbox cooler

Does the BMW e36 come equipped with gearbox coolers, if not, can I install one. Thanks
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BMW e36 320i motor looses power significantly out of a sudden

I have a 1992 BMW e36 320i, when i start in the morning, or in cold weather, the cars functions normally and has a lot of power. However, after a little, or when the weather is hot, the car ...
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Are 320d/520d N47 engines made after March 2011 still susceptible to timing chain failure?

I've read all about the dreaded timing chain failure on 320d/520d BMWs with N47 engines manufactured between 2007 and 2011. I wanted to know if models after March 2011 (when they supposedly changed ...
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How to extract motor from BMW 318 TDS E36 Fuel prepump to clean it

It seems that a clogged motor can make it seem as the prepump (on the pic below) is dead. I noticed that a very small cleanup (external) revived it for a few minutes. Now I would like to take the ...
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Engine torque throughput curve is flat or wavy in low gears between 2000 and 4000 rpm

As the title says BMW's (93 E34 525i M50B25TU) engine misbehaves in low gears, namely in 1st and 2nd, most of the time when the engine is cold but sometimes even when it is properly warmed up. The ...
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BMW 330Xi tire rim broken

New tire started leaking air just to find out that the tire is alright and the air taking pin is also fine. the rim is cracked from inside. I've no clue how that can happen. Also, my mechanic is ...
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Car Audio wiring

BMW E46 Android head unit A little context: I have a head unit, that I want to have constant power through ACC. Basically, it's an android tablet customized for my car, but the manufacturer ...
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On a BMW E46 330Ci, is it necessary to pull the handbrake lever when you're in 'P' mode?

My flatmate drives a 2001 BMW E46 330Ci automatic transmission. I sat next to him while he drove us to the supermarket. When we arrived, I noticed that he only put the gear lever into 'P' and switch ...
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Functionality of buttons on keys.

I recently purchased an old BMW 318is (1994 model, so it really is old) and received two pairs of keys. The keys come with a silver and black pad that has 4 buttons on it. I'm not sure what each ...
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Clutch pedal suddenly doesn't go deep enough to engage gears

I was driving normally (no problems, everything going smoothly; never had felt any problems with the clutch, was catching on well etc.) and all of a sudden, with no warning sign or anything (no shock, ...
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Are ignition coils easy to replace on a BMW 318i 2.0L 2007 msport model?

They'll cost me £21.06 each. I watched a video on YouTube that showed a guy clipping of the engine cover and pulling out and plugging in the coils. I'm not 100% sure what BMW model this was but it ...
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Oil pressure warning light stays on longer after oil change in BMW 320d E46

I have changed the oil a couple of days ago, and I've noticed that the low oil pressure light stays on longer than normal. Normally, it goes out almost immediately (<1s) after starting the engine, ...
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Adding cruise control to BMW without electronic throttle control

I don't know very much about throttle bodies and stuff, but I do have an interesting question: I just bought a 2000 BMW 323i with the M52TU engine. It would seem that this specific year does not have ...
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Mechanic Troubles And A Small Watery Oil Leak

My car is a 2005 BMW 525i E60 with about 180,000km on the clock. It has been well looked after and serviced. I don't get dealer services, but go to a mechanic who has always been good and uses the ...
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Car I test drove had a high clutch engagement point; why?

I test drove a 2002 BMW 325xi with 80,000 miles on it the other day and while it didn't have any major issues cosmetically or mechanically from what I could see, there was something strange about the ...
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How reliable is a second hand 2011 bmw 335i? [closed]

not sure if this is the forum to ask this sort of question... I'm thinking of buying a 2011 bwm 335i with 16K KM on it. What sort of issues do these cars have normally? Should I stay away from this ...
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How to reach bolt at the rear of BMW M41 Engine?

I can't manage to properly reach the top right screw (zoom picture of it on the second picture). How could I do that ? (the tool I have is too long to be able to go on the rear, there is nearly no ...
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BMW M41 cold start problems

I have sometimes this problem: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvpjEdGH8-A The engine coughs for a long time before starting ... I don't understand why, because, sometimes, with the same cold ...
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How different is the injection phase in a BMW M41 Engine in flat terrain vs climbing terrain?

Let's say I am driving in a BMW 318 TDS (gasoil) : on flat terrain, at 70km/h, with only one passenger, at 2000rpm on a climbing terrain, at 70km/h, with 4 passengers and a loaded car at 2000rpm ...
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Engine suddenly died on uphill, then went back to life after a few tries

Car: BMW 318 TDS Compact. 90HP. 168.000KM Situation: was driving a very intense uphill section at 70km/h, in 4th gear (2.000 rpm). Everything was ok. Engine sound, temperature, etc... Suddenly, ...