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Does a timing chain need maintenance?

Does a timing chain (as opposed to timing belt) need any specific maintenance? In particular I'm talking about a BMW Z4
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How do I find the correct pins in a CAN-BUS connector?

This question might be too technical for this forum, but I'll give it a go. I have a 2012 BMW R1200R motorcycle with CAN-BUS. I'd like to make an Arduino interface to the connector on the bike, but I ...
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Gasoline is dripping out of a rubber tube outputting on the bottom of my motorcycle - is this normal, or is it a problem?

What bike? A BMW 650, 1996 model. What's the problem? I noticed a slow, but steady, drip of gasoline from one of two rubber tubes that output to the bottom of the bike. I think the other rubber ...
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How do I drain the brake fluid for a 1999 BMW K1200RS?

I need to drain the brake fluid for my 1999 BMW K1200RS with ABS in order to do some minor service on the Master Cylinder, but I don't have a service manual for the bike. How should I go about doing ...
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What is a shock absorber?

I was told that I need to replace the shock absorber in my 1992 316i BMW. When I attempt to visit a web site to order the part it does not list any of parts with this name. I know nothing about cars ...
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What is the difference between BMW 318i, 320i, 325i etc?

I'm wondering what the difference is between the different model numbers in the BMW 3-series. Also, what is the difference between the E30, E36 and E46?
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Why are my wires melting together?

I'm currently neck deep in an eletrical shortage issue with my BMW 316i. I found the wires that are blowing my fuses, and it's bad. Like at least 5ft of 8 or more wires fused together behind my ...
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What is this panel on the front of BMWs for?

I know the panels circled in yellow are headlight washers and exist on many cars now. However, on several BMWs I have noticed an extra panel, circled in red. It is not symmetric and I have only ...
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Bmw E46: strange problems with automatically closing windows and broken light warning

I have had a couple of strange problems and I can't really make sense of it. When I parked the car, I locked the doors as always with the windows closed (I am absolutely sure about this; it was ...
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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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BMW 530xd e60 2008 diesel engine turns but won't start

I have a problem with my BMW, just bought it, previous owner hasn't been facing such problems. When the engine is cold for e.g.: after night. Outside temperature is about -4 to +1 degree, engine won't ...
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How to determine if a wheel is bent

My E46 M3 vibrates moderately at highway speeds (> 60 MPH), but it can can only really be felt through the seat, and not through the steering wheel. My guess is that a wheel is bent (out of round) or ...
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Power steering noise that goes away

My e46 M3 is making the tell-tale whining and groaning of a power steering pump that is either out of PS oil, or gasping it's last breath. The oil level is fine, so I immediately jumped to the ...
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2007 BMW Z4 won't start when my phone is plugged into the cigarette lighter plug

Sometimes when my cell phone is on charge in my 2007 BMW Z4 before I start it, nothing happens when I turn the key. The car is acting like it would if I did not have the clutch pushed in - the key ...
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Jack points for a 2003 BMW 325i

So I know about the 4 rubber pads on the sides of the car. They make really stable points for my jack stands. Problem is getting my jack stands under the pads if I'm using them to prop up the car. The ...
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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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BMW 530xd E60 2008 diesel possibly fuel pump problem

Car details: BMW 530xd E60 2008-05 Diesel 170kw. The pump is working as it should be, it has been tested in BMW center. Problem is, when I turn the ignition on, the check engine light doesn't come ...
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The garage I went to cannot get the wheel off my car

I have a BMW with a flat tire, I took it to tire shop but we could not find the bolt nut, and he said he could not do anything. So I went to breakers yard, they had one and tried to get the tyre off, ...
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Is the wing (AKA fender) on a BMW 335d MSport attached by glue?

I have cracked my wing and discovered that there is glue under the wing as if it has been repaired before. The garage I bought the car from is claiming that it is factory fitted and that BMW use glue ...
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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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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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Is there any particular difficulty in replacing Ignition coils in a BMW 528i?

My mechanic tells me that he has to replace the 6 ignition coils in my 1998 BMW 528i - he wants $800 to do it. I can get new coils online for about $30 each, and it seems to me that I could put them ...
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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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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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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, ...
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BMW E90 M47TU2 EGR clean

I have a BMW E90 2007 with a M47TU2 engine, Can anyone tell me where the EGR valve is, how to get it off and how to clean it (with what?) Thanks
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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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Good resources for BMW repair, diagrams? Besides Mechanics.stackexchange.com

I have a 2003 BMW 325i and I wanted to know where I could find good technical documentation on it. I presume there is a maintenance manual or a Climber guide. Being that this is the age of the ...
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BMW E30 M20 oil warning light goes on on hot days but the motor sounds and performs fine

The car: BMW '90 E30 320i Cabrio with the six-cylinder M20 engine. The problem: the red engine oil warning light inside the instrument cluster (not the check control) lights up after some driving. ...
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Car starts with push start but not with jump leads

Perhaps somebody can identify this issue. The car is a 2003 BMW Z4. The symptoms are: Car wouldn't start last week Jump leads did nothing Push started the car in 2nd, engine starts. Took The car ...
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Power Steering Fluid for 1997 BMW 528i?

I'm pretty sure my power steering fluid is low (and may even be leaking). I got the car used and I've been told that this model of BMW doesn't use standard power steering fluid. Does anyone know ...
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Is a BMW E30 a hard car to start learning to fix on?

I like BMWs but I want an automatic. I know how to drive a 5-spd but others will drive the car that do not. That is an old car. I know that automatic transmission is going to die. But, I've always ...
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accidentally placed oil in the coolant reservoir in a BMW 325i. How do I fix it and what is the cost?

I accidentally added oil to my coolant reservoir. I have a BMW 325i. The oil light came on and I figured my oil may be low. When the oil was added the oil light warning went off. However, the ...
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BMW 330D 2001 E46 Turbo Charger not working as expected after changing

I have a problem with my car. My car: BMW 330D, 135kw, 2001 year, E46. A week ago my turbo charger got broken when I was driving. There was a lot of white smoke going out of exhaust and there was ...
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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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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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Is it possible to use biodiesel in a BMW 335d if I remove the DPF and remap the ECU?

The new (2009-current) BMW 335d sells in the U.S. with a DPF to reduce emissions, but which prevents the use of biodiesel. I've read about people removing the DPF and re-mapping their ECU to get ...
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Coolant still in expansion tank after draining from engine and radiator — BMW E46 (2003 330i)

I attempted to do a cooling system flush today (along with replacement of radiator hoses, water pump and thermostat). After removing the blue drain plug (my car only had one, apparently some cars ...
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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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Charging battery on BMW 320ci 2003

I left my BMW unused for 6 weeks. Then I started the engine for 10 seconds and turned it off. A few days later I started the engine and drove it 10 metres and turned it off. Then I attempted to start ...
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BMW E46 Clutch squeal

When I release the clutch at 3:rd or 4:th gear on my -98 BMW 328i, it makes a little low pitched squeal, for maybe half a second. This is not an issue on the other gears however. What could be at ...
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Is every BMW service, always needed?

Is every BMW service, always needed? I have a BMW 325i 2004. It's supposed to be due for a service. The advisor says it includes the regular oil change, check fluids and top off fluids as well as ...
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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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How to fix an electronic transmission that chooses overdrive and torque converter lock

'95 BMW 540i Automatic If I drive for a short (5 min) trip say go in to a store and come out. The engine will start and idle fine, but upon gear selection the car will try to drive through the brakes ...
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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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Where to pour oil into the engine (BMW E34)?

As the title says. Also, how to open the access point (if it non trivial). (It's an M50B25TU engine)
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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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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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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?