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Is this tyre damage a problem?

I'm guessing that these are BMW spec runflat tyres? This isn't the first time I've seen such damage. Apparently, because they are intended to be used in an emergency without pressure, the sidewalls ...
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BMW 1 Series (2016) Bumper Repair

It will most certainly be more expensive if you get a professional to repair this bumper for you. However, it will be a safe investment on your trade-in if it is restored professionally. We cannot ...
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How can I move my push-to-start car with the starter?

I've got the same sort of function on my Seat Leon (and on my old BMW 320D) - if you drop the clutch quickly enough it will move the car a little. Although I doubt that's enough to get you clear of a ...
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Lifting Support Under Panel BMW

Thats just a piece of plastic, needed to avoid scratching the body-frame when lifting the car. Assuming no further damage (please check, as it is likely that something else is bent or destroyed) it ...
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Car gives knocking noise from front during braking

A knocking noise when braking (or during less noticeable maneuvers) can be attributed to worn front suspension parts - especially control arm bushings. The image below is from some random heavily ...
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Identify that part of my S56 BMW M Coupe

Are you referring to the Driveshaft FlexDisc?
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93 325i E36 - help with tires

I'm afraid the only way to resolve this is to get matching width wheels plus matching sized tyres across the back axle. Even with the same sized tyres on different width wheels, the effective surface ...
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Manually shifting an automatic transmission?

I've rebuilt a few transmissions (actually a lot of transmissions LOL) and no, manually shifting is just fine. All your doing is replacing the TCU with your own shifts. So your just fine manually ...
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Can the warning chime tone of a 2007 BMW 525i be changed, or shortened somehow?

I know nothing about BMW, but this might help. My VW Jetta had a "La Cucaracha" warning buzzer that was plugged into the fuse box and looked like a relay with a speaker on it. Rather than unplugging ...
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Car rattles at low RPM

Sounds like it's possibly involved with the transmission and/or clutch. But first, I would check all the heat shielding on the car to make sure that's not a factor. When the transmission is engaged (...
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Rough Idle & Stall While Stopped

I would check the idle air control valve, or the IAC. This might likely create the exact symptoms you describe. Determining if it's working properly is a bit of a chore for a DIY person, but this is ...
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BMW X5 E53 - Bord computer / AWD issues

Please take the following text with a grain of salt as this is just an interpretation of a complex problem from a random dude on the Internet The steering angle sensor issue (DSC) is the most ...
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Oil in the cooling reservoir

Welcome to Mechanics SE! A white milky, mayonnaise like substance is indicative of oil and water mixing. This could be down to a failed cylinder head gasket or a failed oil cooler. I'm not sure if ...
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Should I stop at 'N' when switching from 'R' to 'D'?

I have never seen instructions requiring the driver to pause in neutral when moving from reverse to drive or drive to reverse. You should however make sure your engine revs have dropped to idle when ...
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Can the warning chime tone of a 2007 BMW 525i be changed, or shortened somehow?

I'm not sure about BMW, but I used to develop these chimes for Ford and Fiat. They were implemented in the vehicle media system, aka radio. So, in order to change the volume or type of chime one must ...
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Shouldn't my post-cat O2 sensors (lambda probes) be reporting varying numbers?

Here's how to decipher INPA lambdaintegrator Short-term fuel trim. Both banks have a short-term correction of 28%. This should settle down to 0% fairly quickly, so the fact that it stays red ...
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How can I diagnose intermittent low boost on a turbocharged diesel?

Based on what you're stated in the question, it sounds as if your turbo is basically working – so the question is how to figure out what, if anything, is wrong and causing low/absent boost at times. ...
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How can I move my push-to-start car with the starter?

This is not so much a safety feature that has been taken away, but one that has been added. The starter motor was never intended as an alternate means of moving a vehicle. It is much more likely to ...
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What would cause a weak handbrake?

As you say that the handbrake mechanism is working, perhaps the shoes have just become hard and glazed due to their age and thus less effective. If this is the case there will be far less braking ...
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Oil in the cooling reservoir

Textbook root cause nr. 1 would be a damaged head-gasket, other possible issues are: Cracks in the engine head or, heaven forbid, the engine block. Some issues with the oil heat exchanger (if ...
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How can I prevent hub and rotor rusting together?

I always put a very thin coat of copper grease on the mating surfaces and also on the mating surface between the rotor and the alloy wheel. Only a small amount is needed and you want to make sure that ...
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Why are my wires melting together?

I think the chain of events went something like this: Overload or short caused a fuse to blow. The root problem wasn't addressed and after replacing the fuse, it blew again, and again… Somebody got ...
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93 325i E36 - help with tires

You will have to replace one or both wheels to make sure you have matching sizes on both sides. Note that in many jurisdictions having non-matching tyres on an axle will fail safety/roadworthyness ...
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2009 BMW 328i Crank but Won't Start

Sorry for the long wait fellas, but after banging my head for a few days, I finally figured out what was the issue. It wasn't injector problem nor the fuel pump. It turned out to be a BMW clamp that ...
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2009 BMW 328i Crank but Won't Start

Let's start with some pictures to try and clear up the function of the fuel system. Both images and a lot of the information comes from here: http://www.aa1car.com/library/returnless_efi.htm There ...
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Identify that part of my S56 BMW M Coupe

I think most BMW owners call them a "Giubo". I have no idea where that comes from or why, but you'll find it very easily by Googling it by that name.
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Can I use "Designed for BMW" Michelin tyres with a non BMW?

Can you use them? Yes. Should you use them? Depends on what you are looking for. Most of the times (not always) these special tires are just a modified version of a regular tire. What makes them ...
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Do I have to reprogram the ABS module to fix the ABS light on 528i BMW?

The ABS light is an indicator of an error caught by the ECU. It usually is an error for a defective ABS sensor or a related brake issue. It's difficult to tell what exactly it is without reading the ...
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How will I know if something is wrong with the engine due to the radiator

The BMW's engine could be damaged due to overheating if the radiator is defective. If you are unsure of the mechanical condition of a vehicle you intend to purchase the answer is simple. Don't buy it. ...
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Is this tyre damage a problem?

So I just took the car to an independent garage recommended by my wife's aunt here in Germany (we're driving back to UK later in the week). The owner asked if I can feel any vibrations or other ...
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