Problem: Tire pressure escapes over time Cause: Oxygen leaks out, Temperatures change Application: All models Solution: Filling tires with nitrogen Where to buy: Dealerships, tire shops Cost: $5 – $10 per tire Tires are commonly filled with compressed air, but recently there has been a lot of talk about filling automobile tires with pure nitrogen.
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Problem: Sloppy E30 steering wheel Application: E30 Solution: Tighten steering column coupler Cost: FREE Slop or play in the E30 steering wheel is a very common issue given the current age of the vehicle. There are many causes of the sloppy steering wheel problem. For example, a sloppy steering guibo, a worn or faulty steering
Problem: People sell replica LTW wheels advertising them as OEM. Application: All models Solution: Look for the proper OEM BMW markings BMW Style 24 wheels were first introduced in 1994 as an optional wheel for the E36 M3 at a dealer price tag of $1,850. These wheels came standard on the limited production E36 M3
Problem: Sun fades black trim to gray Application: All models Solution: Boiled linseed oil. Where to buy: Amazon, Lowes, Home Depot Cost: ~$15 in supplies.
Although it may seem elementary, we often are asked how to remove an OEM BMW shift knob. There are numerous reasons to want to remove your shift knob. To replace a worn knob, go with an aftermarket knob, upgrade to a newer OEM knob or maybe to replace the entire shift linkage for a short
Problem: No roll cage to center mount GoPro. Application: All models Solution: Use PVC pipes from hardware store. Where to buy: Lowes, Home Depot Cost: $10 in materials. If you are looking to get some cool interior driving shots of your car with your GoPro, there are some expensive options out there. The GoPro accessory catalog
Each bolt or nut you tighten on your car has calculated torque values specifically designed for assembly. Whether installing your lug bolts on your car after removing a tire, replacing spark plugs, or replacing a water pump, every component hardware has a torque. Both under torquing and over-torquing a bolt can have a catastrophic failure, therefore it is
Problem: Hard water causing mineral deposits on glass. Cause: High mineral content of water. Application: All models Solution: Whink Rust Stain Remover Where to buy: BUY HERE Cost: $5 – $10 per 16 fl. oz bottle What is the cause of hard water? Water with high mineral content, such as calcium and magnesium. Why does
Problem: Front end body flex & lack of responsive steering. Application: E36 Solution: BMW Motorsports Xbrace OEM Part Number: 51718410212 Where to buy: Junk yard, OEM distributors Cost: $15 at the junk yard, $190 new The lower cross brace, or “xbrace” was first introduced as standard equipment on the BMW E36 M3 LTW. It is a
Problem: Greasy, dirty car windows. Application: All models Solution: Newspaper & Invisible Glass Where to buy: Wal-mart, Amazon Cost: $3.44 per 22oz bottle
Problem: Middle rear seat belt looks sloppy while not in use. Application: E23, E28, E30, E34 Solution: Parcel shelf seat belt holder. When the E30 rolled off the production line in 1982, it was a much simpler time when it came to safety regulations. The rear seats in the BMW E30 do not have a
Problem: Aligning wheel bolt pattern to match hub pattern. Application: All models Solution: BMW tool kit: aligning stud When reinstalling a wheel back on to the hub of a BMW it is often difficult to line up the bolt pattern of the wheel to the hole locations on the hub. You struggle with taking the
Problem: Droopy / sloppy wiper arms. Application: 1502, 2002, 2500, E21, E30, E12, E28, E24, E23, E38 Solution: Replace wiper arm bushing OEM part number: 61611353754 Where to buy: CLICK HERE Cost: ~$8 each (2 per car) What is the cause of sloppy BMW wiper arms? Plastics and rubbers do not age well, over time
Problem: OEM E30 floor mats are NLA (no longer available). Application: E30 Solution: OEM BMW E46 Convertible floor mats Where to buy: Dealer / Authorized Parts Dealer OEM Part No.: 82110021270 (Anthracite) Cost: $109.99 Original E30 floor mats are NLA (no longer available) to buy brand new. BMW discontinued making them. For those of us
Problem: Open hole after removing busted antenna. Water leaks in trunk. Application: E30, E36, E28, Z3 Solution: Self sealing antenna delete plug Where to buy: Purchase Here Cost: $9.99 shipped Antenna Delete Plug Product Information: – Plug and play installation. – Naturally seals / water proofs antenna cutout. – Requires no use of sealant or modification