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by Brucey
Sat May 05, 2018 11:10 pm
Forum: Engine - Mechanical - Electrical
Topic: M88 Starter
Replies: 4
Views: 253

Re: M88 Starter

changing the starter is a pig of a job. Before you dive in, be absolutely sure that it isn't something else, like the ignition switch (which is a far more common fault).

cheers
by Brucey
Mon Apr 30, 2018 7:13 pm
Forum: Suspension - Steering - Brakes
Topic: 1981 Front stabalizer removal
Replies: 6
Views: 493

Re: 1981 Front stabalizer removal

shorter bolts (or buying a cheap spanner to 'sacrifice'; maybe this is what you have?) would be my choice over grinding a nice Heyco spanner. The correct toolkit spanner looks a bit like this (although this is an 18-19mm version) http://www.samstagsales.com/images/Heyco_450-18x19x.jpg You can see it...
by Brucey
Sat Apr 28, 2018 2:50 pm
Forum: Engine - Mechanical - Electrical
Topic: Engine Died when put in Drive (Solved)
Replies: 26
Views: 1438

Re: Engine Died when put in Drive

it is (IIRC) pin 4 on the ECU, which I think I said. Since the voltage at the diagnostic port (different pin number there, see wiring diagram) is not proof positive that the signal is good at the ECU where you need it, I recommend that you verify it at the ECU if you want to be certain. However it i...
by Brucey
Thu Apr 26, 2018 11:07 pm
Forum: Suspension - Steering - Brakes
Topic: thump/pop sound when steering
Replies: 10
Views: 511

Re: thump/pop sound when steering

some things to check

- strut top bearings/mounts
- control arm mountings/bolts
- spring seats
- ARB mountings
- steering box mountings (these are notorious for cracking)
- idler arm condition/mountings

if the sound resonates it is likely to be something in or near a spring

cheers
by Brucey
Wed Apr 25, 2018 8:39 pm
Forum: Suspension - Steering - Brakes
Topic: 1981 Front stabalizer removal
Replies: 6
Views: 493

Re: 1981 Front stabalizer removal

you mean bolt #5 here?

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Have you tried the 17mm ring spanner that comes in the toolkit? This has a very slim ring and several fasteners on 6ers are best loosened with the toolkit spanners, so this would not be a surprise.

cheers
by Brucey
Wed Apr 25, 2018 6:25 pm
Forum: Engine - Mechanical - Electrical
Topic: Engine Died when put in Drive (Solved)
Replies: 26
Views: 1438

Re: Engine Died when put in Drive

you don't mention having chased down the 'start signal' I mentioned above

cheers
by Brucey
Mon Apr 23, 2018 9:24 am
Forum: Engine - Mechanical - Electrical
Topic: Engine Temperature and Sensors
Replies: 9
Views: 577

Re: Engine Temperature and Sensors

if you don't want to remove the steering wheel you can just undo the two M8 bolts that hold the steering column to the dash underside and there should be (just) enough room with the column lowered to remove the cluster. It is a good idea to put a soft rag over the top of the steering column shroud t...
by Brucey
Sun Apr 22, 2018 9:56 pm
Forum: The Saloon
Topic: Gonna be gone for a while
Replies: 33
Views: 2692

Re: Gonna be gone for a while

me too.
by Brucey
Sun Apr 22, 2018 9:38 pm
Forum: Engine - Mechanical - Electrical
Topic: Fuel pump relay
Replies: 35
Views: 2201

Re: Fuel pump relay

if the CSV isn't working for whatever reason most M30 engines do not start well.

cheers
by Brucey
Sun Apr 22, 2018 5:23 pm
Forum: Engine - Mechanical - Electrical
Topic: Tacho inop.
Replies: 7
Views: 451

Re: Tacho inop.

I don't know the answer to your problem but a few comments - there is a plug in the back for the instrument cluster which (IIRC) configures the cluster for different cars. Do make sure that the correct plug is fitted. - there is more than one version of the cluster. - I have not seen a detailed diag...
by Brucey
Sat Apr 21, 2018 10:55 am
Forum: The Saloon
Topic: What do we do about Photobucket??
Replies: 7
Views: 441

Re: What do we do about Photobucket??

I have always downloaded photos to this site so that they wouldn't get into the hands of a third party photo hosting site that could change its business model at any time. However a good number of my photos have gone missing when this site has changed server, too. So there is no perfect solution, it...
by Brucey
Thu Apr 19, 2018 11:22 pm
Forum: Engine - Mechanical - Electrical
Topic: Engine Died when put in Drive (Solved)
Replies: 26
Views: 1438

Re: Engine Died when put in Drive

best if you make up leads with crimp terminals on them, otherwise there is a danger of stray strands bridging contacts that you don't want. Car will run quite happily with the jumpers in place. The reason it isn't safe to drive the car is that the fuel pump won't shut off in the event of a prang. ch...
by Brucey
Wed Apr 18, 2018 10:46 pm
Forum: Engine - Mechanical - Electrical
Topic: NO CLUTCH
Replies: 12
Views: 651

Re: NO CLUTCH

the clutch is engaged by a gurt great spring. All the hydraulics ever do is fight the spring and temporarily disconnect the engine from the drive. If the drive is never connected something major is broken, jammed or just worn out; it is extremely unlikely to be the external hydraulic parts that are ...
by Brucey
Wed Apr 18, 2018 10:37 pm
Forum: Engine - Mechanical - Electrical
Topic: Engine Died when put in Drive (Solved)
Replies: 26
Views: 1438

Re: Engine Died when put in Drive

dunno why you should get a fluctuating voltage at the main relay socket, unless there is another problem (eg in the fuse box? or ignition switch). Suggestion; put a load on the 12V feed (eg a test bulb, below the fused rating of the circuit obviously) and see how the voltage looks then. BTW problems...
by Brucey
Wed Apr 18, 2018 10:31 pm
Forum: Engine - Mechanical - Electrical
Topic: M30 Crankshaft float
Replies: 3
Views: 399

Re: M30 Crankshaft float

the largest thrust appears on the crank whenever the clutch pedal is depressed. That wear looks pretty bad (unusual for an M30 I would say, it may indicate that the clutch went weird (high load) and may also have helped cause the gearbox to go bang...?). Hmm just looked and both sides of the thrust ...
by Brucey
Tue Apr 17, 2018 11:02 pm
Forum: Suspension - Steering - Brakes
Topic: Hydro Steering Box Bolt Removal
Replies: 6
Views: 511

Re: Hydro Steering Box Bolt Removal

If you have WD40 only it is always worth trying it as a penetrant because it might work even if it is not as good as many other things. re Ron's list of WD40 things; WD40 contains a mixture of petroleum distillates, being mainly solvent and some oil. Suggesting that it is OK to put it into a waterco...
by Brucey
Tue Apr 17, 2018 10:41 pm
Forum: Engine - Mechanical - Electrical
Topic: Engine Died when put in Drive (Solved)
Replies: 26
Views: 1438

Re: Engine Died when put in Drive

there is no point in just randomly replacing parts; the idea is that you test them and replace them if faulty, not that you very slowly and expensively buy a new car, one random part at a time.... BTW there is also no point in doing half-arsed tests; for example I specifically recommended that you t...
by Brucey
Sat Apr 14, 2018 5:01 pm
Forum: Engine - Mechanical - Electrical
Topic: NO CLUTCH
Replies: 12
Views: 651

Re: NO CLUTCH

do you mean the engine is no longer connected to the wheels? Or do you mean that you can't disconnect the engine from the wheels, using the clutch ?

cheers
by Brucey
Sat Apr 14, 2018 1:45 am
Forum: Engine - Mechanical - Electrical
Topic: Running ethanol in E24
Replies: 3
Views: 345

Re: Running ethanol in E24

the alcohol burns OK reacts with some materials and it also (usually) means more water in the fuel . Might cause big problems, might not. Folk over here are worried by 1-2% ethanol increase in ordinary unleaded.

BTW you could solve the problem by fitting an adjustable FPR, could you not?

cheers
by Brucey
Tue Apr 10, 2018 10:09 am
Forum: Engine - Mechanical - Electrical
Topic: Turbo Cam timing problem(s)
Replies: 3
Views: 306

Re: Turbo Cam timing problem(s)

A. you can't. If you want to revise the cam timing as you desire, the cam WILL have to be in a different place when the crank is at TDC, by definition. The mantra about the cam support bolt holes only applies to normal camshafts. BTW that the cams have the LCA figures you quote does not mean that th...
by Brucey
Mon Apr 09, 2018 11:10 am
Forum: The Workshop
Topic: Entry Level Welding Equipment
Replies: 7
Views: 983

Re: Entry Level Welding Equipment

for doing car bodywork, general fabrication in up to ~1/4" plate and if you are starting out a single-phase hobby MIG is IMHO the best choice. You can spend a lot of money on something with knobs, bells and whistles and you might never use them anyway; not everyone takes to welding or needs to do th...
by Brucey
Mon Apr 09, 2018 12:02 am
Forum: Suspension - Steering - Brakes
Topic: Bilstein B6 rear shocks no bump stops
Replies: 3
Views: 323

Re: Bilstein B6 rear shocks no bump stops

BMW pns are in the ETK, parts can only be fitted by incurring a labour time that is about the same as doing the job at the rear all over again. You should only need to shorten the bumpstops if the car is lowered from standard ride height. If you have lowered the car much then all four bumpstops shou...
by Brucey
Sat Apr 07, 2018 11:42 pm
Forum: Engine - Mechanical - Electrical
Topic: Clutch & Shifter Questions
Replies: 6
Views: 412

Re: Clutch & Shifter Questions

the only adjustment is at the pushrod into the MC. One way a clutch can go bad is if the pushrod is badly adjusted such that the compensation port isn't opened when the pedal is up. Bleeding these clutches is made difficult by the run of the hard pipe, which is up and over. Very many approaches to b...
by Brucey
Sat Apr 07, 2018 11:30 pm
Forum: Suspension - Steering - Brakes
Topic: Bilstein B6 rear shocks no bump stops
Replies: 3
Views: 323

Re: Bilstein B6 rear shocks no bump stops

they made a very stupid decision for three reasons 1) your car will understeer badly if driven with enthusiasm in the corners; why bother spending money on good suspension if it is effed up like that? 2) no bump stops means no protection tubes and that will knacker your rear shocks prematurely; the ...
by Brucey
Sat Apr 07, 2018 8:56 pm
Forum: Engine - Mechanical - Electrical
Topic: Clutch & Shifter Questions
Replies: 6
Views: 412

Re: Clutch & Shifter Questions

getrag transmissions of this vintage are somewhat baulky and if they have the wrong oil in them and/or are stone cold they are very baulky. Some folk swear by a redline oil in this sort of gearbox. But anyway I wouldn't worry much about that until you have sorted the clutch out. Even the slightest d...