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by Mike W.
Sun Oct 28, 2018 3:35 pm
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: now it's the starter....
Replies: 3
Views: 370

Re: now it's the starter....

Its easy peas to get the starter out if you ask me. Go check the tool box in the trunk, the bent wrench you are after is in there. Its two nuts on the starter to get it out, that wrench will reach both. sure its tight, and you can only get maybe a 1/4 turn each time, but once the nuts are started o...
by Mike W.
Sun Oct 28, 2018 3:33 pm
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: starts - won't run unless key held
Replies: 8
Views: 556

Re: starts - won't run unless key held

You need to host the pic somewhere else like https://imgur.com/ Sounds like you need a new ignition switch though. It comes out, you might think it doesn't, but it does, just a tight fit. Originally there was a little tiny slotted screw with paint on it that held it in place. Somewhere between cheap...
by Mike W.
Sat Oct 06, 2018 11:42 am
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: I know of an 86 M car that was raced and parked years ago
Replies: 2
Views: 434

Re: I know of an 86 M car that was raced and parked years ago

What engine is it? A ///M out of an M5 or M6? It should fit then but the motor mount bolts might not be in the right place. When I put an '80 engine in my E28 I had to fab new motor mount brackets, it had holes in different places. Took me longer than I thought it would, mostly in design which was o...
by Mike W.
Sun Sep 30, 2018 12:19 pm
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: E28 drive shaft compatibility
Replies: 8
Views: 547

Re: E28 drive shaft compatibility

Yep, different part numbers can be the same, close enough or completely different. On driveshafts in particular the 3HP22 shaft being close enough to work in a 265/6 application.
by Mike W.
Sat Sep 29, 2018 12:18 pm
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: ANOTHER injector leaking
Replies: 7
Views: 588

Re: ANOTHER injector leaking

You're lucky it's leaking there and not at the body itself, I've run into many of those. But yes, you can emphatically put a hose clamp on it. The fuel line today, even BMW line, isn't what it was way back then. I'm not sure it was any better or longer lasting, but the old stuff was incredibly tough...
by Mike W.
Sat Sep 22, 2018 1:07 pm
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: Electronic Control Unit (ECU) harness compatibility
Replies: 3
Views: 366

Re: Electronic Control Unit (ECU) harness compatibility

79 used a different ECU than 80-81 but they're fully interchangeable. IIRC the difference is there is a different trigger when it transitions from open loop to closed loop in the warm up phase. 79 E24s however are different, both harness and ECU, they didn't go to an O2 sensor until 80, unlike E12s ...
by Mike W.
Thu Sep 20, 2018 12:04 pm
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: E28 drive shaft compatibility
Replies: 8
Views: 547

Re: E28 drive shaft compatibility

I've only had one dealing with Mesa Performance but it was good, Jim seemed like a good and knowledgeable guy. I should know the answer but I don't. I do know according to Realoem an 85 G265 shaft should be 1522MM, however I don't know how and where they measure them from. I've got a couple of drive...
by Mike W.
Sun Sep 09, 2018 12:38 pm
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: Lube AC Blower Motor?
Replies: 2
Views: 250

Re: Lube AC Blower Motor?

A zoom spout oiler might be the best way to try to do it. With the extendable tube you might be able to get some oil in there to the bearings. Look for it at a hardware store or good auto parts store.

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by Mike W.
Tue Sep 04, 2018 11:13 pm
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: Trip ODO repairs
Replies: 0
Views: 727

Trip ODO repairs

Nothing here is meant as a slight to Jeff or odometergears.com, he's a good guy and from all I hear produces an excellent product. But sometimes you just want to repair what's there and can. I first did this on my first E21 when it didn't work with a mere 197K on it. I repaired the gear and last I s...
by Mike W.
Tue Aug 28, 2018 12:25 am
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: HELP with Blower Fan Dial
Replies: 6
Views: 493

Re: HELP with Blower Fan Dial

Ironically I just dug into mine today. To me the PITA is getting to it, pretty much removing the console to do it. Doing it over a dishpan or something isn't a bad idea, but I didn't really have too many problems, the grease was so sticky everything stayed in place. There is only one ball bearing an...
by Mike W.
Sun Aug 26, 2018 12:27 pm
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: '80 528i Fuel Sender float wires
Replies: 6
Views: 435

Re: '80 528i Fuel Sender float wires

Nice fix, my hat's off to you. Where did you find the nichrome wire?
by Mike W.
Sun Aug 19, 2018 12:19 pm
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: Driver's floor pan rust and carpet dyeing
Replies: 5
Views: 454

Re: Driver's floor pan rust and carpet dyeing

You might also check the availability of carpet for the E28. Seems like I recall reading some posts where E28 carpet was swapped into the E12. Mid sections of the two cars are very similar. True, I've got an 85 E28 carpet in my 80 528i. Not perfect, but it does indeed fit. 79 and earlier cars would...
by Mike W.
Fri Aug 17, 2018 4:15 pm
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: Driver's floor pan rust and carpet dyeing
Replies: 5
Views: 454

Re: Driver's floor pan rust and carpet dyeing

There are aerosol coatings that might work where dyes don't. I have no experience with them but a company called SEM makes one. SEM products are generally very good. I haven't done it on carpet that gets used regularly, but I have used it on the package shelf which I believe is the same carpeting, ...
by Mike W.
Fri Aug 17, 2018 4:11 pm
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: '80 528i Fuel Sender float wires
Replies: 6
Views: 435

Re: '80 528i Fuel Sender float wires

No source I've heard of. I suspect the sending unit is still available since they used it thru the E28 run, but that would be a pretty special wire with a moderate resistance. A contact cleaner might be of help, but doubtful. Double check every ground, they're critical for the fuel and temp gauges.
by Mike W.
Fri Aug 17, 2018 4:03 pm
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: '81 windscreen wipers
Replies: 11
Views: 872

Re: '81 windscreen wipers

Did you order the damper ring(s) from a BMW factory parts source or fool around matching the pieces at local auto parts / hardware stores ? Without specifics it seems like the pieces are not that custom,... Maybe or maybe not custom, but try finding what is essentially a grommet with those specs.