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by Mike W.
Mon May 10, 2021 11:56 am
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: Reinstalling the cat
Replies: 3
Views: 53

Re: Reinstalling the cat

Gents, my E12 is currently in TN, which requires emission testing on post 1974 cars. It's for all practical purposes an integrity check, which requires a cat on cars originally equipped with one. The PO of my E12 deleted the cat, which is characterized as "tampering" under TN regs. So, I'm going to...
by Mike W.
Mon May 10, 2021 11:50 am
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: Windshields
Replies: 7
Views: 35

Re: Windshields

Windshields are available, but not thru BMW. It's gotten to the point where the pros often are so used to the current type of glue in windshields they don't know how to do a floating type, at least and not have it leak. Plus they usually just cut it out, in doing so scratch the paint down to the ste...
by Mike W.
Mon May 10, 2021 12:18 am
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: Windshields
Replies: 7
Views: 35

Re: Windshields

Yes it will. It's not close, it's the same. Same rubber and lockstrip too.

Many of my E28 friends have found replacement windshields to fit poorly and leak. IMO even if they do fit poorly they leak because of poor installation.
by Mike W.
Thu May 06, 2021 11:48 am
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: HELP: Water Valve Replacement
Replies: 10
Views: 116

Re: HELP: Water Valve Replacement

Good to hear from you, Mike. I spoke with the tech today and he acknowledged that if we were only replacing the valve, no need to remove the dash. He scoped the heater box and found a leak in the heater core, so its got to come out. The new one just arrived from Germany. Do you thing the heater box...
by Mike W.
Tue May 04, 2021 12:41 pm
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: HELP: Water Valve Replacement
Replies: 10
Views: 116

Re: HELP: Water Valve Replacement

Take the dash out? That's crazy talk. And an invitation to all sorts of troubles. Between E's 12, 21 and 24 I've done about half a dozen of these things. It is a PITA but you do not have to take the dash or the heater box out. You will need a 9MM combo wrench, and a ratcheting 9MM can help too. It's...
by Mike W.
Wed Apr 28, 2021 3:54 pm
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: Replacement A/C Compressor
Replies: 16
Views: 131

Re: Replacement A/C Compressor

My limited dealing with Mesa have been very good, so that's certainly an option. I'm fond of the old swashplate compressor, they have served me well for many miles. They were used into at least 83 and maybe some in 84 although some used different hose fittings, but the block for them is just an alle...
by Mike W.
Wed Apr 28, 2021 3:48 pm
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: Intermittent Starting Issue
Replies: 10
Views: 124

Re: Intermittent Starting Issue

Oops, the open slot is on the right, not the left in the pic. The neutral switch can be distinctly intermittent, it really would be my first guess. Sometimes wiggling it back and forth will help or moving it down to the neutral position rather than park. On the locking button you're probably just mi...
by Mike W.
Wed Apr 28, 2021 12:17 pm
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: Replacement A/C Compressor
Replies: 16
Views: 131

Re: Replacement A/C Compressor

I don't know about new or rebuilt, but for used https://car-part.com/ is always an option. They currently have a bunch of listings although some of them are for York compressors so you do have to do some screening. And I would not use one from a 7 series as the climate control runs the A/C seemingly...
by Mike W.
Wed Apr 28, 2021 12:05 pm
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: ATF Leaking Bad
Replies: 11
Views: 220

Re: ATF Leaking Bad

Personally I'd just do a fluid change in addition to changing the seal if the tranny seems to be in good shape otherwise. Given the location it shouldn't require an A/T shop, it's just a seal. The hard part is R and R'ing the tranny not changing the seal. I would also use new copperlock nuts on the ...
by Mike W.
Wed Apr 28, 2021 12:00 pm
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: Intermittent Starting Issue
Replies: 10
Views: 124

Re: Intermittent Starting Issue

On light brightness what I mean is sometimes the battery cable terminals won't be making great contact, but enough for little things, but when something like the starter or even headlights are used it will drop to nothing. On the neutral safety switch, I've rehabbed at least one of them by just spra...
by Mike W.
Tue Apr 27, 2021 11:44 am
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: Intermittent Starting Issue
Replies: 10
Views: 124

Re: Intermittent Starting Issue

The ignition switch is my first thought, but not the only one. What exactly are the symptoms? Is it an A/T? I've seen more bad intermittent neutral safety switches than ignition switches. The battery is a possibility, I saw one with an intermittent dead cell one time where it would test out at 12V, ...
by Mike W.
Fri Apr 23, 2021 12:18 pm
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: brushable body color paint
Replies: 8
Views: 150

Re: brushable body color paint

Since you're trying to get a close match with, have you gone to a auto paint store and tried buying a pint of single stage the right color. Sure, it's meant to be sprayed, but you could always brush it on. Brushing metallic is bound to be less than perfect, but for under the hood it shouldn't be a p...
by Mike W.
Fri Apr 23, 2021 12:09 pm
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: HELP: Water Valve Replacement
Replies: 10
Views: 116

Re: HELP: Water Valve Replacement

Without having one in my hand, the -820 sure looks the same. Schmiedmann says they can get the -634 one though. Not cheap, but not much different in price than the -820.

https://www.schmiedmann.com/en/catn-ol?q=64111359634#
by Mike W.
Thu Apr 15, 2021 11:38 am
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: brushable body color paint
Replies: 8
Views: 150

Re: brushable body color paint

If you can get oil based paints where you are the local hardware store may be able to help. The one here in town seems to mix stuff and some of their metal paints even come in a "base" not a color. Rustoleum or similar. I know you specifically mentioned brushing, but a compressorless option is the P...
by Mike W.
Fri Apr 09, 2021 11:27 am
Forum: Tech Forum
Topic: Replacing valve adjustment eccentric?
Replies: 2
Views: 105

Re: Replacing valve adjustment eccentric?

Pretty basic, don't drop anything and don't overtighten that 10MM nut, fine threads strip easily.