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by Brianmoooore
Tue Jun 25, 2019 6:36 pm
Forum: E30 Technical Help
Topic: Seat Hinges
Replies: 4
Views: 39

Re: Seat Hinges

The fractures occur where the relatively thin metal of the frame joins the thick metal of the tube. When I've repaired these, I've finished off by laying beads of weld on the frame in a radial star pattern around the tube, in order to spread the stress area away from the tube. I expect this is what ...
by Brianmoooore
Tue Jun 25, 2019 10:09 am
Forum: E30 BMW Chat
Topic: Doctors’ and their cars, trivial symptoms and Lemforder
Replies: 13
Views: 216

Re: Doctors’ and their cars, trivial symptoms and Lemforder

Bought one of my best ever E30 bargains from a doctor at the local hospital. Only a 318i two door in black, but in immaculate condition, apart from an annoying hesitation on acceleration, which nobody had been able to cure, and the reason that no one except for me made an offer for it. He could have...
by Brianmoooore
Tue Jun 25, 2019 9:56 am
Forum: E30 Technical Help
Topic: Seat Hinges
Replies: 4
Views: 39

Re: Seat Hinges

Take the back off the seat (two cross head screws at the bottom and pull the tilt handle off) and check that the big cross head screws by the hinge are tight. Ben THIS! If left too long, the metal around the hinge tube will crack. Easy enough to weld back together, but needs a fair bit of dismantli...
by Brianmoooore
Mon Jun 24, 2019 8:28 pm
Forum: E30 Technical Help
Topic: running temperature
Replies: 13
Views: 211

Re: running temperature

My 316 carb has an 80c thermostat. 88 is a lot higher, was it different on certain models? Cheers Jo Criteria for deciding the thermostat opening temperature: The hotter a petrol engine runs, the more efficient it is. The limit is reached when local boiling occurs at some point in the cylinder head...
by Brianmoooore
Sun Jun 23, 2019 11:50 pm
Forum: E30 Technical Help
Topic: faulty rotor arm . check yours 3 screw type
Replies: 5
Views: 83

Re: faulty rotor arm . check yours 3 screw type

Rotor arms have been tracking over since the day they were invented. It's a service item, and if replaced when it begins to deteriorate, will be most unlikely to fail in service.
by Brianmoooore
Sun Jun 23, 2019 11:46 pm
Forum: E30 Technical Help
Topic: 1990 316i M40 rad bleed
Replies: 10
Views: 118

Re: 1990 316i M40 rad bleed

Bleed screw on the heater hose is somebody's mod. An alternative to pulling off the top heater hose and letting air out to clear an airlock at the back of the head. System should slowly be filled cold, opening bleed screws, until the coolant starts to come out, with a little massaging of the large r...
by Brianmoooore
Sun Jun 23, 2019 10:28 pm
Forum: E30 Technical Help
Topic: HID Aftermarket installation regulations and your MOT.
Replies: 39
Views: 2618

Re: HID Aftermarket installation regulations and your MOT.

Not sure a hole in the panel behind the lights would be needed, they don't look that big. The one's fitted to my son's Corsa would definitely need holes in the panels, but maybe these would clear. The life of a high power LED depends very much on the effectiveness of its heatsink, and the radiator ...
by Brianmoooore
Sun Jun 23, 2019 10:05 pm
Forum: E30 Technical Help
Topic: MOT emissions - Brianmooore?
Replies: 3
Views: 93

Re: MOT emissions - Brianmooore?

Chart looks the same as it ever has to me. Ask him to show you an exact match for an E30 touring with an M44 engine on page 14 of this: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/676700/in-service-exhaust-emission-standards-for-road-vehicles-19th-...
by Brianmoooore
Sun Jun 23, 2019 9:51 pm
Forum: E30 Technical Help
Topic: Mass air flow sensor
Replies: 6
Views: 82

Re: Mass air flow sensor

if fact your car has not got a m.a.f on it at all , its a air flow meter. afm if we are talking E30 check it on here wiki AFM After being filtered, the amount of air is measured by the Air Flow Meter. This simple sensor involves a door that opens wider as more air flows. As the door opens, it moves...
by Brianmoooore
Sun Jun 23, 2019 9:36 pm
Forum: E30 Technical Help
Topic: Headlight Adjusters - MoT advisory
Replies: 7
Views: 106

Re: Headlight Adjusters - MoT advisory

MOT test regs. have recently changed, and this is one of the things that a lot of E30s should now fail on, as Cloggy Saint says. If the beam pattern is OK, then most testers will ignore the adjusters completely on an E30, or at worst, give an advisory. Similarly with HID dipped headlamps. Beam patte...
by Brianmoooore
Sun Jun 23, 2019 9:20 pm
Forum: E30 Technical Help
Topic: Shaking Alternator
Replies: 4
Views: 56

Re: Shaking Alternator

Some models have the alternator mounted with rubber bushes. These can deteriorate, leaving the alternator pulley not parallel to the belt, and also able to move about a bit.
by Brianmoooore
Mon Jun 17, 2019 7:48 pm
Forum: M50 / M52 Engines
Topic: 318i M40 Auto to M52B28 Manual help..
Replies: 1
Views: 41

Re: 318i M40 Auto to M52B28 Manual help..

Auto props are too short to use with any manual box. Best box to use is the one that came with the engine, but this will require a change of diff. to compensate for that box having a direct top gear instead of the overdrive top gear of any E30 box. The overdrive ratio is 0.81, so, comparing with an ...
by Brianmoooore
Mon Jun 17, 2019 7:17 pm
Forum: M50 / M52 Engines
Topic: ews question
Replies: 1
Views: 46

Re: ews question

You don't have to worry about disabling it if you have the matching EWS module and key chip for your ECU. Chip from the key can be fitted inside the torch type E30 keys, antenna ring can be fitted to an E30 ignition switch, and the whole set up is easy to connect to the engine ECU. This will give yo...
by Brianmoooore
Mon Jun 17, 2019 7:04 pm
Forum: E30 BMW Chat
Topic: fog lamp blanks?
Replies: 3
Views: 69

Re: fog lamp blanks?

Blanks were fitted to E30s as standard unless the front foglamp option box was ticked, so the answer to your question is yes.
Part numbers are 51 71 1 979 321 and 51 71 1 979 322. No idea if they're still available new, but there should e second hand ones out there.
by Brianmoooore
Mon Jun 17, 2019 6:52 pm
Forum: E30 Technical Help
Topic: OEM Thermostat vs Aftermarket Febi, Motorad, Gates etc
Replies: 7
Views: 116

Re: OEM Thermostat vs Aftermarket Febi, Motorad, Gates etc

The OE thermostat fitted to E30s and the E36 and E34 models was actually one to avoid. They suffered from one side of the bridge piece that holds the wax capsule fracturing, so that the valve closed at an angle, letting coolant though when it should be closed, causing slow warm up and cool running w...
by Brianmoooore
Sun Jun 16, 2019 11:47 pm
Forum: E30 Technical Help
Topic: wiring diagram for a 89 icv m40
Replies: 2
Views: 43

Re: wiring diagram for a 89 icv m40

M40 ICV is essentially a DC electric motor fighting against a spring. The more voltage that is applied to the motor, the more it can turn the spring until it stalls. The control system decreases or increases the voltage applied to the motor in an attempt to keep the frequency of the pulses from the ...
by Brianmoooore
Sun Jun 16, 2019 11:39 pm
Forum: E30 Technical Help
Topic: Water bleed screw. No water?
Replies: 2
Views: 62

Re: Water bleed screw. No water?

There's a very small hole that the end of the bleed screw goes into, and this often gets blocked with crud. With the engine off and cold, remove the screw completely and clear the hole with a bit of fine wire. Old type 15A fuse wire is about the right size, or a single bristle from a wire brush. Coa...
by Brianmoooore
Sun Jun 16, 2019 10:23 pm
Forum: E30 Technical Help
Topic: HID Aftermarket installation regulations and your MOT.
Replies: 39
Views: 2618

Re: HID Aftermarket installation regulations and your MOT.

Interesting! I'm really up for upgrading my lights, but is the £100+ vat worth it? IF they're as good as they claim, and you're E30 is used for what it was intended for, then yes. What mod would be needed to the lamp housing to accommodate the led bulb? The black cap with the socket on it at the ba...
by Brianmoooore
Sun Jun 16, 2019 10:11 pm
Forum: E30 Technical Help
Topic: Cleaning heater matrix
Replies: 5
Views: 111

Re: Cleaning heater matrix

BristolE30 wrote:
Wed Jun 12, 2019 11:21 pm
Very weak, and fades out when really get the engine going. Always worried it’s an airlock...
Can be a symptom of hoses the wrong way around at the bulkhead. Hose from the back of the head to the bottom stub pipe on the bulkhead.
by Brianmoooore
Sun Jun 16, 2019 9:18 pm
Forum: Other BMW Chat
Topic: Le Mans 24hr
Replies: 10
Views: 82

Re: Le Mans 24hr

Looks like only one BMW is going to cross the line as the other car has stopped. Both crossed the line together, just behind the winning Toyotas (although many laps down). Simulated the Le Mans kipping experience last night, with Radio Le Mans playing through my 'phone tucked under my pillow all ni...
by Brianmoooore
Sun Jun 16, 2019 9:12 pm
Forum: E30 Technical Help
Topic: Front anti roll bar advice please
Replies: 5
Views: 108

Re: Front anti roll bar advice please

Thanks mate. Are the fixings still the same other than this this ? In other words, could I fit a complete anti roll bar kit from a non cab? Thanks again Everything's the same, and I doubt if the difference between a cab. and non cab. bar is noticeable, especially when compared with no bar at all. U...
by Brianmoooore
Sun Jun 16, 2019 9:07 pm
Forum: E30 Technical Help
Topic: Headlight angle stickers
Replies: 6
Views: 72

Re: Headlight angle stickers

You don't need stickers, the light units rotate to convert to lhd/rhd. Look for 3 screws on the back of the light, loosen them and rotate. You have to loosen them much more than looks necessary, then pull the headlamp bowl away before rotating it. I think this applies only to the bullseye and smile...
by Brianmoooore
Sat Jun 01, 2019 9:18 pm
Forum: E30 BMW Chat
Topic: Hi guys I need your help!!!
Replies: 9
Views: 258

Re: Hi guys I need your help!!!

Can't quite see what this has to do with Borgy's missing red two door, but in answer to your question, there's only one fuse on an E30 that isn't in the fusebox, and that's associated with the heater electric valve. Radio was an extra on all E30s, and came with a four wire loom which plugs into the ...
by Brianmoooore
Thu May 30, 2019 10:56 pm
Forum: E30 Technical Help
Topic: HID Aftermarket installation regulations and your MOT.
Replies: 39
Views: 2618

Re: HID Aftermarket installation regulations and your MOT.

Are HID headlamps and their problems of not being able to be switched on and off rapidly now irrelevant? A magazine article led me today to this website: https://www.bettercarlighting.co.uk/index.php? and this : https://www.bettercarlighting.co.uk/index.php?act=viewCat&catId=58 (scroll down to H1) I...
by Brianmoooore
Mon May 20, 2019 8:52 pm
Forum: E30 Technical Help
Topic: 1990 325i auto to manual
Replies: 6
Views: 134

Re: 1990 325i auto to manual

The socket for the reverse lights on an E30 is found inside the cabin, just in front of where the gear lever is on a manual. On an auto E30, the reverse light switch is mounted on the selector lever, inside the cabin, an connects to the reverse light socket by a loom a few inches long. On a manual E...
by Brianmoooore
Sat May 18, 2019 1:56 pm
Forum: E30 Technical Help
Topic: Convertible front suspension struts
Replies: 2
Views: 41

Re: Convertible front suspension struts

B4s should come with the correct collars in the box to fit.
by Brianmoooore
Fri May 10, 2019 9:22 am
Forum: E30 Technical Help
Topic: Brake Pad Recommendations
Replies: 28
Views: 424

Re: Brake Pad Recommendations

paultv wrote:
Fri May 10, 2019 6:30 am
my car does extreme mileage in all weathers.
For the benefit of anyone reading this who is unfamiliar with paultv and his E30, that is the understatement of the year!
by Brianmoooore
Wed May 08, 2019 11:14 pm
Forum: E30 BMW Chat
Topic: Environment
Replies: 14
Views: 247

Re: Environment

By the way, I agree with the whole lithium nonsense - they'll be banned before they get a grip - Lithium batteries won't need to get banned - they'll just become obsolete (like the low energy CFL lamps) as a different and improved battery technology takes over, just as we've already moved from Nick...
by Brianmoooore
Wed May 08, 2019 10:52 pm
Forum: Pub Talk
Topic: ULEZ Dilemma's
Replies: 7
Views: 218

Re: ULEZ Dilemma's

Just read another article in a magazine that states that ULEZ requirements in London can be met by converting to LPG and notifying the DVLA. It's of no interest to me, since I haven't been inside the M25 for twenty years, and have no intention of doing so any time soon, but for those E30 owners who ...
by Brianmoooore
Wed May 08, 2019 9:22 pm
Forum: E30 BMW Chat
Topic: Environment
Replies: 14
Views: 247

Re: Environment

Satan wrote:
Sat May 04, 2019 3:05 pm
Brianmoooore wrote:
Fri May 03, 2019 6:59 pm
The company that built the electric car that the dwarf off of Top Gear crashed and nearly killed himself in when it caught fire a couple of years ago did their development work on an E30.
That was the Croatian guy Rimac,
by Brianmoooore
Tue May 07, 2019 6:37 pm
Forum: E30 Technical Help
Topic: 325i misfire on start up
Replies: 2
Views: 75

Re: 325i misfire on start up

The poor starting from cold, poor running for a while after it starts, but starting and running better with the throttle wide open are classic symptoms of fuel pooling somewhere in the inlet plenum while the car is parked. As a test, instead of stopping the car with the key, pull out fuse 11 (fuel p...
by Brianmoooore
Mon May 06, 2019 8:05 pm
Forum: E30 BMW Chat
Topic: Prop shaft Identification
Replies: 5
Views: 113

Re: Prop shaft Identification

The only reason the collar nut would be loose on a prop. that's been removed from a car is to close it up on the splines to make it easier to remove.
If there's not a lot of spline showing, this is almost certainly s 325i manual prop.
by Brianmoooore
Mon May 06, 2019 7:35 pm
Forum: E30 Technical Help
Topic: V belts m20 2.5
Replies: 15
Views: 205

Re: V belts m20 2.5

makes me wonder why the PO left it out? :? 'Cause it's difficult to bolt the pump in place and keep the gasket where it should be when you're trying to hold the spring compressed. Many a gasket has been destroyed while trying. Spring and pin don't do anything once the tensioner is fully bolted in p...
by Brianmoooore
Sun May 05, 2019 8:28 pm
Forum: E30 Technical Help
Topic: 1990 325i auto to manual
Replies: 6
Views: 134

Re: 1990 325i auto to manual

Electro hydraulic, AFAIK. - The ones with a rotary selector knob fitted on the centre console.
by Brianmoooore
Sun May 05, 2019 10:24 am
Forum: E30 Technical Help
Topic: 1990 325i auto to manual
Replies: 6
Views: 134

Re: 1990 325i auto to manual

This was an EH auto. Part of the loom for the gearbox electronics, and no longer needed.