Hi everyone. The N42 and N46 engine fitted to many different BMW models can be particularly prone to timing chain problems. The usual culprit is broken guides, caused by the original timing chain tensioner being too short thus allowing the chain to be slack, and rubbing or clattering against the guides. The revised tensioner is […]
Today we have Damian’s BMW M3 in for a differential leak from the input shaft seal.. This is a common problem, however it’s fortunately quite low cost to have replaced. This guide is a brief DIY, assuming you have some skills at car repair then this job is quite easy to do. First place your […]
Steering lock problems are reasonably common on the E90 BMW 3 series models. Symptoms will be a steering wheel warning on the dash, and possible inability to start the car. Most of the time this can be sorted with a software update of the CAS (car access system) but on some occasions the steering lock […]
Across many Internet forums worldwide, this question is asked with no real answer, just guesses that it could be in the ‘footwell’. Well we’ve decided to show the location for people who are attempting some DIY work. This is shown on a 2007 130i. New footwell module on left (FRM3). Notice the extra ventilation holes. […]
Today we have Chris lovely Imola Red E46 M3 for an inspection 1 service with valve clearance adjustment. This usually carried out every 60k at the inspection 2 service, but Chris is keen to have them checked and adjusted to keep the car running at maximum performance. Please note that this is not intended […]
Ok guys – this is a common issue affecting all diesel cars, not just bmw. Its simply down to the crank pulley rubber material perishing with age. Here’s the Car in question, a lovely Imola Red Coupe. Here’s the crank pulley that has broken up, the belt didn’t fail which is very lucky. Here’s the […]
Today we have Scott’s lovely BMW Z4M in for some work. The car has some odd noises from inside the transmission bell housing, so lets whip it off and inspect. As you can see below, there are some very small stress fractures on the bell housing, suggesting they a foreign object is loose inside and […]
Today we have Roberts Z4 coupe 3.0 Si in for an oil service, brake fluid and coolant change. As an Essex BMW specialist, we have years of experience in servicing vehicles! Here’s a few photos of the work being carried out. Here’s the oil filter bring removed. As you can see the filter has split […]
Neil has just bought this car so time to get it in for a health check and oil change, so he can start a good maintenance record going forward. This is a silverstone blue car with dark estoril interior, a very rare combo!
A few shots from today’s work for browsing.