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N53 engine high pressure fuel pump – hpfp

Here’s a few photos of a high pressure fuel pump replacement on the N53 engine.  This is a common issue, affecting starting and can cause reduced power mode whilst driving whilst logging fault codes for fuel pressure problems.  The inlet manifold has to be removed to access the pump.            

M52 m54 VANOS rebuild

Heres a few photos from a VANOS rebuild on Nicks 323i E46.  We also changed the chain tensioner spring whilst we were at it, and an oil and filter change with Mobil 1 0W40 to help with the common sticky hydraulic lifter issue that affects this engine.                           

118i 29F3 error code

Ok so this error code is becoming a more common issue with the 118i so we thought we’d share some information to try and help people with a fix. The error code is identifying an issue with the low pressure fuel sensor. The description would normally be ‘Fuel Low pressure electric’ but different scan tools […]

E90 bmw 325i N52 starter motor diy

Here’s a brief diy guide with some photos for those that want to replace their starter motor. First thing to do is remove the negative terminal from your battery in the boot. To do this job you’ll need to remove the inlet manifold. This is a little fiddly if you haven’t done one. Remove air […]

Should I have my cars software updated?

Should I have my cars software updated? This is a common question from customers, and understandably. Surely running the latest software release can only improve the overall running of the vehicle? Maybe you’ll feel a difference or have better fuel economy? Most of the above is true. Whilst there is some considerable benefit to having […]

Steering lock replacement bmw e90

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 […]

N42 and N46 engine rocker cover gasket DIY

Common Problems With The BMW N42 and N46 Engine The BMW N42 engine was produced between 2001 and 2004, the N46 engine replaced this and was produced between 2004 and 2015. If your BMW was produced between these years, it is likely you have one of these two engines. A common problem that can occur […]

Z4 3.0si service

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 […]

BMW 118D M Sport Oil Service

Today we have the pleasure of carrying out an oil service on Reece’s lovely 118D M Sport. So we’ll be changing the oil and oil filter using Castrol Edge 0W30 LL04 spec oil, and the cabin filters that BMW now recommend with the oil service. This guide is to show how to replace the oil […]