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Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Feb-19-2018, 10:14:58 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 2,796
Posted By qualicas
Re: S54 exhaust upper chain guide solution

I own a plastic injection molding business. I would like to add a few things from my observations and from my molding background. First the upper chain tensioner is a very poor design. The 3 M3s I...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Feb-18-2018, 06:23:38 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 994
Posted By qualicas
Re: Ticking/Knocking after Engine Rebuild

When I went to do vanos on my M3, I found the exhaust pretty much as you have shown there. That would have been from the factory. I even made a thread on it.
So just to check again. If you take a 24...
Forum: WTB - Want to Buy Sun, Feb-18-2018, 06:03:30 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 277
Posted By qualicas
Re: WTB E46 M3 bumper support

I'm just going to fabricate my own. Have not been successful to find one.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Feb-12-2018, 01:58:48 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 999
Posted By qualicas
Re: sunroof fix

Gee, mine looked a lot like that one.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Feb-12-2018, 01:55:39 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 400
Posted By qualicas
Re: Battery Change...Lots of dash warning lights

You didn't replace the battery while the car was running? Did you possibly put it in backwards and connect it even briefly?
If none of the above. Shut everything off, disconnect the NEG cable for 10...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Feb-12-2018, 01:50:49 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 747
Posted By qualicas
Re: K&P Engineering stainless steel reusable oil filter

My injection molding machines have stainless filters like this. When they start to plug I get a warning that there is too much back pressure. I take the filter out and send it away to be...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Feb-06-2018, 08:40:50 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 929
Posted By qualicas
Re: Rod-go-knock-knock...need another s54 motor!!!

I have always thought what really causes main and rod bearing failures in engines in general would be lugging the engine. In fact I know I have read some owner manual warnings about lugging. Next...
Forum: WTB - Want to Buy Tue, Feb-06-2018, 05:26:24 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 277
Posted By qualicas
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sat, Feb-03-2018, 06:01:34 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 388
Posted By qualicas
Re: Bad water pump?

Definitely buy a NEW BMW fan blade. The old one will be getting brittle. You do not want to be starting a thread about your fan exploding. Not very expensive and good insurance.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Feb-01-2018, 03:41:14 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,962
Posted By qualicas
Re: To Buy or Walk Away

RUST??? If it is rusty, ie driven in Toronto over a few winters, walk away.
Pretty much anything else is fixable. And it does appear there is a lot to fix. If you are keen on the Red and Red and it...
Forum: Parts for Sale/Wanted Mon, Jan-29-2018, 03:33:59 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,218
Posted By qualicas
Re: Parting out 2001 M3 Coupe Blk/Grey & 2004 M3 Coupe Blk/Blk

Looking for right side internal plastic mount from front bumper. pn 51112695248
It is glued into the bumper and isn't available aftermarket. I figured maybe you have the front bumpers from the...
Forum: Parts for Sale/Wanted Mon, Jan-29-2018, 03:22:33 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 67,745
Posted By qualicas
Re: Part out, SoCal: 2004 AW M3 Coupe, SMG (final call!)

Looking for the right side front bumper internal plastic mount part number 51112695248. It only comes with the bumper so I need it from a wrecked bumper.
Forum: WTB - Want to Buy Sun, Jan-28-2018, 11:44:27 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 277
Posted By qualicas
WTB E46 M3 bumper support

I am looking for the internal right side plastic plastic bumper support. It is glued in the M3 bumper and hooks to the guide that is on the fender. It is not available except as part of an M3 bumper....
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Jan-18-2018, 05:36:37 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 809
Posted By qualicas
Re: High Mileage M3 Purchase

My theory has always been buy low and then do all repairs yourself.
Why spend $20K for a low mileage car and then do all maintenance?
Only thing you get with a low mileage car is less interior...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Jan-10-2018, 03:31:08 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 999
Posted By qualicas
Re: sunroof fix

Tilt the seats back as far as they go, open the passenger side door and carefully pull the headliner out. I remember I had to slightly bend it a little to get it out. You will figure it out.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sat, Dec-30-2017, 10:21:32 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 999
Posted By qualicas
Re: sunroof fix

Yep, all sunroofs are the same. I liked the fact that I was able to remove it from a donor car myself. That way I figured out all the fun parts of the job with out worrying about breaking my car...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Dec-28-2017, 07:59:56 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 999
Posted By qualicas
Re: sunroof fix

Looks like you are in for some headliner fun. The cassette plastic frame breaks and then the cables do not run properly. Can't open or close manually either.
I picked up a replacement from any E46...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Dec-25-2017, 06:23:15 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,267
Posted By qualicas
Re: Riding in Cars With Doogs (rod bearing question)

6th gear at 6000rpm: How fast was that and where can you drive that fast for long periods? That would explain oil usage.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Dec-21-2017, 01:01:36 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 727
Posted By qualicas
Re: Quick help please - PS4 tires in cold dry weather

My how things have changed in the last 40 years. In 1972, I had a 56 Chev with a Chrysler 383 and speed equipment. It was as fast as a 68 GTX. I drove it all winter in Saskatchewan Canada on...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Dec-19-2017, 07:51:38 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,742
Posted By qualicas
Re: If cost were no object..." (Pin the Tail on The Doogan)

Couple of points: Many people buy a low mileage car for big bucks and then spend a pot of money fixing it up or at least catching up on maint. I look for a poorly maintained car that is cheap to buy....
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Dec-19-2017, 12:43:58 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 451
Posted By qualicas
Re: Nav freezes under hard acceleration

Perfect fun answer! I agree, loose wire is probably the problem but not as much fun!
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Dec-19-2017, 12:41:46 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 337
Posted By qualicas
Re: Calipers sticking thinking hydraulic issue

Yep it is a thing. Not very common but can happen with original old hoses.
Anyway glad it is fixed with new master.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Dec-18-2017, 01:07:50 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,251
Posted By qualicas
Re: Trying to Install CSL bumper - Shocks too long

Interesting that it would have the entire bumper assy rather than just bumper cover. Must be quite costly

Sent from my SM-G900W8 using Tapatalk
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Dec-17-2017, 10:44:16 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,251
Posted By qualicas
Re: Trying to Install CSL bumper - Shocks too long

Bumper is probably designed to go with later carbon fibre bumper carrier. The alum bumper carrier was only for 2001? That is why things aren't working so you will have to modify like you are doing.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Dec-15-2017, 03:46:45 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 337
Posted By qualicas
Re: Calipers sticking thinking hydraulic issue

Did you replace the brake hoses? There have been instances of hoses rotting inside and causing fluid back up. Would cause your exact symptoms.
Hoses are cheap and can't hurt.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Dec-15-2017, 03:42:22 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 186
Posted By qualicas
Re: S54 Head bolt, dry or oiled?

VERY IMPORTANT: Make sure the head bolt holes are cleaned of any oil or debris before installing head bolts. If there is any oil at bottom of bolt hole and you screw in the bolt, the hydraulic...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Dec-14-2017, 08:07:50 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 206
Posted By qualicas
Re: Difficulty to simply clean Vanos Solenoid?? (BMW code 69)

Run the magnet up and down the chrome shafts. When you hear the clicking inside it is good.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Dec-14-2017, 04:02:18 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 971
Posted By qualicas
Re: Dropped Tools into Engine Bay

I am 68 years old. I am never serious, just makes life difficult. When you are worrying just ask yourself, "will this matter 10 years from now". I try to follow that rule. Working on BMWs is my...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Dec-13-2017, 11:21:37 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 852
Posted By qualicas
Re: Xenon headlight troubleshootingó completely stumped...

Just another secret issue with the E46 cars. Taillight grounds can melt and second ground line fixes it. Not necessarily related to the HID but we all know the electrical in these cars is crazy.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Dec-13-2017, 09:16:47 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 971
Posted By qualicas
Re: Dropped Tools into Engine Bay

Death of the alternator!
"hold my beer and watch this" sort of thing!
Let us know how the alt rebuild goes. It is the type of thing I would probably do.
I like fixing stuff, guess that is why I...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Dec-13-2017, 06:08:45 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 971
Posted By qualicas
Re: Dropped Tools into Engine Bay

"HOW HARD CAN IT BE" sounds an awful lot like the start of a lot of hurt.
Or on a tombstone! Good luck.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Dec-13-2017, 12:06:31 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 852
Posted By qualicas
Re: Xenon headlight troubleshootingó completely stumped...

My daughter had same issues. I finally bought new name brand bulbs, not Chinese knock offs and now it is fine. Previously, I had checked wiring, I replaced light switch, (not entire LCM) and...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Dec-07-2017, 06:10:20 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 564
Posted By qualicas
Re: Factory cam timing off?

Yep, that is how mine was as well. Correctly adjusted now. Be a while before I fire it up. Thanks for posting,
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Dec-06-2017, 10:57:35 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 105
Posted By qualicas
Re: Vanos pressure accumalator

It is just an open chamber, traps air and thus keeps pressure even. If it isn't leaking it probably works. Even if it has a bladder same thing.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Dec-06-2017, 07:56:15 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 9,802
Posted By qualicas
Re: Hagerty Just Said It: Buy an E46-Chassis BMW M3 Now

Price of the E46 M3 will not go up. Why you ask? Because I have 3 of them, including one that is impervious to selling. If I sold all 3, then they would become like the E30 M3, so blame me!
I saw...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Dec-04-2017, 06:01:42 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 367
Posted By qualicas
Re: FYI - looks like a good fix for broken VANOS harness

Thanks, this might come in handy right away. I noticed my connector is sort of screwed up when I pulled out the coil pack. Probably the accident the car was in could have had something to do with it!
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Dec-04-2017, 05:47:33 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 971
Posted By qualicas
Re: Dropped Tools into Engine Bay

The underside bolts are hex head for the reinforcing plate and 8mm for the plastic shielding as someone already mentioned. If there is a torx or double square bolt it is a bastard bolt that someone...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Dec-03-2017, 06:18:41 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 564
Posted By qualicas
Re: Factory cam timing off?

Okay once more. You will notice that there are slots in the chain spockets, hub bolts go through the slots to the backing disks. When you move the hub all the way to the end of the slot, then you...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Dec-03-2017, 06:06:18 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 564
Posted By qualicas
Re: Factory cam timing off?

NOW THAT IS SOMETHING I DID NOT KNOW! I can't believe someone with ANY mechanical ability or knowledge would have let that go. Although knowing BMW and some of the stuff they do to save a penny...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Dec-03-2017, 03:29:55 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 564
Posted By qualicas
Re: Factory cam timing off?

Again I am very aware of the slot length. I just finished putting the splines into the hubs. Everything is correct. The factory or someone put the spline shaft in wrong. The whole point of the...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Dec-03-2017, 12:14:32 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 564
Posted By qualicas
Re: Factory cam timing off?

I was just showing a friend the whole vanos issue. He wants me to fix his. While talking I thought about my first BMW, 95 318is. I got it with a bad set of main bearings. From the factory, it came...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sat, Dec-02-2017, 08:55:29 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 564
Posted By qualicas
Re: Factory cam timing off?

The whole point of this thread is to ask if anyone has found the cams out of correct alignment. It would appear that all of you are telling me that cam is not retarded. So I will take it as a no, no...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sat, Dec-02-2017, 04:04:16 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 564
Posted By qualicas
Re: Factory cam timing off?

Trust me it was fully retarded. I used my trusty 24mm wrench and it stopped at the slot and splines were still inset. Only thing I can think is either wrong from factory or someone else adjusted it...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sat, Dec-02-2017, 03:08:10 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 564
Posted By qualicas
Factory cam timing off?

I'm doing vanos on my 3rd M3 so I pretty sure of the procedure.
When I opened the engine up and set TDC I found the intake cam locking okay with the bridge pin. However the exhaust cam hole was at...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Nov-23-2017, 08:24:11 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,204
Posted By qualicas
Re: M6 anyone?

One of our local club members had a M5 that he supercharged. I believe it is still for sale. Unfortunately the owner passed away suddenly and his wife is trying to sell it. Probably a pretty good...
Forum: M3 Track: Racing and DE Sat, Nov-11-2017, 08:49:16 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,656
Posted By qualicas
Re: Blown Motor

If the engine is out of a car, chances are oil will have run down cylinders due to sitting. Plus engine will be cold. Compression will be way down. As long as it is even I would think that would be...
Forum: M3 Track: Racing and DE Sat, Nov-11-2017, 04:01:43 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,656
Posted By qualicas
Re: Blown Motor

Why do a valve job if compression is good. That will lead to mission creep. Do vanos Beisan stuff. Coated bearings. Check oil pump screen. Adjust valves and done.

Sent from my SM-G900W8 using...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Nov-08-2017, 12:06:46 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 778
Posted By qualicas
Re: Vanos Lockdown Problems

Thank you for closing the loop on this. Too often the solution isn't posted so our inquiring minds do not get to know!
Forum: Southwest Mon, Oct-30-2017, 09:25:37 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,498
Posted By qualicas
Re: Track days at COTA

You are speaking to a person who goes to Las Vegas in end July beginning of August! I love the heat! My daughter in Houston had me out for an 8 mile run in August a couple of years ago. We started at...
Forum: Southwest Mon, Oct-30-2017, 08:40:37 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,498
Posted By qualicas
Re: Track days at COTA

Those of us in the soon to be frozen North hate you right now! We are putting our fun cars away for the winter. You guys are doing track days.
Enjoy. I was just there for the F1 race. What a nice...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Oct-20-2017, 08:20:06 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,835
Posted By qualicas
Re: F/I route to beat supercars

Can I distill all the comments: Speed cost money, how fast do you want to go.
Get rid of the manual trans will help remove the biggest impediment: Driver
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Oct-18-2017, 03:12:45 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,115
Posted By qualicas
Re: LOW mileage convertible

You are talking of title washing? Remind me not to buy a Florida car if that is the case!
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Oct-17-2017, 05:07:06 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 4,333
Posted By qualicas
Re: E46 M3 being Forgotten...

You will remember the short time they were little kids so treasure it now.
My kids are a bit older. Now I have provided BMW's for 2 of the 3 kids I have.
My youngest loved driving the "batmobile"...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Oct-17-2017, 04:30:28 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,115
Posted By qualicas
LOW mileage convertible

https://www.copart.com/lot/19533606
I looked at this and figured it must have been a flood car but maybe just sat for years and collected dust. 2451 miles. Someone bidding more than $15K!
On top of...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Sep-28-2017, 11:34:35 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,007
Posted By qualicas
Re: hit a deer....

One of the purposes of the M3 is so you can do a quick maneuver. It is called defensive driving. I call it a good save.
I was on a mountain road with drop off on my side. Around a corner 2 cars...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Sep-28-2017, 11:27:23 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 3,754
Posted By qualicas
Re: Most wanted E46 M3 List

My take away from the comments is that most of us are individuals. We like different things. Was just reading a Road and Track story about driving in Europe. They said most cars are Black with no...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Sep-28-2017, 09:27:07 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 3,754
Posted By qualicas
Re: Most wanted E46 M3 List

Why is it my friends all have desirable M3's and mine I want to sell is impervious to sales?
One friend original owner 2006 IB/cinnamon low mileage
Another White slicktop with cinnamon.
Third has...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Sep-26-2017, 11:59:32 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,160
Posted By qualicas
Re: Question about VANOS issue

We'll call it the subframe but it is really subframe mounting points. Vince has it pretty much covered. He advocates epoxy and rivets and reinforcing the top (3rd) layer in trunk and back seat and...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Sep-25-2017, 07:49:04 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 606
Posted By qualicas
Re: Why the top side of the front subframe mounts crack

Vince, I agree that welding can have issues. I went with epoxy and Stainless rivets as well. If major car manufacturers can epoxy and rivet everything we can as well.
Don't know how much twisting...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Sep-22-2017, 05:28:51 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,160
Posted By qualicas
Re: Question about VANOS issue

Yes, oil analysis is very accurate. The thing is you want to maybe do one evry couple of oil changes, then you can establish a trend. When you start seeing issues then you know to change the...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Sep-22-2017, 12:59:35 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,160
Posted By qualicas
Re: Question about VANOS issue

I would say that BMW made bearings narrow to get every last bit of horsepower at the expense of longevity. The thing that kills bearings are lugging and starting well then 15000 mile oil changes do...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Sep-18-2017, 04:05:23 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,160
Posted By qualicas
Re: Question about VANOS issue

Re: rod bearings, treat them as a wear item. Take an oil sample at oil change and have it analyzed. If test results are good you are fine. If not you will need to change them. If you wait and spin a...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sat, Sep-16-2017, 12:34:28 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,160
Posted By qualicas
Re: Question about VANOS issue

Where are you located? I have a 2002 M3 for sale. Vanos has been done last year. Bearings are good as well. No sunroof either. Now as to subframe mounts. There are many ways to repair. If your car...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Sep-12-2017, 09:32:38 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,608
Posted By qualicas
Re: Steps to take to ensure flood car doesn't run into issues?

You are one of the lucky ones of sorts re cars. There are about 10,000 cars out at the race track in Baytown. Can't imagine the misery of having to redo the
house. My son in law's father's house...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Aug-22-2017, 07:49:55 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,594
Posted By qualicas
Re: 2003 E46 M3 on cross country trip.

Bet you are happy you drove it back. Get to know the car and see some countryside. That is the whole point of driving. These cars aren't as fragile as we are making out. A bit of maint. and you are...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Aug-22-2017, 07:39:57 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 342
Posted By qualicas
Re: Loud clicking noise at idle when hot

Throw out bearing would make noise when sitting. Any change if you touch the clutch pedal while sitting?
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Aug-17-2017, 09:02:57 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 684
Posted By qualicas
Re: Cooling issues post upgrade

Yes, you are supposed to hear the fan if it is hot, the fan clutch is engaging and sucking lots of air. When you do not hear it and temp gauge is going up in hot weather then you do have an issue.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Aug-17-2017, 05:42:39 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 684
Posted By qualicas
Re: Cooling issues post upgrade

Couple of things. With the spal electric fan at 80mph it probably acts as a airflow restriction so that might explain slightly higher coolant temps.
At high temps the mechanical clutch fan will kick...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Aug-17-2017, 05:19:11 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,101
Posted By qualicas
Re: Where to buy oem injector o-rings?

Back home again. Here is guy I used.
http://www.mrinjectorparts.com/
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Aug-13-2017, 03:40:09 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,101
Posted By qualicas
Re: Where to buy oem injector o-rings?

Most cities will have an industrial O ring supplier or two. Also, I bought all sorts of Orings and injector parts from a company dr. something. I'm not home and I can't remember the name. I did a...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Aug-13-2017, 03:29:58 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 381
Posted By qualicas
Re: Torquing the top strut nut

That is what I would do. The bolt doesn't know which is the holder or turner!
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Aug-10-2017, 08:41:28 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 338
Posted By qualicas
Re: Speed dependent clicking

Are you sure it wasn't from engine compartment? Drive the car again. When you hear the noise push in clutch or shift to neutral to let engine go idle. If sound stays the same and slows as you coast...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Aug-10-2017, 08:58:31 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 557
Posted By qualicas
Re: Spun a bearing, how bad is it?

Your options with the crank are pretty much scrap it if it is out of round. I couldn't find undersize bearings. Lang Racing can grind journals undersize and wider. Then he has rods and bearings to...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Aug-10-2017, 08:31:04 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,004
Posted By qualicas
Re: Does The E46 M3 Use More Power Parked Locked - or Unlocked?

I'm not positive on the E46 cars but I do know that newer cars do go to sleep when locked. Thus they use less electric.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sat, Aug-05-2017, 07:01:20 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 418
Posted By qualicas
Re: Need advice in purchasing e46 m3..

Just looking at the picture it looks like it is for sale at one of the places where cars go to die. Typically they have cars that are pretty beat. That being the case, I would only buy from that type...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sat, Aug-05-2017, 07:55:13 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,404
Posted By qualicas
Re: M3 Stolen almost 2 years ago - Itching won't stop..

Don't know where in Canada you are but right now Calgary Alberta has the lowest priced M3s in North America. You will also find that most of them are imports from USA anyway.
(I currently have 3 so...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Aug-03-2017, 07:50:48 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,850
Posted By qualicas
Re: Getting Gas with the Engine Running

I would think most people that bought these cars were performance fans. However, just as we are discussing here, every car owner thinks differently. Some drove them lightly, others just drove them...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Aug-03-2017, 04:16:06 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,850
Posted By qualicas
Re: Getting Gas with the Engine Running

In the past I have used a starter to prelube an engine before the first start. No plugs in and mechanical gauge on so I could see oil pressure build. Lately I have set up and actual prelube system. ...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Aug-03-2017, 04:00:29 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,800
Posted By qualicas
Re: Blown Engine... pistons and RPM question!

When I was looking for undersized rod bearings there were none to be found. I ended up getting a used crank. Seems no one welds them up anymore. Only other option is to have the crank ground...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Aug-01-2017, 12:50:11 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,850
Posted By qualicas
Re: Getting Gas with the Engine Running

Another good topic. Driving at 80 mph, pull off for a gas station and stop at pump all in 30 seconds. Probably also a good idea to let it idle for a minute or two. Especially with the 135 twin turbo....
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Jul-31-2017, 08:14:54 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,127
Posted By qualicas
Re: Another Crosthreaded Timing Chain Tensioner

Nope, go for the regular tap then. This other thing looks like nothing but trouble. Maybe if you had perfect access but you do not.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Jul-31-2017, 08:11:51 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,850
Posted By qualicas
Re: Getting Gas with the Engine Running

Well, technically that is what those moving Red lights are for. Engine cold lower Redline. In summer not much of an issue but when it is -20F even synthetic oil is not running freely. Where you do...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Jul-31-2017, 08:04:52 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,850
Posted By qualicas
Re: Getting Gas with the Engine Running

Yup! Not that I have any experience.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Jul-31-2017, 07:44:05 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,850
Posted By qualicas
Re: Getting Gas with the Engine Running

I have a bit of a different issue in the morning. From my house to the freeway is about 6 blocks. When really cold the engine gets to idle a bit while I scrape snow and ice. (but then I'm driving my...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Jul-31-2017, 08:02:29 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 549
Posted By qualicas
Re: The s54 power steering pump. Anyone got information about it?

Those old pumps were for the E36. The pumps are completely different.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Jul-31-2017, 07:55:29 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,127
Posted By qualicas
Re: Another Crosthreaded Timing Chain Tensioner

Most local industrial bolt supply shops would be able to order the correct tap.
or ebay: https://www.ebay.com/i/131573935940?chn=ps&dispItem=1
A thread chaser might be even better although might be...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Jul-31-2017, 04:29:37 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,127
Posted By qualicas
Re: Another Crosthreaded Timing Chain Tensioner

I might try to get a proper size tap to clean up the threads. They do not look that bad. It will be a job to get it in but will be least costly solution. Just buy a new cap. Looks like you did a lot...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Jul-31-2017, 04:21:13 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 549
Posted By qualicas
Re: The s54 power steering pump. Anyone got information about it?

Not many moving parts in those pumps. Inner and outer rotor and seal. Make sure you get the correct pump they changed in late 2001. I know I couldn't find any rebuild kit when I looked.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Jul-31-2017, 04:13:17 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,850
Posted By qualicas
Re: Getting Gas with the Engine Running

lots of places wont let you fill up while engine is running. Some places it is illegal.
Would be embarrassing if you were in the "big house" and fellow inmates were asking what you in for and all...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Sun, Jul-30-2017, 06:40:36 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 348
Posted By qualicas
Re: Weird speed-dependent noise diagnosis help

thanks for posting the solution. Looks like Drewster nailed it. I was thinking wheel bearing as I was reading through the thread. I have replaced a lot of them on different vehicles over the years....
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Jul-19-2017, 04:47:27 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 770
Posted By qualicas
Re: Headlight Washer Removal

Easiest way is to just pull out the headlight washers and block off the washer pump at the pump. Also disconnect the electrical connector at the pump. Then you can buy new pieces with not washer...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Fri, Jul-07-2017, 10:18:14 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,127
Posted By qualicas
Re: Mystic Blue On Key Lime 44k miles

Nope, I have Mystic Blue with cloth interior 60k miles sadly SMG.
Very few Mystic Blue though.

I have a friend with a PY convertible, Kiwi, really low miles 6 man. Beautiful car
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Jul-06-2017, 04:51:56 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,011
Posted By qualicas
Re: Colorado Springs/ Denver is anyone here *tear*

My M3 CAME from Colorado Springs where it was totaled. I brought it back from the dead. But now it is here in Calgary. So that is one less out there.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Jun-29-2017, 04:09:43 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,244
Posted By qualicas
Re: Future collectable for sale In Canada ?

Seems hard to find a Canadian M3. I brought2 of mine from US. One from California where I got to pay California sales tax and not get it back. My other started life in Florida and ended its life in...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Thu, Jun-29-2017, 12:09:46 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 504
Posted By qualicas
Re: E46 M3 6sp Manual Crank-No Start (Solved)

I think a lot of cars have the filter and pump as an integral part of the tank. I know my 2008 Mazda 3 did.

So you'd need to buy the entire fuel tank to replace the filter or at least that's what...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Wed, Jun-28-2017, 10:10:48 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 504
Posted By qualicas
Re: E46 M3 6sp Manual Crank-No Start (Solved)

Not only M3 cars. I think it is a good idea to replace fuel pumps at 100,000 miles or 10 years. You are living on borrowed time otherwise. Better to replace on your schedule than when really...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Jun-27-2017, 08:04:53 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,244
Posted By qualicas
Re: Future collectable for sale In Canada ?

Alberta seems to be the cheapest place in North America for M3's. I have been trying to sell one of my M3s for a couple of years. I can't even get anyone to contact me. It has 133K miles, no sunroof,...
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Jun-27-2017, 07:57:20 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,244
Posted By qualicas
Re: Future collectable for sale In Canada ?

If you don't mind me saying the icefields parkway is 250 miles in wrong direction if you are driving to Toronto. Nice road however!
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Tue, Jun-13-2017, 09:30:52 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,481
Posted By qualicas
Re: Found strange looking E46 M3 for sale

$3800 and no rust. Sounds like a deal to me. Provided you do all of your own work.
Forum: E46 M3 (2001-2006) Mon, Jun-12-2017, 04:28:55 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 784
Posted By qualicas
Re: Uncontrollable swerving?

I drove my first M3 from California back home with a completely gone rubber bushing in the right front control arm. It would move half inch. Every time I would hit brakes the car would lurch to the...
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