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Re: Harnessssssssssss

Postby Darkfoxx » Thu Jun 02, 2011 9:28 pm

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Re: Harnessssssssssss

Postby Darkfoxx » Fri Jun 03, 2011 5:36 pm

Grrrr...really BMW? I can't even take my wipers off.

I figured I'd come home from work and knock this job out in an hour. First, I didn't have a 5/8" wrench to take the nuts off the wiper bolts so I had to go buy one. Now I can't get the wipers off the bolt. Apparently there is some plastic stuff that holds it on. Do I need a special tool? It looks like in that thread they were talking about a special tool: http://www.nextag.com/wiper-arm-puller/compare-html

Say it ain't so. I want to do this without spending more fucking money :evil:
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Re: Harnessssssssssss

Postby Harness » Fri Jun 03, 2011 8:28 pm

Darkfoxx wrote:Grrrr...really BMW? I can't even take my wipers off.

I figured I'd come home from work and knock this job out in an hour. First, I didn't have a 5/8" wrench to take the nuts off the wiper bolts so I had to go buy one. Now I can't get the wipers off the bolt. Apparently there is some plastic stuff that holds it on. Do I need a special tool? It looks like in that thread they were talking about a special tool: http://www.nextag.com/wiper-arm-puller/compare-html

Say it ain't so. I want to do this without spending more fucking money :evil:



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Postby Darkfoxx » Sat Jun 04, 2011 6:29 pm

Took some pics today for reference. I'll explain to you what I did today when you get on Vent.

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Re: Harnessssssssssss

Postby Darkfoxx » Mon Jun 06, 2011 4:33 pm

Service appointment made...I guess we'll find out the problem once and for all after Thursday.

I've pretty much narrowed it down to the wiper park signal, but we'll see what they find.

EDIT: They're using the GT1 diagnostic tool to figure out the signal failure
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Re: Harnessssssssssss

Postby Darkfoxx » Fri Jun 10, 2011 6:05 pm

Bumble, it was the relay after all! They bypassed the GM and the wipers were still on so they ordered a new relay (the same part# that I swapped) and put it in. Works fine.

This is very interesting because I swapped the fog light relay with the wiper relay. I told the guy this since he said they were going to try a new relay, so I wanted to save some time. I'm glad they tried replacing it though.

Still doesn't make sense. :roll: And fuck, I'm out 300 bucks for something that I could of bought for $13.
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Re: Harnessssssssssss

Postby Jif » Wed Jul 06, 2011 2:23 pm

Yesterday i started noticing a loud squeal or high pitched noise after turning the car on. it persists while backing out of a spot but i generally dont notice it after i start driving. top down, no radio, and i normally cant hear anything unusual. i have heard a similar noise while driving relatively slow, like 30-40mph, but i havent heard it since. also it doesnt always make the sound. when it does, however, and my top's down it's audible over the exhaust and radio.

what's weird is that the only times ive heard it while driving i've been stuck behind 2 shitty beaters that i assumed were making the sounds. when i noticed it after starting the car, though, i'm guessing that was no coincidence. could it be a bad belt? sometimes it sounds like a belt but other times more like a whistle.

performance seems the same.

also, i've driven the car more this last month than probably at any time i've owned it:
moved out so i have an actual commute to work (still only 15 mins tho).
was with erika and drove her everywhere, every day.
2 trips to the shore
1 trip to the j-pad
multiple trips to philly (not far but stop and go)
in general driving around a lot more
drove about 1k miles last month...INSANE FOR ME! i put on ~5500 total since i bought it sept 1 of i think 2007.
plus it's been 85+ degrees much of the past month.

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Re: Harnessssssssssss

Postby Darkfoxx » Wed Jul 06, 2011 2:46 pm

Jif wrote:drove about 1k miles last month...INSANE FOR ME! i put on ~5500 total since i bought it sept 1 of i think 2007.

Goddamn son, that ain't nothing. I've put 14k miles on the Zed already and its only been a year since I bought it.
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Re: Harnessssssssssss

Postby Jif » Wed Jul 06, 2011 6:19 pm

Darkfoxx wrote:
Jif wrote:drove about 1k miles last month...INSANE FOR ME! i put on ~5500 total since i bought it sept 1 of i think 2007.

Goddamn son, that ain't nothing. I've put 14k miles on the Zed already and its only been a year since I bought it.

well i went from a 3 mile commute round trip to 22 miles, which is ~440 miles/month versus 60.

i was contrasting how much i drove my car last month vs historically :D

also im pretty sure it's the belt. i'ma upload some video shortly.

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Re: Harnessssssssssss

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Re: Harnessssssssssss

Postby Centari » Thu Jul 07, 2011 12:58 am

Take this with a grain of salt because I'm still learning...

But it seems like one of pulley wheels may be bad. Without any diag whatsoever. It seems like the wheel for the A/C may be bad considering the noise just started happening and you would only practically have your A/C turned on when its hot outside.

I'd like to ask a few questions to help narrow it down:
When was the last time you had the belt replaced, and if you can't even remember, what condition is it in? Is it cracking or anything on the ribs inside? Or does it seem glazed and shiny on the unribbed side?

Also, does the noise change with engine rpm? and does it seem to go away when your car gets warmed up, or when you're at about cruising speed?

At this point I think it's either a faulty wheel or a slipping belt, leaning towards to belt now that I think more about it.
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Re: Harnessssssssssss

Postby Jif » Thu Jul 07, 2011 9:00 am

Centari wrote:Take this with a grain of salt because I'm still learning...

But it seems like one of pulley wheels may be bad. Without any diag whatsoever. It seems like the wheel for the A/C may be bad considering the noise just started happening and you would only practically have your A/C turned on when its hot outside.

I'd like to ask a few questions to help narrow it down:
When was the last time you had the belt replaced, and if you can't even remember, what condition is it in? Is it cracking or anything on the ribs inside? Or does it seem glazed and shiny on the unribbed side?

Also, does the noise change with engine rpm? and does it seem to go away when your car gets warmed up, or when you're at about cruising speed?

At this point I think it's either a faulty wheel or a slipping belt, leaning towards to belt now that I think more about it.


you said exactly what harness said on vent, only he was leaning away from the belt and more towards a pulley.
it just started 2 days ago and it doesnt consistently happen. im going to my parents' for dinner today so i'll have my dad check it out. i havent done any diagnostics besides take the video. i'll check the belt after work. it's never been replaced. harness also suggested i change the oil. i've only driven like 2k miles since last change but it has been almost 2 years and the car sat literally 6 months without being started last year. i'll grab some oil and do that today after work. i'll check out the filters and other fluids as well. my air filter is a reusable no-name brand that came with a custom CAI kit. if it's dirty enough, should i clean it out or find a replacement? i have access to an air compressor that's like 100 gallons or something huge that could probably blow snot out yer butt if you shot it up your nose. also, is synthetic oil worth it? i know it's good, but is it 2-3x the price better? also i know they cant be mixed so are there any special steps i should take if i made the swap? whats the best brand? mobile 1?

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Re: Harnessssssssssss

Postby Darkfoxx » Thu Jul 07, 2011 11:00 am

Jif wrote:i have access to an air compressor that's like 100 gallons or something huge that could probably blow snot out yer butt if you shot it up your nose.

LOL, sounds like a challenge!

Jif wrote:also, is synthetic oil worth it? i know it's good, but is it 2-3x the price better? also i know they cant be mixed so are there any special steps i should take if i made the swap? whats the best brand? mobile 1?

Yes, it's worth it. If you were using regular oil, just drain it completely. Please note that you can't go back to regular oil after you go synthetic. Kinda like once you go black...

And yes, get Mobile 1. Make sure you get the right oil weight for your engine.
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Re: Harnessssssssssss

Postby Harness » Thu Jul 07, 2011 9:35 pm

Darkfoxx wrote:
Jif wrote:i have access to an air compressor that's like 100 gallons or something huge that could probably blow snot out yer butt if you shot it up your nose.

LOL, sounds like a challenge!

Jif wrote:also, is synthetic oil worth it? i know it's good, but is it 2-3x the price better? also i know they cant be mixed so are there any special steps i should take if i made the swap? whats the best brand? mobile 1?

Yes, it's worth it. If you were using regular oil, just drain it completely. Please note that you can't go back to regular oil after you go synthetic. Kinda like once you go black...

And yes, get Mobile 1. Make sure you get the right oil weight for your engine.



Synthetic motor oil does everything it says and more and Mobile 1 is the best. It is well worth the money your going to spend on it. Also, it is false that you can't change to synthetic or switch back to conventional or anything like that. I have tested this the only way I know of. I intentionally mixed conventional oil with Mobile 1 on a customers car, without their knowledge, for a period of 1 year or, in their case, 3 oil changes. This may sound harsh and rather unethical but if you really sit back and think about it from a scientific standpoint, it's really the only way to test it without a lab. The engine ran fine and never developed any oil leaks that would be considered by an expert as unusual. Ignore any old wives tales about mixing synthetic with conventional. As long as your using the correct weight oil your fine.

As a side note, I went to a seminar held by Mobile 1. During it they said that you can mix Mobile 1 with any old garbage you can find and you b aight. Don't forget to replace your oil filter!

As for the air filter, they make a kit that you use to clean and oil your "performance" air filter. The kit comes with a cleaner and an oil and as long as you follow the directions properly, you won't fuck anything up that bad. You can blow it out with air if you want, that isn't going to hurt, but if you want the full affect of that 1/2 horsepower that those air filters give, then you need to go out and buy the kit.

After you clean and oil your "performance" air filter yourself, post up here why your car has an extended crank and intermittently runs rough and I'll be more then happy to help. :lol:

.... Jif, it's really about time you take your car in for a good once over. If it's been 2 years since even your oil has been changed and you live in a state where the inspection process is an utter joke, then it's time you get a good idea of everything that's going on with your hoopty. Take it to one of these places that do oil changes, tire rotations and general check overs and wait for it. When the wheels are off ask of you can go out there yourself and inspect the car. You will never regret having a good knowledge of exactly where you are with you vehicle....... OR BETTER YET, bring your big fat ass up here to Doylestown on a saturday and let me do all that shit for ya. It's really not that far if you think about it and theres beer after that most likely I won't let you pay for.
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Re: Harnessssssssssss

Postby Darkfoxx » Thu Jul 07, 2011 10:33 pm

Harness wrote:Synthetic motor oil does everything it says and more and Mobile 1 is the best. It is well worth the money your going to spend on it. Also, it is false that you can't change to synthetic or switch back to conventional or anything like that. I have tested this the only way I know of. I intentionally mixed conventional oil with Mobile 1 on a customers car, without their knowledge, for a period of 1 year or, in their case, 3 oil changes. This may sound harsh and rather unethical but if you really sit back and think about it from a scientific standpoint, it's really the only way to test it without a lab. The engine ran fine and never developed any oil leaks that would be considered by an expert as unusual. Ignore any old wives tales about mixing synthetic with conventional. As long as your using the correct weight oil your fine.

As a side note, I went to a seminar held by Mobile 1. During it they said that you can mix Mobile 1 with any old garbage you can find and you b aight. Don't forget to replace your oil filter!

Didn't know that. Cool!
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