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bmwboy88
01-14-2004, 02:29 AM
Now that with the weather getting colder (espically in Toronto Canada), I would like to know what are some of the signs that I should look for to detect potential problems. Can you guys provide me with some of the signs and symptoms from your experience before it leads to potential problems.

Here is what I been experiencing (cold day, I'm talking about -30 degress C):
1. On cold days, the rpm revs around 800 range even when the temp gauge is in the mid point
2. On cold days, when idling, there is a metal clicking noise. The clicking noise is somewhat noticable but I can't pin point the location.

Feel free to post your symptoms......

UncleJ
01-14-2004, 02:40 AM
Oh man, I get that clicking noise all the time too. It's so annoying. I can feel it in the clutch.

When it's cold, my 2nd gear is way too rough and hard to get into.

omid
01-14-2004, 02:50 AM
to many to list.lol.:)

sonic07
01-14-2004, 03:27 AM
sorry can't tell you much about the problem on my bimmer cuz it's hibernating for the winter. infact it won't be having problem at all.... LOL ...

85eta
01-14-2004, 03:36 AM
problems?? you guys have problems with your cars??

haha, jk....the only one I seem to have lately is that my signals never work properly, the connectors are always corroded and I have to cleam them all the time?

djcontra
01-14-2004, 03:40 AM
1. guibo is shot
2. clutch is burnt to smitherines
3. water pump on last legs
4. thermostat stuck open
5. suspension is tired
6. supercharger needs new bearings ( i think )
7. trailing arm bushings are shot
8. dashboard is seperating from the center vent (common problem)
9. cd player doesn't work (dunno why)
10. it's not fast enough (yet)

Jammasterj
01-14-2004, 05:37 AM
Originally posted by bmwboy88
Now that with the weather getting colder (espically in Toronto Canada), I would like to know what are some of the signs that I should look for to detect potential problems. Can you guys provide me with some of the signs and symptoms from your experience before it leads to potential problems.

Here is what I been experiencing (cold day, I'm talking about -30 degress C):
1. On cold days, the rpm revs around 800 range even when the temp gauge is in the mid point
2. On cold days, when idling, there is a metal clicking noise. The clicking noise is somewhat noticable but I can't pin point the location.

Feel free to post your symptoms......
Sounds like you have a classic case of lifter stick...

It happens when your valve lifters age...allot of E30s have that problem from what I hear along with tons of other cars.

It is expensive to have them changed and it may not even be the lifters. My recommendation is that you get an oil change, possibly with winter specific oil that is more viscous at lower temperatures..see if that fixes the problem.

Jammasterj
01-14-2004, 05:39 AM
but then again...your car is new...lifters take time to go...
hrm its hard to tell without hearing it...
if it gets any worse take it in for service...

When i used to have my 328ci E46 It used to almost stall out and then recover itself about 10 minutes into run time when i was stopped at a light..and it was an AUTO!

SickFinga
01-14-2004, 05:51 AM
Originally posted by bmwboy88

1. On cold days, the rpm revs around 800 range even when the temp gauge is in the mid point

am i missing something?
isnt it suppose to be idling at 750 rpms?

Gamite
01-14-2004, 05:56 AM
car won't start, battery dead. :(

weird suspension problem, car vibrates irratically when hitting certain bumps at certain angles at certain speeds.

driveshaft needs rebuilding.

Need to flush coolant.

Need new tires.

Need more power. ;)


But hey guys, remember, most of our cars are old, and they need care, don't complain, nuture them, and u will be rewarded with a superbly performing automobile.

I know my car has problems, but I would gladly drive my car over my dad's car which I'm driving in the winter.

thinair
01-14-2004, 06:19 AM
My car:
-steering wheel shimmy under braking
-rear toe arm bushings worn
-front brakes
-thermostat housing
-adjust parking brake
-worn clutch
-water pump (it's pretty loud now)
-fuel filter
-shifter bushing
-adjust rear bumper

I let a few things build up to do over the winter.

My truck
-right rear cab mount rusted out
-thermostat stuck open
-oil change
-burnt out headlight
-rust everywhere
-needs a new exhaust from the manifold back
-fuel filter (really bad)
-cluster lights burnt out
-diff bearings
-really worn shocks (again)
-rear non-winter tires at balder then bald
-synchro in 1st gear is munched
-timing belt should have been replaced 80,000km+ ago
-power steering system doesn't hold oil
-lots of steering wheel free play
-frame bent (can't get a proper alignment)
-brakes need to be rebled

Basically the truck I'm not investing much more money into, I'm running it until it leaves me stranded, then tossing it. The funny thing is that for 96hp (when it was new, 13yrs ago), it'll still beat a stock 2.4L Sunfire/Cav, which isn't really much of a bragging right, but oh well.

SickFinga
01-14-2004, 06:24 AM
Originally posted by thinair


Basically the truck I'm not investing much more money into, I'm running it until it leaves me stranded, then tossing it. The funny thing is that for 96hp (when it was new, 13yrs ago), it'll still beat a stock 2.4L Sunfire/Cav, which isn't really much of a bragging right, but oh well.

2.2l baby

the race is on, Nelson :D

bmwboy88
01-14-2004, 11:33 AM
Originally posted by Jammasterj
but then again...your car is new...lifters take time to go...
hrm its hard to tell without hearing it...
if it gets any worse take it in for service...

When i used to have my 328ci E46 It used to almost stall out and then recover itself about 10 minutes into run time when i was stopped at a light..and it was an AUTO!


My car is new, bought it this year. First time owner of a BMW so I'm somewhat concern about the car. ie. RPM is higer during cold cold days.
Going in for an oil change soon. Will let the tech know about these problems.

BiBimBap
01-14-2004, 02:29 PM
- 20W50 oil too sludgy for winter.. gonna change to 5W40 soon
- squeaking noise in steering column when really cold (needs lube?)
- high pitched scraping sound - but only for 1/2 a second on right front wheel area during suspension decompression stages. Sounds like a pebble in the brake pads - but i checked.. and it's clean.
- busted fog light

that's about it. It's friggen cold out there!

Marecar
01-14-2004, 03:44 PM
I just took my car for a checkup and they said that a computer/throtle harnes was melfunctioning so they had to replace it. Other then that everything else is perfectly fine for almost a year and a half.

Furious
01-14-2004, 04:44 PM
my current list is kinda small now , because i just did a whole whack of work on the car this last month..

Miguel
01-14-2004, 06:49 PM
thrust arms
subframe bushings
fix door locks (passenger side front)
unlock drivers side rear door (It has dead bolted itself shut)
remove, clean, and grease up my trunk lock
valve adjustment
fix unsealed high beam light (C'mon Ryan.. we gotta do it!)
fuel filter
clean gas door actuator
install new gas door hinge
replace passenger side front fender
get my wide grill hood (friggin' rarer than a virgin stripper)
trunk shocks
replace worn seal around front windshield
tighten all doors (damn squeeks!)
get a centreforce clutch
get an E28 M5 single mass flywheel
redo entire interior including floor carpet (I have rear M5 leather seats already...)
and finally...
complete paintjob including rust removal, kit install, shaving door handles, door bump strips & BMW symbols, widening fenders, and painting my HM2's black or bronze (currently undecided)

..then I'll look at installing a system and getting some balls in the engine bay (small block chevy would be nice).
...so I can finally do a damn donut

Slowered318
01-14-2004, 06:55 PM
car problems??

car is dead!

Mystikal
01-14-2004, 07:23 PM
And you were trying to sell it to me Ryan! :D

My car is just about perfect. That said, I still owe the mechanic all kinds of cash for the recently done fuel pump, alternator, wiper linkage...*shiner*

Slowered318
01-14-2004, 07:26 PM
Originally posted by Mystikal
And you were trying to sell it to me Ryan! :D

My car is just about perfect. That said, I still owe the mechanic all kinds of cash for the recently done fuel pump, alternator, wiper linkage...*shiner*

Well it died shortly after doing a 15 min burnout on a sheet of ice.. i think the fuel pump died.. or it ran outa gas. i'm not shure but i'm just going to leave it in the parking lot for a few days and see if it just needed a rest.

Jammasterj
01-14-2004, 07:58 PM
Originally posted by bmwboy88
My car is new, bought it this year. First time owner of a BMW so I'm somewhat concern about the car. ie. RPM is higer during cold cold days.
Going in for an oil change soon. Will let the tech know about these problems.
It is perfectly normal for your rpm to be higher during cold days, increased friction in the engine will warm your car up faster...

let bmw know about your problems...they are good with that sort of thing

bmwboy88
01-16-2004, 01:11 AM
Going to throw another one at you guys....

With the temp in the -20s, does your window freeze? I tried to open the window this morning to pay for coffee in drive thru, when I pressed the window button, the window wouldn't roll down. Are you guys having this problem?
Do you thnink it might cause damage since I tried it several time?

djcontra
01-16-2004, 03:24 AM
My windows stick as well, and what hurts is when they try and force themselves to go down a bit as I try to open my door (2dr coupes do this every time the door opens). I know it's not the best solution, but for now I put a thin coating of vaseline on the very edge of my windows, and it doesn't freeze anymore. The only downside, is when I roll down my window (which I hardly do in winter), you see a bit of smudging.