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Replacing the BMW M54 Crankcase Ventilation System, Part 1 of 3

Learn how to replace the crankcase ventilation system (PCV) on your BMW. In this three-part series, Bavarian Otto shows you how to do it yourself and save hundreds of dollars over what a dealer would charge. Everything you need for the job is available in our online store at http://www.bavauto.com/ Have a tech question about your BMW or MINI? Find the answer at http://blog.bavauto.com/


 


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Replacing the BMW M54 Crankcase Ventilation System, Part 2 of 3
Learn how to replace the crankcase ventilation system (PCV) on your BMW. In this three-part series, Bavarian Otto shows you how to do it yourself and save hundreds of dollars over what a dealer would charge. Everything you need for the job is available in our online store at http://www.bavauto.com/ Have a tech question about your BMW or MINI? Find the answer at http://blog.bavauto.com/





Part 1: Replacing Control Arms in a BMW 3 Series or MINI - BavAuto DIY
PART 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nsUUSp2xEos PART 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47UbYE3tExM BLOG ARTICLE: http://blog.bavauto.com/go/control-arm "Like" us on Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/BavarianAutosport "Follow" us on Twitter - http://www.twitter.com/BavAuto "Subscribe" to us on YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/BavarianAuto Visit our online store - http://www.bavauto.com/ All of the items shown in these videos are available in our online store at http://www.bavauto.com/. Need additional tech help? Please visit our tech blog for thousands of Tech and DIY BMW and MINI articles at: http://blog.bavauto.com/ --- In this two part video series Otto will show you how to replace front control arms and control arm bushings on a typical BMW 3-series 84-05 and MINI. Note that while these procedures are shown on an E30 3-series (84-91) BMW, they can also be applied to the E36 3-Series (92-98), E46 3-series (99-05) and MINI models. Of the 3-series and MINI models listed, some will look slightly different or have slightly different hardware but, the basic points and procedures are the same. --- Part one - Control arm and bushing removal steps In this video we will remove the front control arm and control arm bushing on a BMW 3-series (and MINI). Part-2 covers the installation. For a list of the parts and tools used, see the accompanying BLOG post at: http://blog.bavauto.com/go/control-arm 1) Lift and properly support the front of the vehicle, so that the front wheels are off the ground. 2) Remove the wheel/tire assembly. 3) If the swaybar end link is connected to the control arm (as on this E30 and most E36 3-series), remove the nut from the underside of the control arm, that secures the end link bracket to the control arm. 4) Release the outer control arm ball joint as follows; Loosen the nut on the top of the ball joint's tapered pin, but do not fully remove it. Using a 2 lb to 3 lb short handled sledgehammer (properly called, a drilling hammer), give the knuckle area a series of sharp-forceful blows. If the ball joint's tapered pin does not release from the knuckle, try using a pry-bar to provide downward pressure on the end of the control arm .... while hitting the knuckle with the hammer. This can take a good series of multiple HARD blows with the hammer. If the tapered pin is still not releasing, you will have to resort to a "pickle-fork". Insert the pickle-fork between the ball joint and the knuckle and use the hammer to force the pickle-fork between the two parts. If you get the pickle fork as far as it will go and the joint is still not separating, try repeating the blows to the knuckle (as in the first sequence), with the pickle-fork in place. NOTE: Never use a pickle-fork to separate the ball joints if you intend to reuse the control arm (and ball joints), as the fork will typically tear the ball joint's rubber boot. 5) Release the inner ball joint in a similar fashion to the outer ball joint, with the exception that you will be hitting the cast area of the control arm, where the ball-joint mounts into the arm. Note that it may be necessary to resort to the pickle-fork due to a lack of area to use the hammer, as a first course of action. 6) Remove the rear control arm bushing mount bracket by removing the two bolts securing the bracket to the vehicle. Note the position and overall relationship of the bracket and how it is mounted to the uni-body frame rail, for the future re-installation. 7) Fully remove the nuts on the ball joints and lower the control arm and bushing assembly from the vehicle. NOTE: If you are re-using the control arm bushing mounting brackets and installing new bushings in the brackets, follow steps 8-10. If you are installing pre-assembled bushing and bracket assemblies, skip to step 11. 8) Use the control arm bushing removal/install tool to remove the bushing and bracket assembly from the end of the control arm pin. 9) Using a hydraulic press, press the bushing out of the bushing mount bracket. 10) Using a hydraulic press, press the new bushing into the mount bracket. Note if there are any alignment marks to tend with. The new bushing will either install in the same manner as the old original bushing (alignment marks, etc.), or it will come with an installation sheet outlining the proper installation. Now, click on to Part-2 and continue with the installation of the new control arm and bushing assemblies. --- All products noted in this video can be purchased in our online store, http://www.bavauto.com/, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You are also welcome to e-mail us at info@bavauto.com or call into our headquarters and speak to our knowledgeable advisors at (800) 535-2002 (Mon.-Thurs. 8AM to 9PM EST, Fri. 8AM to 7PM EST, and Sat. 9AM to 4PM EST).





Repairing door handles on a BMW X5 2000 thru 2006
BLOG ARTICLE: http://blog.bavauto.com/15369 "Like" us on Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/BavarianAutosport "Follow" us on Twitter - http://www.twitter.com/BavAuto "Subscribe" to us on YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/BavarianAuto Visit our online store - http://www.bavauto.com/ All of the items shown in these videos are available in our online store at http://www.bavauto.com/. Need additional tech help? Please visit our tech blog for thousands of Tech and DIY BMW and MINI articles at: http://blog.bavauto.com/ --- Here at Bavarian Autosport, we have found that our BMW X5 owning customers have been contacting Otto about troubles with their outer door handles not working. They note that the handle pulls normally, but the door will not open. The common problem is that the inner handle mechanism breaks and does not transfer the outer pull handle's motions to the latch release cable. The cure is to replace the inner handle mechanism. We have seen customers' shop quotes for hundreds of dollars to replace the inner handle mechanism ... and more than just a few incorrect parts replacement quotes (quotes to replace the incorrect parts). Since one of our purchasers had an X5 with BOTH front door handles inoperative, Otto decided to have a look and see just what the problem was and determine if the replacement is a reasonable DIY task. We found that the inner handle mechanism was indeed the culprit and the repair is no more difficult than the common window regulator replacement. Come on along as we show the steps for replacing the X5 inner door handle mechanism on a 2004 x5 3.0i. All E53 x5 models (00-06) will be as shown in this video. Note that you may wish to order a few new inner door trim panel securing clips. It is very common that some of the clips will break, or already be broken from a prior door panel removal. We replaced six clips on the door panel shown in this video. Additionally, if you find that the vapor barrier panel is ripped or damaged, this should be replaced to prevent water entry to the cabin. Bavarian Autosport stocks the clips, vapor barrier and the vapor barrier adhesive as well as the handle mechanisms. Parts: Inner door handle mechanism -- Left or Right (various PNs) Door trim panel clips - 51 41 8 224 768 Vapor barrier -- Left 51 48 8 402 389 or Right 51 48 8 402 390 Vapor barrier adhesive -- 08612 Tools: Non-Marring pry tools -- various PNs Torx bit set, T10-T50 - 26550 Metric socket and ratchet set -- ¼ " and 3/8" drive, 8mm through 13mm Metric combination wrench set -- 8mm through 13mm 4mm long ball-end Allen wrench Various common mechanic's hand tools -- Screwdrivers, pliers, pry bars, etc. -------- All products noted in this video can be purchased in our online store, http://www.bavauto.com/, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You are also welcome to e-mail us at info@bavauto.com or call into our headquarters and speak to our knowledgeable advisors at (800) 535-2002 (Mon.-Thurs. 8AM to 9PM EST, Fri. 8AM to 7PM EST, and Sat. 9AM to 4PM EST).





Changing the Engine Oil in a BMW or MINI -- Vacuum Method
BLOG ARTICLE:http://blog.bavauto.com/8511 "Like" us on Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/BavarianAutosport "Follow" us on Twitter - http://www.twitter.com/BavAuto "Subscribe" to us on YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/BavarianAuto Visit our online store - http://www.bavauto.com/ All of the items shown in these videos are available in our online store at http://www.bavauto.com/. Need additional tech help? Please visit our tech blog for thousands of Tech and DIY BMW and MINI articles at: http://blog.bavauto.com/ --- In this DIY video we'll show you how to change the oil in your BMW or MINI (and even other makes & models) using the vacuum oil changer. This method and tool are applicable to BMW, MINI and others that have an engine oil dipstick (and dip stick tube). Changing the oil in your BMW or MINI yourself is a great way to save money. There are two methods you can use in a DIY (do-it-yourself) oil change. In the first method, you drain the oil from below via the oil pan drain plug. This would typically be accomplished by jacking up the car and supporting it with jack stands, or by driving the front wheels up onto ramps. Ramps are very convenient and can be purchased at many auto parts and department stores. If you prefer to use a floor jack and jack-stands (also handy for future tasks that require the wheels or suspension to hang free), we show you how to select and use floor jacks and jack-stands in the Winter 2009 and Spring 2009 Fast Times newsletters. http://www.bavauto.com/newsletter/2009_n109_newsletter.pdf http://www.bavauto.com/newsletter/2009_n209_newsletter.pdf In the second method (the one we will show you, here), you use a vacuum pump to suck the oil out through the dipstick tube. This method is applicable to BMWs and MINIs where the oil filter can be accessed from under the hood (i.e. without jacking up the car). Note that some late model BMWs do not have oil dipsticks, and some oil filters cannot be accessed from above. In these cases, the oil must be drained from below. Follow along as we perform an oil and filter change on a late model, 6-cylinder BMW. Here are the tools and parts used for this job (Some of the parts or tools may not be needed for one or the other oil removal method (see above) or particular BMW/MINI model: TOOLS: * Bentley repair manuals: http://www.bavauto.com/se1.asp?dept_id=5228 * Oil evacuation/extraction tool: http://www.bavauto.com/fland.asp?part=PE30899 * Oil filter wrench and oil change tools -- required for certain models: http://www.bavauto.com/se1.asp?dept_id=5112 * Ultimate oil filler funnel: http://www.bavauto.com/fland.asp?part=OFBMW1000 * Oil absorbent pads: http://www.bavauto.com/fland.asp?part=25201 * Oil change drain pan -- for undercar method: http://www.bavauto.com/fland.asp?part=616 * Form-A-Funnel -- for undercar method: http://www.bavauto.com/fland.asp?part=18609 * Disposable work gloves: http://www.bavauto.com/fland.asp?part=sg%20375l * 13mm to 17mm sockets and ratchet for filter removal (17mm for this application) * 13mm to 19mm socket and ratchet or box-end wrench for drain plug (under-car draining) PARTS: * Oil filter: http://www.bavauto.com/se1.asp?dept_id=5106 * Motor oil -- Lubro-Moly, Red Line or BMW brand: http://www.bavauto.com/se1.asp?dept_id=5107 * Magnetic drain plug: http://www.bavauto.com/se1.asp?dept_id=5283 -------- All products noted in this video can be purchased in our online store, http://www.bavauto.com/, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You are also welcome to e-mail us at info@bavauto.com or call into our headquarters and speak to our knowledgeable advisors at (800) 535-2002 (Mon.-Thurs. 8AM to 9PM EST, Fri. 8AM to 7PM EST, and Sat. 9AM to 4PM EST).





BMW Vanos Noise Repair
BMW 330i Vanos Noise Repair Project to fix the rattle noise from vanos cylinders





Replacing Your BMW Valve Cover Gasket
Anthony and Raj taking you through the steps on how to replace a valve cover gasket on a 2000-2005 E46 Series BMW. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, just leave me a message or comment below. Don't forget to subscribe!





BMW Oil Change M54 DIY 3, 5, X3, X5 E46, E39, E83, E53
How to perform and oil change on a BMW with the M54 engine. This video can also be followed for the M52 engine. This engine is in the 3 Series, 5 Series, X3, X5 BMW's with the designations E46, E39, E83, E53





BMW Radiator, Cooling System, Water Pump Upgrade - E36 M3
http://www.AutoWerksofAmerica.com/ A BMW radiator isn't terribly hard to replace. While You're replacing the radiator you should consider upgrading other BMW cooling system parts like the water pump, the thermostat and the thermostat housing. This DIY video shows that replacing a BMW radiator isn't hard. You can do it with a few simple tools and a little know-how. Many BMW owners like to perform preventative maintenance on the weak spots of the cooling system. The main concerns are the plastic radiator, the plastic impeller in the water pump and the plastic thermostat housing. You can replace the water pump with an OEM unit, a unit with a steel impeller or special order a Stewart high performance water pump. Email for more info: sales@AutoWerksofAmerica.com





BMW Common Air Leak Locations M52TU M54 Mixture Too Lean
BMW Common Air Leak Locations on an M52TU or M54 engine. This would apply to many models like the E46 3 series, E39 5 Series, X3 E83, and X5 E53.





Guide to Checking your BMW E46 E39 E53 E83 Oil Level and diagnosising Oil leaks
I'm no expert but I read thousands of these threads every month all asking the same questions. Hopefully the experts will add to the commentary section below and feel free to correct me on anything I may say in the video. Thanks





Replace BMW Fuel Filter
http://www.AutoWerksofAmerica.com - Replacing a BMW fuel filter is easily done with a few simple tools and a little instruction. Some recommendations: Do this job when the fuel tank is nearly empty and use some kind of pan to catch the remaining fuel in the filter. Consider replacing some of the rubber hose and rusty hose clamps when you perform a BMW fuel filter change.





Crankcase Vent Valve Issue, BMW 2004 E46
Burning the oil out after cleaning the spark plugs. Time to change the oil separator. BMW sells a kit to replace their defective valve/separator design. Update: No problems after CCV replacement Background: CCV fails, allowing oil into the engine cylinders and coating the spark plugs, causing the engine to flood and not start. To be sure this is your issue, pull a plug and see if its covered in oil, if so pull them all and clean them with de-greaser. I made the video to see what would happen on the first start since the cylinders were coated in oil still. Just to be clear, this smoke only happened for a few minutes after I cleaned and replaced the oil covered spark plugs. After that, the car was back to running clean even with the bad CCV. The reason to replace the CCV valve is so you don't have the oil flood again.





E46 DIY #4 Replacing Intake Boots, Cleaning Throttle Body, ICV & P1189/88 Attempt #4
Well here's the Do It Yourself series for the 3 Series BMW E46! I Did this to help other people because i was in their shoes and turned to youtube and the internet when i need to get something done and youtube lack the videos to really help me in certain areas... Real OEM parts online for all BMW models: www.realoem.com Intake Boot to MAF - 13541705209 Intake Boot to ICV - 13541435627 If you guys need help with a particular Do It Yourself, or anything... Drop a comment below and i will do my best to help you out! And if it's worthy enough? It will be in the upcoming video =) Follow me on Twitter and get the updates/knowledge of me currently doing videos before they are even edited - https://www.twitter.com/RedRaptorZ





DIY: BMW E46 Idle Control Valve Cleaning and Removal
DIY on my 2002 330i. Shows how to remove your ICV





BMW 3 Series E46 Front Lower Control Arm, Replacing - How To Replace
In this video, Bentley Publishers senior technical editor Charles Burke and Chip Meyers from Village European illustrate how to replace the front lower control arm 2001 - 2005 BMW 3 Series (E46). For more information on Bentley Publishers line of BMW technical manuals, visit http://www.bentleypublishers.com/




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