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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/

Replacing a BMW Self-adjusting Clutch & Dual-mass Flywheel Part 1 of 2
www.bavauto.com -- In this How-To DIY video series (Part-1 and Part-2) we will be replacing a typical BMW clutch and flywheel. For more details on this DIY, see our Tech Blog at www.blog.bavauto.com/go/clutchrepair . These videos show the full removal, replacement and reassembly of the self-adjusting clutch (SAC) and dual-mass flywheel, special instructions that MUST be followed in the installation of the self-adjusting clutch, failure modes of the dual-mass flywheel and finally, installation of the UUC lightweight flywheel and performance clutch. We will also install the UUC Short Shift Kit and DSSR. See the separate DIY video for the shifter install at www.blog.bavauto.com/go/shortshift . All of the parts shown in this DIY series are available at Bavarian Autosport. Visit our online store at www.bavauto.com or call or knowledgeable agents at 800-535-2002. Don't forget to "like" this video and send us some comments!

Flushing & Replacing Engine Coolant in a BMW/MINI
BLOG ARTICLE: http://blog.bavauto.com/12402 "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/ --- The coolant flush is not especially difficult, but it does require more than simply removing the radiator drain plug. In this video we will demonstrate a coolant flush and change on a typical BMW with a later model 6-cylinder engine. The procedures shown can be applied to most BMW and MINI models. In our example (2002 E53 X5 3.0i), we'll show the specific steps to properly drain and flush the system, then fill and bleed with new 50/50 mix of distilled water and coolant. Watch the video and see the parts and tools used, below. For further assistance, please contact our agents at 800-535-2002 or visit our online store at bavauto.com. The Bentley repair manuals will cover model specific points, torque values and fill quantities. This DIY will assume that the DIYer has the applicable Bentley manual for additional references. Our BMW and MINI cooling systems have the thankless task of dissipating the heat generated by our engines (and automatic transmissions), keeping them at an optimal operating temperature; not too hot, not too cool. In addition, the cooling system must keep corrosion and sediment from attacking the metal, plastic and rubber parts of the systems. Like the engine's lubrication system (oiling), the cooling system must function mile after mile and hour after hour for hundreds of thousands of miles and thousands of hours. Faults within either of these systems will typically result in catastrophic failure and potentially terminal engine damage. With these thoughts in mind, we can begin to understand why regular maintenance of the engine's cooling system is just as (or more) important as the other regular maintenance tasks that we perform on our BMWs and MINIs. We recommend a coolant flush every two to three years if using the BMW/MINI coolant and distilled water (more often if other coolant or "tap" water is used). While the base Ethylene Glycol (EG) Antifreeze/Coolant (basically) holds its antifreeze properties for a very long time, the additives for corrosion protection, lubrication, etc, do not. The recommended 2-year interval is due to the Silicate anti-corrosion additives that are "used up" and begin to drop out of solution after about two years of service. When this happens, silicate build-up can happen within the radiator, heater core and engine passages. When adding coolant, between flushes, always add the same coolant as the original fill. While adding a common green, orange, yellow or other, coolant (which have differing additive packages and base pH) will not immediately destroy your engine or cooling system, it will reduce the effectiveness of both the base and the added coolants. This will, at least, greatly reduce the service life or, at worst, start a corrosive cycle. We mix the coolant with the distilled water in a 50/50 ratio. Using distilled water for your 50/50 mix is not specifically required, but in doing so, your coolant mixture will be much more stable and far less corrosive in the long term. This is due to the absence of the minerals and impurities that are removed in the distillation process. These impurities encourage electrolytic corrosion to the engine block, cylinder head, hoses and gaskets, damaging these parts and causing failures and need for repairs. Parts Used: BMW Coolant: http://www.bavauto.com/fland.asp?part=82+14+1+467+704 Distilled water (local grocery store) Tools Used: Form-a-Funnel: http://www.bavauto.com/fland.asp?part=18609 Spill-Free Coolant Funnel: http://www.bavauto.com/fland.asp?part=24680 Garage Guard Absorbent Mat: http://www.bavauto.com/fland.asp?part=L90696 Coolant Drain Pan: http://www.bavauto.com/fland.asp?part=17952 6mm flexible hose clamp driver: http://www.bavauto.com/fland.asp?part=53910 Bentley repair manuals: http://www.bavauto.com/se1.asp?dept_id=5228 Floor jack and jack-stands, ramps or vehicle lift Metric 3/8" drive socket set (8mm thru 17mm) Metric combination wrench set (8mm through 17mm) Flat head screwdrivers Phillips head screwdrivers -------- 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).

Part 1: Changing Automatic Transmission Fluid & Filter On A BMW/MINI
blog.BavAuto.com -- Most people think that because BMW and MINI call their transmission fluids "Lifetime" or "Extended Service" it doesn't have to be changed. Not true. To get the most out of your transmission and avoid a costly, catastrophic failure, you should change the fluid and filter every 50,000 miles. Watch Bavarian Otto demonstrate how to do this on a BMW E39 (5 series 97 thru 03). You'll find the specific fluid and filter your BMW/MINI needs in our online store at www.BavAuto.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.

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

BMW Valve Cover and Spark Plug Replacement M54 Engine Part 1
Valve cover replacement procedure and spark plug replacemet procedure with tips on how to ensure a good installation. Also steps on replacing spark plugs and ignition coils.

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.

BMW E36 Vanos & Tensioners Install part 2
Here is the 2nd part of Vanos & Tensioners where we put everthing back together. I threw out the option of making a homemade dummy tensioner tool for those that wish to try it out, I've used it several times in the past and it works great when your in a pinch.

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.

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

What Happens When You Don't Change Your Oil Part 1
This is part 1 of what happens when you do not change your oil. This car is only 3 years old and has 135k miles on it.

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

A brief video of purpose and function of the PCV (positive crankcase ventilation) system

BMW E30 M3 with fully tuned S54 engine
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