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    E46 M3 - theworkerbee

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    E46 M3 - theworkerbee

    Nope, just slowing down. I had it at the mechanics, it was the centre prop shaft bearing, I reminded him it was changed 2 years ago so it was replaced free of charge. Result!
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    E46 M3 - theworkerbee

    Ahhh, another noise has developed. Got it booked in for Monday, lets see what it is now... Broken, but still very pretty:
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    E46 M3 - theworkerbee

    So I set about refreshing the steering pipes over the weekend using the high pressure steering hose supplied by M3chas as well as a couple of oem pipes for the reservoir and a Febi reservoir tank whilst I was there. This is the first time I have tried anything like this, and truth be told, I really struggled. There is a quick disconnect on one of the reservoir pipes, the radiator return line, that was a nightmare to remove. It sound simple, lift the pipe, press the plastic release in and then pull down. Now that it is done, the only thing I can think of is that I didn't lift it enough. However, I didn't want to risk damaging the radiator, nor could I get enough grip/leverage on the return line to lift it enough. The reason why I think I didn't lift it enough is because I actually struggled to get the new line to 'click' on. I thought I had pushed it enough, gave the pipe a firm tug and it flew off. This shows that I had not pushed it on completely, hence my assumption that I didn't lift it enough during the removal. That said, here are a few pics from the day: I've said it before, I hate working under cars. I always assume the worse, also, I have to carry everything through the house from the shed which ends up being a chore: Lay everything out: Finally safe... High pressure steering hose fixings: Bolt at the pump (22mm): At the rack (19mm): The radiator return line: With the tool on it: Ring fully pressed in: Had to resort to getting the dremel out: Off at the pump: Reassembly was relatively straightforward. I ordered the correct clips for the lines, however, I didn't have suitable pliers and ended up removing them whilst trying to compress them over the pipe so I ended up using jubilee clips. Not what I wanted, however, as long as they hold I don't really mind. The 19mm at the rack is really awkward to get to, whilst trying to ensure you don't drop the washers. Ensure you have a spare(s)! Need to do the oil cool lines (if thats the correct term): No pics of the finished look unfortunately, as I just wanted it to be over with. Ran the car, turned lock to lock to bleed the system and then topped up the fluid. Checked for leaks and then put the cover back on. On more relaxing news, I tried out a new QD, Gtechniq quick detailer, and was very pleased with the results. Oh, and the front splitter has been removed!
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    E46 M3 - theworkerbee

    You're welcome and thank you!
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    E46 M3 - theworkerbee

    All caught up now 😄
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    E46 M3 - theworkerbee

    Been getting some parts together to refresh some things on her, but other than that, not much has happened. However, we did just pick this up: It has lane departure warning, sat nav and city assist brake. Everything else is bog standard I believe. Drove it around for a few days and the softness of the steering and clutch made it feel like a wrestling match when I jumped back in to the ///M. Let's hope it was as reliable as our last Jap motor, a 2004 Civic 1.7 CDTi which was scrapped on 238,000 miles. Will be my mrs car for the school run etc, and after driving it I can quite easily see it being our main car. Nice place to be, good fuel economy and keeps the kids out of the ///M. So thought I'd stop being so lazy and finally start removing the last grey pieces from the car. Removed the rear bench: Popped the speaker covers off: Put some towel down so I don't indent the leather: Removed the C pillars and then popped this black trim off from the shelf which clips round into the boot: The rubber bits squeak a little so will put some felt or something on the back: Removed the basket which has a few tabs: Then slide the shelf out: I wonder how long this guy has been there, its been atleast 2 years as I saw it when I bought the car lol: Gave the surface a quick wipe down: Quick snap of the car: Black piece in: Can't tell from the outside: Took the shelf inside to give it a few coats of satin black: After 2 coats: After 4 coats: Huge thank you to E46CoupeM3 who kindly printed and sent out a quick release tool to me and requested that I put a couple of quid into a charity box. It's members like him that make this forum amazing: And another great member has helped me out, more times than I can remember, this time with some black trim that I needed for my rear parcel shelf swap: Thank you 0asis2007! So Saturday I had a MOT done, and good news, both MOTs under my ownership have passed with flying colours, without any advisories. Really relieved as hopefully it means the money that I have spent so far on maintenance, is 1 paying off and 2 going to reduce so that I can spend on the fun stuff instead. A few pics from the day: Track cars: Also, bought a new dashcam. Very pleased so far:
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    E46 M3 - theworkerbee

    So not much has happened recently, going to start getting some parts together ready for the inspection 2 service that I am going to try and carry out. Sold the interior trim ready for some CF goodness, not had that made/delivered yet. Sun was out and I had the carpark to myself so took a few pics: Couple of pics after a clean: Should get my goodies for the interior some time this week and will be taking the car for its inspection 2 in July. Both wings now have bubbles, the drivers side has really deteriorated. I want to try and find some time soon to get the passenger side wing off, as that has started bubbling, before that goes beyond repair, however, Ramadan is a week and a bit away and the last thing I want to do is work on the car whilst fasting. Had a chance to get some pics somewhere other than my drive today: So I took one of the sills off to give it a clean and an inspection. First time I'd done this since I owned her and I do wish I had done it sooner. Nevermind, its booked in to be rectified next month, will post any pics afterwards: Finally got my new interior trim in. Very happy, need to get some funds together for the armrests next: Valve clearance done by Darragh at Everything///M3's. He kindly explained step by step and after watching him do it I am definitely confident enough to do it myself next time. Darragh: What an amazing guy. Honestly, can't recommend this guy enough. A perfectionist, happy to talk about all aspects of the work he is carrying out and explains everything thoroughly. His passion for cars is evident and he now has another loyal customer. Leak down test. Happy to report, a healthy engine! That's it for the night: Will try and get the steering hose sorted at some point: Back to the valve clearance check: Darragh giving the cover a quick clean: A couple of shims changed: And back together again: So next up will be an oil, oil filter, fuel filter and pollen filter change. At some point I will tackle the steering hose. Pollen/cabin filter swapped. Castrol oil ordered so will try and sort that over the weekend: Seriously getting fed up with this car now! Changed the oil, oil filter and installed the new oil level sensor yesterday. Will be tackling the steering hoses at some point next month hopefully: Got back to the stripped sump plug that I avoided last year: Didn't have a mallet so a neighbor kindly helped: Old sensor out: New sensor in: Mileage: So took a drive down to Reefpaintshop to have the sills repaired. Had some fun on the A roads and left her with Gavin, who I must say, did an excellent job. Pics below:
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    E46 M3 - theworkerbee

    So, with help from a couple of forum mumbers, Mandy and Crapbag (thanks again) I now have the angel eyes wired to fade in/out. Remove the square grommet: Once its removed: Then remove the cubby thing from the drivers side, two screws, one on each end: Then just feed the wire through: To ensure that the hole for the grommet is as small as possible I cut the crimp off so that I can feed the wire through. You don't have to do this but I was trying to keep it leak free. Spent some time on the weekend fitting the tank filler pot and new fuel filler cap. I've read that its fiddly, looking at the part I wasn't sure why it would be as it seemed to have decent access and was just a sleeve. So, the part: Where you'll be working (very obvious I know): You can't see it in the pic but it had a tear. I tore it a little more for leverage and then simply levered it out. It gets rather tight near the bottom due to the shape, but you can carefully pull it out without too much trouble. Quick pic showing the difference between my old vs new cap: All done: So, fitting. Yes, definitely fiddly. It has been advised to take the arch shield off and tackle it from behind, but I couldn't be bothered to carry the jack to the front garden. I put it in sideways to get the little rubber nipple/spigot thing in as there is more space and then rotated it so it faces downwards. Then the fun bit. Getting the edge to fold. This was really weird, as it wouldn't fold over and isn't clear what keeps it there, however, I kept manoeuvring the rubber until all of a sudden it just happened. I know thats not very helpful, but thats literally how it happened... So ran out of money lol so no more mods for a little while. So I now want the following/having the following done: Smart repair on the rear bumper (finally) - December Alloys (unsure what to go for yet) Carbon fibre side grills CSL style flippers CSL style rear diffuser Supersprint exhaust Arm rests and dash trim refurb (unsure what finish I want) Steering wheel retrim Storm handbrake handle (alcantara) Also going to whip the door cards off when it warms up and sand down the speaker adaptors slightly as it doesn't allow the door card to clip in fully. Will leave you with how it currently sits: Few pics from the other day: Considering tinting the fog lens...not sure though: So the leather needed a really good clean, thanks in part to two little ones, after some effort they returned to a reasonable state: Then gave the outside a clean: I have ordered a new vanos and the o-rings so will be fitting that when I get some time and need to track down an irritating rattle. Fun continues... Finally had the bumper scuff repaired. Decided to go with a smart repair and very pleased with the service and result: So not much has happened recently, here are a few random shots: But I did buy these: Just need to clean and protect them and then get them on the car at some point. Will probably take that opportunity to remove my front splitter and replace that with some CSL style flippers and start slowly putting together a stockpile of parts for the inspection 2 that I want to tackle. Minor update:
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    E46 M3 - theworkerbee

    Just a few pics from MOT day, another great service from Technosport: He had his awesome looking track car on stands so got a few pics: He had an aluminium expansion tank that he sells using the OEM fitments that looked ace. If/when I need one, definitely getting one of these bad boys: Went down to Wiltshire for the weekend, had an amazing time at Lacock Abbey and Bowood House. If you haven't been, I would definitely recommend it. Got a couple of opportunities to take pics of the young lady as well. So completely opposite of grchmason (does the offer to clean it still stand 😛 😞 Got a weird one, I've heard about the rear earthing fix, however: Although the main beams and indicator isn't on in this pic, I can confirm that both are working: So, the weather was ok so got round to fitting some more parts that I ordered. Namely, CPD Angel Eyes 😄 Pop the tabs of the weather strip and slide towards you. The bottom trim piece is then unclipped and just moved forward enough for you to release the lens tabs. By all means, remove your headlight washer, I chose not to: Start near the grill and push the 'prong' back: Then move your way across, releasing each tab. I found it easier to do it in order, rather than skip to the other side to do the 'tricky' one in the corner: Once you remove the lens and inner shroud you will be left with this: Took a pic of the clips on the box cover as I can never remember how things fit once I've taken it apart: So, the result:
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    E46 M3 - theworkerbee

    My boy loves the car as much as me I think: All done, was able to reuse the old rings as well, so that was a result: Got under again today, some more traces of a leak but quite little and definitely not obvious. The pipes aren't great but nothing obvious: This pic seems to suggest the clamp as the rest of the hose as well as the reservoir is bone dry: Exhaust clamps don't look too great either: Getting ready for the handbrake overhaul: First cosmetic change in a while: So finally managed to get hold of an Eventuri, of a great cutter. It doesn't have the original heatshields, however, I will be rectifying that soon hopefully: Needs a tidy up and a polish but will do that once I get the heat shields A little sound clip; https://youtu.be/c9_xUYMgMSk
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    E46 M3 - theworkerbee

    Couple of pics of how it looks. Need some better pics and need to finish a the carpet trim: Job for tonight. Its made more difficult due to all the wiring for the aftermarket speakers. Put the final trim piece back together: Felt epic, went to the next issue and broke my cluster lens... Did an oil change today and changed the a.c belt. It didn't exactly go to plan, as you'll see. Remove the sump plug cap: Sum plug was stripped! I tried a couple of times but left it hoping that someone with more experience can remove it: Removed the oil filter: Cleaned it out: Oil extractor to the rescue: Yep, it didn't get all the oil out, as I didn't put in as much as I thought it would, but I think it was definitely needed: A.C belt removed: Gave the undertray a wipe, hoping the colour will indicate the leak: It wasn't pretty under there: A.C belt: Alan to hold it in place: Then took her for a run, feels smoother with the Gulf Competition, but think any oil would of been an improvement: Although I love the look, I have been super nervous about catching the lip on London roads and its finally happened. Is there a lip that comes out a little less? Otherwise I think it will have to be CSL style flipper things...
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    E46 M3 - theworkerbee

    First pic of the car on the driveway: Hey guys, whats the part numbers to fill the void in my front bumper: So finally managed to get hold of a dash, carpet, extra bits, delivered for £125 Carpet is in excellent condition (terrible photo): No idea on when I'll be fitting them yet as I am in the middle of renovating the house. But big changes are on the horizon and I'm a step closer to finishing the interior. I think... So noticed a leak. Any ideas from the pic? Thanks for the reply. Need to get it checked out. Is the oil filter housing gasket a possibility? More positive news: Removed the airbox to see if I could find the source at the top: Very grimy: There was a film on the 'rail': Checked the power fluid level and it was just above min, so perhaps a sign as to whats leaking: Will get the tray off over the weekend and have a little look there to see if I can pinpoint the source Some 'high' (highish) res photos of how it looks once removed: This will allow you to get to the little clips that hold the tubes in: Release the tabs to take this bracket off: When you release the clip slide it to the left, it will stop, release the clip again and it will slide off:
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    E46 M3 - theworkerbee

    Tabs to aim for to ensure you don't break the light cluster: Rotate the holder and pull out: It'll look like this, gently pull the bulb out: Fitted: On: I found the C Pillar light very awkward. I used a small screwdriver and tried to locate the tabs and then pried them out: Reverse light cover removed: Sagging trim on the passenger side: Pulled the seal down: Glued and laced up: Left for 24 hours: M3 has been rather unloved at the moment, Mrs told me not to spend any more on it for a little while. Some quick snaps from today: So, still no money being spent on the M3, not even petrol lol: However, I now have a driveway 😄 So my time without spending on the M3 came to an abrupt end today: And the view that decided it for me...
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    E46 M3 - theworkerbee

    New badge, just highlights I need a wheel refurb :S One side on, much better: Some random pics: Replaced the other rear seat belt trim: Need to get the triangular piece that clips in to the side of the trim, so opened the window and need to move the cone away: There is a slight gap where I placed a thin screwdriver and pushed it away from the window: I then put the trim in place and used the screwdriver to line things up: Here you can see it all in place: Next I removed the trim below the steering wheel, undo the 3 screws: Remove the black clip on the left: There is a disc at the back behind the pedals that you undo, I just rotated the whole thing and it came off. Then pull the assembly down gently, unplug the obd, lights and unclip the two wires. Then wiggle it around a little until you have it out: I then fitted the new black trim that Jason sent: Then fitted my new centre console. Start off by pulling the rear tray upwards: There are two plastic screws that you need to undo and remove: Lift the below assembly out gently as you will need to pull a connector off for the led: Undo the following two screws: The rear of the console is now loose. Now lift you gearknob gaiter, there are two clips on each side: There will be two screws at the bottom, holding your switch surround to tabs (unless they were broken like mine): Lift the handbrake gaiter from the back first: Remove the connector to the hazard switch: Now put the handbrake gaiter trim through the whole and the whole centre console will come out. I then fitted my new arm rest, here is how the coils should be for reference: Right Left All back together: And fitted the sill/carpet protector for the drivers side: All done. Will need to undo all this work soon to fit the black carpet and dash lol So started removing stuff to fit the reverse lights: Then realised I didn't order them lol: So placed an order for them which should come in a day or two. Original boot light: LED light: Much better: Fitted the sidelights without having to remove the airbox which is a relief, just need to fit the dome, map and reverse lights now. Will order the foglights soon, need to put money aside for the upcoming road tax and insurance so need to resist spending on the car for a little while. Sidelights and xenons: Sidelights only: Not got the dome or map lights in yet, but here's a comparison pic: The LEDs do highlight dirt though lol Not sure what to do with these...
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