Sep 062014

Hi all, I am new to all these forums and such like, and to my new BMW car, so I have a lot to learn, and this is my first ever posting.
The valve stem rubber seals on this car need replacing, what I need to know is do I have to remove the head , or can I use the compressed air method, or rope trick to hold up the valves .?
Would using these ‘s methods cause me a problem with timing ?,
Other’s have said that by using the compressed air method or rope trick that the timing is not effected, but would be effected if the head had to be removed…however!…nobody I know has worked on this bmw n42 engine , therefore I am hoping that some of you guys might have , and can offer me much appreciated advice.


Dec 262013

I have a 2003 BMW Z4 3.5i (E85). This is my 3rd winter with the car, and it has about 72K miles on it now (only had 14.5K miles when I got it). I have never had any problem with the car yet. Today it is 0°F/-17°C in Chicago.
I went out to my car and started it this morning to let it warm up for about 10 minutes while I got a few things together for work (I don’t normally warm it up).
When I came back and got in the car the interior temperature okay, and the heat blowing on high setting was only medium-warm.
The coolant temperature gauge needle was pinned to the right (red hot zone) and the red warning light was flashing, so I immediately shut off the car. The radiator cap never blew off and there was no coolant anywhere on the ground.
Do you think I have a defective sensor, a bad thermostat, or a dead fan?
I wanted to check under the hood but it was frozen shut.

Dec 192013

When my check engine light comes on the car stops shifting and hardly moves. If I clear the check engine code I can drive for 50 miles until the light comes back and I start having these problems.

Dec 092013

My BMW has a ping noise when I drive and change gears, and it feel like it the car is holding back on the power which is not the way that it use to be when I drove it previously. I am not sure what the cause could be but it has started doing this all of a sudden.

May 202013

Hello question… i have a 97 BMW 740il 162,359 my dad told me that when he was.moving the car that it had an oil leak. My car isn’t the only one in his driveway as we do share but he said there was a spot under it when he moved it. The car has been there for 2 weeks. When i drove it, it drove perfect. Is it possible i might Still have a leak or???