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BMW Z3 Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul

How to fix your BMW Z3 Rocking Seats (changing the bushes/bushings)

Sep 9, 2017
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BMW Z3 Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul

How to fix your BMW Z3 Rocking Seats. It’s a common problem that all BMW Z3 owners will suffer from at some stage as our cars get older. The standard seat bushes wear out, and this article details how to change yours for a set of Aceman's World Famous BMW Seat Bushes!

BMW Z3 Rear screen replacement

Mar 29, 2014
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BMW Z3 Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul

Well after splitting the plastic rear screen on my BMW Z3 I was left with no alternative but to seek out a replacement. An OEM screen is now in excess of £200 so I started a search for a good quality aftermarket one.

BMW Z3 Seat Belt Guides (adding or changing)

Mar 29, 2014
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BMW Z3 Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul

How to fix issues with your BMW Z3 seat belt guides. It’s unfortunately common for the BMW Z3 seat belt guides to snap or break if you are not careful. It’s also quite common for roadster owners to retro fit the M Coupe seats as they are arguably more comfortable (and heated). However the Z3 Coupe seats don’t have a seat belt guide attached to the seat, as this was fixed to the B pillar in the car.

BMW Z3 Sill Removal and Protection

Mar 29, 2014
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BMW Z3 Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul

BMW Z3 Sills are prone to rusting from the inside outwards, so this article shows you how to remove them and protect the bare metal on the insides.

BMW Z3 Hood Micro Switch Replacement

Mar 29, 2014
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BMW Z3 Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul

Problems with the electric roof on my BMW Z3 and I identified the problem to be a faulty microswitch, I decided I would finally cure the problem and replace the switch. It is a fairly simple job but does require a little modification from the old switch to the new switch.

BMW Z3 Replacing Heater Control Bulbs

Mar 29, 2014
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BMW Z3 Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul

As is the case with most of the BMW Z3, the heater controls are ‘borrowed’ from the E36 series, but in their new home there is far less space behind them than in the original application. This, coupled with the tight fit of the bulbs in their mountings, makes replacement less than easy.

BMW Z3 Rear Bumper Removal Procedure

Mar 29, 2014
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BMW Z3 Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul

How to remove the rear bumper on your BMW Z3. In this case the paint along the surface at the side of the bumper where it meets the wing on my car was flaking away, probably due to a respray at some time in the past. Anyway, wanted to try and rectify this before the flaking reached the main external surface of the bumper.

BMW Z3 Mirror Base Refurbishment

Mar 29, 2014
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BMW Z3 Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul

This guide is mainly for those BMW Z3 owners among us whose mirrors are so badly corroded they cant be twisted to access the bolts. Theres no extra work per se but the removal process is somewhat backwards

BMW Z3 M52TU Thermostat Replacement by Mike Fishwick

Mar 29, 2014
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BMW Z3 Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul

When the M52TU double-VANOS versions of the established M52 engine were introduced in September 1998, it featured a cooling system thermostat which was electrically controlled. These thermostats are now widely used, as they enable the engine management system to maintain coolant temperature within very close limits.

BMW Z3 Brake warning light reset

Mar 29, 2014
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BMW Z3 Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul

When you replace the brake pads on your BMW Z3 you may find that the brake warning light needs resetting. This article tells you how to do it!

BMW Z3 M52TU Cam Sensor Replacement

Mar 29, 2014
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BMW Z3 Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul

I originally experienced problems with my old BMW Z3 2.8 but did not initially attribute them to the camshaft sensors as the the symptoms were so intermittant. Symptoms including reluctance to start, stalling and low power but these were all occuring fairly infrequent until recently when I could repeat them after restarting the engine whilst it was luke warm.

Removing BMW Z3 Roll Hoops

Mar 29, 2014
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BMW Z3 Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul

How to remove your BMW Z3 Roll Hoops from your cars. There are various reasons for this such as changing them to chrome versions, or you may be stripping your BMW Z3 to sell the parts.

BMW Z3 Fuel Sender Unit Removal Fix Your Faulty Fuel Guage

Mar 29, 2014
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BMW Z3 Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul

How to remove your BMW Z3 Fuel Sender Unit, which is accessible through the cabin of your car. There are a variety of reasons why you would want to do this, but the most common is that your fuel gauge doesn’t work correctly or at all.

BMW Z3 3rd Brake Light Gasket Replacement

Mar 29, 2014
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BMW Z3 Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul

A common complaint with leaks on the BMW Z3 seems to be in the boot and specifically around the third brake light – the root cause for this is because the gasket perishes over time.. it’s a fairly cheap and straight forward process – but I couldn’t find any guides for it so thought I’d throw one together as I’ve just done mine.

BMW Z3 Seat Base Repair M Sport Heated

Mar 29, 2014
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BMW Z3 Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul

On our recently purchased BMW Z3. I found that the seat base on the drivers side would not heat up, whether on low or high heat, the car had the M-Sport seats. So today I carried out the following investigation.

BMW Z3 Parking Brake Cable Replacement

Oct 6, 2014
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BMW Z3 Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul

Here's my step by step guide to fitting BMW Z3 parking brake cables. You can see in the pictures that both of the outer sheathes of the cables had completely split in half. Whilst this isn't a reason to fail the M.O.T. it is sensible to change them as water ingress can cause them to fail.

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BMW Z3 1.9 M44B19 Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul

Mar 29, 2014
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BMW Z3 Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul

This the first phase of my overall Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul job. A mission to ensure my BMW Z3 is fully refurbished, This article includes many of the obvious tasks for a car of this age.

BMW Z3 Petrol Tank Rattle Solved

Jun 1, 2014
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BMW Z3 Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul

My BMW Z3 started to suffer from the petrol tank rattle, so I decided to tackle the issue. What follows is the procedure I went through to resolve my BMW Z3 Fuel Tank Rattle. There are various 'fixes' for this issue, and I can confirm in my case it is the fuel tank that rattles, or to be more precise the vapour catcher unit on the top. This is how I set about removing my BMW Z3 fuel tank to cure the issue for good.

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BMW Z3 Replacing BMW Z3 318ti E30 Rear ARB links

Mar 29, 2014
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BMW Z3 Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul

The rear anti-roll bar on a BMW Z3 – or E36 an Compact 318Ti – is unusual in that the drop links, by which it is attached to the rear suspension arms, are mounted by one of their rubber bushes being pressed onto the end of the bar.

BMW Z3 Door Latch Striker Replacement

Mar 29, 2014
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BMW Z3 Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul

I had a problem with the door latch striker on my BMW Z3, it had worn down and the window kept thinking the door was open so slid down whenever I went over a bump.

BMW Z3 Interior Trim Screw Caps

Mar 29, 2014
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BMW Z3 Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul

If you need to remove any of the lower BMW Z3 dashboard trim panels, you will encounter the fiendish trim screw cap. These are virtually impossible to remove without damage to them, the panel, and or yourself.

BMW Z3 New Remote Key Cases

Mar 29, 2014
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BMW Z3 Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul

I received a full set of keys with my BMW Z3 M (x2 remote locking, valet and small plastic wallet key) One of the main remote keys was mint but one was very worn and had the usual degraded rubber buttons typical of this type of key. With my previous BMW Z3 M I had the same issue and purchased a new key off eBay so I decided to do the same.

BMW Z3 M S50 Engine Vanos Bolts preventative maintenance

Mar 29, 2014
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BMW Z3 Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul

BMW Z3 S50 Engine. At a set of lights the idle was lumpy and pulling away it was stuttering. I pulled over and checked the engine and noticed the exhaust solenoid cover had a bit of paper gasket protruding. There was no oil loss so I limped home and removed the cover. All was dry so the seals had not failed but I took out the solenoids and replaced all 4 O rings and fitted a new gasket. Now spot on.

M44B19 Fuel Injector Replacement

Apr 8, 2014
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BMW Z3 Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul

This article details the procedure to replace the BMW Z3 M44B19 Fuel Injectors. This is a procedure which can be carried out by a competent home mechanic, but as you are dealing with the fuel system, extreme care should be taken.

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