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BMW Z3 Brake warning light reset

Mar 29, 2014
Category
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
Category
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.

How to Replace your Brake Pads by Mike Fishwick

Mar 23, 2014
Category
General Maintenance

Many owners regard the presence of a brake pad wear warning lamp as an excuse to ignore the condition of their pads, but the warning is only given when the friction material is worn to 3 mm, when there is a risk that damage to the discs will soon occur, particularly if the owner leaves replacement until the next service.

Removing BMW Z3 Roll Hoops

Mar 29, 2014
Category
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
Category
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 History by Mike Fishwick

Mar 26, 2014
Category
BMW Z3 General Information

This article is to give a basic BMW Z3 history. The overnight success of the Mazda MX-5 throughout the USA was probably the deciding factor in BMW’s decision to produce a small sports car. It was decided that as the majority of sales would take place in the USA, the car would be built by the new BMW factory at Spartanburg, South Carolina.

BMW Z3 ALARM 3G EWS Gemel User Guide

Mar 29, 2014
Category
BMW Z3 Guides and How To articles

I’ve seen a lot of posts on here whilst browsing regarding the factory fitted option alarm on early Z3′s – the 3G EWS (the one with the large house brick key with red and grey buttons). I think most of the issues are because the supplemental instruction booklet that BMW provided with the install is next to useless.

BMW Z3 3rd Brake Light Gasket Replacement

Mar 29, 2014
Category
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
Category
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 (E36) Roadster & Coupe 1997 to 2002

Apr 2, 2014
Category
Z Roadster and Coupe Range

The BMW Z3 was designed by Joji Nagashima of the BMW Design Team. It was based around the well established E36 3-Series platform. The BMW Z3 was announced in 1995, making its first public appearance in the James Bond film ‘Goldeneye.’ It was soon a real success.

BMW Z3 Short Shift Gear Lever by Mike Fishwick

Mar 26, 2014
Category
BMW Z3 Modifications

Most manufacturers fit gear levers which are designed to reduce the effort required to that deemed acceptable for the more weak-wristed amongst us. This usually produces a long lever, with a gear change of excessive travel, which in a small car such as a Z3 is not the ergonomic ideal.

BMW Z3 Parking Brake Cable Replacement

Oct 6, 2014
Category
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
Category
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 Roof Latch Adjustment

Mar 23, 2014
Category
BMW Z3 Guides and How To articles

There should be adequate tension on the locking mechanism for the roof to make a perfect seal against the top of the windscreen. If it's too loose you may find water gets through. You may of course find it's too tight and difficult to open/release the latches. Both of my Z3's have...

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BMW Z3 M54 Cruise Control - Retrofit

Jul 8, 2012
Category
BMW Z3 Guides and How To articles

After reading various posts regarding the retrofit of cruise control to the various models of Zeds I decided to give cruise control a go on my car. My car is a 2002 M54 3.0i build date nov 2001 with a fly by wire throttle. As far as I am aware this guide is applicable to all fly by wire throttle...

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BMW Z3 Petrol Tank Rattle Solved

Jun 1, 2014
Category
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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How to Replace Your Brake Discs by Mike Fishwick

Mar 23, 2014
Category
General Maintenance

A brake disc should last – under normal use – for about 100,000 miles, but it seems to be quite a common ploy for MoT testers to “advise” owners that their brake discs are warped, and that a new set of discs and pads is necessary. In most cases this is gem of wisdom is based on nothing more than a cursory examination of the discs, which – particularly on an infrequently-used car – may exhibit signs of incomplete contact with the pads, often in the form of a rusted area around the edge of the d

BMW Z3 Electric Hood Emergency Release Key

Sep 1, 2013
Category
BMW Z3 Guides and How To articles

While I had the carpet out, thought it would be useful to photograph the location of the electric hood release key. Useful to know the location in event of hydraulic or electric failure. Turn the key and you can manually open or close the roof. Located on the left hand side of the boot behind...

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How to bleed your brakes by Mike Fishwick

Mar 23, 2014
Category
General Maintenance

Brake bleeding is one of the most cost-effective maintenance tasks you can perform, an annual operation removing most of the impurities which accumulate in the lowest parts of the system. These include moisture, rubber particles worn off the piston seals, and metallic debris from cylinder bores. Moisture is absorbed through the rubber hoses and into the hygroscopic brake fluid, reducing its boiling point, and as the “wet” fluid is denser than when “dry” it will gradually find its way down and i

How to Maintain Your Handbrake by Mike Fishwick

Mar 23, 2014
Category
General Maintenance

The BMW handbrake employs drum brakes integral with the rear discs, which obviously have to be removed if access is required. This can be less than easy, and is the basis for the increased price of an Inspection 2, which on most BMWs is little different from an Inspection 1 apart from requiring that the condition of the handbrake shoes is inspected.

BMW Z3 Door Latch Striker Replacement

Mar 29, 2014
Category
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.

Under Bonnet Cleaning by Mike Fishwick

Mar 23, 2014
Category
General Maintenance

I am always amazed by the number of BMW cars on which the body work is regularly treated to expensive polishes, yet the engine bay and underside is totally neglected. Cleaning this area is not difficult, and even on a neglected car it can be recovered with regular attention. A morning’s work every week for a month will make a dramatic change. Do not worry about getting water on the engine and its ancilliaries – just use an open hose pipe and common sense.

BMW Z3 Replacing BMW Z3 318ti E30 Rear ARB links

Mar 29, 2014
Category
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.

Engine Remapping by Mike Fishwick

Mar 23, 2014
Category
General Maintenance

Many people ask if it worth having their engine management system remapped, the answer being that it works well, with no snags other than the cost – unless you plan to keep the car for a long time, or it has an annoying flat spot, then perhaps it is not worth paying for – that depends on the owner’s priorities.

BMW Z3 changing rear light clusters (pre facelift)

Mar 26, 2014
Category
BMW Z3 Modifications

This guide should give you an idea of what’s required if you want to change your Z3‘s rear lightunits. I’ve split it into sections to make it easier to follow. I bought my red and clear units from eBay.

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