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Forum: Exterior 09-23-2018, 08:42 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 681
Posted By John Firestone
The range control and motors lets you tilt the...

The range control and motors lets you tilt the headlights downward when the front of the car is tilted slightly upward after loading the rear of the car with passengers, cargo or a trailer.

0 is...
Forum: Exterior 09-20-2018, 12:08 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 681
Posted By John Firestone
A headlight motor, item 12...

A headlight motor, item 12 (https://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/showparts?id=CG71-EUR-05-1996-E36-BMW-318ti&diagId=63_0284), has a long rod ending in a ball that snaps into the bottom of the headlight...
Forum: US and North America 09-09-2018, 10:03 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,160
Posted By John Firestone
If it were my car, I would order a replacement,...

If it were my car, I would order a replacement, as it is inexpensive and will permanently go out of stock some day. I believe it also made of plastic, a material that rarely if every improves with...
Forum: US and North America 09-05-2018, 12:48 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,160
Posted By John Firestone
I have perhaps two silly questions. Is the...

I have perhaps two silly questions.

Is the part NLA? It was inexpensive enough.

Could you repair or restore the corner with, say, a metal-filled epoxy?
Forum: Personal bios and Introductions 08-29-2018, 03:24 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 885
Posted By John Firestone
Ah, that must be from the days when they roamed...

Ah, that must be from the days when they roamed in great herds across the American Midwest. :smile:
Forum: Track, Auto-X & Drag Racing 08-19-2018, 02:47 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,256
Posted By John Firestone
The rev limit should be at 6500 rpm. I know the...

The rev limit should be at 6500 rpm. I know the tachometer can lag a bit, but does it also overshoot?

IIRC, the M44 DME uses the wheel speed from the ABS/ASC unit to detect rough road, so as to...
Forum: Personal bios and Introductions 07-29-2018, 08:59 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,800
Posted By John Firestone
Ohhhh, that car looks nice. It appears the...

Ohhhh, that car looks nice.

It appears the windshield washing fluid is showing the effects of the drought. :wink:

With greetings from Fischtown.
Forum: Brakes 03-10-2018, 07:46 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,766
Posted By John Firestone
That depends on whether these were among the...

That depends on whether these were among the design requirements. Given how cost-conscience the automotive makers were (and are), I would not expect that, but would be happy to be mistaken.

You...
Forum: Brakes 03-09-2018, 05:31 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,766
Posted By John Firestone
Turning off the ASC with ignition-on was not an...

Turning off the ASC with ignition-on was not an unknown mode some years ago.

I think the simplest way was to generate a pulse with a resistor capacitor pair: tie one side of the capacitor to 12V,...
Forum: Personal bios and Introductions 03-09-2018, 04:12 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,340
Posted By John Firestone
Hellrot = bright red = color code 314 (standard,...

Hellrot = bright red = color code 314 (standard, non-metallic)
Forum: Electrical 11-19-2017, 05:00 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,129
Posted By John Firestone
I will be curious what fault codes you read out. ...

I will be curious what fault codes you read out.

This PDF (http://www.netropy.com/stuff/SI-720496.PDF) covers the seat belt buckle issues on earlier production U.S. cars.
Forum: Interior and ICE 08-17-2017, 02:34 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,453
Posted By John Firestone
Indeed, as the OBC also needs that missing wire. ...

Indeed, as the OBC also needs that missing wire.

Can you still get the wiring harness for the OBC retrofit kit?

You are welcome.
Forum: Interior and ICE 08-17-2017, 11:20 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,453
Posted By John Firestone
The gauge is electronically driven. From looking...

The gauge is electronically driven. From looking at the wiring diagrams, I would think it might be made to work by adding the missing fuel-injection-time wire from the DME to the non-compact...
Forum: Personal bios and Introductions 05-28-2017, 07:01 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,139
Posted By John Firestone
This site (https://www.mdecoder.com/) (probably...

This site (https://www.mdecoder.com/) (probably one of many) will list the options the car was built with if you enter the last seven characters of its VIN.
Forum: Engine Swaps 08-07-2016, 11:28 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,944
Posted By John Firestone
I am pretty sure the wiring for the 318ti's...

I am pretty sure the wiring for the 318ti's instrument cluster omits the wires and contacts from the diagnostic bus to the cluster, connector X16, pins 11 and 12, which would explain your laptop not...
Forum: Engine Swaps 07-19-2016, 03:06 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 20,654
Posted By John Firestone
I think that is the right rear wheel speed output...

I think that is the right rear wheel speed output by the ABS/ASC unit. What year is the engine+DME?
Forum: Misc 07-12-2016, 07:58 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,101
Posted By John Firestone
JB Weld sells a two-part urethane adhesive...

JB Weld sells a two-part urethane adhesive (http://www.jbweld.com/products/plastic-bonder-syringe) for bonding plastics such as polyethylene. I would try that before an epoxy if the part has any kind...
Forum: Misc 07-12-2016, 05:53 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,101
Posted By John Firestone
What is the pump housing made of? JB Weld...

What is the pump housing made of? JB Weld probably will not work very well if it is a low energy plastic.
Forum: Wheels and Tires 07-09-2016, 05:27 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,829
Posted By John Firestone
You are welcome. Happy parts hunting!

You are welcome. Happy parts hunting!
Forum: Wheels and Tires 07-08-2016, 09:15 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,829
Posted By John Firestone
This is perhaps a silly question, but have you...

This is perhaps a silly question, but have you looked up the wheel style in the ETK (electronic parts catalog)?

This page...
Forum: Electrical 06-18-2016, 09:17 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,121
Posted By John Firestone
You could buy the paper Electrical...

You could buy the paper Electrical Troubleshooting Manuals while the cars were still in production. Around 2000 or so, BMW NA scanned all their ETMs and put them on a pair of CDs – which we bought as...
Forum: Electrical 06-18-2016, 08:26 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,121
Posted By John Firestone
You are welcome. I find and print out the...

You are welcome. I find and print out the relevant sections before I do a repair or mod – and add notes to them rather than mark up my paper versions.
Forum: Electrical 06-18-2016, 08:08 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,121
Posted By John Firestone
I consulted the U.S. Electronic Troubleshooting...

I consulted the U.S. Electronic Troubleshooting Manuals (ETMs) for 1997 and 1998. I bet the files section (http://www.318ti.org/files/browsecategory.php?c=1) has something.
Forum: Electrical 06-18-2016, 07:18 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,121
Posted By John Firestone
Got it. The 1997 US ETM shows your car with a...

Got it. The 1997 US ETM shows your car with a electromechanical sunroof that makes five connections inside the sunroof cassette. That would explain the extra connectors. The 1998 US ETM shows the 'ti...
Forum: Electrical 06-18-2016, 11:14 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,121
Posted By John Firestone
What month and year was your car built? You...

What month and year was your car built?

You should always give that when asking a question. Or put it in your profile. Thanks.
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