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BMW E36 with Corvette Engine – Art

25th April 2012

BMW E36 with Corvette Engine – Art

 
Hi Guys,

I’ve found some beautiful pictures of a BMW E36 that’s being modified to install a Corvette engine as a replacement of the original engine. The images have been modified by Captain Kimo here and those are the resulting images. Very cool:-




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23rd April 2012

BMW E36 Sunroof Problem

 
Hi Guys,

I’m having a problem with my BMW E36 Sunroof. It looks like my motor doesn’t recognize the position of the sunroof correctly. So, when I try to open the sunroof, it opens but doesn’t slide all the way to the back as it’s supposed to. Also, when I close it, it keeps moving until it’s closed, then, it continues and starts tilting the sunroof. So, it’s like it can’t tell that it has already reached to the stop point.

I did some research about this issue and it seems I’ll have to reset my sunroof motor position. I’ll show you that procedure (DIY) when I complete it. In the meantime, you can check out the problem with my sunroof below

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16th April 2012

BMW E36 M3 Story

 
Hi Guys,

Check out this BMW E36 M3 story … it’s nice

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15th April 2012

BMW E36 Sensors Explained

 

Hi Guys,

I know this is one of the most confusing subjects about the BMW E36 cars. Too many sensors with complicated names. Hopefully, this list will help you figure out what the most common sensors in your cars are and what they actually do. Have fun O_o :-


Symbol Name Job Picture
CPS Crank Position Sensor Controls the timing of firing for the spark plugs. Crank Position Sensor
CMP Camshaft Position Sensor Controls the timing of injecting fuel. Camshaft Position Sensor
MAF Mass Air flow Sensor Reads the volume of air entering the engine intake. Mass Air flow Sensor
ICV Idle Control Value By controlling how much air is allowed to enter through the throttle plate, it controls the idle of the engine. In many cases where the BMW E36 is not idling perfectly, the Idle control valve is the reason behind this problem. Read about cleaning the ICV. Idle Control Value
IAT Air Intake Temp Sensor Measures incoming air temperature. If the air is cold (more dense), the engine will need more fuel. Air Intake Temp Sensor
O2 Oxygen Sensor (Precat, Postcat) Monitors the gas that’s coming out of exhaust and provides readings to the DME to help it mix air+fuel better. Oxygen Sensor
CTS Coolant Temp Sensor Measures temperature of the coolant. Coolant Temp Sensor
TPS Throttle Position Sensor Measures changes in the throttle position. Throttle Position Sensor



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9th April 2012

BMW E36 Headlights Guide

 
Hi Guys,

If you’ve seen my car before (here it is BMW E36 318is), you’d know that I’m using aftermarket headlights and although I think these headlights look great, there’s a huge problem with them that is becoming more and more annoying every day. The problem is the headlights plastic lenses. They started to look dirty and old and no matter how I tried to clean them (I’ve even tried to wax them), they’ll revert back to the ugly-old-looking headlights which is clearly started to annoy me very much.

I’ve decided that I should ultimately switch back to stock headlights, but the problem is that I don’t want to lose the angel eyes and the HIDs. So, I started digging to see what options I have and to make some comparisons between the different headlights + their options that are available at the moment. I may write about these soon.

While doing that, I found this great tutorial about BMW E36 headlights and HIDs. So, I thought you guys (the BMW E36 owners) should watch this. It’s definitely helpful although a little bit long… I won’t keep you for so long, so, you go a head and watch it.

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