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Bentley BMW E36 Service Manual . . . A gold mine!

23rd August 2007

Bentley BMW E36 Service Manual . . . A gold mine!

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To be honest with you guys, I’ve never been a fan of cars books or service manuals as I think they will not help you much to understand how your car works or even help you fix a problem inside it. I always thought that it is simpler to find what I’m looking for on the web (mainly forums) and so on. However, I think I’ve just changed my idea about these books or at least about a specific book that I heard a lot about. The book is the Bentley BMW E36 Service Manual. I’ve been told that this book is very good and it’s a real gold mine for BMW E36 owners but I was suspecting that it’s being over estimated until I ordered that book from Amazon and started reading it. Well, I didn’t finish reading yet, but I decided to check how I can solve a problem that is happening to my car using this manual and see if it goes well.

My car started hesitating in the last week and the problem seems to be getting worse, so I tried to check it and I know that I have problems in both Oxygen Sensor and Knock Sensor because I’ve tried to clean my ICV (Idle Control Valve) already with no success in resolving this problem. I’ve started reading the section about fuel injection in the Bentley BMW E36 service manual and to my surprise, the book is really awesome. You won’t believe how precise it is when describing the procedure to check your whole fuel injection system starting with the main relay testing and ending with the ICV (Idle Control Valve) testing.

I’m really impressed with this one and I strongly recommend this book to every BMW E36 owner. So even if you’re not into the car do-it-yourself stuff. I think it will help you understand how your car works and even help you trace some of the problems in your car without the need to pay big $$$ for BMW mechanics.

I’m listing below the content of this book so, you can see what does it offer:

  0 General Data and Maintenance
    0.1 Fundamentals for the Do It Yourself Owner
0.2 Maintenance Program
  1 Engine
    1.1 Engine-General
1.2 Engine Removal and Installation
1.3 Cylinder Head Removal and Installation
1.4 Cylinder Head and Valvetrain
1.5 Camshaft Timing Chain
1.6 Lubrication System
1.7 Ignition System
1.8 Battery, Started, Alternator
1.9 Fuel Injection … this is really awesome!
1.10 Fuel Tank and Fuel Pump
1.11 Radiator and Cooling System
1.12 Exhaust System
  2 Transmission
    2.1 Transmission-General
2.2 Clutch
2.3 Manual Transmission
2.4 Automatic Transmission
2.5 Gearshift Linkage
2.6 Driveshaft
  3 Suspension, Steering and Brakes
    3.1 Suspension, Steering and Brakes-General
3.2 Front Suspension
3.3 Steering and Wheel Alignment
3.4 Rear Suspension
3.5 Final Drive
3.6 Brakes
  4 Body
    4.1 Body-General
4.2 Fenders, Engine-Hood
4.3 Doors
4.4 Trunk Lid
  5 Body Equipment
    5.1 Exterior Trim, Bumpers
5.2 Door Windows
5.3 Interior Trim
5.4 Central Locking and Anti-Theft
5.5 Seats
5.6 Sunroof
5.7 Convertible Top
  6 Electrical System
    6.1 Electrical System-General
6.2 Electrical Component Locations
6.3 Wipers and Washers
6.4 Switches and Electrical Accessories
6.5 Instruments
6.6 Exterior Lighting
6.7 Heating and Air Conditioning
6.8 Radio
  7 Equipment and Accessories
    7.1 Seat Belts
7.2 Airbag System (SRS)
  8 Electrical Wiring Diagrams

If you don’t have this book, just get one. It will definitely help you.

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There are currently 4 responses to “Bentley BMW E36 Service Manual . . . A gold mine!”

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  1. 1 On August 30th, 2007, BMW head gasket said:

    For everyone but the most experienced technician this service manual will get you through almost every concievable task.
    A perfect companion to the Bentley manual is the book 101 Performance Projects for Your BMW 3 Series 1982-2000 (Motorbooks Workshop)
    Every E36 owner should have both books on their bench.

  2. 2 On August 30th, 2007, Tony Sticks said:

    It’s amazing how percise this book is. It’s a really decent guide to BMW E36 owners. About the 101 projects book, I didn’t get that book yet, but I will try to check it out in the near future and review it here as well.

  3. 3 On January 2nd, 2009, mouyyad said:

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  4. 4 On March 18th, 2012, Vitorino Hilario said:

    I’ve recently bought a 3 series BMW E36, and I was looking for any manual/tutorial that helped me to have a wide understanding of my new toy. I got very very very excited with this manual from the topics point of view. I’m planned to get one this starting week and I believe it will be much helpful to me. The contents structure is very clears in such a way that even the worst of the stupids can easily understand it.



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