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#130343 - 7th May 2006 10:22pm Beemer needs a full service
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Been meaning to have the car serviced for a while now. I've only had it since about february, but I've started to get a few nasty squeeks here and there, and I want to keep the engine in tip top condition to make sure I can minimise problems.

Rather than taking my car to a garage to get a full service, mainly cas I'm skint, I thought I'd have a crack at it myself. Thing is though, I've not had a car long enough to ever have to have done an oil change and things (stupid women drivers pulling out infront of me making me crash into them think

any help would be much appreciated smile
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#130344 - 7th May 2006 10:51pm Re: Beemer needs a full service
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I know a very cheap garage, the place where I get any major maintenance done to my car. But as Cruisewirral is supported by sponsors, it would be inappropriate for me to direct you to them.

One tip is to go to a few garages and get quotes for any work that needs doing that you dont want to attempt/not sure of yourself.

The oil change, spark plug change, radiator flush and air filter are easy enough to do yourself with a basic toolkit, I am sure you will be able to get someone who has done them before to give you a hand.

As for the clutch and the other problem (if its a manifold gasket, its not too hard, but as you dont know, you will have to get a garage or mechanic to diagnose the problem), you will be best taking it to a garage due to your lack of experience unless you have friends who are willing to help you/teach you how to do it.

My best piece of advice for you is to get yourself a Haynes manual - they are absolutely invaluable when you own a car for general maintenance etc and can help you diagnose (and of course fix) various problems with all aspects of the car. They sell for around £18 in the shops but you should be able to pick one up on eBay or from a car boot Sale/market for less then a tenner.

Good luck!

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#130345 - 7th May 2006 11:56pm Re: Beemer needs a full service
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yeah, i've been meaning to get hold of a haynes manual, but findin it difficult with the lack of money lol.

ta for that anyways, any chance you can pm me the place?
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#130346 - 8th May 2006 12:12am Re: Beemer needs a full service
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Originally posted by BeemerRacer28:
yeah, i've been meaning to get hold of a haynes manual, but findin it difficult with the lack of money lol.

ta for that anyways, any chance you can pm me the place?
Hehe, your inbox seems to have mail... smile

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#130347 - 8th May 2006 1:42am Re: Beemer needs a full service
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My mate chris me (on this site) is a bm nut and knows them inside out.

He has a

M3
740
528
M535

If you want a service (cheap) and dont want a stamp i will speak to him or if you want matey i will take you to see him he will do anything you need to a bm for less tha a qtr of what bm will charge.
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#130348 - 9th May 2006 7:43pm Re: Beemer needs a full service
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I'm after a stamp really, cas I bought the car without any service History (bad idea) and i wanna get a service book on the go.

Got the garage next door to my works to take a look at my squeak, turns out, the cambelt and tensioner are knackered!

BMW recommend you change your cambelt about every 60,000 miles. Last time it was changed was at 24,500km - thats about 15,223 miles which means it hasnt been changed for over 101,000 miles.....

no wonder it was squeaky smack
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#130349 - 9th May 2006 10:11pm Re: Beemer needs a full service
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I'm after a stamp really, cas I bought the car without any service History (bad idea) and i wanna get a service book on the go.
If your after a service stamp, get the car serviced at a garage.

If you falsly stamp a service book up its fraud, black and white.

Put it this way, i wouldnt like to buy a car with service History only to discover someone had pulled the wool over my eyes.....

Reminid me not to buy your beema from you bud omg

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#130350 - 10th May 2006 1:20am Re: Beemer needs a full service
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Scooby, I think he meant he is looking to take it to a garage rather then actually get hold of a stamp wink

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If you want a service (cheap) and dont want a stamp i will speak to him or if you want matey i will take you to see him he will do anything you need to a bm for less tha a qtr of what bm will charge
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I'm after a stamp really, cas I bought the car without any service history (bad idea) and i wanna get a service book on the go.
I think you probably interpreted it wrong smile

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#130351 - 10th May 2006 3:17am Re: Beemer needs a full service
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I think you probably interpreted it wrong
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#130352 - 10th May 2006 12:02pm Re: Beemer needs a full service
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so yeah scoob, any offers on the beemer? tease
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#130353 - 10th May 2006 12:11pm Re: Beemer needs a full service
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Try Sprayforce smile They sponsor the site and may offer a discount.

If they cant do it, ie stamp the book, or they dont have the tool to reset your service lights, drop me a PM as I know a garage that can reset the service lights. Cant post them on the forum publically though, and your first, and maybe cheapest option may be the sponsors smile
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#130354 - 10th May 2006 1:56pm Re: Beemer needs a full service
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My mates got the device to get the lights off.( i know its not a service by the way)
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#130355 - 10th May 2006 6:51pm Re: Beemer needs a full service
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oo yeah, mustnt forget to do that when i do it. I was looking at getting the tool, theyre like 20 quid though, so i might just use a paper clip lol. I migth have a crack at it myself, butmy mate in work said places like quickfit would do it for like a fiver or sumthin daft..anyone know about this?

If I have a crack at it myself, I've got some engine flush stuff (acp), just wondered if anyone else has tried it and if its any good? also, anyone know the best oil to use on a car like mine? ive researched it, and synthetic for a start...just wondered whats the best make or type, like for older engines for example.
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#130356 - 10th May 2006 8:18pm Re: Beemer needs a full service
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Give bm a buzz and ask them that way you know your not going wrong ( about the oil).

I used engine flush in my old 325i and oct bust all helps.
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#130357 - 12th May 2006 7:47pm Re: Beemer needs a full service
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Got a new cambelt today, cost me £80 inc fitting (£30 for the belt, took 4.5 hours to fit)

Squeeking's gone anyway....for now.

Hopefully changing the oil, spark plugs and air filter 2moro, if not next week.

So i'm glad thats out of the way.


In the meantime, another problem smack

Sometimes, in the high rev range (normally 2nd gear) I get power loss, so like anything after 4,000 revs, and the car just doesnt wanna go any faster, change up, still the same, let off the accelerator, back on and its fine.

Any ideas on what the problem is?

The guy who sorted my cambelt said it could be the ecu.
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