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      11-14-2021, 12:07 PM   #133
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Items that I am replacing this weekend.

Valve Cover w/ VC Gasket
The valve cover gasket was replaced earlier prior to my trip from Ontario to British Columbia. However, the PCV pickup nipple was already faulty regardless of the fact that I had glued it back twice. I think this was the reason why my intake was sucking up a lot more oil than what it should have.

Crank Angle Sensors x 2
Eccentric Shaft Sensor
Map Sensor

Most importantly, the VANOS bolts do not look like they have any sign of backing out. I'm not going to touch what's not broken but I did buy the replacement bolts.
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      11-21-2021, 12:23 PM   #134
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Here are some quick photos of the Headlight Restoration project in its completion.

The Before photo, with heavy salt pitting and 12-years of road debris/damage.
And after an untold number of sanding discs and grits later, we have a UV sealed and ceramic coated headlight like this.
It isn't as good as new, but it's almost there.
You did an excellent job of rebuilding the headlights, it really looks like new. I took the liberty of editing your photos a little so that the before and after state is immediately visible. I used a simple editor and free background remover. You inspired me to get my headlights in order. So I will share my photos shortly.

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Just want to report back that the new valve cover, and components have been put on.
The car drives much more smoothly! No more RPM dip from 1st to 2nd that made it hard to shift.

I am waiting on an K+Dan cable so I can start to go through everything with INPA.

I'm also awaiting some new Vanos filters.

Really happy!
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      11-25-2021, 12:59 AM   #136
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Oh my goodness this car is getting fun to drive again!
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      11-25-2021, 01:34 AM   #137
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Manual e91s are always fun to drive!
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ok.... so i drove the car again this morning and it seems like the bog has happened again... I really need that INPA cable to diagnose the car.

I've bought a dud cable from this amazon seller, and the first time i connected it to my pc - it didn't work. the sent a replacement and still no luck.
I ended up ordering a new one from bimmert00ls...

I'm fairly confident I don't have a vacuum leak but I don't know.
I'm fairly confident I don't have an exhaust leak, but I also don't know.

I need all of these small issues to be resolved asap. I need to go on a 1500km drive for Christmas up into the Mountains of British Columbia and the thought of being stranded is terrifying.
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      11-26-2021, 03:53 PM   #139
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Just get the bimmergeeks protools app and their cable.

A cheap android tablet and keep it in the glovebox or cargo area.
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I double checked the nuts and bolts on the intake manifold side to make sure there wasn't a leak.

I also took off the MAF sensor and cleaned it with sensor spray.

I disconnected and reconnected the battery, and connected carista.
It looks like bank 2 post cat o2 sensor is reading an error...

So it looks like whilst driving in anger, something got loose on the exhaust side.
This will explain the bog, and it may explain the jumpy idle, as well as me seeing some exhaust ploom moving out of the hood during the weekend drive.
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      12-01-2021, 12:25 PM   #141
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I just got the bimmergeeks INPA cable and I don't seem to be able to get it to work properly... Not the most ideal thing to trouble shoot the back-end command line of Windows boot .dll's etc etc
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      12-01-2021, 12:41 PM   #142
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I would recommend using the standalone ISTA instead. Easier to set up and better interface and capabilities
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With the car sitting idle again,

I changed the Vanos Solenoid - Non-return filters with new OEM ones.



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Honestly a little bit upset by BMW plastics...
I had an orange oil light come up and it was confusing the heck out of me.... I just put in new oil.

I purchased a new oem oil level sensor. Since the car is jacked up, now is the time. The new replacement sensor had a black gasket where as the old one had an orange one, not sure if they are different materials.




This was the fault. The plastic had broken off and a piece was probably floating around in my engine, in the oil.... it better not clog the filter/mesh @ the oil pump pickup....

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