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3-Series (E21, E30) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1975-1983 and 1984-1991 line. Specific models: BMW 315, BMW 316, BMW 318, BMW 318i, BMW 320/4, BMW 320i, BMW 320/6, BMW 323i, BMW 320i. E30 Family models include: BMW 325e, BMW 325i, BMW 325is, BMW 325ix.

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Old 01-05-2005, 09:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Okay, so I thought that I would finally maintain my car properly for once, and do PREVENTATIVE maintenance instead of waiting until something breaks before I fix it. So I did a tuneup on my car plus water pump and timing belt. I bought like 400 dollars worth of stuff from bavarian autosport, and was ready to go. Took my time, and completed all of it in about 12 hours (I was proud of my first attempt at the BMW) Anyways, about 1000 miles later, my car starts running like shit, really loping, and there's this snapping noise coming from the engine, come to find out, one of the spark plug wires is grounding out to a water hose! So, instead of taking my car off the road, I decide to just jerry rig it and put one of my old wires on.. problem solved... Then I start leaking water at a very alarming rate... It did it for a few days, scared the hell out of me, and I didn't have time to fix it, so I let it sit in my carport for a month or so. Go back out, and start her up.. she still leaks, so I buy another water pump (that's where it looks like it's coming from) and as soon as I pull up the the auto-hobby shop, she stops doing it.. So I drive her for a couple more weeks, and she starts doing it again... I finally decide to declare war on this errant water pump. Just finished it. Took about 2 hours, and no leak. I know I did it right.. so I turned the car on, and I had a rubbing fan problem.. it was rubbing on the distributor cap cover whenever the engine was revving high. It was kinda dark, so I reached my hand in that area and touched the throttle thingy.... YOW!! yup, fuckin wire bit me! So now I have another bad wire? No freakin way... So basically I'm a disgruntled customer.. anybody else had a problem with them?

At least my car is running now.

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Old 01-05-2005, 10:08 PM   #2 (permalink)
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dude if you touch any spark plug wire with the car on if if there like 8 layers of silcone it will still shock you i have learned from experience this only time they don't shock you is with car off
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I don't know if you can blame bavauto......they just buy and sell parts. They and no other Parts supplier has the time or the resources to physicaly check every part that comes throught thier warehouse.
That is a bummer though. They should back you up with exchanging the defecive parts for good ones.
Bavauto is not the cheapest supplier out there but they do have good Customer Service and they deserve the chance to make it right for you.
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first of all i have never been bit by a spark plug wire on any bimmer, i have pulled hundreds of them of while the car was running. And you shouldnt have bought those cheap wires anyways, there was nothing wrong with your stock wires. I love bavauto but their wires suck, you wont find any better than the stock wires. And second of all, if this was your first time working on your car then you prolly didnt do something right. Why didnt you just go to a BMW shop or dealer to get the parts? And as far as your fan rubbing you fucked somethin up there. The only thing it is supposed to be close to is a coolant hose and you should have tie wrapped it to the hoist bracket
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Originally posted by ldsbeaker@Jan 5 2005, 09:51 PM
Okay, so I thought that I would finally maintain my car properly for once, and do PREVENTATIVE maintenance instead of waiting until something breaks before I fix it. So I did a tuneup on my car plus water pump and timing belt. I bought like 400 dollars worth of stuff from bavarian autosport, and was ready to go. Took my time, and completed all of it in about 12 hours (I was proud of my first attempt at the BMW) Anyways, about 1000 miles later, my car starts running like shit, really loping, and there's this snapping noise coming from the engine, come to find out, one of the spark plug wires is grounding out to a water hose! So, instead of taking my car off the road, I decide to just jerry rig it and put one of my old wires on.. problem solved... Then I start leaking water at a very alarming rate... It did it for a few days, scared the hell out of me, and I didn't have time to fix it, so I let it sit in my carport for a month or so. Go back out, and start her up.. she still leaks, so I buy another water pump (that's where it looks like it's coming from) and as soon as I pull up the the auto-hobby shop, she stops doing it.. So I drive her for a couple more weeks, and she starts doing it again... I finally decide to declare war on this errant water pump. Just finished it. Took about 2 hours, and no leak. I know I did it right.. so I turned the car on, and I had a rubbing fan problem.. it was rubbing on the distributor cap cover whenever the engine was revving high. It was kinda dark, so I reached my hand in that area and touched the throttle thingy.... YOW!! yup, fuckin wire bit me! So now I have another bad wire? No freakin way... So basically I'm a disgruntled customer.. anybody else had a problem with them?

At least my car is running now.

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just one question: was it a bosch water pump? if it was i know what the problem is. it was the piece of shit gasket bosch gives u with their water pump. i changed my water pump during the summer and baught a bosch water pump from pepboys and it leaked after i installed it. it was the gasket. so i went to pep boys and baught some gasket paper to make my own gasket. hasn't leaked since. hope this helps. good luck.
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Dude i basicly did the same thing you did and bought all the parts from bavauto. I replaced the water pump, timeing belt and all the other belts, plus i bought a full new hose package and new gaskets. I did the install, ran it for about an hour to let the coolant run through and all you could hear was the click of the injectors. Im not slamming on your install but it is possible you made i tiny mistake, like viali8 said, its probably a gasket . good luck
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i didn't have any clicking noise after my water pump installed but it did leak. good luck.
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