VALVETRONIC ENGINES

WHAT IS A VALVETRONIC ENGINE? Valvetronic is BMW’s latest answer to variable valve timing, replacing their previous VANOS system. Valvetronic engines use an extra set of rocker (intermediate) arms, positioned between the valve stem and the camshaft. These intermediate arms are able to pivot on a central point, by means of an extra, electronically actuated…

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The Winter Is Here: Prolonging Your Battery Life (Update)

QUICK 5 STEP GUIDE TO GETTING THE MOST OUT OF CAR BATTERIES: Keep the battery terminals clean and inspect regularly (i.e. monthly) for corrosion, you can use petroleum jelly to prevent corrosion from reaching the terminals. Start the car before operating car accessories and operate (drive) the car to allow the battery to get topped off…

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Diesel Engine Block Breathers

WHAT IS A BREATHER PIPE? A breather pipe allows an internal combustion engine to vent crankcase pressure out of the engine. As you can see (pictured below) these breathers do not lead a very clean life and require replacement periodically. Also, these breathers are often modified and improved versions of the original factory fitted design. WHEN DOES MY BLOCK BREATHER…

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Swirl Flaps

WHAT ARE SWIRL FLAPS? Swirl Flaps are one of BMW’s greatest design mistakes, causing 1000’s owners throughout the world either very expensive repairs or even vehicles being written off. The flaps live in the inlet manifold of BMW diesel M47TU & M57TU engines (either 4 or 6 flaps depending on the amount of cylinders). These values are designed to…

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BMW MINI Heated Seat Installation / Retrofitting

HEATED SEAT INSTALLATION SERVICE FOR BMW MINI PARK LANE / SIDEWALK SPECIAL EDITIONS. Drive a BMW Mini Park Lane / Sidewalk special edition with the piped leather interior? This service allows you to have an official BMW heated seat kit installed to activate the heated seats in your car! Using the BMW loom enables you…

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AUDI A4, A5, A6, A8, Q5, Q7 No Sound From Speakers

DO YOU HAVE ONE OR MORE OF THIS SYMPTOMS? No sound from speakers? Sound only from one speaker? Instrument cluster showing safe? Certain functions on some systems inactive? WHAT COULD IT BE? It is very likely that component protection active is present on one or more modules due to different reasons. WHAT IS COMPONENT PROTECTION? For…

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E87 & E90 EML & Misfire

ENGINE MANAGEMENT LIGHT AND MISFIRE ON BMW E87 AND E90 If you own a 1-Series or 3-Series (2005 & onwards), with the later high-pressure petrol engines. You may well see this EML symbol appear on your dash. This symbol indicates a fault within the DME (ECU – engine control unit). If the light is paired…

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E87 & E90 DSC malfunction – 5E20 fault

BMW DIGITAL STABILITY CONTROL MALFUNCTION In this topic, we will discuss a malfunction with the E87 & E90 DSC. If you are a BMW 1-Series or 3-Series owner, you might have seen these symbols appear on your dash. These symbols indicate that your vehicle’s ABS and Traction Control system has shut down due to a…

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BMW Smoking Blue-White On Idle

IS YOUR BMW SMOKING BLUE-WHITE ON IDLE? DID YOU NOTICE THAT AFTER YOUR BMW ENGINE IDLING FOR A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME AT THE FIRST FEW REVS A  CLOUD OF BLUE-GREY SMOKE IS COMING OUT OF THE EXHAUST TAILPIPE? IS YOUR ENGINE USING OIL? Models affected: The N62, N63 engineS that are used in your…

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VW Passat B6- Not Starting – Steering Column Lock Defective

DOES YOUR VW PASSAT B6 (2005-2011) HAVE THE FOLLOWING SYMPTOMS? Shows the steering wheel light on orange every time when you put the key in the ignition and doesn’t start, or It starts and then cuts out after 2 seconds, or Displays Steering column lock defective” message on instrument cluster after it started, or It…

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