Jump to content

wattsmonkey

Members
  • Content count

    830
  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Feedback

    100%

About wattsmonkey

  • Rank
    Member

Profile Information

  • Gender
    Not Telling
  • Location
    Cheltenham

Garage

  • Garage
    '86 M635CSi; '84 635 dogleg; E34 518i Touring

Recent Profile Visitors

The recent visitors block is disabled and is not being shown to other users.

  1. wattsmonkey

    '95 518i running issue

    Ah. Better brain than mine confirmed head gasket. Thanks for all the help, chaps. Have got rid and bought something else. Rob
  2. wattsmonkey

    '95 518i running issue

    Yes, it is fine when fully warm, that's a good shout. The M635 isn't ideal for the 3 mile trek to work!
  3. wattsmonkey

    '95 518i running issue

    Thank you for the tips, nothing obvious in smoke or plugs. Will keep at it!
  4. wattsmonkey

    '95 518i running issue

    Hi chaps, This is my daily driver and has served me very well for the last 2k miles and has only just passed its mot. I have a problem relating to starting the car. It appears to be running on only three cylinders when started, with grey/blue smoke being blown out of the exhaust. Pressing the throttle will stall the car, but leaving it idling for a couple of minutes sees it returning to all four, at which point it will run, but will still chuck out smoke for the first mile of the drive, then it's fine. I had to change out the complete exhaust for the MoT with a crappy aftermarket system (so it sounds horrible all the time), with a new lambda sensor, but the running issue was certainly not immediately apparent. There is no blowing from the manifold or the joint. I have not done a compression test or looked at the plugs, but I have not come across this sort of problem since I had a car with points! Any thoughts welcome. Thanks, Rob
  5. wattsmonkey

    Cheap run about

    I absolutely love my E34 518i. 160k and no issues apart from head gasket which was completely my fault: p.o. told me the rad leaked, I got a bit complacent about checking it and realised the temp gauge warning light didn't work when I saw the needle all the way into the red! My wife's car is a 318is and she loves that - cheap and genuine fun to drive. Previous car was another E36: 318i: very reliable. Buy that purple one on ebay!
  6. It's an E34 one Tim: sensor is on the front hub. No good for E28s.
  7. wattsmonkey

    16" Hartges on E34

    Dreadful picture, I know, but I had to fit some wheels onto the touring in a hurry after a puncture last night: I reckon they look pretty good! They are the only 16" wheels I've found that fit over the E31 Brembos I used to have on the M635. They fit over the standard M four pots too. Funny, I painted the centres black to fit them to the E24, but the horrible plastic caps look okay on the E34 I think.
  8. wattsmonkey

    Knocking noise

    cheap on ebay for Febi ones https://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2380057.m570.l1313.TR0.TRC0.H0.Xbmw+e24+prop+centre+bearing.TRS0&_nkw=bmw+e24+prop+centre+bearing&_sacat=0 . It's likely your guibo (front doughnut) is past its best too - have a good look for splits. My dogleg 635 had the same symptoms, which the p.o. dealt with by starting off in second gear instead!
  9. wattsmonkey

    Breaking E24 633/635 E12 based car's 1979

    Wow! Are the left-hand front wings any good? This is not a serious question! I don't suppose you've got any E28-based 6ers in your stash have you Tim? I'd give you a ring but for phone disaster meaning I've lost all my old contacts. Cheers, Rob
  10. wattsmonkey

    Required - Help North Wiltshire area

    It just so happens that I bought the tool to do these from a lovely chap on this very forum! I'll drop you a pm, Rob
  11. wattsmonkey

    E34 518i Touring - it ain't fast but it isn't thirsty!

    Agreed: my wife's last car was a 318i. It was fine around town, but always felt undergeared on a run. Same engine and box as the E34 obviously, so I wonder what the difference is in the diff ratios. Her "new" daily, a '99 318is, is much better. Cheers, Rob
  12. I love this car. Did an oil flush before doing oil service in preparation for annual pilgrimage to Edinburgh for summer holidays: 516 miles on one tank! The other good thing is it's big enough to keep the kids from squabbling.
  13. wattsmonkey

    Any BBS Split Rim Gurus About?

    My style 5s have non-splined replacement bolts fitted and have been like that for a fair while. I have bought a set of the real ones, but they were expensive, as per above.
  14. I just balanced the throttle bypass screws on my M635 with this tool - it really does live up to the hype and has noticeably improved the smoothness of the M88 both at idle (obviously) and as the revs rise. It's made for the S38, but the bypass arrangement is exactly the same as you'd expect. Will post this on both the E28 and E34 technical forums 'cos it's ace! Cheers, Rob
  15. wattsmonkey

    Mantis Manometer

    I just balanced the throttle bypass screws on my M635 with this tool - it really does live up to the hype and has noticeably improved the smoothness of the M88 both at idle (obviously) and as the revs rise. It's made for the S38, but the bypass arrangement is exactly the same as you'd expect. Will post this on both the E28 and E34 technical forums 'cos it's ace! Cheers, Rob
×