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  1. boiliebasher

    Any M51 gurus about?!

    Hi all. My E36 TDS has started to suffer from the infamous "hot start" problem at just over 150k miles. When cold starts on the button from glow plugs and in tank fuel pump priming but anything over 1/4 on temp gauge this circuit is bypassed and so no plugs or pump activated. It then takes a few seconds longer of cranking to start. HOWEVER what I find curious is that as my drive is on an incline, I am able to "bump start" in 2nd when engine is warm and it starts instantly...... Im just a bit puzzled why when it's bumped started it fires straight away and why it's off the starter it can take anything up to 10 seconds to fire....... Battery and starter are both in good order.... I'm probably just going to buy a "box of tricks" as a temporary measure off eBay but I'm perplexed as to why the difference in starting procedures can have such an effect on how and why it fires as in my mind, at the end of the day all your doing is just turning the engine over and I hasten to add, maybe even a little quicker in terms of rpms with the starter motor?! All replies welcome
  2. boiliebasher

    Any M51 gurus about?!

    Oh and here's the link just in case any one might be interested. It comes from Poland and dead easy to fit. Well worth it imho https://m.ebay.fr/itm/HOT-START-FIX-BMW-E34-E36-E32-E39-2-5-2-4-TD-2-5-TDS-STARTING-WARM-ENGINE-MODULE/201241774850?hash=item2edaf1cb02:g:6XgAAOSwGvhT28gk
  3. boiliebasher

    Any M51 gurus about?!

    Right then, fitted this eBay "hot start" fix gizmo and essentially it turns on the glow plugs every time you turn the ignition. Do you know what, best 20 euros I ever spent on the car. Works a charm and more importantly no more embarrassing hot start problems! M51 engine now starts first time every time hot or cold.
  4. boiliebasher

    A ‘P’ plate e34.

    Pretty sure mine has passenger airbag too. Didn't think it was that unusual?!
  5. boiliebasher

    At last

    Great news. Hope it all goes well
  6. boiliebasher

    A ‘P’ plate e34.

    My 540iA/T is R plated......
  7. boiliebasher

    Any M51 gurus about?!

    Just to add incase any one looks into this thread, on my 99' TDS the intank fuel pump primes for 10 secs every time the ignition is switched on regardless of engine temperature. After 10 secs it then switches off unless the engine is started, then it stays on permanently until the engine is switched off again
  8. boiliebasher

    Any M51 gurus about?!

    Right made a tiny bit of progress this morning. I found out using a voltmeter that the fuel pump actually DOES prime every time the contact is turned regardless of if the engine is cold or not. I don't know if this is the case with E34's but now I definitely know this is true with my 99' E36 TDS. So that means from what I can work out anyway; it's only the glow plugs that don't come on when the engine is warm..... Still can't explain why it bump starts immediately but won't off the starter...
  9. boiliebasher

    1995 E34 540i6

    What a shame
  10. Oh and don't over tighten the bolts. Can't remember exactly what the N/M or lbs/f setting is but, it ain't much. Your shopping list seems fine
  11. If it's anything like an E34 540i, then it's quite a straight forward job really. Just a shed load of 10mm bolts to undo
  12. boiliebasher

    Do many of you run 80s / 90s cars as regular drivers?

    I'll keep rolling in 80/90's bmws for as long as I can..... They were incredibly well built machines and as long as you keep on top of the maintenance, there's no reason why reliability should ever become and issue
  13. boiliebasher

    Been dismissed at Work

    ^^ Agreed +1
  14. boiliebasher

    Anyone used AUTODOC parts website before?

    Mister auto must have improved recently then because I used them a couple years back and they were completely and utterly useless. They were using yodel as the courier company. By FAR the two worst companies I've ever had the displeasure of doing business with and vowed never to use or recommend them ever again...... You have been warned...
  15. Wow 10k!!! He's not being shy... Seems a bit strong to me, but then again prices are most certainly on the rise!
  16. boiliebasher

    I’m back! 6 year gap - back with F10 M5!

    Wow! Sounds like you've had a busy few years!! Welcome back!!
  17. boiliebasher

    How long does your battery last?

    Personally would have said your battery needs a good recharge if it can't crank the engine over after a few hours minimal use. IMHO it shouldn't be depleted in that short space of time or unless you fired up the engine a few times in a quick succession or left the headlights on etc
  18. boiliebasher

    M51 fan bolt size

    My M40b18 engine is canister type bolt through filter but both my M60b40 and M51b25 are plastic topped 36mm filter housings In general I think it's the earlier engines that are the smaller diameter bolt through nuts iirc
  19. boiliebasher

    M51 fan bolt size

    Yeah was gonna say my viscous spanner has one end 32mm t'other 36mm but for the life of me can't remember which end fits lol. The main thing I do remember however is that's it a LEFT hand thread I.E opposite to normal thread
  20. boiliebasher

    Trip to ZF dortmund

    That's exactly what I was referring to earlier. Well worth the time, money and effort imho
  21. boiliebasher

    Trip to ZF dortmund

    I read somewhere on another forum a guy who did the same thing and drove over to ZF in Germany to strip and rebuild his autobox too. He put up detailed photos of the work involved and it looked well worth it. I might even do it my self sometime in the not too distant future. Thanks for sharing
  22. boiliebasher

    Breaking E34 525 M20B25, manual, Cirus Blue

    I hear what you're saying chum but I just thought there might have been some appeal in an early E34 2.5 manual?! It just looked salvageable to me and personally I'd rather have this combo than a poverty spec facelift m50b20..... Probably just me being quirky
  23. boiliebasher

    E38 750i

    If Noddy drove BMW's...........
  24. Agreed. Nice find