PDA

View Full Version : Chapter Event 05/06/2017 - DIY @ BMW of Sterling



majc11
01-18-2017, 08:36 PM
Do It Yourself (DIY) Program Overview
The Do It Yourself (DIY) program allows National Capital Chapter (NCC) BMW Car Club of America (CCA) Members to work on their own cars under the supervision of expert mechanics and technicians provided by the DIY Sponsor. The purpose of the DIY is to learn and practice proper maintenance and repair techniques that you can routinely complete within a two-and-one-half-hour (2.5 hour) time period.

There are typically several NCC members who can assist you when an extra pair of hands or advice is needed. We are happy to show newcomers the joys of working on your own car. Most events start at between 8 am and 9 am and typically finish at 3 pm. Lunch for the event is provided by the club.

The DIY Program Webpage is here http://www.nccbmwcca.org/content.php?119-diy


Register here. (http://www.motorsportreg.com/events/diy-bmw-of-sterling-cca-national-capital-871457?utm_source=apis&utm_medium=apim&utm_campaign=apic&utm_content=rss)

ludwig
02-26-2017, 06:52 AM
Can this event help with the installation of DINAN ECUs????

pseto
02-27-2017, 08:53 AM
Can this event help with the installation of DINAN ECUs????

Did you already send your ECU to Dinan to reflash?

ChrisP
04-08-2017, 02:54 PM
Just registered -- looking forward to tackling front brakes! Happy spring.

ChrisP
04-14-2017, 09:37 AM
Darn it -- I got my dates wrong. That Saturday we're on the road heading for vacation. Brake job will have to wait until June!

JamesAustin
04-14-2017, 01:13 PM
Darn it -- I got my dates wrong. That Saturday we're on the road heading for vacation. Brake job will have to wait until June!

You don't find changing brakes recreational?

jonfhoffman
04-19-2017, 11:28 AM
I will literally buy someone's spot for this DIY session. I need rear springs installed on my 330i as my current ones are cracked and the car is pretty unsafe to drive at the moment, and I've never done it before and could use the warm embrace of the DIY group. Anyone interested?

John in VA
04-19-2017, 03:48 PM
I will literally buy someone's spot for this DIY session.
You don't really need a lift for this job, but a floor jack & jack stands are necessary at the least. I haven't replaced a rear spring on an E46 (YET!). Are you planning to replace just the spring, or the shocks at the same time? I understand some of the interior and/or rear deck panel have to come out to remove/loosen the upper shock mount. Are you planning to replace those, too? Do you have all of your parts?

http://blog.bavauto.com/14307/bmw-diy-video-e46-3-series-shock-strut-and-spring-replacement-and-installation-how-to/

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=1110410&highlight=rear+spring+replacement
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=1088350&highlight=rear+spring+replacement
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=1067457&highlight=rear+spring+replacement

jonfhoffman
05-05-2017, 06:16 PM
I actually was able to get a spot in the DIY, so I'm looking forward to doing it there. I was really pulling for the DIY for the transmission work I needed to do, but I had to get it done elsewhere as the shop didn't want us doing Trans work. No big problem.

Without riding in it, if I told you that my car was pulling slightly to the right on braking, what would your first thoughts be? Bad alignment? Worn suspension parts?

John in VA
05-05-2017, 06:47 PM
Clogged rubber brake hose. Caliper pistons not engaging/releasing properly. Air in the system.
If it doesn't pull without braking, why would you be thinking alignment or suspension?

jonfhoffman
05-07-2017, 07:00 PM
To be honest, it just seemed like the most likely culprit because it drifts on the highway a bit too, so thought it might be the same cause.

As an aside, I enjoyed meeting a few of you at this event! Looking forward to the next one.