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BMW E65 7-series 745i 750i 760i Airbag Warning Light (occupant detection mat)

Posted in San Diego BMW Auto Repair Service by San Diego BMW Auto Repair Service on February 17, 2010
bmw e65 745i 750i 760i airbag light occupant detection mat

bmw e65 745i 750i 760i airbag light occupant detection mat

This is the seat occupant detection mat inside the seat of the bmw e65 7 series, these apparently crack and will turn on your red airbag warning light.

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BMW E46 325i 325ci 330i 330ci Torn Front Control Arm Bushings

Posted in San Diego BMW Auto Repair Service by San Diego BMW Auto Repair Service on February 16, 2010
e46 325i 325ci 330i 330ci front control arm bushings

e46 325i 325ci 330i 330ci front control arm bushings

This will make your steering wheel feel loose, or vibrate when going over bumps. This is off a e46 bmw 325ci, but the 323i, 323ci, 328i, 328ci, 325i, 330i, and 330ci all share the same part.

BMW E46 M3 Check the Voltage Regulator Before Replacing the Alternator

Posted in San Diego BMW Auto Repair Service by San Diego BMW Auto Repair Service on February 15, 2010
e46 m3 voltage regulator bmw

e46 m3 voltage regulator bmw

Check the voltage regulator before replacing your alternator, there is a service bulletin out from BMW regarding this issue. If you see the red battery light on, have the technician inspect the regulator as well.  This is what a voltage regulator looks like, it is from an 2004 e46 bmw m3.

BMW E39 E46 325I 525I WATER PUMP , BMW VS MEYLE

Posted in San Diego BMW Auto Repair Service by San Diego BMW Auto Repair Service on February 14, 2010
bmw water pump meyle 325i 525i

bmw water pump meyle 325i 525i

Check out the build quality of the BMW water pump (left) vs. the Meyle water pump (right). The BMW pump on the left is a used part, the meyle is brand new!  Beware of the cheap stuff!

Worn BMW E46 325i Brake Pads and Sensor

Posted in San Diego BMW Auto Repair Service by San Diego BMW Auto Repair Service on February 13, 2010
e46 bmw 325i brake pad

e46 bmw 325i brake pad

On this 2003 BMW 325i the pads were down to the sensor ( causing the brake pad warning light )

BMW E46 325i Leaking Valve Cover Gasket

Posted in San Diego BMW Auto Repair Service by San Diego BMW Auto Repair Service on February 11, 2010

Do you smell something burning? Oil is leaking from the valve cover gasket on this E46 BMW 325i and dripping onto the exhaust manifold. When the car is hot, the oil would burn and thats probably what you’re smelling!