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BMW N63 Valve Stem Seals Repair

BMW N63 Valve Stem Seals Repair

THE PROBLEM This BMW equipped with the N63 engine had an oil consumption issue where 1qt had to be added every 4 days and was blowing smoke from the tailpipe with a blue tint when accelerating post-warmup. This is caused by the aged rubber on the valve stem seals that hardens and cracks which will lose its ability to seal the valve guide. Bad valve stem seals will cause excessive oil consumption and can be identified by recording the level of oil loss. This is unfortunately a common problem that has carried over from the N62 to the N63 BMW engine. The models affected are vehicles from 2003-2008 with N62 V8 engines such as the  E60 545i, E63 645i, E65 745i, E53 X5 and vehicles from 2009-2013 equipped with N63 engines such as F10 550i, F12 650i, F01 750i, and E70 X5. HOW WE FIXED IT We fixed it the only way you can fix this problem when it arises: by replacing the valve stems with new ones. First and f ... read more

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5 Important Tips We've Published For BMW Owners

5 Important Tips We've Published For BMW Owners

For the past few years, as an auto repair shop in Brooklyn specializing in European cars, we’ve leveraged our 25 years of experience to publish a lot of helpful content for owners of European cars looking to keep their car in prime condition. In this article we will circle back to important advice we’ve published for BMW owners in particular. So below, we’ve rounded up 5 important nuggets of advice -- served in bite sized pieces -- we have shared along the way (in no particular order), with links to the original post. 1. Failing Water Pump Warning Signs Has your BMW passed 50,000 miles or has it been 50,000 miles since the last time you replaced your electric water pump? Is your BMW's yellow engine temperature light turning red? If your answer is yes to either/both, we highly recommend that you ... read more

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DINAN N55 P2 Power Package

DINAN N55 P2 Power Package

The Dinantronics stage 3 software brings the BMW N55 motors to new levels. The torque is tweaked to even higher levels at 417 ft. lb. and 395 peak hp. We are installing the P2 power package on this M235i. This also fits other applications such as the F30 335i and F32 435i. DINANtronics Stage 3 for N55 We begin with the installation of Dinantronics ECU and harness and loading the software calibration to follow. To gain 104 ft. lb. torque gains without affecting emissions and still keeping 4 years - 50,000 miles warranty in place makes this product very desirable over other products on the market. Dual-core Intercooler ... read more

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BMW N52 N54 Electric Water Pump Repair

BMW N52 N54 Electric Water Pump Repair

Gone are the days of a engine belt driven water pump on late model BMW's. The BMW engines inline 6 cylinder N51 N52 N54 N55 are equipped with electric water pump. This allows the DME to fully control and modulate the coolant flow through the engine without dependency on RPM. This electric design allows for engine power output efficiency and balanced cooling responsibilities for the engine. More cooling power is required on demand for turbocharged engines such as the E90 E60 N54/N55 vehicles. Failing Water Pump Warning Signs The electric water pump tends to fail after 50,000 miles and the early warning signs are the yellow engine temperature light which will then turn red when the car is overheating. The heat will no longer blow hot due to low coolant circulation and the coolant level is below minimum. Once the water pump fails the car will enter fail safe mode to prevent engine damage. The common fault codes stored in the DME are 2E82 Electric ... read more

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BMW S54 Vanos Problems and Repairs

BMW S54 Vanos Problems and Repairs

The E46 M3 beauty is truly timeless and arguably the best BMW M3 ever made. The S54 high revving engine redlines at 8,000 rpm producing 343hp without the aid of forced induction. Although the S54 is a well engineered engine, it does have some flaws and Vanos is top of the list. There are several possible Vanos failures and this applies to Z3 Z4 M models equipped with S54B32 engines. Camshaft Sprocket Bolts The fillister head screws that goes on the camshaft sprockets will get loose over time allowing the bolt to puncture a hole through the block or valve cover. The sheared bolts can also cause the timing chain to skip and snap resulting in permanent engine damage. The cam gear bolts have been updated by BMW to prevent this catastrophic failure and we suggest having the bolts upgraded during your Inspection II service. Cam Gear Bolts Exhaust Camshaft Hub and Vanos Oil Pump The exhaust hub contains two tab ... read more

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BMW xDrive Malfunction

BMW xDrive Malfunction

The 4x4 warning light, ABS and traction control deactivated indicators came on all at once for this E83 BMW X3. This customer has also been getting drivetrain vibrations and juddering on acceleration. MINHS Automotive is well versed in repairs on BMW drivetrain and will be evaluating the xDrive system. What is BMW xDrive? BMW xDrive is a full-time all-wheel drive system with the transfer case being the core component. The transfer case works by directing power from the transmission to both the front and rear differentials. xDrive can make a trip on snowy roads an easier time on you and your car. We’ve determined that the transfer case assembly has failed internally due to a failed chain and has a stored fault code 5F3A Transfer Case Malfunction. A complete case replacement is in order which comes with a new actuator motor. Transfer Case Maintenance We recommend performing the transfer case oil change every 60,000 miles ... read more

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BMW , 4x4 , ABS , Transfer Case , X3 , xDrive

Flickering BMW Navigation Screen

Flickering BMW Navigation Screen

A flickering navigation screen may suggest that your iDrive system is failing. We are replacing this Car Communication Computer (CCC) for a E90 BMW with other such symptoms such as no audio from sound system, iDrive knob spins freely or menu and voice commands stops working. After the CCC is replaced we'll be programming the control module with the latest BMW software.iDrive ModuleCar Communication Computer (CCC) vs. Car Information Computer (CIC) CCC made its debut in 2004 released on the E60 chassis. The DVD drive cannot play movies or support  DVD in motion due to it's processing limitations. It can be identified with the iDrive symbol from the menu screen. The navigation maps are updated by replacing the DVD in the navigation drive with the latest releases. CCC iDrive System CIC made it's debut in 2009 on the F01/F02 7-series and is a major update to the iDrive system, replacing the display, c ... read more

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Dinan N63 Power Package

Dinan N63 Power Package

We have a BMW F02 750 here with a twin turbo V8 N63 motor in for performance upgrades. The DINAN P1 Power Package is not your every day upgrade. Dinan pumps up this BMW to 507HP & 583 TQ.1) Stage 4 Software - 109 HP 96 TQ gains giving this N63 motor a total output of 507HP 583 TQ. Tuned for a smooth power-band to put down predictable and even power in all gears and throttle positions. This smoothness improves the quality of the shifting and the overall drivability. 2) CF Cold Air Intake - One of the most effective ways to increase horsepower is to install a cold air intake. The cold air intake upgrade utilizes the greater density of colder air that adds more flammable oxygen molecules per square inch and burns fuel more effectively. The Dinan carbon fiber intake looks as good as it performs, allowing more outside air to be pushed into the engine via twin-ducts while also providing structural stiffness ... read more

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BMW N54 Walnut Blasting

BMW N54 Walnut Blasting

What is Walnut Blasting? Walnut blasting is the process of blasting pressurized, crushed walnut shells onto the intake valves and in the cylinder on direct injection engines. This procedure is designed to remove carbon deposits which accumulate over time from blow-by gases, carbonized fuel, and oil on the intake valves and intake ports of the cylinder head. When the valves become heavily carbonated, the engine may exhibit symptoms such as misfire, rough idle, and lack of power, which is a result of the intake valves not being able to close properly. Service Benefits With a clean running engine, power will be restored with a more responsive throttle and allow for an increase in fuel economy. We recommend to have this service performed every 30,000 miles on your BMW equipped with N54 and N55 engines, available on the 135i, 335i and 535i. This service is more involved on V8 motors such as N63 and diesel motors M57, N57 which requires a mor ... read more

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Dinantronics Stage 2 BMW F80 M3 F82 M4

Dinantronics Stage 2 BMW F80 M3 F82 M4

The new M3's and M4's are now powered by a inline-six turbocharged S55 engine packing more horsepower than it's V8 predecessors. When BMW drivers want to add more HP without affecting emissions and voiding their factory warranty, you turn to DINAN. This F82 M4 will be receiving M Performance aerodynamic upgrades and tuning products by DINAN. DINANTRONICS ECU The DINANTRONICS Performance Tuner uniquely has the capability to adjust target Lambda, correct short term trim as well as ignition timing errors induced by raising boost pressure. This enables Dinan calibration engineers to optimize air/fuel mixture and ignition timing at elevated boost pressure throughout the entire gamut of engine RPM and engine load. Additionally, the ability to correct short term trim corrections (the difference between target and scheduled fuel mixture) remain within OEM specifications. This minimizes knock sensor activity, which in turn means smooth engine perfo ... read more

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