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post #1 of 84 Old 3rd January 2010, 11:34 PM Thread Starter
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Lightbulb E39 M5 - DIY for Dummies

After getting frustrated with my front cup holder and ripping it out in multiple pieces I feel creative.

E39 M5 - DIY for Dummies:

1) Always work in low light environments
2) When working on electrical components, never disconnect the battery or you will lose your date and time information
3) If the part doesn't want to come out, just pull harder
3b) BMW parts are always strong, especially the plastic, so don't worry about breaking them
4) Simple leaks can be easily fixed with the application of Duct Tape
4b) Recommend electrical tape for VANOS leaks
5) Never use the fluids recommended by the dealer, they just want to overcharge you
6) Torque figures for bolts are just suggestions
7) MAFs never need replacing
8) Try using flat-head screwdrivers on philips head screws, vice versa
9) No need to put the parking brake on when jacking up your car, friction will hold it in place
10) Any mods will void your warranty

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M5 DIY for Dummies

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11. Electronics work on smoke. If it comes out, it doesn't work anymore.

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12) Always work with hot engine fluids - they will come out easier

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13) Feel free to balance any loose screws or bolts on any available sort-of-horizontal surface. If you loose one the other 7 will most likely hold the item in place.
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14. Don't consult the TIS before trying to remove an integral part of your engine. The TIS is for nerds.

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...There seems to be less logic and more hot air in this white paper, maybe to sell more of his products...

White paper.... more like toilet paper.

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15. Always wear flip-flops when swapping an engine in your home, dimly lit garage. (Raza )

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16. Feel free to dump the clutch at will, especially with a newly installed supercharger. It's bulletproof!
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17) Don't use a torque wrench on your oil pan drain bolt. It can't be stripped no matter how hard you crank it down!
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19. No need to ever add or change oil, it is a lifetime fluid!
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