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Not-so-special tools

Discussion in 'DIY (Do-It-Yourself)' started by Zeichen311, Jul 16, 2010.

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    Zeichen311

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    They may be paragons of sophisticated German engineering but funny how once they reach a certain age, they will only yield their secrets or cooperation to Liquid Wrench, a blowtorch and (WHANG!) a 2-lb. (WHANG!) sledge. (WHANG! WHANG! WHANG!)

    Score: Me 6, oxygen sensors 0 (lifetime).

    The road test will include a stop at the neighborhood ice-cream stand. I believe I've earned it. :D
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    dms540i

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    That bad? Well I have to go in there to do it, too. I've got the 02 sensors, but I'm not looking forward to the carnage. Any pics?
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    Brian A

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    Another special tool

    Buy a cheap oil pan drain plug (available at general auto parts stores) the same size as your O2 Sensor threads. Cut a couple of slots across the threads and use this special $4 tool to dress the threads on the plenum.

    Also, be careful not to get anti-sieze compound on the tip of the O2 sensor (it ruins it) (I have determined this empirically).
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    az3579

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    Ya know, I don't get it. I thought I deserved a treat when I replaced my O2 sensor, yet as I was on the way to my local ice cream place, an exhaust leak popped out and said "GOTCHA!"...

    It's on as tight as I could turn it without risking damaging the sensor/threads. WTF??? :(
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    Zeichen311

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    Sorry, no. They wouldn't show much anyway, it didn't look significantly worse than average--it just wouldn't budge. I suspect it was either the original sensor (age, 138k) or it had been replaced once but installed without anti-seize. Given the overall condition of this poor beast and the fact that the dead sensor was a BMW part, not aftermarket, I'm inclined to believe the former. :mad:

    Nice tip! Hope I remember it when the day comes again.

    Sometimes they really don't appreciate the time and effort we put into caring for them. I think horses were better in that regard.
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    Brian A

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    I think usually they just come out. NotTheStig is 6 for 6. I'm 2 for 2.

    At least you know what it is. If you had a new car, you'd have to take it to the dealership to read the codes and they would probably tell you some big expensive module needs replacing.

    THAT is VERY funny.
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    az3579

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    In that case, mine is literally a spoiled 5 year-old child. Takes everything for granted, wants more than I can give it, and when I do give it something, it complains that it's not what it wants. :mad:


    But, like parents loving their child no matter how much of a spoiled brat the child is, I lovez my E30 too.

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