By naterisch
06/01/2015
One of the longest single chapters in my book Memoirs of a Hack Mechanic is the one titled The Rhythm Of Repair. In it, I describe some of the dynamics that occur over and over again in fixing a car. I have found that it is far more relaxing, and thus far more enjoyable, to work on a car that is not a daily driver. 
By naterisch
05/25/2015
I’ve been a fairly busy guy over the last month and a half, with a Formula E race, two Tudor Championship races, and the Red Bull Global Rallycross media day with 2011 BMW Club Racing National Champion Geoff Sykes. Then there was a business trip to Richmond, Virginia, before I spent a few days in Lake Tahoe for a photo shoot, and most recently I was at Bimmerfest West at Auto Club Speedway to manage the BMW CCA booth. 
By naterisch
05/25/2015
Last week, I finally got the strut assembly—the strut with spring, and the steering knuckle with the snapped bolt and drill still in it—out of my 325xiT wagon. The first order of business was to see if I could get the snapped-off carbide drill out of the snapped-off pinch bolt.
By naterisch
05/17/2015
By 2003, I was only an occasional Roundel contributor, writing mostly about events in which I participated, such as One Lap of America or the Oktoberfest TSD rallies, or our 1999 trip to France to watch BMW win Le Mans. So I was a little surprised when editor Carlson asked if I could get myself to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to help cover the impending Jeff Gordon-Juan Pablo Montoya “Trading Paint” event. Brian Morgan would be there as Roundel’s motorsports editor, so I figured Satch must have had an extra press pass he didn’t want to waste.
By naterisch
05/17/2015
When last we saw our Hack Mechanic and his 2001 325xiT wagon, the latter had the former in a dilly of a pickle. More specifically, while he was trying to remove the front axles to replace the failed CV boots and crunchy CV joints, the 18-mm pinch bolt that holds the left steering knuckle to the front strut sheared off, and while he was trying to drill out the sheared bolt, the carbide drill snapped off in the bolt.

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