BMW Tech Tips

  1. FAQ: Why Does Diesel Motor Oil Turn Black?

    Black Dirty Diesel Motor Oil

    Shortly after performing a diesel engine oil change many people observe that their engine oil has already begun to turn black. Is this normal? In this article we will briefly discuss several reasons why a diesel engines oil turns black after an oil change. This information applies to all diesel engines. This includes popular Audi VW TDI diesel, Mercedes BlueTec and CDI diesel, GM Duramax, Ram Cummins and Ford Powerstroke engines and others.

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  2. BMW E46 3 Series Rear Shock Mount Stack

    BMW E46 3 Series Rear Shock Mount Stack

    This Article will highlight the proper rear shock assembly stacking order for the BMW 3 series E46 platform. We will also highlight the correct concave shock mount washer placement. Always note the stacking order of all shock components during disassembly. This...

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  3. Transmission Pan Gasket Leaks

    Transmission Pan Gasket Leaks

    Do you have a transmission fluid leak coming from the transmission pan gasket area after a new transmission fluid, pan gasket and filter installation? Transmission pan gaskets typically never fail. One of the following scenarios is likely the root cause. This article will...

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  4. BMW Shocks and Struts

    Wondering if it's time for new BMW shocks for your E46, E38, or E53 chassis? Is it necessary to replace my BMW shock mounts, stops, and boots too? This post also provides you with a basic description of front and rear BMW shock suspension set-ups and explains the difference between Factory...

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  5. BMW X5 Shocks and Struts

    Wondering if it's time for new BMW X5 shocks for your E53 chassis? Is it necessary to replace my BMW X5 shock mounts, stops, and boots too? This post also provides you with a basic description of front and rear BMW X5 shock suspension set-ups and explains the difference...

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  6. 5 Series BMW Shocks and Struts

    Wondering if it's time for new 5 Series BMW shocks for your E39 chassis? Is it necessary to replace my 5 Series BMW shock mounts, stops, and boots too? This post also provides you with a basic description of front and rear 5 Series BMW shock suspension set-ups and explains the...

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  7. 3 Series BMW Shocks and Struts

    Wondering if it's time for new 3 Series BMW shocks for your E46 chassis? Is it necessary to replace my 3 Series BMW shock mounts, stops, and boots too? This post also provides you with a basic description of front and rear 3 Series BMW shock suspension set-ups and explains the difference...

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  8. BMW Engine Oil Types

    BMW Oil Specifications and Quality Standards

    BMW engine oil quality specifications and standards were put in place to ensure that a higher quality engine oil is used in your BMW engine. Learn about which BMW oil type is the correct one for your engine. Using the correct BMW oil specification will offer the best possible protection, performance, and longevity for your engine. We will briefly highlight the different types of recommended BMW oil specs and a general correlation to which BMW engine applications they are recommended.

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  9. Should You Use Motor Oil Additives?

    Should You Use Engine Oil Additives?

    Should I be using a motor oil additive treatment? Is it even necessary to use performance enhancing oil additives? Choosing the right motor oil for the application is the key. In our opinion and in most cases, using a motor oil additive treatment is unnecessary. Instead, choosing the right motor oil for the application is the key. When you use a premium motor oil, the necessary oil additives (anti wear, friction modifiers) are already formulated into it. These highly engineered motor oils (e.g. RAVENOL) include the perfect level and formulation of additives for the best engine performance...

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