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  1. #76
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    So the other night I took that rear brake apart, found no evidence of rubbing brake hardware at all, or metal-to-metal contact of any kind! The only thing I could find is that the parking brake shoes seems to contact the brake disc in one small spot every revolution - like maybe its been machined slightly out of round? I loosened the star adjuster slightly - not enough to eliminate the slight contact, but the sound seems perhaps a little less noticeable now. I was afraid of making the parking brake unusable, but it still works. I'll see if loosening far enough to eliminate the rubbing also eliminates the noise and/or does negatively impact the hand brake.

    Tonight I removed the window and the outer metal/rubber trim strip. I spent a few frustrating hours trying to replace the rubber strip, and unfortunately got it misaligned and will have to give it another go. I was, however, able to replace the window U-channel easily enough. My old one had a few chunks missing and the "new one" merely has a few cracks

  2. #77
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    Tonight I took that rubber window strip (and the clips) off and on again not one, not two, but three times to get the alignment right, because the thing really seems like it should be 10mm longer, and leaves a small gap on either end This explains why I kept lining it up on one end and having a huge gap on the other. Strangely it doesnt seem to be that much different from the old one? Anyhow I ended up splitting the gap between front and back, not very pleased about it; but it looks way better than the old wavy one, and im not super concerned about a bunch of rain getting in there, so I'll call it done for now.

    Next time I would definitely go with soapy water for install lube (as recommended elsewhere), rather than any silicone or other spray. And remove the clips before trying to remove or install the rubber part - maybe even soak the whole thing in soapy water before trying to get them apart.

    After getting past that hurdle, I followed that up by removing the inside door pull, cleaning and lubing it, and replacing the (missing) plastic grommet for the door latch rod (bmw part #52208238999) before reinstalling (it was making 1 of 3 distinct rattles I could hear every time I closed the door). I also put a smear of grease on the plastic clip inside the door which holds the door latch rod.

    Reinstalled the door lock cylinder with new trim cover and rubber gasket - key now locks and unlocks the door very easily and the mechanism clicks neatly. sweet. (when I bought the car, the lock "worked" but was so stiff I was afraid it would break the key just trying to use it)

    Reinstalled the metal window rail, adjusted the window so it slides straight up and down and isn't cocked or wanting to jam at any point.

    Reinstalled the plastic rain liner with spray glue. Reinstalled the door card, window handle (with plastic washer and spring, angled slightly upwards of forwards when the window is fully closed), door latch handle (with plastic washer), armrest, and electric mirror switch (rats, cant find the nicer one I had waiting for this occasion).

    YEAH! My door panel has been off for WAY too long for various reasons, super happy to have this done finally.

    I had meant to try and adjust the door downwards a couple MM before putting it all back together
    Last edited by cgifool; 04-05-2018 at 02:54 AM.

  3. #78
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    Tonight I finally reinstalled my rear seat side panels, so the interior is complete again (minus a stereo).

    Hopefully now it'll be quiet enough inside that my boys will stop complaining about it

    After all that work on the driver's door, it sounds super solid now when the door slams.
    Last edited by cgifool; 04-06-2018 at 01:02 AM.

  4. #79
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    Yesterday I chanced on a once-in-a-blue moon e21 parts score.. a rusted 320is with no drivetrain or seats.. soon to be towed to the scrapyard, and permission to take anything I wanted.

    Got a whole carload of stuff off it: cloth back seat, door panels, back seat side panels (in much better shape than mine with unbroken ash trays), trunk carpet, fuel pump assembly, half-shafts, cluster and console bits, a/c panel, rear seat belt covers and sound deadening pad, aux air slide, temp sensors, pop-out windows & hardware, wiper relay, glove box light, headlight switch, hazard switch, door lock buttons, window cranks and door handles, door light buttons, plastic headlight covers (the black ones that go behind the headlight), and strut top covers.

    gotta make one more trip for the rear sway bar, horns, chrome trim, waist trim, and back window..

  5. #80
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    So the brand new rear brake pads I bought a year ago seem to have completely vanished, and I was checking prices for new. Looks like at least $80 or more with shipping from most anywhere.

    But, I started widening my search a little (searching on aftermarket part numbers helpfully provided in an ebay listing for the bmw part) and found these ones, 29 pounds ($41) shipped from uk

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Brake-Pad...ZH3xO#shpCntId


    For future reference here are the crosslisted part numbers for these pads (34211159253):

    A.B.S.: 36421, ACDelco: AC427881D, Apec: PAD319, ATE: 13046027032, BENDIX: 571489B, BMW: 34211121879, 34211150525, 34211152252, BMW: 34211159252, 34211159253, 34211159255, Bosch: 0986465871, Bosch: 986465871, Brembo: P06007, Delphi: LP201, E.T.F.: 120185, Ferodo: 209501800405, FDB210, Girling: 6102472, ICER: 180306, JURID: 571489J, KAWE: 80238, Magneti Marelli: 363702160707, Marelli: 363702160707, Mintex: MDB1154, NECTO: FD6335A, NK: 221502, Optimal: 9233, PAGID: T1013, PEX: 7032, QH BENELUX: 2123, Quinton Hazell: 2123, RAMEDER: T0610336, REMSA: 011300, 11300, ROULUNDS: 427881, SBS: 221502, Textar: 2058702, 2058715004, TRISCAN: 811011204, Valeo: 598096, WOKING: P013300, TRW: GDB247
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  6. #81
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    Excellent news, I finally solved my faint gassy odor issue - I bought a $25 "combustible gas detector" off Amazon, and in 3 minutes it helped me find the small piece of braided hose I had neglected to replace last year when I did all the rest.

    Still trying to find the source of my "car pulls right when braking" issue, thought it was the left rear trailing arm bushings, or maybe a binding left rear brake, but I've addressed those things, and it hasn't gone away.

    Hearing and feeling a small clunk at the moment the car comes to a complete stop also, as well as noticing a "tramlining" behavior on the highway like crosswinds buffeting, now I'm thinking worn-out inner tie rods are the problem (I replaced the outers only last year, wish I had not skipped the inners - I even had them off the car at one point and just reinstalled, duh).

    Sticking to a smaller budget these days, I only ordered the right side (complete) tie rod assembly, boot, and boot clamp pliers this time. I'll have to wait on the left side until next month

  7. #82
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    Tonight I went for the passenger side door panel:

    pulled it and replaced the missing door pocket, then pulled the door lock cylinder, cleaned and reassembled it, pretty much everything except the retainer clip was missing (the plastic outer outer trim ring, the flat rubber gasket, and the flat inner spacer that goes under the lock retaining clip). I have the new trim ring and rubber gasket, but did not have the spacer, so I'll have to scrounge one from the parts car.

    Unfortunately when I was reassembling the lock I noticed that the plastic clip that holds the rod to the door latch broke when I pulled it apart So, again, to the parts car first.

    Last thing for tonight, I replaced the two black rubber bumpers under the door handle, and adjusted it so it's centered in the space, top edge resting against the rubbers, bottom edge not smacking the paint when you let go of the handle This requires not just loosening the 2 screws on the handle, but also 2 10mm hex nuts on the inside.


    I really dig this back seat I picked up, I didn't think there was a "recaro" back seat, but I hadn't seen these cool pleats before. The fabric on these is still good but the padding is all crunchy and unusable or I would be swapping it out asap.


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  8. #83
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    Stopped by the parts car for some more bits and pieces, got the lock rod clip to replace my broken one (luckily so, one broke when I was taking it off, so I was really sweating the other one as well as the washer (spacer) for the door lock. All the plastic grommets seemed still in order, found that the door latch release rod was unclipped from its clip, sweet. Replaced the vapor barrier (with window crank spring under), door panel, and arm rest etc.

    Looks great again, slams solid with no rattles, door latch handle angles finally match left to right , door lock works like a champ and the key springs back to center even.

  9. #84
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    Quote Originally Posted by cgifool View Post

    I really dig this back seat I picked up, I didn't think there was a "recaro" back seat, but I hadn't seen these cool pleats before. The fabric on these is still good but the padding is all crunchy and unusable or I would be swapping it out asap.
    Huh... I wonder if mine is like that! I guess i'll have to check when I get home. Lookin good, man!
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  10. #85
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    Yesterday I realized my rear brake lights were not working! Not a fun discovery. Fortunately the solution was easy, the fuse was blown. Self-inflicted i'm afraid - same fuse powers the radio wires, and I had shorted it out against a screwdriver not too long ago, blown the fuse, and not realized the collateral damage. Soooo glad nobody rear-ended me!

    So, brake lights fixed, and checked all the others while I was at it. Also changed the oil and filter (Castrol gtx 20w50, Bosch filter), swapped out the wiper relay for another used one (hoping the intermittent wiper will start actually wiping intermittently instead of regular low speed), reconnected the speedo cable (had disconnected it temporarily to see if it was the source of a noise, it wasn't really but is jumpy), and also re-set the preload on the driveshaft center bearing, in case it had been too lightly preloaded, again driveline noise troubleshooting.

    Finally, I FINALLY found the source of my rightwards brake steer issue, turns out (as someone else on this board mentioned) the front passenger-side roll bar end nut had backed itself off and was not too far from falling clear off... What a disaster that would have been!

    So after tightening it all back up, I went for a test drive and.... No more rightwards brake pull!

    Bad news, now it pulls just a little to the LEFT!

  11. #86
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    Drove my e21 to work nearly every day for the past month.
    Now it’s time to give it a rest and fix more stuff!!

    Tonight I replaced the passenger subframe mount (with a euro metric poly). Driver side was done 5 or 6 weeks ago..

    Next comes trailing arm bushings, parking brake cable, parking brake hardware, and brake lines like I just did on the other side

  12. #87
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    Tonight the fun continued as I started pulling the right rear apart.

    After getting the rotor off, I discovered a broken parking brake spring (yay) which definitely might explain some scrapy noises I'd heard and hard-to-adjust parking brake.

    Fortunately, I already have new springs ready and waiting.

    Next, I braced myself for another hassle removing the parking brake cable, but the ferrule, for once, was not seized in the tube, and the old cable slid right out. I didn't even have to cut this one!

    Finally, after disconnecting the sway bar link and brake line (capped with a vacuum cap), and outside end of the halfshaft, I was able to unbolt and remove the trailing arm, and then called it a night.

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