First, how to remove the rear control arm nut from the ball joint to prevent rounding. 16mm nut and the ball joint is 7mm. In the end I used vise grips, a torch, and the 16mm wrench. Not enough room to use a socket. Followed by what to do if the rear shock is stuck in the wheel carrier and you rip the bushing out of the shock, and the steel shaft gets stuck in the wheel carrier.

This is the how to video for BMW e38 rear ball joint removal and installation. Rather than showing the operation like most videos, I will show you which cup sizes you need in a generic kit. This way you won't have to spend as much time as I did trying to figure out what cup sizes you need to press the ball joint out and receive it. Below is the item description for the ball joint press kit I purchased. At the time of purchase it was $72.99

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After completion of front suspension refresh the toe was so far in the car would not drive straight, was uncontrollable and impossible to safely drive. I corrected the toe in with two 2x4's and two tape measures. She drives straight now.

BMW e38 front suspension refresh complete. Only thing left for the front is an alignment, then we'll move onto the rear. More videos on the suspension refresh to follow, but for now we are done with the front. The battle is half over.

wheel bearing installation on the BMW e38 740iL with steering knuckle removed. Factory FAG hub replaced with WWD Group hub from eBay. ABS sensor ring/bearing seal transplanted from FAG to WWD since WWD does not come with one.

Just a typical night at the landing, in "The Lou".

More parts came in. Continuing with the e38 740iL suspension refresh I have the nut and bolt sizes and torque specs. Front passenger side completed.

E38 suspension refresh continued. Part 2.

Drivers circumventing red lights and pulling out in front of people. Plus some of my favorite...the leisure jaywalkers sprinkled on top.

I apologize for the sniffing. At the time of recording I am recovering from a cold. A short video of the front strut replacement on the BMW E38 740iL.

Day after repairs and adding a quart of Lucas oil stabilizer, the smoming has stopped, and engine is running smoothly

All parts arrived and installed. Low coolant level light is fixed. Transmission fluid drained and re-filled. Differential fluid drained and re-filled. Oil sending switch replaced. Bosch spark plugs installed. No more oil leaks. No coolant leaks. No differential or transmission leaks. Fouled spark plugs cleaned (Hollywood style).

Continuing on through the day I removed the door panel and switched out the door handles. I put the door panel back on and removed the valve cover, adjusted the valves that were out of adjustment, installed a new valve cover gasket and cleaned the engine block and cylinder head of caked on oil buildup.

Since last video the car now has a new distributor cap and rotor, a new timing belt and tensioner, new water pump (coolant leak now fixed), new coolant, new accessory belts, and new vacuum hoses. I have discovered the source of the oil leak and now am finalizing all parts purchases and repairs.

Believe it or not the 1986 528e actually starts, runs, and drives. Had some hiccups in the beginning and discovered some fluid leaks that need addressed. In other bad news, surprise surprise, the instrument cluster is no better than before, save for the odometer actually works now. More to come on this never ending project.

After hours of struggling with batteries that don't clear the micro chip in the way of the soldering holes on the board I have to get creative and find a way to clear the chip. Then the fun part of soldering the batteries onto a board that has been corroded by battery acid makes for an even more fun night.

Odometer gears for the 1986 BMW 528e on the e28 chassis has arrived. I'll complete the odometer gear repair and we're halfway done with the instrument cluster repair. The ebay seller I purchased the gears from:


An overview of how to reset the 02 sensor light in the roof of the car, above the driver's right hand side. The reset box is behind the trim above the gas pedal. The steering wheel was removed and the instrument cluster removed. Only the speedometer works. The cluster needs new gears for the odometer and new NiCad batteries for the gauges. This video documents ongoing repairs for the 1986 BMW E28 with the M20 engine in the 528e.

Removing rust, applying Bondo, repainting and finishing panels.

This is why I hated driving to class every week. It was a short drive in terms of distance, but took a long time to complete the trip. Crashes and break-downs galore, followed by the rubberneckers.

Just the usual suspects driving around, running red lights, running stop signs, driving in the wrong lane. Nothing unusual here

While sitting at an intersection waiting for cross traffic to clear so I can turn left one of the fellas makes his own lane and nearly crashes into me head-on. Love driving in the city. It's so fun...and safe too.

Per Chris's request I recorded a brief video explaining and showing how the dash camera in my Corvette works.

Sorry for the throat clearing. I just finished eating and was washing dishes when I heard the sounds of dumping in my dumpster and observed a vehicle parked out back discarding waste and filling up my dumpster to capacity. This is body camera footage of me confronting the suspects as I had just gotten off duty and arrived home before eating, and was still in uniform.

One week after the Corvette hit and run the BMW was also hit while parked at work. This time I witnessed the B/F driving her blue in color final generation Ford Escort back into the BMW, then immediately flee the scene. If you know the suspect feel free to throw her under the bus so I can sue her into the stone age. If not, but you know how to remove and repair the trim, leave a comment or response video.


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This channel will mostly feature vehicle "how to's" along with occasional dash camera footage reference automobiles. The vehicles that I own are a 1993 Corvette LT1, 2000 BMW 740iL, and 2010 Camaro SS. These vehicles will be the bulk of vehicles featured in the repair videos. Occasionally I work on other people's cars and will feature that content as well.

As bonus content any random things I deem video worthy. Lastly I am always proud of my outstanding marksmanship during my annual and semi-annual qualification at the shooting range for work. Body camera footage of that, and any juicy encounters with criminals will also be uploaded. Enjoy.