Installing the new rear control arms (allowing more toe adjustment) and the new camber arms (formerly known as a guide link with no adjustment) to a fully adjustable camber arm to increase or decrease camber, independent of the eccentric bolt in the swing arm.
It seems there are different tail light designs for the BMW e38. When I plug the harness into the new tail light plug it fails to illuminate the lights and I get numerous check lights. New tail light set is ordered and will arrive in a week. Video to follow. For now, enjoy watching me learn things.
Less than one week of driving, driving the same route, this is what I see. Glad I finally got the dash camera in the BMW. think about what all you've been missing by me driving this car without the camera, or when I'm too lazy to pull the Vette footage.
In this video I discuss how the alignment shop will either turn you away or fail to properly align your wheels without the proper weights. Also, BMW factory parts will not allow a zero camber or toe in the back, so prepare to have to buy aftermarket guide links and control arms for the rear that allow for more camber and toe adjustment.
One minute and 30 seconds into my drive home after a day of working, a stereotypical uninsured black motorist crashed into the back of my recently restored BMW e38. One week after completing everything on the to-do list, I was rewarded by being rear-ended. The car is not drive-able in the current condition. The tail light assembly was completely destroyed, and the brake lights, parking lights, and turn signals don't work (thus illegal to drive). rear quarter panel is crinkled . rear bumper cracked and a giant hole punched through the bumper cover. The aluminum bumper behind the cover is visible (unknown if bent). Unknown other damages. Will keep posted on how the lawsuit and the repairs go. This is the 2nd crash I've been involved in within 7 months with this vehicle. Both times while parked by a black uninsured driver. My Corvette was also crashed into by an uninsured black female driver in June 2017. Moral of the story..."can't have anything nice"-Matthew Hudson 2019
First dash cam bad driver footage captured by the BMW dash camera. St. Louis City/Jefferson County edition. JeffCo hoosiers drive just as badly as the fellas and their lovely ladies do in the city.
After completing the rear suspension refresh on the bmw e38 (both left and right side) I have concluded the following order of operations will make the repair go the easiest and the fastest way possible. Learn from my experience so that you may be able to complete this task more quickly than me by saving time and energy.
how to adjust the eccentric bolts on the rear of the BMW e38 to adjust the camber and toe. The big bolt that goes through the integral link adjusts camber. The eccentric bolt on the control arm that holds it to the chassis adjusts the toe. There is no adjustment for caster on the rear of the e38 (unless you have aftermarket caster adjustment).
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
21PC C PRESS TRUCK CAR BALL JOINT NICE DELUXE SET SERVICE REMOVER INSTALLER KIT
( 222744203685 )
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.
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".
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.
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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.