Just Say No to Smoke and Bad Ball Joints! - Reggie's Motorworks

Just Say No to Smoke and Bad Ball Joints!

The holidays are almost here, and we would like to wish all of you a Merry Christmas!  Thank you to all of our clients for making 2010 a great year!  We’re looking forward to a bright 2011!
We thought it would be fun to see just how many daily drivers, specifically BMW, that Reggie has had since catching ‘bimmer fever’ 13 years ago:

  1. 1986 BMW 325
  2. 1992 BMW 325ic M-Technic Appearance Package
  3. 1987 BMW 325is
  4. 1988 BMW 528e
  5. 1987 BMW 535i
  6. 1989 BMW 325ix
  7. 1985 BMW 325e
  8. 1987 BMW 325ic w/ eta engine
  9. 1984 BMW 318i Baur TC
  10. 1993 BMW 525iT
  11. Work in Progress – 1969 BMW 2002

Take a guess as to which of the above bimmers had under 100k miles!  Leave a comment with your guess!  And feel free to share your daily drivers and any fun bits of information on them!

Over the weekend, Reggie received a call from a customer who could see and smell smoke in his 2000 BMW 528i.  After hearing some details and doing a little bit of research, Reggie had a pretty good idea of what the problem may be.  And he was right!  This bimmer was in need of a new final stage resistor for the blower motor. Take a look at the melted area!

Reggies MotorWorks | Repairing BMW, Audi, Mercedes

A closer look at the old final stage resistor (left) versus the new one (right):

Reggies MotorWorks | Repairing BMW, Audi, Mercedes

Reggies MotorWorks | Repairing BMW, Audi, Mercedes

And Reggie took a look at a 1989 BMW 325i.  In addition to an oil change, this  e30 needed a new outer ball joint, a blower motor, and some new valve stems to stop a slow leak in a tire.

Reggie removed the right front control arm to replace the outer ball joint:

Reggies MotorWorks | Repairing BMW, Audi, Mercedes

Then he reinstalled the control arm:

Reggies MotorWorks | Repairing BMW, Audi, Mercedes

Reggies MotorWorks | Repairing BMW, Audi, Mercedes

He used the jack to lift up the engine a bit to gain better access while re-bolting the inner ball joint:

Reggies MotorWorks | Repairing BMW, Audi, Mercedes

Reggies MotorWorks | Repairing BMW, Audi, Mercedes

Once everything was back in place, the car was taken for a test drive.

Again, Happy Holidays to you and your family!

Written by Reggie's Motorworks

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