Wrenching - Reggie's Motorworks

Wrenching

The shop has been really hopping the past several weeks.  And this week is no different!   Even Lucy grabbed her wrench to lend a helping paw!  😉    Reggie enjoyed his trip to Texas last weekend as a delegate representing the Hoosier BMW Chapter.   He met a lot of great people who share his passion for BMW and cars in general.
 

Reggies MotorWorks | Repairing BMW, Audi, Mercedes

 

This 1998 BMW 323is came in for an oil change, to diagnose HVAC issues, hood shocks, to diagnose HID issue, and for a metal clanging noise in driver’s door .  The noise was caused by a loose window track.

Reggies MotorWorks | Repairing BMW, Audi, Mercedes

 

Reggies MotorWorks | Repairing BMW, Audi, Mercedes

This topasblau-metallic 2001 BMW X5, needed a new starter…among a long list of many other things.  She was brought to us late last week on a tow truck from another shop because she wouldn’t start.

Reggies MotorWorks | Repairing BMW, Audi, Mercedes

Reggies MotorWorks | Repairing BMW, Audi, Mercedes

Reggies MotorWorks | Repairing BMW, Audi, Mercedes

Reggies MotorWorks | Repairing BMW, Audi, Mercedes

Reggies MotorWorks | Repairing BMW, Audi, Mercedes

This e39 was in need of a new alternator.   Here at the shop, we don’t often see e39’s in need of a new alternator…but stay tuned, and you’ll see what was causing this issue in this one!

Reggies MotorWorks | Repairing BMW, Audi, Mercedes

Reggies MotorWorks | Repairing BMW, Audi, Mercedes

Reggies MotorWorks | Repairing BMW, Audi, Mercedes

Reggies MotorWorks | Repairing BMW, Audi, Mercedes

Reggie removes the airbox to get access to the alternator:

Reggies MotorWorks | Repairing BMW, Audi, Mercedes

 

Here’s the alternator:

Reggies MotorWorks | Repairing BMW, Audi, Mercedes

Reggies MotorWorks | Repairing BMW, Audi, Mercedes

Reggies MotorWorks | Repairing BMW, Audi, Mercedes

When Reggie removed the alternator, there were leaves stuck in the cooling duct!

Reggies MotorWorks | Repairing BMW, Audi, Mercedes

This leaf-free new alternator will take its place:

Reggies MotorWorks | Repairing BMW, Audi, Mercedes

 

Once the new alternator is installed, the airbox is re-installed:

Reggies MotorWorks | Repairing BMW, Audi, Mercedes

New front control arms were on the list for this e46:

Reggies MotorWorks | Repairing BMW, Audi, Mercedes

Reggies MotorWorks | Repairing BMW, Audi, Mercedes

Reggies MotorWorks | Repairing BMW, Audi, Mercedes

Reggies MotorWorks | Repairing BMW, Audi, Mercedes

Reggies MotorWorks | Repairing BMW, Audi, Mercedes

The inner and outer ball joints had quite a bit of play in them…enough that Reggie could move them with his fingers, which should not be the case.

Reggies MotorWorks | Repairing BMW, Audi, Mercedes

Reggies MotorWorks | Repairing BMW, Audi, Mercedes

Reggies MotorWorks | Repairing BMW, Audi, Mercedes

Reggies MotorWorks | Repairing BMW, Audi, Mercedes

Reggies MotorWorks | Repairing BMW, Audi, Mercedes

Shiny new control arms!

Reggies MotorWorks | Repairing BMW, Audi, Mercedes

Reggie uses the shop press to remove the bushings from the control arms:

Reggies MotorWorks | Repairing BMW, Audi, Mercedes

Reggies MotorWorks | Repairing BMW, Audi, Mercedes

And then he removes the old bushings from the carriers, also known as lollipops,  so that new ones can be pressed in:

Reggies MotorWorks | Repairing BMW, Audi, Mercedes

 

The new bushings and carriers are put in place on the control arm and ready for installation:

Reggies MotorWorks | Repairing BMW, Audi, Mercedes

 

Reggies MotorWorks | Repairing BMW, Audi, Mercedes

Reggies MotorWorks | Repairing BMW, Audi, Mercedes

Once both sides are installed, this bimmer was off to the alignment shop for….you guessed it!  An alignment!

Reggies MotorWorks | Repairing BMW, Audi, Mercedes

 

That’s all the time we have for this week!   Stay tuned next week when we’ll have another special interest automobile in the shop… and trust me, you’ll want to see this one!

Have a wonderful weekend!

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