It's Friday! We've been working on many bimmers this week, as several customers are on Spring Break and scheduled their favorite cars in for some work. And it seems that ix's always come in at the same time as well, as you'll see in a few moments. We've also been getting ready for tomorrow's special event with the Hoosier BMW Chapter
! We hope to see some familiar faces as well as some new ones! And a huge thank you to Jordan, who came in to help out during his Spring Break!
And now for some highlights from this week! If you keep tabs on our facebook page
and follow us on twitter
, you may have seen our slideshow of Reggie removing a rear window from a 1989 BMW 325ix. After testing a few rear windows we had in stock, Reggie finally found a good used rear window with a working defroster to replace it. He removed the window tint by using a steamer - that wedding gift came in handy! However, it turned out that slowing pulling the tint off the window worked just as well, if not even better than using the steamer. Once the window was cleaned, Reggie tested the defroster again to make sure it was still in working order after removing the tint. Then it was time to install the window. Here's the slideshow:
We also worked on a 1988 BMW M3. What a nice car! She got an oil change, and was inspected for a possible coolant leak. Fortunately, it turned out to be only a small refrigerant leak.
Love this car!
Also in the shop this week, a 1988 BMW 325
. You may remember it from this past summer, when it became a 5-speed and got a new 3.25:1 limited slip differential. She was back for some more fine-tuning, including R134a A/C conversion, a new blower motor, power antenna replacement, brake light switch, checking radio/wiring, and a power steering leak.
What is an R134a A/C conversion? Good question! The a/c system is reconditioned, all o-rings are replaced, the condenser and evaporator are flushed. Then the expansion valve is replaced, as well as the receiver drier. R134a fittings are installed, and the system is vacuumed and charged with R134a refrigerant.
"Black Beauty" (aka Eleanor) (see more here, here, and here)also made a return visit to the 'spa' during her Spring Break, all the way from sunny Florida! I had named this 1990 BMW 325ix "Black Beauty" before I knew her real name, but her super cool owners didn't mind. ;) On the list for Eleanor: remove and replace the exhaust and exhaust mountings, front bumber repair (see below), blower resistor, test speedometer, check and replace HVAC lights, fuel filter and hoses, and an M20 ignition tune-up. A very nice day at the 'spa' indeed!
The emergency brake was in need of some adjustment:
This front bumper piece had been damaged in an accident, fortunately, the owner was just fine. Reggie found a good replacement and had it painted to match the car.
Reggie was very pleased at the finished product, and here it is installed:
This 1989 BMW 325ix was in for an inspection, oil change, and a front drive shaft service during her Spring Break:
This 1986 BMW 325es was in for new brakes, pads, and sensors, a seat tune-up, all to get ready for Rites O' Spring April 29th-May 1st. We can't wait to hear how she does on the track!
This 1995 BMW 525i came in on St. Patty's Day to refresh the front suspension with new control arms and control arm bushings. Lucky bimmer!
This e30 1989 BMW 325i was recently purchased by its owner, and he was excited to get the car in for a general inspection and to replace the fuel pump. Welcome to the e30 club!
Next week we'll be working on some of our long-term projects, so stay tuned!
Have a great weekend!