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  • Freeing Stuck Rear Brake Adjusters

    One of my least favorite jobs on a 2002 is adjusting the rear brake shoes in order to lessen the brake pedal travel. In principle, it's easy—you just pull off the rear wheels, take a 17mm open-end wrench, put it on each of the two adjusting nuts on the backing plate behind each brake drum, rotate the drum, turn the adjuster until you can hear and feel the shoe rubbing against the drum, back the adjuster off a tiny bit, do the other adjuster, then move to the other side and do the same on the oth

    thehackmechanic
    thehackmechanic
    The Hack Mechanic 21

    Front Strut Replacement The Hack Mechanic Way

    Front Strut Replacement   Overview Okay. It's time to replace your front struts. Maybe you're doing it as part of a shocks-and-struts job. Maybe you're updating the entire suspension—shocks and struts, springs, and sway bars. Maybe you're doing a full front end refresh including ball joints, tie rods, center track link, and idler bushings. Maybe you're doing an undercarriage refresh and are sandblasting and repainting the subframe and strut housings at the same time.   W

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    thehackmechanic
    The Hack Mechanic 12

    Chillin' Louie: To Coldly Blow (Part IX: Firing it up, buttoning it up)

    Okay, with the compressor and bracket, condenser and fan, evaporator assembly, receiver-drier, hoses, and wiring installed, it was time to fire it up, then button it up. Similarly, with the project itself complete, it's time to button up this series of articles. As such, this is a long piece that touches on a number of topics.   Leak detection   There's a whole chapter in my a/c book devoted to leak detection, and specifically to the use of nitrogen or other dry inert gas to

    thehackmechanic
    thehackmechanic
    The Hack Mechanic 5
  • Zakira's Garage plus Larry Gray's Garage

    08/17/2024, 01:00 PM    03:00 PM
    We will start out our morning at Zakira's Garage in Blue Ash: 4480 Lake Forest Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45242. Their cars and coffee event runs from 9AM until 11AM. From there, we will head to Larry Gray's garage in Fairfax where he has been "refreshing" his 1970 BMW 2002. Larry will offer up lunch, drinks and dessert while we are there. Bring your 02 and have some bimmer talk with friends.

    SF Bay Are Neue Klasse & Kaffee + Rally + BBQ

    09/21/2024, 03:00 PM
    This month, to celebrate the end of Summer, in addition to the usual Coffee talk, we will take a three-hour drive through the mountains, see the ocean, see more mountains, and end up in Scotts Valley for a BBQ.   8:00 AM - We will gather at our usual spot, downtown Los Gatos, in Parking Lot 3 behind Loma Coffee Bar. 8:45 AM - We will hold a drivers meeting where you will get the sticker, suggested route, and the final destination for the BBQ 9:00 AM - We will depart. The drive should

    steve k.
    steve k.
    Events

    Los Gatos Neue Klasse and Kaffee

    10/19/2024, 03:00 PM    06:00 PM
    Neue Klasse and Kaffee is a monthly gathering of BMW Neue Klasse andother Vintage Cars in the GreaterSan Francisco Bay Area. Los Gatosevents are on the third Saturday of every month. All fun cars and people are welcome! We will gatherdowntown Los Gatos in Parking Lot3 behind Loma Coffee Bar. We believe the Coffee Bar will be open. If it is not, 2002FAQ will provide coffee and Doughnuts. 2002 FAQ will be on-site from 8am to 11:00am http://neueklasseundkaffee.com https://www.facebook.c

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    steve k.
    Events
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  • Help identifying radiator

    In my quest to replace the radiator in my 74 tii, I happen to I have this radiator. Stamped in the upper tank is "BMW 1114325.0 07/85."For the life of me it does not match anything in RealOEM. I can see that radiator of that era had part numbers with "171" prefix, but 17111143250 does not match anything either.   It has the right look and shape as the the 2002 A/C radiator but 2 inches wider at the tank.     It makes me think it is the famous Curt Ingraham Si

    gambitpaul
    gambitpaul
    BMW 2002 and other '02 16

    E12 or 121?

    For spirited daily driving, what head/cam is best for this 38 Weber? Can’t seem to get a definitive answer on the forums.

    858slider
    858slider
    BMW 2002 and other '02 67

    A leak from a strange place. Need help.

    I spent a lot of time trying to figure why there’s a leak on my driver side floor. I ruled out that’s it’s not from the windshield, heater box, door seal.   In my search of the leak through a lot of trial and error i believe it’s the connection point of the front quarter panel to the body under the windshield. My video shows where it is.  Has anyone experienced this and if so whats the fix?     IMG_8098.mov

    TNan
    TNan
    BMW 2002 and other '02 2
  • 22 Years and Counting. 22 Years of the FAQ

    It is hard to believe that it is 02/02/0224. Because of all your help, we have survived for the last twenty two years and seem to be striving somewhat. Sometimes things are tough, but ingenuity keeps this site and our cars going strong. We are a couple of years older than Facebook and 8 years older than Instagram.  We might not be as big, but that was my stupid idea to start a site that, at most, could bring together the owners of only about 350000 cars.     Keep them going, and enjoy

    steve k.
    steve k.
    News 20

    BMW 2002 Pricing - 2023 Year End

    2023 Price Report -BMW 2002 ©Peter H. Beren 2024   Well, it has not been a great year for 2002s; no records were set in the pricing department.  Prices for 2002s continue to fall across the board from the highs of 2021.  On the other hand, most market services reported similar results for 2023.   This year, 82 2002s traded hands through various auction sites across the country (and a few international sales noted as well), with an average price of $21,635, down 22% from

    pberen
    pberen
    News 16
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  • Pinned Speedometer Fix

    I'd first like to credit @Mike Self with finding this fix. He published a column on this back in 2007 (which he'd be happy to forward you), I'm just adding photos to his findings.    SYMPTOMS: Main symptom - Your speedo needle pins to 120mph when you hit highway speeds. Secondary symptom - Your speedo is slightly off and or you get needle fluttering below 10-ish mph.  Unrelated symptom - If your speedo needle is constantly fluttering throughout the speed range it's more likel

    Mucci
    Mucci
    Body and Interior 6

    Headliner Installation

    How to Install a Headliner in a BMW 2002 *All the typical warnings apply. Be careful. Don't cut your fingers off. Read the labels on all tools and chemicals and try not to maim yourself. If your 2002 is in need of a headliner, a professional shop can do the job for $500-1000. I've heard of people bringing their stripped car in with the parts in hand and only paying $100, but I haven't yet found that shop. So, the following is a guide to install a headliner in your 2002 in your garage. It's

    ClayW
    ClayW
    Body and Interior 9

    BMW 2002 Torque Specifications

    It is imperative to use proper torque on all of the bolts on your car. For your convenience all the specs have been compiled technical manual and sorted as it would be in the BMW 2002 Service Repair Manual.  Data is provided in Newton meters (Nm), meter kilopond (mkp), and pound foot (lb.ft). 1 Nm = 0.102 mkp = 0.738 lb.ft   Please, use a high quality torque wrench to achieve good results.   Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3  

    steve k.
    steve k.
    History and Reference 6

    Fitting new reFittingar quarter window seals

    I really struggled installing these seals, they are a real barsteward to fit and there are a few tricks that are not immediately obvious.  So, I have decided to share "my" method, it may differ from your method, but it works, so please if you've done it a different way, that's fine, so long as it works for you.   Firstly tools I used:   Nylon hammer Razor blade Plastic trim tool set (Ebay - less than $2) Sharpie pen Hole punch tool    

    1Eighteen
    1Eighteen
    Body and Interior 24

    Vented Brakes Upgrade

    The "big brakes" upgrade is probably the most-frequently asked question when it comes to upgrading an '02 for high-performance driving. In fact "big brakes" is really a misnomer because what we are really after here isn't necessarily a larger diameter brake rotor (although these upgrades below do give you a marginally larger rotor), but in fact rotors that are vented for better cooling. Braking systems are basically heatsinks that suck kinetic energy out of a bunch of flying metal, plastic

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    Brakes 17
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