Torquing Tips

Torque to Yield or “Stretch” Bolts Many bolts will have a torque specification listed in the format - xx Nm (xx Ft-lbs) + xx degrees. These bolts are torque to yield bolts, commonly referred to as “stretch” bolts. The correct procedure for torquing these bolts is: Stage One - Torque the bolt(s) to the initial [...]

June 26th, 2017|Audi, BMW, DIYs, Mercedes-Benz, MINI, Tech Tips, Volkswagen|Comments Off on Torquing Tips

Differential Service Basic Theory and Procedure

Introduction: Differential service, while quite often overlooked, is a routine service that is generally fairly easy, and can be completed in an afternoon. The differential(s) on your vehicle is a crucial part of the running gear and just like the engine or transmission, rely on their fluid for lubrication, cleaning, proper operation, and cooling. They [...]

June 23rd, 2017|Audi, BMW, Buying Guide, DIYs, Drivetrain, MINI, Performance, Porsche, Volkswagen|Comments Off on Differential Service Basic Theory and Procedure

BMW M3 2008-2013 F10 M5 ECS 6-Piston Caliper Big Brake Kit Installation

Introduction: Part Number: ES#2804295 The ECS Tuning BMW E9x M3 F10/M5 Big Brake Kit includes the following: • Two F10 M5 Brembo 6 piston calipers • Two ECS Tuning two piece 382 x 36mm rotors • Two ECS Tuning Exact-Fit brake lines • OEM Textar front brake pad set • Two front brake pad wear [...]

June 22nd, 2017|BMW, Braking, DIYs, Performance|Comments Off on BMW M3 2008-2013 F10 M5 ECS 6-Piston Caliper Big Brake Kit Installation

ECS Performance Baffled Oil Catch Can Installation Guide

Introduction: Our ECS Tuning Performance Baffled Oil Catch Cans and Brackets offer the following features: • Constructed of strong and lightweight 6061-T6 billet aluminum • Black anodized for corrosion resistance • In-house designed by ECS Tuning Engineers • Catch cans available with either an 8 ounce or 6-ounce reservoir • Bracket kit Includes three different [...]

June 19th, 2017|Audi, BMW, DIYs, Engine, MINI, Performance, Volkswagen|Comments Off on ECS Performance Baffled Oil Catch Can Installation Guide

Oil Change Fundamentals, Tools, and Procedures

Introduction: The most essential of vehicle services, the oil change, sometimes raises the most questions. Most of us relate oil with lubrication, and it’s true that lubrication is its primary function, but it does a lot more than you think. There are many questions and theories about what type of oil to use and how [...]

June 19th, 2017|Audi, BMW, Buying Guide, DIYs, Engine, Mercedes-Benz, MINI, Porsche, Volkswagen|Comments Off on Oil Change Fundamentals, Tools, and Procedures

BMW M54 DISA Valve Installation Instructions

Introduction: Part Numbers: ES#2763045, ES#2763043, ES#25793, ES#2580544 When the DISA Valve on your M54 powered BMW fails it can cause a number of issues: • A loud noise in the engine bay • Hesitation at low RPM • Rough idle, & a “Check Engine Light” with lean codes If the DISA Valve in your BMW is [...]

June 15th, 2017|BMW, DIYs, Engine|Comments Off on BMW M54 DISA Valve Installation Instructions

BMW White Line Tail Light Kit Installation

Introduction: Part Number: ES#2561372 Tight Fit? Installing White Line custom tail lights in a BMW F10 535i is a low tech project; no special tools, custom wiring, or body mods are required. The White Line lights are direct fit, plug-andplay assemblies. Unbolt and unplug the old lights, reversing the process to install the four clear-lens [...]

June 13th, 2017|BMW, Body & Exterior, DIYs, Lighting|Comments Off on BMW White Line Tail Light Kit Installation

BMW Bronze ECS Caliper Guide Pin Bushing Kit Installation

Introduction: Part numbers: ES#2723829, ES#2804354 The ECS Bronze Caliper Guide Pin Bushing Kit for your BMW offers the following features: • Oil Impregnated Bronze Caliper Bushings • Precision ground 304 Stainless Steel Guide Pins • Rubber dust cap and O-ring for maximum protection against contamination • Allows for better braking force for enhanced overall braking [...]

June 8th, 2017|BMW, Braking, DIYs|Comments Off on BMW Bronze ECS Caliper Guide Pin Bushing Kit Installation

Vanos Solenoid Valve Installation

Introduction: Part Number: ES#205462 Installation: There are 4 Torx-30 screws securing the engine cover in place. Three are easily accessible, with the rear left screw requiring some finesse to remove. It is not necessary to fully remove the screws from the recesses in order to lift the engine cover out of the engine bay. Depending [...]

June 6th, 2017|BMW, DIYs, Engine|1 Comment