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A Lap of New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) with BavAuto

May 30 14

Here’s a quick video of one lap with BavAuto’s Gordon A, in an E36 M3 at NHMS, on May, 20 2014.  Gordon is running with the newly formed Northeast Track Days group and is also testing new formulations for Cool Carbon brake pads.  Well, OK, he’s having a great day just being at the track too!

Cool Carbon Brake Pads:
Bavarian Autosport

BMW Recall – F15, X5 -Series – Rear Door Soft Close Automatic (SCA) Fault 14V202000

May 21 14

BMW is performing a recall on various X5 series models for model year 2014, produced from Dec.12, 2013 through Mar.10, 2014, equipped with the Soft Close Automatic (SAC) option.  The rear door lock mechanisms may allow the child safety lock (if engaged) to disengage if the inner door handle is pulled, resulting in the door being opened.

According to the recall:

A disengaged child safety lock would allow the rear seat occupant to pull the door handle twice and open the door while the vehicle is parked or in motion, increasing the risk of injury..”

The cure is to  inspect the noted vehicles and replace any affected door lock mechanisms.

The recall will begin in May 2014.

Owners of affected vehicles are being notified by BMW. Further information can be obtained by contacting BMW customer relations at 1-800-525-7417.

BMW recall 14v202

BMW DIY Video – Replacing Spark Plugs and Installing High-Performance Coils in BMW V8 N62, 545i, 750i, X5, etc.

May 9 14

This DIY (Do It Yourself) How To Video shows how to remove and replace the spark plugs in a typical late-model BMW N62 V8 engine.  The N62 V8 has been used in the following chassis and models:

* E60 5-series (2004 thru 2010 545i, 550i)
* E63 & E64 6-series (2004 thru 2010 645i, 645ci, 650i, 650ci)
* E65 & E66 7-series (2002 thru 2008 745i, 745Li, 750i, 750Li)
* E53 X5 (2004 thru 2006 4.4i, 4.8is)
* E70 X5 (2007 thru 2010 4.8i)

Whether you are replacing the spark plugs or the ignition coils (or both), this BavAuto DIY video will detail the steps and tools needed to complete the task.  The procedures shown would also be applicable to the installation of the Bavarian Autosport High Performance Coils.


Spark Plugs:

Ignition coils (high performance & direct replacement):

Liqui-Moly Anti-Seize compound:

Tite-Reach Wrench 1/4″ drive:

Tite-Reach Wrench 3/8″ drive: