Ontario, new On-Board Diagnostic (OBD) emissions test for 1998 and newer light duty vehicles.

Posted May 16, 2012 by in News | No comments yet

The Ministry of the Environment proposes amendments to Ontario Regulation 361/98 (Motor Vehicles) made under the Environmental Protection Act. The amendments to the regulation would modernize the Drive Clean program, including the implementation of computer based emissions testing for light duty vehicles.

The proposed amendments would prescribe new On-Board Diagnostic (OBD) emissions test standards and emissions testing equipment for 1998 and newer light duty vehicles, and prescribe two-speed idle (TSI) tailpipe test standards and emissions testing equipment for 1988 through 1997 model year vehicles. The current dynamometer test and emission standards prescribed in section 9 of the regulation would be revoked as of January 1, 2013. Also proposed is a change to the regulation to provide the Drive Clean Director the ability to enhance repair technician training and effectiveness.

The proposed regulatory amendments will ensure that the program continues to be effective in reducing harmful vehicle emissions of smog-causing pollutants such as nitrogen oxides (NOx), hydrocarbons (HCs) and particulate matter, as well as carbon dioxide, which is a greenhouse gas.

The proposed changes would modernize the current Drive Clean program to provide a more accurate inspection and increase the effectiveness of vehicle repairs. The proposed amendments are detailed below.

1) Eliminate the current Acceleration Simulation Mode (or Dynamometer) tailpipe test and emission standards and the fuel cap integrity standard prescribed in section 9 after December 31, 2012, and replace it with:

a) On-Board Diagnostic (OBD) test standards and OBD testing for 1998 and newer light duty vehicles registered in the Drive Clean program area, and require OBD training for all Drive Clean inspectors and repair technicians, beginning November 1, 2011.
b) Standards prescribed in section 8 and the Two Speed Idle (TSI) tailpipe test for 1988 through 1997 light duty vehicles and those vehicles that cannot be OBD tested, beginning January 1, 2013.

2) Allow enhancements to the future administration and delivery of the Drive Clean program including:

a) Authority over whether repair technicians who perform inappropriate or faulty repairs would be required to undergo additional training or be permitted to remain a Drive Clean repair technician.
b) Other Amendments

In addition to the environmental proposals detailed above, the ministry is also proposing the following administrative amendments:
• Removing obsolete sections of Ontario Regulation 361/98; and
• Assisting Drive

BMW E46 Front Brakes And Rotors Installation

Posted March 29, 2012 by in BMW Blog, BMW DIY | No comments yet

This Diy is for Bmw E46 models (1999-2005) . First get the new parts, brake rotors, brake pads and a sensor. I used Fremax Rotors and TRW Pads.

Lift the car, secure it on Jack Stands and remove the tire (NEVER work with the car supported only by it’s own car jack). Start by removing the anti-rattle spring by prying out with a flat screwdriver.

Remove  the Abs, brake sensor and brake lines from the retaining clip. Move them side to side until they pop out.

 

Caliper bolts are covered with 2 plastic caps, just pull them out and don’t forget to put them back in after installation.

 

Use a 7mm allen socket to remove both caliper guiding bolts. Pull the bolts out completely and clean them.

 

After removing the bolts pry out the caliper with a flat screwdriver and pull the sensor out of the brake pad.

 

Use a piece of wire and hang the caliper on the spring. Do Not leave the caliper hanging by the brake line or you are going to need a new one along with the brakes.

 

Open the box and unplug the old brake sensor.

 

Remove the old pads, the inner pad will be in the caliper, pry it out. There are two 16mm bolts holding the caliper carrier in place. Unbolt them and remove the carrier.

 

There is an 6mm allen head bolt that holds the rotor in the hub and that thing usually does not like to come out easily. If you have a small torch you can try to heat it up before trying to remove it otherwise take a chisel point and a hammer. Last resource is to drill the head of the bolt out (brakes are going to function fine without it anyway).

 

Now, there is good chance the rotor will be stuck on the hub , so you might have to use a hammer and hit it from the inside to take it out. If you are going to hammer it better put a wheel bolt in the hub so that thing doesn’t fly away. Clean up the hub and all the other parts with brake cleaner and a brush. Installation in the exact reverse of the removal. It’s a good idea to use anti-seize grease on the hub (before installation of the new rotor) and the caliper carrier where the pads sits. New rotors usually are covered in a thin oil to preserve them from rust and should be cleaned with brake cleaner before installing them.

 

You will need to push the caliper piston in to make space for new pads and rotors. I just used a big pair of pliers. It will require a bit of force though.

Install the caliper carrier and put the brake pads in place. The outer pad should go into the carrier and the inner pads into the caliper. When installing the caliper holding bolts make sure you go by hand  until first few threads go in, so you do not strip the bolts or the carrier.

After everything is installed push the new brake sensor into the inner brake pad, install the anti-rattle clip and your done. Depress the brake pedal several times until it gets firm before starting the car.

 

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2012 BMW 3 Series unveiled

Posted October 14, 2011 by in News | No comments yet

The BMW 3 Series has been the most lauded sport sedan in the world for longer than we can remember. Worthy competitors pop up, only to fall short of beating this benchmark by some subjective measure that can’t be quantified. So it’s a big deal when the 3 Series is up for a clean sheet redesign. Not one to refuse a challenge, BMW stepped up to the task of redesigning its best-selling vehicles and came up with this, the redesigned 2012 BMW 3 Series.
BMW clearly wanted to bring the design of the new 3 Series more in-line with the look of its other new cars, mainly the 5, 6 and 7 Series. To that end, the most visible difference is up front, where the car’s nose has grown in size. Likely a nod to European safety standards that require taller hoods for pedestrian safety, the 3 Series’ new schnoz is both taller and wider than before.

The new, larger twin-kidney grille is also no longer separated from the headlights, which are also bigger. Instead, the grille surrounds meet a small portion of the lights to create the impression of a more unified front fascia. It looks a bit like the 5 Series, but also appears to draw inspiration from the forthcoming i8. The new 3 Series looks most familiar, from the side while the new rear end shows off the car’s larger trunk.

Drive Clean tests not needed until vehicles turn 7 years

Posted September 2, 2011 by in News | No comments yet

TORONTO — Thousands of Ontario drivers will get a break from the province’s mandatory Drive Clean program, as long as they keep their car or light truck for seven years.

The emissions tests that are required every two years once a vehicle is five years old will be delayed until they hit seven years, government sources confirmed late Wednesday.

The government believes the technology has improved, in both cars and the tests themselves, to the point where starting the emissions tests at seven years is as effective as it used to be when the tests started at five years.

“It will save people money, and the pain of having to get their car tested,” said one source.

About 11.1 per cent of cars and light trucks fail the emissions tests, which cost about $30 plus HST.

There is also a $450 repair cost limit. If drivers who fail the emissions test spend that much to correct the problem they will be given a conditional pass for two years.

The formal announcement from the Liberal government of the updating of the Drive Clean program is expected within the next few weeks.

There will be other changes as well to eliminate situations where a vehicle is required to undergo two tests in two years, which can happen when a driver buys a car after having leased it, or when there’s a transfer of ownership within a family.

The government says Drive Clean, which started in 1999, reduced smog-causing emissions by an estimated 266,000 tonnes in its first 10 years. There were over 32,000,000 tests conducted on cars and light trucks during that time.

The Ministry of the Environment is phasing in new testing technology it expects will reduce emissions from vehicles by 20 per cent over what can be achieved with the current test.

BMW recalling 3 Series models over faulty tail lights

Posted September 1, 2011 by in News | No comments yet

Summary:
BMW IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2002-2005 325I, 325XI, 330I, AND 330XI VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM SEPTEMBER 1, 2001, THROUGH MARCH 1, 2005. OVER TIME, RESISTANCE IN THE ELECTRICAL CONTACTS MAY CAUSE ONE OR MORE REAR LAMP FUNCTIONS (TAIL LIGHT, BRAKE LIGHT, AND/OR TURN-SIGNAL), WITHIN THE VEHICLE’S BODY PANEL, TO STOP WORKING.

Vehicle Make / Model:

Model Year(s):
BMW / 325I

2002-2005
BMW / 325XI

2002-2005
BMW / 330I

2002-2005
BMW / 330XI

2002-2005

Manufacturer: BMW OF NORTH AMERICA, LLC
Mfr’s Report Date: AUG 25, 2011

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 11V438000
NHTSA Action Number: 2 Investigations found (View)

Component:
EXTERIOR LIGHTING:TAIL LIGHTS

Potential Number of Units Affected:
241,000

Consequence:
INTERMITTENT LIGHT OPERATION REDUCES THE ABILITY TO WARN OTHER MOTORISTS OF THE DRIVER’S INTENTIONS. THIS COULD CAUSE A VEHICLE CRASH WITHOUT WARNING.

Remedy:
BMW WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL REPAIR THE VEHICLES FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING OCTOBER 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT BMW CUSTOMER RELATIONS AND SERVICES AT 1-800-525-7417.

Notes:
OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION’S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .

Vehicle Make / Model:

Model Year(s):
BMW / 325I

2002-2005
BMW / 325XI

2002-2005
BMW / 330I

2002-2005
BMW / 330XI

2002-2005

Manufacturer: BMW OF NORTH AMERICA, LLC
Mfr’s Report Date: AUG 25, 2011

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 11V438000
NHTSA Action Number: 2 Investigations found (View)

Component:
EXTERIOR LIGHTING:TAIL LIGHTS

Potential Number of Units Affected:
241,000

Summary:
BMW IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2002-2005 325I, 325XI, 330I, AND 330XI VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM SEPTEMBER 1, 2001, THROUGH MARCH 1, 2005. OVER TIME, RESISTANCE IN THE ELECTRICAL CONTACTS MAY CAUSE ONE OR MORE REAR LAMP FUNCTIONS (TAIL LIGHT, BRAKE LIGHT, AND/OR TURN-SIGNAL), WITHIN THE VEHICLE’S BODY PANEL, TO STOP WORKING.

Consequence:
INTERMITTENT LIGHT OPERATION REDUCES THE ABILITY TO WARN OTHER MOTORISTS OF THE DRIVER’S INTENTIONS. THIS COULD CAUSE A VEHICLE CRASH WITHOUT WARNING.

Remedy:
BMW WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL REPAIR THE VEHICLES FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING OCTOBER 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT BMW CUSTOMER RELATIONS AND SERVICES AT 1-800-525-7417.

Notes:
OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION’S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .

 

E46 Owners and Subframe issues!!

Posted August 23, 2011 by in News | No comments yet

Proposed Class Settlement for Owners and Lessees of 1999-2006 BMW 3 Series Vehicles

On October 24, 2006, Girard Gibbs filed a class action complaint against BMW of North America, alleging that 1999-2006 BMW 3 Series vehicles suffer from defective sub-frames. According to the complaint, the constant loading and unloading associated with normal driving can weaken the sub-frame to the point where it cracks and separates from the chassis, resulting in thousands of dollars of damage to the vehicle. The complaint alleges that BMW was aware of the alleged sub-frame defect, but failed to notify consumers or pay for sub-frame repairs under warranty.

On March 3, 2009, Hon. Judge Dean D. Pregerson granted preliminary approval of a proposed class settlement, under which BMW will reimburse E46 owners or lessees in full for their sub-frame repair expenses. As part of the settlement, BMW has also agreed to implement a National Sub-Frame Inspection and Repair Program. All current owners and lessees of a 1999-2006 BMW 3 series vehicle will be notified of the sub-frame problem and will have one year to present their vehicle for a free inspection and repair (if needed). The Court is scheduled to decide whether to finally approve the proposed settlement on August 3, 2009.

If you would like more information about the BMW sub-frame defect class action lawsuit or proposed settlement, please fill out the form on the right or call us toll free at (866) 981-4800.
Why Girard Gibbs LLP?

Girard Gibbs, a national litigation firm specializing in securities litigation, consumer class actions and complex business litigation, has recovered more than a billion dollars on behalf of its clients. Girard Gibbs’ managing partner Daniel Girard was voted one of Northern California’s Super Lawyers in 2007 and 2008 by Law & Politics, recognizing him as one of the top 5-percent of attorneys practicing in Northern California.

More info here: http://www.girardgibbs.com/bmwe46.asp

An Electric Car that Breaks Speed Records

Posted June 27, 2011 by in News | No comments yet

Progress in battery technology makes it possible now to have an EV that’s a fast car, not a granny-moving vehicle. The most amazing thing is how it goes from 0 to 110mph in 2 seconds. This 10mn documentary shows how speed records were broken time and again.

Spy Photo: BMW X3 M Spotted?

Posted May 25, 2011 by in News | No comments yet

First rumor around a possible BMW X3 M surfaced back in 2010, and today, we might be looking at the first spy photo showing the third M-SAV during a test trial.

According to CarMagazine UK quoting a BMW source, the new BMW X3 M is set for launch in 2012. The new M-SAV is rumored to feature a new type of turbocharged engine, with a hint towards tri-turbo setup. CAR Magazine understands the all-new X3 M will be powered by a tweaked variant of the new M3 straight six which will power the next-generation BMW M3.

Provisionally rated at 449 hp, the high-performance straight six may even feature three turbochargers (one electric, plus a pair of exhaust-gas driven ones)  and a slightly bigger displacement (3.2 instead of 3.0 liters). To add even more fuel to the fire, CAR says that all current and future X-models will be available with the full M division treatment. A statement that us at  BMWBLOG considers to be a bit too adventurous.

As we mentioned in a previous article, our sources say that the go-ahead decision for an X3M model will be solely based on the success of the new mid-compact  premium SAV and the response from its customers. The market demands and integration could also affect this decision, same as it did with the X5M and X6M models. The new X3 sales have been strong and will become a high-volume car for BMW.

Expect to see more spy photos in the near future!

http://www.bmwblog.com/2011/05/24/spy-photo-bmw-x3-m-spotted/

The new 328 bmw design concept

Posted May 21, 2011 by in Just for fun | No comments yet

BMW decided to do a modern concept based on the original classic BMW 328. Obviously the modern design take has a lot of the Vision concept in it but that is fine, it looks great. Great job BMW.

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