Friday, 01 March 2013 00:00

Shop projects - long overdue update

The shop has been built for awhile now and has been used extensively.  This includes everything from tire rotations to oil changes, brake system replacements, and complete track preparations with suspension reinforcement welding.  The projects have covered a wide range, as you can tell.


One of the first projects ever completed in the shop was the replacement of brake hoses on an e39.  My neighbor's 5 series had some brake hoses which were showing their age.  This was an easy project and a great way to get familiar with the brakes on a 5 series.  It didn't hurt that the previous owner of this car kept it in pristine shape, and my neighbor is at least as determined to keep this car super clean.  Working on it, therefore, is a pleasure.

All of the soft lines had begun to show their age, with some weather checking.  While it wasn't dangerous yet, why wait?  Replacement hoses aren't very expensive.  We decided to use factory replacements as this is a street car.  Stainless steel lines are a definite option, but really need to be replaced far more regularly than a street car warrants.  The parts weren't that expensive from BMW, and installation was easy.

We simply disconnected each hose and replaced it with the new part.  We then bled the system and performed some quick tests to make sure everything worked.

 

 

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