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Bryan McPhail

Bryan is a longtime BMW enthusiast in Florida.

Recent Posts

What is a BMW Light Control Module? (LCM)

Posted by Bryan McPhail
on Jan 27, 2017
Once upon a time a light switch in a car simply completed a circuit that connected battery to bulb, or sometimes battery to relay which ... Read more

Topics: BMW, Do-It-Yourself

How to Repair BMW X5 Power Windows (E53)

Posted by Bryan McPhail
on Jan 27, 2017
Power windows on the E53 BMW X5 have became known for failing with age, often leaving the window jammed in the fully down position. Earlier ... Read more

Topics: BMW, Do-It-Yourself

How to Diagnose an Electrical No-Start Condition

Posted by Bryan McPhail
on Jan 27, 2017
The most common reason for a car failing to start is simply that the battery cannot provide enough power to turn the starter motor. If the ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

BMW/Mercedes Drive Belt Tensioner Facts & Diagnosis

Posted by Bryan McPhail
on Jan 27, 2017
Drive belt tensioners are a sometimes overlooked maintenance item, and if your car has 100K-200K miles on the clock then it could need ... Read more

Topics: BMW, Do-It-Yourself, Mercedes

How to Diagnose BMW/Mercedes Blower HVAC Problems

Posted by Bryan McPhail
on Jan 27, 2017
Not having air blowing in the cabin, either from AC or heating, is usually electrical in nature and can be quickly narrowed down to either ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

How to Replace a BMW X5 Front Axle (E53)

Posted by Bryan McPhail
on Jan 27, 2017
The CV joint boot on the front left of the E53 BMW X5 is notorious for premature failure - quite often it is found to have failed whilst the ... Read more

Topics: BMW, Do-It-Yourself

Mercedes-Benz Heated Washer Fluid Troubleshooting & Repair (W220, E210)

Posted by Bryan McPhail
on Feb 2, 2015
Some Mercedes models like the W220 S-Class and E210 E-Class include a heated washer fluid reservoir in addition to heated spray nozzles.  ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

BMW 850Ci Leather Cleaning & Restoration DIY

Posted by Bryan McPhail
on Jan 24, 2015
Seats are often the first thing you see when getting in a car, and old worn/dirty seats make a terrible impression when buying or selling. ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

Mercedes S/E/R-Class Driveshaft Flex Joint & Transmission Mount Replacement

Posted by Bryan McPhail
on Jan 19, 2015
I recently wrote about checking driveline mounts and flex joints and the problems they can cause on a BMW, often starting as vibrations. ... Read more

Topics: Mercedes

Mercedes CL/S-Class Gas Pedal Replacement (00-02)

Posted by Bryan McPhail
on Nov 19, 2014
Cold weather can lead to strange problems with cars - in my case the gas pedal simply stopped working.  In the late 90's many BMW and ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

How BMW's Integral III Rear Axle Works (E31 8-Series)

Posted by Bryan McPhail
on Nov 12, 2014
80's and 90's BMW models have long been known as great handling cars.  Part of the reason for that came from innovations on the rear of the ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

Diagnosing BMW Driveline Vibrations - What's a Giubo?

Posted by Bryan McPhail
on Nov 6, 2014
It's not uncommon for RWD and AWD cars to exhibit driveline vibration at some point in their lives. Specifically, European vehicles can ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

Mercedes E & S-Class Ball Joint Replacement (W220, W211)

Posted by Bryan McPhail
on Oct 23, 2014
The lower front ball joints on the W220 and W211 chassis can take a real pounding, and are often the first thing to fail on the front-end ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

How to Detect and Repair a Parasitic Battery Drain

Posted by Bryan McPhail
on Oct 13, 2014
Battery keeps going flat?  It could just be the battery is damaged, and unable to maintain the proper charge, or it could be the alternator ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

How to Replace BMW E31 850Ci Lower Control Arms

Posted by Bryan McPhail
on Oct 7, 2014
A while back I had to replace a lower (lateral) control arm on my E31 850Ci.  Whilst it's not a very complex job, I feel you can never have ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

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