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Tony Robinett

Tony lives in Spokane, Washington and is a 3-D Design Engineer, machinist, and welder. When he’s not at work he is designing and fabricating parts for his M3, and other BMWs alike.

Recent Posts

How to Replace a BMW Window Regulator and Motor (E36)

Posted by Tony Robinett
on Jan 27, 2017
Proper window function is an important part to the driving experience. It allows you to retrieve food through the drive through, enjoy the ... Read more

Topics: BMW, Do-It-Yourself

BMW M3 Front Brake Service (E36)

Posted by Tony Robinett
on Mar 9, 2015
There are many priorities to the everyday driver. And among that list of priorities should be good, operational brakes.... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

How to Perform a Differential Service on an E36 BMW

Posted by Tony Robinett
on Mar 2, 2015
The differential is one of the more overlooked service items on a BMW. Most cars will go their entire lives without having their ... Read more

Topics: BMW, Do-It-Yourself

BMW E36 3-Series Euro Headlight Conversion Parts & DIY

Posted by Tony Robinett
on Jan 13, 2015
Let's face it, styling cues and equipment options have always been better on European spec cars, and design wise the equipment itself seems ... Read more

Topics: BMW, Do-It-Yourself

BMW E36 Cooling System Maintenance

Posted by Tony Robinett
on Oct 22, 2014
Cooling system maintenance often goes undone. While BMW recommends a cooling system flush every 2-3 years, people generally will go 5+ ... Read more

Topics: BMW, Do-It-Yourself

BMW E36 Power Steering Reservoir & Hose Replacement

Posted by Tony Robinett
on Oct 15, 2014
If you've driven any BMW, whether it be from the recent past to present models, chances are you've suffered from a leaky power steering ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

BMW E36 A/C Condenser Replacement

Posted by Tony Robinett
on Sep 11, 2014
The A/C condenser is a very important part of an A/C system. It takes the pressurized hot gas, cools it, and brings it back to a liquid ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

BMW E36 M3 Common Issues & Repairs

Posted by Tony Robinett
on Aug 19, 2014
If you own an E36 M3, chances are that you love it. Sometimes you may hate it; I mean really hate it - but when you get it back out on the ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

BMW E36 Engine Mount Diagnosis & Replacement

Posted by Tony Robinett
on Aug 11, 2014
Abnormal vibrations while shifting and accelerating could be the sign of failing engine mounts. Failed engine mounts can result in much more ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

When & How to Replace a BMW E36 3-Series Alternator

Posted by Tony Robinett
on Aug 4, 2014
Alternator failure is not a very common occurence. And even though BMW alternators are very reliable, they will not last forever. ... Read more

Topics: BMW, Do-It-Yourself

The Basics of Engine Oil: Viscosity & Applications

Posted by Tony Robinett
on Jul 27, 2014
There's a lot to be said about motor oil - What is it made of? Synthetic or Conventional? What weight do I use? Whats the difference between ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

Engine Coolant - A Harmless Leak?

Posted by Tony Robinett
on Jul 20, 2014
It may seem obvious that a coolant leak shouldn't go long without being diagnosed. The chance of over-heating, having to buy top-up coolant, ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

BMW E36 3-Series M3 Oil Consumption Issues & Repair

Posted by Tony Robinett
on Jul 18, 2014
If you own an E36 M3 the chances are great that your car is consuming a little (or A LOT!) of oil. The range of consumption will vary ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

E36 BMW M3 Upper Secondary Chain Tensioner Replacement

Posted by Tony Robinett
on Jul 8, 2014
If you own an E36 BMW, no doubt you have experienced excess noise coming from the engine compartment. Finding the solution to these noises ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

How to Rebuild an E36 BMW VANOS Unit

Posted by Tony Robinett
on Jul 2, 2014
If you've ever gone through the trials of removing a Vanos unit on an E36 BMW, congrats! You’re on your way to a well-functioning Vanos ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

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