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William Yelder

William is an enthusiast, entrepreneur, BMWCCA member, and admitted adrenaline junky from Freehold, NJ. Preferring the classic lines over modern convenience, he’s continuously improving the performance of his ’95 BMW 5-Series, One bolt at a time.

Recent Posts

Know Thy Brake Fluid

Posted by William Yelder
on Jul 24, 2017
This is the time of year when the leaves begin to change color, we begin to pull out our warmer clothing, and prep our cars for the coming ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

What Makes Brake Fluids Different? (DOT 3, 4, 5)

Posted by William Yelder
on Jan 27, 2017
This is the time of year when the leaves begin to change color, we begin to pull out our warmer clothing, and prep our cars for the coming ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

BMW Drivetrain Tips, Parts & Maintenance

Posted by William Yelder
on Jan 27, 2017
When servicing older BMWs specifically the drivetrain, there are several areas which should be at the top of your list. These are but not ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

The Importance of Brake Hose Maintenance and Upgrades

Posted by William Yelder
on Aug 14, 2015
Brake system inspections and component replacement is vital to the safety of your vehicle. For new cars a safety inspection which includes ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous, Do-It-Yourself

Where Can I Find the Production Date on My Vehicle?

Posted by William Yelder
on Aug 5, 2015
A question that arises when looking up vehicle parts is the location of the production date. Many online parts reference sites and ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

BMW 5-Series Control Arm & Thrust Arm Replacement (E34)

Posted by William Yelder
on Jun 30, 2015
In the past I touched upon the suspension maintenance of a 1989-1995 BMW E34 5-Series. There are several components which require inspection ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

2010 Mercedes Benz E63 AMG Front Pad Replacement Tips (W212)

Posted by William Yelder
on Jun 4, 2015
My friend Binny asked for my assistance in replacing the front brake pads on his 2010 Mercedes E63 AMG. His rear pads and rotors were ... Read more

Topics: Do-It-Yourself, Mercedes

What is a DINAN Car?

Posted by William Yelder
on May 16, 2015
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Topics: BMW, Miscellaneous

8 Important Spring Maintenance Tasks

Posted by William Yelder
on Apr 27, 2015
    Spring is that special time of year when we stop using the heat option on the climate control. We open those windows, sunroofs and drop ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

BMW 5-Series Strut Mount Replacement Tips (E34)

Posted by William Yelder
on Mar 26, 2015
Strut mount replacement on a BMW 5 Series like the BMW 535i is essential to the balance of steering and suspension. Failing strut mounts can ... Read more

Topics: BMW, Do-It-Yourself

How to Adjust & Repair a BMW 5-Series Parking Brake (E34)

Posted by William Yelder
on Feb 21, 2015
The parking brake is often used in manual transmission cars as well as automatic transmission cars especially during DIY servicing. This ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

How to Adjust and Repair a BMW 5-Series Parking Brake (E34)

Posted by William Yelder
on Feb 21, 2015
The parking brake is often used in manual transmission cars as well as automatic transmission cars especially during DIY servicing. This ... Read more

Topics: BMW, Do-It-Yourself

How to Replace a BMW M30B35 Head Gasket (E24/E32/E34)

Posted by William Yelder
on Feb 5, 2015
The M30 engine is one BMW's long run power plants. From a performance standpoint, its also one of the more common engine swaps performed to ... Read more

Topics: BMW, Do-It-Yourself

How to Read DME Codes in an E34 BMW 5-Series

Posted by William Yelder
on Jan 20, 2015
Over the holidays I had an idle and running issue. The car displayed a irratic or hunting idle, hesitation on acceleration between 800-1500, ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

Manual Shifter Rebuild Parts For BMW 5 & 3-Series (E34 E36)

Posted by William Yelder
on Jan 11, 2015
As a BMW ages, the transmission begins to become imprecise. This is due to age and wear of the associated parts. As a result, poor shifting, ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

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