Category Cars

BMW X3 LED light upgrade

Hood LED BMW

Here’s a quick video on the side marker and reverse light LED upgrades I did. I also tried changing the front and rear turn signal lights to LEDs, but always got a dashboard warning light something was wrong. Those lights seem to do a lot of fading on and off with the lock/unlock cycles so perhaps they aren’t meant to be LEDs. I guess all that’s left is to change the license plate lights but that might be a bit overkill. Comments welcome below as usual, thanks!

Recommended Back up: Parking Light LED Light Bulbs 3157, 19 LED White 2-pc Set

Recommended Side Markers: LED Light Bulbs T10 Wedge, 5 SMD LED Amber 2-pc Set

How do I even get to my reverse lights to change them? Click here

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BMW X3 muffler rattle fix for no cost

BMW X3 E83 muffler

For about 6 months now I’ve been experiencing a BMW X3 muffler rattle. At first I ignored it but as it became more persistent and embarrassing, I decided to get under the car and troubleshoot it. All the connections under the car were firm and in good condition. What was causing the muffler rattle that sort of sounded like an aluminum can in my exhaust? I also noted, it only seemed to happen on start up, idle, and when the car was under no load decelerating.

I took a video and pasted it below with more details. Basically, there is a baffle in the right exhaust pipe that opens and closes based on a vacuum line. At idle and no load, the baffle closes and it opens once the engine starts winding up. It’s also closed when the car is off...

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Install the 7 pin trailer lights for BMW X3 E83

BMW X3 trailer hitch

The family and I recently purchased a 1999 Coleman pop up tent trailer, and I’ve been itching to do some trailering ever since. The BMW X3 can easily pull the trailer, I had no problem doing 65 MPH+ up the Altamont pass on the first trip out, but you definitely feel the extra weight when braking. Even though the trailer weighs less than 2,000 lbs., it comes with electric brakes that engage automatically when you depress the brake pedal in the car. To make those or any electric trailer brakes work, you need a brake controller as well as the 7 pin trailer harness connector. I had already installed the hitch and the 4 pin connector, now I needed to get the full 7 pin trailer lights for my BMW X3 and brake controller if I wanted the proper trailer solution.

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How to break into a truck

Slim Jim a car

Thanks for showing me how to break into a truck Rob!
Rob locked his keys in his truck accidentally, whoops. Looks like it’s happened to him before, he was able to break into his truck in record time. Watching this video is like a roller coaster ride, but in the end, all ends well.





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