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It was a 7 hour task (on and off) spanning the otherwise busier weekend than I thought, to work on the 2001 BMW (e46) brake system. Replaced parking brake shoes, brake rotors, and brake pads (left brake wear sensors intact as it was darn hard to detach from harness). Mans flushed brake fluid.

The most time consuming items are detaching the stuck rear rotors, and installing the new parking brake shoes. The nut and bolt approach worked wonders in detaching the stuck rotors, while installing the locking pins of the parking brake shoes were sheer trial-n-error. A classical music in the background made it less painful.

The easiest is brake fluid flush... I will be doing it every year from now on (every two years one should have it done), with the help of a power bleeder I bought from pelicanparts.

With that done, I am about to tackle "lifetime transmission fluid" flush, as well as the differential oil flush, as my next immediately actionable maintenance items on the aging BMW. After that, another round of diagnostics would be in order on the infamous BMW fluid leaks.

With my Prius coming out of dealer service period, I will have more confidence with DIY auto maintenance and repairs... as I said long time ago, BMW is the car to buy if you want to learn DIY auto repairs...
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This is a nice page on BMW e46 common fluid leaks:
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=882732

As much as I thought I may be done with Engine Valve Cover Gasket, Oil Filter Housing Gasket, Cooling (radiator, coolant tank, hoses, thermostat), Power Steering (hoses so far), I'm sure more will (and maybe already) leak -- oil pan gasket, oil separator, etc. etc.

And it's time to check / replace my 3.0L V6 Camry's timing belt / pulleys / tensioner / water pump... it's 188k miles already and has been the more abused car in the family...
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Now we've moved on into the rationalization phase, according to my pop-psychology understanding. ;-)

Anyway, as long as you're having fun (some of the time, at least), don't mind me... Clearly I have my own masochism issues, sigh.
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Sharing the Road http://apps.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/hdbk/shr_slow_veh.htm

There's this new traffic code as of September 2014, that cars must maintain at least 3 feet distance from a bicyclist if the bicyclist is in the lane (not in the dedicated bicycle lane I guess).  As a bicyclist I welcome this, and I have been doing this for years, to be considerate to other bicyclists when I am behind the wheel.

I wish all drivers take notice -- you won't believe how close (and fast) cars zipping by just to make it across an intersection, while I am sandwiched in between curb parked car and the automobile traffic!  I hope they use the traffic camera to ticket these ignorant inconsiderate rude half-witted animals behind the wheel :)

On the flip side, riding bicycles side by side is against the DMV code as well, so bicyclists (esp. kids making it to school in a social manner) should be considerate as well.
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This is a very informative series of blog on cholesterol testing and heart disease prediction. The gist of it is that the currently wide spread use of LDL HDL content metrics are statistically irrelevant, hence are weak indicators of risk factor scoring. The author argues for adoption of measurement of LDL and HDL particle counts, or the vessel count of apoproteins, which are now known to be more directly related to artery clog formation.

http://eatingacademy.com/nutrition/the-straight-dope-on-cholesterol-part-i
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