The information below was revised on February 18, 2010. Members should become familiar with its content prior to registering for an event.
DIY Program Overview
The 2010 Do It Yourself program allows National Capital Chapter (NCC) BMW Car Club of America (CCA) Members to work on their own cars under the supervision of expert mechanics and technicians provided by the DIY Sponsor. The purpose of the DIY is to learn and practice proper maintenance and repair techniques that you can routinely complete within a two-and-one-half-hour (2.5 hour) time period.
There are typically several NCC members who can assist you when an extra pair of hands or advice is needed. We are happy to show newcomers the joys of working on your own car. Most events start at between 8 am and 9 am and typically finish at 3 pm. Lunch for the event is provided by the club.
Twenty DIY Events
For 2010, we plan on hosting twenty DIY events. “Larger” DIYs will be at Sponsors with six or more available lifts. “Smaller” DIY events are held at Sponsors with five or less available lifts. Please note that jobs accepted for a DIY are based on the Sponsor’s agreement. There may be occasions where a complex job is not accepted or a sponsor only wants to have smaller, less complex jobs performed.
Ladies Are Welcome
We are sponsoring 3 Ladies DIY events that are geared to introduce you to the DIY experience. We will also have a ladies introduction overview at several DIY events. This gives you an opportunity to hear about DIY events from ladies that have participated in the past. It also allows you to see an event in progress and the jobs that can be performed. Ladies should also check with our Ladies’ DIY Coordinator Kendra Seto
for additional items of interest throughout 2010.
Registration for DIY Events will be through the MotorSportReg
website. Registration will open four weeks before each scheduled DIY and close two weeks before the DIY.
You may register as either a worker or a helper. When you register, you will be asked to identify whether you are a worker or a helper, the job(s) you are requesting to perform, the vehicle you will be working on for the event, and any special tools needs. You will receive an automatic message of receipt when you register.
You will receive confirmation of your attendance to the DIY by the coordinator no later than the Monday (five days) prior to the event. We will try to notify you sooner, but DIY coordinators must work with the sponsors to ensure the jobs meet their standards and time frames.
We will require that you submit cash, check, or a money order when you arrive at the event. Checks or money orders should be made payable to "NCC BMW CCA", and given to the coordinator of the event. Any members that are accepted as a ‘walk up’ will need to pay the registration fee prior to beginning their job.
DIY Coordinator E-mail
The DIY Committee limits worker attendance based on registration numbers, intended DIY projects, perceived member skills, and the size of the sponsor’s facilities. No later than the Wednesday before the DIY, and usually sooner, the applicable NCC Coordinator will send an e-mail message to each person who has registered, giving additional information about the DIY.
- NCC members must remember that the prime reason for a DIY event is to learn from expert mechanics the proper and safe maintenance practices for working on our cars. All other member benefits are secondary for our planning purposes.
- All parts, oils, and other equipment installed at the DIY should be sourced from the DIY Sponsor. Any exceptions must be requested through the Registration form by the car owner, and explicitly agreed to by the Sponsor, the DIY Coordinator, and the member before the event.
- Members should direct all questions or comments about the DIY, sponsor, or any other issues to the DIY Coordinator of the event. Please see our website for a list of DIY Committee members. Please do not ask the Sponsor unless you get explicit guidance from the DIY Coordinator.
- The 2010 DIY program will continue its support of the NCC DIY policy of returning members’ investments via an excellent variety of received value. 2010 DIY Regalia will be available for sale at or below cost to registered members.
All Club members are expected to bring their own tools, such as metric wrenches, socket sets, etc. For job-specific tools you may ask to borrow another Club member’s tools. Members must understand that all on-site tools and tool storage are the private property of the garage mechanics, and we must not borrow those tools without special permission; nor may we damage the tool cabinets.
The DIY Committee has established a selection of Special Tools, which may be rented for use only at an NCC DIY. Please do not ask the DIY Sponsor to use any of their tools without first getting explicit guidance from the Coordinator.
Special Tools Program
The DIY Committee has purchased specialty tools to assist our members. Any special tool needs to be identified when you sign up. We have the following tools for rental at an event:
- Sub-frame Bushing Tool ($25 Rental / $100 Refundable Deposit)
- Rear Wheel Bearing Tool ($25 Rental / $100 Refundable Deposit)
- Control Arm Bushing Tool ($10 Rental / $50 Refundable Deposit)
- Peake Scan Reset Tool for 1984-2007 BMWs (Free Rental w/ Drivers License)
- Fan Pulley Holder (Free Rental w/ Drivers License)
- Oil Filter Housing Cap (Free Rental w/ Drivers License)
- Oxygen Sensor Tool (Free Rental w/ Drivers License)
- Fluid Transfer Tool For Differential Fluid (Free Rental w/ Drivers License)
- Valve Adjusting Tool (Free Rental w/ Drivers License)
- 17mm Transmission drain plug wrench (Free Rental w/ Drivers License)
- 17mm non marring socket for wheel lug bolts Transmission / Differential Drain Plug socket set (Free Rental w/ Drivers License)
- Fan Clutch Tool (Free Rental w/ Drivers License)
We will be buying more specialty tools using dollars in our 2010 Special Tools budget, and would be happy to hear your suggestions. Please use the website to contact Tony McMullan with your recommended tool, price, and source.
One important reminder: our DIY Special Tools may be rented and used ONLY during our DIY events – No Exceptions!
Please sign up for the next DIY and be sure to let us know what Special Tool you will need.
Please note that although tools are available for rental, the DIY Coordinator and Sponsor have the ultimate say as to what jobs will be performed. If you would like to tackle one of the bigger jobs (bushings), you should contact the DIY Coordinator early in the process.
Each participant is reminded to buy all parts (including oils & other fluids) from the event Sponsor if they sell parts. Most service shops offer discounts to Club members and buying parts from the event Sponsor helps to provide an incentive to host an event. If you want to bring your own parts, you must inform the DIY Coordinator well before the DIY and receive approval. The coordinator will respond to you in a timely manner.
Participants’ times are assigned by date and time of registration. Participants must arrive before the start of the event, or risk losing their assigned lift time. Please note, the DIY Coordinator has the authority to rearrange the schedule for exigencies. Please be prepared to help other members while awaiting a lift. On the day of the DIY, if space and time are available, and with the Coordinator’s and Sponsor’s approval, “Walk-ups” may be admitted.
If you would like to help organize a DIY, or know a facility (especially in Maryland) who wants to host an event, please contact DIY program chair Phillip Cummings at firstname.lastname@example.org