Month: May 2005

Last skate before the knife

May 03 2005: Banned… Torn labrum, capsule, and possible rotator cuff in the shoulder make today my last day before surgery. But I HAD to skate one last time, albeit very very gently! To boot – ‘Tasha showed up at the park and and filmed my bitter sweet event.

This time next year I’ll be out there and 100% better.

Last gentle (honest doc!) skate session before shoulder rebuild.
6MB Windows Media Movie

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BMW M5 Cam Position Sensor Replacement

Ever wonder what’s really going on when the “Service Engine Soon” or “Check Engine” light comes on? In June 06, I used a OBDII diagnosis system to find out what was happening inside my BMW. Here are step by step instructions on how I identified and replaced the failing component.

2000 M5 E39 Exhaust Sensor Bank B (Driver’s Side)

Service Engine Soon light -> OBDII Code P0390

OBDII Code P0390 indicates failure of camshaft position sensor for exhaust cam on bank B (Driver’s Side). This is a frequent failure on E39 540i and M5 V8 engines. Other symptoms include slight loss of power accompanied with a deeper than usual ‘blatty’ exhaust tone.

Buying a New Sensor

I ordered a new sensor from Rock Auto Parts for $105. With Rock Auto, I’ve found great deals, the prices are good and the shipping is fast. Unfortunately, this time they sent the wrong sensor (intake instead of exhaust). I’ll let them know to change their description, and I’m sure they will give me a credit for the part.

So, since I already had the old sensor out, I bought the correct sensor from Allison BMW Dealership in Mountain View California. They had six in stock, so I’ll guess that the sensor often fails. List price was $127 and they gave me a 10% discount through BMW CCA.

Not from the top

Some folks prefer to change these sensors from the top. This was just too tight for me and I didn’t’ want to remove air ducts and hoses to get to the sensor. Instead, I jacked up the car and replaced the sensor from underneath.

Necessary Tools

This is the easy part. You will need a large Phillips screwdriver to remove and replace the plastic plate under the transmission. You will need a 5mm hex driver, and a small ratchet. Space is tight, so smaller is better.

Drop the Plate

I jacked up the car on the left side (Driver’s side) and placed two jack stands for safety. Eight or ten screws hold the plastic shield/plate in place. It drops very easily.

Remove the shield by loosening

Replace the Sensor

Look up between the header and transmission and you will find the sensor with a 5mm hex head holding it in at the rear of the left cylinder head.

It is difficult to get a ratchet and hex driver around the water hose, but I managed to drive the hex bolt from both behind and in front of the hose.

Once you have the sensor out, wipe the hole clean.

Be sure to use a new O-ring when putting in the new sensor. You may want to put some thread lock on the bold on reinstallation.

Don’t forget to re-connect the electrical connector.

Replace the plate, let down the car and drive.


About Travis

Travis Stebbins’ Blog is here now. 


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About Travis

Okay. Seriously. I am one weird guy.
I wrestle. I draw. I write. I write music. I play. I work. I sing. And, if paid enough, I can hop around on one foot and chant the lyrics to any Oingo Boingo song you can throw my way. Wearing only my underwear and a small rodent found in New Guinea.
I would’ve written some beautiful resumé-type thing talking about how awesome and perfectly normal I am, and how life is going, and yatta yatta yatta. BUT that wouldn’t be honest (I’m not normal… am I?)
SOOOOoooo I’ll give y’alls the lowdown:

  • Born: 8/89
  • Died: Hopefully after 100 years old
  • School: Scotts Valley High
  • Wrestling Team: Scotts Valley High
  • Relatives: The Stebbins/Hughes Families
  • Legs: Left and Right
  • Sex: No thanks. I’m saving myself fo– OH. Male.
  • In these Bands: T3, African Government House with my friends Cameron, Kyle, Josh and Alex.
  • Likes These Bands: Oingo Boingo and ANYthing Danny Elfman, Mannheim Steamroller, Stevie Wonder, Audio Adrenaline, DC Talk, and Rubber (Get it? Bands, rubber…? Ah hah, ah hah hah…)
    (Okay. That just wasn’t funny.)
  • Composer: Oh, yeah. I‘m that too. Below SHOULD be some of my little bits and pieces. I’m currently writing for Natasha’s Video Productions Class.


More About Travis

Ah, the direct products of my mad science. Dig in. If you want the whole dealio, contact me for info.

Title My Excuses
Terror One of my prides and joys. Kinda dark, given my priveleged upbringing… (Note: THIS IS THE ONLY CLIP THAT IS LONGER THAN 30 SECONDS [or so]!)
End In Jazz This one is an older one. I just recently revived it for the VP Class.
Calm I was inspired by the music in the MMORPG Maple Story, and wrote something like it.
Misery This is a small section of a song I wrote late Mother’s Day night…
Dark Forest Very Orchestral. Sounds a bit like K-Pax meets Elfman meets… uh… Redwood Trees.
Night This was a collaboration between me and Natasha. She did most of the strings, while I fleshed out the rest of the choir and the percussion.
Spanish Muzaak I don’t know why it’s Spanish. Something about it reminded me about Spanish Music…
Tensity This was around the time I had Yellowcard pumped through my cerebral complex (AKA Brain) multiple times over. I finally cracked… like-a so.
Threat No real explanation for this one. I guess I was just writing for the heck of it for this one.

Gorphenstein Argle Gijle-Abupp. Grup-Tiggle Aiph Pah.

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About Tyler

Tyler Stebbins’ blog is here now. 


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Hello, my name is Tyler Michael Stebbins. I am interested in:

  • Surfing
  • Dirtbiking
  • Skateboarding
  • Wakeboarding
  • Water and Snow Sking
  • Running
  • Sandsking
  • Playing Guitar

I am in a singing trio with my brother and sister. I am also fully devoted to student government and my school which is Scotts Valley High School. I write music, and lead worship at a family camp during the summer. I also like hanging out with my best friends at school and outside of school.

Here are some pictures of me doing some of these sports…

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About Natasha


Stay up to date with Natasha Stebbins via her Facebook page.

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Here I am. I am a 16 year-old living in Scotts Valley, California. I am into the arts, drama, music, and travel. I’ll update these pages as time allows.

More About Natasha

Recent Singing: Here’s a video clip (5mb) of me singing with my family (Mom, Uncle Ron and Aunt Kim) at a Christmas Concert. That’s me on the right.This is the last part of an A Cappella version of O Come, O Come Emanuel.

Extra Credit: They must have mixed two video takes from different nights. See if you can catch Kim’s sudden costume change!

Recent Travel:

In 2004, I was honored to serve the people in Pretoria, South Africa. Here are some photos from our trip. Thanks to all of you who supported me and the team!

Please visit AFnet for more information about theis excellent and important program!

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About Michael


Michael’s LinkedIn account is here.

Michael’s Facebook account is here. 


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About MichaelSo here I am. I’m an active family man, marketing executive, and musician. Scotts Valley is home for me and my family of five.

More About Michael

Currently, I am the Vice President of Marketing for ClickTracks Analytics a hot Web Analytics company in Santa Cruz that makes very cool clickstream & web analytics software. Before that, I was with ProductSoft, Sesame (now ExtraView), SGI, Fujitsu, Seagate, EPC, MetaWare, Ryan McFarland, and a number of other companies.

I enjoy travel (India, Chile, Norway, China, Israel and more), riding trails with friends and family, playing electric bass, and am finishing up restoration of a 1971 BMW R75/5.

My current focus in on my family with three great kids and my lovely wife, Karen. Just a few more years until the kids are gone to university, so other adventures will have to wait!


TLC Family Camp 2006! All Stebbins on stage.
August 2006: Took the family to Oahu for a week. What a great place. We enjoyed renting a house on the North Shore, lots of snorkeling and exploring the island.

May 2006: Ever wonder what’s really going on when the “Service Engine Soon” or “Check Engine” light comes on? In June 06, I used a OBDII diagnosis system to find out what was happening inside my BMW. Here are step by step instructions on how I identified and replaced the failing component.

How to repair a camshaft position sensor on a 2000 BMW M5

November 2005: Part of it is secret, but the betting part of the method is as old as gambling itself. It’s commonly called the Martingale system. Just for kicks I wrote a PHP script that tests out the Martingale betting system. Check it out.

London, Stebbing, and Punting on the Cam

May 30 2005: In London for a conference. Stephen and Angelina were kind enough to take me around my ancestral village of Stebbing as well as Cambridge University. Here’re a few photos.
May 05 2005: Surgery is done. Now I restrain one arm for 40 days. A lotta stuff torn up in there, but I think doc got it all.For the truly sick, here’re a few shots of the procedure… Not for those with a weak stomach.

6MB Windows Media Movie

May 03 2005: Banned… Torn labrum, capsule, and possible rotator cuff in the shoulder make today my last day before surgery. But I HAD to skate one last time, albeit gently! To boot – ‘Tasha showed up at the park and and filmed the bitter sweet event.This time next year I’ll be out there and 100% better.
May 01 2005: Hey – We just returned from a great time at Disneyland – Pics are here. Stories to follow.
January 2005: We love our Lamb-Garrett clan from San Diego. In this day-trip to San Francisco, we toured a culinary school, and, well, you’ll see.
September 2004: I am a strong supporter of the local Scotts Valley Tim Brauch Memorial Skatepark. Your donations can go through Scotts Valley Parks & Rec or Sessions. Let’s give the kids (and old school) a place to skate! Grand opening was in September 2004 and we got a (as usual) great speech from Natasha. It’s been a long six years in the making, but now I get to skate my park nearly every week.

Latest reads include The Universe in a Nutshell by Stephen Hawking, Proverbs by King Solomon, The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, and Waking the Dead, by John Eldredge. All highly recommended!

Latest musical attempts: Three Nighter and What I Know Now as performed by Jeff Berlin. Also, Karen, the kids and I had a great time playing at Twin Lakes Family Camp in (Big Basin) early September 04.


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Thanks Walt! Disney with the Family

Hey – We just returned from a great time at Disneyland – Pics are here.

Stebbins at Disney May 05

Disneyland and California Adventure

After a year of cutting back and doing without, it was time to treat the fam to a no-limits 4-day trip to Disney We decided to stay at Disney’s Grand California Hotel. A great choice! We bought 3-day park-hopper passes with early entry privileges. The hotel is adjacent to Downtown Disney and has private and early entry to the park for registered guests A six hour drive got us from Santa Cruz to Anaheim. I figured Tasha or Tyler would drive, but most everyone slept on the way down.
OK first order of business is food in Downtown Disney We chose the Rainforest Cafe
Tyler gets his dream plate: Filet, Shrimp, Ribs
Tyler redefines jumping on the bed (A stebbins tradition in any fine hotel) We rode the monorail to avoid lines at Disney – it worked great!
Tomorrowland opens one hour early for special guests (that’d be us)The first morning was threatening to rain, but we never really got wet.
First Meal in Disneyland Park
Stebbins at the Disneyland Stage Coach

Grizzly Rock
In 01 Travis and Michael ride the Ferris Wheel – Then again in 2005. Yes I’m wearing the same shirt– by coincidence

View from our room at Disney’s Grand California Hotel. From another angle, we could watch the dance teams practicing after hours.
Good Decorations in the Hotel
Tyler loved having the paper delivered every morning
Bugs Life Cave
Tyler playing the typical teenager Travis playing the angst ridden teen
Karen administering Therapy to the angst ridden teen
Without room service, Tasha is forced to make coffee in the hotel coffee maker
Small World
Small World
The Indiana Jones ride broke down just before our car crossed the bridge. Our boys were thrilled.
Stebbins as Pillow Fighters
Monorail from our room
T-Trio on a break
After a good meal at Rain Forest Cafe. If you go, check out the aquarium.
Post pillow fight
Continued pillow fight:
We rode California Screamin’ too many times to count.
The splash ride at California Adventure is excellent

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