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Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) Yesterday, 07:15 AM
Replies: 6
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Posted By Mr._Graybeard
One thing you might want to try -- get some spray...

One thing you might want to try -- get some spray penetrating lube or silicone lube with a straw applicator. Take the cap off the door lock button and snake the straw applicator into the hole in the...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 04-24-2015, 05:24 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 814
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
Glad to hear the car is finally driving the way...

Glad to hear the car is finally driving the way it should!
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 04-22-2015, 09:49 PM
Replies: 182
Views: 4,520
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
I'm working from the ETM, so I'm relying on...

I'm working from the ETM, so I'm relying on diagrams (imperfect at times), not from taking anything apart. Power flows from the starter switch to the general module and OBC, but it flows from the...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 04-22-2015, 09:10 PM
Replies: 182
Views: 4,520
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
If the lights dim when you turn the key to start,...

If the lights dim when you turn the key to start, it says the ignition switch is working, closing the circuit to the starter. To me, that would point to the starter. But are you sure the lights...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 04-22-2015, 06:57 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 814
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
You got 10.5 liters out ... capacity is 13...

You got 10.5 liters out ... capacity is 13 liters. So 2.5 liters remained in the system. To me, that's not very much residual. I'd say you're good to go on the fluid for the normal interval ... which...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 04-21-2015, 02:40 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 814
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
That is strange. Realoem shows all BMW 5hp30...

That is strange. Realoem shows all BMW 5hp30 valve bodies as interchangeable, but clearly the two you have are different. Is there a part number on the eBay one? Perhaps it came out of a car other...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 04-21-2015, 08:02 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 814
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
Link to TSB:...

Link to TSB: http://www.meeknet.co.uk/E32/E32AutoBox.pdf
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 04-20-2015, 10:12 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 814
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
Hm, sorry to hear that. I See a couple references...

Hm, sorry to hear that. I See a couple references on the Roadfly forum about rough shifts. Here's one where a poster says a new chip in the TCM cures a hard 3-4 shift:...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 04-18-2015, 10:08 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 183
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
I don't think there are a lot of DC-area people...

I don't think there are a lot of DC-area people on this forum either. I'd suggest looking at the newsletter from the DC BMWCCA chapter. Service centers are often mentioned in articles, and of course...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 04-15-2015, 06:01 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 814
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
Good luck with that. Some additional fluid will...

Good luck with that. Some additional fluid will pour out of the transmission when you pull the VB.
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 04-14-2015, 03:59 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 814
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
That's the kit -- a very good deal, too.

That's the kit -- a very good deal, too.
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 04-14-2015, 03:30 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 814
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
You will love how the shifts sharpen up with new...

You will love how the shifts sharpen up with new valves and springs in the valve body. I think the kit is like $200 now. There's a great pictoral writeup in the archives at bimmerboard, and the...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 04-14-2015, 11:25 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 281
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
You don't live in the frozen tundra! Can't go...

You don't live in the frozen tundra! Can't go without a heater up here.

I just hope it holds up. I figured it was a 50/50 shot whether I could make it work.
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 04-14-2015, 11:19 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 814
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
Yes. It was originally gold but had...

Yes.


It was originally gold but had turned brown -- I believe it was LA2634. I drained it at 90K miles and did two refills in fairly quick succession because I considered the fluid to be pretty...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 04-14-2015, 08:57 AM
Replies: 182
Views: 4,520
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
The next time the car fails to crank, how about...

The next time the car fails to crank, how about trying this: turn on all of your lights, including the dome light. Then turn the key and watch to see if the lights dim. If they go dim, your starter...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 04-14-2015, 07:25 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 814
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
I've always just drained and filled. The first...

I've always just drained and filled. The first change I did fluid and filter, then just fluid a couple thousand miles later. After that, just a drain and fill every 30k using Pennzoil -- I've...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 04-13-2015, 09:07 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 281
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
ugly heater valve repair

My wife and I were on our way to dinner in the E34 last night when she said to me, "Is it getting hot in here?"

I hadn't done anything to precipitate such a sensation, and I wasn't feelin' it ......
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 04-13-2015, 08:05 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 814
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
Original 5hp30 transmission, coming up on 260,000...

Original 5hp30 transmission, coming up on 260,000 miles.

I've used Pennzoil Multivehicle, Amsoil, an Eneos product (Japanese -- a go-to BMW mechanic in my area recommended it) and, most recently,...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 04-12-2015, 01:22 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 887
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
Personally, i haven't seen a car engine with...

Personally, i haven't seen a car engine with significant oil sludge buildup since the 1980s. So I view engine flushes as a cure in search of a problem unless an engine has been severely neglected....
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 04-12-2015, 12:49 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,142
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
yeah, check the throttle cable first

yeah, check the throttle cable first
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 04-07-2015, 09:10 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 828
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
A blown exhaust manifold gasket can produce a...

A blown exhaust manifold gasket can produce a loud noise that sounds like a click (it's actually more like TSST!) that rises or falls with engine RPMS.

But also, M20 engines have naturally noisy...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 04-04-2015, 05:00 PM
Replies: 182
Views: 4,520
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
Yes, a battery shop should be able to load test...

Yes, a battery shop should be able to load test it and also measure cranking amps.

You should also be able to see voltage dip at the battery when the ignition key is turned to crank. That could...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 04-03-2015, 07:32 PM
Replies: 182
Views: 4,520
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
Larrick, you mentioned awhile back that the...

Larrick, you mentioned awhile back that the battery voltage was a little low; did you ever have the battery load tested and checked for cranking amp output?
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 03-29-2015, 12:04 PM
Replies: 182
Views: 4,520
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
Nope, Leaning more and more toward starter...

Nope, Leaning more and more toward starter brushes. Give the starter body (not the solenoid) a rap when it fails to crank.
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 03-29-2015, 11:51 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 248
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
Shock mount is very likely. It is #4 in the...

Shock mount is very likely. It is #4 in the RealOem diagram. I'd plan to replace all the soft parts -- 11, 7, 3, 12, 13, 15 -- along with the mount.
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