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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-28-2016, 03:56 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 356
Posted By pleiades
On the left side of your driver's seat, you have...

On the left side of your driver's seat, you have the seat controls on a trim panel. The seat module is hidden behind that. If the connector plug into the seat module loosens or breaks (very common),...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-27-2016, 09:39 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 418
Posted By pleiades
Removing the intake manifold is not that hard....

Removing the intake manifold is not that hard. The only gotchas I encountered were a couple of zipties holding the hoses and distribution box cabling to the rear corner of the IM. It's also good to...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-26-2016, 12:31 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 430
Posted By pleiades
No firsthand experience but I googled this and...

No firsthand experience but I googled this and came across a post suggesting the map tstat operates like a mechanical tstat when unplugged, but doesn't open "enough". Maybe your solution above will...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-26-2016, 11:40 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 430
Posted By pleiades
At that model year, the tstat is opened or closed...

At that model year, the tstat is opened or closed on instructions from the car computer, which decides what to do based on coolant temp readings etc from various sensors. You still end up with the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-23-2016, 11:32 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 871
Posted By pleiades
Hardwiring resistors isn't necessary, and you...

Hardwiring resistors isn't necessary, and you know, resistors have been known to get hot enough to burn. The LCM is programmable. You can use a software/interface package like bmwscanner 1.4.0 (PA...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-12-2016, 12:21 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 666
Posted By pleiades
This "resetting" issue is only worth exploring if...

This "resetting" issue is only worth exploring if you are intent on re-installing an old SAC pressure plate. At 190,000 mi (on original clutch), bobdmac, you would better relieve your concerns with...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-12-2016, 09:00 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 666
Posted By pleiades
Read this. ...

Read this.

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=629140
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-10-2016, 10:26 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 429
Posted By pleiades
Just curious, what sort of washer fluid were you...

Just curious, what sort of washer fluid were you using?
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-09-2016, 05:01 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 4,533
Posted By pleiades
Probably I'm stepping in a big one with this...

Probably I'm stepping in a big one with this post, but let me ask, assuming some of you have gone ahead and verified... (no speculations please, I can do that myself ....)

What percentage of all...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-30-2016, 04:47 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 470
Posted By pleiades
I've noticed the equivalent code for my 528i pop...

I've noticed the equivalent code for my 528i pop up (in shadow memory) on a couple days when the temps had risen outside quite a bit from the day before, removed the gas cap, and found that my tank...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-30-2016, 03:34 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 470
Posted By pleiades
I *think* that's the tank-breather or purge...

I *think* that's the tank-breather or purge valve. On the sixes, it is beside the throttle body, under the front (front of car) of the intake manifold, and fairly easy to reach. Not sure where it is...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-30-2016, 03:26 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 469
Posted By pleiades
Sleeves with broken lips are often still usable...

Sleeves with broken lips are often still usable as long as they have some lip left... your call.

Not certain but I don't think the sleeves for the control or thrust arms will work with the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-30-2016, 10:28 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 469
Posted By pleiades
Junkie, we've had several threads where others...

Junkie, we've had several threads where others did the same thing. If you google, you'll probably find some pics showing how some have used a two-jaw puller to remove the freed sleeve from the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-29-2016, 10:37 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 2,264
Posted By pleiades
OP, I don't want to lead you down the wrong path,...

OP, I don't want to lead you down the wrong path, but it occurred to me that sometimes fuses blow on these cars after a repair under the hood because a couple of connectors got mixed up during...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-28-2016, 04:23 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 465
Posted By pleiades
If you watch the clown nose on the bottom of the...

If you watch the clown nose on the bottom of the rearview mirror, it starts blinking when you arm the alarm. It will pause and hold with the light on steady for a sec or two when you press the lock...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-28-2016, 12:18 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 849
Posted By pleiades
I know you say you checked all fuses, but did you...

I know you say you checked all fuses, but did you check the ones in the small black pack inside the e-box under the passenger-side cabin filter? (If you haven't been there, take care with the four...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-27-2016, 06:26 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 2,264
Posted By pleiades
Find them first; the fix usually involves...

Find them first; the fix usually involves replacing or repairing or reseating the troublesome part.

A vacuum leak (as you probably know) is mainly a problem with the plumbing that affects the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-27-2016, 07:50 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 432
Posted By pleiades
What about a pilot bearing puller? Even if the...

What about a pilot bearing puller? Even if the rubber core is trashed, you may be able to hook the sleeve's metal shell with something from behind.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-26-2016, 11:41 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 432
Posted By pleiades
I was in this jam once ... ...

I was in this jam once ...

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=622200
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-26-2016, 12:26 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 2,264
Posted By pleiades
When you had your intake manifold off to R&R the...

When you had your intake manifold off to R&R the fiberglass heater pipes, did you replace the manifold gaskets and were you sure that all six of the plastic, removable pieces for the intake runners...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-25-2016, 05:12 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 581
Posted By pleiades
Monkeybiz, are the cam and crank sensors you...

Monkeybiz, are the cam and crank sensors you replaced genuine bmw or something else?
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-25-2016, 02:22 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 581
Posted By pleiades
Does your reader give you any fault codes at all?...

Does your reader give you any fault codes at all? The Solus might be capable (I'm not familiar with it) but if your '97 has a round diagnostic port under the hood, you'll probably have to hook it up...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-23-2016, 05:55 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 1,707
Posted By pleiades
Here's a link to the owner's manual. ...

Here's a link to the owner's manual.

http://www.bmwtips.com/ownersmanuals/manuals.htm

Your engine takes about 7 quarts.

Do you know why the engine light is always on? Have you had the car...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-23-2016, 05:28 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 1,707
Posted By pleiades
What does the dipstick show you now? Is it way...

What does the dipstick show you now? Is it way over the full mark? Or still under?

You might want to look at the drain bolt on the bottom of the oil pan and make sure it isn't loose or stripped....
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-22-2016, 10:30 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 375
Posted By pleiades
Here's my take. Your '99 was one of the two...

Here's my take.

Your '99 was one of the two model years ('99 and '00) that had a hybrid throttle setup that relies on a physical throttle cable linkage from the pedal to the throttle body. (Newer...
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