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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-04-2016, 11:48 AM
Replies: 3
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Posted By Reeds 540
Thanks

Did some searching before posting, but was calling it a coolant reservoir and not much showed up. I will be replacing it, but no funds for a whole new system unfortunately.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-04-2016, 10:03 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 239
Posted By Reeds 540
Coolant reservoir has leak but.. loose parts and pieces inside

I love my BMW but am still getting used to the 'special' design features. I had (have) a small leak that just got bigger from somewhere on the coolant reservoir. I am used to seeing the 'bobber' pop...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-23-2016, 01:31 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 377
Posted By Reeds 540
Thanks, I will have them check it. Didn't get to...

Thanks, I will have them check it. Didn't get to do the work myself this time, car was out of town. :(
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-20-2016, 02:48 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 377
Posted By Reeds 540
2000 540 shredded serpentine likely PS housing crack

Haven't seen car yet. Belt broke out of town. Only feedback - belt looks like spaghetti wrapped around everything. Also see crooked pulley and PS pump looks broken. I didn't understand this cryptic...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-20-2016, 01:55 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,200
Posted By Reeds 540
a day late... will be many $$$ short

I believe this happened to my wife yesterday. Serpentine belt shredded while driving- don't know about any vibration ahead of time. I should have spent more time on forum. Her 2000 540 was towed to...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-06-2016, 03:38 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 438
Posted By Reeds 540
Just a little white smoke with cold start. Re:...

Just a little white smoke with cold start. Re: problems with head they may have been referring to the 6. Not ex wife, just a particular wife, it's a very clean car. Just glad to hear head gasket is...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-05-2016, 12:58 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 438
Posted By Reeds 540
I think that's what I needed to hear, however, I...

I think that's what I needed to hear, however, I had heard about an issue with E39 engines that included head gasket failure. Was told BMW even did some work under warrant to correct. I may have been...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-05-2016, 04:49 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 438
Posted By Reeds 540
2000 540 burring a little coolant-not in oil Any luck wit additive?

I know if my head gasket is starting to go the best advice will be to start saving, however there are so many different head gasket leak stop products out there. I wondered if anyone had any...
Forum: E30 (1982 - 1993) 10-10-2015, 10:13 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,185
Posted By Reeds 540
FYI I just had the same problem with my 91. Read...

FYI I just had the same problem with my 91. Read the post and spent but couldn't find a plug in the handle. I have power mirrors and you have to pry out the mirror controls and the screw is behind...
Forum: E30 (1982 - 1993) 04-13-2015, 10:18 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 681
Posted By Reeds 540
Sure was a lot easier after I loosened the center...

Sure was a lot easier after I loosened the center bolt. Also figured out what the plastic cap that was laying inside the front under guard. :)
Forum: E30 (1982 - 1993) 04-12-2015, 02:24 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 681
Posted By Reeds 540
Replacing belts on 91 318is How does A/C belt adjust?

Just a simple Sunday afternoon Job. My recent purchase had older belts and no A/C belt. Got the others off and the first one back on , but I cant figure out how the A/C belt adjusts! Been under the...
Forum: E30 (1982 - 1993) 04-07-2015, 05:43 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 474
Posted By Reeds 540
Will do timing belt search tonight.

Will do timing belt search tonight.
Forum: E30 (1982 - 1993) 04-07-2015, 05:42 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 474
Posted By Reeds 540
Maintenance done. Except timing belt. How do I...

Maintenance done. Except timing belt. How do I reset it?
Forum: E30 (1982 - 1993) 04-07-2015, 05:39 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 683
Posted By Reeds 540
Thanks!

Thanks!
Forum: E30 (1982 - 1993) 04-06-2015, 04:14 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 474
Posted By Reeds 540
91 318is Insp. Light- Scheduled maint. or problem

My just acquired 318is seems to run fine but has yellow and red inspection lights on in dash. are these to remind of scheduled maintenance, or do they indicate a problem?
Forum: E30 (1982 - 1993) 04-06-2015, 09:50 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 683
Posted By Reeds 540
1991 318is owners manual

Anyone know where I might find and/or download an owners manual?
Forum: E30 (1982 - 1993) 04-06-2015, 02:42 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 358
Posted By Reeds 540
Thank you, it was a tight fit, but a few bruises...

Thank you, it was a tight fit, but a few bruises on my arms and it was done
Forum: E30 (1982 - 1993) 04-05-2015, 05:37 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 358
Posted By Reeds 540
help Replacing starter 91 318is

I'm replacing the starter today, (after double checking the ground and fuse 15). I have spent a lot of time searching the forum for procedure and can't find a thread with basic instructions. Any help...
Forum: E30 (1982 - 1993) 04-02-2015, 03:33 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 587
Posted By Reeds 540
Also, the clear coat is peeling on the boot and...

Also, the clear coat is peeling on the boot and the top... Looks like skin after a sun burn, how would I prepare it for a new clear coat, and would I use lacquer or enamel (if you know) I am assuming...
Forum: E30 (1982 - 1993) 04-02-2015, 02:03 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 587
Posted By Reeds 540
Thanks for the input. It was given to me and I...

Thanks for the input. It was given to me and I needed better gas mileage for my commute. Will drive for a while to see what it really needs. May try the clear coat fix first. I always get the...
Forum: E30 (1982 - 1993) 04-02-2015, 04:48 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 587
Posted By Reeds 540
1991 318is Rare, but is it valuable?

Original except for cheap stereo, very little rust. 130,000 original miles no accidents and I think all dash electronics work. I know it will be a fun daily driver, but should I worry about...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-21-2014, 04:35 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 460
Posted By Reeds 540
Smile Update: very intermittent slip

Thanks to suggestion that slip was an electrical problem, (and because I only go to mechanic after I check myself) this is what I found. crossing my fingers. Kink in the wire caused a crease, then...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-20-2014, 06:55 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 460
Posted By Reeds 540
Update. I had auto zone pull a couple codes just...

Update. I had auto zone pull a couple codes just for a start (knowing they may not be complete or accurate) only had fuel mixture codes nothing on transmission. Then I took a close look under the car...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-17-2014, 03:44 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 460
Posted By Reeds 540
Very intermittent trans slip

I've got a 2000 540i that has been well maintained. 160,000 miles. On 2 occasions in the last couple months The transmission just seems to randomly slip out of Overdrive into 3rd wile just cruising...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-14-2013, 10:35 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,248
Posted By Reeds 540
Already replaced the ignition switch. Found a...

Already replaced the ignition switch. Found a decent BMW Mechanic and left it with him. I had some front end parts replaced recently and since ABS and brake lights were also on he said that may be...
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