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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) Yesterday, 07:50 PM
Replies: 9
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Posted By johnstern
+1. If you overfill, the crankshaft will get into...

+1. If you overfill, the crankshaft will get into the oil and whip it into a froth that will make it impossible to be picked up by the oil pump. The effect will be just like running out of oil. If...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) Yesterday, 03:51 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 246
Posted By johnstern
So living in Maine, I don't know much about CA...

So living in Maine, I don't know much about CA inspections/drive cycles, etc. but am following what the guy at "the smog shop" told you as stated in post #2. My suggestion is to monitor your coolant...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-29-2015, 04:02 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 427
Posted By johnstern
Dealer/BMW only IMHO.

Dealer/BMW only IMHO.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-28-2015, 09:16 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 745
Posted By johnstern
Front brake rotor to hub - 12 ft/lbs - make sure...

Front brake rotor to hub - 12 ft/lbs - make sure you put anti-seize on threads and just snug it down. The lug bolts hold the rotor on the hub. That little Allen bolt is just a locator but can be a...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-27-2015, 09:56 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 261
Posted By johnstern
I would suggest you look for a vacuum leak. ...

I would suggest you look for a vacuum leak. Probably so small that it won't set a fault code but causes the vibration. Smoke test will offer conclusive results.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-27-2015, 09:48 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,975
Posted By johnstern
+1. This code is for an intermittent signal from...

+1. This code is for an intermittent signal from the crank position sensor. You've already replaced the sensor and that did not work so you know it's not the sensor. You need to inspect wiring, the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-26-2015, 04:56 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,990
Posted By johnstern
There is some very interesting info in the posts...

There is some very interesting info in the posts above although it is a bit complicated/confusing.

The Bentley manual states that the MAF sends a signal to the ECU of .5 - 4.5 VDC. The lower...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-26-2015, 08:31 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 6,426
Posted By johnstern
As far as I remember Pentosin has no smell. ...

As far as I remember Pentosin has no smell.

The way to change your PS fluid is to do what you've done, run the engine for a bit moving the steering wheel through its range and repeat the process. ...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-26-2015, 08:20 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 303
Posted By johnstern
Tightening torque for the drain plug is the same...

Tightening torque for the drain plug is the same as that for the oil filter cap. It's embossed into the oil filter cap and is 25 n/m or about 18 ft/lb.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-25-2015, 10:22 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 512
Posted By johnstern
+10,000. I was a Service Manager at an indie for...

+10,000. I was a Service Manager at an indie for 7 1/2 years. These 2 gentlemen are spot on. If you go to a good shop with good techs, this is the fact of life. Besides the techs having tens of...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-25-2015, 09:54 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 6,426
Posted By johnstern
The only green oil I can think of is Pentosin...

The only green oil I can think of is Pentosin hydraulic oil. Actually it is clear with a bit of a green tint. Could someone have mistakenly filled your power steering reservoir with Pentosin...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-25-2015, 03:08 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 745
Posted By johnstern
http://bmwe32.masscom.net/sean750/ball_joint_boots...

http://bmwe32.masscom.net/sean750/ball_joint_boots/replacingLowerBallJointBoot.html

This link goes through separating all sorts of problem ball joints. One of the pics shows a ball joint...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-25-2015, 10:17 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 264
Posted By johnstern
Suggest you unlock your OBC and use test #7 to...

Suggest you unlock your OBC and use test #7 to monitor your coolant temp at operating temperature. If the average coolant temp is much below 90C, your thermostat is opening too soon and needs...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-25-2015, 10:01 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 177
Posted By johnstern
Tom-Although you want our help, you give us no...

Tom-Although you want our help, you give us no info except a Bosch part number. What car are you driving (year, make, model, mileage)? What is wrong with your ABS system?
...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-25-2015, 09:38 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 251
Posted By johnstern
There are bearings that are integral parts of the...

There are bearings that are integral parts of the front strut mounts. They can get dry. They are easily accessible from the engine compartment. There are plastic caps on the top of the strut...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-22-2015, 08:18 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 140
Posted By johnstern
You don't have the rear window lockout switch...

You don't have the rear window lockout switch pressed do you?

What happens when you try and open the windows at the switch on the rear doors? If the fuses are OK and you still have no rear window...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-22-2015, 08:10 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 334
Posted By johnstern
+1. This is a trick we used at the shop. ...

+1. This is a trick we used at the shop. Sometimes you'd install a new alternator and it would not charge when the car was first started. A good smack or two would seat the new brushes and the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-22-2015, 08:01 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 399
Posted By johnstern
My wife and I each have 2000 528iTs. They both...

My wife and I each have 2000 528iTs. They both have needed rear brakes before the fronts. Nothing wrong with either car. If neither rear brake is dragging, just replace them and stop worrying.:)
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-22-2015, 07:54 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 104
Posted By johnstern
Keep it in service. You've got a good one.

Keep it in service. You've got a good one.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-20-2015, 07:42 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 302
Posted By johnstern
After saying what you did about the CV joint it...

After saying what you did about the CV joint it really sounds like it's toast. I wouldn't take the trouble of putting the drive shaft back with a CV that ran out of lube and has a burnt looking...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-20-2015, 05:37 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 302
Posted By johnstern
Thanks for the explanation. I'm a manual trans...

Thanks for the explanation. I'm a manual trans guy. Only had one auto car for a couple of years.

I'd guess then that you are right in chasing the driveshaft. Don't forget the CV joint just in...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-20-2015, 02:48 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 247
Posted By johnstern
In my experience this type of noise usually...

In my experience this type of noise usually happens with wheel bearing failure. (I know you said you replaced all of them.).

A few years ago my wife's 528iT was making a loud snow tire noise. ...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-20-2015, 02:41 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 302
Posted By johnstern
fatcatsailor, I really don't understand your...

fatcatsailor, I really don't understand your first post as to exactly what is happening with your "bad vibration". I understand that the seat shaking indicates that the vibration is coming from the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-20-2015, 02:15 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 591
Posted By johnstern
I really don't think you are being realistic. I...

I really don't think you are being realistic. I was part of that GB in the spring/summer of 2011. The GB price was $3150 and, if I remember correctly the retail price was about $4500. The GB price...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-20-2015, 09:25 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,148
Posted By johnstern
Do you have an EML light too? If so, there is...

Do you have an EML light too? If so, there is most likely a problem with the throttle body. There is an electric motor and gears under the black plastic cover on the throttle body assembly. ...
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