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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-20-2014, 07:02 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 430
Posted By mhobryan
check for a sticker on the radiator...if it is...

check for a sticker on the radiator...if it is original, should have a date stamp on it. As for the vanos, if it doesn't feel piggy off the line, it's ok. no way to tell if it has been replaced. For...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-19-2014, 02:41 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 553
Posted By mhobryan
Not to be redundant, but you gotta replace the...

Not to be redundant, but you gotta replace the seals on the vanos...chances are very high the one you pulled @ the junky had bad seals too....and the symptoms you describe are EXACTLY like mine when...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-16-2014, 02:15 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 150
Posted By mhobryan
Ultimate Driving Machine can't keep time...and other foibles

I know this is super petty, but I find rather amusing that the maker of the Ultimate Driving Machine in 1997 couldn't make a digital clock that keeps time. My radio clock loses about one min a month,...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-08-2014, 06:11 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 218
Posted By mhobryan
I'm gonna guess the first tech used 0W20 or it's...

I'm gonna guess the first tech used 0W20 or it's ilk by mistake.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-06-2014, 12:43 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 274
Posted By mhobryan
You'll get more by selling the wheels separately....

You'll get more by selling the wheels separately. Put the set with the best rubber on the car, and drop the price $1500.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-28-2014, 10:22 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 226
Posted By mhobryan
That was the first thing I did...recently...

That was the first thing I did...recently replaced the rear window regulators. It was dry.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-27-2014, 01:49 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 226
Posted By mhobryan
Thanks - Where should I check for drain channel...

Thanks - Where should I check for drain channel leaks?
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-27-2014, 01:26 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,646
Posted By mhobryan
Thought I'd provide another update... - What...

Thought I'd provide another update...

- What I thought was the DMF (dual mass flywheel) was actually the Vanos. That was the good news. Bad news is I bumped my intake camshaft and had to pay an...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-27-2014, 01:07 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 226
Posted By mhobryan
Fog/steam inside windows while car is not running

Yesterday it was fairly hot, humid, and sunny most of the day (tad under 90). Started to rain pretty heavy 45 min before I left work. When I went out to my car (it has been sitting since I got to...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-14-2014, 08:22 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 291
Posted By mhobryan
As you have an aluminum head, you definitely want...

As you have an aluminum head, you definitely want the car dead COLD. The aluminum expands when it heats, gripping the plugs even tighter.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-13-2014, 07:57 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 288
Posted By mhobryan
I've had situations in the past where I replaced...

I've had situations in the past where I replaced pads, and then somehow introduced air in the system. I suspect it is occurs when I'm pushing in the caliper pistons. Typically, after bleeding the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-13-2014, 11:07 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 288
Posted By mhobryan
To answer the first poster. Originally I only...

To answer the first poster. Originally I only bled the fronts, as I assumed those where the lines most likely to have air. Yes I made sure I turned off the bleeder screw when my friend was on the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-13-2014, 06:48 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 288
Posted By mhobryan
Spongy brake pedal after replacing front pads and rotors

Replaced the front pads and rotors yesterday on my '97 528i. First test drive around the block showed very little braking power, foot almost to the floor before coasting to a stop. Not sure how I...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-10-2014, 04:44 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 249
Posted By mhobryan
Aint that the truth.:thumbup: I don't...

Aint that the truth.:thumbup:

I don't subscribe to the 'just in case' parts stocking. For my American made cars, they usually stock, or can get same day from the likes of O'Reilly's, Autozone,...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-02-2014, 07:50 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 496
Posted By mhobryan
Yes, my original problem with the same symptoms...

Yes, my original problem with the same symptoms was the Vanos; however, the issue in this thread (as I had already replaced the seals when I posted - hence why I knew it wasn't the seals) was caused...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-25-2014, 07:13 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 20,320
Posted By mhobryan
Heck, because of this thread I now know that the...

Heck, because of this thread I now know that the metal(non tethered) gas cap I have on it 'ain't stock!:) Think I'm gonna do the rear suspension first though...have a lotta squeaky squeaky goin' on.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-27-2014, 08:16 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 645
Posted By mhobryan
1) I prefer private party b/c I can get a feel...

1) I prefer private party b/c I can get a feel for how the car was maintained. But if you can find a documented car at a dealer go for it.

2 & 3 - If you are ONLY considering a wagon, it's going...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-21-2014, 01:13 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 314
Posted By mhobryan
I have 165k on my car now....although at the time...

I have 165k on my car now....although at the time didn't understand Vanos was the cause, started to have low RPM drivability issues around 155k, started to get really bad around 160k. Thought it was...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-19-2014, 06:49 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 314
Posted By mhobryan
New Vanos seals DO make a difference, even on 5 spd single vanos

No dyno tests, but I can tell you that prior to replacing, the car was practically undriveable under 2k rpm....it was bad enough that I seriously thought there were issues with my DMF. Now she pulls...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-19-2014, 06:25 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 611
Posted By mhobryan
I've done a lot of riding (the motorized two...

I've done a lot of riding (the motorized two wheeled kind) around Michigan. There is a lot of pretty scenery around the edge of the thumb, but not a lot of spirited driving....towns are relatively...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-12-2014, 12:38 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 496
Posted By mhobryan
Learn from my mistakes...make sure the cam shafts...

Learn from my mistakes...make sure the cam shafts are clamped down well when replacing the Vanos. These are the most likely to be disturbed when doing this DIY project. They had to retime my intake...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-07-2014, 07:26 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 496
Posted By mhobryan
yes, vanos solenoid was plugged back in. I'm...

yes, vanos solenoid was plugged back in. I'm taking it in to the shop tomorrow. I'm thinking the timing on the intake camshaft is off, that I didn't do it right when installing the vanos. May very...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-07-2014, 01:57 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 496
Posted By mhobryan
bump ...anyone have any input on this? I'm...

bump ...anyone have any input on this? I'm probably going to take it to an Indy tomorrow (first time in the 2+ years I've owned it); haven't read, or found any threads about 'sync'ing' the vanos. My...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-07-2014, 04:53 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 496
Posted By mhobryan
Can you expound a little? It's a single vanos...

Can you expound a little? It's a single vanos unit ... what do I need to sync it to, and how is this done? What do I need to tell the computer?

If there is a thread that explains this, would...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-06-2014, 05:37 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 496
Posted By mhobryan
Replaced the camshaft sensor, cleared the codes....

Replaced the camshaft sensor, cleared the codes. Still doing the same thing. However, I got two different reason codes for 1519:

1. Camshaft timing function chain
2. right work link camshaft...
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