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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-18-2015, 06:40 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 303
Posted By Fudman
I don't think you have a legal case. CCV failure...

I don't think you have a legal case. CCV failure is independent of the work the shop performed. That said, you should probably find a different shop.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-17-2015, 06:28 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 394
Posted By Fudman
All of these jobs depends upon the skills and...

All of these jobs depends upon the skills and experience of the wrencher. If you plan to remove your intake manifold, then you are not your garden variety weekend wrencher.

The Vanos & VCG is a...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-16-2015, 06:27 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 13,081
Posted By Fudman
Cig lighter is separate. Try cleaning the inside...

Cig lighter is separate. Try cleaning the inside of the lighter socket.

I forgot to add that my lighter socket problem was fixed. It turned out to be contamination within the socket. A little...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-15-2015, 07:00 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 286
Posted By Fudman
1. No, the rears are not necessary. Springs...

1. No, the rears are not necessary. Springs rarely break.
2. Coil overs are simply a strut with an integrated spring that allow adjustment of ride height. If you want to restore OEM ride and...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-14-2015, 04:53 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,611
Posted By Fudman
I have also had my pixels fixed by Concrete...

I have also had my pixels fixed by Concrete Donkey. So far, so good. It took awhile to get authorization to send (as he orders parts before accepting units) my unit. One week turnaround.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-05-2015, 03:47 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 824
Posted By Fudman
I am not sure who did your work but he was an...

I am not sure who did your work but he was an amateur, not a pro (although you paid him!). If he didn't use multiple grits of sandpaper, then he didn't do it correctly. This job takes a lot of hard...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-30-2015, 04:22 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 431
Posted By Fudman
Exactly! Do the cheaper fix first! If your PS...

Exactly! Do the cheaper fix first! If your PS pump isn't whining, try lubricating the steering column U joint. It worked for me.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-24-2015, 12:57 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 2,332
Posted By Fudman
That's a question only you can answer. "More...

That's a question only you can answer. "More flickable" than the V8? Probably but "flickable" is not an adjective usually associated with either e39. These are not sports cars and they behave...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-23-2015, 05:11 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 264
Posted By Fudman
If the pump activates on cold start, check the...

If the pump activates on cold start, check the SAP vacuum line. This causes the SAP valve to open.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-23-2015, 05:09 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 181
Posted By Fudman
My steering felt "heavy" and there was no return...

My steering felt "heavy" and there was no return to center. I thought it may have been the PS pump as suggested by many on this forum. But when I jacked the car up, started it up and then turned...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-22-2015, 07:59 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 189
Posted By Fudman
Search ignition switch ...

Search ignition switch
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=358204&highlight=ignition+switch
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-19-2015, 06:37 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 325
Posted By Fudman
That's the one.

That's the one.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-19-2015, 06:43 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,498
Posted By Fudman
You can go narrower. However, the BMW...

You can go narrower. However, the BMW recommendations suggest that the 105.75mm sidewall (when using a 235mm wide tire) is the maximum allowable sidewall with the original Style 42 wheels to avoid...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-18-2015, 02:47 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 748
Posted By Fudman
Problem solved: see...

Problem solved: see http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?p=9032385#post9032385 for the DIY
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-18-2015, 02:46 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 325
Posted By Fudman
Easy DIY: "Heavy Steering" and "No Return to Center" FIXED

Back in MAR, I had posted about this feeling of "heavy steering" http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=835442&highlight=. I thought this might be an early indicator of a failing power...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-18-2015, 01:10 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,498
Posted By Fudman
Sounds like you want to increase sidewall height...

Sounds like you want to increase sidewall height to improve ride quality and gas mileage.
The standard 235/45 tire have a sidewall of 105.75 mm.
245/40 have a sidewall of 980 mm, so that will not...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-18-2015, 09:41 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 812
Posted By Fudman
Overfilling is almost as bad as under filling. I...

Overfilling is almost as bad as under filling. I posted several years back after I replaced my tranny fluid and I had overfilled it. I pumped it in warm until it flowed out but jammed the plug back...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-13-2015, 06:57 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 421
Posted By Fudman
I have the Conti DWS. Very good but not great. ...

I have the Conti DWS. Very good but not great. I had Pirelli P Zero Nero A/S previously. These were better (ride & quieter). Both handle really well. Just something to consider.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-13-2015, 02:42 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 421
Posted By Fudman
Tradeoff: 245/45-17 vs 235/45-17 (OEM size). ...

Tradeoff: 245/45-17 vs 235/45-17 (OEM size). Slightly wider tread but slightly taller stance. The taller sidewall, in general, should improve ride quality while reducing cornering and possibly...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-10-2015, 12:42 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 954
Posted By Fudman
I am not sure why you think the weight of the...

I am not sure why you think the weight of the engine is all that matters here. We are talking about your suspension. The critical suspension parameter is the sprung weight/mass. That is the total...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-09-2015, 06:55 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 954
Posted By Fudman
You need to look at the curb weight, not the...

You need to look at the curb weight, not the engine weight. A 525 weighs around 3300 lbs. A 540 weighs around 3660. If you then consider the weight bias difference (2%), the weight across the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-09-2015, 08:11 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 954
Posted By Fudman
Physical fit/compatibility of components is not...

Physical fit/compatibility of components is not the issue. The performance characteristics of the components is what matters. The damping ratios for V8 struts is different than the I6 struts and the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-08-2015, 07:32 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 423
Posted By Fudman
Given the age of our cars, the cost differential...

Given the age of our cars, the cost differential between brands, the ease of the DIY, the fact that the PS pump is not a safety related component and that the consequences of a PS pump failure cannot...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-03-2015, 09:22 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 201
Posted By Fudman
Read this entire thread for the gory details: ...

Read this entire thread for the gory details: http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=471501&highlight=door+lock+actuator

This is where to drill and smash:...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-03-2015, 05:24 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 306
Posted By Fudman
I believe that will only work when your door lock...

I believe that will only work when your door lock actuator is operating correctly. Those that have had a lock actuator failure have been unable to unlock their doors at all.
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