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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) Yesterday, 01:53 PM
Replies: 23
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Posted By Josh P.
Check the valve cover. I had same symptoms, but...

Check the valve cover. I had same symptoms, but my VCG were replaced recently. it turned out to be a hairline crack in the cover. If yours has not been replaced since the car was new, when you remove...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-25-2015, 08:42 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 2,516
Posted By Josh P.
I must say I love my E39 (now in its 15th year)...

I must say I love my E39 (now in its 15th year) but the car has not been cheap to own (read: maintain). Looking at my records, I've spent around $500 per year (low end) to over $1000 (high end) on...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-18-2015, 09:29 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 715
Posted By Josh P.
To close out the thread: The battery was replaced...

To close out the thread: The battery was replaced under warranty. It got up to about 12.2 volts after another 24 hours of trickle charging, but Interstate agreed that it was borderline insufficient,...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-16-2015, 04:28 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 715
Posted By Josh P.
Thanks all. I hooked it up to my battery tender...

Thanks all. I hooked it up to my battery tender and let it sit connected for 24 hours. When I checked it, the tender showed "green" or fully charged. Yet the OBC showed only 11.9 volts. Better than...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-16-2015, 06:42 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 715
Posted By Josh P.
Bluebee, please refrain from posting to any...

Bluebee, please refrain from posting to any threads that I create. I find you mean-spirited, judgemental, and sanctimonious, and I always have.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-15-2015, 03:31 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 715
Posted By Josh P.
Further info: Battery charge while car is...

Further info:

Battery charge while car is running: ranges from 13.7 to 13.9 volts
Change with engine off after driving: 11.6 volts

Does this mean anything to anyone?

I did find some spots...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-15-2015, 09:53 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 715
Posted By Josh P.
Hmm maybe you're right, I held down the odo...

Hmm maybe you're right, I held down the odo button for 5 secs and nothing happened but I was in a rush, will try again later and see if it works. I do have the low cluster.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-15-2015, 09:45 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 715
Posted By Josh P.
It started right up no problem. Wife driving now....

It started right up no problem. Wife driving now. Not able to check the running voltage because I don't have a voltmeter and the OBC trick won't work with the car running. But I just ordered a new...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-15-2015, 09:11 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 715
Posted By Josh P.
I am about to go out and try to start it. Will...

I am about to go out and try to start it. Will post back later.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-15-2015, 08:45 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 715
Posted By Josh P.
Update: The car sat for about 24 hours in...

Update:

The car sat for about 24 hours in the garage, very cold temps last night. After unlocking the OBC, and with the car not running, the voltage is showing "116" which I assume means 11.6...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-15-2015, 05:27 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 8,586
Posted By Josh P.
I don't believe you can get just the lever. But...

I don't believe you can get just the lever. But you don't really need it (and it's prone to break anyway), just tape the entire thing together.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-14-2015, 09:48 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 715
Posted By Josh P.
Thanks all. The car started up fine this am after...

Thanks all. The car started up fine this am after sitting overnight. I have not done the batt test yet through the cluster but I will do so later today or tomorrow after it sits for a while and...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-14-2015, 07:25 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 715
Posted By Josh P.
Thanks CN but there's no sun in the garage :D

Thanks CN but there's no sun in the garage :D
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-14-2015, 06:35 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 315
Posted By Josh P.
Thanks Q I just found it. Please see my other...

Thanks Q I just found it. Please see my other related post about the battery, I would value your advice.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-14-2015, 06:32 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 715
Posted By Josh P.
Some thoughts on battery please

Helpful info:

My battery is an Interstate that was purchased in April 2013.

My car is parked in a public garage with no ability to plug in a battery tender. The temp of the garage is usually...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-14-2015, 06:10 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 315
Posted By Josh P.
I need the unlock procedure for the 530, the one...

I need the unlock procedure for the 530, the one that uses only the odometer reset button. The link you posted is for the 540 which has a different instrument cluster I believe.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-13-2015, 12:39 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 315
Posted By Josh P.
Will unlocking the OBC show the battery voltage

I don't have a volt meter handy.

Can someone post a link to the unlocking procedure...I can't find it searching.

Thanks.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-21-2015, 09:35 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 2,516
Posted By Josh P.
What sort of MPG are you getting? I've had pipe...

What sort of MPG are you getting? I've had pipe dreams of selling my E39 (with only 80k miles) and buying one of these truc....I mean, "SAVs." But it hard to justify buying something that gets so...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-20-2015, 12:10 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 491
Posted By Josh P.
EDIT: It was NOT the VCG. The valve cover...

EDIT: It was NOT the VCG.

The valve cover itself is cracked.

This still holds:

Oh what I wouldn't give for a Honda some days...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-20-2015, 08:57 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 491
Posted By Josh P.
Car is in for state inspection so they are...

Car is in for state inspection so they are looking at it. Possible that it's not the VCG...it's hard to tell from above the engine bay. Will report back shortly.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-19-2015, 08:45 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 491
Posted By Josh P.
I would ignore it except that it appears to be...

I would ignore it except that it appears to be hitting the exhaust or something else hot and I am getting random whiffs of burned oil in the cabin when the car is at idle and the fan is on. Wife's...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-19-2015, 08:06 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 491
Posted By Josh P.
How long should a VCG last, generally?

I replaced my valve cover gasket in May of 2010, or appx 4.5 years ago (and approximately 16k miles ago). It is now leaking enough so that it needs replacement. Again.

As we all know, the VCG...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-12-2014, 09:09 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,249
Posted By Josh P.
Ha ha! a few things. 1) I paid for the...

Ha ha! a few things.
1) I paid for the software update (about $100) perhaps 9 months ago. Since then: No codes at all! So, whatever was causing this imbalance in fuel/air, it has gone away. The...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-28-2014, 09:06 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 380
Posted By Josh P.
Nevermind I found it on YouTube. The manual is...

Nevermind I found it on YouTube. The manual is actually wrong, the housing slides to the RIGHT not the left!
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-28-2014, 08:40 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 380
Posted By Josh P.
license plate bulb housing: how to get the damn thing out

I've put a flat blade screw driver in the notch and tried to move it to the left, as the manual states. It won't budge, and now I'm starting to maul the hole in the plastic. Is the entire black...
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