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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) Today, 02:25 PM
Replies: 3
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Posted By rdl
Disappointing experience with Lemfoerder

I've been chasing an annoying low speed rattle/click for the last 5k miles. It behaved like a failed ball joint in the right tension link, but I found that hard to believe since both sides were...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) Yesterday, 06:18 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 262
Posted By rdl
You could check your VIN in one of the sites that...

You could check your VIN in one of the sites that will return all options for the car. Look for telephone preparation (pre-wiring) - 640 on my NA car.

It's fairly easy to check under the armrest. ...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-19-2015, 05:53 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 262
Posted By rdl
Try this forum for E39 Bluetooth alternatives,...

Try this forum for E39 Bluetooth alternatives, particularly using BMW parts for the OEM solution you would prefer.
http://www.bimmerboard.com/forums/bluetooth/

You should be aware that most posts...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-12-2015, 10:51 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 421
Posted By rdl
Solera How many days would the car sit idle...

Solera
How many days would the car sit idle before you might expect the fuel pump to fail? It makes me wonder if one of the connectors has developed some corrosion and a prolonged period of idleness...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-07-2015, 01:39 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 475
Posted By rdl
I'm a bit confused. I didn't mean to describe...

I'm a bit confused. I didn't mean to describe "little spurts and spins if AC is on" Once A/C compressor is engaged and the aux fan turns on it stays on.

There are no relays in the circuit for the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-07-2015, 12:46 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 631
Posted By rdl
Another option would be a UV trace kit which...

Another option would be a UV trace kit which should run ~$50. Add the dye to coolant and then check with the UV light & goggles after a day or two. A heads up that any white plastic in hose...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-07-2015, 11:36 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 475
Posted By rdl
The M52TU and M54 that use the PWM fan starts it...

The M52TU and M54 that use the PWM fan starts it at 5 bar A/C pressure and ramps up as pressure increases. I've never observed A/C on and aux fan not running. The 10 second interval mentioned in my...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-07-2015, 10:16 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 475
Posted By rdl
I checked the aux fan again after a couple of...

I checked the aux fan again after a couple of errands to get the engine fully to temperature. Engine coolant temp as indicated in the instrument cluster was steady at 94C. Ambient on the car's...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-07-2015, 09:04 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 475
Posted By rdl
idjit Just a few minutes ago I did the test you...

idjit
Just a few minutes ago I did the test you requested, at least the first half. My car is a 2003 530i, so an M54 3 litre. It should be the same as yours.

Ambient is 24C. First start of the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-07-2015, 08:22 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 330
Posted By rdl
In addition to the suggestions above, I'd do a...

In addition to the suggestions above, I'd do a search on the wheel brand's reputation. Some brands have a reputation for being well manufactured, well balanced and tough, i.e. resistant to bending...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-05-2015, 08:27 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 316
Posted By rdl
I haven't seen a thread with your specific...

I haven't seen a thread with your specific problem, but what the dealers are telling you does make sense.

When a car was built, the EWS was "burned" with 10 security codes, which BMW stored...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-03-2015, 06:24 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 618
Posted By rdl
I spent some time testing my SAI Friday and found...

I spent some time testing my SAI Friday and found some interesting bits of information. In the end I did not replace the solenoid valve. Apparently my problem was deteriorated, leaking vacuum hoses...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-03-2015, 04:39 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 180
Posted By rdl
Some people report the oil pressure sensor going...

Some people report the oil pressure sensor going out of calibration and turning on the warning although pressure is OK. You could remove the sensor and connect a pressure gauge. Or simply replace it...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-03-2015, 04:27 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 480
Posted By rdl
If you search this link for "bmw e39 e38 fuel...

If you search this link for "bmw e39 e38 fuel supply system description" the PDF describes various iterations of the system including evaporative control, which should give you a notion of what might...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-01-2015, 09:47 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 618
Posted By rdl
I don't believe it would pass. The ready flag in...

I don't believe it would pass. The ready flag in the DME's DTC log wouldn't be set since there wouldn't be enough drive cycles since DTC clearance. And as soon as I did do enough cycles the CEL would...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-01-2015, 07:35 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 618
Posted By rdl
Yeah, I agree the SAI system is a large expense...

Yeah, I agree the SAI system is a large expense for a very small benefit.
Option 2 won't work for me. Ontario requires an E-test for car licence renewal.
I think I'll explore option 1 though.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-30-2015, 06:37 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 618
Posted By rdl
John, thank you again for the distance you've...

John, thank you again for the distance you've gone to help me out.

I checked manifold vacuum directly and found 15" Hg at idle. From a cold start it trended up and down a bit and seemed to settle...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-30-2015, 05:30 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 618
Posted By rdl
Bluebee Yes that does measure vacuum - in the...

Bluebee
Yes that does measure vacuum - in the crankcase. But it's a very weak one. Just enough to ensure that blowby gasses and oil mist aren't vented to the atmosphere; instead they're separated...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-29-2015, 05:26 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 618
Posted By rdl
Thanks a bunch for your trouble. That's very...

Thanks a bunch for your trouble. That's very useful information. And I will look at manifold vacuum and check for cracks in the line to the SAP valve. Likely to be Friday or Saturday.

As you...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-29-2015, 10:16 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 618
Posted By rdl
That's a good thought. But I tested by...

That's a good thought.
But I tested by disconnecting the hose at the valve, held my hand over the end and there is no hissing noise of a leak (engine was off), the pump changes note as it would...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-29-2015, 09:24 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 618
Posted By rdl
OK, worth a try. Thanks. Since you have two...

OK, worth a try. Thanks.

Since you have two valves, one spare on the shelf, is there any chance you would be willing to do a test and give me an idea how much the plunger is displaced under...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-29-2015, 09:07 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 618
Posted By rdl
The diverter/check valve seems to be sealing well...

The diverter/check valve seems to be sealing well in the closed position. The pump side is as clean as a whistle and the hose from pump to valve is in excellent condition. What I'm not so sure of is...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-29-2015, 08:44 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 618
Posted By rdl
Not yet. It works fine all 3 times I've activated...

Not yet. It works fine all 3 times I've activated the pump for testing.

The trouble with this darn system is that diagnosis is so difficult given the pump runs only a minute of two in normal...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-29-2015, 08:11 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 618
Posted By rdl
I bought the car with 111k km, now at 216k km & I...

I bought the car with 111k km, now at 216k km & I haven't changed it.
The exhaust (internal elbow) side of the valve has light, smooth black deposits. I would have thought not enough to block the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-29-2015, 06:41 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 618
Posted By rdl
Thanks for the thoughts. I do understand the...

Thanks for the thoughts. I do understand the system operation & source of the vacuum. When I perform the component functional checks (activation using INPA or DIS) everything works as expected: pump...
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