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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-22-2014, 03:27 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 695
Posted By Al's540i
Yeah it's possible they were not properly prepp'd...

Yeah it's possible they were not properly prepp'd or they didn't know about the magnesium? :dunno:
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-22-2014, 02:57 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 695
Posted By Al's540i
I powder coated mine several years ago and...

I powder coated mine several years ago and they've have recently begun chipping off/peeling off ....especially at the corners.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-19-2014, 10:24 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 539
Posted By Al's540i
Agree with what most have said here. You've spent...

Agree with what most have said here. You've spent the money on another engine that now has new hoses, WP, thermostat, and fan clutch. For peace of mind just have the radiator and expansion tank...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-16-2014, 05:37 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 538
Posted By Al's540i
What I meant in my original post was " my...

What I meant in my original post was " my mechanic has done VANOS on other V8's" ..... not on mine. So my VANOS is original.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-16-2014, 05:35 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 538
Posted By Al's540i
No, my VANOS was never done. But from what my...

No, my VANOS was never done. But from what my tech tells me....having done many guide jobs, mine are not in need of replacement because if they were toast the engine would be making a clanking sound...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-16-2014, 09:34 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 538
Posted By Al's540i
I have a 540i with 216k miles. My mechanic (who...

I have a 540i with 216k miles. My mechanic (who is certified on all BMW's and has been for 30+ years) told me it's VANOS and it's because it's a bad design by BMW. I've yet to have my timing chain...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-11-2014, 08:05 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 418
Posted By Al's540i
***UPDATE*** I ordered rear wheel bearings...

***UPDATE***

I ordered rear wheel bearings believing this to be the issue. My indie mechanic confirmed after going for a ride with me. Well, just picked up the car today from him and it's...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-03-2014, 08:28 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 418
Posted By Al's540i
Yes it does.but Burning2nd asked if the noise was...

Yes it does.but Burning2nd asked if the noise was more pronounced when rolling to the left or right, which I took to suggest possibly something else. Yeah I went ahead and ordered wheel bearings...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-03-2014, 07:34 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 418
Posted By Al's540i
Hmmm I'm not sure.. I never paid attention. What...

Hmmm I'm not sure.. I never paid attention. What are you suggesting Burning2nd?

my indie mechanic will test drive it later today to confirm but he think its the wheel bearings.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-02-2014, 01:38 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 418
Posted By Al's540i
20k miles??? that's awesome. I eat rear tires b/w...

20k miles??? that's awesome. I eat rear tires b/w 12k -15k miles. I changed my last set literally two days ago thinking the rears were worn.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-02-2014, 12:22 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 418
Posted By Al's540i
Hmmmm it's like a roar....gets louder the faster...

Hmmmm it's like a roar....gets louder the faster I go. oh btw, I have 215k miles and changed the diff fluid about 100k miles ago. if that helps.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-02-2014, 06:43 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 418
Posted By Al's540i
Unhappy HELP! Loud noise from rear of car!

I have the staggered setup and usually when the inside of the vehicle gets really loud it means my rear tires are balding.

So I replaced my rears with brand new Michellin Pilot Sports. I've...
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 06-05-2014, 08:42 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 974
Posted By Al's540i
What symptoms are present when valve guide seals...

What symptoms are present when valve guide seals need replacing? Is it too much of a job for a DIY'er like myself?
Forum: X5 E70 (2007 - 2013) 06-04-2014, 07:14 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 974
Posted By Al's540i
Plus 1 to what Rickm5x3 said. The V8's are good...

Plus 1 to what Rickm5x3 said. The V8's are good engines and I've had little issues with mine. I've spent more money on modifications than I have actual engine repair.

I too am looking at a V8 X5...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-17-2014, 06:18 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 316
Posted By Al's540i
Question Replace rotors without new pads?

Are there any problems/dangers in replacing front rotors and keep the existing pads since they have more than half pad remaining?
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-07-2013, 11:48 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 236
Posted By Al's540i
After brake repair pedal feels slightly mushy

Last night I replaced my "in-between" brake lines on my 540. One of them had ruptured.
Anyways, now I brake fine but the pedal is not as solid as it used to feel. I guess maybe I have air in the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-03-2013, 12:57 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 324
Posted By Al's540i
Brake leak found

So on my drive from Dallas to OKC I noticed my brake pedal felt mushy. I pressed on though. When I got home I got the red brake light as well as dash indicator "check brake fluid". I was empty and I...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-08-2013, 08:16 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 246
Posted By Al's540i
Exclamation Oh no. Camshaft VANOS Control Codes!

Lately I've been getting CEL and it's been for Camshaft VANOS Control Cylinders 1-4. What does this code indicate has failed exactly? I don't notice anything different with the car. Engine idles like...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-26-2013, 09:50 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,011
Posted By Al's540i
I know this is an old thread ....................

I know this is an old thread ................. however my issue is the spray is a lot smaller than it used to be. Is this a sign of a bad pump or a pump that's beginning to fail?
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-24-2013, 07:07 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 439
Posted By Al's540i
It couldn't have been road debris as I was in a...

It couldn't have been road debris as I was in a parking lot when it happened and barely going 5MPH. Suspension appears ok. Nothing out of the ordinary.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-23-2013, 08:28 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 439
Posted By Al's540i
The Only thing I can report back regarding my...

The Only thing I can report back regarding my problem is that I reset the CEL and so far they haven't come back. I know the Secondary Air Codes will come back as I had them before but so far the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-22-2013, 05:27 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 439
Posted By Al's540i
Exclamation What was that loud bang!

So I'm pulling out of the parking lot at work and all of a sudden I hear a huge BANG! Sounded like it came more so from the passenger area firewall. At first I thought the fan blade had exploded...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-05-2013, 08:41 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 272
Posted By Al's540i
^^^^ lmfao!

^^^^ lmfao!
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-15-2013, 12:10 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 438
Posted By Al's540i
LOL! Check! PB Blaster is my friend and I've used...

LOL! Check! PB Blaster is my friend and I've used him on numerous applications. :thumbup:
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-15-2013, 11:18 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 438
Posted By Al's540i
Yes pretty much...I don't like slamming on...

Yes pretty much...I don't like slamming on brakes. LOL.

I also drive 55-60 miles, highway, per day to and fro work.
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