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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) Today, 10:35 AM
Replies: 398
Views: 46,997
Posted By cn90
Ever since I ignored the clunking sound a few...

Ever since I ignored the clunking sound a few years ago, the clunking noise slowly goes away. Car rides the same, still solid and tight.

No time or appetite to replace the Bilstein strut because:...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) Today, 07:43 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 187
Posted By cn90
No matter what car you own, PCV service is...

No matter what car you own, PCV service is required every 80K-100K or so.

In Japanese car, the PCV valve is a 5-10 min job.
In the E39, it is a 3-4h PITA job, go figure.

I did the CCV in my...
Forum: X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 01-28-2015, 07:44 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 141
Posted By cn90
In June 2014, I bought my 2006 X5 3.0 6-sp MT...

In June 2014, I bought my 2006 X5 3.0 6-sp MT with 115K for $11K, US dollars.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-27-2015, 07:14 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 287
Posted By cn90
Just to echo what others already said, thet fact...

Just to echo what others already said, thet fact that the spark plug box says "pre-gapped" does not mean it is correct.

I use 0.028" on my single-prong NGK Iridium plug. Just make sure you don't...
Forum: X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 01-26-2015, 11:51 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 151
Posted By cn90
DIY: Trouble-shooting HVAC Blower Motor and FSR...

DIY: Trouble-shooting HVAC Blower Motor and FSR for E39:

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=716322
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-26-2015, 07:16 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 301
Posted By cn90
Snug it, then go from let's say 7:00 o'clock to...

Snug it, then go from let's say 7:00 o'clock to 6:00 0'clock position.
Basically 30-degree turn is good enough...I have used this trick for 30 years...

However, 90-degree turn is way too much!!!
Forum: X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 01-26-2015, 05:37 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 228
Posted By cn90
I don't have the DIYs for the X5 but here are in...

I don't have the DIYs for the X5 but here are in the tricks I did with my E39 1998 528i...

REAR suspension overhaul 1998 528i (yes, worn ball joints will cause tire wear!):...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-23-2015, 09:43 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 315
Posted By cn90
Nice! I think the BMW engineers should read...

Nice!

I think the BMW engineers should read this topic.
They make the CCV system way too complex for nothing.
Or maybe they should learn from the Japanese.

Or they should look back at the E23...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-23-2015, 10:41 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 223
Posted By cn90
Reminder re CCV and hydrolock

There are tons of CCV threads, but this is a sweet reminder on CCV and hydrolock issues, especially for those with M54 engines.

See the thread below for detail. Make sure you read the thread by...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-22-2015, 06:47 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 399
Posted By cn90
In most vehicles, the magic ratio is 2:1 (front...

In most vehicles, the magic ratio is 2:1 (front vs rear) for pads.
First every 2 sets of front pads, it is 1 set of rear pads.

Check for rear caliper seizing, I wrote a brake overhaul using ATE...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-21-2015, 09:49 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 177
Posted By cn90
So it is a "dirt" issue? BTW, this is...

So it is a "dirt" issue?

BTW, this is written in virtually in all cars owners manual.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-21-2015, 09:42 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 105
Posted By cn90
If you look at the photo below, you will know...

If you look at the photo below, you will know exactly where to spray the lubricant on each side...
I think a mirror is good enough, no need for expensive camera...

...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-21-2015, 09:25 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 177
Posted By cn90
Driving at sustained highway speeds during hot weather = "severe" category

If you do a quick google search using keyword driving at sustained highway speeds during hot weather, then this belongs to the "severe" category for oil change.
...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-21-2015, 08:52 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 105
Posted By cn90
Below is the link for the ghetto trick: ...

Below is the link for the ghetto trick:
https://www.bmwland.co.uk/forums/viewtopic.php?p=894992&p=894992


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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-21-2015, 08:46 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 105
Posted By cn90
The kosher way is to remove the dash and lube the...

The kosher way is to remove the dash and lube the bearing (actually not a ball bearing but simply a bushing).

The ghetto way is to remove the air filter duct (from the engine side), then you will...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-21-2015, 06:51 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 17,315
Posted By cn90
I always use Pierburg air pump... - Stock...

I always use Pierburg air pump...

- Stock air pump died at 100K. Replaced with Pierburg air pump ($300, can't remember the price) + air valve (another $100). Total = $400, what a waste of money....
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-20-2015, 10:47 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 368
Posted By cn90
Oh...I missed the 15K thingy, it is too long. ...

Oh...I missed the 15K thingy, it is too long.

Even the professional mechanics recommend 5K-6K for normal situation.
As mentioned, do it every 2K-3K, the lifter noise will go away, no need to...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-20-2015, 07:20 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 368
Posted By cn90
Most of the time, the ticking noise is not...

Most of the time, the ticking noise is not harmful.
Likely lifter noise but it could come from blocked oil passages, blocked oil pump screen as you said or sludge etc.

A few oil changes with...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-20-2015, 07:17 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 354
Posted By cn90
No matter what car you own: - Draining from the...

No matter what car you own:
- Draining from the block is always difficult due to tight space and tight bolt.
- Draining from radiator petcock (if equipped with petcock) is risky, plastic can crack...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-19-2015, 11:07 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 259
Posted By cn90
30-min job... ...

30-min job...

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=400924
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-19-2015, 09:50 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,699
Posted By cn90
I have this simple requirement... - The vehicle...

I have this simple requirement...
- The vehicle has to be RWD
- And stick shift...

I have been wondering about this topic too, what would I buy next, if and whenever the current E39 is dead.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-19-2015, 09:12 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 469
Posted By cn90
Ah ha, The wifey hehe. My car does the...

Ah ha,

The wifey hehe.

My car does the same, a drop of oil here and there on the exhaust. I smell it on and off, very slight hint, so not a big deal for me.

The good news is: my wife does...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-19-2015, 08:38 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 469
Posted By cn90
Mine is still stock at 150K. I have a basic...

Mine is still stock at 150K.

I have a basic rule re oil leak, a bit of leak on the engine is fine, just spray with Purple Cleaner and followed with some gentle amount of warm water is fine.

As...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-19-2015, 05:58 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 645
Posted By cn90
Another solution to M54 CCV...

I saw this in BMW X5 M54 engine forum, interesting cheap solution to the CCV.
For you guys who want to try this modified CCV system...

...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-18-2015, 10:28 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 357
Posted By cn90
Sorry about thread hijack but I need to share my...

Sorry about thread hijack but I need to share my positive experience with my E39, 1998 528i with 150K...
- Vapor Barrier: not a problem so far, this problem is overblown.
- Missing Pixels: not a...
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