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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-11-2014, 05:19 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 962
Posted By Fudman
While I think that trying to quantify a physical...

While I think that trying to quantify a physical change in o-ring dimension to rationalize a change in Vanos performance is laudable, that is not the only physical o-ring characteristic that changes...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-10-2014, 05:22 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 153
Posted By Fudman
Plasti dip is much faster, easier and is...

Plasti dip is much faster, easier and is removable, too. Mine is going on 5+ years (of New England winters!) but has a few dings on it.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-10-2014, 05:19 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 140
Posted By Fudman
The standard OEM HID bulb is a D2S (Phillips). ...

The standard OEM HID bulb is a D2S (Phillips). H7 refers to the base of the bulb. It appears that you have some DIY hybrid, using an HID bulb with an H7 base in the standard halogen projection...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-10-2014, 05:08 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 459
Posted By Fudman
+1, clearance is the only limiting issue when you...

+1, clearance is the only limiting issue when you run 4 good snows, like Hakkas.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-08-2014, 04:37 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 962
Posted By Fudman
That is correct. There is no quantitative test...

That is correct. There is no quantitative test that objectively shows that replacing Vanos seals does anything.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-08-2014, 11:05 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 962
Posted By Fudman
I would agree with this. The Vanos adjusts the...

I would agree with this. The Vanos adjusts the engine timing. But it is not a requirement for the engine to function. The "crappy" characterization is a bit harsh, though. An engine without...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-07-2014, 05:44 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 173
Posted By Fudman
I am having a similar issue except mine is a...

I am having a similar issue except mine is a clicking sound, more like a subtle tick (in one direction) and a tock in the other direction. It happens only when the wheel is centered and only occurs...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-07-2014, 05:30 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 171
Posted By Fudman
Thanx guys. Do you know what is the function...

Thanx guys.
Do you know what is the function of a slip ring or clock spring? Do you know what is the formal name for the slip ring/clock spring? Is this a DIY repair (it appears so)? Since I...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-06-2014, 09:07 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 171
Posted By Fudman
Steering making a clicking sound

Just returned from a quick 200 mile road trip. On the way out, I noticed that my steering was making a weird clicking noise on the highway. The sound was barely audible (sounds almost like a...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-05-2014, 08:17 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 250
Posted By Fudman
Maintenance before bling.

Maintenance before bling.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-04-2014, 11:01 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 268
Posted By Fudman
The V8 Vanos solution has been around a lot...

The V8 Vanos solution has been around a lot shorter than the I6 solution. Consequently, the body of experience is considerably shorter. The overwhelming experience on the I6 (especially with auto)...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-04-2014, 09:29 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 962
Posted By Fudman
There are many varying opinions and positions...

There are many varying opinions and positions regarding the Vanos seal issue. If you ask BMW, their response will be "What Vanos seal issue?" I think the best advice you will receive on the Vanos...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-04-2014, 03:52 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 196
Posted By Fudman
Front or rear suspension? (No thrust arms on the...

Front or rear suspension? (No thrust arms on the rear). Kits might be a little cheaper but buying components lets you select exactly what you want/need.
Tip #1 - Avoid eBay (search this forum to...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-03-2014, 01:00 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 124
Posted By Fudman
Who did the window regulator replacement? They...

Who did the window regulator replacement? They likely caused a disconnect with the door local actuator. Take it apart and check the actuator for function. If the actuator has failed, replace it.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-02-2014, 04:28 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 170
Posted By Fudman
Search this forum and you will look elsewhere for...

Search this forum and you will look elsewhere for "gains".
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-30-2014, 01:27 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 272
Posted By Fudman
While the protectant may prevent future...

While the protectant may prevent future yellowing, I'm a little skeptical of the polishing pad. This would work only if your headlamp covers are not that bad. If they are bad, like most, you will...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-30-2014, 01:22 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 318
Posted By Fudman
If this car is for your dad and he has a fat...

If this car is for your dad and he has a fat wallet, go for it. He can afford it. If he isn't wealthy, look for a different car unless he likes to work on cars. If this is for you, then either...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-30-2014, 01:19 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 260
Posted By Fudman
Need more info. A helicopter sounds like...

Need more info. A helicopter sounds like "wup-wup-wup". Is your sound constant? Does the sound vary with engine rpms?
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-29-2014, 03:15 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 307
Posted By Fudman
Those are all the same thing.

Those are all the same thing.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-28-2014, 12:53 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 341
Posted By Fudman
FYI: Tranny codes require a GT-1, INBPA or...

FYI: Tranny codes require a GT-1, INBPA or equivalent scanner. The ODBII will not read tranny codes. However, resetting the tranny code (again, it requires the GT-1 or equivalent) can cure your...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-28-2014, 12:50 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 307
Posted By Fudman
The suspension system is not that complex...

The suspension system is not that complex although it is sophisticated. The tension strut is also called the thrust arm. It is one of the two control arms in the suspension. The other arm is...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-27-2014, 02:10 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 341
Posted By Fudman
+1, a wet wheel sensor can also trigger this...

+1, a wet wheel sensor can also trigger this message.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-27-2014, 05:33 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 371
Posted By Fudman
Look at the sequence of events in order to...

Look at the sequence of events in order to troubleshoot. You replaced the WP, which relates to cooling of the engine but has nothing to do with the running of the engine. You say it "slowly started...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-26-2014, 02:55 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 168
Posted By Fudman
I have a similar sunshade and it works for me. ...

I have a similar sunshade and it works for me. It is thin enough to slip next to my seat when not in use and pops up into the correct size when opened. Mine is two separate oval shapes, not a two...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-26-2014, 02:45 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 24,701
Posted By Fudman
Yes, I replaced my car with another e39. The...

Yes, I replaced my car with another e39. The problem has not recurred. :rofl:




Your problem is not related to the aux fan. The e39 AC system is very sensitive to the amount of Freon in the...
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