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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-18-2017, 07:43 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 429
Posted By rdl
Low side 70 psig while the compressor is running...

Low side 70 psig while the compressor is running is too high. It should be mid 30s psig rising to high 40s, low 50s at 100F + ambient temperature with high humidity. (ambient air temp, not sun baked...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-17-2017, 07:11 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 566
Posted By rdl
BMW specs in TIS for compression tests in E39...

BMW specs in TIS for compression tests in E39 engines are:
I6s minimum acceptable 10 - 11 bar or ~145 - 160 psi
V8s minimum acceptable 12 - 14 bar or ~175 - 205 psi
TIS also says"approx. equal...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-17-2017, 06:34 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 449
Posted By rdl
Quite right. Transport and storage of air bags...

Quite right. Transport and storage of air bags are subject to the same regulations as explosives.

EDIT: a heads up - if you do have an airbag out of the car, be sure to store it with the bag side...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-17-2017, 06:02 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 531
Posted By rdl
My DISA failed with a severe rattle at idle....

My DISA failed with a severe rattle at idle. Unplugging it eliminated the rattle. The activation mechanism was badly worn; the flap had ~20 degrees of free play.

The DISA flap defaults to open,...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-13-2017, 04:51 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 381
Posted By rdl
Is the Service Engine Soon light on? Are you...

Is the Service Engine Soon light on?
Are you knowledgeable &/or do any DIY?
Have any of the dealers or garages you've dealt with said anything else about the engine that wasn't included in you...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-13-2017, 07:31 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 381
Posted By rdl
These two links say the part # fits your 2003 525...

These two links say the part # fits your 2003 525
http://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/showparts?id=DT43-USA-03-2003-E39-BMW-525i&diagId=12_1104...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-12-2017, 09:22 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,221
Posted By rdl
Year of car: 2003 Model of car: 530i (M54 I6) ...

Year of car: 2003
Model of car: 530i (M54 I6)
Automatic or Manual: auto
Years owned: 7 (purchased June 2010)
Purchase price: C$ 14,800
Mileage at purchase: 69k miles
Mileage now: 163k miles...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-10-2017, 08:22 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 5,579
Posted By rdl
My aux fan failed from corrosion in a couple of...

My aux fan failed from corrosion in a couple of the many copper bus bars between the circuit board and the motor's windings; they'd entirely corroded away and gone open circuit. Most of the rest...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-09-2017, 01:13 PM
Replies: 403
Views: 32,121
Posted By rdl
Extreme cold affects the CCV system by promoting...

Extreme cold affects the CCV system by promoting the accumulation of sludge in the hoses and pressure regulator since it may not warm up enough to evaporate all the water in the sludge and free the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-09-2017, 12:59 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,267
Posted By rdl
I stumbled across another thread (since...

I stumbled across another thread (since misplaced) where the owner described 2 clutch switches on his '97 540. One for bottom of travel for the starter interlock. A second to detect initial clutch...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-08-2017, 04:33 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,267
Posted By rdl
I'm almost certain that there is an interlock...

I'm almost certain that there is an interlock that requires the clutch be depressed before engine crank is enabled. The clutch sensor could be intermittent or mis-adjusted either of which would...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-07-2017, 08:31 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 886
Posted By rdl
Your symptom is consistent with low cooling...

Your symptom is consistent with low cooling capacity. I'd speculate the A/C needs the increased RPM while driving to develop enough cooling capacity to make cool air; at idle it doesn't have enough...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-03-2017, 11:10 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 387
Posted By rdl
:p The 21C degrees range is not 70F degrees...

:p

The 21C degrees range is not 70F degrees range. Rather it is 21 x 1.8 = 38. You were probably misled by the fact that 21C converts to 70F. But the zero points are different between C and F, so...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-02-2017, 07:28 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 414
Posted By rdl
You can get some idea of Canadian used car prices...

You can get some idea of Canadian used car prices at the site below. Be sure to read the page listing price adjustments for region/province.

http://www.vmrcanada.com/canada_makes.htm
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-02-2017, 05:45 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 329
Posted By rdl
Checking MRS modules using NCS Dummy I see...

Checking MRS modules using NCS Dummy I see options for each of the airbags: active and non-active. So perhaps one can "turn off" any that you wish. Or perhaps those options only disable the MRS doing...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-27-2017, 09:31 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 586
Posted By rdl
Link to DIY for console tray/lighter assy R&R. ...

Link to DIY for console tray/lighter assy R&R.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UqziRdyMPjc
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-27-2017, 09:22 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 586
Posted By rdl
I suspect that socket is for the optional rear...

I suspect that socket is for the optional rear seat lighter. It doesn't appear similar to the socket in the front panel. See attached images. The back/underside view of the front console tray is...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-27-2017, 08:42 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 586
Posted By rdl
I've seen a couple of youtube videos on removing...

I've seen a couple of youtube videos on removing the tray & lighter assy. I'm assuming that's what you mean by "panel" Google or a youtube search should find them.

The essence of the method:
-...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-27-2017, 03:08 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 586
Posted By rdl
There are no coil springs in my lighter/power...

There are no coil springs in my lighter/power socket, or others I've seen over the years. I'd guess the springs in yours are from the charging adapter or perhaps the pop-up mechanism for the socket -...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-16-2017, 06:35 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,392
Posted By rdl
FYI on the chance it might be useful. One day...

FYI on the chance it might be useful.
One day having nothing much to do I began wondering how much to flush at each caliper to be fairly sure I'd fully expelled all the old fluid. So I SWAG'd...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-15-2017, 03:13 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,392
Posted By rdl
TIS specifies a maximum charging pressure...

TIS specifies a maximum charging pressure (applied to reservoir) of 2 bar or ~30 psi; surprisingly high I thought.

Ages ago I rigged up a homebrew system using a tire at 15 psi as the pressure...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-01-2017, 01:54 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 943
Posted By rdl
Happy you found the problem. But what a p*ss off...

Happy you found the problem. But what a p*ss off - all that anxiety, time, effort and money for something so silly.

What brand was the defective t-stat? And the replacement?
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-01-2017, 07:13 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 943
Posted By rdl
pargac880 Given the parts you've replaced &...

pargac880

Given the parts you've replaced & assuming they are good brands (i.e. no reason to suspect premature failure) I'd suggest the following steps.

Check that the electric auxillary fan...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-26-2017, 08:38 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,091
Posted By rdl
I have monitored instantaneous O2 values on my...

I have monitored instantaneous O2 values on my '03 530 with either or both INPA & EasyDIS. But it was some time ago & I don't recall which. I'll try to make some time today & find out which and...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-26-2017, 07:23 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,091
Posted By rdl
energizedmortal After reading the posts more...

energizedmortal

After reading the posts more carefully, I'm wondering if we're on the wrong track regarding rich vs. lean.

How have you read the fault codes and DTCs quoted in your...
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