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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-07-2017, 07:55 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,420
Posted By bobdmac
Congratulations. You might want to re-torque the...

Congratulations. You might want to re-torque the valve cover bolts after a few days, to make sure it's snug. Sometimes a gasket will not seat completely in the groove in the valve cover. Over time,...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-03-2017, 06:16 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,634
Posted By bobdmac
Thanks. Just thought I'd stop in and see what was...

Thanks. Just thought I'd stop in and see what was going on.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-03-2017, 05:28 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,634
Posted By bobdmac
I don't know about the C310, because I have the...

I don't know about the C310, because I have the C110, which did report the live data wheel speed. According to the video below, at 3:44, the C310 can also do this, but they don't demonstrate it.
...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-03-2017, 02:56 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,420
Posted By bobdmac
It's a little like Russian Roulette. Do you feel...

It's a little like Russian Roulette. Do you feel lucky? Sometimes, but not always, shortly before the guides fail, you'll hear the timing chain sort of buzzing at idle under the valve and cam chain...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-03-2017, 11:47 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,634
Posted By bobdmac
Unfortunately, we seem to have scared off the OP...

Unfortunately, we seem to have scared off the OP with all the haggling and possible intimidating detail. Here's my simplified proposal. The OP should get a code reader (as suggested by others above)...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-03-2017, 09:52 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,420
Posted By bobdmac
A couple of things: First, if you have oil...

A couple of things:

First, if you have oil collecting around the plugs, replace the valve cover gaskets--time and money well spent.

Second, if you're feeling a misfire, the ECU should note it....
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-02-2017, 10:25 AM
Replies: 362
Views: 28,415
Posted By bobdmac
Thanks for the comment, wdbii. It prompted me to...

Thanks for the comment, wdbii. It prompted me to re-read the whole thread, sending me spinning into a whole afternoon's worth of recollections. Late this summer, my girlfriend and i plan to do a...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-06-2016, 06:09 PM
Replies: 318
Views: 111,068
Posted By bobdmac
Deleted irrelevant my comment.

Deleted irrelevant my comment.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-05-2016, 08:09 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 541
Posted By bobdmac
When I was visiting a friend in Wisconsin a few...

When I was visiting a friend in Wisconsin a few years ago, he warned me that a nearby town had "a lot of Buicks," which he claimed had the worst drivers.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-05-2016, 07:35 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 944
Posted By bobdmac
Even Dinan doesn't claim that a cold air intake...

Even Dinan doesn't claim that a cold air intake by itself yields a horsepower or performance increase.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-04-2016, 02:07 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,366
Posted By bobdmac
Congratulations on a smooth-running engine and on...

Congratulations on a smooth-running engine and on the replacement of your oil pan gasket. If it were my car, I'd probably leave the freeze plug alone. Offhand, I can't recall seeing complaints about...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-04-2016, 10:31 AM
Replies: 333
Views: 12,619
Posted By bobdmac
Also, you might find this Bimmerfest discussion...

Also, you might find this Bimmerfest discussion helpful: Cylinder True Running Value (http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=446046)
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-04-2016, 10:00 AM
Replies: 333
Views: 12,619
Posted By bobdmac
I just scanned this article briefly, but it looks...

I just scanned this article briefly, but it looks like a great discussion of fuel/air mixture issues, starting at page 7.

http://thebimmerpub.com/pdf/2012/10oct/1210-tbp.pdf
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-04-2016, 09:51 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 975
Posted By bobdmac
I think the concern is the pressure rating. As...

I think the concern is the pressure rating. As you implied, fuel injected lines operate at higher pressure than lines that feed carburetors. Maybe vendors would automatically sell you fuel-injection...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-03-2016, 09:49 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 874
Posted By bobdmac
Is it loud at cold startup with mild ambient...

Is it loud at cold startup with mild ambient temperatures?
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-03-2016, 09:45 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,959
Posted By bobdmac
Also, check out this Youtube video @ 2:10 for a...

Also, check out this Youtube video @ 2:10 for a discussion of bypassing the EWS

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipPKNoqhsp0
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-03-2016, 09:24 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,959
Posted By bobdmac
If you haven't found the EWS or don't know which...

If you haven't found the EWS or don't know which one you have, this link might help--scroll down to see the EWS info:

Removing and installing a DME and a EWS System from your BMW E39 ( 5 Series...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-03-2016, 08:40 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,959
Posted By bobdmac
Have you tried to jump start the car?

Have you tried to jump start the car?
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-03-2016, 08:31 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 874
Posted By bobdmac
As Burning2nd suggests, if yore thinking a noisy...

As Burning2nd suggests, if yore thinking a noisy fan is a sign of clutch failure (which you may not be--hard to tell), this is probably incorrect. A fan clutch usually fails by losing its ability to...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-02-2016, 11:51 PM
Replies: 333
Views: 12,619
Posted By bobdmac
I don't know how difficult it would be, but if...

I don't know how difficult it would be, but if you swapped the #5 cylinder injector with another injector and the misfire followed, that would mean a faulty injector. If the misfire stayed put, I'd...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-02-2016, 11:38 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,959
Posted By bobdmac
I appreciate your complaint about common sense,...

I appreciate your complaint about common sense, but having read six years' worth of requests for help, I can tell you that common sense is less common than you'd hope. Lots of people have said they...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-02-2016, 09:09 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,959
Posted By bobdmac
Sorry if this makes me sound like I'm nagging,...

Sorry if this makes me sound like I'm nagging, but just to be clear, unless you report back an actual battery voltage, "checking" the battery is meaningless for people trying to help you diagnose the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-02-2016, 08:25 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 874
Posted By bobdmac
This is well within normal operating temperature....

This is well within normal operating temperature. The fan still made noise because the fan clutch was doing its job--driving the fan, which makes a lot of noise as it pulls extra air through the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-02-2016, 07:50 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 799
Posted By bobdmac
I just had my bank 1 VANOS solenoid die a slow...

I just had my bank 1 VANOS solenoid die a slow death. I replaced the VANOS seals 5,000 miles ago, but the bank 1 VANOS had been getting progressively noisier. About 1,000 miles ago, I had a brief...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-02-2016, 07:13 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 324
Posted By bobdmac
As rbail1 suggested above, read the detailed and...

As rbail1 suggested above, read the detailed and well-photographed step-by-step instructions at German Auto Solutions...
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