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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-18-2014, 01:42 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 152
Posted By Fudman
Getting under the car is required to remove some...

Getting under the car is required to remove some components but special tools are not required. Taking off the plastic pan requires removing a number of screws. You can jack up one corner, put a...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-18-2014, 12:04 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 168
Posted By Fudman
You can go the OE regular springs or the OE sport...

You can go the OE regular springs or the OE sport springs. Either should work with Bilsteins. Check the classifieds forum for used ones. Many sell used springs when they upgrade.

And keep your...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-18-2014, 12:02 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 168
Posted By Fudman
Springs do not wear out. Leave the OEM springs...

Springs do not wear out. Leave the OEM springs and replace the struts only.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-18-2014, 12:00 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 152
Posted By Fudman
If you are halfway competent with wrenches, then...

If you are halfway competent with wrenches, then suck it up and do it. Using the Dr. Vanos approach eliminates half the job. Yes, it appears intimidating looking into the bowels of your engine but...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-18-2014, 04:41 AM
Replies: 108
Views: 15,562
Posted By Fudman
Glad you fixed it before it finally dies. Your...

Glad you fixed it before it finally dies. Your symptoms replicated mine. And thanx for the additional lessons learned hints!
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-17-2014, 06:45 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 352
Posted By Fudman
Logic dictates that changing ATF should always be...

Logic dictates that changing ATF should always be better than not chaining it. If you search, you will find that most users that change ATF do it before 100K. However, those that do it to high...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-16-2014, 04:51 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 150
Posted By Fudman
You don't say what your original headlamp system...

You don't say what your original headlamp system is (halogen or xenon). If you have xenon, the beam is already white. If you want more blue in the beam color, select a higher color temperature...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-16-2014, 04:39 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 320
Posted By Fudman
There is no such thing as "lifetime (ATF) fluid"....

There is no such thing as "lifetime (ATF) fluid". Change interval recommendations vary. Some do it every 30K, others wait longer. It all depends on the size of your wallet and how worried about AT...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-14-2014, 04:22 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 429
Posted By Fudman
These cars are a pleasure to drive but can be...

These cars are a pleasure to drive but can be expensive to maintain. You will need to DIY or likely have a small trust fund, to maintain this car. At 18, think with your brain, not your heart. I...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-12-2014, 05:26 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 350
Posted By Fudman
If a pothole impact caused your airbag to deploy,...

If a pothole impact caused your airbag to deploy, you have likely damaged/bent one or more suspension components. Have a tire shop check the wheel. Then have them check your alignment. If it can't...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-06-2014, 06:37 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 260
Posted By Fudman
Your actuator has probably died. The door cannot...

Your actuator has probably died. The door cannot unlock when the actuator dies. This thread: http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=648959&highlight= has all the details and a DIY. ...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-06-2014, 10:03 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 214
Posted By Fudman
Oil is oil. Just change it more often.

Oil is oil. Just change it more often.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-06-2014, 04:30 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 172
Posted By Fudman
+1, Your actuator is dying. Change it ASAP or...

+1, Your actuator is dying. Change it ASAP or you it will be deja vu all over again.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-28-2014, 04:37 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 238
Posted By Fudman
A clunking sound that is not related to the...

A clunking sound that is not related to the engine nor any movement of the car? :dunno: WP is forward and only rotates when the belt & engine are turning. You need to open the hood and pinpoint the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-27-2014, 09:11 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 117
Posted By Fudman
Call Raj and make the suggestion for the change. ...

Call Raj and make the suggestion for the change. It's a good one and he would appreciate it.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-26-2014, 06:01 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 257
Posted By Fudman
Wow, that is some serious diet! :jawdrop: ...

Wow, that is some serious diet! :jawdrop: Ignore my previous post. You are in a totally different league.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-26-2014, 05:57 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 261
Posted By Fudman
If it only happens when braking and never when...

If it only happens when braking and never when hitting bumps or potholes, then I would look at the brakes first. Only on warm days suggests that something is loosening when warm but sticking when...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-26-2014, 05:49 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 420
Posted By Fudman
I'm not detecting any excessive play in the rear...

I'm not detecting any excessive play in the rear wheels so i don;t think I have any ball joint failures yet. I've got 120K miles on the original rear suspension. New shocks are coming this summer. ...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-26-2014, 12:28 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,813
Posted By Fudman
Another quick fix is to clean the socket out...

Another quick fix is to clean the socket out really well. A short can develop causing the fuse to blow. A little sandpaper cleaning the contacts and some compressed air worked for me.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-26-2014, 06:21 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 291
Posted By Fudman
What's the service history? Is it documented? ...

What's the service history? Is it documented? That can increase or decrease your price significantly. No documentation means everything is original (irrespective of what you say was replaced) and...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-26-2014, 04:04 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 420
Posted By Fudman
Thanx for all the responses. The...

Thanx for all the responses.

The difference in alignment specs from all the different sources is very strange. You'd think they would agree. RDL, my total toe is indeed -0.45 so, I really need...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-25-2014, 10:27 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 235
Posted By Fudman
I don't think you are overthinking it. You are...

I don't think you are overthinking it. You are just trying to do it correctly, the first time through, which is the right approach. My recommendation is to use the Koni parts and follow the Koni...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-25-2014, 09:40 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 420
Posted By Fudman
Should I Attempt a Rear Alignment DIY

Just got new "shoes" for my car (Conti DWS). As part of the installation package, they gave me a front alignment (Hunter) and measured the back. My rear camber is a bit out of spec at -2.3 L & -2.4...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-25-2014, 08:50 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 235
Posted By Fudman
Actually, Step #1 appears to be marking the...

Actually, Step #1 appears to be marking the position of the spring relative to the strut perch & the strut mount. It is important to align the springs properly so that they sit correctly into the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-24-2014, 08:05 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 328
Posted By Fudman
These parts are more likely to fail due to time...

These parts are more likely to fail due to time and exposure. But 16 years is a lot of exposure. How risk tolerant are you for a problem to arise? It also depends on how much longer you intend to...
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