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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-13-2015, 05:50 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 300
Posted By rdl
It's belatedly occurred to me that all the...

It's belatedly occurred to me that all the problems described are controlled by modules on the P-bus. And the symptoms are consistent with a problem on the P-bus "knocking down" the modules. Either a...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-12-2015, 06:01 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 300
Posted By rdl
A fully charged battery should be ~12.65 volts on...

A fully charged battery should be ~12.65 volts on open circuit. But a battery being discharged has a lower voltage. The attached image is for a typical lead-acid battery. The "C" in the curve labels...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-08-2015, 05:21 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 268
Posted By rdl
It would be safe for the time being so long as it...

It would be safe for the time being so long as it doesn't freeze. But there is a risk that moisture inside the booster could freeze if the ambient temperature is even close to freezing. Vacuum in the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-08-2015, 04:28 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 170
Posted By rdl
Most people on this forum are North American. E39...

Most people on this forum are North American. E39 turbo diesels are as rare as hen's teeth. You'll have more luck with this issue on European sites. This one is British & has knowledgeable people. I...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-08-2015, 04:19 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 646
Posted By rdl
Sroor The North American 2002 I6s have the...

Sroor

The North American 2002 I6s have the M54 engine. Assuming your engine is similar to the N/A versions ...

The auxillary fan is controlled by the DME based on A/C system pressure and...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-07-2015, 03:24 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 518
Posted By rdl
Bluebee's references in post #18 are excellent...

Bluebee's references in post #18 are excellent suggestions. The best links thread also has links to help find current drains after the car should have gone to sleep.

If they don't find the root...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-06-2015, 07:31 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 164
Posted By rdl
The A/C is disabled below a minimum ambient...

The A/C is disabled below a minimum ambient temperature - pretty sure it's 10C but wouldn't be the house it's exactly that.

The ambient temperature sensor is located in the trim panel ahead of the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-06-2015, 07:15 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 130
Posted By rdl
I don't know about the best way, but this thread...

I don't know about the best way, but this thread describes a method to route wires from the cabin to engine bay without drilling holes.
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=584219
...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-04-2015, 07:31 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 489
Posted By rdl
E39 parking brakes are not self adjusting. ...

E39 parking brakes are not self adjusting.

But perhaps the parking breaks are. :rofl:
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-03-2015, 07:38 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 265
Posted By rdl
There are two locking stages. Stage 1 locking...

There are two locking stages.
Stage 1 locking is done with the button beside the hazard flasher switch, automatic locking when the car is driven away or with the push button/rod on the door. When...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-02-2015, 01:12 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 557
Posted By rdl
It is possible to detach one the links with the...

It is possible to detach one the links with the car flat on the ground - and it doesn't matter which one. Turn the wheel to full lock so the rear of the tire is outward. Far from easy access, but...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-02-2015, 12:55 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 557
Posted By rdl
The common term is "self-locking." Although the...

The common term is "self-locking." Although the term can be ambiguous. A Nylock nut (with a plastic insert) which hasn't been deformed to an elliptic shape is sometimes also termed self locking. I've...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-02-2015, 12:44 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 557
Posted By rdl
OP, you should disconnect the sway bar link. As...

OP, you should disconnect the sway bar link. As you have the car now, jacked on one side, the sway (anti-roll) bar is resisting lowering the hub carrier on the strut. In fact it is exerting some...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-31-2015, 06:49 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 254
Posted By rdl
I've no technical reference for this, but what...

I've no technical reference for this, but what makes sense to me is:

The retard and advance times are the number of milliseconds to adjust the cams from fully advanced to fully retarded and vice...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-31-2015, 05:36 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,352
Posted By rdl
Yup, that was me. I replied in the other thread...

Yup, that was me. I replied in the other thread where that post was referenced "What is a reliable & easy-to-perform DIY objective before/after test of VANOS seals?"
as follows:
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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-31-2015, 05:22 PM
Replies: 148
Views: 16,967
Posted By rdl
The quote in bluebee's post #144 is mine. I'd...

The quote in bluebee's post #144 is mine. I'd forgotten all about it.
I did try cleaning the piston (valve spool) as Raj @ Besian suggested - but no improvement. I also replaced the spool, again no...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-31-2015, 09:13 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 297
Posted By rdl
Search through this link. Coolant is a well...

Search through this link. Coolant is a well covered issue
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=165198

And this link for suggestions searching for help...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-30-2015, 11:27 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 763
Posted By rdl
Good point ... with a caveat. Most cheap meters...

Good point ... with a caveat. Most cheap meters list accuracy of +/- 3%. That's +/- 0.42 V on a 14 volt circuit, which is enough to give misleading results. So one needs to be careful.

All the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-30-2015, 10:53 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 213
Posted By rdl
You can rule the heater system in or out by...

You can rule the heater system in or out by turning the dash vent wheel to 3 blue dots. This will set the air flaps so that only air straight off the evaporator is sent to the vent. (3 red dots takes...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-30-2015, 08:29 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 271
Posted By rdl
A heads up installing AGM batteries in an E39. ...

A heads up installing AGM batteries in an E39.

AGM batteries have a lower float voltage than the flooded cell type. They are also more prone to damage (loss of life) when floated higher than their...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-30-2015, 07:48 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 169
Posted By rdl
Does this post answer the question with enough...

Does this post answer the question with enough detail?
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showpost.php?p=8972566&postcount=19
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-29-2015, 12:15 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 763
Posted By rdl
I agree that the cluster does not give alternator...

I agree that the cluster does not give alternator or battery voltage or charge rate or discharge rate. Or any of the other diagnostics that an auto electrician would have handy. I've posted results...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-29-2015, 08:25 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 763
Posted By rdl
Have you been able to charge the battery and...

Have you been able to charge the battery and check again?

From your last post it seems all the components should be OK. But the video in the first post demonstrate that the alternator isn't able...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-28-2015, 07:49 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,764
Posted By rdl
Nope, not on this engine. But I have rebuilt...

Nope, not on this engine.

But I have rebuilt engines with debris found in the sump. Although longer ago than I care to remember. :cry: The rule at the time was to completely strip the block and...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-28-2015, 06:01 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,764
Posted By rdl
Spin on oil filters commonly have a bypass valve...

Spin on oil filters commonly have a bypass valve that can route oil around the filter element. For instance when the oil is cold and still very viscous so that the oil pump's flow would burst the...
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