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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) Yesterday, 01:31 PM
Replies: 6
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Posted By johnstern
+1. I have stock bumpers and my mudflaps look...

+1. I have stock bumpers and my mudflaps look exactly like the ones in the pics above.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-04-2015, 06:13 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 495
Posted By johnstern
I'm likewise sorry to lose such a knowledgeable...

I'm likewise sorry to lose such a knowledgeable and dedicated member. Hope you enjoy your new car.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-04-2015, 07:30 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 518
Posted By johnstern
I have found that the high pressure line holds...

I have found that the high pressure line holds quite a bit of refrigerant so when you shut it off and disconnect, the system is actually a bit short of refrigerant. Hence no cooling.

In...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-03-2015, 08:54 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 268
Posted By johnstern
Bad idea!

Bad idea!
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-03-2015, 08:42 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 282
Posted By johnstern
Inspecting the rubber intake boots is always a...

Inspecting the rubber intake boots is always a good idea.

I would replace the DISA since it's not working. Are you sure the hissing noise is not coming from a loose fitting DISA o-ring? An oil...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-03-2015, 08:23 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 197
Posted By johnstern
You will need to do some more diagnostics to find...

You will need to do some more diagnostics to find your cold weather rough start/idle. I'd start with a scan tool that can read live data and look at long term fuel trims. A vacuum leak is extremely...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-02-2015, 07:41 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 375
Posted By johnstern
You check fuel trims with a scan tool that can...

You check fuel trims with a scan tool that can read live data.

Is your thermostat allowing the engine to reach operating temp? You can unlock your On Board Computer and use test #7 to get...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-02-2015, 07:18 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 263
Posted By johnstern
The rocker panels are an important support...

The rocker panels are an important support component of the car. If you want to maintain the car's structural integrity, you need to have it repaired by a competent body shop.

You need to take it...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-29-2015, 09:55 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 152
Posted By johnstern
Google BIRMS.com and search for a shop on your...

Google BIRMS.com and search for a shop on your area.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-29-2015, 06:43 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 165
Posted By johnstern
You will have to do some diagnosis. You...

You will have to do some diagnosis.

You state that the airbags are fine. You need to inspect them by removing the rear wheels and visually inspecting them. When they wear out, you can see the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-27-2015, 08:29 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 240
Posted By johnstern
Hey guys! I replace mine every 30K whether it...

Hey guys! I replace mine every 30K whether it needs it or not.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-25-2015, 01:51 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 417
Posted By johnstern
Of course, Alex is correct. However you...

Of course, Alex is correct.

However you will, at least need an R134a gauge set and the cheapest will set you back $55+. Then you still won't know what you are doing. My advise, along with...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-21-2015, 04:39 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 1,290
Posted By johnstern
http://www.bmwmotorsports.org/pdf/misc/120704.pdf...

http://www.bmwmotorsports.org/pdf/misc/120704.pdf

Sorry I'm late in posting this solution to your P2098. I'm learning more and more about these codes.

Above is a link to the BMW TSB that covers...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-21-2015, 06:39 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 268
Posted By johnstern
Bimrs is a nationwide organization of shops that...

Bimrs is a nationwide organization of shops that specialize in BMWs. The shops meet periodically to exchange ideas. They must adhere to a set of strict standards and practices when working on BMWs....
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-19-2015, 11:42 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 328
Posted By johnstern
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?p=...

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?p=3900597#post3900597

Read post #16 and follow it exactly, and I do mean exactly. No offense.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-19-2015, 11:06 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 600
Posted By johnstern
You've fixed the heater problem on the downstream...

You've fixed the heater problem on the downstream O2 on Bank 1 by replacing the sensor.

FYI our cars misfire when they run lean. This means that you are spending money for nothing when you just...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-18-2015, 08:21 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,516
Posted By johnstern
This past winter the radiator of my supercharged...

This past winter the radiator of my supercharged 2000 528 iT broke after hitting a large pothole on the highway.
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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-18-2015, 06:52 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 518
Posted By johnstern
Jahnaboi-How did you measure the refrigerant? ...

Jahnaboi-How did you measure the refrigerant? These systems are very particular about the amount of refrigerant added for them to work right.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-17-2015, 08:41 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 397
Posted By johnstern
I first want to say that I'm an I6 guy and my...

I first want to say that I'm an I6 guy and my knowledge of V8s is limited. However, a cam position sensor is a cam position sensor in both engines. It is a Halls Effect sensor.

Hence your...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-16-2015, 08:11 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 503
Posted By johnstern
+1. It's good that you replaced your bad battery...

+1. It's good that you replaced your bad battery but you also have to listen to our advice and test what your alternator is putting out by measuring voltage across the battery with the engine...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-16-2015, 07:46 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 193
Posted By johnstern
Knowing all the nasty things that a FSU can do,...

Knowing all the nasty things that a FSU can do, I'd guess that's possible. You'd have to test amp draw at the battery with it connected, and then disconnected to find out. I think pulling fuse #76...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-14-2015, 01:21 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 503
Posted By johnstern
11.4 volts is a dead battery for an E39. There...

11.4 volts is a dead battery for an E39. There is virtually no chance that the car will start or that you will be able to use any system reliably with this voltage. You'll need a jump start or a...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-14-2015, 06:35 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 503
Posted By johnstern
Sound to me like you have an electric power...

Sound to me like you have an electric power problem. Maybe your battery or your alternator-they are easily checked using the On Board Computer, test #9.
...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-13-2015, 12:42 PM
Replies: 140
Views: 35,937
Posted By johnstern
CAT-less or not you can still used these spacers...

CAT-less or not you can still used these spacers to fool the DME Into thinking your CATs are there. You'll need to have O2 bungs welded into the exhaust pipes so you can screw in the spacers and...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-13-2015, 07:08 AM
Replies: 140
Views: 35,937
Posted By johnstern
The rear O2s do have some slight input into...

The rear O2s do have some slight input into fuel/air mixture. What they do is smooth the mixture control. As you know the upstream O2s voltage fluctuates between .200 and .800 volts. This...
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