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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-19-2015, 06:37 PM
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Posted By Fudman
That's the one.

That's the one.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-19-2015, 06:43 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,298
Posted By Fudman
You can go narrower. However, the BMW...

You can go narrower. However, the BMW recommendations suggest that the 105.75mm sidewall (when using a 235mm wide tire) is the maximum allowable sidewall with the original Style 42 wheels to avoid...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-18-2015, 02:47 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 669
Posted By Fudman
Problem solved: see...

Problem solved: see http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?p=9032385#post9032385 for the DIY
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-18-2015, 02:46 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 285
Posted By Fudman
Easy DIY: "Heavy Steering" and "No Return to Center" FIXED

Back in MAR, I had posted about this feeling of "heavy steering" http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=835442&highlight=. I thought this might be an early indicator of a failing power...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-18-2015, 01:10 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,298
Posted By Fudman
Sounds like you want to increase sidewall height...

Sounds like you want to increase sidewall height to improve ride quality and gas mileage.
The standard 235/45 tire have a sidewall of 105.75 mm.
245/40 have a sidewall of 980 mm, so that will not...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-18-2015, 09:41 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 309
Posted By Fudman
Overfilling is almost as bad as under filling. I...

Overfilling is almost as bad as under filling. I posted several years back after I replaced my tranny fluid and I had overfilled it. I pumped it in warm until it flowed out but jammed the plug back...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-13-2015, 06:57 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 354
Posted By Fudman
I have the Conti DWS. Very good but not great. ...

I have the Conti DWS. Very good but not great. I had Pirelli P Zero Nero A/S previously. These were better (ride & quieter). Both handle really well. Just something to consider.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-13-2015, 02:42 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 354
Posted By Fudman
Tradeoff: 245/45-17 vs 235/45-17 (OEM size). ...

Tradeoff: 245/45-17 vs 235/45-17 (OEM size). Slightly wider tread but slightly taller stance. The taller sidewall, in general, should improve ride quality while reducing cornering and possibly...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-10-2015, 12:42 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 890
Posted By Fudman
I am not sure why you think the weight of the...

I am not sure why you think the weight of the engine is all that matters here. We are talking about your suspension. The critical suspension parameter is the sprung weight/mass. That is the total...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-09-2015, 06:55 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 890
Posted By Fudman
You need to look at the curb weight, not the...

You need to look at the curb weight, not the engine weight. A 525 weighs around 3300 lbs. A 540 weighs around 3660. If you then consider the weight bias difference (2%), the weight across the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-09-2015, 08:11 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 890
Posted By Fudman
Physical fit/compatibility of components is not...

Physical fit/compatibility of components is not the issue. The performance characteristics of the components is what matters. The damping ratios for V8 struts is different than the I6 struts and the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-08-2015, 07:32 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 396
Posted By Fudman
Given the age of our cars, the cost differential...

Given the age of our cars, the cost differential between brands, the ease of the DIY, the fact that the PS pump is not a safety related component and that the consequences of a PS pump failure cannot...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-03-2015, 09:22 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 194
Posted By Fudman
Read this entire thread for the gory details: ...

Read this entire thread for the gory details: http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=471501&highlight=door+lock+actuator

This is where to drill and smash:...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-03-2015, 05:24 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 266
Posted By Fudman
I believe that will only work when your door lock...

I believe that will only work when your door lock actuator is operating correctly. Those that have had a lock actuator failure have been unable to unlock their doors at all.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-03-2015, 05:18 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 194
Posted By Fudman
Welcome to the Fest. You have a failed door lock...

Welcome to the Fest. You have a failed door lock actuator. They usually fail gradually over time, operating intermittently before failing completely. I suggest you cycle the key remote or internal...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-02-2015, 06:27 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 266
Posted By Fudman
This means that your door lock actuator is...

This means that your door lock actuator is failing. Intermittent locking failure is a symptom of a failing door lock actuator. At some point, the actuator will fail completely. If you are lucky,...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-02-2015, 02:41 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 266
Posted By Fudman
Good for you. Heres the DIY: ...

Good for you. Heres the DIY: http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=788813&highlight=
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-31-2015, 07:44 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 669
Posted By Fudman
A good simple test. Thanx!

A good simple test. Thanx!
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-31-2015, 04:40 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 669
Posted By Fudman
Thanx for the feedback everyone. It's probably...

Thanx for the feedback everyone. It's probably been at least 3-4 years since I changed out the ATF, which could be the reason. I am hoping it is not a leaking rack as the DIY sounds like a PITA and...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-30-2015, 05:29 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 669
Posted By Fudman
Power Steering Failure Symptoms?

I have an issue with my power steering. It feels "heavy", like there is little power assist at standstill or low speeds. It feels fine once I am moving faster. Not a major problem and something...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-29-2015, 05:00 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 218
Posted By Fudman
FYI the Trans Prog Failsafe does not trigger an...

FYI the Trans Prog Failsafe does not trigger an ODBII code. The tranny codes can only be read and reset using an INPA, GT-1 or similar software. If you are not experiencing the default gear...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-29-2015, 04:57 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 244
Posted By Fudman
No, replace the CCV before driving. Your CCV was...

No, replace the CCV before driving. Your CCV was frozen but has thawed out. You did not hydrolock your engine before but you will, if you continue to run the engine or drive it before you replace...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-27-2015, 07:10 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 284
Posted By Fudman
What do you mean by "conclusive"?

What do you mean by "conclusive"?
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-27-2015, 02:27 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 205
Posted By Fudman
You sound like you have money burning a hole in...

You sound like you have money burning a hole in your pocket and want to spend it on "improvement" for your new wheels. Relax. Take a deep breath and spend it on maintenance priorities, instead. ...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-27-2015, 09:44 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 284
Posted By Fudman
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=...

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=409240&highlight=

There another one on B'Fest too. The job is a HUGE PITA. You may want to replace your OFHG just to make access easier.
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