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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-10-2016, 02:04 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 6,758
Posted By brc5
To be fair to bmw evaporator corrosion is down to...

To be fair to bmw evaporator corrosion is down to the part, and other manufacturers have the same issue because they use the same parts. Freezes also the likelihood of user error by not sealing up...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-08-2016, 07:19 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 6,758
Posted By brc5
Well, seeing as this thread got dredged up again....

Well, seeing as this thread got dredged up again.

In the end the AC did need repair. The dealer, however, was 100% wrong. Spectacularly wrong- and seriously over quoting.

The short story...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-10-2015, 08:49 PM
Replies: 480
Views: 69,863
Posted By brc5
Yeah it's 'Japan Red' or japanrot - never seen...

Yeah it's 'Japan Red' or japanrot - never seen another E39 in this color, let alone a touring. Super rare and does look great.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-09-2015, 09:14 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,985
Posted By brc5
Top one is an M5 cluster I think, with the...

Top one is an M5 cluster I think, with the aluminium trim around the dials.

Bottom one is a standard UK cluster with kmh/mph speedo.

The only way you're going to find out the part number is to...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-09-2015, 08:51 PM
Replies: 480
Views: 69,863
Posted By brc5
I have style 66 wheels on my touring, in...

I have style 66 wheels on my touring, in staggered offset size. They fit great and really look good. The wagons really suit the offset wheels with bigger dish on the back.

Here's a pic just...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-24-2015, 06:29 PM
Replies: 300
Views: 93,696
Posted By brc5
Simple when the engine is upside down on an...

Simple when the engine is upside down on an engine stand.

Not so simple when you're upside down and the car is on stands.

80/20 rule applies. 80% of the bolts will take 20% of the time. ...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-24-2015, 06:26 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 858
Posted By brc5
If the electrode broke off the plug and went 'in'...

If the electrode broke off the plug and went 'in' then how did it get back 'out' again? Surely it is still bouncing around or wedged in a valve?
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-24-2015, 06:21 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 626
Posted By brc5
A lancer will only have a small alternator. ...

A lancer will only have a small alternator. Might be enough to jump it with the Lancer revving for a couple of minutes over and above it's own charge rate and allowing for voltage loss over the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-24-2015, 06:15 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 476
Posted By brc5
The bowden cable attaches to the top of the HVAC...

The bowden cable attaches to the top of the HVAC unit that takes up most of the room under the dash. If you drop the lower dash panel you can see where the other end of the cable attaches to the...
Forum: 5 Series DIY 09-24-2015, 06:06 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 51,252
Posted By brc5
The pump is on the right hand side. The left...

The pump is on the right hand side. The left hand side access cover is for the sender level unit. Because the tank is effectively split into two halves by the section over the tailshaft, it has two...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-11-2015, 10:36 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,228
Posted By brc5
Challenge accepted! Who can bring the Sawzall?

Challenge accepted! Who can bring the Sawzall?
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-11-2015, 10:32 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 578
Posted By brc5
If you strip them, you need to cover them with...

If you strip them, you need to cover them with something. Magnesium corrodes in the open air.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-11-2015, 10:26 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,305
Posted By brc5
Well, when the car is apart, you don't have much...

Well, when the car is apart, you don't have much choice!

Guy who filled up the AC gas told me he had done of these before. Labor charge was $2600 :tsk:

When you are just going to be around the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-11-2015, 07:32 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 651
Posted By brc5
Good work! It's a cramped job if you don't have...

Good work! It's a cramped job if you don't have a lift, but not impossible for the home mechanic. You saved yourself a nice wad of cash DIY though!

As for the E39 without issues....such a thing...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-11-2015, 07:24 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,305
Posted By brc5
I did publish a full writeup of the evaporator...

I did publish a full writeup of the evaporator removal and replacement with all the pictures - BMW E30 Evaporator / heater core removal and replacement DIY...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-03-2015, 03:39 PM
Replies: 231
Views: 115,895
Posted By brc5
The rocker panel drains are for the sunroof. ...

The rocker panel drains are for the sunroof. There are 4 sunroof drains - two at the front and two at the back. The front drains drain behind the front wheels, the rear rains drain in the centre as...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-03-2015, 05:33 AM
Replies: 231
Views: 115,895
Posted By brc5
There is no drain from the evaporator apart from...

There is no drain from the evaporator apart from the two in the transmission tunnel.

It would be extremely odd if you had water inside the rear HVAC duct. It would be virtually impossible (if not...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-29-2015, 11:31 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,083
Posted By brc5
It's a naturalised Aussie now :)

It's a naturalised Aussie now :)
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-28-2015, 05:35 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,360
Posted By brc5
The EWS is a glorified relay - which is coded in...

The EWS is a glorified relay - which is coded in pairs with the DME, which is a glorified carburettor and distributor. They are paired at birth in the factory and can't be swapped out without a...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-28-2015, 05:37 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,360
Posted By brc5
I just remembered more. When it wouldn't...

I just remembered more.

When it wouldn't crank, that was the ews.

After I got a new ews, I had a mechanic install it. It then failed intermittently. Recoding the ews using carsoft used to...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-28-2015, 03:12 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,083
Posted By brc5
Well, here's one from 2005 stealing the 'ring...

Well, here's one from 2005 stealing the 'ring taxi parking spot. Dirty from a high speed drive across Germany in variable weather.
...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-27-2015, 10:45 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,083
Posted By brc5
1997, Biarritz Blue, not Orient Blue. 535i, not...

1997, Biarritz Blue, not Orient Blue. 535i, not 540i. Grey leather, regular seats but with Nav.

http://i1283.photobucket.com/albums/a550/coastr/IMG_3737_zps1c223258.jpg

That's not the best...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-27-2015, 10:29 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,083
Posted By brc5
So I guess you dropped that requirement for 50k...

So I guess you dropped that requirement for 50k miles then :)

Blue/Grey is a great color combination. The blackout trim must have been an option in 2000? I thought all pre-facelift cars had...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-27-2015, 10:07 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 405
Posted By brc5
You can do it, and some people have done this. ...

You can do it, and some people have done this.

You need to bring the transmission up to operating temp (you'll need to look up what that is) and check temp with an infrared thermometer. Then,...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-26-2015, 03:44 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 350
Posted By brc5
For a start establish what the engine code is on...

For a start establish what the engine code is on the original engine and the replacement engine. Your 99 528i is a M52 - I don't know what the 3 series engine will be, although it is a much later...
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