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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-12-2014, 06:03 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 170
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A press is the proper way, but there are plenty...

A press is the proper way, but there are plenty of ways to do it. If you can, soak in penetrating oil like PB Blaster every day for about 3 days before you try to start working on it. Note that WD40...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-03-2014, 09:47 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 522
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If you're planning to do a second drain and fill,...

If you're planning to do a second drain and fill, then there's no need to Loctite the bolts yet. I question the need to do it at all, but just wait until you do the second drain and fill and Loctite...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-18-2014, 05:01 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 772
Posted By vavet5308
Don't forget to put the magnets back in the pan...

Don't forget to put the magnets back in the pan after cleaning everything.


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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-30-2013, 01:29 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 569
Posted By vavet5308
This oil change I want to do some engine work.

Check drive belts and tensioner pulleys. It's easier to do now since alternator is out.


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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-06-2013, 12:15 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 5,352
Posted By vavet5308
Have you ever found a "lifetime warranty" that met these basic criteria to be u

I bought a muffler from Advance Auto several years ago for a Ford truck I had at the time. I did a lot of short trip driving and within a couple years, the muffler rusted out again. I cut off the old...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-17-2013, 09:49 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,191
Posted By vavet5308
Am I crazy to buy an '02-'03 e39??

I bought an 02 525it auto last year after selling my Mazdaspeed Miata to get ready for baby. It's nothing special, no sport pack, etc but it has heated seats, which was my one requirement. I miss...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-08-2013, 09:58 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 614
Posted By vavet5308
Ever heard of household exclusions?

Whose insurance is weaseling? Do both you and your dad have State Farm?


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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-16-2013, 09:48 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,050
Posted By vavet5308
I'm going to take a little more controversial...

I'm going to take a little more controversial stand on the OP's issue - your issue is with your wife! Why does she not question the charges while she's at the dealership? She's an adult, right? You...
Forum: 6 Series 09-15-2013, 06:41 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 298
Posted By vavet5308
OBD ll scanner

Obd2 scanners do not read restraint system malfunction codes. Obd2 applies to powertrain codes only. Some scanners are more capable and can read restraint, abs, etc, but they're also more expensive. ...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-14-2013, 08:49 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 8,727
Posted By vavet5308
Suspension diagnose & DIY basics for beginners

Craftsman hand tools are warranted forever. Take your broken ratchet to any Sears store and ask for a replacement. I don't think they always giv out new replacements, it might be a rebuilt, but it's...
Forum: Off-Topic 07-23-2013, 04:56 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,017
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Terrible experience with auto shipper: looking for advice

Ever watch "Shipping Wars?" Put it on uship.com


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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-03-2013, 09:40 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 419
Posted By vavet5308
I agree with johnstern, find a decent, competent...

I agree with johnstern, find a decent, competent shop. Identifying that shop is the challenge.

I wonder if the rubber intake boot that connects the MAF to the throttle body could have dried out...
Forum: General BMW 07-02-2013, 06:26 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 494
Posted By vavet5308
General rules of the road - merging

I did some superficial online research on this about a year ago. Minnesota DOT actually encourages waiting until the last possible moment to do what they call a "zipper merge." I don't agree but...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-26-2013, 03:44 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 651
Posted By vavet5308
What brand of rear control arms to use on 528i Lemfoerder or Moog?

I bought all k and ck series parts for my car and avoided the rk because of the warranty issue. I've only had them for about 6 months and 2000 miles so I can't comment on longevity.


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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-02-2013, 02:54 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,069
Posted By vavet5308
Tech Question, Think my thermostat is acting up

Is the electric fan a 2 stage unit like on the e34? If so, perhaps the resistor for the first stage is burnt out so it only operates on high.


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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-19-2013, 06:11 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 329
Posted By vavet5308
This might sound counterintuitive (and too late...

This might sound counterintuitive (and too late for you, but maybe it'll help someone in the future), but using an impact gun with the correct size torx bit decreases the chance of stripping out the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-26-2013, 05:58 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,012
Posted By vavet5308
It could be fuel pressure as the others have...

It could be fuel pressure as the others have mentioned. Don't just check the pressure with the engine idling though. Route the hose for the fuel pressure gauge under the hood opening and onto the...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 04-20-2013, 04:03 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 281
Posted By vavet5308
Give it a shot of pb blaster every day for 3 days...

Give it a shot of pb blaster every day for 3 days and then try it.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-27-2013, 06:24 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 485
Posted By vavet5308
There are two orings that fit around pipes that...

There are two orings that fit around pipes that go into the back of the water pump. Make sure you replace those.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-26-2013, 08:13 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 344
Posted By vavet5308
rear suspension components and the alignment...

rear suspension components and the alignment settings can alter the steering wheel position. It might not be as noticeable as the tie rods on the front. If the rear camber changes from the previous...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-09-2013, 07:26 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 330
Posted By vavet5308
Bilstein touring or tc is closer to factory...

Bilstein touring or tc is closer to factory stiffness than the hd. If your wife's preferences lean towards softer, go with that one, they are available through tire rack.com
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-03-2013, 11:59 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 511
Posted By vavet5308
I think it's a great idea. The M54 was used in a...

I think it's a great idea. The M54 was used in a LOT of vehicles: Z3/Z4, X3, X5, 3 and 5 series, and maybe in the 7 in markets outside of the US(???). Basic services will be the same across the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-02-2013, 01:20 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 195
Posted By vavet5308
brake cleaner on a rag or paper towel.

brake cleaner on a rag or paper towel.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-23-2013, 08:31 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 445
Posted By vavet5308
Perhaps you need more than a gallon? How did you...

Perhaps you need more than a gallon? How did you drain the system?
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-19-2013, 06:06 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 3,782
Posted By vavet5308
Well that's a big bummer. Even in my short time...

Well that's a big bummer. Even in my short time as an E39 owner, I've come to appreciate and recognize your posts as informative.
If you merely collect the check and walk away, then the money and...
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