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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) Today, 11:51 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 62
Posted By pleiades
Is working on this with the engine completely...

Is working on this with the engine completely cooled down the only way to minimize the chances of galling when removing the bolts?

Energized, how far did you decide to torque these bolts after...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) Yesterday, 05:14 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 277
Posted By pleiades
New, genuine BMW pipes come with O-rings on them....

New, genuine BMW pipes come with O-rings on them.

Here's a thread that you might find useful for this job. (I thought you were already finished with it .....)
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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) Yesterday, 04:00 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 741
Posted By pleiades
The low-profile steel floor jacks at HF will get...

The low-profile steel floor jacks at HF will get under your car.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) Yesterday, 03:35 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 264
Posted By pleiades
Incidentally QSilver7, you can vote if you want,...

Incidentally QSilver7, you can vote if you want, as your BMWs probably use the same siren.

Here's a list of BMW models using that part (in addition to the Land Rovers up to 2009 MY).
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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) Yesterday, 02:56 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 264
Posted By pleiades
Same here, I've removed the hood switch entirely....

Same here, I've removed the hood switch entirely.

My wife keeps asking why I care about the stupid alarm, no one wants to steal a 16-year-old 528i!! (In her opinion ...)
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) Yesterday, 02:52 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 264
Posted By pleiades
If it goes off as you'd expect, it's still good....

If it goes off as you'd expect, it's still good. I read that they start giving more false alarms when the NiMH batteries inside are on the brink. The units are sealed, so my guess is the batteries...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) Yesterday, 02:29 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 264
Posted By pleiades
Does your e39 still have its original siren (security alarm)?

Not an exhaustive poll but maybe if enough people respond, we'll have an idea of siren longevity in these cars.

Mine is original (16 years old) and still works. I've disabled it (pulled the fuse...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) Yesterday, 12:21 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 741
Posted By pleiades
It should mechanically work if you turn the key...

It should mechanically work if you turn the key 90 degrees (from vertical) to the left, all the way...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) Yesterday, 11:51 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 741
Posted By pleiades
This is a good question, not sure why you haven't...

This is a good question, not sure why you haven't had a direct response from the V8 crowd yet. I've only seen that trick done with a Subaru boxer engine and would like to know how one would plan to...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-27-2015, 04:15 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 277
Posted By pleiades
Seafoam or some other de-carbonizing solvent... ...

Seafoam or some other de-carbonizing solvent...


I recently did this job on my '99 528i, and the intake ports and tops of the intake valves (as far in as I could see, anyway) were spotless.

My...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-24-2015, 11:25 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 280
Posted By pleiades
You should have two or three heater hoses going...

You should have two or three heater hoses going into the firewall at that location. I'd try to rule those out first.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-20-2015, 06:46 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 445
Posted By pleiades
Until I find better, I've got a couple of 4x12"...

Until I find better, I've got a couple of 4x12" strips of the flexible black plastic gutter netting from Home Depot (sold in rolls), tied down to the cabin airbox hinges. Not all that noticeable but...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-19-2015, 08:41 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 347
Posted By pleiades
Check the plug connector to the seat switch...

Check the plug connector to the seat switch module hidden underneath the plastic seat trim. If that trim piece is loose or cracked, chances are the plug has come out of the module (which also...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-16-2015, 10:59 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 370
Posted By pleiades
Good luck, hope you get it, B2.

Good luck, hope you get it, B2.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-15-2015, 11:30 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 196
Posted By pleiades
If you are planning to reinstall the...

If you are planning to reinstall the self-adjusting clutch pressure plate, you have to reset it. Typically requires a special ($$$) tool. Some have had success with the approach shown in the link.
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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-15-2015, 12:22 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 164
Posted By pleiades
Could the system have been fighting frozen or...

Could the system have been fighting frozen or ice-jammed suspension parts?
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-15-2015, 12:06 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 199
Posted By pleiades
Do you have a code reader that shows pending BMW...

Do you have a code reader that shows pending BMW engine codes ( that haven't turned on any CEL or SES lights yet)?

This might be a sensor problem but it helps to see if any codes have been set and...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-14-2015, 10:50 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 295
Posted By pleiades
In the trunk, open the trim cover over the...

In the trunk, open the trim cover over the battery on the right and look at the fuse diagram for the fuses located above the battery. If you don't use any built-in phone systems, remove the fuse for...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-13-2015, 09:32 AM
Replies: 127
Views: 5,097
Posted By pleiades
Not sure this will help and you probably already...

Not sure this will help and you probably already know about it, but one way to check cross-compatibility is run the part number through the P/N search feature at realoem.com. That usually pulls up a...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-13-2015, 09:08 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 367
Posted By pleiades
Inskidentally, can the clutch safety feature be...

Inskidentally, can the clutch safety feature be defeated by disconnecting that tiny wire on the smaller post of the starter? On my i6, that would be the small bolt on the inner side nearest the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-13-2015, 08:14 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 763
Posted By pleiades
Your alt is borderline okay right now but the...

Your alt is borderline okay right now but the battery isn't charging up enough (too many short trips, many starts, using too much juice for add-on gear). You will kill the alt this way because it's...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-13-2015, 08:06 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 863
Posted By pleiades
Hey farout, which e39 did you say you're driving?...

Hey farout, which e39 did you say you're driving? How many miles, how long since the last oil change? Lot of things can happen.... When I read your post, I wondered if the CCV had sucked oil up from...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-13-2015, 08:01 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 367
Posted By pleiades
Two switches on mine... The one that activates...

Two switches on mine... The one that activates near the bottom of the clutch lever travel, and the other near the top of its travel, closer to the dash, for cruise control-related. They look the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-11-2015, 04:26 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 497
Posted By pleiades
Likely suspect ... ...

Likely suspect ...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MG8jkWMsQw4
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-04-2014, 10:03 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 384
Posted By pleiades
IM gaskets, injector O-rings, distribution piece...

IM gaskets, injector O-rings, distribution piece O-rings....

If the car's CCV system is old, this is the perfect time. Very easy to get to everything and install most of it on the manifold prior...
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