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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) Today, 09:57 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 205
Posted By johnstern
I would guess that you have solved one problem...

I would guess that you have solved one problem but at least one other still exists. Can you use your INPA to read ABS fault codes?
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) Today, 09:32 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,239
Posted By johnstern
+1 :rofl::rofl::rofl: +1 :rofl::rofl::rofl: ...

+1 :rofl::rofl::rofl:

+1 :rofl::rofl::rofl:


+1. I'm a NYC native and always drove a manual there.

Real women want a manual too. My wife, Nancy, wouldn't be caught dead in an auto.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) Today, 08:24 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 205
Posted By johnstern
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=...

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=723331&highlight=

That is correct. If you go to the above linked thread, you will find pictures and on post #20 you'll find the procedure Alex...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) Today, 07:09 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 205
Posted By johnstern
It has been my experience that when the ABS...

It has been my experience that when the ABS activates when you step on the brake at slow speeds, the reason is that the sensor wheels (tone rings) have become dirty causing the system to send false...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) Yesterday, 08:36 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 147
Posted By johnstern
Aluminum corrosion is white. But I'd have to see...

Aluminum corrosion is white. But I'd have to see these spots in person to tell if they are corrosion or something else.

IMHO it's nothing to worry about. A couple of years ago I ran over a...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-28-2014, 03:16 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 548
Posted By johnstern
It looks like a really nice car in the ad. ...

It looks like a really nice car in the ad. However, when you buy an older car you are buying the owner too. If you could meet this guy and see the car in person with a test drive and a PPI, maybe...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-28-2014, 02:42 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 324
Posted By johnstern
You might also want to check your cabin air...

You might also want to check your cabin air filters located in the 2 black boxes at the rear left and right of the engine compartment. There may be some dirt/debris in the filters that smell.
...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-28-2014, 12:37 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 314
Posted By johnstern
The washer pump is commanded on through the...

The washer pump is commanded on through the General Module too but there is no relay involved. You can find out if it is seized, or not, by putting 12 volts to it.

The wiper speeds and other...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-27-2014, 05:07 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 314
Posted By johnstern
I have never had a wash/wipe problem but I looked...

I have never had a wash/wipe problem but I looked up the wiring diagram in my Bentley Manual. Basically when you turn the wipers on, you are commanding the General Module to turn the wipers on and...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-27-2014, 01:36 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 314
Posted By johnstern
Your testing of the sunroof drains confirmed that...

Your testing of the sunroof drains confirmed that they are working fine, or at least that's what I thought.

The fact that your wipers/washer is not working right even when the car is dry does not...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-27-2014, 11:31 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 133
Posted By johnstern
My car is a 2000 528 with the M52TU engine. ...

My car is a 2000 528 with the M52TU engine.

You have an earlier 528 (you should update your car to show the year). Your car and mine are very different.

If you put the last 7 of your vin#...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-27-2014, 10:03 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 314
Posted By johnstern
Sounds like your windshield seal has failed and...

Sounds like your windshield seal has failed and is allowing water inside the car. There are many electrical systems above and behind the glove box as well as the fuse box located under the passenger...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-27-2014, 06:30 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 133
Posted By johnstern
Listed under "Fuel Preparation System" at...

Listed under "Fuel Preparation System" at realoem.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-26-2014, 04:41 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 463
Posted By johnstern
We have 3 E39 Tourings and I can't see why that...

We have 3 E39 Tourings and I can't see why that nut should be anything but a regular M10X1 nut. BMW diagrams are notoriously inaccurate as they use the same drawing for different parts. I'm...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-26-2014, 01:58 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 358
Posted By johnstern
WOW, Q. Your knowledge is amazing. I will have...

WOW, Q. Your knowledge is amazing. I will have to study this post further to learn more about BMWs parts system. The Germans are relentless in their organization but I think they have met their...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-26-2014, 09:36 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 358
Posted By johnstern
I don't think so. I thought that many of the...

I don't think so. I thought that many of the faceplates sold on eBay were dummy plates that just held the new buttons. Does your old unit work? If the fan is the only thing that is erratic, the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-26-2014, 09:10 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 151
Posted By johnstern
CV joints click when they fail. There are 5 CV...

CV joints click when they fail. There are 5 CV joints at the rear of your car. One on the driveshaft just in front of the diff and two one each half shaft between the diff and each rear wheel.
...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-26-2014, 08:54 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 285
Posted By johnstern
No. But it does sound like a loose or corroded...

No. But it does sound like a loose or corroded connection somewhere. I'd start with the battery and if that checks out OK, I'd go to the starter and check out those connections. They all should be...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-26-2014, 08:46 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 358
Posted By johnstern
Just a guess, but there is a known fault with the...

Just a guess, but there is a known fault with the blower motor's speed controlling resistor called the Final Stage Unit (FSU). When it fails the lower motor becomes erratic, cannot be shut off, etc....
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-25-2014, 12:38 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 295
Posted By johnstern
This is an extremely easy DIY. Make sure you buy...

This is an extremely easy DIY. Make sure you buy the OE part, not some cheaper one. They are junk and will be more problems that will make the money saved inconsequential.
...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-25-2014, 07:58 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 240
Posted By johnstern
You have a brake light switch on the brake pedal...

You have a brake light switch on the brake pedal arm. I'd inspect that first. There is also a clutch pedal switch. Don't mix them up.

The left rear wheel speed sensor send a signal to the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-25-2014, 07:14 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 244
Posted By johnstern
You are describing normal vehicle operation. The...

You are describing normal vehicle operation. The defrost cycle only blows on the highest fan speed.

If you want a lower speed, you have to select the windshield vents only and then you can...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-25-2014, 07:09 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 169
Posted By johnstern
You're in the wrong forum. This is for the E39s...

You're in the wrong forum. This is for the E39s (1996 - 2003). You need to post on the E34 forum.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-24-2014, 08:25 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 188
Posted By johnstern
+1 on what Alex said. As further info for...

+1 on what Alex said.

As further info for you the aux fan is all about radiator temp, not engine coolant temp because the aux fan's purpose is to cool the radiator. Hence when your test 7 says...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-22-2014, 10:54 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 523
Posted By johnstern
Congrats on cleaning your starer contacts. ...

Congrats on cleaning your starer contacts. Sounds like you've made great improvements.

Just don't forget that neutral safety switch as electricity has to flow through that device to the starter. ...
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