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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-23-2016, 04:53 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,363
Posted By jotscan
DIY Smoke Machine

McMaster Carr for fittings & hardware $400
Mouser for aluminum enclosure $70
Dwyer for valves & gages $120
Vacutec for the smoke solution & adapters $110
Praxair for tank & nitrogen...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-29-2012, 06:00 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,096
Posted By jotscan
From STO57 manual: Shift Quality Complaints...

From STO57 manual:

Shift Quality Complaints - Shift Quality complaints consist of harsh up or down shifts, improper shift points and erratic shifting. These complaints could be related to...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-27-2012, 08:22 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,096
Posted By jotscan
Check the battery voltage?

Battery: 12.34V at rest? Only 75% charged?

From BMW STO57 transmission manual:
Ensure that battery voltage is sufficient. Battery voltage must be greater than 12.5 (80% charged) with
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-27-2012, 06:36 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 732
Posted By jotscan
Bavarian Technic Version

Just sent an email to BT:

Vehicle: 2003 BMW 530i E39 M54

The software does not have a selection for my car's automatic transmission control system:
A5S325Z 5HP19 transmission...
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 08-15-2012, 07:37 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 11,324
Posted By jotscan
Get genuine BMW parts

Get genuine BMW parts, from the dealer if you are in a hurry or on-line if you can wait.
DIY sites:
Forum: E46 (1999 - 2006) 08-14-2012, 05:59 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 11,324
Posted By jotscan
Mileage at the time of alternator replacement: 73,967

Lessons learned:
Change the BMW battery every 48 months or less.
Monitor the condition of the BMW alternator with an on-board tester.
Make sure the alternator cooling duct is clean and the air...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-12-2012, 10:12 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,344
Posted By jotscan
DIY – Torque Wrench Selection

Torque wrenches have a calibration range where it is certified to be accurate. The best practice to ensure accuracy is to use a torque wrench within the middle of the calibration range.

Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-10-2012, 03:06 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,750
Posted By jotscan
ZF Dortmund for Gearbox maintenance

Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-10-2012, 08:57 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,750
Posted By jotscan
DIY - BMW 2003 530i E39 M54 Engine, When to Change the ATF for 5HP19 A5S325Z ZF Trans

Fluid used:
ZF Automatic Transmission Fluid "Green Tag Transmission", 1 Litre, Brand: ZF
ZF-Lifeguard Fluid 5
Part No. S671.090.170

From ZF website:...
Forum: 5 Series DIY 08-04-2012, 02:14 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 2,639
Posted By jotscan
DIY - BMW 2003 530i E39 Electrical Power System Maintenance

Experimenting with an electrical monitoring unit and battery charging system to avoid a repeat of being stranded due to a dead battery or defective alternator.
Monitoring unit: BatteryMole...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-19-2012, 01:42 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 13,927
Posted By jotscan
DIY 2003 530i Alternator Replacement

Disconnect the negative battery terminal.

Disconnect connector and positive battery terminal from alternator.

Move the air intake muffler / hot film mass meter unit:
Remove the bolt (10mm hex...
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