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Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 08-31-2015, 07:57 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 374
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
There are test ports on the left side of the...

There are test ports on the left side of the transmission just behind the bell, on the side cover, to measure fluid pressure. You'll need a pressure gauge.
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 08-30-2015, 05:19 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 257
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
There's a plate at the bottom of the knuckle that...

There's a plate at the bottom of the knuckle that is the mounting point for the control arms and tie rod end. Disconnect that and you can set it up on a support free of the car once you've got the...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 08-27-2015, 11:40 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 257
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
Pickle forks ain't what they used to be, I guess....

Pickle forks ain't what they used to be, I guess.

I bought mine in about 1983 from a NAPA store. It's a New Britain tool. It and a 3-lb hammer have never let me down.
Forum: E24 (1976 - 1989) 08-26-2015, 10:01 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 122
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
WTB wiper relay

Looking for a wiper relay for my shark. Part No. 61311369829. Anybody got a spare they're willing to part with? TIA
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 08-25-2015, 10:42 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 543
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
Nitrous kit.

Nitrous kit.
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 08-20-2015, 10:00 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 521
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
Get a hold of a pneumatic or electric impact...

Get a hold of a pneumatic or electric impact wrench to remove that alternator pulley bolt. It'll come off easily with an impact wrench
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 08-15-2015, 12:37 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 658
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
+1 -- fire danger was the first thing I thought...

+1 -- fire danger was the first thing I thought of when I saw this post. Leaves and other debris can accumulate back there, making a nice tinderbox if the blower motor gets too hot. Then there's all...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 08-13-2015, 08:51 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 658
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
I wonder if that vendor is JC Whitney (not that...

I wonder if that vendor is JC Whitney (not that there's anything wrong with that). They're based in LaSalle.
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 08-10-2015, 08:19 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 477
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
OK, I was just worried that you ordered two...

OK, I was just worried that you ordered two fairly expensive parts based on something I wrote. I'm relieved to hear that you went ahead based on your tests.
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 08-10-2015, 07:43 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 477
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
Huh? I didn't mean to suggest you needed to...

Huh? I didn't mean to suggest you needed to replace either sensor. I thought it was possible you had accidentally switched sensor plugs, so your transmission was getting a throttle position reading...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 08-10-2015, 06:44 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 416
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
My mistake. Looks like Castrol has three...

My mistake. Looks like Castrol has three synthetic blends it markets under the GTX brand.
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 08-09-2015, 06:23 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 416
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
I don't believe Castrol GTX is a synthetic oil. ...

I don't believe Castrol GTX is a synthetic oil.

5w40 synthetics are available. I've been using them in my V8 for years, mostly Mobil 1 and Shell Rotella T6. The only caveat is that T6 has a fairly...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 08-08-2015, 08:46 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 477
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
The transmission control unit gets data from the...

The transmission control unit gets data from the throttle position sensor on the throttle body. You had to disconnect the throttle position sensors at the throttle body and the ASC body to remove the...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 08-06-2015, 07:04 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 477
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
I don't think your cruise control cable would be...

I don't think your cruise control cable would be a problem. I do believe the TPS and ASC connectors are interchangeable ... do you think you might have switched them by accident? I can't say...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 08-05-2015, 09:06 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 477
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
You might put a vacuum gauge on the intake to...

You might put a vacuum gauge on the intake to make sure you're getting at least 17 in/hg, to make sure you don't have a vacuum leak. And maybe check the connection at the throttle position sensor.
...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 08-04-2015, 07:31 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 301
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
Sounds like you have a car worth pampering. I...

Sounds like you have a car worth pampering. I bought my 540ia with 82K miles on it, but that was 10 years ago. The odometer just turned 260K. I still try to keep it in top mechanical shape, but it's...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 08-03-2015, 08:04 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 301
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
Hope you don't mind me stirring the pot a bit. I...

Hope you don't mind me stirring the pot a bit. I would never criticize doing preventive service if it helps you sleep easier ... but I keep looking for instances where M60 knock sensors have failed,...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 08-01-2015, 08:18 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 301
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
Did you get a code for a bad knock sensor? Or did...

Did you get a code for a bad knock sensor? Or did you just want to replace them because the housings were cracked?
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 07-30-2015, 10:30 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 342
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
:rofl:

:rofl:
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 07-30-2015, 10:12 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 342
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
A few years ago I was taking my wife and mother...

A few years ago I was taking my wife and mother in law somewhere when I started to hear that ominous dragging sound. That was after my first replacement hanger bracket broke. I hadn't noticed the...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 07-30-2015, 10:04 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 342
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
No, the exhaust is 100% factory, altho I did...

No, the exhaust is 100% factory, altho I did replace the passenger-side cat with a used factory part. But it's been eating hanger rubber as long as I've owned the car -- 10 years in November.

As...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 07-30-2015, 06:19 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 342
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
Realoem shows...

Realoem shows (http://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/showparts?id=HE63-USA-10-1994-E34-BMW-540i&diagId=18_0210) how the rear and center sections of an M60 are suspended. Part of the problem is that the...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 07-29-2015, 08:30 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 342
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
The rear hangers are another story. I broke the...

The rear hangers are another story. I broke the stud on one of the originals while I was doing some exhaust work about 50000 miles ago, so I replaced both with some new Eberspaecher replacements....
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 07-29-2015, 02:10 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 342
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
M60 center exhaust hanger doughnuts

After crawling under my 540i once again today to replace torn exhaust hanger rubbers, it got me to wondering -- am I alone in having to replace these things about as often as my wiper blades? I think...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 07-27-2015, 08:25 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 734
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
Nice creative thinking with the DiY oil...

Nice creative thinking with the DiY oil extractor. Griot's Garage and other tool vendors would charge you big bucks for a similar device. BTDT with the oil cap -- on an old Mercedes turbo diesel! If...
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