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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) Today, 03:05 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 163
Posted By vclifford
Thanks Doc. I will glue gasket to cover this time...

Thanks Doc. I will glue gasket to cover this time and any way will use this gasket sealant liberally this time. I found that it leaks one bolt away from the corner bolt, some copper gasket...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) Today, 10:34 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 163
Posted By vclifford
Valve Cover Gasket and Winter

For last two winters the valve cover gasket starts leaks at the peak of winter. Today I smelled burning oil while coming to office and it looks like valve cover gasket, did not dive deeper to...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-23-2014, 05:58 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 408
Posted By vclifford
That is good approximation. I will do the same....

That is good approximation. I will do the same. I could not find thermal coefficient of expansion of coolant.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-22-2014, 12:00 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 408
Posted By vclifford
how do you check coolant level when ambient temperature is 30F

How do you check coolant level when ambient temperature is 30F. The correct procedure demands certain ambient temp I think it is 20*c .The dipstick sticks level varies depending on temp.

I am...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-21-2014, 08:42 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 371
Posted By vclifford
Thanks, I have yet to do that, I will take the...

Thanks, I have yet to do that, I will take the car to some battery shop as I lack the necessary equipment. battery is some Napa Legend 75, It is at least 3 years old when I bought the car.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-20-2014, 07:58 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 371
Posted By vclifford
Edjack, It seems that overheat thing is...

Edjack,
It seems that overheat thing is resolved to some extent. I replaced drive belts and tensioner pulley along with radiator. The test 09 shows 13.5-13.7 volts with car running between 2k-3.5k...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-20-2014, 06:57 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 305
Posted By vclifford
Two days ago temperature was 23F and there was...

Two days ago temperature was 23F and there was ice everywhere.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-20-2014, 06:41 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 305
Posted By vclifford
Thanks! What a day! ripped my jacket as well! ...

Thanks! What a day! ripped my jacket as well!

I took out the car and kept OBD sensor plugged in to watch ETC temperature. I realized The instrument cluster temp gauge is very dummy, it stays in...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-20-2014, 04:53 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 305
Posted By vclifford
So now I am done with replacing radiator,...

So now I am done with replacing radiator, replaced drive belts and main drive belt tensioner pully. Filled up coolant, connected obd scanner for ETC temp and turned heater to 90 and fan to full, it...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-20-2014, 12:31 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 305
Posted By vclifford
Car started, filled it with coolant then noticed...

Car started, filled it with coolant then noticed radiator leak, at that time temp pegged at 75 (before that went till 100 2-3 times ), I am replacing radiator right now. there is no coolant in ...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-20-2014, 07:43 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 305
Posted By vclifford
overheated , test 07 showed 128 , what are my options

Car overheated at idle, test 07 showed 128 , was trying to charge the battery by letting the car run. The mistake, I came inside my apartment for sometime and when I went out it was steaming all...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-20-2014, 06:24 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 371
Posted By vclifford
This morning, I thought I should try to start the...

This morning, I thought I should try to start the car once just for the heck of it and it started right away as if nothing had happened. I did nothing between yesterday's incident and todays start...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-19-2014, 09:11 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 371
Posted By vclifford
Thanks! will do, tomorrow first task is to get a...

Thanks! will do, tomorrow first task is to get a multimeter( I do not know why I did not buy one for so long). My commute is 20 mile one way in heavy traffic, the drive belt also wailed little bit...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-19-2014, 06:33 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 371
Posted By vclifford
How to diagnose for sure ? Is there any...

How to diagnose for sure ?
Is there any alternative to replacing the alternator i.e. replacing the brushes etc.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-19-2014, 06:28 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 371
Posted By vclifford
Yeh, I keep a scan tool in the car. You might be...

Yeh, I keep a scan tool in the car. You might be right, it is very cold.
So after reading your post, I ran out, unlocked test 9 which I think tells voltage.
The test 9.0 read 088 which I think...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-19-2014, 05:44 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 371
Posted By vclifford
Help ! Car Dead All of sudden

It happened when I was about 500 yards from home.
I was listening to music when all of sudden it sounded feeble and stopped all together

At the same time I noticed couple of lights on the dash...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-16-2014, 03:34 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 791
Posted By vclifford
That looks good. If I had known this 2 months ago...

That looks good. If I had known this 2 months ago then I would have taken this route.
My 2001 530 (MT) is at 145k and in very decent shape but I do not want to spend 1k on suspension parts when...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-29-2014, 09:38 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 424
Posted By vclifford
Thanks Fudman. It was sway bar bushings. I had...

Thanks Fudman. It was sway bar bushings. I had upgraded to 25mm front sway bar and had used energy suspension's urethane bushings. They were generic bushings , smaller in size to the regular rubber...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-17-2014, 08:47 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 424
Posted By vclifford
I got mixed up, the photographs are of Thurst arm...

I got mixed up, the photographs are of Thurst arm (tension struts, btw are they in tension because wheel tries to go backwards) bushings, they have leaked as there are leak marks at the bottom of...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-17-2014, 06:40 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 424
Posted By vclifford
Thank, I will check all joints with Pry bar. What...

Thank, I will check all joints with Pry bar. What about the leak marks?
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-17-2014, 05:41 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 424
Posted By vclifford
Control arm bushings

I feel looseness in suspension , there is no wobble or shimmy at any speed, however when I go over speed bump I hear creaks and clanks. I recently replaced struts, strut mounts etc. Here are few...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-03-2014, 06:37 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 335
Posted By vclifford
good catch, last year I removed deep clip pads...

good catch, last year I removed deep clip pads from my 2001 and replaced them with akibono pads which have short clips, one of them still makes noise but settles down on the highway.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-03-2014, 06:16 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 153
Posted By vclifford
I could not figure out what exactly is loose,...

I could not figure out what exactly is loose, however if I hold it up the noise stops. I think that head liner flexes a little bit and inner plastic housing bangs against the roof. If will know...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-03-2014, 06:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 153
Posted By vclifford
Thank you!

Thank you!
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-03-2014, 10:21 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 153
Posted By vclifford
Component identification

What is this piece in photographs ? For last couple of months it was making knocking sounds against roof when moon roof was fully open. I stuffed some foam tape between ceiling and housing. Let's...
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