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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) Yesterday, 02:45 PM
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Posted By johnstern
As the OP said, use some plastic hose to drain...

As the OP said, use some plastic hose to drain the water from the booster.

As edjack said, your engine would be making a horrible noise if you had damaged it. Hydrolocking produces bent connecting...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) Yesterday, 02:17 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 380
Posted By johnstern
My take is that you've found your problem!!!! ...

My take is that you've found your problem!!!!

My Trifecta lights came on last year. Speedo was fine but cruise was inop-did not work at all. So I did the diode test first on the LR-it was...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) Yesterday, 01:07 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 380
Posted By johnstern
The test chart you posted looks about perfect. ...

The test chart you posted looks about perfect. Have you thought about swapping the rear sensor to see if your cruise "surges" remain or if the speedo starts to drop out momentarily. Just fishing...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) Yesterday, 12:16 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 380
Posted By johnstern
KSUTJH-Your EML light isn't on, is it?

KSUTJH-Your EML light isn't on, is it?
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) Yesterday, 12:02 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 128
Posted By johnstern
Soapy water does not work. Smoke test is best. ...

Soapy water does not work. Smoke test is best. Why don't you replace the brake booster first & if you still have a vac leak, have smoke test done.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-27-2015, 03:14 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 380
Posted By johnstern
Well KSUTJH I have a suggestion. If there is...

Well KSUTJH I have a suggestion. If there is dirt and/or rust on the ABS tone rings, that stuff will cause the AC voltage generated by the wheel speed sensor/tone ring interaction to become erratic....
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-27-2015, 02:55 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 296
Posted By johnstern
Doesn't matter what the water pump is doing. No...

Doesn't matter what the water pump is doing. No operating fans will result in overheating. First things first.

And yeah, where is bmwnorcal. Don't tell me we've got another prank poster wasting...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-27-2015, 07:44 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 296
Posted By johnstern
bmwnorcal-you state that both your cooling fans...

bmwnorcal-you state that both your cooling fans are inop. I will guarantee that your car will overheat as long as both fans don't work unless you can keep it moving over 35 MPH all the time. Don't...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-26-2015, 08:24 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 528
Posted By johnstern
INPA is available (software and cable)...

INPA is available (software and cable) inexpensively on the Internet. I have different software but INPA is fine. The only problem is that (I have read) it is tricky to install on your laptop.
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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-26-2015, 08:08 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 450
Posted By johnstern
You're welcome! Glad your thermostat connector &...

You're welcome! Glad your thermostat connector & wires are OK.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-25-2015, 04:13 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 450
Posted By johnstern
I don't know if you are confused by error code...

I don't know if you are confused by error code 123.

As edjack explained, this code is for a problem with the heating element in the thermostat housing that allows the engine computer to lower...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-25-2015, 02:46 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 528
Posted By johnstern
IMHO resetting adaptives will take care of your...

IMHO resetting adaptives will take care of your running problems.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-25-2015, 08:57 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 528
Posted By johnstern
I guess I'm late to the party here. I think...

I guess I'm late to the party here. I think edjack has the answer.

After 2 months your battery will be seriously down on voltage. The computers in E39s do not like low voltage, especially the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-25-2015, 06:22 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 330
Posted By johnstern
Congrats on getting it fixed on the road with a...

Congrats on getting it fixed on the road with a minimum of hassle.

Not to be a broken record, but you should change the fuel filter whenever the fuel pump dies. You can never tell what nasty...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-24-2015, 08:54 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 306
Posted By johnstern
Let them think what they want. Just about...

Let them think what they want. Just about impossible to change someone's attitude towards an additive.

SeaFoam is a great product that has many uses. Check it out at their website.

And...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-24-2015, 07:35 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 306
Posted By johnstern
I think your ticking is a lifter tick. I had one...

I think your ticking is a lifter tick. I had one for a very short time. I added SeaFoam to the crankcase following the instructions on the can for both the ratio of SeaFoam to oil and the duration...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-24-2015, 04:37 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 306
Posted By johnstern
I really can't tell for sure what this noise is...

I really can't tell for sure what this noise is cause I'm not there, live, listening with a stethoscope. My guess from your description is that you have an exhaust manifold/gasket leak that is...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-24-2015, 06:43 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 285
Posted By johnstern
Congrats in finding your problem. No need to...

Congrats in finding your problem.

No need to replace the ICV as long as it's working.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-24-2015, 01:47 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 285
Posted By johnstern
If you have a scan tool that can show live data,...

If you have a scan tool that can show live data, what are your long term fuel trims?

One other comment on your post #5. It has been my experience that when I've gotten cam position sensor codes,...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-24-2015, 01:35 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 330
Posted By johnstern
Josh, when was the last time you changed your...

Josh, when was the last time you changed your fuel filter?
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-23-2015, 01:25 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 486
Posted By johnstern
I totally agree with alex5er and edjack-get...

I totally agree with alex5er and edjack-get another mechanic. It sounds like your present one needs to "run away from this."

You must take the car to someone who can deal with your ABS/Traction...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-22-2015, 02:22 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 506
Posted By johnstern
gooddeal and five40-Another reason the right side...

gooddeal and five40-Another reason the right side rear light is problematic is that the battery is in that area. The battery emits corrosive gasses that tend to corrode the RR light components...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-21-2015, 11:20 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 510
Posted By johnstern
They are not available from BMW but they are...

They are not available from BMW but they are available for about $6.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-21-2015, 08:25 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 311
Posted By johnstern
As I said, you need to pull back the rubber boot...

As I said, you need to pull back the rubber boot on the MAF connector. Then you can back probe the middle wire. Don't worry, the boot will go right back into place once you are finished. The other...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-21-2015, 08:02 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 510
Posted By johnstern
You could source a new DISA o-ring and replace...

You could source a new DISA o-ring and replace it. An easy DIY. I don't believe in throwing parts at problems but this o-ring is inexpensive.
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