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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) Yesterday, 11:31 PM
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Posted By bobdmac
That's a great price. I'd just get it if I were...

That's a great price. I'd just get it if I were you. The open-ended wrench is super slender and is easier slip into the narrow space between the fan and the radiator.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) Yesterday, 07:29 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 969
Posted By bobdmac
Generally speaking, an illuminated CEL light...

Generally speaking, an illuminated CEL light isn't an immediate concern unless it's flashing.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) Yesterday, 07:19 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 969
Posted By bobdmac
If it were my car, I'd drive it. It might stall...

If it were my car, I'd drive it. It might stall in traffic, however. How did it behave the last time you drove it?
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) Yesterday, 06:45 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 720
Posted By bobdmac
I needed a hold-back tool to remove my fan....

I needed a hold-back tool to remove my fan. Knocking on it with a hammer didn't work. As long as you're ordering from FCP Euro anyway, they sell the tools for $35...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) Yesterday, 02:50 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 969
Posted By bobdmac
I found this at engine-light-help.com...

I found this at engine-light-help.com (https://www.engine-light-help.com/bmw-engine-light.html#BMWP1175):

Question:
I have a 1996 BMW 740i. I would like to know if you have more information about...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) Yesterday, 01:45 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 410
Posted By bobdmac
I'm not sure exactly what components you're...

I'm not sure exactly what components you're asking about, but if it's tensioners and tensioner/pulley assemblies, you might check this FCPEuro...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-04-2016, 11:18 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 804
Posted By bobdmac
Is the difference in amplitude between banks 1...

Is the difference in amplitude between banks 1 and 2 in this graph anomalous? If so, and switching them produced opposite results, I'd think that the bank 2 sensor, the green line, is bad. But if...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-04-2016, 11:10 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 969
Posted By bobdmac
I don't know how many miles the OP's car has or...

I don't know how many miles the OP's car has or how old it is, but I have 186,000 miles on my '01, and it idles perfectly at 550 rpm.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-04-2016, 10:55 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 804
Posted By bobdmac
I have no actual experience diagnosing by fuel...

I have no actual experience diagnosing by fuel trim data, and so I can't rule out anything. I'm just trying to apply a little reason as best I can. I wonder what would happen if the OP swapped the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-04-2016, 10:46 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 327
Posted By bobdmac
If you own an e39, resistance is futile.

If you own an e39, resistance is futile.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-04-2016, 10:43 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 804
Posted By bobdmac
Looking at the graph below, it seems like bank 2...

Looking at the graph below, it seems like bank 2 varies a lot more than bank 1. If the MAF were problem, I'd think that it would affect both banks equally.

...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-03-2016, 05:25 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,699
Posted By bobdmac
By the way, was ot the same hose that was torn on...

By the way, was ot the same hose that was torn on in your 2009 post: Code P2096 Post Catalyst Fuel Trim System Too Lean Bank 1 (http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=422304)?
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-03-2016, 05:17 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,699
Posted By bobdmac
Thanks for the report. It's always helpful to...

Thanks for the report. It's always helpful to know what resolved the issue.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-02-2016, 09:43 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 874
Posted By bobdmac
I used this one--$45.00 at Amazon...

I used this one--$45.00 at Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/BMW-CRANKSHAFT-PULLEY-HOLDING-TOOL/dp/B00BZW6CYA):

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41LbUa6YgiL.jpg

Edit: Sorry, I just realized...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-01-2016, 11:20 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 720
Posted By bobdmac
I don't know if there's a clear consensus on...

I don't know if there's a clear consensus on this, or whether the interval is the same for the I-6 and V-8, but I'd say after about 100,000 miles, you're probably on borrowed time.

I've switched...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-01-2016, 10:35 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 502
Posted By bobdmac
You're better off following the Beisan Systems...

You're better off following the Beisan Systems procedure that I linked to above. It's much more thorough. The Bimmerboaard's DIY doesn't include the procedure for making the top of the timing chain...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-01-2016, 10:23 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 502
Posted By bobdmac
Just to be clear, the I-6 valve cover is plastic,...

Just to be clear, the I-6 valve cover is plastic, I believe. Only the V-8 has magnesium covers. Unfortunately, as you found out, just because the I-6 cover is plastic doesn't mean that it's...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-01-2016, 08:37 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 502
Posted By bobdmac
That's rarely a problem withe V-8, more common...

That's rarely a problem withe V-8, more common with the I-6. The valve covers, which are made of magnesium, are expensive. I wouldn't replace them unless they leaked. It should be no problem to clean...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-01-2016, 07:55 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 502
Posted By bobdmac
It worked well for me. Also, when you re-install...

It worked well for me. Also, when you re-install the valve cover gaskets, make sure that they're seated completely in the channel of the cover. Otherwise, when you torque it to spec, which is very...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-01-2016, 02:45 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 8,272
Posted By bobdmac
When you do, make sure that you bleed the system...

When you do, make sure that you bleed the system correctly. Otherwise, you may get irregular temps or coolant level warnings.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-01-2016, 02:27 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 391
Posted By bobdmac
It would be very difficult and of little use to...

It would be very difficult and of little use to intentionally advance the exhaust cam. A slight mis-timing of the valves can cause them to hit the piston at the top of the stroke.

Read and...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-01-2016, 02:16 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 391
Posted By bobdmac
Read through this German Auto Solutions procedure...

Read through this German Auto Solutions procedure (https://www.germanautosolutions.com/diy_tech/vanos_tools/m62_m62tu_cam_tools/m62_mstr_cam_tools_diy.php) for setting the cam timing. It will show...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-01-2016, 02:07 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 502
Posted By bobdmac
I used the Beisan Systems method of doubling the...

I used the Beisan Systems method of doubling the washers on the front of the valve covers (without the gasket in place) to squash the timing chain cover flush with the cylinder head. It worked well....
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-01-2016, 02:02 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 350
Posted By bobdmac
When you re-installed the seat, did you re-attach...

When you re-installed the seat, did you re-attach the retracting cable under the seat?

(from Bimmerboard (http://www.bimmerboard.com/forums/posts/135542))
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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-01-2016, 01:41 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 482
Posted By bobdmac
Have you checked for vacuum leaks? Cold weather...

Have you checked for vacuum leaks? Cold weather always seems to bring out a rash of them.
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