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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-14-2014, 11:22 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 234
Posted By ztom
Search on oil pump gasket, common cause.

Search on oil pump gasket, common cause.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-05-2014, 09:59 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 461
Posted By ztom
You can try the following, worked for me - In the...

You can try the following, worked for me - In the morning when the engine is cold remove the radiator cap and fill the expansion tank. Bleeding is good but I think not necessary if you take time (few...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-02-2014, 10:16 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,754
Posted By ztom
I also had fuse 53 blow due to gas door actuator...

I also had fuse 53 blow due to gas door actuator jam. When fuse blows, remote key sometimes needs reprogramming after fuse replacement. I did not need to move the fuse panel. Just undid two torx...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-28-2014, 06:30 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,323
Posted By ztom
trunk lid release switch SOLVED - At least in my...

trunk lid release switch SOLVED - At least in my case, may help others...

symptom -car is NOT in valet mode, and trunk WILL open by using the electric button under the dash, BUT the switch/handle...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-28-2014, 12:11 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 519
Posted By ztom
P1519 - I've been having a p1519 code on a single...

P1519 - I've been having a p1519 code on a single vanos I6 (M52B28 engine). Was intermittent and got more frequent over months. I pulled the VANOS solenoid and checked resistance, found it was a dead...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-26-2014, 06:28 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 17,986
Posted By ztom
In reply to: "I've read online from people...

In reply to: "I've read online from people stating their car had dirty metal contacts on the doors but when I looked at the entire door perimeter I did not see any."

The door switches are part of...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-20-2014, 08:40 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,279
Posted By ztom
I wrote the following earlier.. "Check for...

I wrote the following earlier..

"Check for broken wire to compressor, especially where it comes into the engine bay. Check carefully, the wire can break yet the insulation makes it look ok. "
...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-20-2014, 08:37 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 623
Posted By ztom
Having replaced the head before, I might agree...

Having replaced the head before, I might agree that putting in a complete engine might be as easy as replacing the head IF the heavy lifting tools are available. Otherwise if the engine has an iron...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-20-2014, 08:10 AM
Replies: 99
Views: 25,769
Posted By ztom
Glad to hear. BTW the method I used did not...

Glad to hear. BTW the method I used did not require any puller or press. Just wanted people to know it could be done that way. I also cleaned the spline lightly with a wire brush, then used the brush...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-19-2014, 10:43 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 25,769
Posted By ztom
I just did left and right rear on a 528. Here's...

I just did left and right rear on a 528. Here's what I did in case it helps.

In both cases I used a hydraulic jack to lift up the knuckle so the half axle was about straight, and put like 3 4x4's...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-11-2014, 07:14 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 335
Posted By ztom
You could check with a multimeter if that switch...

You could check with a multimeter if that switch is working.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-09-2014, 10:25 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 373
Posted By ztom
Probably bad lower control arms

Probably bad lower control arms
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-09-2014, 10:21 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 757
Posted By ztom
Brakes & rotor & wear sensors. Any non bmw shop...

Brakes & rotor & wear sensors. Any non bmw shop can do it, not special. Get dustless like Akebono. Find a shop that will let you order them to save $.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-09-2014, 10:15 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 335
Posted By ztom
Unlatch the rear window switch on drivers door,...

Unlatch the rear window switch on drivers door, thin bar shape.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-09-2014, 10:11 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 389
Posted By ztom
Goes in spare tire well, bolts onto car to the...

Goes in spare tire well, bolts onto car to the left in well.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-09-2014, 10:08 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,279
Posted By ztom
Check for broken wire to compressor, especially...

Check for broken wire to compressor, especially where it comes into the engine bay. Check carefully, the wire can break yet the insulation makes it look ok.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-02-2014, 07:13 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 278
Posted By ztom
I've heard of that failure mode. Mine is...

I've heard of that failure mode. Mine is different as I swapped the actuator with a known good one and still have the surge.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-01-2014, 05:59 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 278
Posted By ztom
cruise control surge

Trying to track down the cause of my cruise control surging, here's some information, may help others..

One web post (non-BMW) is..
"Replaced my front wheel bearing hubs this weekend and was...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-04-2014, 10:09 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 975
Posted By ztom
"After restarting the car, the rattling and...

"After restarting the car, the rattling and engine light disappeared,"

"There are other symptoms that could correlate, although: a smell similar to burning rubber from the heater, a loss of about...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-22-2014, 05:36 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 280
Posted By ztom
FSU resistor?

FSU resistor?
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-22-2014, 05:31 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 691
Posted By ztom
"When it dies, it just stops and won't crank or...

"When it dies, it just stops and won't crank or start straight after. It will sit for a day or two and then fire up again only to have it stop after a few hours driving. "

Does not sound like...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-22-2014, 05:24 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 829
Posted By ztom
I recommend not reusing the hub - looked too...

I recommend not reusing the hub - looked too difficult to get out of the bearing. Putting on a new hub after installing new bearing, I put a thin layer of grease on the surface and put it in the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-18-2014, 03:48 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 514
Posted By ztom
"- The most important step is during...

"- The most important step is during installation:
Rotate exhaust sprocket clockwise as far as possible. This will rotate intake sprocket clockwise as far as possible."

The above applies if you...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-09-2014, 06:47 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,053
Posted By ztom
Curious - By "classic" do you mean it shows this...

Curious - By "classic" do you mean it shows this exact same symptom - very periodic, momentary reduction in idle? If the vanos is disconnected as a test, does the reduction go away?
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-09-2014, 06:41 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 450
Posted By ztom
Probably. On mine the seat module breaks free and...

Probably. On mine the seat module breaks free and messes up the multi-pin connector. If you study it you can probably fix it instead of replace. On mine the root cause is that people get in or out...
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