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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-06-2016, 06:09 PM
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Posted By bobdmac
Deleted irrelevant my comment.

Deleted irrelevant my comment.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-05-2016, 08:09 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 392
Posted By bobdmac
When I was visiting a friend in Wisconsin a few...

When I was visiting a friend in Wisconsin a few years ago, he warned me that a nearby town had "a lot of Buicks," which he claimed had the worst drivers.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-05-2016, 07:35 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 641
Posted By bobdmac
Even Dinan doesn't claim that a cold air intake...

Even Dinan doesn't claim that a cold air intake by itself yields a horsepower or performance increase.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-04-2016, 02:07 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 926
Posted By bobdmac
Congratulations on a smooth-running engine and on...

Congratulations on a smooth-running engine and on the replacement of your oil pan gasket. If it were my car, I'd probably leave the freeze plug alone. Offhand, I can't recall seeing complaints about...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-04-2016, 10:31 AM
Replies: 330
Views: 10,271
Posted By bobdmac
Also, you might find this Bimmerfest discussion...

Also, you might find this Bimmerfest discussion helpful: Cylinder True Running Value (http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=446046)
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-04-2016, 10:00 AM
Replies: 330
Views: 10,271
Posted By bobdmac
I just scanned this article briefly, but it looks...

I just scanned this article briefly, but it looks like a great discussion of fuel/air mixture issues, starting at page 7.

http://thebimmerpub.com/pdf/2012/10oct/1210-tbp.pdf
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-04-2016, 09:51 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 619
Posted By bobdmac
I think the concern is the pressure rating. As...

I think the concern is the pressure rating. As you implied, fuel injected lines operate at higher pressure than lines that feed carburetors. Maybe vendors would automatically sell you fuel-injection...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-03-2016, 09:49 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 503
Posted By bobdmac
Is it loud at cold startup with mild ambient...

Is it loud at cold startup with mild ambient temperatures?
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-03-2016, 09:45 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,140
Posted By bobdmac
Also, check out this Youtube video @ 2:10 for a...

Also, check out this Youtube video @ 2:10 for a discussion of bypassing the EWS

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipPKNoqhsp0
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-03-2016, 09:24 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,140
Posted By bobdmac
If you haven't found the EWS or don't know which...

If you haven't found the EWS or don't know which one you have, this link might help--scroll down to see the EWS info:

Removing and installing a DME and a EWS System from your BMW E39 ( 5 Series...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-03-2016, 08:40 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,140
Posted By bobdmac
Have you tried to jump start the car?

Have you tried to jump start the car?
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-03-2016, 08:31 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 503
Posted By bobdmac
As Burning2nd suggests, if yore thinking a noisy...

As Burning2nd suggests, if yore thinking a noisy fan is a sign of clutch failure (which you may not be--hard to tell), this is probably incorrect. A fan clutch usually fails by losing its ability to...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-02-2016, 11:51 PM
Replies: 330
Views: 10,271
Posted By bobdmac
I don't know how difficult it would be, but if...

I don't know how difficult it would be, but if you swapped the #5 cylinder injector with another injector and the misfire followed, that would mean a faulty injector. If the misfire stayed put, I'd...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-02-2016, 11:38 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,140
Posted By bobdmac
I appreciate your complaint about common sense,...

I appreciate your complaint about common sense, but having read six years' worth of requests for help, I can tell you that common sense is less common than you'd hope. Lots of people have said they...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-02-2016, 09:09 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,140
Posted By bobdmac
Sorry if this makes me sound like I'm nagging,...

Sorry if this makes me sound like I'm nagging, but just to be clear, unless you report back an actual battery voltage, "checking" the battery is meaningless for people trying to help you diagnose the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-02-2016, 08:25 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 503
Posted By bobdmac
This is well within normal operating temperature....

This is well within normal operating temperature. The fan still made noise because the fan clutch was doing its job--driving the fan, which makes a lot of noise as it pulls extra air through the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-02-2016, 07:50 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 351
Posted By bobdmac
I just had my bank 1 VANOS solenoid die a slow...

I just had my bank 1 VANOS solenoid die a slow death. I replaced the VANOS seals 5,000 miles ago, but the bank 1 VANOS had been getting progressively noisier. About 1,000 miles ago, I had a brief...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-02-2016, 07:13 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 230
Posted By bobdmac
As rbail1 suggested above, read the detailed and...

As rbail1 suggested above, read the detailed and well-photographed step-by-step instructions at German Auto Solutions...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-02-2016, 12:13 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 619
Posted By bobdmac
This thread might help: Fuel filter 2001 530i DIY...

This thread might help: Fuel filter 2001 530i DIY (http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=487521). For particulars, check out post #30.

For future reference, if you're looking for a...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-01-2016, 08:19 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 17,702
Posted By bobdmac
Just out of curiosity, what prompted you to bring...

Just out of curiosity, what prompted you to bring this up 10 years after the last post?
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-01-2016, 08:17 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 377
Posted By bobdmac
Always good to hear about the various failure...

Always good to hear about the various failure modes of the FSU.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-01-2016, 07:32 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,140
Posted By bobdmac
What was the battery voltage?

What was the battery voltage?
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-01-2016, 05:32 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 685
Posted By bobdmac
A code reader that can display live wheel speeds...

A code reader that can display live wheel speeds could help in ruling out the wheel speed sensors as the problem. Roll the car down the street and see if all four wheels read the same speed.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-01-2016, 03:35 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 760
Posted By bobdmac
I think people may mistake VANOS startup rattle...

I think people may mistake VANOS startup rattle on the V-8's for a timing chain rattle. I discovered this a few days ago when I replaced the VANOS solenoids in my engine. I had replaced the VANOS...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-01-2016, 01:19 PM
Replies: 330
Views: 10,271
Posted By bobdmac
I wonder if Weatherford has changed its pricing...

I wonder if Weatherford has changed its pricing policies. I've bought many parts from them over the last five years, and I finally gave up, after seeing prices of more than double the online prices...
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