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Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) Today, 12:31 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 217
Posted By bimmerfan52
It is your alternator rectification section that...

It is your alternator rectification section that has failed.

An alternator (basically the reverse of an electric motor) produces AC current. The raw output is then passed through a group of six...
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 02-18-2017, 11:00 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 407
Posted By bimmerfan52
A couple of other links I found. You...

A couple of other links I found.

You probably know this already, but when you search for DIY procedures include the normally aspirated 550i and 745, 750s.

The 7-series is basically the same...
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 02-18-2017, 10:31 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 407
Posted By bimmerfan52
A big reason why you are finding very little...

A big reason why you are finding very little information is that, thankfully, the eight cylinder E60 starter is extremely robust (unlike the 6 cylinder unit) and rarely fails.
Be 100% sure your...
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 02-11-2017, 12:20 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 325
Posted By bimmerfan52
Hopefully you're not using salt water to clean...

Hopefully you're not using salt water to clean your engine! Haha

Salt water is the toughest on marine engine parts, for sure.

Unless you were to fill the entire inner cavity of the pump with...
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 02-11-2017, 11:43 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 325
Posted By bimmerfan52
Don't worry about the weep hole. First,...

Don't worry about the weep hole.

First, unless you direct a strong spray of water directly perpendicular to the hole you won't introduce any measurable amount of water into the pump housing.
...
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 02-11-2017, 11:06 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 968
Posted By bimmerfan52
I too enjoy the oil threads, but like when the...

I too enjoy the oil threads, but like when the discussion is substantive.

When amateur tribologists (and even better some of the true industry professionals on BITOG) discuss the merits of PAO vs...
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 02-09-2017, 06:13 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 968
Posted By bimmerfan52
I have not heard definitively why M1 lost it's...

I have not heard definitively why M1 lost it's LL01 listing, and as closely guarded the competitive information is between oil companies we may never know.

Could have been the change to GTL base...
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 02-03-2017, 12:02 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,081
Posted By bimmerfan52
Having seen glowing brake rotors on race cars at...

Having seen glowing brake rotors on race cars at night I have a hard time believing that normal driving leads to warped rotors due to heat. I do admit that racing rotors and pads are made from...
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 01-24-2017, 12:13 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 986
Posted By bimmerfan52
Great price on Graf water pump. ...

Great price on Graf water pump.
https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/bmw-engine-water-pump-pa1040

Graf is quality unit (what I used to replace the POS Beck-Arnley water pump that lasted 1 year before...
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 01-23-2017, 03:35 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 986
Posted By bimmerfan52
Many places for an old gal like ours to leak. ...

Many places for an old gal like ours to leak. Until you track down the cause check your coolant level every day or two.

Most common leaks are expansion tank, water pipe and vent tube (which runs...
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 01-23-2017, 03:14 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 266
Posted By bimmerfan52
IVM or Integrated Supply Module is not a computer...

IVM or Integrated Supply Module is not a computer or module as such, but a block of relays.

It is located just in front of the windshield on the right or passenger side (US) in the e-box.
...
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 01-18-2017, 04:24 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 533
Posted By bimmerfan52
http://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e60-m5-e61-m5-tou...

http://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e60-m5-e61-m5-touring-discussion/319057-disconnecting-comfort-access-has-malfunctioned-high-battery-discharge-solution.html
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 01-16-2017, 10:32 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 693
Posted By bimmerfan52
No, testing the IBS is not easy. As toga94m says...

No, testing the IBS is not easy. As toga94m says it is a computer that communicates over a specialized communications bus). The easiest way to test if you suspect it is defective (continuously...
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 01-15-2017, 08:11 PM
Replies: 254
Views: 72,711
Posted By bimmerfan52
You are correct that BMW does say you need to...

You are correct that BMW does say you need to register any new battery. But BMW's history of maintenance advise - when it costs the owner vs when it costs BMW - doesn't seem to be an honorable one....
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 01-14-2017, 09:29 PM
Replies: 254
Views: 72,711
Posted By bimmerfan52
If you are going FLA to FLA no need to register.

If you are going FLA to FLA no need to register.
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 01-14-2017, 10:22 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 693
Posted By bimmerfan52
Thumbs up BMW charging primer for those new to BMW. Long...

BMW charging primer for those new to BMW.
Long time forum members - you may move to the next post now. Same old, same old .. :)


The effect of disconnecting the IBS will ultimately depend upon...
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 01-10-2017, 09:01 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 346
Posted By bimmerfan52
The amount of emissions saved by pre-heating the...

The amount of emissions saved by pre-heating the cats using the secondary air system is ridiculously small.

There is a simple way to pass emissions by clearing all codes and then making a...
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 01-09-2017, 11:54 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,081
Posted By bimmerfan52
Yes, brake system designers have allowed roughly...

Yes, brake system designers have allowed roughly twice the amount of rotor wear from new to minimum, (plus a little safety margin) for the life of a set of rotors. For OEM rotors and pads, rotor...
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 12-11-2016, 11:36 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,641
Posted By bimmerfan52
Connecting and disconnecting electrical systems...

Connecting and disconnecting electrical systems while the car is running can be a dangerous practice. I would not recommend pulling fuses while the engine is running.

And although I don't have...
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 12-04-2016, 12:24 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,874
Posted By bimmerfan52
Parasitic drains can be tough to track down. ...

Parasitic drains can be tough to track down. Hope your mechanic can find the cause soon.

You may want to implement a temporary measure to stop wasting batteries. First might be a battery tender...
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 11-23-2016, 11:02 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 562
Posted By bimmerfan52
They all give out eventually. Go to ebay and...

They all give out eventually.

Go to ebay and search "BMW E60 hood struts" and you will have many to pick from.

I purchased mine for about $16 for the pair about two years ago and can tell no...
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 10-15-2016, 10:00 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 434
Posted By bimmerfan52
Sounds like when you increase the engine RPM the...

Sounds like when you increase the engine RPM the fault goes away.

While this may be a serpentine belt slipping or a pulley problem it is more probably the voltage regulator on the alternator that...
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 05-21-2016, 09:30 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 3,976
Posted By bimmerfan52
Don't waste your time changing the alternator. ...

Don't waste your time changing the alternator. If the alternator is not producing the correct current to meet a reasonable target voltage and keep the battery charged then the alternator may need to...
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 05-19-2016, 01:04 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 3,976
Posted By bimmerfan52
Refer back to post #6 and then have them check...

Refer back to post #6 and then have them check the steering column switch module, which is a known trouble spot.
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 05-18-2016, 02:11 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 3,976
Posted By bimmerfan52
Right. When the CAS goes to sleep the relay is...

Right. When the CAS goes to sleep the relay is opened (unless arcing has welded the contacts closed).
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