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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-18-2017, 06:18 AM
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Posted By Fudman
Thanx! :thumbup:

Thanx! :thumbup:
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-14-2017, 02:13 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 358
Posted By Fudman
Inexpensive (~$20) LED AEs will blink when first...

Inexpensive (~$20) LED AEs will blink when first turned on. It then goes away after a few seconds. The expensive LED AEs do not blink but expect to pay a LOT more (>$60).
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-08-2017, 11:42 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 219
Posted By Fudman
A classic symptom for a failed sway bar link ball...

A classic symptom for a failed sway bar link ball joint. Check your sway bar links. Use a pair of pliers to see if there is any wiggle. Any movement means the ball joint has failed. A cracked...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-04-2017, 01:04 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 182
Posted By Fudman
Camshaft Position Sensor (Exhaust) Replacement

My engine threw the P0365 code yesterday - Camshaft Position Sensor (exhaust). The DIY is pretty straightforward, fast and easy. Researching parts, I'm finding the Genuine BMW part is about $120...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-29-2017, 04:31 AM
Replies: 156
Views: 54,109
Posted By Fudman
Are you hearing the pump activate? If yes, check...

Are you hearing the pump activate? If yes, check for a puddle of washer fluid under your car. If yes, your washer tubes have failed. The rubber tubes on these cars are prone to cracking. It is a...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-21-2017, 04:10 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 482
Posted By Fudman
You have classic thrust arm bushing failure...

You have classic thrust arm bushing failure symptoms. The parts kit is the right one except you may want to replace the liquid bushing in the thrust arms with either a rubber (Meyle) or poly...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-17-2017, 07:27 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 248
Posted By Fudman
Salt is the primary cause of rust. This is...

Salt is the primary cause of rust. This is evidenced by rust typically occurring at locations (wheel wells, rocker panels, etc.) exposed to salt. I would not worry about humidity. Especially if...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-17-2017, 07:23 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 283
Posted By Fudman
FYI, cheaper LED AEs will cause a flicker when...

FYI, cheaper LED AEs will cause a flicker when turned on. More expensive ones don't.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-26-2017, 10:19 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 7,698
Posted By Fudman
If you can read and follow directions, you can...

If you can read and follow directions, you can replace your Vanos seals. The Beisan DIY instructions are as good as it gets. The procedure is also well illustrated so there is no confusion. I...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-20-2017, 07:09 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 676
Posted By Fudman
Pull the fender liner to determine the specific...

Pull the fender liner to determine the specific cause of your noise. There are two possible sources of your sound: 1) the pump or 2) and air leak in the pipe. There is no pump maintenance. The...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-13-2017, 07:47 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 446
Posted By Fudman
Recheck the vacuum line, between the check valve...

Recheck the vacuum line, between the check valve and the plastic connector, above the manifold. The most common cause of SAP codes is cracked vacuum hoses. These hoses are rubber and become brittle...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-26-2017, 06:38 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 618
Posted By Fudman
Did you have any codes before you did your...

Did you have any codes before you did your service? Or did you perform your service in response to the symptoms you experienced? This will help to troubleshoot your issues.
PO141 is your O2...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-26-2017, 05:04 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 371
Posted By Fudman
I also have LED angel eyes. These are now six+...

I also have LED angel eyes. These are now six+ years old and work fine except for a bit of blinking at startup. Mien were about $20. More expensive LED AEs do not have this issue. Here's the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-24-2017, 04:26 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 575
Posted By Fudman
As a point of reference, I had my indy replace my...

As a point of reference, I had my indy replace my rear shocks about 6 months ago: Labor $288, parts - $200 shipped from BavAuto
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-23-2017, 04:48 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 53,531
Posted By Fudman
Here are the DIYs for the front and rear dock...

Here are the DIYs for the front and rear dock lock actuators:

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=648959&highlight=
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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-22-2017, 10:27 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,404
Posted By Fudman
I also got the letter even though I had the work...

I also got the letter even though I had the work done last year at the dealer.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-19-2017, 05:50 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 642
Posted By Fudman
The e39 AC is very sensitive to the freon level....

The e39 AC is very sensitive to the freon level. You may have a refrigerant leak. Too much or too little will result in no cold air. While the pressure level can indicate the condition (low or high),...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-18-2017, 09:58 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 430
Posted By Fudman
The cost to buy an e39 is always affordable but...

The cost to buy an e39 is always affordable but the cost to maintain an e39 is affordable if you DIY or if you get extremely lucky. If you send it out for work, have a fat wallet available. If your...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-15-2017, 10:14 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 899
Posted By Fudman
The e39 is hands down the right choice if the...

The e39 is hands down the right choice if the mileage is accurate and $5K is plenty for maintenance. If your labor is really only $60/hr, this is a great deal.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-15-2017, 05:26 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 899
Posted By Fudman
Any e39 is subject to an unexpected expensive...

Any e39 is subject to an unexpected expensive repair. But a well kept e39 is typically very reliable. Rubber or plastic parts are subject to degradation and failure in a 15 year old car, especially...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-08-2017, 09:39 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 539
Posted By Fudman
Are these ceramic pads? Do your symptoms vanish...

Are these ceramic pads? Do your symptoms vanish after a few applications of the brakes? A grinding noise/feel is very unusual. Rotors usually take awhile to develop surface rust after getting wet....
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-06-2017, 08:43 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 261
Posted By Fudman
Your problem appears intermittent as you say it...

Your problem appears intermittent as you say it runs great after a difficult startup. Given you have done some significant work on your engine, you may have inadvertently loosened an electrical...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-23-2017, 07:50 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 264
Posted By Fudman
If this is the original HU, plug the VIN into...

If this is the original HU, plug the VIN into RealOEM and get the build date.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-20-2017, 06:33 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 53,531
Posted By Fudman
You can close it but you cannot lock it. If you...

You can close it but you cannot lock it. If you lock it, you may not be able to unlock it. You have a failing door lock actuator. Replace it. Search for my DIY.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-18-2017, 12:32 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 390
Posted By Fudman
You should inspect all front suspension...

You should inspect all front suspension components. Your symptom ("play") is not necessarily limited to your tie rods. Your play could be due to failing ball joints in the control or thrust arms. ...
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