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Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 04-16-2014, 06:13 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 4,029
Posted By mda185
If it has self leveling suspension, there should...

If it has self leveling suspension, there should be a reservoir or accumulator for it in the engine bay IIRC and your car should sag a bit overnight and rise up in the rear after you start it. That...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 04-08-2014, 09:03 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 4,029
Posted By mda185
Joe, I can't comment on the blocked hose even...

Joe, I can't comment on the blocked hose even though I spent a lot of time in and around the intake manifold on mine in the last 6 months. Maybe if i see it in person, I will recognize it.

What...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-08-2014, 05:51 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,254
Posted By mda185
I have owned and worked on bimmers for about 20...

I have owned and worked on bimmers for about 20 years now and Sachs do not fall apart in my experience. They do wear out between 50-80k miles depending on the driver, how many potholes they hit and...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 04-08-2014, 08:35 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 430
Posted By mda185
Manual swaps are not that difficult as long as...

Manual swaps are not that difficult as long as you are prepared with all parts you need before you start the job as opposed to having multiple Oh **** moments when you realize you need another part...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-08-2014, 08:08 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,254
Posted By mda185
Good advice and although I like my H&R Sport Koni...

Good advice and although I like my H&R Sport Koni setup, I think I would prefer the factory sport springs with stiffer sway bars and Koni Yellow. Problem with factory sport springs is they tend to...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 04-07-2014, 07:08 AM
Replies: 110
Views: 4,029
Posted By mda185
The idle valve hose and connector between it and...

The idle valve hose and connector between it and the OBD I manifold is a PITA design. Mine was leaking badly on my 525iT before the S52 swap and I managed to break the new one during the swap. Is...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-07-2014, 06:51 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,254
Posted By mda185
You are correct, you got the H&R springs for the...

You are correct, you got the H&R springs for the existing 530i Sport model so they drop the car more than factory sport springs and are considerably firmer. I have the 29742-1 which replaced the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-02-2014, 09:01 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 658
Posted By mda185
That is the way it should be but there are a lot...

That is the way it should be but there are a lot of indies in the US that will take advantage of owners of luxury cars if they can get away with it.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-01-2014, 08:54 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 658
Posted By mda185
This actually is a common problem on 2002, E30,...

This actually is a common problem on 2002, E30, E34 and E36 bimmers driven in winter conditions where road salt is used. The springs break due to age and corrosion. Frequently, the lower part of...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-01-2014, 08:50 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 658
Posted By mda185
Charging more for alignment on euro cars has been...

Charging more for alignment on euro cars has been a ploy to separate people from more of their money for a long time. I worked as a mechanic at a foreign car shop many years ago and can tell you...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-01-2014, 07:54 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,376
Posted By mda185
If you guys are interested in further reading,...

If you guys are interested in further reading, here are two pdf files with info I found on E36 M3 forums. BHJ makes the expensive harmonic dampers for S52 racing applications. The data plots were...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-01-2014, 05:56 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,376
Posted By mda185
Torsional flexing causes forces in the axial...

Torsional flexing causes forces in the axial direction. It is flex and oscillations about the central axis of the crankshaft. Think of it as a spring. As the shaft twists and releases, a force is...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-31-2014, 08:21 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,376
Posted By mda185
Steel liners have nothing to do with what I am...

Steel liners have nothing to do with what I am talking about. The crank in the 3.0 liter M54 is same long throw crank used in S52 M3 engine. The longer stroke of this crank causes some harmonic...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-31-2014, 02:25 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,376
Posted By mda185
We will never know for sure. It is their first...

We will never know for sure. It is their first mass production I6 aluminum block. The crank has some troubling harmonic vibration issues at high rpm and this may mean the block is flexing in ways...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-31-2014, 01:55 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,254
Posted By mda185
No but I have run Billie HD suspension for 50K...

No but I have run Billie HD suspension for 50K miles on an E34 525iT with factory M Tech sport springs. The E34 Billie HDs are definitely firmer than the Koni's on my E39 and these applications are...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-30-2014, 06:28 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,376
Posted By mda185
The makes me think of the first job I did on my...

The makes me think of the first job I did on my 530i replacing the DISA valve. I noticed a build up of crusty black deposits all over the inside of the intake manifold. I have never seen this on...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-29-2014, 04:29 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 397
Posted By mda185
The answer really depends on your ability to...

The answer really depends on your ability to fabricate a well designed alternative to the Zionsville cooling system. Theirs is very well designed and build quality is excellent. JimLev described...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-28-2014, 08:36 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,376
Posted By mda185
I can't comment about the STP fuel cleaner or...

I can't comment about the STP fuel cleaner or changing coils helping oil consumption but I have observed a similar improvement on my 530i after several oil changes. I bought the car in Oct 2012 with...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 03-28-2014, 02:14 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 4,029
Posted By mda185
Joe, you have same situation as me although your...

Joe, you have same situation as me although your idle HC is even higher than my S52. I should be around all day tomorrow working on my E39. It is leaking coolant and I am replacing all hoses, water...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 03-28-2014, 11:30 AM
Replies: 110
Views: 4,029
Posted By mda185
What are your HC and O2 numbers at idle and at...

What are your HC and O2 numbers at idle and at the higher rpm they test at? If your engine is like mine, it only fails for HC at idle. I am beginning to wonder if the advice I got about vacuum...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-08-2014, 08:03 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 594
Posted By mda185
Here is a little explanation of why these costs...

Here is a little explanation of why these costs are so high. Dealers and indies do this work based on what is called flat rate labor estimates and then they multiply the labor estimate in hours...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-27-2014, 06:31 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 474
Posted By mda185
Yes, it can still warm up to the 12:00 position. ...

Yes, it can still warm up to the 12:00 position. It all depends on outside air temp, driving speed, and load on the engine such as air conditioning compressor running. (It runs in defrost mode even...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-27-2014, 12:42 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 474
Posted By mda185
IF your temp gauge is staying near 10:00 position...

IF your temp gauge is staying near 10:00 position on a cool day in Florida, it is very likely that your thermostat has failed open. It should be in the 12:00 position or very near it all the time. ...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-27-2014, 12:10 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 594
Posted By mda185
There has been some debate on this forum on need...

There has been some debate on this forum on need to do this preventatively vs. waiting for it to fail. Cold weather seems to cause the crankcase vent (CCV) system to fail much sooner than cars...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-27-2014, 11:16 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 594
Posted By mda185
About the only thing I can add to what has...

About the only thing I can add to what has already been said it try to do this inside a heated garage. I had to do mine on my driveway in January and it was not fun. Getting the fittings on the...
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