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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-16-2014, 07:15 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 301
Posted By rdl
Your last post is after my edit for wire colour...

Your last post is after my edit for wire colour translations from German. Or perhaps your friend is familiar already.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-16-2014, 06:14 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 301
Posted By rdl
You might try a continuity check from instrument...

You might try a continuity check from instrument cluster to temp sender.
Some schematics and locators attached.

The schematics posted are guesses for you car. Intermediate connectors vary by...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-14-2014, 08:17 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 149
Posted By rdl
From a Rack Attack web page for one of the Thule...

From a Rack Attack web page for one of the Thule options:
"The Thule 753 BMW Car Rack is made specifically for the 1999-2003 BMW 3 Series sedan, 2001-2003 3 Series 2 door and the 1997-2003 5 Series...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-10-2014, 05:48 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 464
Posted By rdl
I've run my 530 on Michelin Exalto all season...

I've run my 530 on Michelin Exalto all season tires through the winters in southern Ontario, which has conditions similar to lower Michigan. I've made it through snow storms with cars in the ditch...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-05-2014, 12:28 PM
Replies: 459
Views: 70,219
Posted By rdl
That is an excellent price for an BMW Canada...

That is an excellent price for an BMW Canada dealer. I've found a price of US$253 @ Husker which would be ~C$280. Usually local dealer prices are 3 to 10 time the US internet dealer prices. The...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-05-2014, 12:21 PM
Replies: 459
Views: 70,219
Posted By rdl
Thanks for the suggestions. I'm pretty sure...

Thanks for the suggestions.

I'm pretty sure that the hex to flapper fit is still good and tight. I made a point of torquing them to check. And I couldn't detect any looseness axially in the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-05-2014, 11:13 AM
Replies: 459
Views: 70,219
Posted By rdl
I've followed this thread & read a good portion...

I've followed this thread & read a good portion of but not every one of the 453 posts. So my apology if my question has been answered.

I was doing some routine checking with a stethoscope and...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-05-2014, 06:55 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 113
Posted By rdl
Rain and light sensor (RLS) coding

I had a new windshield installed this week and rain sensing is now inop. Automatic lights work, but rain sensing does not. I managed to confirm a bad module with a loaner for a test. So it's the RLS...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-02-2014, 09:50 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 2,200
Posted By rdl
Down 3" is about 1 cup of coolant, not much in a...

Down 3" is about 1 cup of coolant, not much in a 2.8 gallon system. It might be just a little bit of air flushed out of the engine or cabin heater after all the work done. Be sure to check level only...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-02-2014, 07:44 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 2,200
Posted By rdl
122C with the engine running is much too hot. ...

122C with the engine running is much too hot.
I don't know what is normal during heat soak; one has to assume it's OK, i.e. as designed. There isn't anything we can do about it, other that ensure...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-02-2014, 06:27 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 2,200
Posted By rdl
The 105 C on a '97 might be OK. It depends on...

The 105 C on a '97 might be OK.
It depends on where the temp sensor is located in the cylinder head. I think that the earlier E39 I6's (M52 engine) had the sensor near the front of the head, close...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-02-2014, 05:31 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 307
Posted By rdl
First, are you certain the tank is cracked? I had...

First, are you certain the tank is cracked? I had the bleeder screw split up the middle - the dried tracks and liquid coolant on the tank rim made it appear that the tank had split. More by chance...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-22-2014, 07:58 AM
Replies: 126
Views: 2,200
Posted By rdl
Actually I think it tastes somewhat sweet :rofl:...

Actually I think it tastes somewhat sweet :rofl: But it sure isn't healthy to drink.

Two methods come to mind without dumping coolant.

A turkey baster to suck out of the expansion tank. Perhaps...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-21-2014, 07:47 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 225
Posted By rdl
Just a bit of clarification to someone new to the...

Just a bit of clarification to someone new to the forum
EDIT: Oops, I didn't mean edjack is new here :rofl:

By generic OBD-II, edjack means the legally required diagnostic trouble codes (DTC)...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-21-2014, 06:55 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,619
Posted By rdl
My experience agrees with HTK12. When I...

My experience agrees with HTK12.

When I bought my 530i 4 years ago the hand brake was so weak I could drive off with it engaged and not notice except for the warning light in the instrument...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-19-2014, 05:05 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 2,200
Posted By rdl
Many people have reported problems with the Behr...

Many people have reported problems with the Behr expansion tank, and other brands too for that matter. The accepted wisdom is that BMW branded is the only one certain to be problem free.
You can...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-15-2014, 03:06 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 335
Posted By rdl
The beep and light flash when locking and...

The beep and light flash when locking and unlocking the doors is an option in the general module. The norm, for North American cars at least, is "enabled." The dealer can change the option or you and...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-14-2014, 08:18 AM
Replies: 126
Views: 2,200
Posted By rdl
Overheating can be a result of insufficient...

Overheating can be a result of insufficient cooling in the radiator or insufficient coolant flow rate through the radiator or a combination of both.

Based on the symptoms described I'd check lower...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-14-2014, 07:40 AM
Replies: 126
Views: 2,200
Posted By rdl
With respect, this is simply not accurate. For...

With respect, this is simply not accurate.
For instance, consider that the classic, virtually the only, cause of an engine failing to reach normal operating temperature is a thermostat stuck open....
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-11-2014, 05:56 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,084
Posted By rdl
INPA has a status screen reporting oil...

INPA has a status screen reporting oil temperature on my M54 I6 engine. I recall reading somewhere that it's used to determine when to begin VANOS activation, or how well it can be expected to...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-10-2014, 12:59 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,084
Posted By rdl
I'm a dumkopf! Please ignore my post 14...

I'm a dumkopf! Please ignore my post 14 suggesting a horn relay as suitable for the DIY.

It does have the snubber installed but I overlooked the ability to wire relays NO or NC as indicated in...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-10-2014, 12:33 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 159
Posted By rdl
It is from RealOEM ...

It is from RealOEM
www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts.do?model=DT63&mospid=47587&btnr=61_3992&hg=61&fg=36

I've noticed that images and details in RealOEM have changed recently.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-10-2014, 09:51 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 159
Posted By rdl
Pull the relay. Then check voltages and grounds...

Pull the relay. Then check voltages and grounds on the plug as follows:

pin #4 for 85 on relay -> grounded when horn pad pushed, open circuit when horn pad released
Pin #6 for 86 on relay -> B+...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-10-2014, 09:02 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 159
Posted By rdl
Reading the wiring diagrams I can't see any...

Reading the wiring diagrams I can't see any switching device that would disable the horn circuit in the clockspring.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-10-2014, 08:37 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,084
Posted By rdl
In post #1 PDF I describe the need for a snubber...

In post #1 PDF I describe the need for a snubber in the relay and suggest a method to add one to a generic relay. I've since stumbled across a schematic indicating the horn relay has a snubber diode...
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