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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) Yesterday, 07:44 AM
Replies: 26
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Posted By Fudman
A good simple test. Thanx!

A good simple test. Thanx!
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) Yesterday, 04:40 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 484
Posted By Fudman
Thanx for the feedback everyone. It's probably...

Thanx for the feedback everyone. It's probably been at least 3-4 years since I changed out the ATF, which could be the reason. I am hoping it is not a leaking rack as the DIY sounds like a PITA and...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-30-2015, 05:29 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 484
Posted By Fudman
Power Steering Failure Symptoms?

I have an issue with my power steering. It feels "heavy", like there is little power assist at standstill or low speeds. It feels fine once I am moving faster. Not a major problem and something...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-29-2015, 05:00 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 166
Posted By Fudman
FYI the Trans Prog Failsafe does not trigger an...

FYI the Trans Prog Failsafe does not trigger an ODBII code. The tranny codes can only be read and reset using an INPA, GT-1 or similar software. If you are not experiencing the default gear...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-29-2015, 04:57 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 234
Posted By Fudman
No, replace the CCV before driving. Your CCV was...

No, replace the CCV before driving. Your CCV was frozen but has thawed out. You did not hydrolock your engine before but you will, if you continue to run the engine or drive it before you replace...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-27-2015, 07:10 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 240
Posted By Fudman
What do you mean by "conclusive"?

What do you mean by "conclusive"?
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-27-2015, 02:27 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 189
Posted By Fudman
You sound like you have money burning a hole in...

You sound like you have money burning a hole in your pocket and want to spend it on "improvement" for your new wheels. Relax. Take a deep breath and spend it on maintenance priorities, instead. ...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-27-2015, 09:44 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 240
Posted By Fudman
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=...

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=409240&highlight=

There another one on B'Fest too. The job is a HUGE PITA. You may want to replace your OFHG just to make access easier.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-27-2015, 04:58 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 460
Posted By Fudman
Remove the current bulb and see if you can find a...

Remove the current bulb and see if you can find a make and model number. It is usually imprinted on the base. If yes, then order the same bulb in the correct color spectrum. Or compare it to the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-25-2015, 11:34 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 160
Posted By Fudman
Also check your DISA valve. Symptoms are...

Also check your DISA valve. Symptoms are consistent with a failing DISA. It may be failing in the warm condition but working OK in the cold condition. Do not ask me why but $hit happens :dunno:.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-24-2015, 11:08 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 300
Posted By Fudman
1) Double check to make certain you have the...

1) Double check to make certain you have the right P/N gasket.
2) It does not look like you have any RTV at the half-moon locations on your cylinder head. Did you do that?
3) The gasket will...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-20-2015, 05:59 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,802
Posted By Fudman
Since you must remove the valve cover to access...

Since you must remove the valve cover to access the Vanos, clearly the improvements to engine performance are generated by replacing the VCG and not the Vanos O-rings. Those new VCGs do a great job...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-20-2015, 11:37 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 213
Posted By Fudman
+1, changing the tie rods will improve your...

+1, changing the tie rods will improve your steering feel and feedback. Since you are already doing most everything, may as well do it all. Here's the DIY: ...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-20-2015, 11:32 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 454
Posted By Fudman
Springs do not typically wear out (get softer...

Springs do not typically wear out (get softer with age). The struts do wear out and determining when to change them is completely subjective. Your fronts will typically wear out faster than the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-20-2015, 10:49 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,802
Posted By Fudman
Really... Teaches it to whom? At the local...

Really... Teaches it to whom? At the local vo-tech school? They sure don't teach Vanos design in engineering school. I, for one, am skeptical as to why a so-called "teacher of Vanos design" is...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-19-2015, 01:12 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 130
Posted By Fudman
When you remove the lower cooling hose, coolant...

When you remove the lower cooling hose, coolant will drain out. How much will depend upon how fast you can replace the new hose. I am betting the entire radiator will drain before you can put the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-19-2015, 12:18 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 147
Posted By Fudman
Good luck. This is certainly cheaper than...

Good luck. This is certainly cheaper than replacing the actuator (~$60). However, the risk is if the actuator fails in the future in the locked position, you must drill through the door panel to...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-19-2015, 12:11 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 271
Posted By Fudman
The problem with just using a HID bulb adapter to...

The problem with just using a HID bulb adapter to replace an H7 bulb (they do exist) is that the position of the new HID bulb is not the same as the older H7 bulb. Bulb position within the headlamp...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-19-2015, 09:23 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,029
Posted By Fudman
I think there is a fundamental misunderstanding...

I think there is a fundamental misunderstanding of what is being sought here. I think everyone "UNDERSTAND how the VANOS works", e.g. the DME instructs the Vanos piston to move to advance or retard...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-19-2015, 05:03 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 377
Posted By Fudman
A great reference. Clearly, not written by...

A great reference. Clearly, not written by marketing geeks. :thumbup:
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-19-2015, 04:39 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 331
Posted By Fudman
I agree with everything except this article...

I agree with everything except this article suggests that the DME uses only the camshaft position signal from the CPS and initially adjusts timing based on RPM and throttle position. Subsequent to...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-19-2015, 04:03 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 303
Posted By Fudman
I used this DIY to install my M5 rear bar: ...

I used this DIY to install my M5 rear bar: http://www.bimmerforums.com/forum/showthread.php?835680-Rear-M5-sway-bar-install It all went smoothly but it does not provide instructions for removing...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-18-2015, 09:16 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,250
Posted By Fudman
I think our disagreement is due to different...

I think our disagreement is due to different operating conditions due to a warm or cold engine.

I think the better first question to ask is "Is there a difference in Vanos piston positions (which...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-18-2015, 05:48 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,250
Posted By Fudman
Most everything in the literature cited to date...

Most everything in the literature cited to date appears to assume that the engine is operating at the design temperature (warm). For those conditions, the DME has a program for specific camshaft...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-17-2015, 03:18 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,680
Posted By Fudman
An apology is not needed. I just didn't want to...

An apology is not needed. I just didn't want to be attributed to a position that I do not fully subscribe to. I do agree with your statement above. Better understanding leads to better decision...
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