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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-12-2014, 07:47 AM
Replies: 24
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Posted By mda185
16valex, very glad to hear you like it so far. ...

16valex, very glad to hear you like it so far. Please post back after break in period to let us know how it is then.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-11-2014, 11:43 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 457
Posted By mda185
I have not replaced the clutch on my 03 530i yet...

I have not replaced the clutch on my 03 530i yet and am interested in what folks provide in terms of feedback. I can say that the UUC aluminum flywheel with Sachs E34 M5 clutch disc and pressure...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-11-2014, 07:24 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 230
Posted By mda185
I think the 530ia may already have a 3.15 rear...

I think the 530ia may already have a 3.15 rear diff. The manual 5 speed comes with a 2.94 but I thought the automatic transmission got the 3.15 because it has overdrive. (I am not 100% certain...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-11-2014, 07:17 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 172
Posted By mda185
I have purchased the Zionsville electric fan kit...

I have purchased the Zionsville electric fan kit but not installed it on my E39 yet. The stock clutch fan can work well for many thousands of miles but the electric conversion does make it easier to...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-11-2014, 07:03 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 277
Posted By mda185
Dennis, The problem in my radio was not a...

Dennis,

The problem in my radio was not a loose loom connection although it is a good idea to unplug and re-seat all of those connections also. The problem with mine was a combination of mild...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 11-11-2014, 03:27 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 316
Posted By mda185
A picture would help. I am having a hard time...

A picture would help. I am having a hard time visualizing what you are describing. I thought all E34's had a rubber giubo (flex disc) between the transmission output and the driveshaft flange. I...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-11-2014, 03:16 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 277
Posted By mda185
Do not assume it is the amp. I had this same...

Do not assume it is the amp. I had this same problem with my E39 radio and it turned out to be a problem with how the antenna signal is grounded inside the radio. What clued me into this was the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-11-2014, 03:02 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 457
Posted By mda185
This is a problem I ran into when I installed new...

This is a problem I ran into when I installed new clutch and starter on the S52 engine I swapped into my E34. That pin was too large to fit into the hole on the new starter. After much swearing and...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-11-2014, 06:49 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 457
Posted By mda185
Some years ago, I had same problem with exhaust...

Some years ago, I had same problem with exhaust studs on my 535i 5 speed and drilling those suckers out after they broke was one of the most difficult jobs I have ever done because of difficult...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 11-09-2014, 11:33 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 316
Posted By mda185
The fact that it is speed related points to a...

The fact that it is speed related points to a balance problem. I know I had a problem like this years ago with a rebuilt 2 piece driveshaft from a supposedly reputable shop. Even good shops make...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 11-08-2014, 04:06 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 275
Posted By mda185
I have been doing mobile audio installations for...

I have been doing mobile audio installations for about 40 years and have modified E34's for about 10 years. I also design and build my own home speakers and am a retired Electrical Engineer. IMO,...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-06-2014, 11:10 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,347
Posted By mda185
I can't answer that question for you WRT to a...

I can't answer that question for you WRT to a simulator working for 745i. I don't know how that engine controller works. The circuit I built tricks the DME when it sends a signal to turn on the fan...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 11-03-2014, 07:45 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 205
Posted By mda185
http://www.bmwe34.net/E34main/Maintenance/Suspensi...

http://www.bmwe34.net/E34main/Maintenance/Suspension/WheelBearing.htm

Everything you need to know at the link above. This is how I learned to do it. ABS ring is part of the bearing assembly. ...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 11-01-2014, 03:36 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 205
Posted By mda185
This is one of the easiest DIY jobs on these cars...

This is one of the easiest DIY jobs on these cars and the bearings are not too expensive. Just replace the bearing.

The bearing cartridges are sealed and I can't imagine any easy way to get a...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 11-01-2014, 03:06 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 1,690
Posted By mda185
The bellhousing bolts should be Torx head bolts...

The bellhousing bolts should be Torx head bolts if they are like the three E34's I have worked on. They are really hard to strip the heads unless someone used the wrong size socket or tried to get...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-31-2014, 07:25 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 291
Posted By mda185
Something to keep in mind is that all O2 sensors...

Something to keep in mind is that all O2 sensors degrade gradually on their way to failure. As they degrade, their response time gets slower and the engine typically begins to run richer a little...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-31-2014, 11:48 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 1,339
Posted By mda185
Best mechanic I have known is dyslexic and has...

Best mechanic I have known is dyslexic and has great difficulty reading and spelling. He can't learn from reading shop manuals but he has a great ability to figure things out either by watching...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-30-2014, 07:20 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 362
Posted By mda185
This is choice I would make with my money. I...

This is choice I would make with my money. I tried Depo fog lights on my E34 and one of them developed a leak and began to rust internally in less than a year. It may be a failure mode that only...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-29-2014, 02:28 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 1,339
Posted By mda185
I do agree with the main point bluebee is trying...

I do agree with the main point bluebee is trying to make in that many times, a poster who can't be bothered to try communicating clearly, is also someone who is not going to understand or be...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 10-19-2014, 08:16 PM
Replies: 184
Views: 8,750
Posted By mda185
Very sorry to hear the news. Condolences from my...

Very sorry to hear the news. Condolences from my family to yours. Brooklyn Elise will be in our prayers
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-14-2014, 09:39 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,520
Posted By mda185
Glad to hear this job has gone well for you after...

Glad to hear this job has gone well for you after you weathered the initial difficult steps. As for the loose connector, I am guessing it is for the vacuum switch I described under the intake...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 10-14-2014, 06:48 PM
Replies: 184
Views: 8,750
Posted By mda185
Joe, where do you call to get your non-runners...

Joe, where do you call to get your non-runners towed away and how much money do they pay if anything? I have to get rid of the black touring soon. I am going to strip it of parts I need and then...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-14-2014, 06:44 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,520
Posted By mda185
How many conductors are in it? My first guess...

How many conductors are in it? My first guess would have been the oil pressure sensor and that is one conductor. Second guess is VANOS actuator. There is also a vacuum switch just underneath the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-12-2014, 03:43 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 315
Posted By mda185
There is also a constant velocity joint at the...

There is also a constant velocity joint at the back of the driveshaft that can make this noise if the bolts are loose and/or failing. It is part 16 in the attached picture. This was happening on my...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-12-2014, 03:26 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,520
Posted By mda185
Is the bottom of the power steering pump...

Is the bottom of the power steering pump reservoir and the hoses wet with oil? The hose swells with age and leaks no matter how you clamp it. Replace the two power steering hoses going to it while...
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