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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-06-2016, 10:11 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 950
Posted By chiefwej
The Evans works exactly as advertised. To empty...

The Evans works exactly as advertised. To empty the system I drained the radiator, pulled both block drains then blew it out with air.. Then pulled the lower radiator hose, set the heater on high...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-05-2016, 11:20 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 950
Posted By chiefwej
The cooling system on the 6s seem to last longer...

The cooling system on the 6s seem to last longer than V8, but the result of a single overheat is much more likely to be fatal to a 6 vs the V8s.

My first radiator failure came at 40k miles. I...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-01-2016, 09:10 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 343
Posted By chiefwej
I just use an AUX input and Siri cahanges tracks...

I just use an AUX input and Siri cahanges tracks for me hands free. Pretty simple but it works. With a decent phone holder it also gives me a hands free navigation system.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-22-2016, 11:21 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,841
Posted By chiefwej
The short answer, based on the way the question...

The short answer, based on the way the question is phrased is NO. DIY doesn't always pay off. It depends on several factors. How complex is the repair? Your skill level as a mechanic. Tools,...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-08-2016, 02:16 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 92,373
Posted By chiefwej
Many of the "synthetic" oils in the US market are...

Many of the "synthetic" oils in the US market are actually hydrocracked Dino oil. Castrol sued several years ago and was able to get the definition of "synthetic" oil to include those oils in the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-16-2015, 10:45 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 874
Posted By chiefwej
With the design of the cap the O-ring seals it...

With the design of the cap the O-ring seals it before the cap it tight. It only needs to be tight enough to prevent vibration from loosening it, and on the V8 that's not even likely since it's not...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-15-2015, 05:18 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 642
Posted By chiefwej
Original radiator failed (crack in upper hose...

Original radiator failed (crack in upper hose neck) at 40k. I replaced with Behr (made in SA). One week later it was leaking along the side tank gasket on the driver's side. Replaced it with another...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-11-2015, 12:49 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 754
Posted By chiefwej
Doesn't anyone here have a car that has any...

Doesn't anyone here have a car that has any balls? All sissy cars?
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-11-2015, 12:41 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 520
Posted By chiefwej
Make very sure that you do NOT turn on the...

Make very sure that you do NOT turn on the ignition after you disconnect the seat wiring, or you will get an airbag warning that can't be cleared with most OBD readers. It takes a special reset tool....
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-08-2015, 11:50 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 188
Posted By chiefwej
Those are a very cheaply made set that are...

Those are a very cheaply made set that are embroidered with an "M" logo. I had a set, once. They didn't last very long. You can probably still find some on eBay. They look kind of nice, but cost...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-06-2015, 01:24 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 523
Posted By chiefwej
The LKM does a check on each startup. It sends a...

The LKM does a check on each startup. It sends a small pulse of power through each monitored circuit to test the resistance. It isn't enough to light a standard incandescent bulb, but it is enough...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-06-2015, 12:48 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 523
Posted By chiefwej
Check all your brake light bulbs. Something as...

Check all your brake light bulbs. Something as simple as using a bulb with a brass base vs the OEM nickel ones can change the resistance enough to get an error message.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-19-2015, 03:05 PM
Replies: 338
Views: 55,999
Posted By chiefwej
Evans, after it has been in some time, looks...

Evans, after it has been in some time, looks exactly like used motor oil. But it's pretty easy to tell the difference. If you put a drop or two of water on Evans it mixes, not so with oil. Evans...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-17-2015, 12:12 PM
Replies: 338
Views: 55,999
Posted By chiefwej
Are you running the system with zero pressure...

Are you running the system with zero pressure (open to the atmosphere) or do you still have a little pressure? I ask because I had just a bit of coolant seeping out from valley pan gaskets, but when...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-13-2015, 12:17 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 630
Posted By chiefwej
There is an ambient temp sensor on the passenger...

There is an ambient temp sensor on the passenger side just under the car, behind the bumper in front of the right front wheel. You have probably ripped it off or broken the wires to it. It's a...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-30-2015, 09:01 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 556
Posted By chiefwej
Insert key, turn counterclockwise, it will...

Insert key, turn counterclockwise, it will manually open it. You have turn further and much harder than you expect.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-29-2015, 11:29 AM
Replies: 338
Views: 55,999
Posted By chiefwej
I'm well into my 6th year with Evans collant in...

I'm well into my 6th year with Evans collant in my 540, and I would never go back. I haven't switched my other car but then it doesn't have the notorious cooling system issues that go with the BMW...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-27-2015, 11:04 AM
Replies: 338
Views: 55,999
Posted By chiefwej
Yep, you may have even heard that right here in...

Yep, you may have even heard that right here in this thread, if you just read post #317, (just a few back).



This has been discussed a lot. Pure water does have a larger heat capacity than ANY...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-24-2015, 10:46 PM
Replies: 338
Views: 55,999
Posted By chiefwej
Evans, when I converted had two products for gas...

Evans, when I converted had two products for gas powered vehicles. NPG+ for road cars and a different product NPG-R for racing applications.

A couple years later they came out with a single...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-23-2015, 07:57 PM
Replies: 338
Views: 55,999
Posted By chiefwej
There are three O-rings on the pressure cap. Two...

There are three O-rings on the pressure cap. Two are regular round ones and the one hardest to remove is a square one. To eliminate all pressure from the system you need to remove the square one....
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-14-2015, 12:41 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 9,347
Posted By chiefwej
A well maintained 540i is very comfortable...

A well maintained 540i is very comfortable cruising at 130 with four people and luggage. That's plenty for me. Spending a half hour or more cruising at that speed can gobble up a lot of distance...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-14-2015, 12:29 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 9,347
Posted By chiefwej
In a manual transmission 540i the top speed is...

In a manual transmission 540i the top speed is attained in fifth gear. The speed will actually drop if you top out fifth and shift to sixth. At that speed the wind and rolling resistance is more...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-25-2015, 01:01 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,843
Posted By chiefwej
Post Chevron puts the Techoron brand on lots of...

Chevron puts the Techoron brand on lots of products (including their gas), and the concentration of Techron in them varies widely. I think it was calculated that it would take several bottles of the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-14-2015, 05:46 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,843
Posted By chiefwej
I have never seen Techron discounted at Costco. ...

I have never seen Techron discounted at Costco. They do sell a much cheaper product that is fuel system cleaner with Techron. But that is a much less concentrated product and contains only a small...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-12-2015, 02:40 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 373
Posted By chiefwej
Many here have had success with Techron. Google...

Many here have had success with Techron. Google "techron fixing my gas gauge" and see the results people have had. It works.
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