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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) Today, 05:52 PM
Replies: 10
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Posted By ztom
Check cabin heater hose from top rear engine to...

Check cabin heater hose from top rear engine to firewall, especially near engine port, heat makes that first to fail. I'd replace regardless after 100K mi
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-07-2014, 08:27 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 236
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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-07-2014, 08:24 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 417
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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-07-2014, 08:22 AM
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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-30-2014, 07:28 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 508
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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-30-2014, 07:26 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 535
Posted By ztom
Do the easy and inexpensive diagnostics first: ...

Do the easy and inexpensive diagnostics first:
1) Search the web for your series of codes, others may have had the same issue. Also post on the forum (which you've done).
2) Swap the #4 coil with...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-30-2014, 07:06 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 419
Posted By ztom
The center brake light is tied to the left side...

The center brake light is tied to the left side warning circuit. See if the center light is still working.

Also the warning lights can go on even if all the bulbs are working. The cause in those...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-18-2014, 05:06 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 487
Posted By ztom
Don't do it. IMO change your oil and filter after...

Don't do it. IMO change your oil and filter after 3K miles a couple times, that should clear stuff out. Also always give your car a very easy drive the first 30s in the morning, then moderate driving...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-08-2014, 01:00 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 118
Posted By ztom
Opening door, sometimes sticks - SOLVED

SYMTOMS - Pulling on the outside lever, door wouldn't open sometimes. Pulling the handle different directions & speed, door would open. This is a different door & car than other door problems I've...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-08-2014, 12:56 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 85
Posted By ztom
Inside door handle not opening door - SOLVED

SYMTOMS - Pulling on the lever, door wouldn't open. This is a different door & car than other door problems I've posted. Did this awhile ago, just posting now.

SOLVED - The handle is in a black...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-08-2014, 12:52 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 139
Posted By ztom
door won't open - SOLVED!

SYMPTOMS - The driver's door wouldn't unlock: Attempting from inside, the first pull of the lever normally pushes the lock stem up so that the second pull opens, but in this case the first pull...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-15-2014, 12:22 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 324
Posted By ztom
Search on oil pump gasket, common cause.

Search on oil pump gasket, common cause.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-05-2014, 10:59 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 529
Posted By ztom
You can try the following, worked for me - In the...

You can try the following, worked for me - In the morning when the engine is cold remove the radiator cap and fill the expansion tank. Bleeding is good but I think not necessary if you take time (few...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-02-2014, 11:16 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,111
Posted By ztom
I also had fuse 53 blow due to gas door actuator...

I also had fuse 53 blow due to gas door actuator jam. When fuse blows, remote key sometimes needs reprogramming after fuse replacement. I did not need to move the fuse panel. Just undid two torx...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-28-2014, 07:30 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,521
Posted By ztom
trunk lid release switch SOLVED - At least in my...

trunk lid release switch SOLVED - At least in my case, may help others...

symptom -car is NOT in valet mode, and trunk WILL open by using the electric button under the dash, BUT the switch/handle...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-28-2014, 01:11 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 631
Posted By ztom
P1519 - I've been having a p1519 code on a single...

P1519 - I've been having a p1519 code on a single vanos I6 (M52B28 engine). Was intermittent and got more frequent over months. I pulled the VANOS solenoid and checked resistance, found it was a dead...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-26-2014, 07:28 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 19,833
Posted By ztom
In reply to: "I've read online from people...

In reply to: "I've read online from people stating their car had dirty metal contacts on the doors but when I looked at the entire door perimeter I did not see any."

The door switches are part of...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-20-2014, 09:40 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,513
Posted By ztom
I wrote the following earlier.. "Check for...

I wrote the following earlier..

"Check for broken wire to compressor, especially where it comes into the engine bay. Check carefully, the wire can break yet the insulation makes it look ok. "
...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-20-2014, 09:37 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 719
Posted By ztom
Having replaced the head before, I might agree...

Having replaced the head before, I might agree that putting in a complete engine might be as easy as replacing the head IF the heavy lifting tools are available. Otherwise if the engine has an iron...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-20-2014, 09:10 AM
Replies: 99
Views: 28,911
Posted By ztom
Glad to hear. BTW the method I used did not...

Glad to hear. BTW the method I used did not require any puller or press. Just wanted people to know it could be done that way. I also cleaned the spline lightly with a wire brush, then used the brush...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-19-2014, 11:43 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 28,911
Posted By ztom
I just did left and right rear on a 528. Here's...

I just did left and right rear on a 528. Here's what I did in case it helps.

In both cases I used a hydraulic jack to lift up the knuckle so the half axle was about straight, and put like 3 4x4's...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-11-2014, 08:14 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 453
Posted By ztom
You could check with a multimeter if that switch...

You could check with a multimeter if that switch is working.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-09-2014, 11:25 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 412
Posted By ztom
Probably bad lower control arms

Probably bad lower control arms
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-09-2014, 11:21 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 850
Posted By ztom
Brakes & rotor & wear sensors. Any non bmw shop...

Brakes & rotor & wear sensors. Any non bmw shop can do it, not special. Get dustless like Akebono. Find a shop that will let you order them to save $.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-09-2014, 11:15 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 453
Posted By ztom
Unlatch the rear window switch on drivers door,...

Unlatch the rear window switch on drivers door, thin bar shape.
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