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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) Yesterday, 12:15 PM
Replies: 36
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Posted By rdl
I agree that the cluster does not give alternator...

I agree that the cluster does not give alternator or battery voltage or charge rate or discharge rate. Or any of the other diagnostics that an auto electrician would have handy. I've posted results...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) Yesterday, 08:25 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 642
Posted By rdl
Have you been able to charge the battery and...

Have you been able to charge the battery and check again?

From your last post it seems all the components should be OK. But the video in the first post demonstrate that the alternator isn't able...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-28-2015, 07:49 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,015
Posted By rdl
Nope, not on this engine. But I have rebuilt...

Nope, not on this engine.

But I have rebuilt engines with debris found in the sump. Although longer ago than I care to remember. :cry: The rule at the time was to completely strip the block and...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-28-2015, 06:01 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,015
Posted By rdl
Spin on oil filters commonly have a bypass valve...

Spin on oil filters commonly have a bypass valve that can route oil around the filter element. For instance when the oil is cold and still very viscous so that the oil pump's flow would burst the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-27-2015, 06:18 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 642
Posted By rdl
Well, fair enough, I suppose. One doesn't...

Well, fair enough, I suppose.

One doesn't need to invest in a torque wrench for this. I ought to have elaborated that 5 N-m isn't much. You can apply 5 N-m with a good firm twist with a...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-27-2015, 05:57 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 642
Posted By rdl
Most likely the two halves of the terminal are...

Most likely the two halves of the terminal are fully squeezed together & touching so the Tee-bolt & nut isn't able to clamp them any closer to grip onto the battery post.

Remove the terminal from...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-26-2015, 10:08 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 642
Posted By rdl
When checking voltage, one needs to keep in mind...

When checking voltage, one needs to keep in mind that every electrical circuit (unless it's a superconductor) has resistance. Even the small resistance in a perfectly good circuit will have a...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-26-2015, 09:16 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 642
Posted By rdl
Tests saying battery & alternator OK & seeing the...

Tests saying battery & alternator OK & seeing the same results with trial alternators are confusing.

A heavily discharged battery could do this as it consumes enough amps in charging to exceed the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-25-2015, 05:00 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,141
Posted By rdl
I haven't noticed this PDF mentioned. Page 40....

I haven't noticed this PDF mentioned. Page 40. the M54 is sequential or semi-sequential depending on the condition.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-23-2015, 09:39 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,141
Posted By rdl
DIS and INPA will report cam timing...

DIS and INPA will report cam timing dynamically/instantaneously. Both "requested" and "actual." And it is possible to display at least some other variables such as RPM. IAT, oil & coolant temp,...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-23-2015, 09:12 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 486
Posted By rdl
Check the best links thread for "cold air intake"...

Check the best links thread for "cold air intake" and "CAI" You'll find lots of opinions.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-21-2015, 12:07 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 450
Posted By rdl
I'd say yes, assuming that lifetime isn't taken...

I'd say yes, assuming that lifetime isn't taken to mean absolutely never ever fail for any reason. But if that's the criteria there is no such thing worth discussing. OTOH if one chooses to expect...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-21-2015, 10:00 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 450
Posted By rdl
The work hardening effect requires the metal to...

The work hardening effect requires the metal to be strained beyond its elastic limit. And doing so creates/results in permanent deformation. Further, repeated staining into the work hardening range...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-20-2015, 01:38 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 373
Posted By rdl
The consensus is OEM for CCV parts. But most here...

The consensus is OEM for CCV parts. But most here do tend that way or at least OES. :D I'm afraid that CCV reporting is thin for aftermarket brands. Some aftermarket brands have better reputations in...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-19-2015, 08:00 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 373
Posted By rdl
The VANOS hose is ~$40. But there are very few...

The VANOS hose is ~$40. But there are very few reports of failure. And the only thing you have to remove to change it is the air filter box.

The breather system (CCV) is mostly a problem in cold...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-19-2015, 07:13 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 373
Posted By rdl
I did the oil filter housing gasket 3 years ago....

I did the oil filter housing gasket 3 years ago. Lately I'm having the same oil mess & drips again ... but this time it's the VANOS oil line that runs from the housing up to the VANOS module. It's...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-19-2015, 05:05 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 148
Posted By rdl
I prefer to shop Canada & avoid border issues but...

I prefer to shop Canada & avoid border issues but most times I still find it much less expensive overall to buy in the US and ship to a border point for pick up and return to Canada. I batch up on...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-18-2015, 08:35 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,141
Posted By rdl
Besian describes that VANOS seal failure includes...

Besian describes that VANOS seal failure includes symptoms of idle quality and stalling. So it would seem that VANOS is (or should be) doing something at idle.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-18-2015, 07:36 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,141
Posted By rdl
The cams resist being turned as the lobes push...

The cams resist being turned as the lobes push against the cam followers. This resistance (torque) acting on the twist in the helical VANOS adjusters will push on the VANOS pistons & move them so the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-15-2015, 12:37 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 14,615
Posted By rdl
I entirely agree. It sure is difficult to put a...

I entirely agree. It sure is difficult to put a stake through the heart of the ongoing vapour barrier seal vs other leak path debate. Note that the plastic added by Konishiki-Lite is entirely inside...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-14-2015, 03:19 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 680
Posted By rdl
DIS is the diagnostic software used in BMW...

DIS is the diagnostic software used in BMW dealerships until ~2008
INPA is BMW software used in the assembly factories and development facilities.
Both can be found on the internet and installed on...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-14-2015, 12:56 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 680
Posted By rdl
I recall reading a post or two that described...

I recall reading a post or two that described that getting rid of a P2096 required the O2 adaptations to be reset after the underlying fault/cause had been corrected. You would need DIS, INPA or a...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-14-2015, 05:33 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 680
Posted By rdl
My mistake, I missed it. I did some googling...

My mistake, I missed it.

I did some googling on this code - the cats don't seem to turn up as a problem. Exhaust leaks seem to be the most common cause for solutions reported. But suggestions and...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-13-2015, 07:43 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 304
Posted By rdl
I've calculated volumes from known caliper and...

I've calculated volumes from known caliper and line diameters plus SWAGs of line length and caliper cylinder depths, erring on the high side. I came up with 216 ml / 7.3 oz. each front and 159 ml /...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-13-2015, 06:08 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 680
Posted By rdl
My reference for a BMW P2096 DTC from an M54/MS43...

My reference for a BMW P2096 DTC from an M54/MS43 shows "Post Catalyst Fuel Trim System Too Lean (Bank 1)"
The pre-cat sensor should be reporting lean DTC(s) too assuming it is functioning properly....
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