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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-29-2015, 11:31 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 581
Posted By brc5
It's a naturalised Aussie now :)

It's a naturalised Aussie now :)
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-28-2015, 05:35 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 445
Posted By brc5
The EWS is a glorified relay - which is coded in...

The EWS is a glorified relay - which is coded in pairs with the DME, which is a glorified carburettor and distributor. They are paired at birth in the factory and can't be swapped out without a...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-28-2015, 05:37 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 445
Posted By brc5
I just remembered more. When it wouldn't...

I just remembered more.

When it wouldn't crank, that was the ews.

After I got a new ews, I had a mechanic install it. It then failed intermittently. Recoding the ews using carsoft used to...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-28-2015, 03:12 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 581
Posted By brc5
Well, here's one from 2005 stealing the 'ring...

Well, here's one from 2005 stealing the 'ring taxi parking spot. Dirty from a high speed drive across Germany in variable weather.
...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-27-2015, 10:45 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 581
Posted By brc5
1997, Biarritz Blue, not Orient Blue. 535i, not...

1997, Biarritz Blue, not Orient Blue. 535i, not 540i. Grey leather, regular seats but with Nav.

http://i1283.photobucket.com/albums/a550/coastr/IMG_3737_zps1c223258.jpg

That's not the best...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-27-2015, 10:29 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 581
Posted By brc5
So I guess you dropped that requirement for 50k...

So I guess you dropped that requirement for 50k miles then :)

Blue/Grey is a great color combination. The blackout trim must have been an option in 2000? I thought all pre-facelift cars had...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-27-2015, 10:07 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 292
Posted By brc5
You can do it, and some people have done this. ...

You can do it, and some people have done this.

You need to bring the transmission up to operating temp (you'll need to look up what that is) and check temp with an infrared thermometer. Then,...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-26-2015, 03:44 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 236
Posted By brc5
For a start establish what the engine code is on...

For a start establish what the engine code is on the original engine and the replacement engine. Your 99 528i is a M52 - I don't know what the 3 series engine will be, although it is a much later...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-26-2015, 04:36 AM
Replies: 225
Views: 88,346
Posted By brc5
Take a look at this evaporator pic and tell me if...

Take a look at this evaporator pic and tell me if you think spraying some stuff on it is going to get rid of the smell.

Make sure you have your cabin filters in and there are no air gaps. All...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-26-2015, 04:23 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 445
Posted By brc5
You can't bypass EWS. If there is an issue with...

You can't bypass EWS. If there is an issue with EWS it will instruct the DME not to activate the fuel pump as well as the starter. So even if you jump the starter it still will not start.

You...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-26-2015, 04:19 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 273
Posted By brc5
You need to look at the actual radiator. ...

You need to look at the actual radiator.

Anyway, the answer is 'yes'. You need to replace your radiator, coolant overflow tank, hoses and maybe think about the water pump as well.

Welcome to...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-26-2015, 03:52 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 686
Posted By brc5
ok so more progress put the new evap, tx valve in...

ok so more progress put the new evap, tx valve in and the box back together. Made a few mistakes putting things back together in the wrong order so ended up doing everything at least twice.

Old...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-22-2015, 03:42 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,117
Posted By brc5
Your post is quite difficult I read so I don't...

Your post is quite difficult I read so I don't quite understand it.

I don't think anyone here wishes anyone who works in the trade ill. I don't think anyone is suggesting trying to rip those in...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-21-2015, 04:08 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,117
Posted By brc5
This is a pretty common thing that gets said, but...

This is a pretty common thing that gets said, but it's usually wrong. Obviously if you're Warren Buffet you get someone to do the work on your car.

For most people, let's say a mechanic charges...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-21-2015, 02:58 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 686
Posted By brc5
The E39 is easy to pull apart. All the wiring...

The E39 is easy to pull apart. All the wiring connectors slide apart and the screws are all accessible if you go in the correct order. The only issues I have had were getting of non-original screws...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-20-2015, 05:42 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 686
Posted By brc5
I'm posting these two photos to give people with...

I'm posting these two photos to give people with stinky evaporators nightmares, and to jolt some reality into anyone who bought a car with a promise from the seller 'just needs a regas' to get the AC...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-20-2015, 05:19 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 686
Posted By brc5
Oh I got hundreds of pics! I try and take 2-3...

Oh I got hundreds of pics! I try and take 2-3 pics at each stage of disassembly. After I'm done I'll try and upload some to make a chronology of the big steps involved. It's far too complex for a...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-19-2015, 06:32 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 686
Posted By brc5
Ok following this up. Finally did the removal...

Ok following this up. Finally did the removal job to get the evaporator out.

http://i1283.photobucket.com/albums/a550/coastr/4F9BD8AC-0E4E-4DB4-97F9-BE57238FFFC9_zpsf6xin5wc.jpg

Anyway, my...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-19-2015, 06:02 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 16,596
Posted By brc5
Ha following up on this after so much time. I...

Ha following up on this after so much time. I replaced lots of things - all new clamps, hoses, reservoir, and it never really stopped. The lower cover is on and catches most of it. Occasionally I...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-19-2015, 05:51 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,117
Posted By brc5
Ha, I run two of these things. One of which gets...

Ha, I run two of these things. One of which gets very few miles (the main cause of the issues).

There is no doubt there was some cost-cutting and penny pinching on the part of BMW. Too many...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-22-2015, 02:27 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 686
Posted By brc5
True, but in this case I put the coolant in...

True, but in this case I put the coolant in myself, so I know what color it is!

Given the size of this leak, I don't think that I'm going to need to evac the r134. I'm guessing it's all already...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-22-2015, 03:48 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 686
Posted By brc5
http://i1283.photobucket.com/albums/a550/coastr/27...

http://i1283.photobucket.com/albums/a550/coastr/27BF78DA-3B90-4EB6-AC7A-2EF017D1899B_zps3hu2ooio.jpg

So I created a home made black light torch and went and had a look. Err, yes, that's a...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-21-2015, 05:24 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 686
Posted By brc5
I had a sunroof drain pipe leaking issue, car got...

I had a sunroof drain pipe leaking issue, car got flooded. Evap was stinky the very same day and AC was marginal. Got worse from there (even more stinky and even less useful)

Gas has had to be...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-21-2015, 04:43 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 686
Posted By brc5
Evaporator let go? Do I dare even search on...

Evaporator let go?

Do I dare even search on replacing the evaporator?
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-21-2015, 04:43 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 686
Posted By brc5
I use lemforder coolant which is blue. Besides ...

I use lemforder coolant which is blue. Besides it is oil and not coolant. I stuck my finger in the puddle on the floor and it was oily.
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