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Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 02-04-2016, 09:50 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 312
Posted By timarnold
If you had read the CEL codes before you...

If you had read the CEL codes before you restarted it, you would have likely seen codes indicating that cylinders were shut down due to misfires. After the ECM detects a certain number of misfires,...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 01-29-2016, 09:12 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 502
Posted By timarnold
If the one you are looking at on Amazon is the...

If the one you are looking at on Amazon is the same as the OEM BMW, it works well. It will plug in to the back of your MID (radio) on the dash. You will need to mount the plug in somewhere. The...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-28-2016, 09:31 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 381
Posted By timarnold
Sure sounds like the FSU. I would try unplugging...

Sure sounds like the FSU. I would try unplugging the FSU & see if the fan stops. It won't hurt anything..
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 01-28-2016, 05:52 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 814
Posted By timarnold
Get a quote for doing just the OFHG & HE gaskets....

Get a quote for doing just the OFHG & HE gaskets. The oil pan gasket may be leaking, but you likely will find that it is a pretty minor leak that you may elect to live with. There is really little...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-22-2016, 02:48 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 426
Posted By timarnold
It wouldn't be a bad idea to clear all of the...

It wouldn't be a bad idea to clear all of the codes and see what comes back
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 01-21-2016, 09:52 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 814
Posted By timarnold
Right front corner could also be the Vanos Oil...

Right front corner could also be the Vanos Oil Line or possible the Oil Filter Housing Gasket.
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 01-20-2016, 03:01 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,064
Posted By timarnold
When mine did that, it was the rear U-joint on...

When mine did that, it was the rear U-joint on the Rear Driveshaft where it goes into the differential. You can just see this U-Joint between the heat shield & diff. On mine, I was able to see some...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 01-20-2016, 10:17 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 276
Posted By timarnold
It is a heck of a lot easier & more certain to...

It is a heck of a lot easier & more certain to clear the codes with a code reader. Here is the description of the drive cycle for your reading enjoyment:...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 01-20-2016, 06:03 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 276
Posted By timarnold
Did the tech actually erase the codes? It takes...

Did the tech actually erase the codes? It takes I think 3 cycles for the system to clear the codes. It's better to erase them with an OBDII reader. Autozone or Advanced will do it for free in most...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 01-08-2016, 12:02 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 405
Posted By timarnold
I do think that the most likely fluid is coolant,...

I do think that the most likely fluid is coolant, but if you are leaking AC Freon, you could be leaking out the PAG oil as well. Being cold, you may not have run the AC. Give the AC a try on max...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 01-05-2016, 05:42 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 285
Posted By timarnold
When I had this issue, the problem was the...

When I had this issue, the problem was the ignition switch. The battery & starter are other possibilities, but assuming when the starter actually engages it is not sluggish, I think the switch is...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 12-28-2015, 04:55 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 181
Posted By timarnold
Try putting down the passenger seat visor &...

Try putting down the passenger seat visor & seeing if everything works. If it does, it indicates that the ignition switch accessory ground has failed and you need a new ignition switch.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-19-2015, 01:36 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,002
Posted By timarnold
Any oil will work, but a synthetic 0W-40 is what...

Any oil will work, but a synthetic 0W-40 is what you should be running.
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 12-03-2015, 08:44 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 517
Posted By timarnold
I replaced a solenoid I broke while changing the...

I replaced a solenoid I broke while changing the transmission oil filter. They are all available for Cobra Transmission. The one I replaced cost $60.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-21-2015, 06:12 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 636
Posted By timarnold
You really need to replace the pipes. The...

You really need to replace the pipes. The plastic degrades over time and as Cabover1000 says, they almost certainly will break anyway. The piece of plastic pipe that remains stuck in the engine is...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-21-2015, 06:03 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 401
Posted By timarnold
What was the problem or what where the signs you...

What was the problem or what where the signs you had a problem?
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 11-19-2015, 05:46 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 663
Posted By timarnold
Are you throwing error codes? It could be a...

Are you throwing error codes? It could be a vacuum leak. It could also be the idle control valve. It has a tendency to get clogged with carbon. It can cleaned with carburetor cleaner.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-19-2015, 02:56 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 636
Posted By timarnold
If you have a 6 cylinder E39, there are 2 pipes...

If you have a 6 cylinder E39, there are 2 pipes that go from the front of the engine to the heating system. They run under the intake manifold. It is not unheard of for the orings to fail and the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-19-2015, 02:50 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 273
Posted By timarnold
No, this is correct. The Hex shaped piece keeps...

No, this is correct. The Hex shaped piece keeps the self adjusting clutch pulled back. Once the clutch is bolted onto the car, the hex shaped piece is removed with an allen wrench.
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 11-16-2015, 02:59 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 555
Posted By timarnold
You most likely have a failed windshield washer...

You most likely have a failed windshield washer pump. There are 3 of them mounted on the reservoir. They have someone pull the washer stalk while you are looking at the pumps & see if one makes...
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 11-14-2015, 10:38 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 582
Posted By timarnold
I use the BKR6EQUP's in both of my M54 engines...

I use the BKR6EQUP's in both of my M54 engines and have been very satisfied.
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 11-13-2015, 04:58 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 582
Posted By timarnold
If you don't know how long they have been in, you...

If you don't know how long they have been in, you should change them. The recommended 100k interval is really too long. They do look used up.
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 11-13-2015, 07:18 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 381
Posted By timarnold
What model year is your X3?

What model year is your X3?
Forum: X3 E83 (2004 - 2010) 11-13-2015, 05:33 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 663
Posted By timarnold
It certainly wouldn't be a bad thing to replace...

It certainly wouldn't be a bad thing to replace the front suspension. Before you do, it wouldn't hurt to check the torque of your front subframe bolts. As mileage increases on the X3 fleet, this...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-11-2015, 06:39 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,506
Posted By timarnold
Don't forget that the crankshaft rotates twice...

Don't forget that the crankshaft rotates twice for every one rotation of the cams, so you probably are 180 out.
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