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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-28-2015, 10:36 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 294
Posted By vavet5308
The problem with replacing tie rods is that...

The problem with replacing tie rods is that you'll also have to get an alignment. The mechanic can count the threads it takes to remove the old one and use that count to thread the new one back on,...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-21-2015, 11:06 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 376
Posted By vavet5308
It's a matter of your time and money. For...

It's a matter of your time and money. For me...once I have the time to coordinate with the wife so I can break out of the house while she watches after our little one, jack up the car and take the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-18-2015, 12:36 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 225
Posted By vavet5308
I put my stands under the front jack points. I...

I put my stands under the front jack points.
I put my jack under the rear diff and put the stands under the rear jack points.

Depending on what I'm doing, I have jacked up the front, placed the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-09-2015, 06:33 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 380
Posted By vavet5308
what switch should be here?

I noticed yesterday that my car has this switch blank plate. I'm just wondering what would go here if my car had whatever that feature is.

It's just to the left on the fog light switch on the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-27-2015, 09:03 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 307
Posted By vavet5308
There is a series of 3 videos on Youtube created...

There is a series of 3 videos on Youtube created by Bavarian Auto on replacing the CCV. They show the process on an E46, so gaining access is not exactly the same, but the actual act of replacement...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-23-2015, 11:04 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,958
Posted By vavet5308
I have a short commute, so I've only accumulated...

I have a short commute, so I've only accumulated about 16K miles on the Moog parts. No problems so far.

Don't know if I can send you a link to the exact amazon page, but I can list part numbers...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-18-2015, 12:18 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 354
Posted By vavet5308
A 2 ton jack is fine. I routinely use a Harbor...

A 2 ton jack is fine. I routinely use a Harbor Freight 1.5 ton aluminum racing jack to lift the front or rear of my car. It's really nice because it's so light and maneuverable. I bought it when I...
Forum: Off-Topic 03-17-2015, 06:33 PM
Replies: 194
Views: 17,556
Posted By vavet5308
Is there something wrong with me? I prefer...

Is there something wrong with me? I prefer looking at real women...'festers, wives/gfs of ' festers, etc, as opposed to models.

What is your preference?
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-17-2015, 09:08 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 239
Posted By vavet5308
Are you pushing the clutch pedal down? I think...

Are you pushing the clutch pedal down? I think it's a requirement on this car to have the clutch in before the starter will engage. If so, it's time to start checking things with the voltmeter.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-14-2015, 05:23 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 341
Posted By vavet5308
Yep! Exactly. I replaced all 6 of my coils a...

Yep! Exactly.
I replaced all 6 of my coils a couple months ago because the has 116k. Lies and I figured if one failed, the rest were nearing the end. I really just wanted to be done screwing with...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-11-2015, 06:37 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,051
Posted By vavet5308
I don't really understand why we're getting hung...

I don't really understand why we're getting hung up on book times, labor rates, and markup on parts.

If the shop calls and says your fuel pump needs to be replaced and we are going to charge you...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-09-2015, 01:11 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 185
Posted By vavet5308
Sounds like some disassembly is in order to find...

Sounds like some disassembly is in order to find the cause of the driver door malfunction. The interior door panel needs to be removed so the exterior handle can be inspected. I'm guessing the cable...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-09-2015, 10:04 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 185
Posted By vavet5308
When you have these problems, does the door lock...

When you have these problems, does the door lock rod actually move up and down? If it does, then I think it's more of a mechanical than an electronic issue.
When you open the driver door from the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-06-2015, 08:27 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 503
Posted By vavet5308
I traveled a little known path with a company...

I traveled a little known path with a company called Moog. I bought them all from Amazon. I have a short commute, so I've only accumulated about 16K miles since I replaced them, but so far, no...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-04-2015, 07:52 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,051
Posted By vavet5308
Unfortunately, for a lot of techs working in big...

Unfortunately, for a lot of techs working in big shops, the customer does pay 2x the online price for a part and 3x the actual time it takes for the tech to complete the work. So if you pay for 3...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-03-2015, 10:37 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 772
Posted By vavet5308
If it had to be one that was actually available...

If it had to be one that was actually available for purchase where I live...525it manual trans
probably in the Topazblau that I already have or alpeinwiess.

If it could be a custom one-off -...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-02-2015, 07:45 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 292
Posted By vavet5308
You probably have a bent tie rod. They're not...

You probably have a bent tie rod. They're not terribly expensive. Don't try to drive it 30 miles.

The most basic suspension shop should be able to look at it and figure out what needs to be...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-25-2015, 10:12 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 3,187
Posted By vavet5308
I thought about this and I'm always looking. ...

I thought about this and I'm always looking.
I'd love to have a pickup truck again for general household duties, but does it really make sense to drop $40K on a truck so I can avoid a mulch...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-23-2015, 11:36 AM
Replies: 99
Views: 2,121
Posted By vavet5308
Here's the thing I abhor - the always-lit...

Here's the thing I abhor - the always-lit instrument clusters in some cars. Even in the daytime, the instrument clusters of a lot of cars are lit. My wife's 2011 Sonata is one example. This makes it...
Forum: Off-Topic 02-21-2015, 08:54 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 926
Posted By vavet5308
Boston culture overrides law IMHO. Sounds...

Boston culture overrides law IMHO.
Sounds completely reasonable. I would defend it by saying I was digging out an adjacent spot and that first spot is just where all the snow happened to go. You...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-19-2015, 12:48 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 432
Posted By vavet5308
Try this: turn the key to the on position without...

Try this: turn the key to the on position without starting the engine. Turn the radio on. Put down the sunvisor and slide the mirror cover open. Does the radio go quiet? If so - replace the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-19-2015, 06:53 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 291
Posted By vavet5308
I've had and seen plenty of vehicles with...

I've had and seen plenty of vehicles with original brakes at 95K. It all depends on how the car is driven and ratio of highway to city miles.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-16-2015, 08:14 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,396
Posted By vavet5308
I think I can suggest an important reason why...

I think I can suggest an important reason why someone would want to upgrade to M5 brakes, but I'm going to get there in a somewhat round-about way.

First, let's establish what brakes do. They...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-13-2015, 04:54 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,153
Posted By vavet5308
The stuck wheel us a result of galvanic corrosion...

The stuck wheel us a result of galvanic corrosion between 2 dissimilar metals-aluminum and steel. Totally normal. Reinstall one lug bolt at the top of the 5 pattern, then hit the lower inner sidewall...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-13-2015, 11:30 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 391
Posted By vavet5308
Beige here...I think it suits the blue cars...

Beige here...I think it suits the blue cars especially well and I even prefer it on the red cars.

From a practicality standpoint, beige is much better than black at hiding everyday dirt. Black...
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