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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-28-2014, 10:22 AM
Replies: 5
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Posted By mhobryan
That was the first thing I did...recently...

That was the first thing I did...recently replaced the rear window regulators. It was dry.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-27-2014, 01:49 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 212
Posted By mhobryan
Thanks - Where should I check for drain channel...

Thanks - Where should I check for drain channel leaks?
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-27-2014, 01:26 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,566
Posted By mhobryan
Thought I'd provide another update... - What...

Thought I'd provide another update...

- What I thought was the DMF (dual mass flywheel) was actually the Vanos. That was the good news. Bad news is I bumped my intake camshaft and had to pay an...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-27-2014, 01:07 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 212
Posted By mhobryan
Fog/steam inside windows while car is not running

Yesterday it was fairly hot, humid, and sunny most of the day (tad under 90). Started to rain pretty heavy 45 min before I left work. When I went out to my car (it has been sitting since I got to...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-14-2014, 08:22 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 274
Posted By mhobryan
As you have an aluminum head, you definitely want...

As you have an aluminum head, you definitely want the car dead COLD. The aluminum expands when it heats, gripping the plugs even tighter.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-13-2014, 07:57 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 270
Posted By mhobryan
I've had situations in the past where I replaced...

I've had situations in the past where I replaced pads, and then somehow introduced air in the system. I suspect it is occurs when I'm pushing in the caliper pistons. Typically, after bleeding the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-13-2014, 11:07 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 270
Posted By mhobryan
To answer the first poster. Originally I only...

To answer the first poster. Originally I only bled the fronts, as I assumed those where the lines most likely to have air. Yes I made sure I turned off the bleeder screw when my friend was on the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-13-2014, 06:48 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 270
Posted By mhobryan
Spongy brake pedal after replacing front pads and rotors

Replaced the front pads and rotors yesterday on my '97 528i. First test drive around the block showed very little braking power, foot almost to the floor before coasting to a stop. Not sure how I...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-10-2014, 04:44 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 243
Posted By mhobryan
Aint that the truth.:thumbup: I don't...

Aint that the truth.:thumbup:

I don't subscribe to the 'just in case' parts stocking. For my American made cars, they usually stock, or can get same day from the likes of O'Reilly's, Autozone,...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-02-2014, 07:50 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 485
Posted By mhobryan
Yes, my original problem with the same symptoms...

Yes, my original problem with the same symptoms was the Vanos; however, the issue in this thread (as I had already replaced the seals when I posted - hence why I knew it wasn't the seals) was caused...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-25-2014, 07:13 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 19,918
Posted By mhobryan
Heck, because of this thread I now know that the...

Heck, because of this thread I now know that the metal(non tethered) gas cap I have on it 'ain't stock!:) Think I'm gonna do the rear suspension first though...have a lotta squeaky squeaky goin' on.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-27-2014, 08:16 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 627
Posted By mhobryan
1) I prefer private party b/c I can get a feel...

1) I prefer private party b/c I can get a feel for how the car was maintained. But if you can find a documented car at a dealer go for it.

2 & 3 - If you are ONLY considering a wagon, it's going...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-21-2014, 01:13 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 304
Posted By mhobryan
I have 165k on my car now....although at the time...

I have 165k on my car now....although at the time didn't understand Vanos was the cause, started to have low RPM drivability issues around 155k, started to get really bad around 160k. Thought it was...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-19-2014, 06:49 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 304
Posted By mhobryan
New Vanos seals DO make a difference, even on 5 spd single vanos

No dyno tests, but I can tell you that prior to replacing, the car was practically undriveable under 2k rpm....it was bad enough that I seriously thought there were issues with my DMF. Now she pulls...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-19-2014, 06:25 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 594
Posted By mhobryan
I've done a lot of riding (the motorized two...

I've done a lot of riding (the motorized two wheeled kind) around Michigan. There is a lot of pretty scenery around the edge of the thumb, but not a lot of spirited driving....towns are relatively...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-12-2014, 12:38 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 485
Posted By mhobryan
Learn from my mistakes...make sure the cam shafts...

Learn from my mistakes...make sure the cam shafts are clamped down well when replacing the Vanos. These are the most likely to be disturbed when doing this DIY project. They had to retime my intake...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-07-2014, 07:26 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 485
Posted By mhobryan
yes, vanos solenoid was plugged back in. I'm...

yes, vanos solenoid was plugged back in. I'm taking it in to the shop tomorrow. I'm thinking the timing on the intake camshaft is off, that I didn't do it right when installing the vanos. May very...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-07-2014, 01:57 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 485
Posted By mhobryan
bump ...anyone have any input on this? I'm...

bump ...anyone have any input on this? I'm probably going to take it to an Indy tomorrow (first time in the 2+ years I've owned it); haven't read, or found any threads about 'sync'ing' the vanos. My...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-07-2014, 04:53 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 485
Posted By mhobryan
Can you expound a little? It's a single vanos...

Can you expound a little? It's a single vanos unit ... what do I need to sync it to, and how is this done? What do I need to tell the computer?

If there is a thread that explains this, would...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-06-2014, 05:37 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 485
Posted By mhobryan
Replaced the camshaft sensor, cleared the codes....

Replaced the camshaft sensor, cleared the codes. Still doing the same thing. However, I got two different reason codes for 1519:

1. Camshaft timing function chain
2. right work link camshaft...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-05-2014, 06:41 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 485
Posted By mhobryan
I just read about that test...it's dark so will...

I just read about that test...it's dark so will have to wait until tomorrow.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-05-2014, 05:58 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 485
Posted By mhobryan
ok - have more info. I had three pre codes: 1519....

ok - have more info. I had three pre codes: 1519. I also had precodes 1188 and 1189. My fuel pressure was 49 psi at idle, if I revved it up dropped to 45 psi, then would slowly inch back up.
...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-04-2014, 07:04 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 485
Posted By mhobryan
Confess it was aftermarket (bought it before I...

Confess it was aftermarket (bought it before I read all the warnings here). However, it did throw a CEL last time it went bad.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-04-2014, 06:51 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 485
Posted By mhobryan
no power <3k, poor idle and stalls, no CEL. Not vanos

Over the past couple of months noticed a distinct lack of power below 3k, and rough idle when cold. Has gotten progressively worse, in fact, started stalling at lights on occasion. Mileage slightly...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-30-2014, 07:32 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 311
Posted By mhobryan
After close to 20 years as a DD ... it's called...

After close to 20 years as a DD ... it's called patina.:D
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