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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-06-2013, 07:33 PM
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Views: 5,668
Posted By paulcomi
After lots of attempts to fix it it became...

After lots of attempts to fix it it became apparent that the engine was blown so I took the hit and sold the car to a buyer who had plans to drop a new engine in. I don't miss it.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-22-2012, 09:13 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,668
Posted By paulcomi
Updatel: he pulled the intake and found the tube...

Updatel: he pulled the intake and found the tube that connects the PCV under the intake that was cracked. The symptom has been increased dipstick suction. He cleaned out the intake oil mess and put...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-29-2012, 05:37 PM
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Views: 5,668
Posted By paulcomi
Just received my new PCV and cyclonic oil sep....

Just received my new PCV and cyclonic oil sep. I'll post the results in a couple weeks.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-24-2012, 08:11 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,668
Posted By paulcomi
Just ordered an oil separator (cyclone sep that...

Just ordered an oil separator (cyclone sep that is behind the timing chain). My mechanic is going to pull the intake manifold and replace it and clean the intake thoroughly. The dipstick sucking is...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-24-2012, 10:18 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,668
Posted By paulcomi
What an odyssey this has been... Before...

What an odyssey this has been...


Before resigning myself to a cylinder head or valve job I took it to the dealer and paid them to thoroughly diagnose what is going on. They scratched their head...
Forum: E28 (1982 - 1988) 03-15-2012, 03:14 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,663
Posted By paulcomi
I replaced mine yesterday. The gaskets are held...

I replaced mine yesterday. The gaskets are held in place with two bolts and simply slide off the solenoid. You just remove the connector from the solenoid, slide off the old one and slide on the new...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-31-2012, 04:49 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,668
Posted By paulcomi
I went to Strictly German in Pasadena and they...

I went to Strictly German in Pasadena and they instantly diagnosed the problem as needing a valve job. Seems that when my radiator inlet cracked the car overheated suddenly and likely one of the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-30-2012, 03:16 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,668
Posted By paulcomi
I went back to my 1st mechanic and confirmed he...

I went back to my 1st mechanic and confirmed he replaced the valve cover gaskets. He said I have a cracked head and doesn't get into that kind of repair.

Im being told from another independent...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-30-2012, 11:18 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,668
Posted By paulcomi
I am thinking the same although I had the valve...

I am thinking the same although I had the valve cover gaskets replaced this year. I hear they might fail
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-28-2012, 02:34 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,668
Posted By paulcomi
When the car was on the lift smoke was visible...

When the car was on the lift smoke was visible from the exhaust manifold (drivers side) and additionally I could see that oil was also dripping onto the exhaust causing smoke. Smoke was visible at...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-28-2012, 09:59 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,668
Posted By paulcomi
I installed the PCV valve last night and it took...

I installed the PCV valve last night and it took only about 2 hours. The video on Youtube by Bavauto for 8 cyl cars is very helpful and demystifies the process. However, I found that using a bit...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-20-2012, 08:01 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,668
Posted By paulcomi
Just ordered the PCV valve kit from Bavauto.

Just ordered the PCV valve kit from Bavauto.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-19-2012, 08:30 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,668
Posted By paulcomi
Is there a way to tell if the PCV oil vapor...

Is there a way to tell if the PCV oil vapor separator is bad while the car is running (like pulling one of the vacuum lines and seeing oil where I should see just vapor)?
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-18-2012, 10:32 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,668
Posted By paulcomi
The water droplets don't smell like coolant at...

The water droplets don't smell like coolant at the exhaust pipe.
The challenge for me is to identify where the smoke is actually coming from. Even with the car on a lift and having a flashlight on...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-17-2012, 08:12 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,668
Posted By paulcomi
I tried the test for the CCV using the freezer...

I tried the test for the CCV using the freezer bag and I get some suction at the oil cap and dipstick so its working. Its not so much suction that it wants to suck the bag into the motor but getting...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-17-2012, 06:21 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,668
Posted By paulcomi
fwiw I checked the oil and its got no milky...

fwiw I checked the oil and its got no milky residue or the usual telltale signs of coolant in the oil. I also checked the coolant and there's no bubbles or oil in my coolant. The motor is oily on the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-17-2012, 05:49 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,668
Posted By paulcomi
Would that cause any smoking of the exhaust? I...

Would that cause any smoking of the exhaust? I have oil burning that comes and goes from the exhaust.
ps the crankcase vent unit on the rear of the engine isn't smoking. The smoke is clearly coming...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-17-2012, 05:38 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,668
Posted By paulcomi
Oil leak around exhaust manifold

My 2000 E39 540i has smoke coming from the drivers side of the engine. Looking at the car while its on a lift it appears to be coming from around the exhaust manifold where I see oil and can see the...
Forum: Cars - Private Party 10-31-2011, 04:52 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,567
Posted By paulcomi
6 speed 540i for sale or trade

I'd consider a trade for a commercial work van like a white econoline Ford that I could use for my business if someone is interested.
Forum: Cars - Private Party 10-23-2011, 05:24 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,567
Posted By paulcomi
I'd consider a reasonable offer. I wasn't...

I'd consider a reasonable offer. I wasn't planning to sell it before this issue, but it doesn't make sense to fix it since it will not be driven often if I were to fix it and I need to replace my 94...
Forum: Cars - Private Party 10-20-2011, 01:07 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,567
Posted By paulcomi
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Forum: Cars - Private Party 10-20-2011, 12:11 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,567
Posted By paulcomi
Just drove it home from the mechanic. It...

Just drove it home from the mechanic. It apparently needs a new engine block. It has 109k mi on it.

We have several cars and over the summer I rarely drove it because I have an old convertible...
Forum: Cars - Private Party 10-19-2011, 11:41 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,567
Posted By paulcomi
I'm picking it up from the shop and driving it...

I'm picking it up from the shop and driving it back home tomorrow so I'll be able to take some pictures. Just checking to see the interest out there for this model and year given the condition of the...
Forum: Cars - Private Party 10-19-2011, 05:35 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,567
Posted By paulcomi
2000 E39 540i 6 speed manual with m package

If anyone knows someone who is interested in a 2000 540i 6 speed (the car was originally special ordered from Germany) I have one with a motor in need of replacement. I like the car a lot, but I...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-12-2011, 04:26 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,013
Posted By paulcomi
O2 sensor identifying which one to replace

My E39 540i 6 speed is driving rough. It idles choppy, the check engine light is on and it doesn't go away when the car is accelerating.

Are these a DIY replacement or do I need to put it in the...
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