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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) Today, 08:40 PM
Replies: 5
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Posted By rdl
The only solution for a P0741 I've seen is a new...

The only solution for a P0741 I've seen is a new torque converter. But the car is entirely driveable with the fault & it can't get any worse. The only symptom will be a loss of a couple of % in MPG...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) Today, 07:41 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 118
Posted By rdl
I've found Bentley wiring diagrams to be...

I've found Bentley wiring diagrams to be incomplete and sometimes misleading as to year and model which applies. Here is the ignition switch schematic for your year and model from BMW's WDS. It...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) Today, 06:43 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 211
Posted By rdl
A better pair of alternatives is to replace the...

A better pair of alternatives is to replace the adjusters (as you plan) and refinish your lenses.

You can buy perfectly good adjusters on ebay for ~$25 shipped.
Refinishing headlights will cost...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) Today, 06:12 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 156
Posted By rdl
I hope you gave him a pat on the back for having...

I hope you gave him a pat on the back for having his "event" before the paint job, rather than after. :rofl:

I should have mentioned, check the best links thread for PDF files listing fault codes...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) Today, 05:43 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 156
Posted By rdl
I hope your son survived the incident without...

I hope your son survived the incident without harm. Both the crash and your reaction when he arrived home without the car.
Anyway, assuming the fault codes from Scanner v1.36 are the same as BMW...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) Today, 10:23 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 115
Posted By rdl
MID ribbon cable repair problem

I replaced the MID ribbon cable due to missing pixel columns & rows. I've wound up with faded, weak pixels on the right side - but only some of the time. Both on the original LCD panel with a new...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) Yesterday, 06:37 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 668
Posted By rdl
Oops, I didn't notice your UK location, which...

Oops, I didn't notice your UK location, which does affect defaults.
And sorry to hear about your suspicions of the neighbourhood. It can't be a comfortable situation.

For the door
The 45 degree...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) Yesterday, 07:00 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 668
Posted By rdl
My sympathies - it's almost as bad as violating...

My sympathies - it's almost as bad as violating your home.

The dealer's advice resulted in you disabling the alarm. Same effect as pushing the remote's lock button twice. It disables the tilt and...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-30-2015, 03:47 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 212
Posted By rdl
Are you certain your headlights are bi-xenon? The...

Are you certain your headlights are bi-xenon? The OE Hella Xenon headlights fitted to E39s by BMW were not bi-xenon. It do you have bi-xenon, they have been modified. If so, they may have been poorly...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-26-2015, 06:32 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 977
Posted By rdl
Lately I've noticed that TRW and Moog supply E39...

Lately I've noticed that TRW and Moog supply E39 suspension parts. Prices can be less than 1/2 the cost of Lemfoerder. Both have excellent reputations. Beware though that Moog has a R line "for the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-26-2015, 05:42 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 355
Posted By rdl
You might search out a crowfoot style wrench with...

You might search out a crowfoot style wrench with a ring (full circumference) socket. This would give you full engagement on the O2 sensor hex without cutting the wires. And a 6 point will give...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-25-2015, 02:58 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 238
Posted By rdl
Yes. The water valve is between the shock tower...

Yes.
The water valve is between the shock tower and engine on the left, driver's side.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-24-2015, 08:46 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 238
Posted By rdl
I assume you have temperature set to cool/cold,...

I assume you have temperature set to cool/cold, something in the 60sF, and the red/blue dial set to blue end. If so, your cabin heater water valves, the HVAC panel or wiring is faulty. Try turning...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-23-2015, 11:15 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 37,169
Posted By rdl
Yes, one litre.

Yes, one litre.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-23-2015, 09:08 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 37,169
Posted By rdl
BB Semantics, semantics! :D Really though,...

BB
Semantics, semantics! :D
Really though, better to be precise and exact rather than assume & turn out to be wrong.

In my mind bleeding & (routine PM) flushing are done the same way, but...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-23-2015, 07:12 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 37,169
Posted By rdl
I've never been concerned about flushing the ABS...

I've never been concerned about flushing the ABS unit unless there is reason to think the brake fluid has been contaminated with oil or some other foreign fluid. Or the lines have been opened and...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-23-2015, 06:27 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 173
Posted By rdl
Short term, a shot of good lock lube might free...

Short term, a shot of good lock lube might free things up enough to get you back on the road. I've found SuperLube made by Synco to be effective.

For a longer term solution I'd be disassembling to...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-23-2015, 06:03 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 977
Posted By rdl
I admire your bravery. That's quite a list of...

I admire your bravery. That's quite a list of projects you've bought. Although when you're finished you'll have a very nice car. I like my E39 more than any car I've owned or driven in the 45+ years...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-22-2015, 06:17 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 839
Posted By rdl
Yes, a 90 A-hr battery discharged at 4.5 A for 20...

Yes, a 90 A-hr battery discharged at 4.5 A for 20 hours will fall to 10.5V, which is the terminal voltage for both A-hr and Reserve Capacity minute rating.

Theoretically one could convert from...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-22-2015, 11:05 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 747
Posted By rdl
I doubt it. I can't think of any way that cocking...

I doubt it. I can't think of any way that cocking could create forces or any mechanism to separate the friction blocks from the backing plate.

The problem looks to me like corrosion got into the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-22-2015, 05:03 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 839
Posted By rdl
BB The link referenced is incorrect. The amp-hr...

BB
The link referenced is incorrect. The amp-hr capacity of a battery varies with the discharge current. The phenomenon is described by the Peukert effect. The Peukert equation calculates the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-22-2015, 04:28 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 747
Posted By rdl
Well, on a simple calculation I make it that...

Well, on a simple calculation I make it that anything other than perfect alignment in the caliper/pads/mounting would result in a cocking torque of 500+ lb-ft on the front piston during maximum...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-19-2015, 09:34 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 747
Posted By rdl
Doru Thanks for the data. The ATE calipers sure...

Doru
Thanks for the data. The ATE calipers sure are expensive. Last year I thought I was going to have to replace fronts due to rusty pistons. I found listings for new ATEs at ~US$150. But that was...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-19-2015, 09:18 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 747
Posted By rdl
I don't agree with "doesn't contact the walls of...

I don't agree with "doesn't contact the walls of the caliper." The seal doesn't have the rigidity or span to hold the piston axis true to the cylinder axis.

In operation, any piston cocking will...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-19-2015, 07:43 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 747
Posted By rdl
Do you mean Centric is producing brand new...

Do you mean Centric is producing brand new calipers, or remanufacturing? If new, where are they available? I've haven't ever noticed listings for new, Centric calipers.

I do agree that it's a good...
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