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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-18-2014, 05:06 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 442
Posted By ztom
Don't do it. IMO change your oil and filter after...

Don't do it. IMO change your oil and filter after 3K miles a couple times, that should clear stuff out. Also always give your car a very easy drive the first 30s in the morning, then moderate driving...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-08-2014, 01:00 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 106
Posted By ztom
Opening door, sometimes sticks - SOLVED

SYMTOMS - Pulling on the outside lever, door wouldn't open sometimes. Pulling the handle different directions & speed, door would open. This is a different door & car than other door problems I've...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-08-2014, 12:56 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 84
Posted By ztom
Inside door handle not opening door - SOLVED

SYMTOMS - Pulling on the lever, door wouldn't open. This is a different door & car than other door problems I've posted. Did this awhile ago, just posting now.

SOLVED - The handle is in a black...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-08-2014, 12:52 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 115
Posted By ztom
door won't open - SOLVED!

SYMPTOMS - The driver's door wouldn't unlock: Attempting from inside, the first pull of the lever normally pushes the lock stem up so that the second pull opens, but in this case the first pull...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-15-2014, 12:22 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 298
Posted By ztom
Search on oil pump gasket, common cause.

Search on oil pump gasket, common cause.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-05-2014, 10:59 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 519
Posted By ztom
You can try the following, worked for me - In the...

You can try the following, worked for me - In the morning when the engine is cold remove the radiator cap and fill the expansion tank. Bleeding is good but I think not necessary if you take time (few...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-02-2014, 11:16 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,036
Posted By ztom
I also had fuse 53 blow due to gas door actuator...

I also had fuse 53 blow due to gas door actuator jam. When fuse blows, remote key sometimes needs reprogramming after fuse replacement. I did not need to move the fuse panel. Just undid two torx...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-28-2014, 07:30 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,482
Posted By ztom
trunk lid release switch SOLVED - At least in my...

trunk lid release switch SOLVED - At least in my case, may help others...

symptom -car is NOT in valet mode, and trunk WILL open by using the electric button under the dash, BUT the switch/handle...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-28-2014, 01:11 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 601
Posted By ztom
P1519 - I've been having a p1519 code on a single...

P1519 - I've been having a p1519 code on a single vanos I6 (M52B28 engine). Was intermittent and got more frequent over months. I pulled the VANOS solenoid and checked resistance, found it was a dead...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-26-2014, 07:28 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 19,608
Posted By ztom
In reply to: "I've read online from people...

In reply to: "I've read online from people stating their car had dirty metal contacts on the doors but when I looked at the entire door perimeter I did not see any."

The door switches are part of...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-20-2014, 09:40 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,467
Posted By ztom
I wrote the following earlier.. "Check for...

I wrote the following earlier..

"Check for broken wire to compressor, especially where it comes into the engine bay. Check carefully, the wire can break yet the insulation makes it look ok. "
...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-20-2014, 09:37 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 707
Posted By ztom
Having replaced the head before, I might agree...

Having replaced the head before, I might agree that putting in a complete engine might be as easy as replacing the head IF the heavy lifting tools are available. Otherwise if the engine has an iron...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-20-2014, 09:10 AM
Replies: 99
Views: 28,191
Posted By ztom
Glad to hear. BTW the method I used did not...

Glad to hear. BTW the method I used did not require any puller or press. Just wanted people to know it could be done that way. I also cleaned the spline lightly with a wire brush, then used the brush...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-19-2014, 11:43 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 28,191
Posted By ztom
I just did left and right rear on a 528. Here's...

I just did left and right rear on a 528. Here's what I did in case it helps.

In both cases I used a hydraulic jack to lift up the knuckle so the half axle was about straight, and put like 3 4x4's...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-11-2014, 08:14 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 427
Posted By ztom
You could check with a multimeter if that switch...

You could check with a multimeter if that switch is working.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-09-2014, 11:25 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 401
Posted By ztom
Probably bad lower control arms

Probably bad lower control arms
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-09-2014, 11:21 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 837
Posted By ztom
Brakes & rotor & wear sensors. Any non bmw shop...

Brakes & rotor & wear sensors. Any non bmw shop can do it, not special. Get dustless like Akebono. Find a shop that will let you order them to save $.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-09-2014, 11:15 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 427
Posted By ztom
Unlatch the rear window switch on drivers door,...

Unlatch the rear window switch on drivers door, thin bar shape.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-09-2014, 11:11 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 418
Posted By ztom
Goes in spare tire well, bolts onto car to the...

Goes in spare tire well, bolts onto car to the left in well.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-09-2014, 11:08 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,467
Posted By ztom
Check for broken wire to compressor, especially...

Check for broken wire to compressor, especially where it comes into the engine bay. Check carefully, the wire can break yet the insulation makes it look ok.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-02-2014, 08:13 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 321
Posted By ztom
I've heard of that failure mode. Mine is...

I've heard of that failure mode. Mine is different as I swapped the actuator with a known good one and still have the surge.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-01-2014, 06:59 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 321
Posted By ztom
cruise control surge

Trying to track down the cause of my cruise control surging, here's some information, may help others..

One web post (non-BMW) is..
"Replaced my front wheel bearing hubs this weekend and was...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-04-2014, 11:09 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,022
Posted By ztom
"After restarting the car, the rattling and...

"After restarting the car, the rattling and engine light disappeared,"

"There are other symptoms that could correlate, although: a smell similar to burning rubber from the heater, a loss of about...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-22-2014, 06:36 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 297
Posted By ztom
FSU resistor?

FSU resistor?
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-22-2014, 06:31 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 732
Posted By ztom
"When it dies, it just stops and won't crank or...

"When it dies, it just stops and won't crank or start straight after. It will sit for a day or two and then fire up again only to have it stop after a few hours driving. "

Does not sound like...
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