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Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 05-21-2016, 08:30 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 2,894
Posted By bimmerfan52
Don't waste your time changing the alternator. ...

Don't waste your time changing the alternator. If the alternator is not producing the correct current to meet a reasonable target voltage and keep the battery charged then the alternator may need to...
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 05-19-2016, 12:04 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 2,894
Posted By bimmerfan52
Refer back to post #6 and then have them check...

Refer back to post #6 and then have them check the steering column switch module, which is a known trouble spot.
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 05-18-2016, 01:11 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 2,894
Posted By bimmerfan52
Right. When the CAS goes to sleep the relay is...

Right. When the CAS goes to sleep the relay is opened (unless arcing has welded the contacts closed).
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 05-18-2016, 01:08 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 2,894
Posted By bimmerfan52
Right. The only advantage to the leads is you can...

Right. The only advantage to the leads is you can simulate pulling the fuse from a distance, like through the window with the door closed by just pulling the leads apart and breaking the connection.
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 05-16-2016, 08:17 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 2,894
Posted By bimmerfan52
I think you meant accuracy of 2 milliamps or .002...

I think you meant accuracy of 2 milliamps or .002 amps. For the purposes of diagnosing at sleep parasitic current, a low current clamp probe that would fit most DMMs with an accuracy of of 10...
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 05-15-2016, 11:56 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 2,894
Posted By bimmerfan52
The important thing when measuring the current is...

The important thing when measuring the current is to ensure that the car has gone to sleep. The LED right next to the gear shift will stay illuminated until the car is asleep. Pulling certain fuses...
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 05-14-2016, 09:27 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 472
Posted By bimmerfan52
Your SES light on and off is likely the secondary...

Your SES light on and off is likely the secondary air system intermittently passing air and gradually getting worse.

You can clear the emissions faults, but having your SES light out won't allow...
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 05-13-2016, 10:00 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 472
Posted By bimmerfan52
Yes, that is the shame of the valve stem guide...

Yes, that is the shame of the valve stem guide design.

Not only do you get the smoke from the oil escaping but it tends to foul with carbon build-up the small ports that the secondary air system...
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 05-07-2016, 09:42 PM
Replies: 166
Views: 57,858
Posted By bimmerfan52
Greetings TX550! Check that your battery...

Greetings TX550!

Check that your battery cables are tight.

IBS failure is possible, but the IBS was fairly well insulated by 2008. You can disconnect it for a few weeks to see if the battery...
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 05-06-2016, 10:04 PM
Replies: 166
Views: 57,858
Posted By bimmerfan52
The ECU ONLY is what is updated when you program...

The ECU ONLY is what is updated when you program or register the battery. The battery has no microprocessor and the IBS is a rather rudimentary processor and sensor combination, designed to hold a...
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 04-30-2016, 03:54 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 376
Posted By bimmerfan52
Three potential causes to your problem: 1....

Three potential causes to your problem:
1. Battery is being charged properly but some parasitic source is draining the battery after the engine is off
2. The alternator is not charging the battery...
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 04-26-2016, 06:56 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 406
Posted By bimmerfan52
Confirm the battery is good. The battery should...

Confirm the battery is good. The battery should be fully charged before placed on a load test. Batteries can measure a correct voltage but have bad cells and during starting voltage plummets as the...
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 04-10-2016, 01:19 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,005
Posted By bimmerfan52
As dharmabmw reiterated, it is easy to test while...

As dharmabmw reiterated, it is easy to test while on the car (post #16).

Simple resistance test won't tell you anything.

If you want to bench test it off the vehicle you will need a variable...
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 04-10-2016, 12:59 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 515
Posted By bimmerfan52
If you followed the filling instructions and the...

If you followed the filling instructions and the car was running when you performed the final top-off and closed the filler cap then you should be fine. If anything, because you may not have reached...
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 04-05-2016, 05:24 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 233
Posted By bimmerfan52
Serpentine belt is easy. Stretch belt on AC...

Serpentine belt is easy. Stretch belt on AC compressor is a PITA.

First take a picture or make a drawing of how the belt is positioned around the pulleys. You wouldn't be the first to be...
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 04-05-2016, 05:05 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 353
Posted By bimmerfan52
N52 is like the N62, and you don't need to touch...

N52 is like the N62, and you don't need to touch the center bolt that is independent of the balancer.

Break the six bolts loose while the belt is still on the pulley and you won't have to fight to...
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 04-05-2016, 04:39 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,005
Posted By bimmerfan52
I don't know if you mentioned it in a previous...

I don't know if you mentioned it in a previous post and I missed it, but does the system voltage jump up when you rev the engine? Have someone else rev the engine so you can read the multimeter if...
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 04-01-2016, 02:35 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 270
Posted By bimmerfan52
Many on the forum (myself included) like the...

Many on the forum (myself included) like the Zimmerman rotors.

Brake pads are more of an individual choice depending upon your style of driving. I like the Akebono Euro pads for both minimum...
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 04-01-2016, 02:00 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 387
Posted By bimmerfan52
Depends upon what charger you have. Chargers...

Depends upon what charger you have. Chargers with microprocessors use three levels of charging, with the final charge level safe such that the charger can be left hooked to the battery indefinitely....
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 04-01-2016, 01:51 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 359
Posted By bimmerfan52
The BMW coolant system is one of the weak links...

The BMW coolant system is one of the weak links of BMWs in general.

Failure of the float stick can go either way. Some past posters to the forum experienced a failure of the tank due to plastic...
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 03-05-2016, 11:14 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,028
Posted By bimmerfan52
You're right. No effective testing can be done...

You're right. No effective testing can be done in a "home lab".

IMHO due to competition between engine oil manufacturers and extensive industry testing and standardized rating, ANY name brand oil...
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 03-04-2016, 10:49 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,028
Posted By bimmerfan52
What proper science is involved? If the oil...

What proper science is involved?

If the oil reaches those temperatures in your car you have already blown off your coolant hoses, cooked your trans fluid and melted some of the plastic under the...
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 01-27-2016, 09:31 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,285
Posted By bimmerfan52
Pull up your Lazy-boy and get comfy!

Pull up your Lazy-boy and get comfy!
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 01-27-2016, 02:36 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,285
Posted By bimmerfan52
I wasn't thinking anything pressurized. Just a...

I wasn't thinking anything pressurized. Just a tube you would put a funnel into and pour trans fluid down. Once you are done pouring as long as the plug is above the fluid level in the sump and...
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 01-27-2016, 02:32 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 374
Posted By bimmerfan52
Also check that stupid plastic vent tube that...

Also check that stupid plastic vent tube that runs under the radiator shroud and likes to develop hairline cracks and drip (especially if handled). Easy fix.
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