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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-18-2014, 08:54 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 328
Posted By rdl
The car has self healed. I discovered by...

The car has self healed.

I discovered by accident today that the memory buttons now works exactly as described in the owner's manual, i.e. seat moves with memory buttons after unlocking the car....
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-17-2014, 06:25 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 155
Posted By rdl
I neglected to mention that the dust boot was (&...

I neglected to mention that the dust boot was (& still is) intact, even after being dragged out of the caliper groove by the rusty surface. I paid careful attention to the boot over the years, which...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-17-2014, 07:38 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 155
Posted By rdl
Rusty caliper piston

A caution to those with rust showing on the pad contact surface of a caliper piston.
Like this
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=452267&stc=1&d=1405604003

The piston...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-15-2014, 08:51 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 235
Posted By rdl
WD40 will release frozen parts and displace water...

WD40 will release frozen parts and displace water to dry things out (handy for wet electrics) But it doesn't provide lasting lubrication.

If TriFlo that edjack recommends isn't available in your...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-15-2014, 04:45 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 301
Posted By rdl
Here's what BMW thinks. Images are from TIS. ...

Here's what BMW thinks. Images are from TIS.

All bolts in same direction, bolt head toward rear of car.

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=451816&stc=1&d=1405424304
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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-14-2014, 04:19 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 278
Posted By rdl
Maybe. The steering column position is...

Maybe.
The steering column position is controlled by the General Module via the seat/mirror/steering memory module. There is a coding option that determines whether the steering column is included...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-10-2014, 07:31 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 479
Posted By rdl
718bam With all respect to professorman,...

718bam

With all respect to professorman, you'd be wasting your money on compression or leakdown tests. He is correct about air, fuel & spark. But you have another crucial piece of information -...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-09-2014, 06:15 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 479
Posted By rdl
BMW engines used in E39s don't have timing belts....

BMW engines used in E39s don't have timing belts. So I think you need another mechanic.
Also, hydrolock does not dry out and self cure. Rather pistons, rods, crankshaft, etc. are permanently...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-08-2014, 06:17 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 866
Posted By rdl
I think the discussion here has been...

I think the discussion here has been "prosecuting" a straw man, which has an element of irony given a lawyer is "on the defense." :tsk: DIY isn't the only alternative to the dealer. And I agree...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-02-2014, 05:15 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 136
Posted By rdl
If the reflectors are dull &/or corroded,...

If the reflectors are dull &/or corroded, replacement headlights are the only option.

But if the reflectors are just loose, i.e. flopping around & impossible to aim correctly, it is possible to...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-18-2014, 06:56 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 192
Posted By rdl
Nikolai Edjack is correct. The relative aim...

Nikolai

Edjack is correct. The relative aim of the low & high beam patterns is fixed by design & manufacture. One aims the low beam & the high beam is "automatically correct."

If you're asking...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-17-2014, 06:14 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 320
Posted By rdl
All of CN90's suggestions are good, especially to...

All of CN90's suggestions are good, especially to have the car scanned for DTCs.

Some other ideas to consider.

The "whoosh" noise you mention is normal, or at least sound like you're describing...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-15-2014, 11:24 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 241
Posted By rdl
I've read that 1% to 10% (some say 5%) is...

I've read that 1% to 10% (some say 5%) is expected on race prepared engines. Up to 20% OK for street.
Your 2-6% looks excellent.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-11-2014, 12:52 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 462
Posted By rdl
I wouldn't have known you're new to E39s unless...

I wouldn't have known you're new to E39s unless you mentioned it, but I sure can tell you're new to the B'fest/E39 forum. Boy oh boy have you ever stepped on a hornets nest. :rofl:

Bluebee hit the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-11-2014, 12:33 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 133
Posted By rdl
Unlike a certain Detroit based company with...

Unlike a certain Detroit based company with configuration control problems (oops, I mean to say challenges) in the ignition switch division? ROTFLOL
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-11-2014, 12:18 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 368
Posted By rdl
Simultaneous lack of power steering, overheat and...

Simultaneous lack of power steering, overheat and battery light on sounds like the serpentine belt has broken or come off. There are lots of potential causes. You'll have to look.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-06-2014, 08:08 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 854
Posted By rdl
You're quite right. I did mine a few weeks ago...

You're quite right. I did mine a few weeks ago and there is a lot more fussy work taking off the bumper to get to the fan. The fan installation itself is trivial.

Out of curiosity, does the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-06-2014, 07:33 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 492
Posted By rdl
Thanks, much appreciated.

Thanks, much appreciated.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-06-2014, 09:36 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 492
Posted By rdl
I've lately found that the trunk lid bumpers also...

I've lately found that the trunk lid bumpers also affect the sound of the lid being closed. I think they may take a compression set over time with the result that the lid flexes and vibrates as a...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-02-2014, 07:31 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 406
Posted By rdl
You mentioned today that you now have the engine...

You mentioned today that you now have the engine sputtering. In that case you don't have an EWS-DME synch problem.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-02-2014, 06:35 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 476
Posted By rdl
Perhaps other engines are different, but my...

Perhaps other engines are different, but my standard 32 mm combination wrench works just fine on my '03 530 with the M54. There is lots of room for the wrench on & around the fan clutch nut. Enough...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-01-2014, 07:24 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 406
Posted By rdl
In earlier posts you mentioned only no injection....

In earlier posts you mentioned only no injection. But the magic phrase "No spark, no injector function" raises another possibility - synchronization between the EWS module (anti-theft drive-away...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-23-2014, 06:15 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 408
Posted By rdl
I find the audible alert on locking useful. If...

I find the audible alert on locking useful. If one of the doors or the trunk isn't latched the beep doesn't sound - which is a heads up to go back and check.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-22-2014, 06:12 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 408
Posted By rdl
Convenience close by the remote is available in...

Convenience close by the remote is available in Europe. BMW disabled the feature in North America, reputedly over concerns of potential liability and lawsuits. The programming in the GM has the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-20-2014, 04:38 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 257
Posted By rdl
I should have been more careful and said E39...

I should have been more careful and said E39 rather than BMW, i.e. all models. Some other models used protocols other than K-line.

But I've read that all E39s with only the OBD plug near the...
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