Welcome to Bimmerfest -- The #1 Online Community for BMW related information! Please enjoy the discussion forums below and share your experiences with the 200,000 current, new and past BMW owners. The forums are broken out by car model and into other special interest sections such as BMW European Delivery and a special forum to voice your questions to the many BMW dealers on the site to assist our members!

Please follow the links below to help get you started!

Go Back   Bimmerfest - BMW Forums > Search Forums

Showing results 1 to 25 of 210
Search took 1.34 seconds.
Search: Keyword(s): ; Posts Made By: ascott
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-14-2010, 08:49 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 22,376
Posted By ascott
There's nothing special about the actual MAF...

There's nothing special about the actual MAF sensor itself. It's an off-the-shelf Bosch part in a BMW plastic venturi. Bosch's quality isn't exactly stellar. If I had a nickle for every Bosch...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-14-2010, 05:30 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 22,376
Posted By ascott
You can certainly stop worrying about the...

You can certainly stop worrying about the throttle control. You have a problem with the MAF or the MAF wiring. I have zero knowledge of how the BMW handles the MAF.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-14-2010, 05:12 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 22,376
Posted By ascott
Nothing left to try without a scantool to see...

Nothing left to try without a scantool to see exactly why it's going into failsafe.

And again, a parts-store OBD2 scantool won't work. Any problem that involves the digital throttle will show up...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-14-2010, 03:11 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 22,376
Posted By ascott
The plugs are cam-lock type. You press the...

The plugs are cam-lock type. You press the button and swing the arm up, and they extract themselves from the socket on the DME.

A parts store code reader will NOT help you much. You need a BMW...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-14-2010, 01:19 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 22,376
Posted By ascott
I'm subscribed to the thread, so I'll know when...

I'm subscribed to the thread, so I'll know when people post in here.

Though I had to sell my 540i. After the steering interlock failed, costing me ANOTHER tow and $600, I got rid of it. These...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-26-2009, 08:26 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 558
Posted By ascott
The leak from the resevoir probably got oil on...

The leak from the resevoir probably got oil on the belts. Now that you've stopped the leak, the belt is drying out and starting to squeal.

Put a new belt on it.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-24-2009, 06:14 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,528
Posted By ascott
If you do it through the Tire Rack or Tires.com,...

If you do it through the Tire Rack or Tires.com, you just call them up and tell them you lost a tire to a road hazard and they ship you a new one.

And yes, my math is crap, but it's a small...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-24-2009, 10:14 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,528
Posted By ascott
With tires for these cars running above $100 each...

With tires for these cars running above $100 each for the cheapest available, $12 for a no-questions replacement if you eat a nail is cheap insurance. I buy the road hazard. I've used it once on...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-19-2009, 07:53 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,169
Posted By ascott
It may not be a common failure now, but it will...

It may not be a common failure now, but it will be. That is an insanely stupid way to get coolant to the back of the engine, and yet another example of BMW only building cars to go 100,000 miles.
...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-16-2009, 07:03 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,076
Posted By ascott
They're just like the M62TU. Metal rail with a...

They're just like the M62TU. Metal rail with a plastic clip-on pad for the chain.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-16-2009, 12:41 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,076
Posted By ascott
No, that will destroy the crank pulley. You...

No, that will destroy the crank pulley.

You remove the crank pulley and put that around the steel crank hub, and then take the bolt out.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-16-2009, 12:00 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,076
Posted By ascott
No you don't. Get a chain strap wrench. ...

No you don't. Get a chain strap wrench.

http://www.mechanicstoolsupply.com/includes/image_resize.asp?intWidth=400&intHeight=400&path=Products\Enlarge\11_16_2006_8_40_50.jpg

That's a high-end...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-16-2009, 10:59 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,151
Posted By ascott
You need to do a Roundel-Down rebuild. You...

You need to do a Roundel-Down rebuild. You attach the engine crane to the roundel logo on the hood, lift it off the hood, roll your car out from underneath, then roll a running replacement vehicle...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-16-2009, 08:30 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,441
Posted By ascott
Yup. Piece of aluminum bonded to plastic with...

Yup. Piece of aluminum bonded to plastic with nothing more than some vinyl heat-shrink tubing. Oh, and that aluminium piece recieves the vent tube that runs to the back cover of the intake, which...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-16-2009, 08:24 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,076
Posted By ascott
It's a chain guide fragment. You need to replace...

It's a chain guide fragment. You need to replace the chain guides.
Have fun with that.

Another one bites the dust...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-16-2009, 04:53 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 7,209
Posted By ascott
A large portion of that heat is consumed pushing...

A large portion of that heat is consumed pushing the piston down, and then the mixture expands rapidly after it exits the head, dropping the temperature even further.

Think about it. A fully...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-13-2009, 07:02 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 517
Posted By ascott
The block sealant won't work on your headgasket. ...

The block sealant won't work on your headgasket. That stuff barely works on small cracks in cast iron parts.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-11-2009, 07:37 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 16,847
Posted By ascott
Yes. In my opinion, any modern car should be...

Yes. In my opinion, any modern car should be able to make it to 250K with fluid changes and wear items.

Radiators and chain guides are not wear items.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-10-2009, 08:23 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 16,847
Posted By ascott
Considering a $17,000 Honda will easily go...

Considering a $17,000 Honda will easily go 250,000 miles with just regular fluid changes, tires, and a timing belt change every 80,000 miles, a $55,000+ BMW should go at least as far with similar...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-09-2009, 12:15 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 16,847
Posted By ascott
I'll never own another BMW unless it's under...

I'll never own another BMW unless it's under factory warranty. Period. These engines are not designed to last past 100K miles without serious attention. All the gaskets harden, crack, and leak...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-03-2009, 04:55 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 16,847
Posted By ascott
I don't know more than BMW does, but I do know...

I don't know more than BMW does, but I do know what BMW is aiming for. They're selling new BMWs, and then their dealers sell used BMWs, and they're all covered to 100,000 miles under the CPO...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-02-2009, 07:25 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 16,847
Posted By ascott
Oh, I fixed it. It's inside the engine, behind...

Oh, I fixed it. It's inside the engine, behind the timing chain. A day of wrenching just to get to it, and another to put it back together. I haven't run it long enough to see if it consumes less...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-02-2009, 06:25 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 16,847
Posted By ascott
But why use a manufacturer recommended oil that...

But why use a manufacturer recommended oil that is formulated and recommended specifically to increase oil change intervals and help the engine survive until the end of the CPO period, and no...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-02-2009, 06:09 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 729
Posted By ascott
Home Depot's selection of lengths can be a bit...

Home Depot's selection of lengths can be a bit sketchy.

www.mcmaster.com can get you any bolt, in almost any grade, in almost any length and thread pitch, you can get a hundred of them for the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-01-2009, 05:28 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 16,847
Posted By ascott
Synthetic doesn't pay for itself. 8 quarts...

Synthetic doesn't pay for itself.

8 quarts of Castrol 5w30 Euro or Mobil 1 0w40 Euro are $6.99 each at AutoZone, a total of $55.92 + tax.

The same amount of Shell Rotella or Chevron Delo is $10...
Showing results 1 to 25 of 210

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 11:55 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
© 2001-2011 performanceIX, Inc. All Rights Reserved .: guidelines .:. privacy .:. terms