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Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) Yesterday, 03:53 PM
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Posted By Mr._Graybeard
Maybe the caliper guide pins are sticking in the...

Maybe the caliper guide pins are sticking in the caliper bushings. Sounds like a problem at the caliper somewhere.
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) Yesterday, 07:56 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 258
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
Take it for a short drive and see if one of the...

Take it for a short drive and see if one of the wheels is getting hotter than the others.
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 02-18-2015, 02:14 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 493
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
You could pick one up at a junkyard. Search...

You could pick one up at a junkyard. Search www.car-part.com. Any fan from an M60 E34 or E39 5 series or an E32 or E38 7 series will fit.
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 02-16-2015, 09:24 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 493
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
A fan with broken vanes can definitely make the...

A fan with broken vanes can definitely make the idle seem rough.
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 02-16-2015, 08:39 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 493
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
I remember one night I took my '87 Audi 4000...

I remember one night I took my '87 Audi 4000 quattro swimming. We'd had a freakish downpour up here, like 8 inches of rain in a couple hours. I was driving home in it when the storm ended, so I went...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 02-13-2015, 06:51 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 272
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
Oops, I didn't see the plus sign, just the ROFL.

Oops, I didn't see the plus sign, just the ROFL.
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 02-13-2015, 01:52 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 272
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
I'm totally serious about the shop directory....

I'm totally serious about the shop directory. Some people may not know that they have some alternatives beyond the dealer and Meinecke Muffler. Of course the shop list is a starting point -- the OP...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 02-13-2015, 10:25 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 272
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
http://www.bimmershops.com/bmwshops/oregon/

http://www.bimmershops.com/bmwshops/oregon/
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 02-12-2015, 12:04 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 195
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
Cool video. I subscribe to a forum for wood...

Cool video. I subscribe to a forum for wood pellet burners, and some of the other forum members are fond of heat-loss imagery. Those are usually still IR pictures, though. I never imagined you could...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 02-11-2015, 08:57 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 195
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
I reused my spacer bushings. I think their effect...

I reused my spacer bushings. I think their effect on sealing the intake manifold are minimal compared to the manifold gaskets themselves ... and don't overtorque the nuts on the manifold studs -- the...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 02-10-2015, 11:02 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 440
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
32s are nice. IMO style 29s can be a great...

32s are nice.

IMO style 29s can be a great value if you want to go to 16-inch tires but don't want to spend a lot of money. Tire options multiply at 225/55-16 inch vs. 225/60-15. I've seen clean,...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 02-02-2015, 06:58 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 509
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
Duh. Did I say that? Now that I look at the light...

Duh. Did I say that? Now that I look at the light circuit, the switch is on the hot side. Never mind,...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 02-02-2015, 06:36 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 509
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
Since the license plate light is involved, you...

Since the license plate light is involved, you might want to check the wiring at the left trunk hinge. That's a flex point for the harness, and metal fatigue often causes one or more of the wires to...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 01-29-2015, 01:36 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 344
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
Well, I'd want to check fuel pressure first...

Well, I'd want to check fuel pressure first before dropping any serious coin on parts (like a pump). The sequence of events certainly points toward fueling. Assuming the car came with no service...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 01-29-2015, 09:08 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 344
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
You'll want to check fuel pressure. Running it...

You'll want to check fuel pressure. Running it dry may have damaged the fuel pump. Or, it could have picked up some sediment from the bottom of the tank and clogged the filter(s). It should run and...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 01-25-2015, 04:47 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 301
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
Yes, pretty likely a grounding issue, since it...

Yes, pretty likely a grounding issue, since it only happens when the other lights are on. And most likely at the bulb housing (globe holder), since it's more exposed to the elements than other...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 01-11-2015, 03:00 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 405
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
Agreed that the best thing to do first is to...

Agreed that the best thing to do first is to assess the damage.
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 01-11-2015, 12:06 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 405
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
I had to go out and check ... I'm afraid it's a...

I had to go out and check ... I'm afraid it's a B34, it came off a 1987 E28, casting No. 1288086. Sorry.

On the brighter side, It looks like St. Francis Auto Wreckers has a head off of an '88 for...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 01-09-2015, 11:41 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 405
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
Just an option. Sounds like the engine was...

Just an option. Sounds like the engine was overheated pretty severely. The fact that you got it running again doesn't necessarily mean you didn't wreck the head.

Now that I think of it, I've got...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 01-09-2015, 09:09 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 405
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
You might be better off just tracking down...

You might be better off just tracking down another engine. Auto & Scrap Recyclers on Mill Road in Milwaukee has a runner out of a '92 with 112K miles for $600.
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 01-09-2015, 08:48 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 285
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
On perhaps the luckiest day of my BMW life, I...

On perhaps the luckiest day of my BMW life, I stumbled across an eBay auction that World Upholstery had put up for a Cardinal Red E30 sport seat skin for the seat back only. I may have been the only...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 01-05-2015, 11:45 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 314
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
Thinking about this a bit, have you got sealed...

Thinking about this a bit, have you got sealed beams or ellipsoids? Does the low beam light have a darkish disc behind the center of the lens?
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 01-05-2015, 09:31 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 314
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
If you have OE smileys (Bosch or Hella) you'll...

If you have OE smileys (Bosch or Hella) you'll likely need H1 bulbs. And yes, you'll need to adapt the harness with the proper BMW connectors to keep everything weathertight.

With sealed-beam...
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 01-03-2015, 08:58 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,148
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
If your car won't crank AND the windows don't...

If your car won't crank AND the windows don't work, check the fusible link near the battery. Use a meter to test it.
Forum: E34 (1989 - 1995) 12-29-2014, 07:17 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 8,230
Posted By Mr._Graybeard
New Link:...

New Link: http://www.jonkensy.com/ETM/Searchable%20PDFs/Searchable_1995%20BMW%20525i%20-%20525it%20-%20530i%20-%20530it%20-%20540i%20Electrical%20Troubleshooting%20Manual.pdf
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