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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) Yesterday, 06:49 AM
Replies: 134
Views: 116,481
Posted By rdl
If you do that the alternator will force much...

If you do that the alternator will force much more current (amps) into the battery than it can safely accept. At the very least, the battery will almost certainly be damaged - its capacity & life...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-01-2015, 06:03 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 237
Posted By rdl
Yes, black is the "start" wire running to the EWS...

Yes, black is the "start" wire running to the EWS module which will energize the starter solenoid.

But be careful which of the red wires you jump to. The solenoid has quite a high current draw,...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-31-2015, 03:33 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 522
Posted By rdl
best to check the fuse block in the passenger...

best to check the fuse block in the passenger footwell. There have been reports of water causing corrosion on the terminal connections with all the problems that can bring. Also, if memory serves...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-30-2015, 07:50 PM
Replies: 168
Views: 210,938
Posted By rdl
6.5" w.c. is just outside spec, but I wouldn't...

6.5" w.c. is just outside spec, but I wouldn't worry if I got a reading so little outside the range. But something to keep an eye on.

Removing the filler cap causes the CCV regulator to see 0"...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-29-2015, 07:16 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 522
Posted By rdl
I found these in a comprehensive list. Search the...

I found these in a comprehensive list. Search the "best links" sticky thread for a reference to a copy.

P1421 - Secondary Air System Bank 2 (note difference from "bank 1" in the reference you...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-29-2015, 06:53 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 274
Posted By rdl
The problem isn't clear to me. Do you mean the...

The problem isn't clear to me.
Do you mean the remote button on the key will not unlock the car? Or that using key blade in the lock in the door (or trunk?) will not unlock?
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-29-2015, 05:48 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 471
Posted By rdl
I've been through brake line replacement too; at...

I've been through brake line replacement too; at the same point & same reason. It seems to be a real rust trap.
A few points that I didn't notice mentioned above that may be useful to someone...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-26-2015, 06:58 PM
Replies: 168
Views: 210,938
Posted By rdl
Vacuum at the oil filler & the dipstick tube will...

Vacuum at the oil filler & the dipstick tube will be the same since there are large open passages connecting the sump, dipstick tube and the valve cover.
The CCV test must be done at one location...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-26-2015, 05:39 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 179
Posted By rdl
Here is the EWS locator picture. ...

Here is the EWS locator picture.

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=527060&stc=1&d=1440592632
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-24-2015, 05:53 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,810
Posted By rdl
You can find prices quite a bit better than those...

You can find prices quite a bit better than those you list by shopping around.
I did a quick check on a few parts & found these prices for my 2003 530,
- radiator $291.96
- t-stat $66.99
-...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-22-2015, 06:17 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 760
Posted By rdl
Well that's good news - all of the remaining...

Well that's good news - all of the remaining suspects are much less expensive than a new LCM or cluster!

Yes, that brown/black wire does go the X1108.

But there is more diagnosis needed to...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-22-2015, 09:08 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,653
Posted By rdl
Just chiming in with my hope that BB is...

Just chiming in with my hope that BB is recovering and will be "back home" with us here soon.
It really isn't the same without her, is it?

Donna,
You've earned a mountain of good will with your...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-22-2015, 07:50 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 760
Posted By rdl
The black/brown wire at the float goes to ground....

The black/brown wire at the float goes to ground.

"ground" means that the wire has a path back to the battery's -ve post. And that means the circuit is complete & current can flow through the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-21-2015, 07:17 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 760
Posted By rdl
I think the real issue is the Java version. At or...

I think the real issue is the Java version. At or after V7 or so, Java mucks up the menu scripts in WDS (which is what bmw-planet is displaying)

A year or so ago my WDS stopped working.:( And...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-21-2015, 06:36 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 760
Posted By rdl
The float sensor isn't connected to the warning...

The float sensor isn't connected to the warning light. Except indirectly through the LCM. Rather the LCM senses the float level signal, i.e. grounded or not, and from that determines if the warning...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-21-2015, 06:00 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 760
Posted By rdl
Three methods possible Check the large...

Three methods possible
Check the large connector, the only one with 41 plus terminals - actually 54. Look for the BN/GN/GE (braun/grun/gelb - brown/green/yellow) coloured wire.

If you look very...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-20-2015, 08:26 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 760
Posted By rdl
In the interest of clarification, the light...

In the interest of clarification, the light indicated by the white arrow is the problem?

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=526196&stc=1&d=1440125595

Given the icon...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-20-2015, 06:30 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 496
Posted By rdl
Re: no owner's manual You can download a PDF...

Re: no owner's manual
You can download a PDF version.
Browse the "the VERY best of E39 links" sticky thread in this forum for a link.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-20-2015, 08:28 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 368
Posted By rdl
saltlife510 You should keep in mind that...

saltlife510

You should keep in mind that only P0xxx DTCs have fixed, constant definitions across all manufacturers and car models.

The P1xxx, P2xxx, etc. DTCs are all manufacturer defined,...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-13-2015, 06:59 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 194
Posted By rdl
You're likely to have more luck finding help in...

You're likely to have more luck finding help in these BMW diagnostic software forums

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=175...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-12-2015, 07:25 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 381
Posted By rdl
I've no experience with LiquiMoly, but ... I...

I've no experience with LiquiMoly, but ...

I can recall reading other BMW tech docs supporting Flounderaus's quote that LL04 should not be used in spark ignition engines in North America. I think...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-10-2015, 09:24 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 206
Posted By rdl
I'd check parts #s & dates very carefully before...

I'd check parts #s & dates very carefully before drilling a new locator hole. This looks like a commonly used "fail safe" technique to prevent mismatched parts being used in error. For example, it...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-25-2015, 07:36 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 479
Posted By rdl
It's interesting that the RPM hunting described...

It's interesting that the RPM hunting described is exactly consistent with the torque converter lock-up clutch cycling though engaged and disengaged.

I'd try using INPA or DIS (or similar...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-25-2015, 06:45 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 546
Posted By rdl
According to WDS (BMW wiring diagrams) for MY '98...

According to WDS (BMW wiring diagrams) for MY '98 & earlier, only M62/V8 manual transmission cars had a starter relay. (I didn't check MY '99 and later)
Other vehicles, including presumably the OP's...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-13-2015, 12:47 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 679
Posted By rdl
Nice thinking I've never run across a DME...

Nice thinking

I've never run across a DME repair service, but it does make sense that there would be a market - which someone would step in to fill. The ABS/DSC modules come to mind, why not DMEs...
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