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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-25-2014, 01:46 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 7,180
Posted By bobdmac
The HF tool did work perfectly for the the thrust...

The HF tool did work perfectly for the the thrust arm. However, the 540 front suspension is different from the I-6's, with a longer ball joint bolt on the front (straight) control arm, which means...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-24-2014, 10:05 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 7,180
Posted By bobdmac
After having no luck with a borrowed air...

After having no luck with a borrowed air compressor because it blew out circuit breakers when it got to 55psi, I resorted to a pickle fork--and it worked great. However, I'm in the S.F. Bay Area, and...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-24-2014, 09:43 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 471
Posted By bobdmac
Do yourself and all of us a favor and hook it up...

Do yourself and all of us a favor and hook it up to a computer diagnostic program. You need to start someplace sound and proceed systematically, not just try random parts replacement. Find out if...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-18-2014, 01:39 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 7,180
Posted By bobdmac
Well, bad news. It still doesn't open wide enough...

Well, bad news. It still doesn't open wide enough to accommodate the tall ball joint nut on the front control arm of the 540. I called my indy shop (Bavarian Professionals (http://www.bavpros.com/)...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-18-2014, 10:39 AM
Replies: 301
Views: 32,362
Posted By bobdmac
Your car's looking great, and it's good to see it...

Your car's looking great, and it's good to see it all in one piece. What kind of reaction did you get from the other attendees?
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-13-2014, 10:25 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 259
Posted By bobdmac
This brings up an interesting question. If one of...

This brings up an interesting question. If one of the head gaskets on a V-8 is in fact blown, should you replace the other head gasket as well? If a leakdown test shows one of the heads still holding...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-12-2014, 06:56 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 417
Posted By bobdmac
It could be the manifold gasket. Vacuum leaks,...

It could be the manifold gasket. Vacuum leaks, whether at the intake manifold gasket or at any of the various hoses, probably account for more cold idle problems than any other cause. Because the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-09-2014, 10:56 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 502
Posted By bobdmac
Looks great so far, and you're doing a beautiful...

Looks great so far, and you're doing a beautiful step-by-step illustration of the process.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-08-2014, 01:08 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 517
Posted By bobdmac
Bartelbe, could you clarify this? It sounds...

Bartelbe, could you clarify this? It sounds counterintuitive that if the noise goes away when the torque converter is taken out of the drive system via lock-up it means that the torque converter is...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-08-2014, 10:39 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 634
Posted By bobdmac
As a general proposition, hammers and BMW...

As a general proposition, hammers and BMW plastics make a poor team.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-08-2014, 09:59 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 417
Posted By bobdmac
For some reason the VANOS in the V-8 rarely seems...

For some reason the VANOS in the V-8 rarely seems to cause idle problems. My car has 182,00+ miles on it, with the original VANOS, and is asymptomatic.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-08-2014, 09:51 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 517
Posted By bobdmac
This is exactly why I sought out a manual...

This is exactly why I sought out a manual transmission, although from what I've read most automatics last more than 120,000 miles.

Good luck and keep us posted.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-08-2014, 09:39 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 517
Posted By bobdmac
Uh-oh. It might be time to check the filter for...

Uh-oh. It might be time to check the filter for metal shavings.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-08-2014, 09:35 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 468
Posted By bobdmac
Montes, if your blinker is disconnected, your...

Montes, if your blinker is disconnected, your turn signal will probably cycle rapidly. If the connector is by the water tank, it's actually on the passenger (right) side.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-08-2014, 09:25 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 517
Posted By bobdmac
It's a plausible theory to me, but I can't recall...

It's a plausible theory to me, but I can't recall seeing any accounts on this forum of torque converter bearings failing. You might try using the search function for those terms and see what comes...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-07-2014, 06:52 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 277
Posted By bobdmac
The timing chain isn't as big an issue for the...

The timing chain isn't as big an issue for the I-6 as it is for the V-8 because the chain is shorter,meaning it won't stretch as much, and the timing chain guides don't wear as fast. Offhand, I can't...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-07-2014, 11:04 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 517
Posted By bobdmac
A video with sound might help. I have a...

A video with sound might help.

I have a standard transmission; so I have no idea about your automatic's sounds, but when my alternator bearing went out, it made a horrible screech. You might just...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-06-2014, 04:10 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 319
Posted By bobdmac
Yes. I love them because if I take off my road...

Yes. I love them because if I take off my road bike's front wheel, I can fit the entire bike in the car and close the trunk--no bike rack necessary.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-06-2014, 01:17 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 224
Posted By bobdmac
Was the torque converter changed as well?

Was the torque converter changed as well?
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-06-2014, 08:58 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 319
Posted By bobdmac
When I run my VIN through the ETK.CC decoder, it...

When I run my VIN through the ETK.CC decoder, it shows both S465A (through loading sysstem--fold-down seats) and S464A (ski sack), but the ski sack code is at the very bottom of the list and is easy...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-05-2014, 08:32 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 368
Posted By bobdmac
As catalytic converters age, they can become...

As catalytic converters age, they can become clogged or obstructed, with a loss of power a common symptom, especially after running for a while at high throttle settings (going uphill or at high...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-05-2014, 07:58 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 181
Posted By bobdmac
There's another moral as well--get a smoke test...

There's another moral as well--get a smoke test if you suspect a vacuum leak (as you did) before you start replacing parts by guesswork.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-04-2014, 02:39 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 368
Posted By bobdmac
How many miles on your car? Just a guess, but if...

How many miles on your car? Just a guess, but if you have catalytic converters, they may be clogged. Does it perform worse after it's been driven for a while?
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-04-2014, 02:28 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 521
Posted By bobdmac
That may be a useful temporary solution, but...

That may be a useful temporary solution, but sooner or later, if you want to keep it real, you and your significant other should probably have a little heart-to-heart chat and figure out what you...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-04-2014, 02:17 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 669
Posted By bobdmac
Poolman, are you sure about this? To me, the...

Poolman, are you sure about this? To me, the smell of raw gas in the exhaust means it's running too rich, and a vacuum leak would ordinarily cause a lean condition, right? Fuel consumption also...
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