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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-22-2015, 08:15 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,479
Posted By Josh P.
Yes they put them side by side. Does that mean it...

Yes they put them side by side. Does that mean it doesn't have a hairline crack somewhere (like my old one did)? Who knows. Only time will tell.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-21-2015, 07:07 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,479
Posted By Josh P.
To close this out (for the second time): It...

To close this out (for the second time):

It turned out that the first (used) replacement valve cover was very slightly warped on the side that is next to the firewall...which is why I was not able...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-12-2015, 08:44 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,479
Posted By Josh P.
OK, so I removed the engine cover. There is...

OK, so I removed the engine cover. There is plenty of dried oil in the aluminum pan..possibly from the previous leak (caused by the cracked valve cover, as above) but possibly more recent. I did not...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-11-2015, 12:34 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,479
Posted By Josh P.
Thanks all, I will start taking things apart this...

Thanks all, I will start taking things apart this weekend. It's def coming from the rear of the block, very hard to see back there in terms of what is going on but I'll try by feel with the engine...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-11-2015, 10:44 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,479
Posted By Josh P.
Duh. That's not what I wrote. I replaced the...

Duh. That's not what I wrote. I replaced the valve COVER with a used one. The gasket is (was) new. I may be cheap but I'm not stupid.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-11-2015, 10:33 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,479
Posted By Josh P.
Ok I am reviving this thread because I seem to...

Ok I am reviving this thread because I seem to STILL have a g-damn oil leak! At first after the repair I was smelling a little burning oil when the car was at idle. I chalked this up to residual oil...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-26-2015, 06:00 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 612
Posted By Josh P.
One interesting thing (or a few interesting...

One interesting thing (or a few interesting things) now that I know that the problem was.

1) First, my observed MPG on the way back (new fuel pump) versus the way down (old one) was improved, I...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-24-2015, 02:03 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 612
Posted By Josh P.
And the culprit is...the fuel pump! Which means...

And the culprit is...the fuel pump! Which means this one lasted 14.5 years. Which is pretty respectable. Now I feel so much better. :D

The shop is open on Memorial Day(!) so I'll be back on the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-24-2015, 05:16 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 612
Posted By Josh P.
2011, at 69k miles. I certainly hope that's not...

2011, at 69k miles. I certainly hope that's not it because I'll be stuck down here until Tues to get the part from a local dealership.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-24-2015, 05:14 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 612
Posted By Josh P.
Thanks all. Only recent work was replacing valve...

Thanks all. Only recent work was replacing valve cover (cracked) and gasket but that was a while ago (January). No obvious signs of loose hoses. Fortunately there is a shop nearby so I'm going to...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-23-2015, 06:18 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 612
Posted By Josh P.
System Too Lean Error

Just drove 400 mi w/o problem, car sat overnight, now started it and engine hesitating, can't accelerate over about about 25mph. Code reader shows system too lean Bank 1. Am hoping this is just a...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-15-2015, 05:34 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,664
Posted By Josh P.
Yeah I didn't measure but that's pretty much...

Yeah I didn't measure but that's pretty much where it is...and which is probably where it was before I began adding water and coolant to force the stupid float up. Guess at some point I will need to...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-14-2015, 02:17 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,664
Posted By Josh P.
Further info. I can pull the float up, it come up...

Further info. I can pull the float up, it come up but does not stay up. The attached photos show what the inside of the bottle (exp tank) looks like, after I removed perhaps 16 oz of fluid (see...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-14-2015, 11:33 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,664
Posted By Josh P.
I too drove for at least one summer with a...

I too drove for at least one summer with a failing fan clutch (the aux fan would come on all the time to try to compensate) and my guess is this probably led to premature failure of the radiator...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-14-2015, 11:18 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,664
Posted By Josh P.
I have not pulled up on the float, just pushed it...

I have not pulled up on the float, just pushed it down and watched it bob back up to the position in the pix. I will fiddle around with it tonight. Looked to be some deposits on it so maybe it's...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-14-2015, 09:41 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,664
Posted By Josh P.
Excess pressure=blowing to smithereens the cheap...

Excess pressure=blowing to smithereens the cheap plastic parts that make up the cooling system of this fine German sedan. That's the main issue for me, and a major risk. Anything else is secondary.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-14-2015, 07:29 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,664
Posted By Josh P.
Thanks, that is much appreciated. I am beginning...

Thanks, that is much appreciated. I am beginning to see a bigger picture here, as my last radiator cracked after only 2.5 years of use. Perhaps the cause was that too much pressure built up in the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-14-2015, 07:24 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,664
Posted By Josh P.
Thanks Cam. I did push it down and it popped back...

Thanks Cam. I did push it down and it popped back up...but I did not spend that much time fiddling with it as I had to go to work. Will look more closely tonight, and attack it with rubber gloves...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-14-2015, 05:34 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,664
Posted By Josh P.
All, see attached photos and you will understand...

All, see attached photos and you will understand my confusion. The expansion tank is nearly full: the coolant is near the filler neck, and yet the float is not up to the top of the neck. The float...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-14-2015, 03:04 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,664
Posted By Josh P.
Thanks all for the replies. This last post...

Thanks all for the replies. This last post addresses my point, since I feel that it seems like with the float up that high the exp tank is much more than halfway full. I will go out this am and take...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-13-2015, 01:13 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,664
Posted By Josh P.
Ed, you just contradicted yourself, didn't you?...

Ed, you just contradicted yourself, didn't you? "car level and cold" and "the tanks NOT to be filled when cold"?
EDIT: Or did you mean "NOT filled completely"?

Not sure I am understanding. I...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-13-2015, 11:42 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,664
Posted By Josh P.
Coolant: proper level

This is not a question per se, more of a point of discussion/confusion. I opened up my expansion tank yesterday and noticed that my coolant level was a bit low, perhaps half a cup, not sure exactly,...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-26-2015, 12:53 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,799
Posted By Josh P.
Check the valve cover. I had same symptoms, but...

Check the valve cover. I had same symptoms, but my VCG were replaced recently. it turned out to be a hairline crack in the cover. If yours has not been replaced since the car was new, when you remove...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-25-2015, 07:42 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 4,109
Posted By Josh P.
I must say I love my E39 (now in its 15th year)...

I must say I love my E39 (now in its 15th year) but the car has not been cheap to own (read: maintain). Looking at my records, I've spent around $500 per year (low end) to over $1000 (high end) on...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-18-2015, 08:29 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,164
Posted By Josh P.
To close out the thread: The battery was replaced...

To close out the thread: The battery was replaced under warranty. It got up to about 12.2 volts after another 24 hours of trickle charging, but Interstate agreed that it was borderline insufficient,...
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