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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) Today, 11:42 AM
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Posted By rdl
Compliance in rear suspension

I'm getting ready to replace rear shocks when the weather improves in a couple of months. In anticipation for the "while I'm in there" I jacked up each rear wheel and did a wiggle test at 12 - 6...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-05-2016, 01:15 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 477
Posted By rdl
URO is one of the most commonly mentioned...

URO is one of the most commonly mentioned "economy" brands. Targeted at owners that drive very little or plan on selling soon. Or to repair shops that want to quote a low price to the uninformed &/or...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-05-2016, 10:38 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 477
Posted By rdl
I've not seen any threads discussing either...

I've not seen any threads discussing either tensioner assy or pulley life vs brand. (but I suspect now that I've said that, someone will turn up with links to some comparisons. :rofl: )

You don't...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-02-2016, 08:17 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 358
Posted By rdl
I wouldn't expect the behavior to change....

I wouldn't expect the behavior to change. Apparently, protective circuits in the LCM or ballasts are detecting an over temperature condition and shutting down or the 55W bulbs characteristics result...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-01-2016, 09:55 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 362
Posted By rdl
They did for Europe. I'd guess that the OP's...

They did for Europe. I'd guess that the OP's "Wigan" location is in the UK.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-01-2016, 09:51 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 7,380
Posted By rdl
You've sure picked an old thread to resurrect on...

You've sure picked an old thread to resurrect on your first post. :)

Beware though that many people have had poor luck with aftermarket FSUs. The accepted wisdom is that a BMW part is worth the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-31-2016, 02:50 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 341
Posted By rdl
Fudman is 100% right that sway bar links are an...

Fudman is 100% right that sway bar links are an excellent suspect, although one would expect better of Moog. If they turn out to be bad, check the warranty.

You can test by removing one of the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-27-2016, 06:54 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 638
Posted By rdl
I'm not familiar with that scanner - haven't seen...

I'm not familiar with that scanner - haven't seen reviews or comments wrt BMW. Perhaps someone else can chime in with experience.

At the very least, this scanner is telling you have a problem with...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-26-2016, 11:44 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 446
Posted By rdl
There are people who can supply a key for less...

There are people who can supply a key for less than a dealer. Keep searching B-fest and B-forums for names - there are threads with recommendations. And google too.

For instance, this guy in the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-26-2016, 11:13 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 638
Posted By rdl
Yes, your 2002 should have DSC 5.7. What...

Yes, your 2002 should have DSC 5.7.

What scanner is giving you this fault description?
Some have been reported as returning incorrect results. Especially the less expensive hand held units and...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-26-2016, 10:31 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 14,135
Posted By rdl
Failed adjusters are a notorious problem on E39...

Failed adjusters are a notorious problem on E39 headlights. As an aside, I had the same problem in another brand car with Hella headlights in the same range of years as E39s. Apparently one mistake...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-26-2016, 10:11 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 638
Posted By rdl
Come to think of it, RealOEM lists parts not on...

Come to think of it, RealOEM lists parts not on my car too, e.g. manual transmission. It also lists parts that were superceded long before mine was built. So it isn't terribly selective as to...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-26-2016, 09:07 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 638
Posted By rdl
WDS does not list a K94 relay for cars built...

WDS does not list a K94 relay for cars built on/after 9/98.
It does list a K94 for cars build before 9/98. It's associated with a circuit that controls a pump in the DSC/ABS system.

There is...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-26-2016, 08:52 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 436
Posted By rdl
I've never had any problem bleeding my M54 530...

I've never had any problem bleeding my M54 530 while following the method in TIS (BMW's service manual) Which is the same engine as the OP's. (And BTW, I'm not disputing all the difficulties others...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-26-2016, 07:00 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 638
Posted By rdl
I looked briefly at the linked threads & it seems...

I looked briefly at the linked threads & it seems many have had trouble finding this relay. It is probably another case where circuits vary by year, options and market region. It's a trap for the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-25-2016, 05:44 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 25,085
Posted By rdl
I've no experience doing a CSB (:)) but as you've...

I've no experience doing a CSB (:)) but as you've said elsewhere SKF is one of the best bearing brands. It's hard to think you could go wrong.

Regards "O.E.M." I recall a thread a few years ago...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-24-2016, 08:57 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 539
Posted By rdl
I'd check F6 first. You wouldn't want one of...

I'd check F6 first.
You wouldn't want one of those head slapping moments after removing the door panel and module to find a blown fuse that could have been replaced in a minute. Now if the fuse...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-24-2016, 08:19 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 539
Posted By rdl
True that there isn't interchangeability. But for...

True that there isn't interchangeability. But for another reason - there is no rear door module :D Rear door functions are controlled directly from the GM.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-24-2016, 07:05 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 539
Posted By rdl
Passenger door window, locking and mirror are all...

Passenger door window, locking and mirror are all controlled by the door module. Any window or mirror commands from the driver's door are sent to the passenger door module by the P-bus. Locking...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-23-2016, 05:00 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 25,085
Posted By rdl
I wouldn't touch a seal until it starts weeping,...

I wouldn't touch a seal until it starts weeping, unless I knew it was prone to failure. Any reason to think so on this one?

If you decide to go ahead, the attached TIS screenshots may help. I had...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-18-2016, 07:30 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 470
Posted By rdl
Sorry to say, but you will probably need a new...

Sorry to say, but you will probably need a new battery too. A current drain of ~3A will not kill a good, fully charged, battery in 2 hours.

I'd suggest first finding the reason for the parasitic...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-17-2016, 09:01 AM
Replies: 267
Views: 10,855
Posted By rdl
INPA is BMW software; a full featured diagnostic...

INPA is BMW software; a full featured diagnostic scanner. Available on the internet. You would need to buy only an OBD cable & adapter for the round diagnostic plug in the engine bay @ ~$25. INPA is...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-16-2016, 08:22 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,034
Posted By rdl
Quite right that suspension links need to be in...

Quite right that suspension links need to be in their normal position for tightening the bushing ends. Or at least close, certainly not at full droop. Note that a 15 mm (~5/8") difference in height...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-15-2016, 12:13 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 417
Posted By rdl
Somewhere or other I've read that Hella changed...

Somewhere or other I've read that Hella changed the adhesive around March 2002. So late MY 2002 and all 2003 will have the permanent, non-softening adhesive. Earlier MYs will separate with heat....
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-15-2016, 07:58 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 826
Posted By rdl
There isn't really any need to run the DIS...

There isn't really any need to run the DIS routines. BTW, there are two: one runs the precharge pump (on the left shock tower, below the cabin air filter), the other trembles the ABS/DSC valves while...
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