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Old 12-31-2010, 09:20 PM
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Mein Auto: 02 BMW 525i M54 auto 130K
Sometime within the last hour, the previous post I was editing locked up, so all additions will have to be in a subsequent post (it opened 11/01 at 9:55pm and closed 12/31 somewhere around 8:30pm).

Along the vein of teaching to fish ...
  1. I clicked on the VERY best of E39 Links (SEE NOTE 1)
    • Note 1: It's more efficient when you set your Bimmerfest control panel to the maximum number of posts per page so a single search will find what you need. Click on your Bimmerfest "User CP -> Edit Options -> Number of Posts to Show Per Page -> 80 -> Save Changes".
  2. I pressed my operating system "find" hotkey (i.e., "control f" in Windows & Linux & "command f" on the Mac) (SEE NOTE 2)
    • NOTE 2: With Firefox, the slash (/) hotkey, in addition to "control f", does the same search, without the extra overhead.
  3. I typed the search term, e.g., "keyword(s)" (sans quotes) & the cursor focus jumped to the first match it found (SEE NOTE 3)
    • NOTE 3: On Windows & Linux, the "F3" hotkey will jump to the next find; "shift F3" will reverse the find; "enter" will open the current link. If the search fails, the search term will highlight in red. (Mac users, please let me know what keys you use.)
    This quick search came up with a number of potentially decent related references.
Or, if I'm giving someone else instructions, here's what I cut and paste to help them fish:
  1. Click on the VERY best of E39 Links (or, in the E39 wiki common issues): (SEE NOTE 1)
    • Note 1: It's more efficient when you set your Bimmerfest control panel to the maximum number of posts per page so a single search will find what you need. Click on your Bimmerfest "User CP -> Edit Options -> Number of Posts to Show Per Page -> 80 -> Save Changes".
  2. Press your operating system "find" hotkey (i.e., "control f" in Windows & Linux & "command f" on the Mac) (SEE NOTE 2)
    • NOTE 2: With Firefox, the slash (/) hotkey, in addition to "control f", does the same search, without the extra overhead.
  3. Type the search term, e.g., "keyword(s)" (sans quotes) & the cursor focus will jump to the first match (SEE NOTE 3)
    • NOTE 3: On Windows & Linux, the "F3" hotkey will jump to the next find; "shift F3" will reverse the find; "enter" will open the current link. If the search fails, the search term will highlight in red.
Once you've read those threads, if/when you still have questions, feel free to post "I did the search ... here's what I found ... but it still didn't help me ... and here's why I still need help". Someone will reply with the next steps.
CUT-AND-PASTE TEACH-to-FISH RESPONSE (written for this thread) FOR YOUR TYPICAL DTC QUESTION WITH NO DETAIL:

You must have your diagnostic trouble codes read!
It makes no sense to say "My SES/EML/CEL is on or is flashing and my engine is running rough ... what is the problem?".

Before you ask this type of question, you need to do at the very minimum, three things:

  • Have your diagnostic trouble codes (DTCs) read
  • Google for what those DTCs indicate on the BMW E39
  • Attempt the solutions found from that googling effort
If, after performing those three tasks, you haven't solved the problem, then feel free to post for additional help.

When you post for additional help, you need to do three things:
  • Post the PCodes you found (actual and pending) & the description (nobody memorizes these things)
  • Describe what you found in your search (i.e., what other people did when they had the same codes in the same model)
  • Tell us what the results of the diagnostics you ran (i.e., what happened when you did what the diagnostic threads told you to do)
Additional advice:
In all USA states other than CA & HI, your local AutoZone auto parts store will read your DTCs for free; otherwise, for $25, you can purchase a DTC scanner to read your own codes.
- Cheapest CAN OBDII scanner on the net that reads DTCs, pending codes, & clears codes

Here is a list of so-called BMW-specific diagnostic trouble codes but beware; BMW P1 DTCs are computer specific!
- All OBDII codes, including BMW-specific P1xxx DTCs specific to the engine computer of each BMW (1) (2)

CUT-AND-PASTE TEACH-to-FISH RESPONSE FOR POOR SENTENCE STRUCTURE:
Sentences are like turn signals. They are not for you. They're for the other guy!
You may know where you are going. But the other guy has to figure out from your body language where you are headed. If you don't use your turn signals, the other guy has to guess where you're going. Same with sentences. It's a commonly accepted courtesy to use an uppercase letter to indicate the beginning of a sentence; and some sort of punctuation would be considered appropriate to indicate the type and end of a sentence. It's not for you; it's for us.


CUT-AND-PASTE TEACH-to-FISH RESPONSE FOR no MEIN-AUTO:
Provide the basic information in your personal information (look at mine, for example):
  • Mein auto: 2002 BMW 525i/M54 auto
  • List the DTCs found (e.g., P00m, P00n)
  • Also list the one-line description of those DTCs (don't force us look it up for you!)
  • Explain which debugging steps you followed (they all have 'em)
  • Explain your debugging test results

Here is a cut-and-paste response written to a 19-year-old college kid trying to explain why DIY works best.
And another one written to a 17-year old kid with a badly maintained BMW.
Yet another, to a 21-year old, who bought a BMW with unexpected issues who said "I can't work on a car".

Quote:
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For inspiration to the college kids & newbies, here's my first thread on Bimmerfest for the first repair ever. At that time, I didn't know about Bimmerfest (google brought me here),nor where to buy parts, nor about looking part numbers and nominal prices up on realoem (again, I found this only by googling), nor even what kind of car I had (I had never heard of the term "E39") nor what engine (I had never heard of "M54" before), etc.; and I had zero tools and even less mechanical knowledge. All I had was my brain and keyboard. Same things you have. And no money! (If I had lots of money, I would be tempted to farm the job out to someone else!) Googling, I instantly found Bimmerfest (you can't miss it). I joined up. I did my (at first, embarrassingly lousy) research. I posted newbie questions. I made mistakes. I asked dumb questions. I got ridiculed. I got pointers. I got ignored. I got helped (yes, the whole gamut). I did what you need to do I keep learning. The story starts here (how even a moron like me can do their own 4-wheel brake job).

How to contact BMW Customer Relations by email or by phone (+1-800-831-1117, CustomerRelations@bmwusa.com, user = BMWNA)

So that an operating system "find" (control f) and browser "next" (F3) will work in this long thread, here are some best links, verbatim, from E38.org for the E39.

Updated: 2010-12-29 00:26:38
General Information

1969-1998 Roundel issues on CD
All About Motor Oil
Automotive Calculators
Bimmer vs. Beamer explained
BMW body codes, VIN's and engine codes explained
BMW CPO Retailer Operations Manual (multi-page TIF)
BMW CPO Vehicle Inspection Checklist
BMW Inspection II service
BMW Inspections I and II details
BMW part numbers explained
BMW production numbers by model
BMW service codes lookup tool
BMW tightening torque values (PDF)
BMW Touch-up paint part numbers
Car and Key Memory Customer Selection Form, Nov 2004 (PDF)
Car and Key Memory Programming/Coding Explanations, Nov 2004 (PDF)
CarBuyingTips: Avoiding eBay Fraud and Scams
Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) brochure from BMW
Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) warranty information
EPA fact sheet on catalytic converter warranties
Factory Option Codes
Glossary of Terms & Abbreviations
How to choose the right tires for your car
Independent BMW repair shop recommendations by region from a BimmerBoard.com thread
Jack points
Making sense of synthetic lubricants
The 1995 BMW 540i and 540i Sport
The Low-Down on High Octane Gasoline
VIN decoder applet
VIN decoding
VIN decoding. What do all those digits mean?
What do fuel Octane ratings really mean?
What is horsepower?
ZF transmission oil chart
Recall Information
NHTSA Defects and Recalls search engine
Tire valve stems recalled from Chinese manufacturer
Vehicle Import
Classic Euro Cars
EPA Motor Vehicle Emissions
EPA page on CFC Phaseout
NHTSA Vehicle Import Regulations
U.S. Bureau of Customs and Border Protection
Wallace Environmental Testing Labs
David's Project Notes
Brakes, extracting a rounded-off hex bolt from a rotor
Cruise control disengaging (actuator replacement)
Front shock absorber replacement ('92 750iL)
Fuel filter replacment ('01 750iL)
Garage door UGDO upgrade
Heated seats (front) retrofit
Heated seats (rear) retrofit
Heated steering wheel retrofit
Ignition switch removal and replacement
Leather seat restoration 1986 735i E23
Leather seat restoration 1992 750iL E32
Leather seat restoration 1997 740iL E38
Paintless dent removal
PDC rear bumper retrofit ('92 750iL)
Reinforcing the front seat plastic trim
Taillights, polishing plastic to remove yellow
Throttle cable bushings replacement
Turn signal stalk (blinker) replacement
Interior
Accelerator pedal removal
ACS replica pedal install
Active comfort seats E38 retrofit (by ripp222)
Active comfort seats E39 retrofit (by stilljester)
Airbags, passenger seat SRS occupancy sensor mat replacement
Armrest sliding center console replacement
Cabin air filter, DIY replacement
Cameras, build a headrest camcorder mount
Carpet, rear deck and footrest color change/re-dye
Center console wood polishing
Door panels, re-gluing separating panel trim
E46 lumbar support retrofit
Flashlight LED conversion
Glove box latch key switch
Headliner material source and example installation
Headliner removal and replacement
Headliner replacement
Headliner replacement tutorial
Heated seat broken wire repair
Instrument cluster, how to open to install metal gauge rings
Leather seat restoration 1986 735i E23
Leather seat restoration 1992 750iL E32
Leather seat restoration 1997 740iL E38
Leatherique leather restoration on a E28 M5
Leatherique leather seat restoration on a MB
Masking cigarette burns in carpet
Musty odor from A/C vents
OBD service port cover replacement bracket
Rear shelf removal
Rearview mirror removal and installation on windshield
Sagging headliner repair with a steamer
Seat back replacement
Seat leather skin replacement
Seat trim replacement
Seats, foam and leather replacement
Seats, splicing connectors/wiring for 99+ sport seats into a 95-98 BMW
Ski-bag pass-throughretrofit
Steering wheel, how to change the slip ring
Trim Wood/Metal interior conversion
Trim, polishing interior wood trim and console
Trim, polishing scratches out of the wood trim
Ultimate Guide to Armrests
Window regular replacement
Window regulator repair
Window regulator replacement
Window tint, how to remove
Windows, one-touch up reinitialization
Windows, replacing worn rubber lower window buffer (stopping clunk noise)
Exterior
Antenna, Sharkfin retrofit
Door handle (exterior) removal and replacement
Mirrors, Remote power folding mirrors installation
Mirrors, wide-angle mirrors installation
Sunroof alignment procedure
Sunroof gasket replacement
Sunroof reset
Taillights, polishing plastic to remove yellow
Trailer hitch installation
Trim, Shadowline black-out of chrome trim (E30)
Trim, Shadowline black-out using tape
Trim, Shadowline trim procedure (E30)
Unlocking doors manually when there is a power failure
Using E39 5-series wheels on an E38
Windshield Rubber Trim Replacement
Windshield, replacing rubber seal around it
Paint and paint chip repair
BMW paint color codes
EasyPaintYourCar.com
Edwin's great scratch repair article
How to spot paintwork
Paint chip repair DIY
Paint defects solution guide by Dupont
Paintless dent removal
Paintscratch.com
Random orbital buffer polishing how-to
Southern Colors Paint Touchup
Tail lights yellowing restoration
Touch-up paint, how to apply
Zaino sequence for detailing your paint
Lighting
Bi-Xenon headlight installation in stock headlight assembly
Brakes, quad brake light modification via the wiring harness (video)
DIY Silvervision turnsignal bulbs
Door handle Interior lighting retrofit
Fog lights, Euro fog light switch retrofit
Fog lights, European rear fog lights
Fog lights, HID foglight install by cleanride740il
Fog lights, HID installation by Edwin
Fog lights, HID retrofit by Magnum
Glove-box Flashlight Rejuvenation
Headlight adjuster replacement
Headlight adjustment
Headlight aiming procedures
Headlights, angel eye installation with daytime running lights
Headlights, angel eyes installation
Headlights, angel eyes remote feature DIY
Headlights, Angel-eye e39 installation video
Headlights, DFW7 DIY DDE Angel Eyes enhanced lighting installation video
LCM repair on a '97 e39 5-series
PowerBulbs (Philips Silvervision)
Titanium silver #1157 bulbs from Trucknvans.com
Retrofit Installations
4-Spoke to 3-Spoke M Sport Steering Wheel DIY Swap
Active comfort seats E38 retrofit (by ripp222)
Active comfort seats E39 retrofit (by stilljester)
Antenna, Sharkfin retrofit
Automatic headlights and rain sensing wipers retrofit
BimmerBoard Navigation Forum
Bluetooth installation instructions (PDF)
Cameras, backup rear view retrofit
Cameras, David Frame's backup camera installation
Cameras, rearview camera install without a TV tuner module
Cameras, reverse backup camera installation by rg0115
Cameras, Tyre Daniely's rear bumper backup camera installation
E46 lumbar support retrofit
Fog lights, Euro fog light switch retrofit
Headlights, Automatic headlight control upgrade
Heated steering wheel retrofit
Instrument cluster, aluminum gauge rings
Keys, older style to newer style key upgrade
Paddle-shift retrofit for Steptronic transmissions
Park Distance Control (PDC) rear wiring (E39)
Rain-sensing wiper retrofit
Seat memory, adding to passenger seat
SES voice recognition retrofit
Ski-bag pass-throughretrofit
Electronics
'half-on' ASC+T/DSC mode
ADV-2000 analog to digital audio converter
Airbag seatbelt tensioner harness repair
Alarm triggered by faulty hood switches
BMW ASC/DSC systems (PDF)
BMW breakout boxes and connectors (PDF)
BMW Bus System defined (PDF)
BMW Drive Away Protection System (PDF)
BMW Electrical Troubleshooting Manuals (ETM's)
Cruise control disengaging (actuator replacement)
Cruise control module testing
DSC/ABS module repair/rebuild
E38/E39 schematics and pinout diagrams
Electronics incl. lights, displays, MFL, cruise, audio, PDC (PDF)
EWS removal and replacement
Homemade super range extender for UGDO
How to program a rolling code garage door opener
I-BUS and speed sensor trunk wiring connections
Ignition switch removal and replacement
Ignition switch replacement (video)
Instrument cluster parts swap alternative to re-coding after pixel fix
Instrument cluster repairs in the UK
Key remote programming
Key remote rebuilding
Lamp module replacement
LCM repair on a '97 e39 5-series
MID pixel repair
Multimeters: How to use them
Multiple restraint system (PDF)
OBD-II to RS232 interface
Official word on older Homelink garage door openers
PDC module replacement
PDC problems, diagnosis and repair
PDC rear bumper retrofit ('92 750iL)
Pixel display repair technique by Edwin
Pixel display repairs at DNA Speedometers
Pixel display repairs at VDOrepair.com
PixelFix.net commercial solution for defective instrument cluster pixels
Radars, Lidatek and V1 stealth concealed installations
Radars, StealthOne MID/OBC interface for Valentine1 radar detector
Radars, Valentine One radar detector stealth installation in a BMW E39 5-series
Rain sensor replacement
Rain-sensing wiper retrofit
Redundant data storage for mileage tamper dot
Remote key refurbishment with new rubber pads
Replacing motion sensor with new ultrasonic type
SES voice recognition retrofit
Siren (alarm chirp) replacement
Siren/horn replacement and/or changing
Soldering experts help with repairing electronics
SRS Airbag (seatbelt tensioner) fix for driver's seat fault #5
Steering wheel raises when exiting vehicle, how to
Tamper dot for mileage explained
Tire pressure monitor retrofit
Troubleshooting with the DIS (PDF)
Trunk-release repeated fuse failures may be caused by stuck fuel filler solenoid
Turn signal stalk (blinker) replacement
UGDO wiring
Understanding European wiring diagrams (PDF)
Universal Garage Door Opener (UGDO) Antenna Booster
Window switch control repair
Windows, one-touch up reinitialization
Z8 engine start button installation in E46
Navigation
BimmerBoard.com Navigation Forum
BimmerNav.com Martin Bishop's outstanding site for widescreen upgrades
BMW onboard monitor and navigation systems (PDF)
E39 widescreen navigation display upgrade
Enabling TV display while car is in motion
Gooseneck Mark II navigation installation instructions (PDF)
Mark IV voice buzz issue solution
MKIII nav system (PDF)
Navigation O/S software versions and how to upgrade
Restoring INFO and SELECT buttons
SES / Voice Recognition Module command list
Setting Absolute Nav Volume
Splash screen customization in Mark III navigation
Troubleshooting blank nav screen and radio shut off
Using the "New Route" feature
Widescreen monitor opens unexpectedly
Widescreen nav display (PDF)
Phone
Bluetooth phone unpairing
Bluetooth retrofit into a 2001 X5
Bluetooth, using a current Bluetooth-Assist TCU instead of a ULF in a pre-2004 car
BMW 3 Series (e46) Bluetooth Installation DIY
BMW 7 Series (e38) Bluetooth Retrofit
CPT7000-8000 upgrade information
CPT7000/CPT8000 info
Fix for broken factory-installed Motorola GSM phones
Microphone, Upgraded for bluetooth
Motorola Site for Dealers (user=bmwna, pw=digital)
Razr adapter retrofit project
X5World Bluetooth links
Audio/Video
Aftermarket amplifier installation
AM radio reception fix (1998 528i)
Aux input, How to modify your radio
Cameras, David Frame's backup camera installation
Cameras, rear view backup camera retrofit
Cameras, rearview camera install without a TV tuner module
Cameras, reverse backup camera installation by rg0115
CD43 service mode (changing from Europe to USA)
Details on the Flat pin Radios (PDF)
DSP amplifier replacement with aftermarket unit
DVD aftermarket video module installation
DVD installed in casette space behind nav screen
Factory Car Stereo Repair, Inc. Repairs factory BMW stereos
Headrest monitor installation
iPhone integration with Dice and NavTV
iPod stereo input through the tape deck wiring
Ipod/Icelink integration
NY Times article comparing Sirius and XM
OEM TV module installation in a '98 740iL
Radio service mode
Stereo input for iPod/mp3 for just $3
Subwoofer install, Mojo's quick and dirty guide for the e38
TV, ATSC digital tuner upgrade
Engine & Drivetrain
Advanced BMW ABS hints and tips
Alternator replacement (2000 BMW 740il)
Alternator, rebuilding a Bosch alternator for $30
Aux fan resistor replacement (video)
Auxiliary fan constantly running
BMW self-leveling suspension (PDF)
Car Battery FAQ
CDV clutch modification
Cooling system basics
Cooling system bleed procedure (M62 engine)
Cooling system replacement ('98 528i)
Crank Case Vent Valve, torx to hex bolts suggestion
Crankshaft position sensor replacement (2002 e39 530i)
Cruise control, finding the start button on pre-99 models
Cruise control, replacing a sticky bowden cable
Diagnostic trouble codes (PDF)
Diagnostic trouble codes, DTC (PDF)
DSC Controller Replacement
Electronic thermostat replacement
Engine compartment detailing
Engine fault codes
Engine swap, 528i inline 6-cylinder
EPA page about On-board Diagnostics (OBD)
Fan belt replacement tips
Fan Clutch - 101
Fuel pump removal and replacement
Gas tank imploding (evaporative cannister purge line)
Lambda (oxygen, O2) sensors -- all about them
Leakdown tests explained
M62 component locations (PDF)
M62 Engine details (PDF)
M62 torque values (PDF)
MAF and CPS replacement (video)
MAF boot replacement (fix for rough idle, intermittent loss of power)
MAF replacement using Range Rover part
MAF testing
OBD-II standard fault codes list
OBDII system with Error codes (PDF)
Oil Filter Housing Gasket & Freeze Plugs, Leak Repair (1998 BMW 528i)
Oil line to Vanos, CCV and ICV replacement
Oil pump replacement and chain adjustment
Oil questions and answers
OSV cover replacement, super fast

P Codes (diagnostic codes) list
Radiator fan electric upgrade
Reading BMW fuel injection codes (stomp test)
Rough idle fix
Secondary air pump, maintenance and rebuilding
Secondary air pump, troubleshooting and the famous fuse #107
Starting systems (PDF)
Throttle cable bushings replacement
Upper timing chain cover gasket repair notes
Upper timing cover gaskets
Vacuum leak test video, how to solve rough idle and random misfire codes (M62 V8)
Valley Pan/Valve Cover Gaskets/OSV R&R
Valve Cover Gasket Injector Plug Trick
Valve cover gasket replacement procedure
Valve cover replacement tips
Valve cover stud, repairing when broken
VANOS solenoid gasket replacement (M62-TU engine)
Water pump replacement without removing radiator
Zionsville Autosport all aluminum radiator
Maintenance
2001 BMW Service Maintenance Checklist
BMW recommendation for high pressure engine steam cleaning
Combustion chamber cleaning
Fuel filter replacment ('01 750iL)
Fuel injector cleaning, DIY benchtop system
Fuel tank rust treatment products
Gummi-Pflege rubber seal maintenance
Long term storage recommendations
MAF cleaning
Making Sense of Synthetic Lubricants (PDF)
Mass Air Flow Sensor (MAF) cleaning and Camshaft Position Sensor (CPS) R&R
More Than You Ever Wanted to Know About Motor Oil (PDF)
Oil change recommendations and the service interval lights
Oil service and inspection lights reset using a simple wire
OSV, 10-minute replacement
Rear Diff & Manual Trans Fluid Change ('98 528i)
Reset oil and inspection lights via the instrument cluster
Secondary air system failure (fault analysis guide)
Service interval light reset via the instrument cluster
Service interval light system explained
Service interval lights explained
Spark plug specifications
Starter replacement
Starter replacement notes
Steven Bernstein's BMW Brake FAQ
Technical details of the service interval lights
Valley pan, intake/valve cover gaskets repair, spark plug change and oil pump bolts
Valve rebuild M62 engine
Suspension & Steering
Ball joint replacement tool, home-made
BMW wheel alignment procedure (PDF)
Front shock absorber replacement ('92 750iL)
Front stabilizer (swing arm) R&R
Front strut replacement (e39 5-series)
Front suspension overhaul (1998 528i)
Front wheel bearing (hub) replacement
Front-end noises and their causes
Ignition key turns 360 degrees
M Sport Steering Wheel in pre-9/96 E38 & E39
Outer tie rod R&R
Polishing aluminum links
Power Steering Flush
Rear subframe bushing R&R for E39 Touring
Rear upper control arm R&R
Servotronic valve removal from steering gear
Steering power fluid flush / filter change
Steering wheel, how to change the slip ring
Steering wheel, M3/M5 sport wheel adaptation/retrofit
Steering, How the systems work
Strut tower braces explained
Suspension terminology explained
Sway bar (rear M5) install
Swing arm ball joints replacement
Tie rods, center, left and right replacement (with video)
Traction strut (thrust arm) replacement
Heating & Air Conditioning
A/C hose rebuilding service
AC compressor rebuild
Auxiliary Cooling Fan Troubleshooting
Auxiliary Pump Repairs
Cabin air filter, DIY replacement
Final Stage Unit Replacement
Heater control valve replacement
Heater hot water valve repair
Patrick Parish's air conditioning page
Poor A/C performance and R134a pressures
R134a conversion information
Temperature display scales, changing from Celcius to Fahrenheit
Exhaust
Catalytic converter dissection photos
Eliminating rear O2 sensors
Exhaust "scavenging"
Exhaust valve and cylinder head repair
Oxygen Sensor (O2) FAQ
What kills catalytic converters?
Transmission
Adaptive transmission control explained
Automatic transmission fluid substitutes
Electronic Transmission control (PDF)
Electronic Transmission control II (PDF)
Oils, alternatives to the Esso LT71141 transmission oil
Transmission 5HP24 ZF spare parts manual (PDF)
Transmission disassembly and rebuild
Transmission disassembly photos
Transmission fluid flush with Valvoline MaxLife ATF
Transmission Fundementals (PDF)
Transmission Fundementals II (PDF)
Transmission issues cured by new voltage regulator
Transmission mounts R&R
Transmission Software Update for a hard 3-2 & 5-4 downshift in the 540iA, 740iA, and 730iA (9/98-4/99 build date)
Transmission valve body R&R
Transmission, adaptive features and principles of operation
Transmission, adaptive features explained
Transmission, Steptronic +/- reverse mod
Transmission, torque converter installation tips
Transmissions, How to contact Kirt Koeller
Valvoline substitute for Esso LT 71141 transmission fluid
ZF Transmission Oil chart
Brakes
"Warped" Brake Discs and Other Myths
Brake rotors and pads, minimum thicknesses
Brakes, bedding in new pads and rotors
Brakes, bleeding with the BavAuto bleed kit
Brakes, caliper rebuilding
Brakes, fluid flush
Brakes, fluid flush and piston rebuild
Brakes, Pressurized Do-It-Yourself Brake Bleeding
Brakes, proper orientation of slotted rotors
Brakes, testing lining warning sensors
Accessories & Products
Artbeads E6000 headliner glue
BavAuto urethane headlight shields
BMW CD Changer.com
BMW Complete Special Tools Report (PDF, 140 pages)
BMW Special Service Tools
ClearMask automotive paint and light protection film
Colored BMW roundel emblems
Cruzin Performance fuel injector cleaning and replacements
CV Vacuum Platers (for chromelining)
Dynamat noise insulating products
Escort radar detectors
ExoticWoodDash.com
GermanMasterTech.com fender front protective covers
HandsOnTools.com
I.D. IT! Plates
K40 radar detectors
Lidatek laser jammer
ParagonPerformance stainless steel braided fuel/brake lines
Peake R5 FCX owner's manuals (with code listings)
Peake R5/FCX engine diagnostic and reset tool
PhotoBlocker photo radar reflection spray
Programma electronic component repair and rebuilding
Radiator.com lifetime radiator warranty
Rain Tracker rain sensing wiper control
RC Engineering fuel injector cleaning and replacements
Roadworksauto.com replacement molded carpet kits
Samstag Sales BMW Tools
StarShield clear urethane bras and headlight covers
Stebro stainless steel exhaust systems
Steve C's Rotary Lift garage installation To have a car lift in your very own garage!
Technitool.com BMW Tools
ThermoTec heat insulating products
TV Free (video while driving)
TVFree-modules.com TV in motion adapters
Valentine 1 radar detectors
Valentine 1 Stealth Rear View Mirror Display
Worlduph.com replacement carpet and leather
X-Pel urethane headlight shields
Cup Holders
Cup-Holders.com
DrinkHolders.com
Ultimate Cup Holders
Leather Care & Repair
Color-Plus leather restoration kits
Color-Plus Leather Restoration System
ColorPlus leather restoration
Fibernew Leather and Plastic Restoration
Fitzgerald's Restoration Products Leather dye
GulfFabrics.com
Kevin Chinn's Creative Options Leather and cloth upholstery kits
Leather color codes for BMW's
Leather Magic leather restoration
Leatherique Leather Restoration Products
LeatherSeats.com
PBLeathers.com replacement seat leather
SaabStuff Replacement Leather Seats
Navigation
E39 Mark I - Mark IV upgrade
Nav-TV Watch television on your nav
Navigation hidden service menu
Performance Upgrades
Dinan
Eibach Springs
H&R Springs
OmniTec Motorsports
Strong Strut
Turner Motorsport
VAC Motorsports
Owner's Manuals
1997 BMW 5-series Radio and Information Systems Owner's Manual (PDF)
2000 5-series
2000 M5
2001 5-series
2001 M5
2002 5-series
2003 5-series
2003 Bluetooth ULF Owner's Manual
2003 M5
2004 Navigation Owner's Manual (PDF)
2005 BMW Bluetooth Users Manual
BMW owner's manuals and ETM's for downloading
BMW TV module owner's manual: basic operations (PDF)
Homelink UGDO Owner's Manual (PDF)
Mark IV Navigation Owner's Manual (PDF)

Wheels and Tires
AtlantisTire.com used tires
Bimmer Spinner
BMW wheel emblems
BMW Wheel Specs and Fitment Chart
Dave's BMW wheel chart
Forged vs. Cast Wheels Explained
Repair tire punctures the right way
The NASA guide to home wheel-scuff repair
Tire comparisons by Car and Driver magazine (PDF, Aug 2009)
Tire manufacturing plant codes
Ultimate Guide to Wheel Locks
Vehicle vibration diagnosis chart (PDF)
Wheel Scuff Repair on Alloy Wheels
Wheels M-Parallel Rim Speckle Removal
Where to Buy Parts
BMW Dealers
BMW of Cleveland 888-879-1269 x132
Circle BMW 732-741-1184 (Chris)
Crevier BMW 714-835-3171 (Joe)
Hendrick BMW 800-476-8322
The BMW Store
United BMW 770-476-8800
Non-dealers
OEMBimmerParts.com
AJ-USA
All OEM BMW Parts 800-230-5754
ASV Euro Car Parts (Australia)
Autohaus Arizona
Baum Tools (every BMW tool you can imagine)
Bavarian Autosports 800-535-2002
Bekkers.com 800-624-5410 ext 17 (John)
Bimmer Parts
BMA Imports 888-262-3911
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The following is from jamesdc4 of Bimmerforums:
- If you are looking to buy an E39 and are looking for information about the models, check out the E39 Buyer's Guide.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
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FLUIDS AND SERVICE
How do I reset the Oil and Service Inspection lights?
How do I reset the oil/inspection lights without a special tool?
How do I interpret the BMW Service Interval Light System (BMW Service/Maintenance Schedule)?
I have reset the oil/inspection lights before, but why isn't it resetting for me now?
What is the easiest way to change my oil?
Are there any tips for changing my oil?
What kind of engine oil should I use?
What kind of oil filter should I use?
What's written on your oil bottle (5w-30, LL01, etc.) and what does it mean?
What kind of Automatic Transmission Fluid should I use?
What kind of Manual Transmission Fluid should I use?
What fluids are approved for use in the power steering system?
MODEL AND OPTIONS INFORMATION
What are the car memory options for the E39?
Where can I find Model Information for my 5 series?
What BMW "Wheel Style" do I have?
ENGINE
What is VANOS?
Does my engine have VANOS/single/double?
What is the 52*i/530i double vanos problem?
What is causing the ticking sound from my engine?
What is the firing order and cylinder positions on a E39 V8/i6 engine?
How can I tell if my spark plugs need to be replaced?
Where can I find cheap OE sparkplugs?
Is a Cold Air Intake (CAI) worth the money and if so, what kind should I get?
Does a misfire at 3-4k RPM's indicate bad cats?
Where is the Secondary Air Pump (SAP) located?
COOLINGHow do I bleed the cooling system?
What kind of cooling system parts should I get?
What are some cooling issues I should be aware of?
How do I find out the date my radiator was manufactured?
How does coolant play a roll in the longevity of my radiator?
TRANSMISSION
What is the Trans Failsafe Program (Limp Mode) and what could be causing it?
Do I have a ZF or GM Automatic Transmission?
Do I have a ZF or Getrag Manual Transmission?
What kind of Automatic Transmission Fluid should I use?
What kind of Manual Transmission Fluid should I use?
SENSORS AND MODULES
Where is the External Temperature Sensor located?
How do I clean my Mass Air Flow (MAF) sensor (540i) to improve engine performance and gas mileage?
Where can I get O2 sensors other than the dealership?
Why does my alarm keep going off for no reason?
How much farther can you go once the brake wear sensor light is triggered?
I changed my brakes pads and lining sensors, but how do I clear the brake linings error message?
Why are my Traction Control (ASC/DSC) and Anti-Lock Brake (ABS) lights illuminated?
Why did my power seat stop working?
ON BOARD COMPUTER (OBC)
How can I tell if I have the High or Low OBC?
How do I unlock the OBC (Low and High)?
How do I change the Ambient/HVAC temperature scale from Celsius to Fahrenheit?
How do I program a BMW key?
Is there a security feature that will allow me to prevent my car from being started even with a key?
ON BOARD DIAGNOSTICS II (OBDII)
Is there a way to read/clear the fault codes?
How do I reset the Oil and Service Inspection lights?
How do I reset the oil/inspection lights without a special tool?
I have reset the oil/inspection lights before, but why isn't it resetting for me now?
WHEELS, TIRES, AND BRAKES
What is the correct tire pressure for my BMW 525i, 530i, 540i, touring (no info for 18"+)?
What kind of tires are recommended for my E39? (pending)
Why does my car shimmy/ vibrate at between 45-50 mph?
Are my rotors warped?
Is there a way to eliminate uneven braking, brake squeal and vibration?
What is DSC and how does it work?
What BMW "Wheel Style" do I have?
Is there a way to see what a certain wheel will look like on my E39?
What do I need to look out for if I want to slam my e39?
How much farther can you go once the brake wear sensor light is triggered?
I changed my brakes pads and lining sensors, but how do I clear the brake linings error message?
SUSPENSION
Why does my car shimmy/ vibrate at between 45-50 mph?
What do I need to look out for if I want to slam my e39?
What kind of springs/shocks/struts are recommended for lowering my E39? (pending)
LIGHTS
Which wires do I use to power my aftermarket CCFL Angel Eye rings?
Why does my headlight point down too low and why can't I adjust it?
What does the warning light in the instrument cluster that shows one car behind another mean?
How do I know if I have Xenon headlights and what should I look for in an upgrade?
How do I refinish cloudy headlamps so they can look like new!!!
BATTERY AND ELECTRICAL
What's causing my car to have wierd/strange electrical problems (gremlins)?
Where can I find wiring diagrams for my E39?
How do I vent my car battery to the outside?
What kind of replacement car battery should I get?
What are the symptoms of a failing Ignition Switch?
How do I stop the buzzing noise coming from my dashboard?
Why did my power seat stop working?
Where can I find fuse guides for the glove compartment and trunk?
If my battery is dead and the doors and trunk are locked, how do I get into the car?
AUDIO
How do I install a sub amp if I have DSP?
LABELS AND CAR INFORMATION
Where is the location of the paint code label?
How do I find out the date my radiator was manufactured?
EXHAUST
Can I put an M5 exhaust on a 540?
What does the exhaust "Rear" resonator, "Muffler" delete sound like (528 M52)?
What does the exhaust "Y" resonator, "Rear" silencer delete sound like (540 M62)?
Does a misfire at 3-4k RPM's indicate bad cats?
BODY AND EXTERIOR
Can I change my chrome trim to the shadowline trim?
Where can I find the best price on M-tech/M5 bumper conversions?
Can I get a tow hitch for my E39 (Touring and Sedan)?
INTERIOR
Where can I find decent cup holders?
What does the REST button do?
What's the best way to remove the sticker from the visors?
Why did my power seat stop working?
WINDOWS
What % window tint is legal for my state?
How do I get the electric window, automatic raising/lowering function to work (reset)?
PARTS
Where can I find salvage parts for my E39?
Where can I find cheap OE sparkplugs?
What kind of replacement car battery should I get?

What kind of cooling system parts should I get?
Where can I get O2 sensors other than the dealership?
Where can I find the best price on M-tech/M5 bumper conversions?
MISC
What places on the underside of the car are safe jack points?
What kind of keys can I get and where can I buy them?
What is ASC-T/DSC Halfway Mode and how do I use it?
Why does my passenger side sideview mirror tilt down when the car is in reverse and how do I stop it?
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E39 LINKS
Bimmer DIY
BMW Tips'n Tricks
www.e38.org/e39
BMWdiy.INFO
Bavarian Autosport Newsletter which includes "how to troubleshoot your car when it won't start".
the VERY best of E39 Links
BMW Abbreviations
BMW-planet
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Common E39 Problems
Common problems and fixes
E39 Problems Checklist
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