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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 11-24-2010, 05:07 PM
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CCV Replacement - Engine Failsafe Prog

I just replaced my CCV. When I started the car, Engine Failsafe prog show up. Car is starting rough. Any information would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 11-24-2010, 05:22 PM
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Probably missed a connection or cracked a dead vacuum hose.

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Old 11-24-2010, 05:54 PM
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check your plugs and make sure they are all clean--throttlebody connection can cause the code your running into.
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Old 11-24-2010, 07:07 PM
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The car starts, but when I hit the gas, it would immediately die. Engine Failsafe Prog shows up and ABS light comes on. I will probably go back and recheck everything. I followed the DIY to perfection.
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Old 11-24-2010, 07:21 PM
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Check for codes and check for loose connections to the wiring box.
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Old 11-26-2010, 08:34 AM
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Do you know where I can get the scanner to read the codes? I don't have one. Also, where can I find a diagram for the wiring harnesses? Even though I took extreme care in identifying the different connections, there is a great possibility that I might have some wrong connections. I am trying to work on it today.
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Old 11-26-2010, 02:18 PM
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Do you know where I can get the scanner to read the codes?
Since you're not in HI or CA, you can just borrow the scanner from AutoZone.

Or, for $30, including shipping & tax, you can buy your own scanner (I was borrowing one from a friend but got tired of that and just bought it).

From the bestlinks:
- Cheapest CAN OBDII scanner on the net that reads DTCs, pending codes, & clears codes
- OBD II PC freeware & $15 J1962 cable for the BMW E39
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Old 11-28-2010, 07:24 AM
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None of the local auto parts shops loan out scanners.. I went to a dozen local stores and no luck. I just ordered the one from Amazon that Bluebee mentioned. Now, with regard to the car, I did go back and recheck everything (literally had to do all over again). Still getting the Engine Failsafe Prog and the ABS on and the car dies when I press the gas. I still need to figure this out as time is running out or else need to tow it to my mechanic tomorrow. I don't want my first ever project to be unsuccessful.
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Old 11-28-2010, 07:43 AM
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None of the local auto parts shops loan out scanners.. I went to a dozen local stores and no luck. I just ordered the one from Amazon that Bluebee mentioned. Now, with regard to the car, I did go back and recheck everything (literally had to do all over again). Still getting the Engine Failsafe Prog and the ABS on and the car dies when I press the gas. I still need to figure this out as time is running out or else need to tow it to my mechanic tomorrow. I don't want my first ever project to be unsuccessful.
Remove your abs control module plug, go for ride then update us.
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Old 11-28-2010, 08:04 AM
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Thanks. I will try. Where do I find the abs control module plug?
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Old 11-28-2010, 09:33 AM
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Thanks. I will try. Where do I find the abs control module plug?
You know where you ABS module is? It's in the engine compartment right side. The plug is a huge one, to remove the plug you need to slide the lock clip slider, use a flat screw driver to start slide it out, once the the lock is fully slide out you can pull the plug straight up.
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Old 11-28-2010, 10:10 AM
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Thanks. I will try. Where do I find the abs control module plug?
More than you want to know about the ABS is in this one post.

Tons more in the bestlinks thread.

Just do a find (control + f) for "abs"; use the "F3" button to skip to the next link. Hit enter to go to the link.

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Old 11-30-2010, 05:35 PM
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After much screwing around, the little hose that connects to the top of the throttle had a hole (very narrow opening in the hose that was hard to find). Now everything is working fine. Thanks for all the help. Next items on the agenda--fix the seat twist and do a cooling overhaul.
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Old 11-30-2010, 08:07 PM
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fix the seat twist and do a cooling overhaul.
- SEAT CABLES BREAK: seat cables that fall out causing seat twist (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) & accidental airbag light fix (1)


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- Pictorial look at typical E39 cooling system failure modes (1) (2) (3)
- Cooling system recommended parts list (1)
- Coolants recommended by BMW and users (1)
- Bleeding the cooling system (1) (2) (3)
- How to refill M52/M54 coolant DIY (cn90)
- Cooling system DIY (cn90 1997-1998 M54TU) (cn90 V8) (aioros '99-03 M54) (Ågent99 '01 530i) (pelican 3-series)
- E39 Fan shroud removal DIY (Besian) (M54)
- Removal instructions for the alternator & drive belt system of a 2002 525i
- Removal instructions for the fan shroud of a 2002 525i
- Tools necessary for a cooling system overhaul
- Cooling system overhaul tips (fan clutch nut removal) (fan clutch nut replace) (hose removal) (o-ring replace)
- Cooling system overhaul mishaps (broken nipple) (crooked fan clutch nut) (bleeder screw) (thermostat loom)
- Expansion tank floating mechanical coolant level sensor height (1) (2)
- High instrument cluster check of the cooling system temperature KTMP (1)
- Cooling system date stickers & radiator date codes & markings (1) (2)
- What brand of waterpump to buy (1)
- Fan clutch failure modes (1)
- Fixing a head gasket coolant leak (1)
- What is the temperature of the coolant & when the thermostat opens under normal conditions (1)
- Modifying the cooling system (pressure cap) (zero psi fluids) - Zionsville (BlackBMWs) (William) (ohmess)
- Understanding the AUC automatic air recirculation (aka stink) sensor (1)
- Behr radiator and Behr expansion (aka surge) tank autopsy (1) (2)
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Old 12-01-2010, 01:37 PM
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After much screwing around, the little hose that connects to the top of the throttle had a hole (very narrow opening in the hose that was hard to find). Now everything is working fine. Thanks for all the help. Next items on the agenda--fix the seat twist and do a cooling overhaul.
Could you post a pic of what you found? It could help others in the future. Was it at all related to your recent work? Did you bump it or move it, you think?
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Old 12-01-2010, 07:12 PM
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Bluebee: Thanks for the info regarding the "seat twist" and the "cooling overhaul". This is awesome.

Agent99: Sorry, I didn't take any pictures. I should still have the old hose sitting around somewhere and I can take a picture of the "hole-in-the-hose" and post it here. I am assuming this was related to the CCV replacement work I did in my car cuz everything was fine before I worked on it. I am not sure what I did--it wasn't in the greatest of shape in the first place when I was working on it. I must have yanked it out and broke it.
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Old 12-01-2010, 07:30 PM
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I didn't take any pictures. I should still have the old hose sitting around somewhere
I echo that sentiment. We love autopsy pictures. It's a great example for others.
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