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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 02-20-2012, 03:49 PM
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So what are the common items that stayed throughout all of the changes, that could be the culprit? Brake booster, air box (?), etc.?
Bad mechanics.
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So what are the common items that stayed throughout all of the changes, that could be the culprit? Brake booster, air box (?), etc.?
From what I understand- everything. I was just looking at it all while cleaning the ICV and even found an ATF leak. I'm trying to track where from. This car feels like a lost cause.
the only thing they did different on the last engine that kept it around for half a year was switch some kind of harness. I'll try and find out what kind.
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OK HOLY ****! There's a ton of water in my brakes. I really wanna try and mess with this my self. Dont know if I should. I read a few thing about syphoning water out of the break booster. Kinda wanna try that to see if that seems to be the problem then replace it after, given it works out.
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There are a few topics on this issue. It's not an easy fix but it can be done.
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Thanks quick99si! I found that in that well under the driver side cabin filter, the brake booster was half submerged in water. Dont think I'll have to take her in just yet. After a lot of trick vacum work and checking a lot of hoses things seem to be good. After I got the water out of that area surrounding the booster it stopped making any water type noises when pressing the pedal. I never actaully got even a drop of water out of the booster it self but there was a little in the vacum hosing between there and the ICV. At this point it's running great and the brakes feel great. Think I'll just take it in to get a general service. I'm at at 132k on the odometer and have no idea what on this 6th engine.
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Thanks quick99si! I found that in that well under the driver side cabin filter, the brake booster was half submerged in water. Dont think I'll have to take her in just yet. After a lot of trick vacum work and checking a lot of hoses things seem to be good. After I got the water out of that area surrounding the booster it stopped making any water type noises when pressing the pedal. I never actaully got even a drop of water out of the booster it self but there was a little in the vacum hosing between there and the ICV. At this point it's running great and the brakes feel great. Think I'll just take it in to get a general service. I'm at at 132k on the odometer and have no idea what on this 6th engine.
Glad you found the problem, but I still suggest totally draining the booster and then thoroughly cleaning the nearby water drains. It has ruined your engine before, and it will happen again if you don't do something about it. Good luck!
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Wow, good call Quick99si!! That was so good that you helped somebody fix a problem as big as that!! Thats what these forums are for! I am glad to see them finally work every now and then. lol
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