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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 10-04-2012, 03:41 AM
veneficus veneficus is offline
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Wont start following Valley Pan replacement!

Hi everyone, ive been a long time lurker and stealer of information off the site for working on my car, without issue… now I need to post!

I have just finished fixing the valley pan, O-rings… the general coolant overhaul that every E39 M62 owner has to do. Today I got it back together and went to turn the key, flat battery.. so I gave it some charge and turned the key. Its turning over but won’t start, when I got out of the car after fighting with it for 5 mins to get it to start, I had a good haze of smoke… when it was turning over I heard a few pops. Im struggling to understand why it won’t start.

Note, I was using the service key (it shouldn’t matter if im not using the main key? The battery in it is flat)

My first thought was that I’ve put a connection in the wrong spot but everything seems correct, is there anywhere where I can get a look at a diagram for where all of the plugs go off the loom?

Beyond that im stumped…. Surely cleaning out the intake manifold wouldn’t cause any issues….

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