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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 11-19-2012, 09:27 AM
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Removing Starter from 525i

Do you remove the starter from the top of the engine or the bottom of a 2001 525i?
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Old 11-19-2012, 09:29 AM
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From the top. Remove the intake manifold for access.

Ed in San Jose '97 540i 6 speed aspensilber over aubergine leather. Build date 3/97. Golden Gate Chapter BMW CCA Nr 62319.
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Old 11-19-2012, 09:35 AM
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The search button is your friend but here you go this might help. http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=336745 i have the M52 engine and I removed my starter from the bottom otherwise your pulling the intake manifold.

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Old 11-19-2012, 12:24 PM
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This might help with the DIY:

- Where is the starter motor located (1) & an M52 starter motor DIY (1) (2) & removing the 540i starter motor in one hour (1) & the BMW TIS (1) and an E38 740iL starter motor DIY (1) (2) & how to remove the M52 starter motor without removing the intake manifold (1) (2) & what special tools are needed (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) & where is the starter motor relay (1) (2)
Please read the suggested threads and add value, either by pictures or by descriptions, so the next person stands on your shoulders.
See also: E39 Bestlinks & How to easily find what you need
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Old 12-05-2012, 07:33 PM
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Thanks. I did confirm that the starter is good. I did some more searching and found that my ignition key could be the problem for no start/no crank/ no nothing. I went ahead and purchased another key. They told me to try my original key first, wait 10 seconds and try the new key. I did just that...my original key did not start the car. However, after waiting 10 seconds I used the new key and it did start. After this I turned the car off and tried the new key multiple times and it continued to work.

After this, I tried the original key and it started the car. Why is this? Did the original key become inactivated somehow and after the new key was used, it then activated the original key again?
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