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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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I just fond this webside. I have not go in to deep but look very good

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This brand new cn90 E39 front suspension DIY is an "instant classic" for shock/strut replacement DIY!

The DIY for building a Garmin GPS icon is off the wall a bit ...

Here is a molding DIY from bimmerfest and one from bimmerforums ...

And, you can't get a simpler front-door passenger-side window-glass replacement DIY

Well, maybe you can ... the world's simplest DIY ... How to avatar on bimmerfest

If your battery goes dead
frequently (especially if your fans are erratic) ...

Why I don't recommend the Motive Vacuum Oil Extractor ...

Some DIY sites for E39 specifically would be useful too.
- http://www.e38.org/e39/


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Wiring diagrams on the web specifically for the E39 (works only with IE)
Where to get Bentley manuals
CN90 E39 front suspension DIY (with reference links)
QSilver's reset oil service interval light
Ambient temperature sensor -40 degrees
Agent99's ultimate guide to E39 armrests
Setting up the AC for most conditions
Disabling the automatic door locks
disabling the unlock chirp when arming the alarm system
CN90 rear parking brake shoes overhaul DIY
For California, how to pass smog tests after replacing the ABS module
Another good brake rotor and pads thread
Tools needed for working on a BMW E39 (buy them when you buy the car!)
cn90's E39 cooling system overhaul (plus pelican parts DIY)
Nice BMW FAQ
Pointers to Vanos articles and DIY
Decent Techron thread

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Old 02-09-2010, 05:26 AM
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- Bentley E39 PDF service manual
- Refinishing headlights/angel eyes
- Radiator weak points & thermostat operation
- QSilver's unlocking the instrument cluster OBC and resetting oil service intervals
- How to tell if you have the high or low OBC instrument cluster
- MID pixel repair here and here and here
- Replacing the cupholders
- Brake pads and rotors price comparison ...
- ABS Diagnostic DIY + P0500 Vehicle Speed Sensor Malfunction + Octane emissions smog test results
- The ingenious fix to the leaky power steering (with the Dexron III fluid all over the cap)
- cn90 parking brake adjustment DIY (and other emergency brake adjustment DIYs) and tons of pictures of a 540i brake job
- OBDII codes specific for BMW
- Diagnosis of intermittent undefined engine stumbling P1349 SES/MIL/CEL OBDII code thrown
- cn90 DIY: 1998 528I Oil Filter Housing Gasket & "Freeze Plugs" Repair
- Spark plug DIY
- -40 ambient outside temperature sensor
- CPS (camshaft position sensor) DIY
- Rear seat center cushion modifications DIY
- CN90 suspension DIY with brake rotor R&R http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=399580
- CN90 Parking Brake DIY http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=426640
- CN90 Brake Bleeding DIY using an air compressor http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=392957
- Adjusting windshield washer spray nozzles and debugging windshield washer spray issues
- Fudman CCV (aka PCV CVV) M54 replacement DIY
- How does the E39 VANOS work
- How does the E39 fuel injection work
- Inspection II part I: Changing your spark plugs
- Inspection II part II: Cleaning MAF & replacing power steering fluid
- Inspection II part III: Water pump, thermostat, belts, hoses, fuel filter

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BMW hood/trunk/steering wheel roundel (badge, decal, ornament, emblem, logo) replacement suppliers ... (carbon fiber) (suppliers) (diy) (grommet)
BMW spark plug application chart
BlackBMWs windshield cover molding DIY & Agent99's canonical E39 DIY - Glass rubber cover, windshield & rear window thread (and double glazing)
Cooling system overhaul by cn90 (1997-1998), pelican, and aioros (1999-2003)
Center air blend wheel control vent removal DIY (includes bowden cable, fglovebox lashlight connector, glove box, fsu access, etc.)
OBDII diagnostic freeware software and OBDII scanners (cn90) (fudman) & fundamental OBDII code data (QSilver7)
Why sludge in the oil cap is an indication of a failing CCV (aka PCV)
Useful BMW E39 broken headlight adjuster links (0) (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11) (12)
Torque specifications for all DIYs
E39 serpentine drive belt DIY
Belkin TuneBase FM transmitter & DICE DIY
E39 trunk tool kit contents (cn90) (3-series)
Power steering hose DIY

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Old 04-13-2010, 03:58 PM
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Links for DIYs on cooling system & drive belts for a 2002 E39 M55 E39:
- aioros (1999-2003)
- cn90 (1997-1998, not for my model or year)
- pelican (not for my model or year)
- cn90 refill M52/M54 coolant

- Coolants recommended by BMW)
- E39 fan and shroud removal (Besian)

Cn90 How to change your oil; and Bluebee how NOT to change your oil!
How to choose the right motor oil for your E39 (by quality, cold-start, warm viscosity, slipperiness, and cost)
You never get what you pay for ($18 Fram oil filter)

How to refill your A/C system refrigerant for $20 (another AC refill DIY) (how to measure the temperature)
Setting up Air Conditioning & how to avoid stinky A/C and smelly ac problems
Fudman thread (with cn90 & 540iman input) on refilling your A/C freon

Running nitrogen gas in your tires instead of regular air pressure & Recommended tire pressure for variously sized wheels

Edjack's how to flush the power steering fluid (with reservoir off the car)

How to top off a battery with distilled water

Gasoline octane facts (car & driver) (gasoline FAQ) (what is gasoline) (octane numbers) (top tier)

Power Steering Reservoir always wet (solution)

QSilver7's graphic of what turns the SES check engine light off in normal drive cycles!

Replacing the sliding console armrest with the european padded arm rest
Center front interior trim console removal step by step DIY with pictures
Good center console pictures from various E39s

Shadowline black trim to cover the chrome window molding

The four shadowline black trim to cover the chrome options


BMW window regulator & motor DIY for the E39 (bimmerboard E39) (325is) (E36) (E46 fanatics) (E46) (E46 coupe) (another E46 coupe) & E39 Window Regulator Repair Kit & parts

cn90 dice installation in 1998 E39 & bluebee dice installation in 2002 E39 (both radio mount)

Massive cn90 DIY Oil Line ---> Vanos, CCV, ICV and Alternator Air Duct
The elusive camshaft position sensor (cps) DIY (M62 diy) (diy2) (location)
Fudman DIY CCV replacement for an E39 M54 (2001-2003)
cn90 alternator rebuild DIY

TRUNKLID OPEN, LICPLATE LIGHT, and other trunk wiring loom woes ..
Cracks in the wood trim varnish (cd cover, above glovebox, on console, etc.)

What happens if you don't code the VIN into a new ABS module
ABS control module autopsy (specific instructions necessary for a competent repair)

Water on the rear driver side carpet after rain due to leaking vapor barrier in the door
Water on the front passenger carpet after rain due to leaking sunroof
Vapor barriers for rear door

Video of cold idle engine intermittent squeal (how to determine cause)? (power steering perhaps?)

cn90 DIY cabin air filter (inexpensive solution) & where to get replacement cabin air filters
Activated charcoal cabin air filter replacement DIY (also undercarriage drain tube cleansing)
Pictorial DIY: BMW E39 Engine Air Filter Remove & Replace
How to remove & replace a BMW hood ornament (aka badge, decal, emblem, logo, decal, marquee, etc.)

Disable steering wheel movement when turning ignition off

Where to buy brake pads (top-4 suppliers ... note: Axxis is no longer sold in the USA)
Changing from Mechanical tensioner to Hydraulic tensioner for your serpentine belt drive

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Old 05-15-2010, 08:41 PM
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Best place for owners manuals is here.
Second best place for owners manuals is at the bottom of this page
2000 5-series
2000 M5
2001 5-series
2001 M5
2002 5-series
2003 5-series
2003 M5
BMW owner's manuals and ETM's for downoading

Common problems you can expect with your E39 might be:
- plastic expansion tank, radiator, & thermostat housings that blow up due to faulty plastic mostly at the upper hose neck but also in the expansion tank and thermostat housing
- steel resistance-welded ABS control module power wires that break off their gold contact because of being too close to the engine
- Vanos seals made out of the wrong materials so that they harden and leak causing degrading performance
- headlight adjusters that simply crumble over time causing the lights to point downward
- fan-control (FSU/FSR) modules that are practically sure to go schizo due to poor heat-sink design
- rear vapor barrier seals that allow rain water to fill the rear footwell
- windshield & back window molding that crumbles in three years due to poor choice of materials
- jack pads that fall off the underside of the frame due to poor latch design
- cabin-filter housing design that allows small drain hoses to clog with leaves causing gym-sock smells
- roundels that wash away in the car wash over time
- a trunk loom wiring harness designed to chafe causing all sorts of light and fuse blowing and locking problems
- violent shudder upon front-wheel braking on bumps because the front suspension dies prematurely unbeknownst to the driver
- rear-window regulators that stop the windows from closing
- low mounted ambient temperature sensors practically designed to be ripped off on a parking curb
- annoying automatic door-lock mechanism that cost $100 to undo
- pixels practically guaranteed to go out on your instrument cluster and radio midi
- useless cupholders and painful front armrest consoles
- constantly wet power steering reservoirs due to poor O-ring design
- wood trim whose varnish cracks and whose cd cover doors rattle
- power steering hose clamps practically guaranteed to leak (along with an o-ring in the cap that will allow leaks)
- seat covers that don't protect the control box for the tilting steering and moving seat (and cables that fall out causing seat twist)
- windshield reservoirs prone to leaking due to

This "classic" ABS trifecta response is here so I can cut-and-paste it whenever someone asks about it.

(All this information is from teaming up with Bill (540iman) and gathering additional details from BlackBMWs, BMW_n00b13, TheStig, Edgy36-39, Max_VQ, PharoE39, freewilly, BAMF, and others).

Three solid yellow ABS/Brake/DSC lights almost always indicates a classic BMW problem:
1. Go to the first thread in the E39 forums (the VERY best of E39 Links)
2. Search for ABS (you'll find this post)
3. Click on this canonical summary in that post (in addition, see Bill's 'logic' of testing ABS sensors).
Note: The lights may come on all at once, or one at a time, and they may be intermittent, and in the beginning they may go out when you restart the car but come back; eventually they become lit solid all the time. It's all the same problem when you have the ABS Brake DSC trifecta!

Luckily, almost always, resolution is quick, simple, and reasonably inexpensive:
- Quick: In a half hour with a DMM, you'll know exactly what components failed;
- Simple: Removal of speed sensors (<$100 each) and/or the ABS control module (<$500 new) is a ten-minute job each;
- Cheap: My ABS control module rebuild cost me $150 USD, in toto, including tax & shipping (most people report successful rebuilds under $300).

In summary, the flow-chart procedure to follow (summarized from this thread) is:
a. Open the hood, disconnect the ABS control module harness & check the four wheel speed sensors with a DMM;
b. If any wheel speed sensor tests bad, doublecheck at the appropriate wheel; replace the bad one with an OE sensor (<$100, rarely more than one!);
c. If all four speed sensors are good, simply send your ABS control module to BBA/MM/ATE (recommended in that order) for a rebuild ($300-$150 in toto);
d. If the rebuilder can't repair your module (takes about 5 days overall), buy a new module ($480 from Jared at EACTuning) & have the VIN recoded at the stealer (about $120).

In almost all (if not all) ABS, Brake, & DSC light trifecta situations, it's that simple!

BTW, while your ABS control module is out of the car (about 5 days), the following anomalies may occur:
- Brake/DSC/ABS trifecta solid yellow lights (on the instrument cluster)
- Service Engine Soon (SES) solid yellow light lit (on the instrument cluster)
- No ABS (upon hard braking under low-traction conditions)
- No traction control (DSC or ASC on lateral action)
- No speedometer (use a portable GPS navigation unit if you're worried about that)
- No odometer (again, use a portable GPS unit if this bothers you)
- No tripmeter (use a portable GPS unit if it's a worry to you)
- No cruise control
- OBDII diagnostic trouble code DTC P0500, i.e., bad speed sensor (clear by driving or with an OBDII scanner)
- No possibility of passing (California at least) smog inspections (until you replace the ABS control module & clear the DTC)
- No speed-sensitive automatic door locks (if enabled at the stealer)
- No GPS (if you have navigation)
- No mileage calculations on the instrument cluster
- No fuel consumption calculations on the instrument cluster
- No range indications on the instrument cluster
- No speed-sensitive radio (if equipped)
- No speed-sensitive wipers (if equipped)
- Erratic fuel gauge (especially when near empty, so keep the tank at greater than 3/4 at all times)
- Erratic transmission shifting (if automatic; if it bothers you, switch to manual shifting)

SUMMARY:
The problem is usually a single wheel sensor goes bad (wires or the <$100 sensor), or the ABS control module goes bad (a steel resistance-welded wire lifts off its bond pad, Bill kindly ran a full autopsy here). Debugging is best done with a DMM; an OBDII scanner can ONLY find "communication errors", i.e., it cannot tell a bad speed or pressure sensor from a bad ABS control module and will often report the wrong problem because it isn't inserted BETWEEN the ABS control module and the various sensors (see extensive reports by 540iman on this). The ABS control module costs ~$150 to $300 to rebuild, ~$500 to replace; if you put anything back on other than your original ABS control module, the VIN will need to be recoded (15 minutes with a GT-1 or Autologic or similar; impossible otherwise). You'll need to clear your OBDII DTC codes after you fix everything if you plan on passing smog tests that week (ask me how I know). If you need to replace a speed sensor, don't go aftermarket; get as close to OE as possible.

Before you send your ABS control module out for rebuilding, please consider opening it up first, post pictures to Bill's ABS autopsy thread (the rebuilders say they work on previously opened ABS control modules all the time). If you fix the broken wire, post that to the thread as a success story!


Repair advice for newbies to the E39:
Nobody is less mechanically inclined than I (proof on file) yet my 2002 hasn't been serviced by the stealer or indy since the it left warranty (90K miles to date). Everything you need is here on Bimmerfest.

If you're new to the E39, my recommendations are:
a) Change all dozen fluids (to get to a nice clean starting point again)
b) Check your E39 for the top-score of common E39 problems (you'll have more than one)
c) Search in the best-links section for any requisite DIY and post a thread with your results
d) Immediately buy the Bentleys & don't ever hesitate to buy whatever tools you need when you need them
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Old 07-11-2010, 12:01 PM
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Here is the section of cn90 DIYs recommended by cn90 himself:

DIY: 1998 528i COOLING System Overhaul:

At 80-100K miles, it is much better to do an ENTIRE Cooling system overhaul. A leak at the Plastic thermostat housing is just the beginning of a series of problems. Other items (like fan clutch, fan blade, radiator) will soon follow. It makes perfect sense to do the whole system. It saves you money and headache down the road. The only special tool you need is the THIN 32-mm wrench to remove the fan clutch nut
I wrote this E39 Cooling System in 2006. Everything you need to know is here (very detailed write-up from PNs to procedures, tips/tricks). READ the entire post and all the REPLIES in that thread:
http://www.bimmerboard.com/forums/posts/199986
http://www.bimmerboard.com/forums/posts/200161

During re-install, it is a pain to start the first few threads of the Fan Clutch. Here is my trick using the poultry cord:
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=240143

NOTE:
1. You can buy HEPU Water pump at different places.
2. Radiator: One can choose between BEHR or NISSENS. Look up at bimmerfest.com
3. Fan Blade: Use only BMW OEM fan Blade. I tried to save money and used "MTC" Fan Blade, which broke after one year.
4. The Water Pump Pulley: if you have more than 130-140K miles, replace it, it is made out of hardened Plastic.

After a few years and 20K miles later, everything works fine for me.


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DIY: 1998 528i E39 Manual Transmission and Rear Differential Fluid Change.
I wrote this DIY in 2006:
http://bimmerboard.com/forums/posts/189240
NOTE:
1. I use Redline MT-90 for the Manual Trans. One year later, it still shifts nicely.
2. I fill using gravity with clear vinyl tubing (no need for oil pump).
3. The Man Trans is ZF S531, same for 1998 528i and let's say 2001 530i. Redline fluid is fine. Alternatively, a Good Synthetic Man Trans GL-4 oil by Vavoline or Castrol is also fine.

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DIY: 1998 528i AMBIENT Temp Sensor Hiding Place:
I wrote this DIY in 2006 including my trick to relocate the AMBIENT Temp sensor to a safer place. It is in the place just in front of the passenger's side wheel well plastic cover (remove the passenger's side wheel well plastic cover and you will see the Secondary Air Pump in there).
AMBIENT TEMP SENSOR HIDING PLACE:
http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum....php?t=1418124

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DIY: Free Fix for LOOSE Catalytic Converter Shields
Sometimes the Catalytic shields get loose causing rattles. I wrote this DIY using the coat hanger trick, basically wrapping BOTH heat shields together using coat hanger.

http://bimmerboard.com/forums/posts/196703
READ it carefully and follow the instructions.

I wrote this in 2006 and so far so good, not a single rattle in my car 528i.

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DIY: Oil Line to Vanos, CCV, ICV, Alternator Rear Cover Cleaning, Miscellaneous Vacuum Hoses and Seals.
I just finished this 8-hour massive job and here is the DIY. This is a "Quadruple" Job + Miscellaneous Intake Manifold Seals:
1- Replacing Oil Line to Vanos (mine is leaking).
2- Replacing CCV and hoses (preventive).
3- Cleaning ICV and replace its hoses (preventive).
4- Cleaning Alternator Air Duct and Installed Gutter Guard to prevent leaves from being sucked in.
5- Miscellaneous Intake Manifold Seals
Note: If you look at this thread, the oil dipstick metal tube has double-channel design: one for dipstick and one for oil from CCV to flow back down the oil sump (Post #31 by mad_dexter)!
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...=354754&page=2

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DIY: Driver's Seatbelt Replacement:
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho....php?p=4004895

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DIY: 1998 BMW 528i COMPLETE FRONT SUSPENSION OVERHAUL (the most popular thread)
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=399580

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DIY: Windshield Washer RESERVOIR Leak Fix
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=400924

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Hood cable:
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=441868

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Parking Brake Overhaul:
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=426640

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DIY: 1998 528i In-Dash CD Player and DICE Installation:
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=235269

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DIY: 1998 528i CDV Delete
http://bimmerboard.com/forums/posts/363759

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DIY: Brake Bleeding using Air Compressor
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=392957

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AM-FM Radio Antenna Overhaul:
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=396131

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LCM Infineon chips:
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=209896

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1-man Brake Bleeding:
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=392957

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SAS Air Pump rebuild:
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=402816

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Cabin Filter the Inexpensive way:
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=400819

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CD Player-DICE DIY:
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=198118

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DRIVER'S Seat Belt Replacement DIY:
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=258282

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THE FOLLOWING SET OF LINKS ARE REPRODUCED VERBATIM FROM BIMMERFORUMS:
(as such, some are not E39 but most are related to the E39 so it's worth summarizing here in toto)

Engine/Mechanical

Alternator Removal/Replacement (M62)
Camshaft Removal (M54)
Crankcase/Oil Seperator (CCV) Intake Distribution Piece (I6)
Crankcase/Oil Seperator (CCV) (M52)
Crankcase/Oil Seperator (CCV) (M52TU)
Crankcase/Oil Seperator (CCV) (M54)
Crankcase/Oil Seperator (CCV) (M62)
Crankcase/Oil Seperator (CCV) Replacement Notes and Photos (M62 DIY Supplemental)
Engine and Transmission Mounts (530d)
Engine and Transmission Mounts (540i)
Fuel Filter Replacement (528i)
Idle Control Valve (ICV) Cleaning (5xxi I6)
Idle Control Valve (ICV) Cleaning (540i V8)
Intake Boot Replacement (2003 525i, M54)
Intake Silencer Delete (540i, M62)
Oil Change (98 528i)
Oil Change with Evacuator (98 540i)
Oil Filter Housing Gasket & "Freeze Plugs" Repair (1998 528i)
Oil Filter Housing Seal Replacement (528i)
Power Steering Hose Replacement (M62)
S.A.S Pierburg Air Pump Maintenance and Rebuild Info (1998 528i)
S.A.S. troubleshooting and How to Replace the Famous Fuse # 107 (1998 528i)
Spark Plug Access (528i)
Timing Chain Tensioner Replacement (M62TU)
Valley Pan Replacement (540i Pre-Vanos)
Vanos/Single (I6)
Vanos/Double (I6)

Cooling
Aux Fan Replacement
Aux Fan Service
Belt Replacement Instructions (Incl. Fan Removal)
Bleeding the cooling system
Cooling System Bleeding (I6 w/video)
Cooling System Replacement (528i)
Fan Shroud Removal
Thermostat Replacement (540i M62)
Zionsville Radiator & Electric Fan Install

Transmission
ATF and filter change
ATF change (Steptronic)
Clutch Delay Valve (CDV) Removal
Clutch Replacement (52*i/530i)
Clutch Replacement (540i)
Rear Differential and Manual Transmission Fluid Change (1998 528i)
Rear Differential OS GIKEN LSD upgrade

Suspension
Air Spring replacement (E39 Touring)
Center Link Replacement
Complete Front Suspension overhaul (1998 528i)
M5 Rear Sway Bar install
Rear Shock Replacement
Steering Rack replacement (528i/no pics)
Suspension Install Intrax/Koni (540i)
Thrust Arm Bushings install (Powerflex)
Thrust Arm Replacement
Tie Rod Replacement
Wheel Bearing Replacement (Front)

Electrical
ABS Module Removal/Repair/Diagnostics
Alarm siren replacement
Alternator Rebuild for $30! (Bosch, 1998 528i)!
Alternator replacement (540it)
Battery Replacement with Duralast 49-DL
Battery maintenanace DIY
Camshaft Position Sensor (540 M62)
Crankshaft Pulse Generator replacement
Cruise Control Actuator
External (Ambient) Temperature Sensor Replacement
Final Stage Unit (FSU)
Front Window Regulator replacement
Fuel Level Sensor Replacment/Fuel Pump Access (99 528i)
Homelink Install (Garage Door Opener)
HVAC Sampling Fan and Motor cleaning (No pics)
Ignition Switch Rebuild
Ignition Switch Replacement
MAF Removal and Cleaning (2000 540i and 2001 525i)
Nav Retrofit
O2 sensor & MAF replacement (540 M62)
Rear Window Regulator replacement
Seat switch replacement
Wheel Speed Sensor Replacement

Interior
Airbag Decal Removal (visor decal)
Armrest Retrofit from US sliding to Euro tilting with storage
Center Air Vent Replacement
Cup/Can Holder Removal and Replacement
Front seatbelt removal/install
IHKA Button Repair vs. Replacement
Rear Manual Shade install
Seat switch replacement
Steering wheel 4 spokes to M5 retrofit
Steering wheel type Victor retrofit

Exterior
Door Seal Drain cleaning procedure
Door Seal Replacement
Exterior B-Pillar Removal/Installation (Front & Rear Door)
M5 Front Bumper Install
M5 Mirror Install
Repairing chipped paint
Shadowline window trim replacement
Touring Roof Rack – Thule Tracker 430 with TK2 foot pack retrofit
Windshield Rubber Trim Replacement

Exhaust
Exhaust Cutout
Loose heatshield remedy

Brakes
Brake Pad and Rotor replacement
Brembo Rotor Replacement
Hydraulic Bleeding Kit for those with Air Compressor
Parking Brake Overhaul (1998 528i)
Replacing Performance Friction floating rotors
Replacing Stoptech floating rotors

Lighting
Angel Eye Wiring Harness Adapter
DEPO Clear tail light retrofit
Headlight Adjusters/Covers Replacement
Headlight Adjuster Fix (Inexpensive -2003 525i; Driver side only)
Headlight Adjuster Replacement (2001-2003)
Headlight Adjuster Replacement (2003 permanently sealed headlights)
Headlight Polishing/Refinishing
Headlight Refinishing/Installing Angel Eyes
HID Fog Lamps for the 1996-2000 BMW E39 5-Series (Excluding M5)
HID Retrofit
LED Exterior door handle
Light Control Module (LCM) replacement
Rear Fog Lights
Rear Fog to Brake Lights Conversion
Universal Predator Angel Eye Install

Audio
AM Radio Reception Fix (1998 528i - also applicable to other BMW models)
Auxiliary Audio Port install (E39 models after 09/2002)
Auxiliary Input for Ipod/MP3 player (inexpensive)
Auxiliary Input Retrofit (2003 540i w/business CD)
Bluetooth and Auxiliary Input Retrofit
Factory Head Unit (MID) plug to X5 MID Retrofit
Factory Head Unit (MID) removal
Radio Bezel Guide

Misc
Cabin Air Filter Replacement/Retrofit (Inexpensive)
Engine Cowl Replacement
Hood Release Cable Maintenance
Hood Release Cable Replacement
Key Initialization/Programming
M5 Wheel Liner retrofit (97 540iA)
Radar Detector Install/Hardwire (Valentine One)
Sunroof Repair
Sunroof Realignment
Trunk Latch Fix (easy)
Trunk Lock Actuator Replacement
Windshield Washer Reservoir Leak Fix
Windshield Wiper Blade Replacement (no pics)

Doru's DIY list
Quote:
Originally Posted by Doru
DIY
e39 pictures
e39 users manual
e39 Areas of Concern
e39 Problems and Fixes
e38.org DIY
Electric Diagrams
BMW Docs
BMW Resources (1)
BMW Resources (2)
BMW Resources (3)
Reset Service Lights DIY
Reset Oil Service LED (correct method)
Fight Tickets
Fight tickets (2)
Multiple DIY
Different DIY links
The BMW DIY site
BMW Technical Articles - Pelican
Autorepair.com
Automotive Repair Library Excellent info
Sparkplugs reading
Sparkplugs reading (2)
BMW Tips'n Tricks
Douglas Domain DIY's
BMW VIN decoder
BMW Wiring Diagrams
Partsfinder OEM BMW (need VIN)
Partsfinder OEM BMW (RealOEM)
New to BMW? things to know & do
Track times - different cars / models
A/C Refill (hiss) DIY
ABS Module & Wheel Sensor Test & Replace DIY
Adjuster (Broken) Headlight DIY
Alignment DIY
Alignment (Camber - rear wheels) DIY
Alternative BMW Maintenance Schedule
Alternator Cooling Vent cleaning
Alternator Replacement M52 (i6) DIY
Alternator rebuild (i6) DIY
Angeleyes bulbs replacement DIY
Angeleyes - LED DIY mod
Armrest conversion (with storage compartment) DIY
ATF Capacity and spec chart
ATF Read this first
ATF change a DIY w. Steptronic
ATF change for V8 DIY
ATF change e46 similar to e39 very detailed - for filling procedure
ATF (another version) change DIY
ATF Flush - DIY
Automatic Transmission Rebuild - DIY
Automaric Transmission - No Reverse repair DIY
Automatic Transmission Parts Catalog - ZF-5HP24
Automatic Transmission Parts Catalog - ZF-5HP19
Automatic Transmission Parts - ZF Catalogs
Aux Fan Motor Service DIY
Auxiliary Fan DIY
Aux fan (pusher) seized detailed DIY
Auxiliary Audio Port install - e39 models after 09/2002
B Pillar Installation - Front & Rear Door DIY
Battery check - do this first!
Battery maintenanace DIY
Battery replacement (Duralast) DIY
Beat the Squeak
Belt Replacement Instructions (Incl. Fan Removal) DIY
Blower Motor replacement DIY
Blower motor replacement - Bentley DIY
Bluetooth Retrofit DIY
Bumper Conversion (stock to M tech) DIY
Bumper Conversion to M tech (540 sport) DIY
Bumper Conversion to M tech Parts needed
Bumper Conversion to M tech (DDM) Parts needed
Bumper conversion to M tech (for 2003 530) Parts needed
Bumper Conversion to M tech (2000 + models) Brake ducts retrofitting
Brakes - Caliper rebuild (shimmy simptoms cure) DIY
Brakes - parking. Overhaul DIY
Brake job rant (Part I - Brake fluid)
Brake job rant (Part II - Disk Brakes & Rotors)
Brake job: Step-by-step DIY
CAM Sensor replacement DIY for i6
Camshaft Position Sensor DIY for v8
Car Key Memory Options
Center Air Vent replace DIY
Changing fluids triple play: ATF, Steering, Differential DIY
Chip repair DIY
Chip repair DIY (Langka)
Cooling system overhaul DIY
Cooling System - Bleeding Procedure DIY
Cooling System: Official BMW coolant top up procedure
Creaking fix solutions
Cruise Control Actuator Repair DIY
More Bleeding Procedures
Coilover install (e34) DIY
Cooling system overhaul (version with part numbers & need)
Curling seat fix (e34) DIY
Curling seat fix (e39) DIY
CCV replace (for +2001 go to page2 - Poolman post)
CCV M54 (2001-2003) DIY
CCV Detailed - Bimmerfiver DIY
CCV M54 Replacement - addendum
CCV replace DIY - lots of pics
CCV, Vanos Oil Line, ICV, Alternator Air Duct cleaning DIY
CCV BMW Service information with new parts
Cylinder location & Firing order
Detailing Links
Detailing 101 DIY
Detailing In, Out, & Engine
Dice i-pod and XM install DIY
Dice - very detailed - Install DIY
Differential (Rear) & Manual Transmission Fluid change DIY
Differential oil change
Differential Seals Replacement DIY Guide
Door trim blacked out DIY
Door trim removal (for Plasti-dip / Shadowline) DIY
Door locks maintenance DIY
Door panel removal DIY
Door Seals (edge protection) replace DIY
Driveabilty issues - Motorvac fix
Electric fan installation - a guide
Electric Fan in e39 DIY
Electric Problem (Ground Wire) Fix DIY
Electric Gremlins (due to trunk lid harness) DIY
Engine Mounts Replace DIY
Exhaust cutout DIY
Fan Clutch replacement DIY
Fan Delete Mod (clutch-to-electric) DIY
Fan clutch to electric fan conversion DIY
Floater - Gas tank (Gas Gauge stuck) replace DIY
Front Strut Assembly detail DIY
FSU (Final Stage Unit) DIY - no heat in car
FSU replacement DIY (variant)
FSU repair guide DIY (not replace - repair the old unit)
Fuel Filter Change DIY
Fuel filter change tips
Head unit (Factory) removal DIY
Headers - free flow DIY
Headlight rejuvenating (polish) DIY
Headlight (Hella) rejuvenation - outstanding DIY
Heated steering wheel Retrofit DIY
Heater Valve replace (Hot air only) DIY
Heatshields loose (rattle under car) fix
Hella OEM Halogen to Xenon conversion DIY
HID Flicker remedy DIY
Homelink programming
Hood Release Cable Maintenance DIY
Hood Release Cable Replacement DIY
Hood Release Cable Replacement (2) DIY
Idle Air Control valve on 96-98 non-vanos cleaning DIY
Idle Air Control valve for i6 engine DIY
Ignition switch replace DIY
Intake manifold removal for v8 DIY
Jump start a BMW
Key fob programming for all e39 DIY
Key fob Initializing Procedure DIY
Key Rechargeable Battery replacement (Diamond shaped key) DIY
Key - Diamond shape Battery replacement & reshaping DIY
Key Diamond shaped Battery replacement w. pics DIY
Key Both remotes not working - remedy DIY
LCM Repair - Bentley DIY
LCM chipnew info
Leather Rejuvenation / Restoring Site, Products and Procedures
Lowering car - control arm procedure
M5 Mirror Install Diy
Magnaflow install
Manifold adjuster replace (Codes P0171 & P0174) DIY
Moonroof repair 1
Moonroof repair 2
Moonroof repair 3
Motor & Tranny Mount swap DIY (540)
O2 sensor & MAF replacement DIY (540)
O2 sensors replacement 6 cyl DIY
OBD II trouble codes
OBD for BMW trouble codes & forum
Oil change on i6 DIY
Oil consumption - mitigation of the PROBLEM (i6)
Oil extractor build (drill pump)
Oil Filter Housing Seal replacement DIY or Alternate (BMW tips 'n tricks)
Oil Filter Housing & Freeze Plug repair DIY
Open doors & trunk with remote - dead battery
Park distance control Troubleshooting
Pixel repair DIY
Pixel repair - MID DIY
Pixel repair links
Rainsensor Reattachment fix DIY
Rear Differential - How to change gearing ABC
Powersteering Hose leak fix (540) DIY
Power steering Hose replacement M62 DIY
Power steering Hoses replacement - complete (layout for 530) DIY
Power steering Hose replacement - i6 DIY
Power Steering Bleed Procedure DIY
Rear Suspension Rebuild DIY
Rear Suspension & Wheel Bearing Install DIY
Sampling Fan cleaning (ticking noise)
Seats Repair (Cover & Panel) and Posts #61 & #62 for memory & misc.
Seatbelts rattle fix DIY
Seatbelt - Upper Safety Belt Mount rattle - fix
Secondary Air Pump replace DIY
Secondary Air Pump Simulator for i6 DIY
Secondary Air System Fault Analysis Guide
Secondary Air System Rant
Service Level I & II
Service Levels & Inspections
Sparkplug install (How-to & torque specs)
Spring (H&R) install DIY
Steering wheel type Victor swap DIY
Steering wheel swap 4 spokes to M5 type DIY
Sunroof (tilting not working) repair DIY
Suspension Debate
Suspensions - Need-to-know Diagnose DIY
Suspension for 540 DIY
Suspension Front Overhaul (Complete with p/n) for i6 DIY
Suspension (Koni) install DIY
Suspension overhaul - Videos
Suspension - Bilstein HD thoughts
Suspension Survey
Swaybar Rear M5 DIY
Thermostat Replace DIY
Thrust Arms DIY
Thrust Arm Bushing Replace (Bolt method) DIY
Thrust (Powerflex) arm bushings-DIY (Infamous shimmy - cheap version and best)
Tie Rods DIY
Trim Removal DIY
Unlock OBC & Test or this
Vacuum Leak fixes for i6 engines DIY
Vacuum Leak Code P0171,P0174,P0313
Valley Pan Gasket DIY
Valve Cover Gasket DIY for i6
Valve Cover Gasket DIY procedures for v8
Vanos repair DIY
Vanos (Double) 6 Cyl, Thrust arm Bushing, Swing Arm ball Joints, Front Struts, Rear Shocks
Vapor barrier fix DIY
Vapor Barrier Sealant Choice
Wheel bearings DIY
Wheel Offset e39
Wheel repair (paint - Style 5) DIY
Wheel Speed Sensor replacement (ABS & DSC problem related) DIY
Window Regulator DIY (rear - from BMW tips'n tricks)
Window Regulator repair (Lance M repair kit) DIY
Window (front) Regulator DIY
Window Regulator (front) - James DC version DIY
Window Regulator programming (Auto raise/lower) DIY
Window wiper motor repair DIY save 300$
Window wiper relay repair DIY
Windshield Washer Pump replacement DIY
Windshield Washer Reservoir fix DIY
Wiper blade refill install BMW method
Wiper Blade replacement DIY
Wiper Blade Buying Guide
Zionsville 2 stage Radiator install DIY (Original Thread)
Zionsville 2 stage Radiator install pdf and minor edits

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Somebody already listed this link;

http://www.e38.org/e39/

but it's pretty much everything you every wanted to know. almost every link on there is worthwhile.

I've been in the middle of doing my valve cover gaskets and this is by far the best guide for V8 engines;

http://www.bimmerboard.com/forums/posts/124059

While you got your valve covers off, have them beadblasted and powdercoated. I found this guy out in Texas who agreed to blast, prime and powder coat both covers for only $40 plus 2 way shipping;

http://www.jerryspowdercoating.com/

Good Luck!


.....i cant find this jerrys powder coating, is he still in business?
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Since this bestlinks thread was created ad-hoc, I will try to re-organize some of the most-often needed best links into groups.
See also the E39 wiki.

1. Go to the E39 bestlinks thread (at the top of this forum);
2. Press control+f (find) in your browser & type the desired keyword;
3. Press F3 (repeat) to find each of the links of interest, or press "Enter" to open that link in your browser.

The most common problems to check and/or repair in the E39 appear to be (1) (2):
  1. - COOLING SYSTEM CATASTROPHICALLY FAILS: brittle plastic expansion tank, radiator, & thermostat housings that blow up due to faulty plastic mostly at the upper hose neck and also faulty water pumps, hoses, and fan clutches (1) that send whirling blades through the hood and quarter panels (1) & autopsy here (1)
  2. - I6 VANOS SEALS DETERIORATE: they're made out of the wrong materials so that they harden and leak over time causing degraded performance (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11) & how VANOS works (1) (2) (3) & what your options are (1) and vanos application table (1)
  3. - V8 VALLEY PAN GASKETS LEAK: poorly designed V8 valley pan gaskets that leak coolant (1) (2) (3)
  4. - CLUSTER PIXELS FAIL LINE BY LINE: press-fit pink connection tape lifts up over time on the instrument cluster causing dead pixels (1) [cluster removal instructions (1) (2)]
  5. - MID PIXELS SLOWLY DIE: press-fit pink connection tape lifts up over time on MID causing dead pixels (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) [MID removal instructions (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7)] [MID pixel test sequence (1) ]
  6. - HEADLIGHT ADJUSTERS CRUMBLE: brittle PBT plastic headlight adjusters that simply crumble over time causing the lights to point downward (0) (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11) (12) (13) (14) (15) (16) (17) & a comprehensive list of all your available options, by price (1)
  7. - FAN CONTROL GOES HAYWIRE: poorly ventilated final stage resistur/final stage unit (FSR/FSU) modules that are practically sure to go haywire due to poor heat-sink design (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) ... Autopsy (1) (2) often causing the battery to drain overnight (1) (2) (3)
  8. - CCV FAILS: crankcase ventilation valve diaphragm tears, freezes (1), &/or clogs (1), necessitating CCV replacement (M54,M54,M54) (M52,M52) (M52TU) (M62,M62) ('99 528i) ('98 528i); raising pressures, often causing the OFH oil filter housing to leak (1) (2) (3); frequently blowing the VCG valve cover gasket (1); and sometimes the head gasket (1) (2); often causing vacuum leaks (1) (2) (3)
  9. - AMBER ABS/DSC/BRAKE LIGHTS: tack-welded steel resistance-welded Bosch 5.x ABS control module power wires that break off their gold contact because of being too close to engine heat and vibration (1) ... Abs control module autopsy (1) (2) (3) (4) ... and explanations by 540iman as to why the fancy diagnostic tools fail (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) & accessing the wheel speed sensor at the wheel (1)
  10. - REAR DOOR VAPOR BARRIER FAILS CAUSING WATER PUDDLES: improper adhesive used on rear door vapor barrier seals that allow rain water to fill the rear footwell (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) & sizes for the adhesive (1)
  11. - FRONT SHOCKS FAIL PREMATURELY VIOLENT SHUDDER WHILE BRAKING: OEM Sachs shocks fail causing violent shudder upon front-wheel braking on bumps (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6)
  12. - POWER WINDOWS SUDDENLY STOP WORKING: low-quality unreliable window regulator mechanisms (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) and a repair kit (1) (2) and for other models (1) (2) (3) (4)
  13. - TRUNK WIRING FRAYS ATROCIOUSLY: a badly designed trunk loom wiring harness certain to chafe causing all sorts of light and fuse blowing and locking problems (1) (2) & opening the trunk with the key when the car battery is dead (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6)
  14. - THRUST-ARM BUSHINGS TEAR: fluid-filled thrust arm bushings that crack and tear causing vibrations at speed (0) (1) (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8)
  15. - IGNITION SWITCH FAILS: ignition switch that fails causing electrical problems (0) (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11)
  16. - AMBIENT TEMPERATURE SENSOR BREAKS OFF: low mounted ambient temperature sensors in the passenger side front wheel well cover is practically designed to be ripped off on a parking curb (1) (2) (3) (4) (5)
  17. - SEAT & STEERING WHEEL CONTROLLER BREAK OFF: seat covers that don't protect switches for both the steering wheel tilt & driver's seat control (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8)
  18. - 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) (2)
  19. - WINDSHIELD WASHER LEAKS: windshield reservoirs prone to leaking due to an ill-fitting pump o-ring gasket (1) (2) or to hose disintegration (1) (2) or to leaks in the main reservoir (1) (2) (3) or leaks in the intensive wash system (1) (2) or the pump itself goes bad (1) (2) & debugging hints (1) & adjusting nozzles after repair (1) & windshield washer fluid (1) and intensive cleaning system fluid (1)
  20. - POWER STEERING RESERVOIR CAP LEAKS OILY MIST: constantly wet power steering reservoirs due to poor O-ring design (1) (2)
  21. - POWER STEERING HOSE DRIPS ATF ONTO ALTERNATOR: power steering hose clamps practically guaranteed to leak (1) (2)
  22. - ALTERNATOR FAILS PREMATURELY: most say this premature failure is due to power steering leaks just above it so do a rebuild BEFORE your alternator fails catastrophically on you (1) (2) & how to prevent leaves in your alternator air-intake duct (1) (2)
  23. - WINDSHIELD MOLDING CRUMBLES: heat labile rubber windshield & back window molding that crumbles in three years due to poor choice of recycled materials (1) (2)
  24. - JACK PADS FALL OFF: plastic jack pads that fall off the underside of the frame due to poor latch design causing jack failures & wind noise (1) (2) (3) & good jack stands (1)
  25. - AIR CONDITIONING ODORS: poorly designed cabin-filter housing drain hoses to clog which leaves causing gym-sock smells from the AC (1) (2) (3)
  26. - BMW ROUNDEL PAINT CHIPS AWAY: cheaply painted BMW emblem roundels that wash away in the car wash over time (1)
  27. - CUPHOLDERS BREAK EASILY: front and rear (nearly useless) cupholder replacement strategies (1)
  28. - WOOD TRIM CRACKS SPONTANEOUSLY: wood trim whose varnish cracks and whose cd cover doors rattle (1) (2) (3)
  29. - PLASTIC VENT TRIM CRACKS SPONTANEOUSLY: plastic trim around the air vents which invariably crack at the corners (1) (2) (3)
  30. - SAP CLOGS or FREEZES (1): the secondary air pump (SAP) valve (aka diverter valve) clogs, taking out the SAS (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7)
  31. - MAF CLOGS: the mass air flow sensor (MAF) and idle control valve (ICV) require periodic cleaning (1) (2)
  32. - DISA VALVE FLAP BREAKS: the DISA valve flap breaks, sometimes with parts sucked into the intake manifold (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) & recommended parts (1) (2) & brand selection (1)
  33. DOOR EDGE PROTECTION MOLDING SEALS neoprene rubber crumbles prematurely (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7)
Here are some bestlinks to issues that aren't necessarily something that breaks on all the E39s:

DIY Headlight threads:
- Broken headlight adjusters (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11) (12) (13) (14) (15) (16) (17) (18) (19) (20) (21)
- How to buy new headlight adjusters (EAC E39 prior to 9/2000) (EAC aluminum E39 after 9/2000) (EAC plastic after 9/2000) (odometergears) (UK)
- How to make your own headlight adjusters (0) (1) (2) (3)
- A list of your options when your headlight adjusters are broken (1)
- Headlight aiming DIYs (1) (2) (3) (4) (5)
- Headlight replacement H7 bulbs (1) (2)
- Headlight plastic polishing & refinishing DIY (1) (2) (3)
- Headlight autopsy DIY (1) (2) (3)
- What's the flat spot on the USA spec headlights (1) (2)
- Explanation of HID versus conventional and why the high beam is always a halogen H7 bulb (1) (2) (3)
- How to replace your headlight bulbs (1)
- DJ Auto or Depo headlights (1) or OEM (1)

Some of my favorite headlight adjuster threads:

Recommendations for the dozen fluids in your BMW E39:
- BMW E39 fluid summary printout for your glovebox (1)
- Manual & automatic transmission fluid (1) (2) (3) (4)
- Power steering fluid (1)
- Coolant, for engine, automatic transmission, power steering, and AC evaporator cooling (1)
- Brake & clutch hydraulic fluid (1)
- Lubricants & fluids used for a typical brake job (1)
- Engine lubrication, i.e., motor oil (1) (2)
- Air conditioner refrigerant & PAG oil (1) & condensation drips (1)
- Differential hypoid gear oil (1)
- Battery electrolyte (1)
- Engine fuel, i.e., gasoline & octane (1) & "The Gasoline FAQ" & top-tier gas stations (1)
- Windshield washer fluid (1)
- Intensive cleaning system fluid (1)
- Tire pressure, although not technically a fluid (1)
Others:
- Recommended E39 brake job "fluids" (1)
- Best product for cleaning wheels (1)

Cooling system overhaul DIYs:
- Pictorial look at typical E39 cooling system failure modes (1) (2) (3)
- Complete cooling system overhaul recommended parts list (1)
- Coolant, for engine, automatic transmission, power steering, and AC evaporator cooling (1)
- Bleeding the cooling system (1) (2) (3)
- How to refill M52/M54 coolant DIY by cn90 (1)
- 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 tools) (cn90 fan clutch nut replacement trick) (bb hose removal trick) (o-ring replacement parts)
- Cooling system overhaul mishaps (broken radiator nipple) (crooked fan clutch nut) (broken bleeder screw) (thermostat loom misplaced) (broken expansion tank nipple & cn90 repair) (expansion tank fell apart inside)
- 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) (2)
- 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) & request for another autopsy (1)
- Debugging overheating problems not related to low fluid levels (1)
- How to install and remove an Oetiker clamp (1)

Window Glass & Regulator DIYs:
- Window regulator and door panel removal DIY pics by Agent99
- E39 rear window regulator repair kit available
- Tips and tricks for replacing passenger side window glass in 2002 E39
- Replacing your rear window regulator
-Front Window Regulator DIY on a 2000 528iA Sport (with airbags)
-
Front window regulator replacement on a 2001 540it
- Window Regulator And Motor Replacement DIY on a 1993 325is
- DIY:: Window Regulator and Wind/rattle Noise Fix on Highway on a E46 323Ci
- Front window regulator DIY on a 2001 325I
- BMW 1999-2000 3-Series Rear Window Regulator Replacement Instructions
- DIY: Coupe Window Regulator Replacementon a 2002 325Ci -
- Driver's side door panel removal question

Basic Tools:
- Basic tools needed for working on the BMW E39 (1) (2) (3)
- Where to get the BMW Bentley shop manual (1)
- Where to get a cheap OBDII DTC scanner (1) (2) or a better scanner (1) or the best diagnostic tools (1) (2) (3)

How to make your own E39 specialized tools:
- How to make your own BMW cooling system overhaul fan clutch nut counterhold tools (1) (2)
- How to make your own BMW thrust bushing tool (1) or buy them (1) (2) or improvise (1)
- How to make your own BMW car ramps (1)
- How to make your own BMW subframe & differential bushings tool (1)
- How to make your own BMW oxygen sensor removal tool (1)
- How to make your own BMW single-VANOS solonoid socket tool (1)
- How to make your own BMW camber & toe-in alignment tools (1)
- How to make your own BMW hella headlight adjusters (1) (2)
- How to make your own BMW rtab removal tool (1)
- How to make your own BMW upper timing chain locking tool (1)
- How to make your own BMW flywheel locking tool (1)
- How to make your own BMW cylinder head bolt removal tool (1)
- How to make your own BMW cam locking nut tool (1)
- How to make your own BMW crankshaft holder tool (1)
- How to make your own alignment tools to adjust toe-in and camber (1)

Common questions which need to be answered BEFORE you do an alternator and/or drive belt system overhaul:
- 1st: Physically, determine what type of tensioners you have (1)
- 2nd: Physically, determine exactly what alternator you have (1)
- 3rd: Determine which parts you need to buy for a complete drive belt system overhaul (1)
- 4th: Do the alternator and drive belt system DIY (belts, tensioners, pulleys, rollers, alternator) (1)

Alternator and Belt Drive DIYs:
- Removal instructions for the alternator & drive belt system of a 2002 525i
- Removal instructions for the fan shroud of a 2002 525i
- Alternator and Belt Drive DIY (1) (2)
- How to tell if you have spring-drive or hydraulic belt tensioners or both (1)
- How to diagnose noises coming from the drive belt system (1)
- One users' example of total electrical failure (AAA towed away) alternator repair (1) (2)
- Video of cold idle engine squeal (1)
- Recommended parts list for a complete belt drive system overhaul (1)
- How to make your own BMW special cooling & belt drive system counterhold tools (1)

cn90 fluid change DIY for the rear differential and I6 manual transmission.
What brake pads are recommended for street use on the E39 (CANONICAL SUMMARY)

Wind noise (whistling) due to missing jack pads:
- Jack Pads? Pillar A? Wind Noise
- The Darned'est Thing... No Jack Pads = Wind Noise
- Do the four frame jack rubber blocks do anything?

Links for newbies who need a free OBDII CEL SIS scan:
- Which states make OBDII scanning illegal by the auto parts store? Why?
- In California, what establishment do you use to read OBDII codes for free?
- 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

Articles discussing the myth of warped brake rotors:
- Avoiding Brake Judder at the Track, by Dave Zeckhausen
- Brake Rotor Shake Demystified, by Dali Racing
- The "Warped" Brake Disc and Other Myths of the Braking System, by Carroll Smith
- 8 Myths ... Holding You Back from Performing the Best Brake Job, by Andrew Markel
- Brake Roughness and Vibration: Causes & Solutions, by Dave Mann
- There's no such thing as 'warped' brake rotors, by Michael Block
- Raybestos Brake Tech School, Part One: Rotors Don't Warp, by Police Fleet Manager Magazine

Removing brake pad uneven deposition:
- How to Bed-in Your Brakes, by Dave Zeckhausen
- Removing the Mystery from Brake Pad Bed-In, by Matt Weiss

Golden procedure for avoiding brake pedal pulsation:
I. Bed or rebed your pads to your rotors to create an even pad-deposition layer (or turn the rotors, and then rebed);
II. Then, forever after, consciously modify your braking habits so as not to leave uneven pad deposition (i.e., imprints) on your otherwise smooth rotors!


What to do when you experience brake-related pedal pulsation at highway speeds (1)
What to do when the lights all work, the key turns, solenoid clicks, but the engine won't start (1) (2)
What to do when you have low oil pressure (1)
Help! The dealer is charging $500 for a brake job! (where to buy) (what to buy) (price survey) & labor rates (1) (2) (3) & how to find a good mechanic (1) (2).

Some of my favorite informative threads:
- How and where to jack up the BMW E39 with pictures of jack pads & jacking points (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) & jack stands (1)
- QSilver7's location of an online BMW TIS for the E39 (1)
- BMW E39 technoterms, acronyms, glossary, definitions slang, technical terms, abbreviations (1) & the latest update (2)
- How to diagnose a BMW E39 engine misfire (1) & a cold-engine intermittent misfire (1)
- Most often recommended brake pad thread (intent is to be canonical) (1)
- Why so hard to price Axxis Deluxe Advanced brake pads (1)
- What is the difference between the BMW basic, sport, M models (1) (2)
- How to post, shrink, modify, edit, annotate, merge, & upload pictures for posting here (1)
- Motor/engine mounts and transmission mounts (aka holders) for the I6 (1) (2)
- Buying a replacement MAF cheaper than the BMW MAF (RangeRover MAF) (VW MAF)
- Cn90 explanation of why you want to rebuild your own alternator (1) & hard-to-get parts (1)
- Tips for newbies on what maintenance to perform on an E39 (1) (2)
- Questions for e39 DICE Silverline users ( 1 2 3) by Fudman
- BMW Glovebox Flashlight Cigarette Lighter Power Adapter (1) (2) (3)
- Where to point a newbie after their first errant post to read up on forum search rules & etiquette (1) (2) (3)
- BMW part numbers (1) (2) labor rates (1) (2) (3) & where to find a good repair mechanic (1) (2)
- Battling vacuum leaks (1) and P070/P073 DTCs (2)
- Changing automatic transmission fluid ATF (0) (1) (2) (3) (4)
- How to bleed your brakes (1) (2) (3) (4) (5)
- Rear shock DIY (1)
- Spark plug application charts (1), deciphering key (1), replacing spark plugs (1) (2) (3) & the truth about torque (1)
- Where it's illegal for auto parts stores to lend you an OBDII scanner for free (California, Hawaii) (1) (2)
- What to look for when your coolant temperature gauge indicates overheating (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10)
- CHECK COOLANT LEVEL is lit on the instrument cluster (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11) (12)
- How to repair & reset the sunroof (1) (2) (3)
- DIY for replacing the fuel filter (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6)
- DIY for testing (1) and replacing the fuel pump (1) & your available options (1)
- Why not to use the 3-dot AC setting for your air conditioner (1)
- Meaningful (i.e., performance) differences between E39 base, sport, and M packages (1)
- Typical tandem DIY repair jobs combined while you're already there (1)
- How to remove and replace the windshield (1)
- DICE Silverline radio-mount instructions (1) (2) (3) & how to remove just the MID (1)
- What battery (1) & what battery maintenance (1) & battery replacement DIY (1) (2) (3) & how NOT to change it (1) (2) (3)
- The dozen alignment specs and which are adjustable (1) & cn90's alignment DIY (2)
- How to DIY your camber & toe-in alignment (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9)
- How to make your own alignment tools to adjust toe-in and camber (1)
- How to add hands-free OEM ULF/TCU bluetooth or Parrot or cellphone pairing to your E39 (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) & Hualigan (1)
- How to test the cooling system auxiliary electrical aux fan & the infamous fuse 75 (1) (2) (3) (4)
- How not to install rain sensors on windshield glass (1)
- How to remove the instrument cluster (1) (2)
- How to reset the oil service interval light (1) (2) (3) (4) (5)
- How to unlock the low/high OBC on-board-computer cluster for diagnostics (1) (2)
- The first modifications to do to a manual shift transmission E39 (1)
- How to find the hidden E39 transmission fluid level dipstick (1)
- How to remove and replace the oil pan and oil pan gasket DIY (1)
- How to replace the VCG valve cover gasket (1) (2) (3)
- How the E39 already has a cold air intake (CAI) & hydro lock problems (1) (2) (3) (4) (5)
- How to remove the IHKA air conditioning control panel to clean the circuit board (1) (2) (3)
- How to replace and repair the seat belt & pretensioner (1)
- Adding the first aid kit under the drivers seat (1) (2) (3) (4) (5)
- BMW E39 rear ski-bag arm rest pass-through retrofit DIY (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9)
- BMW E39 rear folding seatback/folding seats retrofit DIY (1) (2) (3) (4) (5)
- How to buy E39 25" driver side & 22" passenger side windshield wiper blade refills (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11) (12) (13) & arm (1) (2) & motor (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6)
- BMW speedometer reads higher than actual speed (E39) (E90) (X5) (6-series) (MINI)
- Why you should post using a well-formed title, good sentence structure, and proper spelling & grammar (1) (2)
- The most recommended products for cleaning BMW wheels (1)
- BMW diamond key opening, charging, recoding, & battery replacement (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6)
- Trunklid open, check licplate light, and other trunk wiring loom woes (1) (2) (3)
- How to do a gravity feed oil change (1) & vacuum or drill extraction oil change (1) (2)
- How not to do a gravity feed oil change (1) and how not to do a vacuum extraction oil change (1)
- How to make or buy car ramps for your BMW E39 (1) (2) (3)
- Low oil level, the oil level sensor sends a signal to blow fuse 15, so you cannot start the car (1)
- DIY to replace suspension components, control arm (1), and complete front suspension overhaul (1)
- Starter motor R&R DIY (1) and location (1)
- HVAC (IHKA) sampling fan check - a cn90 15 min DIY project! (1)
- Removing the HVAC (IHKA) panel (1)
- How to fix broken or stripped oil drain pan plug bolt threads (0) (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11) (12) (13) (14) (15) (16) (17) (18) & replacing the oil pan & BMW E39 oil pan gasket DIY (1)
- Helicoils (1) vs Timeserts (1) for stripped oilpan (1) & head gasket thread repair (1) & Metric/SAE bolt conversion factors (1)
- Another E39 brake pad replacement DIY (1)
- Timing Chain tensioner and rail guide replacement for M62 & M62TU (1) (2)
- Diagnosis of white smoke out of your exhaust pipe (0) (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8)
- How to remove a stuck 6mm brake rotor set screw (1)
- How to replace your differential bushings (aka seals, mounts) on the E39 (1) & on the E46 (1)
- Description of Carsoft, GT1, INPA, DIS, EDIABAS, & Peake (1)
- How to replace chrome exterior window trim with shadowline matte black trim (1) (2) (3) (4) (5)
- How to remove interior cockpit trim (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) & cracks in the wood panels (1) & in the plastic vents (1)
- Hualigan installation DIY with removal of MID, HVAC/IHKA, Business CD player (1), & dashboard trim (1)
- How to remove the trim and bracket holding the MID & HVAC/IHKA panels (1) (2)
- How to add an aux input auxiliary audio port for iPod/MP3 retrofit input to the BMW E39 (1) (2) (3) (4) (5)
- The difference between a red versus yellow oil sensor light (1)
- How to replace your camshaft position sensor (CPS) in the E39 (1) (2) (M62) & E46 (1) & ('99 740iL)
- Mechanical fan delete (switch to electrical fan) (1)
- The main causes of vibration while highway driving (1) (2) (3) (4); while highway braking (1) (2) (3); and while slow speed braking on bumps (1)
- How to choose tires (1)
- How to turn off DSC traction control (1)
- Drive shaft, including the Giubo, commonly misspelled as Guibo, & center bearing DIY (1) (2)
- Rear axle suspension & wheel bearing installation DIY (1)
- Front axle suspension & wheel bearing installation (1) (2) (3) (4) (5)
- Clutch DIY (1)
- BMW or BBS hubcap wrench, aka wheel cover wrench or center cap socket (1)
- Most popular E39 shocks/struts (1) (2) & an E39 suspension survey (1)
- Changing the car memory settings costs about $100 at the dealer to modify basic user settings, e.g., automatic door-lock settings (0) (1) (2) & Easy-DIS unlocking (1)
- Replacing the nearly useless console for a better arm rest (1) (2) (3)
- Removing the manual transmission clutch delay valve (cdv delete) (1) (2)
- Did I just fix my E39 or am I feeling the Placebo Effect (1)
- Should we warm up the E39 engine in cold weather or just start and go (1)
- M5 rod bearing DIY (1) M5 clutch DIY (1) M5 propshaft center bearing DIY (1) M5 chain tensioner DIY (1)
- M5 ABS wheel speed sensor DIY (1) M5 clutch line DIY (1) M5 waterpump DIY (1) M5 diff sealing DIY (1) M5 cam timing DIY (1)
- Automatic to 5-speed manual transmission conversion retrofit (1) & your first subsequent modifications (1) (2) (3)

Power Steering:
- Fixing the always-wet reservoir cap (magnum, others)
- Power Steering noise (bbmw528i, bluebee,maxout2008,
- Power steering leak (nc530i-2003)
- Cloudy power steering fluid (yknotsail)
- How to debug power steering problems like hard steering (steering rack and/or pump) (1)

Note to self:
- Lots of good E39 DIY links on bimmerdiy.

BASICS: The less people know about something important, the more they substitute subjective emotion and Bro Science for objective logic and tested statistically valid facts. Here are logically oriented replacement selection threads:
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Easy way to get a cheap diamond shape key! I'm also going to use this thread in order to replace my current diamond shape key that is in really bad condition (buttons faded, scratched, and missing the BMW emblem). http://forum.bmw5.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=65488
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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:
*******> ********>*******>********>*******>********> *******> ********>
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
Eagle Day (BMW relays)
ecartoys.com
Eurasian Automotive Parts 909-308-1744
Importec Parts
Jaggi Import (ZF transmission parts)
Maximillian Importing Company 800-950-2002
Performance Motorcars
Performance Motorcars
Racing King Unlimited
Ultimate BMW Parts
Window regulators, FCP Groton
Window regulators, Regulator USA
Salvage Companies & Recyclers
A-1 Driveshaft Repair, manufacture or refurbish your driveshaft.
Autobahn Used Parts 619-444-2290
Automatic Transmission Service Group
Bavarian Engine Exchange 800-269-6585
BimmerDoc.com
BimmersSouth.com (Atlanta, GA) 800-350-8986
BW Auto Dismantlers Inc (Sacramento, CA)
DC Automotive 800-579-2410
Euro-Depot
J&N Alternator Rebuilding
Ken Baker Originals
Michaels Auto Parts
Miller Remanufactured Catalytic Converters
Neo BMW Breakers
OCLES, Inc. They let you try parts before buying.
Potomac German Auto
RideSafely.com salvage auction cars
Scubas Gear Ebay Store
Strictly German (Atlanta, GA) 706-654-9156 Bobby Thrash
Vines Auto 800-214-4839
Willz Recycling Chris Koch of 7-series Digest fame
Wheels, Tires
AAA Rims
Bekkers.com 800-624-5410 ext 17 (John)
BMW Wheel Specs & Fitment Chart
Discount Tire Direct
National Tire & Battery (NTB)
RonalUSA
The Wheel Exchange
TireRack
Wheel Collision Center Wheel repair and used wheel sales
Brakes, Batteries, Lights
Autolamps-Online
BatteriesPlus
Brake Warehouse
Controlled Thermal Processing, Inc.
Distinguishing genuine Brembo rotors from fakes
Efunda Cryogenic Treatment
Frozen Rotors
HIDS4Less
Interstate Batteries
PowerBulbs (Philips Silvervision)
Trucknvans.com
Restoration and Repair
Eastwood Company Paint, auto tools, car restoration supplies
Fibernew Leather and Plastic Restoration
Fuel Injector Testing and Cleaning: Cruzin Performance
Fuel Injector Testing and Cleaning: RC Engineering
JustDashes.com Vinyl interior restoration
Madera Concepts Woodwork restoration in classic and vintage autos
William Rau Automotive Woodwork Decorative wood for contemporary and historic autos
Shipping Companies
Allstates Worldwide
American Car Transport
Car Transport USA
CarOnATruck.com
Ebay Dependable Auto Shippers
Intercity Lines, Inc.
MoveCars (Auto Transport Directory)
National Car Shipping
Aftermarket Warranties
1st Source Auto Warranty
AAA Extended Warranties
American Shield Warranties
Auto Advantage, Inc.
Certified Car Care
EasyCare
Extended Auto Warranty Corp.
United American Warranty
WarranTech
Warranty By Net
Warranty Station
Warranty Wizard
Web Direct Warranty
Photo Gallery
Audio/Video
Wheels
BMW Wheel Image Catalog
BMW Wheel Styles - Current
BMW Wheel Styles - Older
Car Care
CCS how-to articles on car care
Clay Magic
GlossHaus wax and polish
Trim, care/detailing of black plastic and trim
Web-Cars Paint Touchup directions
Zaino Bros' show car polish
Zymol vs. Zaino discussion on Roadfly
Useful Links
540i6.com
540i6.com
Alternative Fueling Station Locator (US Dept. of Energy)
Automotive converters and calculators
Bimmer Magazine
BimmerBoard.com Bluetooth Forum
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BimmerBoard.com Navigation A/V Forum
BimmerDIY.com E39 Pages
BMW Manufacturing Corp. and factory tours
BMW Museum in Munich
BMW North America
BMW Parts & Accessories Vendor List
BMW Performance Center in Spartanburg, SC
BMW Plant Dingolfing
BMW Zentrum museum
BMWtips.com
Certified used cars
(Sponsor)
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E39 Do It Yourself (DIY) Archives
Garage door torsion spring replacement
International Assoc. of Independent BMW Service Professionals
ISO CD files, how to burn them
John Burn's BMW Addicts Site
Korman BMW Restoration Services
Lodz, Poland BMW Club E39 page
NavTech
CD updates for the navigation systems
OpenBMW.org
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Performance BMW Magazine
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Total BMW Magazine
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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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Major online parts databases
realoem
bmwfans
bmwmobiletradition-online
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Autoparts
Autohaus Arizona
Autopartsonline (Canada)
Autopartsway
Autopartsway (Canada)
Autozone
Bavauto
Bekkers
Bimmer Specialist
Bimmerparts (Canada)
Bimmer BMW parts
Bimmershop (Canada)
Bimmian (Canada)
BMWmobileTradition
BMW Parts
BMW Parts - Wholesale
Bosch Autoparts Finder
Corner73 (Canada)
Crownauto
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EAC Tuning
EgermanParts
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Updates to the most common E39 ailments:
- SEAT & STEERING WHEEL CONTROLLER BREAK OFF: seat covers that don't protect the seat control switch handling both manual & automatic driver seat control (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) & the related automatic steering wheel tilt (1) (2) (3)
- DISA VALVE FLAP BREAKS: the DIfferenzierte SAuganlage ("Differential Air Intake") valve flap breaks (1), sometimes with parts sucked into the intake manifold (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) or the disa valve o-ring fails (1) (2) & where to get just the DISA valve o-ring (1) & when the DISA valve flap closes (1) (2) & an example of how this can ruin your engine (1) & how to test DISA operation (1)
- SEAT CABLES BREAK: seat cables that fall out causing seat twist (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) & accidental airbag light (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) & warnings about the DIY (1) (2)
- FAN CONTROL GOES HAYWIRE: poorly ventilated final stage resistor/final stage unit (FSR/FSU) modules that are practically sure to go haywire due to poor heat-sink design (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) ... Autopsy (1) (2) often causing the battery to drain overnight (1) (2) (3) & how to isolate and replace the blower motor (1) (2) (3)
- SAP CLOGS or FREEZES (1): the secondary air pump, SAP (1) valve (aka diverter valve) clogs, taking out the SAS (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7)

Updates to other E39 issues:
- BMW spark plug application charts (1) (2), best plug to use (1) (2), deciphering key (1), reading plugs (1), the truth about torque (1), the truth about gap (1) (2) & DIYs for replacing spark plugs (1) (2) (3) (4) (5)
- How to tell if you have mechanical or hydraulic belt tensioners (1) how to switch from mechanical to hydraulic (1) and what is the difference between the two types (1) (2)
- gtxragtop's ZF 5HP19 automatic transmission facts, fluids, documents, & troubleshooting
- QSilver7's web page (aka QTouring)
- DIY how to test a BMW E39 battery & alternator
- What battery (1) how to test it (1) what battery maintenance (1) battery replacement DIY (1) (2) (3) & how NOT to change it (1) (2) (3)
- Thrust arm recommended parts (1) (2) & brand selection (1)
- Description of Carsoft, GT1, INPA, DIS, EDIABAS, & Peake (1) & which can modify the auto-lock car door feature (1) & what does Carsoft do anyway (1) (2) (3) (4)
- Identify all unknown parts in the engine bay (1)
- Oxygen sensor DIY (540 M62) (525 M54) & O2 sensor tools you can make at home (1) or borrow for free (1) & all about 02 sensors (1) & eliminating the rear o2 sensors (1)
- Worn drive shaft, center bearing, or "giunti Boschi", aka giubo - often misspelled as "guibo" (1) (2) (3) (4)
- Mechanical fan delete DIY fan clutch to electrical fan (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7)
- The main causes of vibration while highway driving (1) (2) (3) (4) (5); while highway braking (1) (2) (3); and while slow speed braking on bumps (1)
- BMW diamond key initializing (1) (2), opening, charging, recoding, & battery replacement (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) & converting 1996-2000 "square" key to a diamond key (1)
- How to objectively test VANOS seals in operation (1)
- How to retrofit a coolant level sensor to an E39 that doesn't have it (1)
- Behr radiator and Behr/Heat expansion tank autopsy (1) (2) & request for another Behr surge tank autopsy (1) & why new Behr/Hella expansion tanks are DOA (1)
- What is in the BMW toolkit (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) & what extra tool kit parts to get like warning triangles (1)
- Does the DICE charge an iPod with a dead battery, or not (1)
- Window glass cleaner fluids & cloths for the inside window & windshield glass (1) & dashboard cleaners (1)
- How to fabricate your own power window regulator repair kit (1)
- Where is the OBDII connector located in the E39 cockpit (1) (2)
- How to change OBC MID IHKA KTMP temperature from degrees Celcius to Fahrenheit (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8)
- How to remove the front or rear door window glass (to remove the window regulator) (1) (2)
- How to replace your camshaft position sensor (CPS) in the E39 (02 530i) (98 540i) (M62 98 540i) (98 528i) (530i) & E46 (1) & ('99 740iL)
- Waterpump noise diagnosis from BMW TIS (1)
- Ignition switch spins (does not engage) diagnosis from BMW TIS (1)
- How to physically remove the headlights (1) & how to twist out the headlight bulbs (1) (2)
- Buying a replacement MAF cheaper than the BMW MAF (RangeRover MAF) (VW MAF) (Hyundai MAF)
- Replacing the M54 head gasket (1) & 540i cylinder head (1) & M54 cam shaft (1)
- People faced with engine replacement decision when cooling system blows the head gasket (1)
- How to make your own ball joint replacement tool (1) & what balljoint tools to use (1) (2) (3) & where to buy a rear ball joint press (1) (2)
- Motor mounts (aka engine mounts) and transmission mounts (aka holders) for the I6 (1) (2)
- Motor mounts (aka engine mounts) and transmission mounts (aka holders) for the V8 (1) (2)
- The main causes of vibration while highway driving (1) (2) (3) (4) (5); while highway braking (1) (2) (3); and while slow speed braking on bumps (1) & TireRack vehicle vibration diagnosis chart (1)
DIY replacing burnt passenger side vanity mirror light bulbs in the BMW E39 (1)
- Air conditioner compressor replacement DIY (1) & AC refrigerant & PAG oil to use (1)
- How to replace chrome exterior window trim with shadowline matte black trim (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6)
- Fundamental BMW fluids decision-making religious camps (1) and algorithms specific to motor oil selection (1), coolant choice (1), & gasoline dogma (1)
- DICE Silverline radio-mount instructions (1) (2) (3) & how to remove just the MID (1) (2) (3) & how not to remove the MID (1) (2) by stripping the torx twist screw.
- BMW phantom diagrams (1) & nominal prices by part number (1) labor rates by zip code (1) (2) (3) where to find a good mechanic (1) (2) joining BMWCCA (1) (2) & finding a reputable BMW indy in your area (1)
- Which warranties are useful and whether or not a lifetime warranty make sense (1)
- Where are the marks for proper tire match mounting and wheel balancing to eliminate vibration (1)
- Decent Techron "soap for gasoline" thread (1) & how to clean your gas gauge sending unit (1)
- Compendiums on common problems, fixes, & repairs for parts that go bad on the E39 (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6)
- What is Marvel Mystery Oil and what does it do in an E39 (1)
- One user's experience with diagnosing the front left driver door window regulator (1)
- How to reupholster or repair or re-foam or dye worn leather or cloth BMW seats (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11) (12) (13) (14) & recommended suppliers (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9)
- CDV delete by removing the manual transmission clutch delay valve or by modifying it (1) (2) (3) (4)
- Where to buy MANN oil filters for a good price in the USA and Canada (1)
- A user's very first complete 4-wheel brake DIY experience on the BMW E39 (1)
- How to remove angel eye bulbs (1) (2) (3) how to retrofit halogen angeleye bulb to LEDs (1) (2) (3) how to modify pre-facelift headlights to angel eyes (1) (2) (3) & which stock angel-eye bulbs to buy (1) (2)
- How to remove protection from a PDF file so that you can cut and paste and edit the darn thing (1)
- How to remove interior cockpit trim (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) & cracks in the wood panels (1) & in the plastic vents (1) & painting your trim (1)
- Headlight plastic polishing & refinishing DIY (1) (2) (3) (4) & polishing yellowed taillights (1)
- Typical 150K mile maintenance issues (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) checklists (1) inspections (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) & check/replace all fluids (1) & should I buy a BMW (1)
- Leather seat stitching repair DIY (1)
- What can cause an airbag light (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6)
- How to open the trunk when you have a dead battery (1)
- How to replace the VCG valve cover gasket (1) (2) (3) (4)
- How to test compression on a BMW E39 (1)
- How to remove stuck rusted-on brake rotors (1)
- Tire circumference, diameter, offset, & clearance calculators (1) (2) (3) (4) to help with choosing the right BMW tire size (1) (2) & wheel markings for proper mounting (1) wheel terminology (1) tire terminology (1)
- How to diagnose lack of HVAC/IHKA heater core heat with cooling system (auxiliary pump) at idle (1)
- How to locate the components of the E39 Electronic drive away protection alarm system (1)
- What DIY supplies are useful to buy at Costco (1)
- Water in the engine not from CAI due to clogged drain hole in the brake booster area (1)
- How to retrofit your steering wheel to a 3-spoke M-Sport (1) (2) (3) (4) & heated steering wheel modification (1) & updating an old steering wheel (1)

NOISE VIDEOS:
- VANOS rattling noise video (1) (2)
- Water pump impeller noise video (1)
- Water pump bearing bearing noise video (1)
- Alternator bearing or pulley cold-idle noise video [went away with a belt-drive system overhaul] (1)
- Alternator clicking noise [went away with a new alternator] (1)
- Unknown noise video (oil pump bolts?) (1)
- DISA (DIfferenzierte SAuganlage - "Differential Air Intake") valve o-ring failure symptoms video (1)
- DISA (DIfferenzierte SAuganlage - "Differential Air Intake") rattles (1)
- Air conditioning compressor knocking sounds (1)
- Unknown noise videos (1)

HOW NOT TO DO:
- How not to do an E39 gravity feed oil change (1)
- How not to do an E39 vacuum extraction oil change (1)
- How not to repair the E39 leather seat stitching (1)
- How not to remove and clean your MAF (1)
- How not to repair your E39trunk wiring loom (1) [ how to do it right (1) ]
- How not to remove the nipple from the E39 radiator (broken radiator nipple)
- How not to put your E39 fan clutch back on (crooked fan clutch nut)
- How not to bleed your E39 cooling system (1) (broken bleeder screw)
- How not to replace your E39 thermostat (thermostat loom misplaced)
- How not to remove your E39 expansion tank (broken expansion tank nipple & cn90 repair)
- How not to replace your battery (1) (2) (3)
- How not to install rain sensors on the windshield glass (1)
- How not to remove the E39 MID (1) (2)

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 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:
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)

Rebuilt Alternator DIYs:
- Aioros 1999 Valeo Alternator rebuild DIY (1) and quest for materials (1)
- DIY for replacing the brushes in an (Audi) Valeo alternator (1)
- Cn90 rebuild of 1998 Bosch Alternator for $30 (1) (2)
- Bosch 120 amp rebuild DIY for a VW (1)
- Cn90 explanation of why you want to rebuild your own alternator (1)
- Cn90 explanation of where to get hard-to-get alternator rebuild parts (1)
- How to determine exactly what alternator you have (1)
- How to test a BMW E39 battery & alternator (1)
- How to tell from the part number if the alternator is rebuilt "by" Bosch (1)
- Bosch alternator bearing replacement from a 1997 MB S600 (1) & Range Rover (1)
- How to prevent leaves in your alternator air-intake duct (1) (2)

Bluebee standard cut-and-paste responses:
- I use this as a template for responding to "My E39 overheated & I need a new head gasket" (1)
- My template to respond to brake-related vibration (1)
- Template for responding to the need to DMM check wheel speed sensors (1)
- Template to "I'm in college; should I buy a BMW" to show what to look for by way of maintenance (1)
- Template for how did my brakes warp (1)

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found this link while looking through codes for my car,

http://www.docstoc.com/docs/27894002/BMW-Error-Codes
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I took the liberty of attaching to this thread a dozen (descriptively renamed) informative E39 PDF files (mostly training material) for the user's edification.

Also, the BMP Design web site has some nice techtips (reproduced below for search reasons and as a convenience to the user).
BMW Tune-up and Maintenance
BMW Cooling Sytem Problems and Leaks
BMW Air Conditioning Problems
BMW Engine Upgrades and Common Problems
BMW Performance Exhaust Systems
BMW Steering and BMW Suspension Problems
BMW Brakes and BMW Wheels
BMW Clutch, BMW Transmission, and BMW Driveline
BMW Body Trim and BMW Window Problems
Attached Files
File Type: pdf BMW_30-PAGE_DSC_COMPONENTS.PDF (1.69 MB, 7602 views)
File Type: pdf M54_technical_information.pdf (2.52 MB, 1388 views)
File Type: pdf M52_technical_information.pdf (977.8 KB, 1973 views)
File Type: pdf M62 Engine Details.pdf (585.3 KB, 940 views)
File Type: pdf BMWCurrentListing_of_SyntheticOils.pdf (13.1 KB, 379 views)
File Type: pdf BMW_E36_E38_E39_Alignment_Specs_and_Procedures.pdf (216.1 KB, 1435 views)
File Type: pdf BMW_torque_values_for_all_bolts_1997.pdf (172.4 KB, 1026 views)
File Type: pdf BMW_DSCIII_E38_E39_X5.pdf (1.77 MB, 1935 views)
File Type: pdf BMW_ATF_ZF_Transmission_charts.pdf (72.0 KB, 359 views)
File Type: pdf BMW_Oils_Lubricants_Sealants_and_Thread_Lockers.pdf (45.0 KB, 719 views)
File Type: pdf BMW_Electronic_Transmission_Control_older_version_1of2.pdf (1.84 MB, 229 views)
File Type: pdf BMW_Electronic_Transmission_Control_older_version_2of2.pdf (994.7 KB, 225 views)
File Type: pdf BMW_M52TU_engine_training_manual.pdf (978.0 KB, 349 views)

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- All about DSC (1-pdf) (2-pdf) & comparisons to ASC+T (1) & how to diagnose & fix the ABS DSC (or ASC) BRAKE trifecta (1) or the amber ABS DSC (or ASC) bifecta (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) or just the DSC light (1) & what is the ABS control module testing pinout for the older E39s (1) & what is the logic of ABS diagnostics (0) (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) & how to test brake systems (1) & how to test the brake pressure sensor (1) & how to autopsy & fix your Bosch ABS control module yourself for free (1) (2) & what anomalies occur while the ABS control module is out of your vehicle for repair (1) (2) (3) & how to replace wheel speed sensors (1) (2) & why you want OEM wheel speed sensors (1) & what happens if you don't code your VIN into a new/salvage ABS control module (1) & how to test (and align) your E39 DSC steering wheel sensors (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) & how to turn off DSC traction control (1) (2).

- What E39 street use brake pads (1) and rotors (1) and suppliers (1) (2) are most often recommended & how to do a complete four wheel brake job DIY (1) (2) (3) including the parking brake drum shoes (1) (2) (3) & exactly what lube/paste to use and not use (1) & where to lube (1) and not to lube (1) & what six brake hoses to check for wear (1) & how to do a preventive brake system & caliper rebuild (1) (2) & what tools are needed for a brake job (1) (2) and supplies for doing brakes (1) & what brake specifications you must know (1) including minimum specs for the brake shoes (1) (2) taking care to measure torque accurately (1) & how to crack friction material edge codes (1) & how far you can go once the brake wear sensor trips (1) (2) (3) (4) & how long do rotors last (1) & what's the real difference between drilled, slotted, and solid rotors (1) & what's the difference between various brands of solid rotors (1) & how to clear the check brake lining warning the right way (1) (2) and how to hardwire the sensor (1) (2) & how to diagnose brake-related vibration (1) (2) (3) & the truth about rotor "warp" (1) & how to rebuild the calipers (1) & how to measure runout (1) & should you just turn the rotors (1) & how to remove stuck rusted-on brake rotors (1) & how to remove a stuck 6mm brake rotor set screw (1) & how to replace the anti-rattle spring (1) (2) & what about unsightly rust (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) & how to bed (1) (2) & bleed or flush (0) (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) your brakes & what brake & clutch hydraulic fluid to use (1) and how much it will cost if you do not DIY (1) (2) (3)

- What is the canonical thread on the BMW E39 FSU/FSR/Blower Motor Resistor (1) and what is the right brand FSR to purchase (1) (2) when your interior heating & air conditioning HVAC/IHKA blower motor goes haywire (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) & how to repair your own final stage resistor including an autopsy & wiring diagram schematic (1) (2) and why a bad final stage unit will cause the battery to drain overnight (1) (2) (3) & how to isolate and replace the E39 blower motor (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) & how not to replace the FSU (1)

- What to look for when your KTMP (1) or coolant temperature gauge indicates overheating (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11) & what to look for in a perfectly normal E39 cooling system (1) & a picture of every failed part in the cooling system (1) & various techniques to properly bleed (1) (2) (3) & refill (1) & drain (1) (2) & flush (1) & what coolant to use (1) & what parts to replace (1) (2) & how to retrofit brass bleeder screws (1) (2) & what special tools to make or buy (1) & how to tell how old your cooling system is (1) (2) & how to test the cooling system auxiliary electrical fan (1) (2) (3) (4) & a DIY for replacing the auxilliary fan (1) (2) (3) & the infamous fuse 75 (1) & the aux fan relay (1) & how to diagnose lack of HVAC/IHKA heater core heat with cooling system (auxiliary pump) at idle (1) & a Behr radiator and Behr/Heat expansion tank autopsy (1) (2) & request for another Behr surge tank autopsy (1) & why new made-in-China Behr/Hella expansion tanks are DOA (1) & E39 Fan shroud removal DIY (Besian) (M54) & some of the better cooling system DIYs (cn90 1997-1998 M54TU) (cn90 V8) (aioros '99-03 M54) (Ågent99 '01 530i) (pelican 3-series) (bluebee M54B25) & tricks to replace the fan clutch nut (1) & lower-hose thermoswitch o-ring (1) & to non-destructively remove the heater hoses (1) or radiator nipple (1) or expansion tank nipple (1) (2) or Oetiker clamp (1) or misplaced thermostat wiring loom (1) or broken bleeder screw (1) & modifying the cooling system pressure cap (1), or using propanol-based zero-pressure fluids like NPG+ (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) or all-aluminum cooling system parts by Zionsville (1) (2) (3) aluminum radiators & what happens if you drive one mile too far with an overheated BMW cooling system (1).

- Summary advice to provide users who suspect a major engine repair due to overheating (1) & how to test an engine for blown head gasket, cracked heads, a warped block, cam seizures, contaminated bearings, coolant hydrolock, or piston, ring, or valve damage (1) (2) & a well researched reusable response to a particular user with a blown engine (1) & what questions to ask when severe heating-related damage is initially suspected (1) & welding the crack between cylinder #3 and the water jacket on the exhaust side (1) & what E39 engine swaps are most recommended (1) (2) (3) & how to lift & remove the engine (1) & where to obtain a new or rebuilt replacement short block or long block (1) (2) & why the E39 engines are so prone to heat-related damage in the first place (1) & real-world results from people faced with similar blown engine problems from which this advice came from (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11) (12) (13) (14) (15) (16) (17) (18) (19) (20) (21) (22) (23) (24) (25) (26) (27) (28).

- How to identify & fix an oil filter housing (OFH) leak (1) (2) (3) (4) & how to identify an oil pan gasket leak (1) & how to remove & replace the E39 V8 oil pan gasket (1) (2) or the E39 I6 oil pan gasket (1) (2) & hints how to replace the rigid metalized I6 oil pan gasket without removing the subframe (1) (2) & if even if you do remove the subframe, how much you may need to bend the gasket (1) & how to build or buy your own hoist & engine-support tools (1) (2) & how to fix broken or stripped oil drain pan plug bolt threads (0) (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11) (12) (13) (14) (15) (16) (17) (18) & examples of an E39 M5 oil pan helicoil repair (1) & an E39 M5 timesert repair (1).

- Choosing the right BMW tire size (1) (2) & tyre circumference, diameter, offset, & clearance calculators (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) & a torque conversion calculator (1) & how to logically choose tires by the numbers (1) (2) or by recommendations (1) & where to buy your tires in the USA (0) (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) & tire plant codes (1) (2) (3) & tire safety (1) & recommended tire pressures (1) (2) (3) & the claimed benefits of nitrogen gas (1) (2) & tire terminology (1) (2) & wheel terminology (1) & BMW wheel specs (1) & BMW & replica wheel styles (1) (2) (3) (4) & the difference between cast vs forged wheels (1) & where to find the wheel markings for proper match mounting (1) & the best products for cleaning wheels (1) & how to choose the right size wheel spacers (1) (2) & where to go when you bend or otherwise damage your wheels (1).

- How to identify all BMW computer-specific OBDII DTC diagnostic fault codes (1) & how to better understand the key EPA federal test procedure (FTP) concept of the BMW SES "drive cycle" (1) & how to diagnose a typical BMW E39 engine misfire (1) or a sporadic-temperature-change cold-engine intermittent misfire (1) (2) & what you can expect for E39 smog emissions test results (1) & obtaining the pending or diagnostic trouble code (DTC) using free or freeware scans (1) [except in California or Hawaii (1) (2)] or where to get the cheapest reasonable OBDII scanner in the world (1) (2) or a better overall scanner (1) or the best BMW diagnostic tools (1) (2) (3) & a template of what to tell people from the Republik of Kalifornia who need to do an OBC diagnostic scan (1).

- BMWfans phantom parts diagrams (1) & realoem nominal prices by part number (1) & EACTuning prices by part number (1) & labour/labor rates by job shop rate by zip code (1) (2) (3) & where to find a good mechanic (1) (2) & how to join BMWCCA to lower parts costs & find helpful local friends (1) (2) & how to select a reputable BMW indy in your area (1) (2) & the most often recommended BMW-parts suppliers (1)

- BMWfans phantom diagrams (1) & realoem nominal prices by part number (1) & EACTuning prices by part number (1) labor/labour rates by zip code (1) (2) (3) where to find a good mechanic (1) (2) joining BMWCCA (1) (2) & finding a reputable BMW indy in your area (1) (2) & the most often recommended parts suppliers (1)

- The dozen BMW alignment specs (1) and which are adjustable on the E39 (1) & cn90's front (1) and rear (1) home-alignment DIYs & how to keep the steering wheel (SW) straight (1) & how to DIY caster, camber & toe (1) (2) at home (0) (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) and how to make your own alignment tools (1) & the theory of alignment with (1) or without adding weight (1) (2) (3)

- The main causes of vibration while highway driving (0) (1) (2) (3) (4) (5); while highway braking (1) (2) (3) & why it's not rotor "warp" (1); and severe shuddering while slow speed braking on bumps (1) & TireRack vehicle vibration diagnosis chart (1) (jpg) with match mounting hints (1) & due to worn drive shaft, flex disc, center bearing, or "giunti Boschi", namely the giubo (pronounced sort of like jew'eebo), and sometimes unknowingly misspelled as "guibo" (1) (2) (3) (4) & how to repair the rear driveshaft seal by the differential (1) or the inner constant velocity (CV) half-drive shaft (1).

- How to do a complete overhaul of your E39 rear suspension (0) (1) (2) (3) (4) or just the rear subframe axle bushings (1) (2) or the rear upper control arm (1) or the rear shocks (1) & springs (1) & cv boots (1) & M5 sway bars (1) (2) with special tools for rear ball joint removal (1) & where to buy a rear ball joint press (1) (2) & what tools to use for the rear alignment (1) & what are the BMW TIS alignment specs & procedures (1) & how to do a reduced negative camber (1) or normal rear wheel alignment (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11) & alignment with (1) or without extra weight (1) (2) (3)

- Most popular E39 shocks/struts (1) (2) (3) & an E39 suspension survey (1)

- Which is better, stock or aftermarket cold air intake (1) (2) & a home-made CAI (1) & the general consensus on the effectiveness of an aftermarket CAI versus the stock BMW CAI (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) and of the K&N oiled air filter over the stock air filter (1) & how to reduce the risk of hydro lock (1) (2).

- How to test the crankcase ventilation (aka CCV, CVV, PCV, CPV, & OSV) pressure regulating valve system (1) & a video of oil separator quacking chubacca noise (1) & vacuum leaks due to holes in one or more of the five CCV hoses (1) (2) (3) or frozen or torn diaphragms (1) & a clogged CCV (1) causing pressure in the crankcase and smoke in the exhaust necessitating CCV system overhaul (M54,M54,M54,M54, & M54 observations) (M52,M52) (M52TU) (M62,M62) ('99 528i) ('98 528i); usually replaced with the insulated CCV upgrade (1).

- Note the CCV is often implicated in OFH oil filter housing leaks (1) (2) (3) (4); sometimes in blowing the VCG valve cover gasket (1); and sometimes, it is said, even the head gasket (1) (2); and very often causing vacuum leaks from the five CCV hoses (1) (2) (3).

- How to repair a rattling DISA unit (1) (2) (3) & why the DIfferenzierte SAuganlage ("Differential Air Intake") valve flap breaks (1), sometimes with parts sucked into the intake manifold (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) & how the disa valve o-ring fails (1) (2) & how it can cause all sorts of cold-engine rough idle problems (1) (2) & where to get just the DISA valve o-ring (1) & how the DISA valve operates (0) (1) (2) (3) (4) & an example of how a broken DISA valve can ruin your engine (1) & how to test DISA operation (1) (2) (3) (4).

- What to do when both your automatic steering wheel tilt and manual & automatic driver seat control fails (0) (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) & related automatic steering wheel tilt details (1) (2) (3) & what to do if your steering wheel & key cylinder locks in place (1) (2) or if you lose your key and need to program a new one yourself (1) & signs of a failing ignition switch (1) or ring antenna (1) & the BMW TIS for when the ignition switch spins but does not engage (1) & rebuilding a failed ignition switch (0) (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11) (12) & how to test your BMW E39 DSC steering wheel sensors (0) (1) (2) (3) (4) (5)

- How to retrofit to a 3-spoke M-Sport steering wheel (1) (2) (3) (4) & heated steering wheel mods (1) & restoring the life of an old steering wheel (1) (2) & where to buy the BMW steering wheel roundel (1) (2) (3) (4) (5).

- How to clean the power steering fluid reservoir internal filter (1) & how to replace the cap o-ring (1) (2) & why you want to fix the power steering hose drip onto the alternator (1) (2) (3) & how to debug PSP power steering pump noises (1) (2) (3) or steering rack noises (1) & a nice power steering pump autopsy photo (1) & how to flush cloudy ATF fluid (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) & what PS fluid to use (1) (2-pdf) (3-volume) & what volume is needed to buy (1) & DIYs to replace the power steering hoses (1) (2) (3) (4) (5).

- How to remove angel eye bulbs (1) (2) (3) how to retrofit halogen angeleye bulb to LEDs (1) (2) (3) (4) how to modify pre-facelift headlights to angel eyes (1) (2) (3) (4) & which stock angel-eye bulbs to buy (1) (2) and which stock H7 'halogen' bulbs to buy (1) (2) (3).

- How to buy E39 25" driver side & 22" passenger side windshield wiper blade refills (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11) (12) (13) & the wiper arm (1) (2) & troubleshooting or replacing the wiper motor (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) or wiper switch (1) or wiper relay (1) & how to replace the rain sensor (1) (2) & retrofitting a rain sensor (1) (2) (3) & how to remove Rain-X water wiper streaks & spots on windshield glass (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7).

- How to repair & reset the sunroof (1) (2) (3) & how to fix sun roof rattles (1) & how to test & fix moonroof leaks (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) causing water on the front passenger carpet & how to remove the roof headliner (1) & how to free up a stuck open sunroof (1) (2).

- What are 'all' options when your instrument cluster or MID pixels slowly die due to a press-fit pink electrical-connection tape lifting off its contacts over time (1) & how to remove the E39 instrument cluster (1) (2) & a summary of the BMW NA cluster-repair goodwill policy (1) & how to fix the MID pixels yourself (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) & how to remove the MID (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) and how to test the MID (1).

- How to locate all the vacuum hoses in the E39 engine bay (1)
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Common E39 problems (simple summary):
Note: A single canonical thread was purposefully chosen as the key problem descriptor for each common failing listed below:
- Summary advice to provide users who suspect a major engine repair due to overheating (1) & how to test an engine for blown head gasket, cracked heads, a warped block, cam seizures, contaminated bearings, coolant hydrolock, or piston, ring, or valve damage (1) (2) & a well researched reusable response to a particular user with a blown engine (1) & what questions to ask when severe heating-related damage is initially suspected (1) & welding the crack between cylinder #3 and the water jacket on the exhaust side (1) & what E39 engine swaps are most recommended (1) (2) (3) & how to lift & remove the engine (1) & where to obtain a new or rebuilt replacement short block or long block (1) (2) & why the E39 engines are so prone to heat-related damage in the first place (1) & real-world results from people faced with similar blown engine problems from which this advice came from (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11) (12) (13) (14) (15) (16) (17) (18) (19) (20) (21) (22) (23) (24) (25) (26) (27) (28) (29) (30).

- How to test (1) & determine exactly what alternator you have (1) & why rebuilding an alternator is preferable to replacing (1) & cn90 DIYs for rebuilding a 1998 air-cooled BMW Bosch alternator (1) (2) or his VW Bosch alternator (1) & cdawg246's quest for materials for a Bosch water cooled alternator rebuild (1) & Aioros' 1999 Valeo Alternator rebuild DIY (1) and his quest for materials (1) & Cn90's explanation of where to get hard-to-get alternator rebuild parts (1) & how to tell from the part number if a replacement alternator is actually rebuilt "by" Bosch (1) & a DIY for replacing the brushes in an (Audi) Valeo alternator (1) & a Bosch alternator bearing replacement from a 1997 MB S600 (1) & from a Range Rover (1).

- The ultimate guide to BMW E39 sliding center console tilt storage front armrest modifications (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) & rear center cushion armrest customizations (1) (2) (3) (4) & the E39 rear ski-bag arm rest pass-through retrofit DIY (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9).

- Timing Chain tensioner and rail guide replacement for the I6 (1) & the M62 (1) & the M62TU (1)

- How to learn about (1) and set up your air conditioning (1) (2) & how to replace the activated charcoal cabin air filter (1) (2) (3) & what cabin filter to buy (1) (2) & cn90's inexpensive cabin filter retrofit (1) (2) (3) & cabin air filter implications for stinky gym sock AC odors (1) (2) (3) (4) & how to refill your A/C system for $20 (1) (2) (3) (4) & where to find your low pressure aircon recharge port (1) & what refrigerant PAG oil to use (1) (1) & R134a conversion information (1) (2) how to measure A C temperature (1) & how to diagnose A / C compressor knocking sounds (1) & air conditioner compressor replacement DIYs (1) or compressor rebuilds (1) or ac hose rebuilding services (1) & how to remove the IHKA air conditioning control panel to clean the circuit board (1) (2) (3) (4) with removal of MID, HVAC/IHKA, Business CD player (1), & dashboard trim (1) & how to remove the trim and bracket holding the MID & HVAC/IHKA panels (1) (2) or to replace the IHKA button (1) & how to check the IHKA sampling fan (1) & how to change OBC MID IHKA KTMP temperature from degrees Celcius to Fahrenheit (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) & how to diagnose lack of HVAC/IHKA heater core heat with cooling system (auxiliary pump) at idle (1) & what is this thing (HVAC/IHKA solar sensor) in the middle of my dashboard by the windshield (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7).

- How to fix broken wires in heated seats (1) & how to do a front (1) & rear (1) heated seat retrofit & how to retrofit active comfort seats into the E39 (1) or E38 (1) & splicing wiring for modding a 99+ sports seat into a 95-98 BMW (1) & a BMW E39 rear folding seatback/folding seats retrofit DIY (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) & how to reupholster or repair or re-foam or dye worn leather or cloth BMW seats (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11) (12) (13) (14) & recommended suppliers (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9).

- How to tell whether you have the high or low on board computer cluster (1) & a video showing how to unlock the low OBC (1) or the high OBC cluster for diagnostics (1) (2) and quickie telephone verbal instructions for unlocking the high instrument cluster on the E39 (1) & how to change the OBC MID IHKA KTMP temperature from degrees Celcius to Fahrenheit (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8).

- The main causes of E39 wind noise, from the BMW TIS on missing jack pads (0) (1) (2) (3) or from a crumbled windshield cover molding gasket (1) (2) (3) or from a badly replaced windshield (1) or from the door weatherstripping (1) or from the cabin air filter housings (1) or loose sunroof drainpipes inside the A-pillar (1) and how to test window glass wind noise by taping the windows (1) (2)

- Diamond key functions (1) & the truth about the BMW diamond key transponder (1) and proper initializing (1) (2) and the truth about the 10-key limit to programming your own keys at home (1) & opening, charging, recoding, & battery replacement (1) of the new-style diamond key (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) & converting the old-style 1996-2000 "square" key to a diamond key (1) & how to replace the rubber key pads in the old style keys (1) (2) & what to do if your key is locked inside your car (1) & a description of the various types of BMW "Remote", "Illuminated", "Spare/Wallet", & "Valet/Service" keys (1) (2).

- BMW spark plug application charts (1) (2) & the best plug to use (1) (2) & a deciphering key (1) & keys to reading plugs (1) & the truth about torque & anti-seize (1) & the truth about gap (1) (2) & DIYs for replacing spark plugs (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6)

- How to repair a rattling DISA unit (1) (2) (3) & why the DIfferenzierte SAuganlage ("Differential Air Intake") valve flap breaks (1), sometimes with parts sucked into the intake manifold (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) & how the disa valve o-ring fails (1) (2) & how it can cause all sorts of cold-engine rough idle problems (1) (2) & where to get just the DISA valve o-ring (1) & how the DISA valve operates (0) (1) (2) (3) (4) & an example of how a broken DISA valve can ruin your engine (1) & how to test DISA operation (1) (2) (3) (4) & why check the DISA at 85K miles to 90K miles or whenever the airbox is removed (1).

NOISE VIDEOS (1): VANOS rattling noise (1) (2) & water pump impeller noise (1) & water pump bearing bearing noise (1) & alternator bearing or pulley cold-idle noise video [went away with a belt-drive system overhaul] (1) & alternator clicking noise [went away with a new alternator] (1) & reputed loose oil pump bolt noise (1) & DISA (DIfferenzierte SAuganlage - "Differential Air Intake") valve o-ring failure symptoms video (1) & DISA (DIfferenzierte SAuganlage - "Differential Air Intake") rattles (0) (1) & air conditioning A/C compressor knocking sounds (1).

- What can cause an SRS airbag light (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) & what tools reset the fault (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) & what happens when mechanics disconnect the airbag before the battery or they connect the battery before disconnecting the airbag in seat and window regulator repairs (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) & where to buy an airbag occupancy sensor bypass unit (1) (2).

- How to calibrate your torque wrench tools (1)
- What is the definitive list of E39 computer modules which, when replaced (new or used), need to be recoded (1)
- How to better understand the BMW drive cycle & when OBDII DTC fault codes set & clear themselves (1)
- Where to find E39 fuse boxes (1) (2) (WDS) (WDS.ru) & how to find the front passenger seat undercarpet fuse panel (1)
- How to replace the V8 valve cover gasket (1) & for the I6 (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) & which VCG brand to buy (1) (2)
- When will "CHECK FILLER CAP" EVAP fault codes go away on their own (1)
- What is the tolerance (i.e., accuracy) of our typical miles per gallon (MPG) calculations (1)
- Mass air flow sensor (MAF) & idle control valve (ICV) require periodic cleaning (1) (2) & buying a replacement MAF cheaper than the BMW MAF (RangeRover MAF) (VW MAF) (Hyundai MAF) & cleaning the throttle body (1)
- How to understand the BMW E39 EWS alarm drive-away protection system (1) (2) & troubleshoot the alarm & hood switch (1) (2) (3) (4) or replace the siren (1) or disable the unlock chirp (1) (2) & how to maintain (1) and repair your hood release bowden cable (1) (2) (3)
- How to replace your trunk shock absorber struts (1)
- What is this thing (HVAC/IHKA solar sensor) in the middle of my dashboard by the windshield (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7)
- Bavarian's "Grammar Decoder Ring" (1) & the proper use of x-words (1) (2) & examples of how not to post on Bimmerfest (1) (2) & why a well-formed title, good sentence structure, and proper spelling & grammar is helpful to the reader (1) (2).
- How to physically remove the headlights (1) & how to twist out the headlight bulbs (1) (2) (3) including HIDs (1)
- How to find out if your BMW E39 is involved in a recall (1) (2) (3) (4)
- How to open the trunk manually when you have a dead 12v car battery (1) (2)
- What is the metal for the E39 short block, cylinder liners, & camshaft head (1)
- How to replace the M54 dual temperature sensor (DTS, aka double temperature switch) in the M54 (1) (2) (3) (4) & how to make your own short DTS removal tool out of a 22mm or 7/8" box wrench (1)
- How to make your own DIY double temperature sensor (DTS) removal tool (1)
- How to make your own VANOS tools (1) & socket tools (1)
- How to test the cooling system auxiliary electrical fan (1) (2) & the infamous fuse 75 (1) & the aux fan relay (1) and a good auxiliary fan DIY (1) (2)
- BMW service/maintenance schedule (1) & checklists I, II, and III (1) (2) & tips for newbies for what maintenance to initially perform (1) (2) and typical 150K mile maintenance issues (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) & inspections (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) & check/replace all fluids (1)
- Experimental results removing the fuel filler cap (aka gas cap) on the BMW E39 with resulting OBDII DTC fault and drive cycle reset (1) (2)
- How to test your BMW E39 DSC steering wheel sensors (0) (1) (2) (3) (4) (5)
- How to make your own ball joint replacement tool (1) & what balljoint tools to use (1) (2) (3) (4) & where to buy a front wishbone (1) or rear ball joint press (1) (2)
- How to make or buy your own engine lift, engine hoist & engine support (1) (2) tools
- Typical 150K mile maintenance issues (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) checklists (1) inspections (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) & check/replace all fluids (1) & samples of the last six months of user repair expenses (1)
- Replacing the M54 head gasket (1) & 540i cylinder head (1) & M54 cam shaft (1)
- Front (engine) strut tower bar (across the shock towers) DIY (1)
- Where is the paint-code label location (1) (2) and part number of the BMW touchup paint (1) & how to apply touch-up paint (1) & how to spot a painted BMW (1) (2) (3)
- How to DIY replace the activated charcoal cabin air filter (1) (2) & what cabin filter to buy (1) (2) & cn90's inexpensive cabin filter retrofit (1) (2) (3) & cabin air filter implications for stinky air conditioning (1) (2)
- How to DIY replace the engine air filter (1) & a DIY for a K&N retrofit (1) but read this about the flaws in the K & N method before deciding on any engine filter retrofit (1) (2).
- How not to remove the mass air flow sensor (MAF) spring clip (1)
- How not to remove the large radiator hose connector spring clips (1)
- Why does BMW mold "Use Castrol" on the oil filler cap (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) & what is the definitive list of BMW-approved motor oils (1)
- Which extended power-train warranties are useful for an E39 (1) (2) and whether or not a replacement-part lifetime warranty make sense (1)
- What is the difference between a bimmer and a beemer and, um, yeah, a beamer (1) - V8 VALLEY PAN GASKETS LEAK: poorly designed V8 valley pan gaskets that leak coolant (1) (2) (3) (4) (5)
- How to select the best BMW E39 carpet, cargo, trunk, & floor mats at the best price (1)
- Did they really convert a BMW to a pickup truck or ute? (1) (2)
- How to add hands-free OEM ULF/TCU bluetooth or Parrot or cellphone pairing to your E39 (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) & Hualigan (1) & what to do with an existing BMW 540i mobile telephone (1)
- How the vapor barrier works (1) & the problem with front & rear door vapor barrier adhesives which allow rain water to wet the carpet (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) & what adhesives to buy (1) & what sizes for the adhesive beads (1)
- How to replace the exterior door handle in the BMW E39 (1) (2) (3)
- Oxygen sensor DIYs (540 M62) (525 M54) & locations (1) & O2 sensor tools you can make at home (1) or borrow for free (1) & all about 02 sensors (1) & eliminating the rear o2 sensors (1)
- Why we should use descriptive titles instead of single word or ubiquitous multi-word subject lines (1)
- E39 sales brochures (1) (2)
- How to make your own valve spring removal tool and retainer tool (1)
- How to understand what EDC, S-EDC, & EDC-K electronic suspension damping control entails (1)
- Description of Carsoft, GT1, INPA, DIS, EDIABAS, & Peake (1) & which can modify the auto-lock car door feature (1) & what does Carsoft do anyway (1) (2) (3) (4) (5)
- How to better understand your 17-character BMW VIN (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) and online BMW VIN decoders (0) (1) (2) (3) (4) & what is the definitive list of electronic computer modules that need recoding once replaced (1)
- How to diagnose problems with the BMW E39 transmission solenoid (1) (2) (3) (4) (5)
- How to diagnose & repair an inoperative E39 cigarette lighter socket (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8)
- How to unlock the older E39 if the key is locked inside the trunk (1) (2)
- Headlight plastic polishing & refinishing DIY (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) & polishing yellowed taillights (1) & replacing the lens in toto (1) and all known options for replacing broken E39 late-model headlight adjusters (1)
- How to open a single stuck shut locked front or rear closed E39 door from a broken door latch/lock (1) (2)
- How to keep a door window up temporarily while waiting for parts to repair a regulator (1)
- Testing (1) and replacing the fuel pump (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) & your available fuelpump options (1) & a DIY for replacing the fuel filter (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6)
- How to repair (1) (2) or replace (1) your light control module & where to get new LCM chips (1) (2)
- How to clean the idle control valve ICV in the E39 V8 (1) & I6 (1) (2) (3) (4) (5)
- Getting to know your M54 engine, a photo & identification guide to every visible part in the engine bay (1)
- Motor mounts (aka engine mounts) and transmission mounts (aka holders) DIYs for the BMW E39 I6 (1) (2) (3) (4) & for the V8 (1) (2) (3).
- List of all possible BMW E39 instrument cluster 20-digit alphanumeric display warning/information messages (1)
- Basic tools needed for working on the BMW E39 (1) (2) (3) (4) & here to get the BMW Bentley shop manual (1) & where to get a cheap OBDII DTC scanner (1) (2) or a better scanner (1) or the best diagnostic tools (1) (2) (3).
- How the battery disconnect explosive charge works in an accident (1)
- How to understand the piezoelectric knock sensor operation (1)
- What tools can you borrow (lend/loan) from AutoZone (1)
- How to diagnose a BMW E39 engine misfire (1) & how to battle E39 vacuum leaks (1) (2) (3) & how to solve specific vacuum leak diagnostic trouble codes such as P0171, P0174, P0313 (1) & P0170, P0173 (1) & where to find all the vacuum hoses in the E39 (1)
- How large is the fuel tank and reserve in the E39 (1) & what gasoline to use (1) & how much gas should be left to cool the fuel pump (1) & how to siphon the fuel out of the tank (1) & what is the cost differential between 87 & 91 octane AKI (1)
- How to fix a broken VANOS left-hand threaded Torx bolt and exhaust cam sprocket (1)
- How to gain horsepower with a bottle of N20 NOS nitrous oxide (1)
- How to remove the crankshaft pulley (1)
- How to recover from a broken waterpump stud (1) (2) (3)
- How to disconnect the battery to prevent the 16-minute BMW transport mode from disabling the remote key and other items (1)
- How to remove the center 3rd brakelight bulb & socket & which bulb to use for the BMW E39 third (center) brake light (1)
- Thrust arm bushing replacement for the E39 I6 (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) & V8 540i (1) (2) (3) & thrust arm recommended parts (1) (2) & brand selection (1) (2) & how to make your own BMW thrust bushing tool (1) or buy them (1) (2) or improvise (1)
- How to re-grease your ball joints by needle injection without introducing grit & contaminants into your balljoints (1)
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Tribal recommendations for the dozen fluids in your BMW E39 (plus various cleaning fluids):
- Glovebox printout: BMW E39 fluid summary printout for your glovebox (1)
- Motor oil: BMW approved motor oils (pdf) & tribal motor oil recommendations (1) (2) (3) & gravity oil change DIY (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) & vacuum extraction DIY (1) (2) (3) & drill pump DIY (1)
- Gasoline: Engine fuel & octane (1) & "The Gasoline FAQ" & top-tier gas stations (1) & Techron additives (1) & how to clean your gas gauge sending unit (1) & mpg calculations (1) how large is the fuel tank and reserve in the E39 (1) & what gasoline to use (1) & how much gas should be left to cool the fuel pump (1) & how to siphon the fuel out of the tank (1) & what is the cost differential between 87 & 91 octane AKI (1)
- MTF: Manual transmission fluid (1) (2) & manual transmission fluid-change DIYs (1) (2) (3)
- ATF: Automatic transmission fluid (1) (2) (3) (4) & automatic transmission fluid & filter DIYs (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) & torque values (1) & how to find the hidden E39 transmission fluid level dipstick (1) & why ATF gushes out of the fill hole (1) & ZF 5HP19 facts (1)
- PSF: Power steering fluid (1) (2) & power steering fluid flush DIYs (1) (2) (3) (4) & volumes (1)
- Coolant: Coolant, for engine, automatic transmission, power steering, and AC evaporator cooling (1) & bleeding (1) (2) (3) or refilling DIYs (1)
- Brake & clutch fluid: Brake & clutch hydraulic fluid (1) & recommended E39 brake job "fluids" (1) & how brake bleeding DIYs (1) (2) (3) (4) (5)
- A/C: Air conditioner refrigerant & PAG oil (1) & how to refill your A/C system (1) (2) (3) (4) & what to use to rid yourself of the BMW gym sock stink (1)
- Differential: Rear differential hypoid gear oil (1) & differential fluid change DIYs (1) (2) (3)
- Battery: What battery (1) & what battery maintenance (1) & battery electrolyte (1) & battery replacement DIY (1) (2) (3) & how NOT to change the battery (1) (2) (3)
- Windshield fluid: Windshield washer fluid (1)
- Intensive cleaner: Intensive cleaning system fluid (1)
- Windows: Window glass cleaner fluids & cloths for the inside window & windshield glass (1)
- Tire air: Recommended tire pressures (1) (2) (3) & the claimed benefits of nitrogen gas (1) (2)
- Wheels: Best product for cleaning wheels (1)
- Interior: Interior cockpit & dashboard cleaners (1)
- Carpets: Suggested carpet cleaners (1)
- Floormats: Suggested floor mat cleaning & shampooing (1)
- Headliner: Solvent for cleaning the headliner fabric (1)
- Vapor barriers: Sealant for door panel vapor barriers (1) & sizes for the adhesive (1)
- Engine cleaner: External engine degreaser, engine bay cleaning & engine compartment detailing (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8)
- BMW list of lubricants, sealants, & thread lockers (pdf) (shrunk gif) (original-size jpg)
- Fundamental BMW decision-making religious camps (1) & motor oil Petrolism (1), coolant decisions (1), & gasoline dogma (1)

How NOT to DIY:
- How not to repair your E39, by cn90 (1)
- How not to do an E39 gravity feed oil change (1)
- How not to do an E39 vacuum extraction oil change (1)
- How not to repair the E39 leather seat stitching (1)
- How not to remove the mass air flow sensor (MAF) spring clip (1)
- How not to remove the large radiator hose connector spring clips (1)
- How not to repair your E39 trunk wiring loom (1) [ how to do it right (1) ]
- How not to remove the nipple from the E39 radiator (broken radiator nipple)
- How not to put your E39 fan clutch back on (crooked fan clutch nut)
- How not to bleed your E39 cooling system (1) (broken bleeder screw)
- How not to replace your E39 thermostat (thermostat loom misplaced)
- How not to remove your E39 expansion tank (broken expansion tank nipple & cn90 repair)
- How not to replace your battery (1) (2) (3)
- How not to install rain sensors on the windshield glass (1)
- How not to remove the E39 MID (1) (2)
- How NOT to change the E39 battery (1) (2) (3)
- How not to install rain sensors on windshield glass (1)
- How not to replace your FSU/FSR (1)
- How not to replace your windshield wipers (1)
- How not to siphon gasoline out of your fuel tank (1)

Notable PDFs:
- All about BMW DSC and the score of sensors innervating this traction control system (1-pdf) (2-pdf)
- All the BMW E39 engine technical information you want to know about the M52 engine (pdf) and the M54 engine (pdf) & the M62 engine (pdf)
- BMW TIS alignment specs and procedures for the E36, E38, & E39 (pdf).
- BMW torque values (pdf) & M62 engine-specific torque values (pdf) & a conversion calculator for foot-pound/newton-meters (1)
- BMW M62 Engine (V8) details, including VANOS operation (1)

BMW E39 Engines USA Models:
  • 1997–2000 528i - 2.8 L M52B28 I6, 190 hp (142 kW; 193 PS)
  • 1997–1998 540i - 4.4 L M62B44 V8, 282 hp (210 kW; 286 PS)
  • 2001–2003 525i - 2.5 L M54B25 I6, 184 hp (137 kW; 187 PS)
  • 2001–2003 530i - 3.0 L M54B30 I6, 225 hp (168 kW; 228 PS)
  • 1998–2003 540i - 4.4 L M62TUB44 V8, 290 hp (216 kW; 294 PS)
  • 2000–2003 M5 - 5.0 L S62 V8, 394 hp (294 kW; 399 PS)
BMW E39 Engines Non-USA Models:
  • 1996–2000 520i - 2.0 L M52B20 I6, 110 kW (150 PS; 148 hp)
  • 2000–2003 520i - 2.2 L M54B22 I6, 125 kW (170 PS; 168 hp)
  • 1996–2000 523i - 2.5 L M52B25 I6, 125 kW (170 PS; 168 hp)
  • 2000–2003 525i - 2.5 L M54B25 I6, 141 kW (192 PS; 189 hp)
  • 1996–1999 528i - 2.8 L M52B28 I6, 144 kW (196 PS; 193 hp)
  • 1999–2000 528i - 2.8 L M52B28 TU I6, 144 kW (196 PS; 193 hp)
  • 2000–2003 530i - 3.0 L M54B30 I6, 172 kW (234 PS; 231 hp)
  • 1996–2003 535i - 3.5 L M62B35 V8, 183 kW (249 PS; 245 hp)
  • 1996–1998 540i - 4.4 L M62B44 V8, 213 kW (290 PS; 286 hp)
  • 1998–2003 540i - 4.4 L M62TUB44 V8, 216 kW (294 PS; 290 hp)
  • 1998–2003 M5 - 4.9 L S62 V8, 298 kW (405 PS; 400 hp)
  • 2000-2003 520d - 2.0 L M47D20 diesel I4 100 kW (136 PS; 134 hp)
  • 2000-2003 525d - 2.5 L M57D25 diesel I6120 kW
  • 1997-2000 525td - 2.5 L M51D25TU UL diesel I6 85& kW
  • 1996-2000 525tds - 2.5 L M51D25TU OL diesel I6 105 kW (143 PS; 141 hp)
  • 1998-2000 530d - 3.0 L M57D30 diesel I6 135 kW (184 PS; 181 hp)
  • 2000-2003 530d - 3.0 L M57D30 diesel I6 142 kW (193 PS; 190 hp)
For my records, here is my WIP backup (1) (2)
From a quick /keyword(F3) in the VERY best of E39 Links:
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- Useful cut & paste ASCII TEXT symbols: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, $1.00, ° ¢ ± £ € X-x H2O, Vbattery ½ ¼ ¿ ÷ · µF § TM ® (1) (2)

- BMWfans phantom diagrams (1) & Realoem nominal prices by part number (1) & EACTuning prices by part number (1) & the most often recommended parts suppliers (1) & joining BMWCCA to lower parts costs (1) (2)

- Finding a reputable BMW indy in your area (1) (2) & the consumers' checkbook method of finding a good mechanic (1) & repairpal labor/job/shop rates by zip code (1)

- INPA, EDIABAS, NCS Expert, DIS, EasyDIS, Progman, & other BMW factory & dealer programming, coding, and diagnostic software (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) & related BMW diagnostic tools forums (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) & the most often recommended BMW diagnostic tools & cable interfaces (1)

- What BMW E39 parts & supplies are most often recommended to buy OEM from a dealer or sponsor (1)

- Where can one obtain the BMW KSD for flat rate unit (FRU) labor pricing (1) & the BMW TIS for technical service bulletins (1) (2) & an on-line WDS (1) & a text-searchable PDF Bentley E39 repair manual, volume I (1) (2) & the best price on paper Bentleys (1) & the Bentley Publishers Online Technical Library (1)

- What to tell newbies who think they don't have time, money, expertise, or tools to DIY & why the tools are free (1)

- The most recent best quotes of the BMW E39 bimmerfest forum (1)
- Various methods for refilling (1) & bleeding the E39 cooling system (1) (2)
- What could cause a BMW fan blade to explode or disintegrate (1) (2) (3) (4) (5)
- How to cross reference all light bulbs for any BMW E39 including for the headlights, stoplights, backup, blinkers, dome, vanity, side markers, licplate, parking, fog, trunk/boot, glovebox, etc. (1)
- How to debug common BMW power steering issues (1) and noises (1) (2) (3) or steering rack noises (1)
- How to remove the BMW E39 540i V8 waterpump without removing the crankshaft pulley (1) (2) (3)
- How to replace the hood cable the easy way (1) & how to open the hood when the hood cable snaps (1) (2)
- Where is the starter motor located (1) & an M52 starter motor DIY (1) (2) & 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)
- What are the complete steps for the elusive "BMW battery reset" procedure (1) (2) (3) & 16-minute timeout warning (1)
- How to diagnose a clunk or clunking noise while braking (1)
- How people resolved transmission "Trans Failsafe Program", aka "Limp Mode" (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11) (12) (13) (14) (15)
- How to replace the rear quarter glass, aka the rear triangular window (1) (2) (3)
- What is the legal status of the Dexron III ATF license vs Dexron IV ATF (1)
- Recommendation to replace power steering fluid at every oil change & periodically clean the PSF filter (1)
- How to replace the E39 I6 oil level sensor (1) & what torque to use (1) & what to do if the oil level sensor sends a signal to blow fuse 15 causing the car to not start (1) (2)
- List & picture of all the cooling system overhaul parts to replace (1) (2) (3)
- Cooling system heater pipe heater core inlet return pipe leak (1) (2) (3)
- One user's example of a complete brake job with all torque figures, specs, measurements, fluids, decisions, tools, tricks, mistakes, suppliers, costs, etc., that it entails (1)
- How to tell if you have mechanical or hydraulic belt tensioners (1) & how to switch from mechanical to hydraulic (1) and what is the difference between the two types (1) (2) & how to rebuild your hydraulic tensioners (1)
- How to diagnose and fix a loose rear view mirror attached to the windshield (1) (2)
- How to make your own BMW rear wheel bearing tools (1)
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- BMW 10-character vehicle defect code lookup tool for dealer service records (1) & how to better understand your 17-character BMW VIN (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) and online BMW VIN decoders (0) (1) (2) (3) (4) & what is the definitive list of electronic computer modules that need recoding once replaced (1)

- Summary advice to provide users who suspect a major engine repair due to overheating (1) & how to test an engine for blown head gasket, cracked heads, a warped block, cam seizures, contaminated bearings, coolant hydrolock, or piston, ring, or valve damage (1) (2) & why the E39 engines are so prone to heat-related damage in the first place (1) & a one-paragraph summary for the next owner with a blown engine (1) & what questions to ask when severe heating-related damage is initially suspected (1) & welding the crack between cylinder #3 and the water jacket on the exhaust side (1) & what E39 engine swaps are most recommended (1) (2) (3) & where to obtain a new or rebuilt head (1) replacement short block or long block (1) (2) & how to lift & remove the engine (1) & real-world results from people faced with similar blown engine problems from which this advice came from (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11) (12) (13) (14) (15) (16) (17) (18) (19) (20) (21) (22) (23) (24) (25) (26) (27) (28) (29) (30) (31) (32) (33) (34) (35) (36) (37).

- Philosophical risk tolerance considerations for collision, comprehensive, and liability insurance (1) & which extended power-train warranties are useful for your BMW (1) (2) and whether or not a replacement-part lifetime warranty make sense (1) & a BMW CPO PPI inspection checklist (1) (2) & an official BMW CPO retailer operations manual (1) (2) & a BMW certified preowned pre purchase inspection brochure (1) (2) (3) & a BMW service/maintenance schedule & checklists I, II, and III (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) & a classic E39 inspection I, II, III DIY (1) (2) (3) & tips for BMW E39 150K mile maintenance issues (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) & a glovebox printout for the most often recommended BMW E39 fluids (1).

- How to repair seat click & seat rattles due to loose seat belt clips or attachments (1) (2) (3)

- What to do if you lost your only diamond key (1) or if your BMW key was stolen (1) & what to do if your key is locked inside your car (1) & a description of the various types of BMW "Remote", "Illuminated", "Spare/Wallet", & "Valet/Service" keys (1) (2) & a list of diamond key EWS, FZV, & DWA functions (1) (2) & the truth about the BMW diamond key transponder (1) & proper key initializing (1) (2) & the truth about the 10-key limit to programming your own keys at home (1) & opening, charging, recoding, & battery replacement (1) of the new-style diamond key (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) & converting the old-style "square" key to a diamond key (1) & how to replace the rubber key pads in the old style keys (1) (2)

- How to identify seat twist & fix twisted seats (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11) (12) (13)
- How to diagnose & replace front wheel bearings the easy way (1) & how to replace front wheel bearings the traditional way (1) (2) & as part of a complete suspension overhaul (1) & how to replace rear wheel bearings (1) (2) (3) & a rear axle suspension & wheel bearing installation DIY by mmm635 (1) (2) & rear bearings done the cn90 easy way (1) or the Smolck slide-hammer way (1)
- How to open the hood (1) or trunk manually when you have a dead 12v car battery (1) (2)
- Painting ideas for the engine covers (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) & cylinder heads (1) & valve covers (1) & how not to paint your engine covers (1)
- Discussion about ethanol in gasoline for the BMW E39 (1) (2)
- CAI 101 should I do it or not (1) and which is better, stock or aftermarket cold air intake (1) (2) & a home-made CAI (1) & the general consensus on the effectiveness of an aftermarket CAI versus the stock BMW CAI (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) & how to reduce the risk of hydro lock (1) (2) & what about a K&N oiled air filter over the stock air filter (1) & a forced induction group buy (1) and adding nitrous oxide to your E39 (1) & links to suppliers to improve performance of your E39 (1)
- How to remove the IHKA air conditioning control panel to clean the circuit board (1) (2) (3) (4) & an HVAC (IHKA) sampling fan check - a cn90 15 min DIY project! (1) & how to remove the trim and bracket holding the MID & HVAC/IHKA panels (1) (2) & how to diagnose lack of HVAC/IHKA heater core heat with cooling system (auxiliary pump) at idle (1)
- BMW E39 buyers guide and magazine reviews (1) (2) (3)
- How to diagnose the BMW ABS BRAKE DSC/ASC trifecta (1) & why the 5-minute ABS DIY quick test doesn't always work, especially on brand new non-OEM wheel speed sensors, by Quick99Si (1)
- How to remove angel eye bulbs (1) (2) (3) how to retrofit halogen angeleye bulb to LEDs (1) (2) (3) (4) how to modify pre-facelift headlights to angel eyes (1) (2) (3) (4) & which stock angel-eye bulbs to buy (1) (2) (3)
- What battery (1) & what battery options (1) & what battery maintenance (1) & battery electrolyte (1) & battery replacement DIY (1) (2) (3) & how NOT to change the battery (1) (2) (3)
- One user's experience debugging a half-dead instrument cluster (1) which, after testing the fuses (1) battery & alternator (1) thankfully turned into an alternative battery search (1) and a simple battery replacement DIY (1)
- How to install the Escort radar detector under the rear view mirror (1)
- What gasoline mileage should an E39 get (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) & the truth about mpg calculation accuracy (1) (2) & E39 great mpg stories (1) (2) (3) & E39 awful fuel mileage issues (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11) (12) (13) (14) (15) (16) (17) (18) (19) (20) (21) (22) (23) (24) (25) (26) (27) (28) (29) (30)

- Why check the DISA at 85K miles to 90K miles or whenever the airbox is removed (1) (2) & how to repair a rattling DISA unit (1) (2) (3) & why the DIfferenzierte SAuganlage ("Differential Air Intake") valve flap breaks (1), sometimes with parts sucked into the intake manifold (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) & how the disa valve o-ring fails (1) (2) & how it can cause all sorts of cold-engine rough idle problems (1) (2) & where to get just the DISA valve o-ring (1) & how the DISA valve operates (0) (1) (2) (3) (4) & an example of how a broken DISA valve can ruin your engine (1) & how to test DISA operation (1) (2) (3) (4) & how do install an M54 DISA DIY (1)

- How to test a BMW ignition coil (1) (2)
- How to replace and service your BMW E39 fuel injectors (1)
- Identification & location of relays in the trunk compartment & location of the fuel pump relay K96 (1)
- How to replace broken moonroof sunroof glass (1)

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BMW Mechanics, Parts, Software, Suppliers, Prices:
  • BMWfans phantom diagrams (1) & Realoem nominal prices by part number (1) & EACTuning actual prices by part number (1) & BMW of South Atlanta actual prices by part number (1) & Maxmillian BMW prices by part number (1) & the most often recommended parts suppliers (1) & what BMW E39 parts & supplies are best to buy OEM (1)& joining BMWCCA to lower parts costs (1) (2) & what parts to always get OEM (1) which BMW dealers match prices (1) & in situ pictures of common parts of the M54 engine (1)
  • Finding a reputable BMW indy in your area (1) (2) & the consumers' checkbook method of finding a good mechanic (1) & repairpal labor/job/shop rates by zip code (1) & other things to consider replacing while you're already there (1)
  • Making sense of the most often recommended BMW diagnostic tools & cable interfaces (1) & BMW factory & dealer programming, coding, and diagnostic software such as INPA, EDIABAS, NCS Expert, DIS, EasyDIS, Progman (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) & related BMW diagnostic-tool forums (1) (2) (3) (4) (5)
  • Where can one obtain the BMW KSD for flat rate unit (FRU) labor pricing (1) & the BMW TIS for technical service bulletins (1) (2) & an on-line WDS (1) & a text-searchable PDF Bentley E39 repair manual, volume I (1) (2) & the best price on paper Bentleys (1) & the Bentley Publishers Online Technical Library (1)
  • What to tell those who haven't yet bonded with their E39 who feel they don't have time, money, expertise, or tools to DIY & why the tools are free when they do so (1)
- How to test your generator (1) & how to determine exactly what alternator you have (1) & a DIY for replacing the E39 I6 alternator (1) (2) (3) (4) or E39 V8 alternator (1) (2) (3) (4) & why you want to clean out the air-cooled alternator air duct & cooling vents (1) (2) (1) (2) & why rebuilding an alternator is preferable to replacing (1) & cn90 DIYs for rebuilding a 1998 air-cooled BMW Bosch alternator (1) (2) or his VW Bosch alternator (1) & cdawg246's quest for materials for a Bosch water cooled alternator rebuild (1) & Aioros' 1999 Valeo Alternator rebuild DIY (1) and his quest for materials (1) & Cn90's explanation of where to get hard-to-get alternator rebuild parts (1) & how to tell from the part number if a replacement alternator is actually rebuilt "by" Bosch (1) & a DIY for replacing the brushes in an (Audi) Valeo alternator (1) & a Bosch alternator bearing replacement from a 1997 MB S600 (1) & from a Range Rover (1).

- How the DISA valve operates (0) (1) (2) (3) (4) & how to test DISA operation (0) (1) (2) (3) (4) & a simple DIY to install an M54 DISA (1) & a nice DISA autopsy (1) (2) & a great DISA group buy (1) & how the disa valve o-ring fails (1) (2) & how it can reputedly cause all sorts of cold-engine rough idle problems (1) (2) & where to get just the DISA valve o-ring (1) & why you want to check the DISA at 100K miles or whenever the airbox is removed (1) (2) & how some 'repair' a rattling DISA unit (1) (2) (3) & why the DIfferenzierte SAuganlage ("Differential Air Intake") valve flap breaks (1), sometimes with parts sucked into the intake manifold (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) & a well documented example of how a broken DISA flap can ruin your engine (1) & yet another seemingly complex set of misfire codes reputedly traced to a broken DISA valve (1)

- How to replace E39 wiper blade refills (1) & how to buy E39 25" driver side & 22" passenger side windshield wiper blade refills (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11) (12) (13) & how to replace the wiper arm (1) (2) & troubleshooting or replacing the wiper motor (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) or wiper switch (1) or wiper relay (1) & how to replace the rain sensor (1) (2) & retrofitting a rain sensor (1) (2) (3) & how to remove Rain-X water wiper streaks & spots on windshield glass (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7).

- How to diagnose the BMW amber ABS BRAKE DSC/ASC trifecta or bifecta (1) & what are all known options when your ABS control module is bad (1) & Quick99Si's explanation of why the 10-minute wheel speed sensor diode-action quick test doesn't always work, especially on brand new non-OEM wheel speed sensors (1) (2) & explanations by 540iman as to why the fancy diagnostic tools very often (extremely often, like almost all the time) fail to properly diagnose the trifecta or bifecta (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) & where to get the fancy schmancy diagnostic tools for free once you're aware of these limitations (1)

- How NOT to replace your M54 lower radiator hose coolant temperature sensor (1)
- Shifter light stays on all night because the GM doesn't send the 'go to sleep' signal after 16 minutes (1)
- How to add an aux input auxiliary audio port for iPod/MP3 retrofit input to the BMW E39 (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6)
- Does the order of the misfire OBDII DTCs diagnostic trouble codes actually matter (1)
- What E39 parts are most often recommended to only buy OEM (1)
- What friction grade (e.g., EE, FF, EF, etc.) is recommended for BMW E39 brake pads (1) (2)
- Where to get bent or damaged wheel rims repaired (1) (2).
- While replacing your spark plugs (1), where is the fuel system pressure test Schrader valve for the I6 (1) and for the V8 (1) (2) (3)
- Where to find the battery explosive charge emergency quick disconnect (1) (2)
- How to replace the LDP leak detection pump charcoal canister (1) (2)
- How to replace the E39 or E46 I6 oil level sensor (1) (2) & what torque to use (1) & what to do if the oil level sensor sends a signal to blow fuse 15 causing the car to not start (1) (2)
- How to maintain (1) (2) (3) & replace (1) & troubleshoot the BMW E39 SAS SAP valve secondary air pump system (1) (2) (3) (4) & an SAP valve group buy (1)
- Maintenance checklist of filters and components to be periodically checked & cleaned in the BMW E39 (1)
- Fuel injector o-ring cleaning and maintenance (1)
- Wind whistling noise while driving (1)
- Fuel filler cap door lock actuator solenoid hangs blowing central locking fuse F53 (1)

- How to replace the old-style BMW E39 square key battery (1) (2) (3) & how to replace the rubber key pads in the old style square keys (1) (2) & opening, charging, recoding, & battery replacement (1) of the new-style diamond key (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) & how to recharge off your BMW and how long a BMW key will last in the drawer before it needs that off-the-car recharging (1) & converting the old-style square key to the newer diamond shaped key (1) & the details on swapping the BMW diamond key transponder (1) & proper diamond key initializing (1) (2) & what to do if your key is locked inside your bimmer (1) & a description of the various types of BMW Remote, Illuminated, Spare/Wallet, & Valet/Service keys (1) (2) & a list of diamond key EWS, FZV, & DWA functions (1) (2) & all about the 10-key limit to programming your own keys at home (1) & a description of the ignition key ISN (individual serial number) ten-second rule (1) & what to do if you lost your only diamond key (1) or what to do if your BMW key was stolen (1)

- Suggestions for courteous E39 forum posts, whether they be subject titles (1) or ephemeral-link screenshots (1) or English grammar (1) (2) (3) & the proper use of x-words (1) (2) & examples of how not to post on Bimmerfest (1) (2)

- How to repair your frayed trunk wiring loom (1) & an easy fix for your trunk latch (1) & a trunk lock actuator DIY (1) & how to replace your trunk shock absorber struts (1) or your E39 touring tailgate damper (1) & how to repair a broken trunk boot lock spring (1) & proper identification & location of relays in the trunk compartment & location of the fuel pump relay K96 (1) & how to open the hood (1) or boot manually when you have a dead 12v car battery (1) (2) & how to unlock the older E39 if the key is locked inside the trunk (1) (2)

- ATF: Automatic transmission fluid (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) & automatic transmission fluid & filter DIYs (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) & torque values (1) & how to find the hidden E39 transmission fluid level dipstick (1) & why ATF gushes out of the fill hole (1) & ZF 5HP19 facts (1)

- How to repair & reset the sunroof or moonroof (1) (2) (3) & how to fix sun roof rattles (1) & how to test & fix sun/moon roof leaks (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) causing water on the front passenger carpet & how to remove the headliner (1) & how to free up a stuck open sunroof or moonroof (1) (2) & how to replace broken moonroof/sunroof glass (1)

- How does the E39 fuel injection work (1) & what are the most often recommended fuel pump & fuel filter brands (1) (2) & a DIY for replacing the fuel filter (0) (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) & a quick test for fuel pump operation (1) (2) and a DIY for replacing the fuel pump (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) & how to replace and service your BMW E39 fuel injectors (1) & details on replacing the 7.52X3.52mm and 9.2X2.8mm fuel injector o-rings (1) & the location of the K96 fuel pump relay (1) & where is the fuel system pressure test Schrader valve for the I6 (1) & where is the fuel pressure test point for the V8 (1) (2) (3) & where is the location of the fuel pump relay K96 (1) & cleaning (1) (2) & replacing the fuel sensor (1) & resolving blown fuses due to a stuck fuel filler door solenoid (1) & engine fuel & octane (1) & The Gasoline FAQ & top-tier gas stations (1) & how large is the fuel tank and reserve in the E39 (1) & what gasoline to use (1) & how much gas should be left to cool the fuel pump (1) & how to siphon the fuel out of the tank (1) & does spilled gasoline go into the charcoal canister (1) & how to replace the gas cap tether (1) & a reputed fuel filler leak into the trunk (1) & the P0455 diagnostic trouble code when the gas cap is missing (1) & what is the cost differential between 87 & 91 octane AKI (1) & what gasoline mileage should an E39 get (0) (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) & the truth about mpg calculation accuracy (1) (2) & E39 great mpg stories (1) (2) (3) & E39 awful fuel mileage issues (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11) (12) (13) (14) (15) (16) (17) (18) (19) (20) (21) (22) (23) (24) (25) (26) (27) (28) (29) (30).

- DIY for replacing (1) (2) (3) & cleaning your mass air flow (MAF) sensor (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) and how 'not' to clean your MAF (1) & buying a replacement MAF cheaper than the BMW MAF (RangeRover MAF) (VW MAF) (Hyundai MAF) & MAF resistance testing (1)

- How to locate all problematic (between 1/8" & 9/32" ID) 3.5x1.8mm, 3.3x1.8mm & (between 17/64" & 9/32" ID) 7mm ID vacuum tubing (single material), vacuum hoses (multiple material), 3.3mm OD curved vacuum pipes (rigid tubes), 3.5mm & 7mm ID vacuum endcaps (closed end) & 7x3mm manifold o-rings (1) & 7.52X3.52mm and 9.2X2.8mm fuel injection o-rings (1) & gaskets (1) on the M54 engine & where in the USA to get new vacuum tubing & vacuum caps (1) & what SAE sizes to get for all the metric M54 engine vacuum tubes, hoses, pipes, and caps (1) & correcting the F-connector errors in the realoem diagrams (1) & finding the ends of hard-to-locate vacuum tubes (1) & sorely needed clarification on how the M54 CCV vacuum port works on the M52 CCV valve connection to the fuel pressure regulator connection (1) & how to make, borrow, or buy lean-condition misfire test tools to test for vacuum leaks & lean conditions (1) (2)

- How to report a BMW safety problem to the National Highway Traffic & Safety Administration for a product recall (1) and what E39 safety repair problems have already been reported to the NHTSA (1) & BMW E39 ignition coil recall information (1) & the safercar.gov recall search engine (1) & how to find out if your BMW E39 is involved in a recall (1) (2) (3) (4)

- What is Seafoam motor treatment, what does it do, where do you put it, and how does it work (1)
- How to remove the MID when the torx/hex set screw is stripped (1) (2) (3)
- How to make your own valve stem seal removal tool (1) & a valve spring removal tool and retainer tool (1) & an M62 engine valve repair (1) & an exhaust valve & cylinder head repair (1)
- E39 DICE Silverline radio mount DIY, business CD, non CD changer, no cassette tape, non DSP, non NAV (1)
- What can cause an SRS airbag light (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) & what tools reset the fault (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) & what happens when mechanics disconnect the airbag before the battery or they connect the battery before disconnecting the airbag in seat and window regulator repairs (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) & where to buy an airbag occupancy sensor bypass unit (1) (2).
- A nice way to tell a newbie how to search before asking oft-asked questions (1)
- How to identify an oil pan gasket leak (1) & how to remove & replace the E39 V8 oil pan gasket (1) (2) or the E39 I6 oil pan gasket by dropping the subframe (1) (2) (3) & hints how to replace the rigid metalized I6 oil pan gasket without removing the subframe (1) (2) & how to build or buy your own hoist & engine-support tools (1) (2)
- Where is the BMW E39 paint-code label location (1) (2) and part number of the BMW touchup paint (1) & how to apply touch-up paint (1) & how to spot a painted BMW (1) (2) (3) & how to hide minor scratches in the paint (1) & painting ideas for the engine covers (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) & cylinder heads (1) & valve covers (1) & how not to paint your engine covers (1)
- What does the BMW roundel stand for and mean (1)
- Pre-winter inspection of a user's windshield washer system (1)
- One user's pictorial DIY for replacing the BMW M54 engine spark plugs (1)
- How to run a wire from the engine bay passenger ebox to the glove compartment (1)
- How to fix broken or stripped oil drain pan plug bolt threads (0) (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11) (12) (13) (14) (15) (16) (17) (18) (19) & examples of an E39 M5 oil pan helicoil repair (1) & an E39 M5 timesert repair (1).
- It's not a DIY, it's what happened: One user's cooling system overhaul: How to get the radiator back on (1)
- Proper way to drain the I6 E39 cooling system (M54) using the engine drain plug (1)
- BavAuto M54 CCV replacement DIY (1)
- What to tell newbies who ask why their SES/CEL light is on but who don't have DTC scan codes or why they have a misfire or stumbling, hesitation, rough idle, etc., but who don't post codes from an OBD scanner with their question (1)
- How to tell if you have mechanical or hydraulic belt tensioners (1) & how to switch from mechanical to hydraulic (1) and what is the difference between the two types (1) (2) & how to rebuild your hydraulic tensioners (1) & how to re-grease your pulleys and rollers (1) & the answer to the question of adjusting the 540i hydraulic tensioners' belt tension (1) (2)
- 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)
- How does the BMW E39 suction jet pump (aka SJP, or sucking jet pump) work (1)
- Summary of all known ABS control module rebuilder options & new suppliers with prices (1)

- Power steering fluid (1) (2) & power steering fluid flush DIYs (1) (2) (3) (4) & volumes (1) & how to clean the power steering fluid reservoir internal filter (1) (2) & how to replace the cap o-ring (1) (2) & why you want to fix the power steering hose drip onto the alternator (1) (2) (3) & how to debug PSP power steering pump noises (1) (2) (3) or steering rack noises (1) & a nice power steering pump autopsy photo (1) & how to flush cloudy ATF fluid (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) & what PS fluid to use (1) (2-pdf) (3-volume) & what volume is needed to buy (1) & DIYs to replace the power steering hoses (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) & how to debug common BMW power steering issues (1) and noises (1) (2) (3) or steering rack noises (1)
- I hear a motor noise behind the dashboard (1)
- Where to get OEM VDO/Conti windshield washer pumps (1) (2)

- Headlight aiming DIYs (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) & how to physically remove the BMW E39 Hella headlights (1) & how to twist out the headlight bulbs (1) (2) (3) including HIDs (1) & which stock H7 'halogen' bulbs to buy (1) (2) (3) & how to physically remove the front turn signal bulb (1) (2) (3) (4) & what front turn signal bulb to replace it with (1) & how to remove the angel eye bulb (1) (2) (3) & which stock angel-eye bulbs to buy (1) (2) (3) & how to retrofit halogen angeleye bulbs to LEDs (1) (2) (3) (4) & how to modify pre-facelift headlights to angel eyes (1) (2) (3) (4) & headlight plastic polishing & refinishing DIYs (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) & replacing just the headlight lens (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) & how to cross reference all light bulbs for any BMW E39 including for the headlights, stoplights, backup, blinkers, dome, vanity, side markers, licplate, parking, fog, trunk/boot, glovebox, etc. (1) & more information if you really want to know everything about broken headlight adjusters (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11) (12) (13) (14) (15) (16) (17) (18) (19) (20) (21) & how to make your own headlight adjusters (0) (1) (2) (3) and a summary list of all your options when your headlight adjusters are broken (1) & headlight autopsy photos (1) (2) (3) & an explanation of the weird flat spot on the USA spec headlights (1) (2) & an explanation of HID versus conventional headlights and why the high beam is always a halogen H7 bulb (1) (2) (3) & the age-old argument of whether to buy aftermarket DJ Auto or Depo headlights (1) or OEM Hellas (1).

- Summary advice to provide users who suspect a major engine repair due to overheating (1) (2) (3) (4) & how to test an engine for a blown head gasket, cracked heads, a warped block, stripped head bolt threads, cam seizures, contaminated bearings, coolant hydrolock, or piston, ring, or valve damage (1) (2) & what are the major factors in deciding whether to rebuild the engine, replace the engine, or sell the car (1) & a DIY for replacing the I6 M54 head gasket (1) (2) & replacing the V8 M62TU head gasket (1) & why these engines are so prone to heat-related damage in the first place (1) & welding the crack between cylinder #3 and the water jacket on the exhaust side (1) & what engine swaps are most recommended (1) (2) (3) & where to obtain a new or rebuilt head (1) replacement short block or long block (1) (2) & how to lift & remove the engine (1) & the most recent real-world results from people faced with similar blown engine problems from which this advice came from (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11) (12) (13) (14) (15) (16) (17) (18) (19) (20) (21) (22) (23) (24) (25) (26) (27) (28) (29) (30) (31) (32) (33) (34) (35) (36) (37) (38) (39) (40) (41).

- How to maintain (1) and repair your hood release bowden cable (1) (2) (3) & how to replace the hood cable the easy way (1) & how to open the hood when the hood cable snaps (1) (2) & how to open the hood manually when you have a dead 12v car battery (1) [or trunk (1) (2)].
- One users attempt at understanding normal camber tire wear & new tire selection (1)

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- Summary advice to provide users who suspect a major engine repair due to overheating (1) (2) (3) (4) & how to test an engine for a blown head gasket, cracked heads, a warped block, stripped head bolt threads, cam seizures, contaminated bearings, coolant hydrolock, or piston, ring, or valve damage (1) (2) & what are the major factors in deciding whether to rebuild the engine, replace the engine, or sell the car (1) & a DIY for replacing the I6 M54 head gasket (1) (2) & replacing the V8 M62TU head gasket (1) & why these engines are so prone to heat-related damage in the first place (1) & welding the crack between cylinder #3 and the water jacket on the exhaust side (1) & what engine swaps are most recommended (1) (2) (3) & where to obtain a new or rebuilt head (1) replacement short block or long block (1) (2) & how to lift & remove the engine (1) & the most recent real-world results from people faced with similar blown engine problems from which this advice came from (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11) (12) (13) (14) (15) (16) (17) (18) (19) (20) (21) (22) (23) (24) (25) (26) (27) (28) (29) (30) (31) (32) (33) (34) (35) (36) (37) (38) (39) (40) (41) (42) (43)

- What snow chains to put on your BMW E39 tires (1)
- How does the touring rear suspension differ from the sedan rear suspension (1)
- How to unlock a seat belt or to loosen a stuck seatbelt (1) (2)
- Do others feel the Bentley manuals are useless for some DIY tasks (1)
- What could cause a BMW fan blade to explode or disintegrate (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) & should you go electric (1)
- BMW Glovebox Flashlight Cigarette Lighter Power Adapter (1) (2) (3) & adding new fuses & wiring in the engine bay (1) & how to install the Valentine or Escort radar detector (1) (2)
- How to add M5 remote power folding mirrors to your E39 (1) (2) (3) (4) (5)
- How your fuel injectors work (1) & reading fuel injection codes via the 'stomp test' (1) & how to replace and service a BMW E39 fuel injector (1) & replacing the 7.52X3.52mm and 9.2X2.8mm fuel injector o-rings (1) & home-made tools for fuel injection cleaning (1) & the most often recommended fuel system service outfits (1) (2) (3) & the location of the K96 fuel pump relay (1) & the location of the fuel system pressure test Schrader valve for the I6 (1) & V8 (1) (2) (3)
- What is Bell Performance "Mix-I-Go" and what does it do about ethanol in gasoline (1)
- How the secondary air system (SAS) and secondary air pump (SAP) and air valve, check valve, & electrical valve operate (1)

- Oxygen sensor DIYs (540 M62) (525 M54) & locations (1) & O2 sensor tools you can make at home (1) or borrow for free (1) & all about 02 sensors (pdf) (1) & how to eliminate the rear o2 sensors (1) (2)

- What gasoline mileage should an E39 get (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) & the truth about mpg calculation accuracy (1) (2) & E39 great mpg stories (1) (2) (3) & E39 awful fuel mileage issues (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11) (12) (13) (14) (15) (16) (17) (18) (19) (20) (21) (22) (23) (24) (25) (26) (27) (28) (29) (30)

- What tools are needed to work on the BMW E39 (1)

- What is the canonical thread on the BMW E39 FSU/FSR/Blower Motor Resistor (1) and what is the right brand FSR to purchase (1) (2) when your interior heating & air conditioning HVAC/IHKA blower motor goes haywire (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) & how to test the FSU (1) (2) (3) & how to repair your own final stage resistor including an autopsy & wiring diagram schematic (1) (2) and why a bad final stage unit will cause the battery to drain overnight (1) (2) (3) & how to isolate and replace the E39 blower motor (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) & how not to replace the FSU (1)

- How to make your own smoke machine (1)
- How people tested & resolved transmission "Trans Failsafe Program", aka "Limp Mode" (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11) (12) (13) (14) (15) (16)

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Hmmm.
There is also the "Best of Bimmerfest" - the"Do it yourself Headquarters".
Some very good info pertaining to different BMW models, but one can extrapolate.....repairs and mods, interior and exterior, etc.
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