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

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Old 11-25-2015, 10:15 AM
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Inquiry? Traction Control Light flashing

Car 1997 528i, manual (7/96 build date)
150k miles

All the lights are off on my dash (finally). When I drive, I get a random flashing of the TC light. I can be going slow or fast, uphill, downhill, smooth roads or bumpy ones. It flashes and goes away.

While the light is flashing, I do NOT notice any loss of power or braking or anything.

Yesterday, the light flashed for a bit and then stayed illuminated. I did some reading and tightened the little throttle cable as recommended and started the car. Light was off!

Driving home it flashed here and there but always went away.

Not terribly concerned with it as there does not seem to be an adverse effect but, I don't think it's flashing just to say hello. I suspect an issue but I'm not sure what.

No codes on the dash.

Thoughts?
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Old 11-25-2015, 11:48 AM
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Speed sensor?
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Old 11-25-2015, 12:49 PM
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With the trifecta recently fixed, I have BMW WSS's in the rear and aftermarket in the front.
Indy shop pulled all codes with their $30k scanner and found nothing (after I mentioned this issue to them)

Any other ideas?
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Old 11-25-2015, 12:58 PM
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Ok are all four of your tires the same size?
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1986 F-250 diesel 6.9
1989 535i
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1994 740i
1947 kb-5 international
parting out/ scrapped
1998 540i sport
sold
1999 528i sport premium
1997 540i premium
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Old 11-25-2015, 02:21 PM
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All 4 tires are newer. Same size, same brand, same tread, same inflation
All suspension is new
All brakes are new
All WSS's are new
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