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Old 02-13-2008, 12:39 AM
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My first lesson on fix my E39/M54, change camshaft sensor (intake side)


I am new to this forum. I am new to hands-on on my Bimmer.

But with all your guys good work, I am hoping i can learn quickly. I am sick and tired on getting a rip-off by BMW dealers in my area (San Francisco Bay Area). They charged me $800 for doing Inspection I. The sad thing was I paid them.

My motivation for starting my bimmer project is triggered by my Bimmer 2002 525i showed "Service Engine Soon" and start to stall at stop signs. I wend to an independent BMW shop and their estimate for fixing all the problems including changing front breaks and doing Inspection II is $3000. Wow.

So I started to open the hook and identify the oil level stick ....

As a matter of fact, I just finished my first bimmer project, I just spent two hours and installed a new camshaft position sensor.

Following are the tools/parts I got for my first project.

1) New Peake reader FCX 3 R5 ($150 including shipping)
2) BMW service and parts software from Ebay ($15). This is the same software the BMW dealer uses.
3) some tools spanners/allen hex key/flash light etc.
4) Pause generator (camshaft) sensor (inlet side) which is $150 including tax from the local BMW dealer. It is way expensive than, but since I don't want to wait, this is the only way to go. I also found out that BMW has updated the sensor (a better one I assume) with a new parts number. Maybe it is worth the price?

Peake reader gave me two error codes. One is table 19, code 41 witch points to the camshaft sensor fault. The other one is 19 E3 which is 02 sensor limit.

But when I changed the camshaft sensor and cleared all fault codes. It seems that the second error code is not coming back.

I have found the following posting very helpful for my project.

This reference should be good for all M54 engine. I also find out that the BMW TIS/ECP software I bought from Ebay is very helpful. It listes the detailed steps of changing the camshaft sensor. It gives detailed diagrams for all BMW parts and how they are associated.

Now I am looking for info my second project, i.e. solving power sheering system leaking problem.

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