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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 03-19-2009, 12:32 PM
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Problems, problems, always problems ...

I am hoping someone may be able to help. Since buying my E39, I have had problem
after problem, from worn front hubs causing severe shudder on braking to worn seal letting water in on the rear door!

I now appear to have the PDC failed, although I have located the failed sensor, just have 2 things that you may be able to advise me on.

1) Windscreen washer - If I pull the windscreen washer stalk back it will activate the pump and spray water without any problem. If I push the button on the stalk where it used to then spray for a programmed time mixing with the concentrate, nothing happens at all. I have checked the cabling and cannot see any problems. Is there a specific fuse and/or relay I should check or anything else before assuming the button has failed?

2) Running the diagnostic software showed an instrument cluster fault and when interrogating the specific module showed :

Instrument number combination

Part number 6914892
Hardware Nr . 19
Software Nr. 15
Diagnose index 9
Modification Index 40
Bus index 12
Code index 12
Production Date 23/3

Kombi_fe.dxt

Then a message BF about internal damage / error

Any advice appreciated...

Chris.
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I don't think we have a programmed spray in the US. I could be wrong?? Oh and we call 'em windshields here. England and your crazy language... just kidding. =) windscreen is good for a change...
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Problem after problem? Not too serious though, compared to some.
1) Is there screenwash in the seperate concentrate washer bottle? The small one?
2) An instrument cluster error is normal for some softwares to flag. Doesn't mean anything.
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Old 03-20-2009, 03:10 AM
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I'd rather watch Rugby any day to Soccer & can't stand Ali G :-)

1) Yes, both the small concentrate bottle is full and the water bottle is full too.
2) I shall ignore the flag on the instrument cluster

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qq7 when you push the washer button can you hear the pump? Most of the fuses are in the glove box and there should be a card in there with a key to the layout.
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I refuse to call soccer soccer.. i still call it football and correct everyone who gets confused. Cant wait for the euros.
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Old 03-20-2009, 05:41 AM
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nope, when I push the button I cannot hear anything, no indication of the pump and the wipers don't start. I will have a look to check the fuses.
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Old 03-20-2009, 07:33 AM
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checked the fuses and all are good.
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Ok I'm not sure what you are saying....(are you sure you don't have a jag/mg?)...but if you are talking about the spray for the lights which are mounted in the bumper, then check if your fluid is full. I have 2 tanks, and when the "deep clean" which comes on every 5 pumps of the stalk or so was empty which flagged this error msg.

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Old 03-22-2009, 05:08 AM
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I think I can tell the difference between a BMW and a jag/mg ;-)

On the 530d M Sport that I have, it has 2 fluid bottles, 1 main bottle for the water and 1 smaller bottle for the concentrate. When you pull the stalk
towards you it activates the pump for the water bottle and sprays the screen correctly but doesn't mix in any concentrate. What used to happen was
when pressing the end of the stalk it would activate a programmed wash sequence where it would spray the screen mixing in the concentrate for
a set number of wipes. After every 5th push of the button, it would also spray the front lights. Now I can push the end of the stalk as many times as
I want and nothing happens at all, no spray, no sound of any pumps activating.

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Old 03-22-2009, 06:17 AM
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My US 525i has the intensive mode by pressing the button on the end of stalk. It pulses the sprays for both windshield and lights.

Pulling back on the stalk will clean the window and every 5th time will clean the lights.
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Old 03-23-2009, 03:34 AM
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That behaviour is the same as my 530d, but now pushing the stalk button does nothing and that's the fault I am trying to track down.

Looks like fuses are ok and both fluid bottles are full.
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