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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 02-25-2014, 04:14 PM
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e39 Electrical Gremlins/New Steering Wheel/Clockspring

hi there!
this is my first post on bimmerfest! I have searched extensively for a solution to this issue I have been having but cannot seem to find one. A few months back I bought a new steering wheel for my 1998 528i. I made sure the airbag was single stage fyi. Once i installed it and plugged in wires corresponding to clockspring I noticed the car would not start...electrics would come on and car wouldnt turn over or even click. I found and unplugged the faulty plug which gave me radio/turn signal use as well as cluster illumination. however, my horn and mf steering wheel doesnt work when this is unplugged. confusing, i know. haha. I thought maybe it was an issue with just that steering wheel/clockspring so i purchased another and still the same issue prevails. I would really enjoy having a horn and radio at the same time so please let me know if you guys could think of any possible solutions!!

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Old 02-25-2014, 04:15 PM
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also, i installed a new ignition switch today hoping that would solve my problems but they remain
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Old 02-25-2014, 05:00 PM
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I did this update on my 1997 528 - from the "hoolahoop" standard MF steering wheel to the smaller sports and thicker steering wheel. It came with its own clock spring and the update seemed straight forward to me. Everything just works- buttons and all. The clock spring was exactly the same as the original one. What happens if you put back the original wheel and clock spring? I'd start from there if you haven't already as an elimination exercise rather than throwing new parts at it.
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Old 02-25-2014, 05:30 PM
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@musa,
thank you for the quick response! sadly, i threw the old steering wheel assembly apart because it was completely trashed (ripped leather, missing buttons, clockspring tape was getting all tangled) however was the only bad thing about the car when i bought it! haha. also, i should mention that the airbag light came on prior to this incident as a passenger occupancy sensor. i bought a new sensor mat but the light remains on probably associated with the whole steering wheel situation i have going on
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