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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 06-04-2014, 10:37 AM
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2000 Bmw E39 Blower Motor Resistor Location"

I would like to know the location and instructions on installing a new blower motor resistor on my 2000 M5. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 06-04-2014, 11:56 AM
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Welcome to Bimmerfest. I've moved your thread over to the E39 5 series forum. Search in here, there is plenty of info on this topic.

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Old 06-04-2014, 12:04 PM
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Here you go:
not a fan of how this guy presents, but the steps are very good.

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Old 06-04-2014, 12:28 PM
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1. Procedure is below:
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=143393

I find it easier to use a very long screwdriver and wedge it between the Plastic Tab and the FSR metal body. Gently pry it and it will work loose.
The DIY says press the plastic tab down, it sounds good in theory but the space is so tight, it is hard to press it down with one hand while pulling it out with the other hand.

2. Brand: BMW only. Or pull a few FSRs from junk yard.
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Old 06-04-2014, 12:41 PM
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or you could try www.540i6.com

"they all do that " FSU
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Old 06-04-2014, 01:50 PM
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...this is such a common issue that a simple google search or youtube search using a few key words (BMW E39 FSU FSR) would pull up plenty of information as well.
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Old 06-04-2014, 02:07 PM
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...this is such a common issue that a simple google search or youtube search using a few key words (BMW E39 FSU FSR) would pull up plenty of information as well.
I've noticed that a lot of folks who post obvious questions on these BMW forums are simply not computer-savvy. If they were, they'd try a Google search, rather than relying on us old geezers who've forgotten the answers.

Or are they just too lazy, and would rather be spoon-fed?

If jar2000 knows what the device is called, he surely could have searched for more info.
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1. Procedure is below:
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=143393

I find it easier to use a very long screwdriver and wedge it between the Plastic Tab and the FSR metal body. Gently pry it and it will work loose.
The DIY says press the plastic tab down, it sounds good in theory but the space is so tight, it is hard to press it down with one hand while pulling it out with the other hand.

2. Brand: BMW only. Or pull a few FSRs from junk yard.
That's a great write-up, with detailed pics.
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Old 06-05-2014, 05:55 AM
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Typing /fsu f3 in the bestlinks nets more than you can imagine on the FSU...

Try this for starters:
- How to troubleshoot a bad FSU final stage unit (1) and how to build a test jig for your FSR final stage resistor (1) & how to autopsy or repair solder cracks in your blower motor resistor (1) & how to replace your HVAC blower resistor (1) & what FSU is the right one to buy (1)
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See also: E39 Bestlinks & How to easily find what you need
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Yet no one says where to find it's location. I think he just wanted to know where to look.


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Old 06-05-2014, 08:53 AM
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generally if you are asking for something like that, you want to replace it.
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Old 06-05-2014, 01:41 PM
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Yet no one says where to find it's location. I think he just wanted to know where to look.
Huh?

I personally posted over a dozen pictures of the FSU in situ in the posts I've referenced. Others posted another few score, so, there must be easily a hundred pictures of the FSU (in both European and US cars) in the threads I referenced.

The whole point of refererring someone to a link is that you teach them to fish.
We've already spend considerable time and effort, in those canonical threads, explaining EVERYTHING about the FSU (down to the numbers on the chips and where exactly in the traces on the circuit board that it fails).

You show them pictures of the fish.
You explain where the fish lies, how to get at it, how to unclip it and remove the fish.
You even show them how to test the fish, once removed, and which fish to buy as a replacement.

What more can we do?

If we answered every question that was already answered, then none of us would still be here because we'd be bored to death.
What the OP needs to do is look at the links, and then to ADD VALUE to what is already there.

That's what "I" try to do with my threads, for example.
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See also: E39 Bestlinks & How to easily find what you need

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