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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 10-19-2015, 03:17 PM
roshanf75 roshanf75 is offline
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e39 Auto Car wont start, Gear Stuck in D

Hi all, i have a e39 528i year 97 and some odd thing happen
The car is automatic and when i insert the key to start it wont start, also on the instrument cluster the gear selection is on "D" always but when i shift to any other mode (N,R,Park) it wont changing on instrument cluster.

i have tryed to jump start. the shift gear can change freely to any mode
the brake lights are working when i press hard to start, no any crank sound

please help if some one had same problem
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Old 10-19-2015, 06:58 PM
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Did your transmission bowden cable come off of the lever on the transmission?
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Old 10-20-2015, 05:20 AM
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The cluster indicates that the car is still in drive? but the gear selector is in park?

someting broken brotha man

car wont start in drive.... even though you think its in park.. The car says otherwise,

the part that tells the car what gear you have selected has probably broke, I beleve that accsessed from inside the car center consel.... some of the automatic guys should be able to asisst better
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Old 10-20-2015, 05:55 AM
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@Burning2nd Yes, cluster indicates that the car is still in drive

but i can move the gear sifter park to any other mode N or R



@m735is what is transmission bowden cable?
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Old 10-20-2015, 06:18 AM
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If you can get the car (cluster) to go to natural... The car should start
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Old 10-20-2015, 06:26 AM
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what ever i do the cluster is stuck in Drive, on the gear shifter console the indicater lights are changing to the mode i chose but not on the cluster
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Old 10-20-2015, 07:00 AM
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i think this is my problem



have to chk on this weekend, i will report back

thanks to all ur help
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Old 10-28-2015, 04:13 AM
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i have chk the cable and its working fine, i have scan and found some code and clear them but i have found this


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Old 10-28-2015, 04:26 AM
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looks like your switch has failed... car still things its in drive,
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Old 10-28-2015, 05:00 AM
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Yep, I agree. If the lever is actually moving with the cable on the transmission, then the switch must be messed up.

Good luck getting to the screws that hold it in there, I tried and couldn't get anything I had to fit between the chassis and the switch. Mine just needs an adjustment (I think), so I may have to bend some tools or something.

You MAY be able to undo the cable from the lever and move the lever with your hand to try to get a "P" or "N" to show up on the cluster. Maybe the switch can be cleaned out???
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Old 10-28-2015, 03:22 PM
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thanks guys for the help, but i have found the problem

you wont believe what i found, its was the Oil level sensor. the sensor is short and the No. 15 fuse was blown. i just unplug the sensor connection and put a new fuse to the panel and its jut work, my cluster back into action and car start without problem.

the no 15 fuse was also connected to the car electronic system and also oil level sensor. the sensor bad and keep blowing the fuses


thanks to all
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