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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 01-07-2012, 01:22 PM
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Fixed the sunroof drain clog

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Old 08-13-2012, 03:26 PM
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I have 2002 525i Touring wagon. The RF foot well was wet and the car gave me some electrical problems so I took it to a shop and they replaced a couple of things under the footwell for a cost of $1200 the car ran fine I parked it for a few weeks and now when I try to start it I get the message "ignition". Can anybody know what is the cause. I forgot to fix the drain from the sunroof I am assuming the shop took care of this. Any help would be appreciated.

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Old 08-13-2012, 05:05 PM
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Guam135i, was the leak determined to be from the sunroof drain on that side? Did the shop specifically bill you for sunroof drain repair/replacement? If not, I wouldn't assume they did anything up there. Does the car still get rainwater on the floor during/after a rain?

Underneath that floorboard are some serious (and non-waterproof) fuseboxes and behind the kickpanel on that side I believe you have the light control module. This stuff gets wet once, it can corrode to the point of causing all sorts of crazies....

Oh, I forgot one detail .... You park these cars for a few weeks, chances are you'll be dealing with a dead battery that can run the accessory lights but doesn't have the juice to turn the starter. Did you charge the battery?

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Old 08-14-2012, 05:00 PM
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Guam135i, was the leak determined to be from the sunroof drain on that side? Did the shop specifically bill you for sunroof drain repair/replacement? If not, I wouldn't assume they did anything up there. Does the car still get rainwater on the floor during/after a rain?

Underneath that floorboard are some serious (and non-waterproof) fuseboxes and behind the kickpanel on that side I believe you have the light control module. This stuff gets wet once, it can corrode to the point of causing all sorts of crazies....

Oh, I forgot one detail .... You park these cars for a few weeks, chances are you'll be dealing with a dead battery that can run the accessory lights but doesn't have the juice to turn the starter. Did you charge the battery?
I asked and they said they fixed the leak. The front foot wells are dry but the rear foot wells are kinda wet both letf and right side, does anybody know where this is coming from?

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Old 08-29-2012, 03:33 PM
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Bump I need help?
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Old 08-29-2012, 04:11 PM
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See this.....

http://public.fotki.com/stilljester/...por-barrier-r/
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Old 08-29-2012, 04:51 PM
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Good one pleiades. Never seen this DIY write up before. Although, I don't need it, right now. Bookmarked.
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Old 08-30-2012, 06:12 PM
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You mean to say the water fill up on the door and leaks inside in between the door and the door panel? strange because I thought all doors have weep holes in the bottom so they do not fill up with water.
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Old 08-30-2012, 06:49 PM
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No, water isn't filling up inside the door (e39s have weep holes too), it's dripping down onto and through broken vapor seals into the car.
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Old 08-30-2012, 09:09 PM
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No, water isn't filling up inside the door (e39s have weep holes too), it's dripping down onto and through broken vapor seals into the car.
Thanks, anyway I thought the vapor barrier is there to prevent moisture from going into the door panels. I'll check it out

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Old 09-04-2012, 11:00 PM
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What do we do after all is dry to further prevent the electrical components from getting any corrosion after being soaked in water?
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Old 09-26-2012, 03:16 PM
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I got this taken care off and the car starts great and runs fine thanks to all of you that replied.
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Old 03-24-2013, 11:35 AM
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follow up to sunroof drain cleaning

Well after another battery dying, this time to an unknown cause, I found a better way to clean the sunroof drain pipes. I bought a cleaning brush kit for a hydration bladder system. It's from Platypus via Amazon. It is a tube cleaning brush which is flexible and almost 3 feet long! It snakes right down that tube like a champ. The brush could be slightly broader, but maybe not, as it easily moves up and down. What a relief. I can clean out these tubes twice a year and not worry about killing another battery! Ps. Sorry for typos, posted from smartphone!

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Old 09-17-2013, 01:01 PM
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Well after another battery dying, this time to an unknown cause, I found a better way to clean the sunroof drain pipes. I bought a cleaning brush kit for a hydration bladder system. It's from Platypus via Amazon. It is a tube cleaning brush which is flexible and almost 3 feet long! It snakes right down that tube like a champ. The brush could be slightly broader, but maybe not, as it easily moves up and down. What a relief. I can clean out these tubes twice a year and not worry about killing another battery! Ps. Sorry for typos, posted from smartphone!
Just got some rain, hurricane in mexico did it. I found a bladder system cleaning kit for $7 at walmart. I also found that the cleaning kit for daft beer hoses looks like it would work, found one at a local home brew shop that sells supplies for the home brewers. Gonna keep that one cause I bought enough stuff to make my own IPA.
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