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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 05-06-2015, 07:55 PM
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Tranny gone?

Hi gang! I'm crawling the walls trying to figure out why my precious baby stopped shifting into 3rd and 4th!!!! First things first. Ive read every relevant post and have replaced all 4 speed sensors and had the abs module rebuilt. I bought a C110 scanner and have received the following codes consistently even after switching speed sensors from side to side. 42 Power supply, wheel speed sensors and left front speed sensor. I admit I bought the speed sensors on the cheap from ebay but they worked for two weeks until one day i turned the corner and stomped on it...car went into limp mode. I recently changed the left front hub bearing (timken) prior to all this the car functioned perfectly. Now when I start it up drive off, traction light comes on at about 30mph then abs light shortly there after. if i keep pushing it to about 4000rpm......trifecta! limp mode. When I get back to the house I connect my scanner and get all the above codes plus 64 speed monitoring. I thought it might have been my output speed sensor so I went to the "stealer" and picked one up for about 66.00. installed it and viola! nothing changed. Another odd thing. When I'm using my scanner because of the close proximity to the OBDII port I can hear the abs unit clicking and making what i can only describe as electrical arcing sounds. Ive brought it back twice to the place that rebuilt it and they swear its functioning properly. but I never hear it do that before it was "rebuilt" and also if I leave the traction control on it anti locks at every stop!!! The only thing I haven't tried is a fluid check, because in my little mind I dont believe I would be getting speed sensor codes if magically slipped below some threshold while I was driving. Could it be the shift linkage? 3-4 shift solenoids?????HELP!!!
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Old 05-07-2015, 05:39 AM
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How old is your alternator and how many volts is it putting out with load?
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Old 05-10-2015, 07:43 PM
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I'll check the voltage tomorrow when I get my battery charger out of storage***** the lack of responses I a little worried.....I wish I had bought a 5 speed! Thanks
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Old 05-10-2015, 08:14 PM
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Replace the front left wss and re test. Also what else is not working? Speedometer, cruise control, ... Also when you say trifecta are you referring to all 3 lights coming on? Brake, Abs & ASC.?. On a separate note I doubt its lack of voltage since your car actually starts but doesn't hurt to confirm the voltage. I would almost be willing to bet its those dam ebay sensors so buy the ones from the dealership or a online supplier such as autohauzaz or pelican. I will use ebay only from hard parts , brakes, rotors, suspension , etc anything eletrical and I only use oem or autohauzaz since EVERY eletrical sensor I have received from ebay.. well sucks balls.
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Old 05-18-2015, 07:00 PM
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Thanks! I replaced both front sensors, cleared all codes and disconnected the battery for aweek. reconnected the battery started up and..........no change. Except no codes!!!! I'm going to drop the pan and check the filter and fluid level. My C110 says the trans is getting 13 volts, solenoids are good. no codes whatsoever. If I drive more than 20 miles an hour I can get it to go into safe mode. This is really frustrating
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Old 05-18-2015, 09:52 PM
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Did you use OEM wheel speed sensors? This time.
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Old 05-19-2015, 05:04 PM
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no junkyard but still no codes..baffling!!!
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Old 05-19-2015, 05:16 PM
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Any reliable independent mechanics in your area? Any other owners with similar car you can look at side-by-side?
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