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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 02-25-2015, 10:35 AM
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My speedo doesn't work what could it be
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Old 02-25-2015, 10:51 AM
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Is your ABS working? If not it is you leaft right sensor.
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Old 02-25-2015, 11:25 AM
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Is your ABS working? If not it is you leaft right sensor.
I think you meant left rear wheel speed sensor.


@maskell_91; Do you know if the ABS is working? And you can't just assume because the light isn't on that it is working, if you have been paying attention to the forum lately you should have seen some posts about despicable people removing the lights out of their dash so they can sell their car as "everything works". Have you noticed anything else not working such as cruise control or odometer?

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Old 02-25-2015, 11:41 AM
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Is it a sensor or something else
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Old 02-25-2015, 12:21 PM
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The speed/distance data makes its way to the IKE (instrument cluster) from the left rear wheel speed sensor (as mentioned in the 2 replies above). And you can see that it goes to the ABS unit first...that's why it was asked do you have other issues or warning lights illuminated. See "distance signal" in the information below:


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Old 02-25-2015, 05:33 PM
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Now is a good time to inspect all of your wheel speed sensors. Look for bad and/ crack insulation. Also remove and clean all your WSS.. Just add a little dialectic grease after cleaning.
If your rear driver side wheel Speed sensor look good from the outside just remove it from the wheel hub clean it out and replace.. This has work for me and 3 other E39 that i worked on.

If you do need to replace the WSS ONLY use O.E.M replacement wheel speed sensor also called ABS sensor at some auto part stores. (do not use aftermarket WSS sometime they work But Most of the time they fail soon after instillation.)

This is an easy DIY it will take longer to jack up and remove the tire then remove/replace the WSS.
Good luck
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Old 03-01-2015, 05:39 AM
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Speedo still not working replaced left rear abs what could it be
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Old 03-01-2015, 08:27 AM
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Did you use a OEM WSS?
Or did you use an aftermarket sensor?

Try switching your rear WSS Lt to Rt and see if the speedo works.
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Old 03-01-2015, 09:06 AM
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Am one so il need to get an or one also ATF stands for auto trans fluid am I right how full should it be
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Old 03-01-2015, 10:43 AM
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What are you trying to do?
Are changing the ATF or just checking the ATF level? Go to the search box and type in transmission oil change or ATF level. You find all the info.
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Old 03-01-2015, 11:15 AM
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What are you trying to do?
Are changing the ATF or just checking the ATF level? Go to the search box and type in transmission oil change or ATF level. You find all the info.
Typing /atf f3 in the bestlinks nets this, among others...
- ATF: Automatic transmission fluid (1) (2) (3) (4) & automatic transmission fluid & filter DIYs (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) & torque values (1) & how to find the hidden E39 transmission fluid level dipstick (1) & why ATF gushes out of the fill hole (1) & ZF 5HP19 facts (1)
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See also: E39 Bestlinks & How to easily find what you need
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Old 03-01-2015, 11:44 AM
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Old 03-02-2015, 06:26 PM
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BTW do not use dielectric grease on the connections. Dielectric grease acts as insulator, it does not conduct electricity. Primary use is on the spark plug boot to stop voltage "leaks" to ground.
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