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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-25-2020, 10:00 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,435
Posted By aliaw528
Yes, I just was confirming what the OP was asking...

Yes, I just was confirming what the OP was asking about. Cheers.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-23-2020, 03:03 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,435
Posted By aliaw528
H&R sport front coils too small for Bilstein B8's

I recently took off my front 2001 540i sport B8 struts to raise the ride due to the H&R sport coils seemed too harsh on speed bumps, curbs and potholes. I also noticed that the coils were loose in...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-09-2016, 10:34 PM
Replies: 182
Views: 177,527
Posted By aliaw528
Not FSU, not Relay, not Blower, not HVAC unit but..

On my 2001 540i sport, I came out last week to fan running full blast while car was not running. I started the car, and I noticed the lights and fan speed going dead on the HVAC head unit, which I...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-18-2011, 03:19 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 14,669
Posted By aliaw528
Try recalibrating the Steering Angle Sensor

I had the same symptom, turned out that the Steering angle Sensor (on lower part of steering column in car) needed to be re-calibrated. This is performed with a GT1 or similar type scanner.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-08-2011, 01:45 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 568
Posted By aliaw528
Just do the muffler delete

and straight pipe out from the resonator. It sounds awesome, but very stock when you are idling or not getting on it. I did the muffler delete (drops about 25 lbs in weight from your car also) and...
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 01-19-2011, 04:53 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 7,123
Posted By aliaw528
I was charged 4.0 hours

to do water pump and cooling system components on my 330i recently. It should be about the same for the 545i.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-20-2010, 05:54 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 17,972
Posted By aliaw528
Can and did happen to me

Drove into a dark on-ramp in Oakland which had 2 feet of standing water. Barely got the 540 to the side out of the way. Tried to start it a couple of times (my mistake). The 3rd try it caught, ran...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-07-2010, 02:45 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 5,599
Posted By aliaw528
H&R's and Koni SA's

I find the Koni SA's are not that great on my 540i sport combined with the H&R lowering springs. They don't have any rebound stop to speak, especially when going over speed bumps. It doesn't matter...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-05-2010, 04:35 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 4,485
Posted By aliaw528
YES, that is what a lot of owners do

[QUOTE=spamboxer;5517415]Is it ok to change oil filter without draining old oil? M54 engine.

I want to open filter housing and inspect my current oil/oil filter.
I'd put new filter in there after...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-22-2010, 02:39 PM
Replies: 138
Views: 15,646
Posted By aliaw528
Did mine at 130k and replaced with

Redline ATF. I;m now at 181k and no issues. I will do another filter/fluid change at 190k. Hopin to get 300k out of the tranny.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-24-2010, 01:10 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,381
Posted By aliaw528
A lot of times tires are the cause of the shimmy

Try moving / rotating them around on the car, after ensuring the rims are not bent and they are balanced.

Order a sunroof rail guide replacement kit for the side that failed (or replace both sides...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-16-2010, 11:32 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,295
Posted By aliaw528
Thanks for confirming what most of us probably...

Thanks for confirming what most of us probably suspected, that there are very few replacements for the ultimate driving machine (plastic parts reliability put aside of course).
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-16-2010, 11:27 AM
Replies: 120
Views: 47,146
Posted By aliaw528
I have a 179k miles and feel like the back end is...

I have a 179k miles and feel like the back end is not riding or handling like the front end, which has had a lot of suspension components replaced. Last week I had new rear ball joints (liquid...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-02-2010, 07:24 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 12,328
Posted By aliaw528
The 540i doesn't have the Vanos seals issue...

The 540i doesn't have the Vanos seals issue although there are some other items that make it less than perfect (intake, valvle cover, timing chain and vp gaskets go after awhile). And actually the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-01-2010, 11:41 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 5,542
Posted By aliaw528
I still run the stock DSP system with a Dension...

I still run the stock DSP system with a Dension for the Ipod, which works great with steering wheel controls and song/artist digital info on the MID. The sound is not the greatest, but not the worst...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-30-2010, 03:00 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 859
Posted By aliaw528
GSXRyder = 1,655 posts You = 55 posts ...

GSXRyder = 1,655 posts

You = 55 posts

Now who is the "unhelpful little .... "?
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-30-2010, 01:00 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,683
Posted By aliaw528
Could be still to hot in your engine area

The fan clutch works off heat. A little metal tab expands and pushes a small part to engage the fan. If you are checking while the engine is hot, you may get resistance. However, if the fan clutch...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-30-2010, 12:41 PM
Replies: 146
Views: 11,429
Posted By aliaw528
More for the list of mechanicals: headlight...

More for the list of mechanicals: headlight adjustors, sunroof rails, and window regulators.

Done em' all.

So maybe the e39 is the better car for DIY's who love to DIY.:dunno:
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-30-2010, 12:33 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,408
Posted By aliaw528
The car has 100k plus salvage title

You are lookin at putting in some money and wrench time for things like cooling system, suspension, valve cover and intake gaskets, full fluid update including rear diff, headlight adjustors, etc. ...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-30-2010, 11:30 AM
Replies: 233
Views: 246,227
Posted By aliaw528
No problem, I like the replacement AdisChino

used above as well if you want to repair the wires in the loom properly. But as he stated, that is at least a weekend's worth of work and beer. :cry:
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-30-2010, 09:43 AM
Replies: 233
Views: 246,227
Posted By aliaw528
Pics are not very good, but I did find a way

to extend the rubber boot for the trunk loom. I re-soldered my broken connection and put shrink wrap on the fixed connection. (make sure you slip the shrink wrap on the wires before you solder them...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-30-2010, 09:27 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,001
Posted By aliaw528
and your vehicle has a shifter and 3 pedals (jk)

All 99's and up have drive by wire throttle / pedal setups. Less chance of a cable fraying, more chance that the Engine Failsafe mode will kick in the event of sticky throttle housing.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-30-2010, 09:12 AM
Replies: 146
Views: 11,429
Posted By aliaw528
The e39 has it + / -'s when doing R&M

As cars get more sensors and microprocessors, it is critical to have proper tools and software that can identify problems. Interestingly, some of the e39's biggest problems are mechanical (cooling...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-30-2010, 08:56 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,559
Posted By aliaw528
Seat and steering wheel will stop working when

the switch panel on the side of the drivers seat becomes disconnected. If you pull back the panel after removing the switches and screws, you will see a connector on the back that sometimes becomes...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-30-2010, 08:51 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,001
Posted By aliaw528
Engine Failsafe Mode - fixed

Sunday night I was on the freeway and Engine Failsafe mode kicked in. I exited, got home, and next morning started it up and got 20 miles before Engine Failsafe kicked in. At stop lights, the idle...
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