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Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 07-01-2020, 04:12 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 272
Posted By habbyguy
It could work out. I've installed Chinese axles...

It could work out. I've installed Chinese axles that were smooth, but then started a vibration a couple thousand miles into a road trip (sadly, one that had 5-6,000 miles to go). I guess spending...
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 07-01-2020, 11:39 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 272
Posted By habbyguy
If it was mine, I'd just go with a Cardone...

If it was mine, I'd just go with a Cardone rebuilt axle (which will be a rebuilt BMW axle, of course). That is just a much higher percentage play than hoping a Chinese axle works (so, so, so often,...
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 07-01-2020, 11:36 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 116
Posted By habbyguy
Start by posting the codes that it's throwing...

Start by posting the codes that it's throwing (gotta believe there are some codes...). At the very least, there is a transmission problem, and that could be one of a couple hundred things. We could...
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 06-30-2020, 04:27 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 162
Posted By habbyguy
FWIW, I ended up filling my transfer case through...

FWIW, I ended up filling my transfer case through the drain plug. I looked at the alternative (dropping the exhaust, and a continent-size heat shield, among other things), and decided it would be a...
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 06-30-2020, 08:15 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 272
Posted By habbyguy
It's hard to imagine that a couple whacks with a...

It's hard to imagine that a couple whacks with a 2-pound hammer would REALLY screw up a CV joint. FWIW, I've had really spotty luck with Chinese axles, and ended up replacing most of the ones I...
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 06-30-2020, 08:12 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 170
Posted By habbyguy
That's a boost sensor error code - I'd look in...

That's a boost sensor error code - I'd look in that direction first (did you have to disconnect any of the post-turbo tubing / sensors to replace the starter?).
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 06-30-2020, 08:09 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 236
Posted By habbyguy
Just a thought, but my E61 made some creaking,...

Just a thought, but my E61 made some creaking, popping noises like the OP's, and it ended up being loose bolts on the chassis stiffener arms. Apparently the torque from bumps or turns was enough to...
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 06-30-2020, 08:05 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 296
Posted By habbyguy
Access isn't too bad - you have to drop the...

Access isn't too bad - you have to drop the ceiling-mounted speaker(s) and pull down the trim. And do hope that the hatch motor problem is wiring, because the hydraulic motor / piston are way...
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 06-29-2020, 02:22 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,858
Posted By habbyguy
If you can securely fit an L-shaped hex wrench in...

If you can securely fit an L-shaped hex wrench in the plug, you can amplify your torque using a small tube or even a closed-end wrench (slide it over the shaft of the hex wrench). I believe this is...
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 06-27-2020, 08:37 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 266
Posted By habbyguy
A lot of older RVs have been upgraded with...

A lot of older RVs have been upgraded with "intelligent" battery chargers / converters. That means that there are a lot of the old-school "buzz boxes" gathering dust. Most of them can put out 50...
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 06-26-2020, 11:12 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 232
Posted By habbyguy
Got a sunroof?

Got a sunroof?
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 06-25-2020, 12:08 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 255
Posted By habbyguy
Yes, if you have 12 volts on the big supply line,...

Yes, if you have 12 volts on the big supply line, and are getting 12 volts to the "signal" input, and the starter's not turning, it's a gold-plated cinch that you have a bad starter. Just for...
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 06-24-2020, 12:08 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 455
Posted By habbyguy
A few random thoughts... 1) Fuel blend can...

A few random thoughts...

1) Fuel blend can change season to season. More ethanol means worse mileage (by a lot, actually). In fact, it's been a common experience that you can drive as far on 9...
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 06-23-2020, 01:25 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 214
Posted By habbyguy
My bet is that the previous owner "upgraded" your...

My bet is that the previous owner "upgraded" your turn signal (and other) light bulbs with LEDs, and didn't bother to add the load resistors to prevent the "bulb out warning". They'll also cause the...
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 06-22-2020, 03:38 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 332
Posted By habbyguy
The late 70's motorhome I own used to be owned by...

The late 70's motorhome I own used to be owned by a CA driver. The PO had installed a slick fuel injection system on the big V8 (replacing the horrible old Quadrajet). He had to pull the FI off,...
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 06-22-2020, 09:46 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 251
Posted By habbyguy
It sounds like the OP is more likely to get a...

It sounds like the OP is more likely to get a life lesson out of this than a faster car... ;-)
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 06-22-2020, 09:42 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 135
Posted By habbyguy
Does it do it when you're in M mode (in top...

Does it do it when you're in M mode (in top gear)?

How many miles?

Ever do any transmission service?
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 06-22-2020, 09:40 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 332
Posted By habbyguy
I'm with M-Rob on this one - the sensors are...

I'm with M-Rob on this one - the sensors are suspect over 100,000 miles, and are (obviously) a lot less money and hassle to swap.
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 06-22-2020, 09:37 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,285
Posted By habbyguy
I didn't like the slotted rotors that I...

I didn't like the slotted rotors that I "inherited" from the PO on another car... I could feel a slight "buzz" as they rotated. Might be different with different rotors and pads, but other than race...
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 06-22-2020, 09:35 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 225
Posted By habbyguy
Before you order a stop light switch, you might...

Before you order a stop light switch, you might just back into your parking place so you can see the reflection of your brake lights - then you'll know for sure whether the switch works or not.
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 06-20-2020, 01:08 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,285
Posted By habbyguy
FWIW, if the old rotor doesn't have a deep "lip"...

FWIW, if the old rotor doesn't have a deep "lip" around the outside, AND has no obvious defects on the surface, I'll generally just re-use them. If, OTOH, you're getting some pulsing in the brakes...
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 06-20-2020, 01:04 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 664
Posted By habbyguy
It's really impossible to say. If we knew the...

It's really impossible to say. If we knew the codes the car was throwing when it went into limp mode, we might be able to offer some meaningful advice. I've seen instances where the collective...
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 06-20-2020, 11:38 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 225
Posted By habbyguy
I couldn't find anything either - I suspect that...

I couldn't find anything either - I suspect that BMW, in their infinite wisdom, use the gear position switch to confirm to a computer "somewhere " that it should allow engagement of the starter. I...
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 06-20-2020, 11:38 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 225
Posted By habbyguy
I couldn't find anything either - I suspect that...

I couldn't find anything either - I suspect that BMW, in their infinite wisdom, use the gear position switch to confirm to a computer "somewhere " that it should allow engagement of the starter. I...
Forum: E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010) 06-19-2020, 04:11 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 531
Posted By habbyguy
I'd make sure that they are intimately familiar...

I'd make sure that they are intimately familiar with the family of ZF transmissions your car has. They're not that hard to do the job as described, but there are a couple gotchas that you (or they)...
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