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Forum: 7 Series - E65 / E66 (2002 - 2008) 07-30-2020, 07:11 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 274
Posted By snaward
I replaced the rear cover on my 745i a few years...

I replaced the rear cover on my 745i a few years ago. The tell-tell sign is you have coolant dripping out of the transmission bell housing.

In general the steps are:
1. Remove transmission, or...
Forum: 7 Series - E65 / E66 (2002 - 2008) 07-30-2020, 07:03 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 263
Posted By snaward
It might be easier to drop the sub frame and...

It might be easier to drop the sub frame and engine to get some clearance. They can both go down a few inches before other parts have to be disconnected.

Another option is to remove the drive...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 07-30-2020, 06:51 PM
Replies: 3,165
Views: 230,656
Posted By snaward
2 Milestones in one month

Benny - our oldest BMW a 1998 528 reached two milestones this month:

1. It turned 22 years old.
2. Cross over the 200k miles of ownership at 278k miles.

This is the most miles I have put on...
Forum: 7 Series - E65 / E66 (2002 - 2008) 06-30-2020, 10:59 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 244
Posted By snaward
Inside the center console, pull the front wall...

Inside the center console, pull the front wall into the console. May take some wiggling. There should be one flat harness that plugs into the bottom of the Idrive with a short cord. When I got...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 03-08-2020, 08:12 AM
Replies: 3,165
Views: 230,656
Posted By snaward
Replaced the original alternator which lasted...

Replaced the original alternator which lasted 270k miles and almost 22 years!

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Forum: X5 E53 (1999 - 2006) 05-25-2019, 02:21 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 571
Posted By snaward
Driver Door Rattle Solved

I have been sorting out the issues with my recently acquired X5 and one of the issues was the driver's door rattle when it was closed. Based on google and sites like this one, it sounded like the...
Forum: Cars - Private Party 05-24-2019, 12:20 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 888
Posted By snaward
E39 - 1998 528 for sale

A very well maintained 07/1998 BMW 528. The car was bought in 2009 with 78k miles. It now has 261k miles. It has been a great family car and I was planning on keeping to at least 300k, but I got a...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-10-2019, 05:58 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 589
Posted By snaward
I plan to replace both upper arms and the lower...

I plan to replace both upper arms and the lower ball joint on both sides.

The arm itself seems fine and is stiff enough that i can only push it down a little. But the arm socket is completely...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 04-09-2019, 05:58 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 589
Posted By snaward
Rear Control Arm Failure

To all of my fellow E39 friends with the rear suspension re-work on the to-do list (like me) here is what happened to me this weekend.

Car - 1998, 528, 260k miles

I driving back home from...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-25-2019, 06:12 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 504
Posted By snaward
I forgot about the screw driver starting for...

I forgot about the screw driver starting for about a week. It was my daughter's daily driver at the time, so we swapped cars since she did not like looking like she was driving a hotwired car lol!...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-24-2019, 05:26 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 504
Posted By snaward
Just Google e39 ignition barrel replacement. I...

Just Google e39 ignition barrel replacement. I think i had to show proof of ownership at the dealer to get a new barrel to match my key. You will need a bent bobby pin to remove the old one.
...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 02-24-2019, 07:29 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 504
Posted By snaward
Mine did that then one day it spun in both...

Mine did that then one day it spun in both directions, so i could not turn it off with the key. Its not too hard to fix, so keep it on the do sooner than later list.

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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-23-2018, 04:55 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 876
Posted By snaward
I don't really want to see a good E39 with a nice...

I don't really want to see a good E39 with a nice body get smashed up either.

Your offer is very generous - and yes if I can do that then I can keep it on the road.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-22-2018, 06:43 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 876
Posted By snaward
1998 528i E39 for sale

After almost 10 yrs and ~170 miles I am looking to sell my 98 528i.

The car is fair condition on everything except the transmission is needing a rebuild, or conversion to a 5-speed. I thought...
Forum: 7 Series - E65 / E66 (2002 - 2008) 09-24-2018, 07:56 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,307
Posted By snaward
The axle removal was pretty clear. I think I had...

The axle removal was pretty clear. I think I had to play around to make sure it angled good before you start pushing it out.

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Forum: 7 Series - E65 / E66 (2002 - 2008) 09-24-2018, 07:38 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,307
Posted By snaward
Yep - You got it. Either the bolts did not...

Yep - You got it.

Either the bolts did not get torqued down because lack of access with the axle in place and/or no locktite was used.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-24-2018, 07:30 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 572
Posted By snaward
Transmission shifting Problems

I have a 7/98 528i with the GM 4-speed transmission. ~255k miles. I have owned and wrenched on the car since 2009 when it had a measly 73k miles. Thanks to this forum and google, I have been able...
Forum: 7 Series - E65 / E66 (2002 - 2008) 09-24-2018, 07:15 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,307
Posted By snaward
I can't remember if the bearing gets destroyed,...

I can't remember if the bearing gets destroyed, but I would assume yours are already damaged since they are not design to take your wobble.

I could not get to the wheel bearing bolts inside the...
Forum: 7 Series - E65 / E66 (2002 - 2008) 01-23-2018, 09:21 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 11,459
Posted By snaward
Try replacing the hydraulic oil. That solved it...

Try replacing the hydraulic oil. That solved it on my 745i when it was behaving as you described.

I used my vacuum bleeder with a small tube to suck as much as I could out of the reservoir, even...
Forum: E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006 - 2013) 01-09-2018, 10:00 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 8,116
Posted By snaward
On my E39 (528) I had to remove the interior door...

On my E39 (528) I had to remove the interior door panel and reach in and pop the electric solenoid off, then the door handles worked. In my case the door lock indicator would go up, but right back...
Forum: 7 Series - E65 / E66 (2002 - 2008) 01-03-2018, 11:51 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 722
Posted By snaward
I think this is the part you need. I broke the...

I think this is the part you need. I broke the same thing and you have to buy the hose which now has a different looking resonator (black) built in. The hose goes up and around the power steering...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-19-2017, 10:39 AM
Replies: 3,165
Views: 230,656
Posted By snaward
Got two jobs done before it gets cold again here...

Got two jobs done before it gets cold again here in the south (60s deg today thru Friday, but could be as low as 18 by Sunday).

1. Replaced the dip stick tube o-ring. A really nice enjoyable...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-11-2017, 10:28 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 2,532
Posted By snaward
Rear Door Won't Open

Just want to pass along what I did this weekend in case somebody has the same issue.

Was just planning on replacing a broken inside door handle, but when I went to open the back door it would not...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-04-2017, 09:37 AM
Replies: 3,165
Views: 230,656
Posted By snaward
Found Air intake leak :)

I have had the annoying CEL for a few months due to lean mix deviation for both banks. So after replacing old vacuum hoses, etc finally tried and tested out my DIY smoke machine to see where the...
Forum: 7 Series - E65 / E66 (2002 - 2008) 11-01-2017, 05:50 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 249
Posted By snaward
Lock Control module??

I have a 2002 745i

It has started a new symptom that I am having trouble fixing.

It does not seem to want to recognize either key fob. After multiple button presses it will finally lock or...
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