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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-13-2020, 09:01 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 199
Posted By rdl
The Diagnose Dan channel on youtube has a series...

The Diagnose Dan channel on youtube has a series of very informative videos diagnosing problems. Well worth following.

BMWs are a common topic. I'm not sure if that's good or bad: interesting to...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-08-2020, 05:02 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,154
Posted By rdl
I don't think temperature is a problem with good...

I don't think temperature is a problem with good quality anti-seize.

This NGK link states that spark plug tip temperatures must run between 500 and 850C ( 932 and 1553F) The plug threads in...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-08-2020, 10:05 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 289
Posted By rdl
Put the front of the car up on jack stands or...

Put the front of the car up on jack stands or ramps, remove the plastic "skid plate" (8 or so #3 Philips 1/4 turn fasteners) and the aux pump is easily and fully accessible.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-08-2020, 08:47 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,154
Posted By rdl
I had the same experience; I half expected to...

I had the same experience; I half expected to find the plugs with half the head's threads along for the ride on my old plugs when I finally got them out . And when starting the new plugs found the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-08-2020, 07:59 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 620
Posted By rdl
I can see that standard vice grips would be too...

I can see that standard vice grips would be too large, but surely needle nose vice grips as suggested by Doug Huffman could grip the stud or nut from above, along the axis of the stud.
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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 01-04-2020, 10:51 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 536
Posted By rdl
I suggest you join this UK based E39 forum and...

I suggest you join this UK based E39 forum and ask for recommendations to a competent repair shop in your area.

https://forum.bmw5.co.uk/forum/64-e39-1996-2004/
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-22-2019, 02:48 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 587
Posted By rdl
This is the DIY I had in mind. Another one of...

This is the DIY I had in mind. Another one of CN90/CNN excellent, comprehensive DIYs.

https://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=716322
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-22-2019, 07:17 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 587
Posted By rdl
With the FSU removed one can power the cabin...

With the FSU removed one can power the cabin blower directly to test it.

Search for CN90's DIY or look up the schematic in the newtis link in Doug Huffman's post above.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-17-2019, 06:34 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 400
Posted By rdl
Horns do go weak over time as road dirt, rain,...

Horns do go weak over time as road dirt, rain, snow etc take their toll. If you wish to replace the horns without paying dealer/BMW prices while also avoiding butchering the wiring to connect...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-11-2019, 09:14 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 400
Posted By rdl
If memory serves, it looks like a horn connector....

If memory serves, it looks like a horn connector. There are two of them; one for high tone, the other low tone. And the horns are mounted behind the left fog light.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-03-2019, 11:50 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 227
Posted By rdl
The image doesn't come up for me so can't see...

The image doesn't come up for me so can't see what site you're comparing.

Overall though quite believable. Canadian vs US pricing is all over the map - even for identical brand parts, BMW or...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 12-03-2019, 11:33 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 166
Posted By rdl
This procedure for replacing the booster...

This procedure for replacing the booster specifically notes removing the brake switch for access during the repair....
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 11-23-2019, 07:30 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 237
Posted By rdl
No, but ... I've read posts that said with...

No, but ...

I've read posts that said with ignition key in position 2 (run), the cluster test 7.0 reports temperature from the DME, while with key in position 1 (accessory), it reports gauge...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-30-2019, 09:19 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 539
Posted By rdl
OK, so the low warning confirms a leak somewhere....

OK, so the low warning confirms a leak somewhere. Which also allowed air into the M/C when the fluid level went too low and this caused the soft, low pedal.

EDIT: I should have added that every...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-30-2019, 08:28 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 539
Posted By rdl
Yeah, there is something strange going on here. ...

Yeah, there is something strange going on here.

First, to your questions in post 1, an ABS module failure cannot explain the mushy pedal symptoms. ABS module failure will disable ABS and DSC of...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-30-2019, 11:44 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 539
Posted By rdl
As others mention above, it does seem virtually...

As others mention above, it does seem virtually certain that there must be a leak to have lost a good pedal without any repairs or other event. Have you looked carefully for signs of this?

Was...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-25-2019, 07:12 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,427
Posted By rdl
I'm happy that you have finally solved the clunk...

I'm happy that you have finally solved the clunk & that you're now through the long ordeal.

I doubt though that the tightening method caused the clunk you've suffered all this time. Tightening the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-22-2019, 10:55 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 444
Posted By rdl
What brand fan clutch was installed? Have you...

What brand fan clutch was installed?
Have you tested its resistance with the engine warm and the aux fan is kicking in?
It would also be worthwhile checking the rad outlet temp sensor. Find the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-21-2019, 08:58 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 449
Posted By rdl
If you do decide to install replacement...

If you do decide to install replacement projectors, this site offers lens covers to Hella/BMW quality made of polycarbonate (as I believe original Hella lights were) vs acrylic used by DJ Auto....
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-17-2019, 09:44 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,427
Posted By rdl
Well, the evidence does point at either the...

Well, the evidence does point at either the link's ball joint or the ball joint's attachment to the steering knuckle. Given two replacements with no improvement I'd first pop the ball joint out of...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-17-2019, 08:03 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,427
Posted By rdl
That result points to a problem with the tension...

That result points to a problem with the tension (upper, forward) link.
I made the attached scaled diagram showing suspension link angles during turns to help me diagnose my clunk. Note that with...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-16-2019, 10:32 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,427
Posted By rdl
Removing one end link won't be dangerous if...

Removing one end link won't be dangerous if you're careful. Just be sure to avoid getting into a situation where you have to swerve sharply and suddenly. It should take only a few dozen metres over a...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-16-2019, 04:30 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,427
Posted By rdl
Rather than replace sway bar links you've no real...

Rather than replace sway bar links you've no real reason to suspect, you could try removing one of them entirely. With one link removed, no forces can be applied to the sway bar or the remaining link...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-16-2019, 01:32 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,427
Posted By rdl
Does it make any difference if you're turning...

Does it make any difference if you're turning hard right or hard left over the small bumps? Have any of the repairs changed the clunk?

I had symptoms that seem identical to yours. But a hard right...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-04-2019, 10:10 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,083
Posted By rdl
This is possible but it's quite a frustrating,...

This is possible but it's quite a frustrating, difficult job. Allow a full hour each lens. Then allow another 1/2 hour a or bit more to gouge and cut out the RTV still in the body's groove to make...
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