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Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-04-2019, 09:10 AM
Replies: 20
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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...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-03-2019, 10:30 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 511
Posted By rdl
I've had broken adjusters, all 4 actually, and...

I've had broken adjusters, all 4 actually, and the headlights still did the up/down registration cycle - but they always ended up in worm hunting mode. OTOH, a failed LWR module, broken wiring or...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-03-2019, 09:37 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 186
Posted By rdl
Given your description, a refrigerant leak is a...

Given your description, a refrigerant leak is a real possibility. On your 2002, the HVAC panel monitors A/C pressure and it it's too low will refuse to try to start the A/C compressor. If this is so,...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 10-02-2019, 01:26 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 186
Posted By rdl
M54 overheat - dodged a bullet ... I think

So, 8,500 miles and 7 months ago I managed to overheat my M54 to 130C. However, it seems to have suffered no ill effects: no coolant loss, no noticeable loss of performance, gas mileage unchanged, no...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-30-2019, 06:30 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 449
Posted By rdl
Now that there are 8 threads visible on each tie...

Now that there are 8 threads visible on each tie rod, what is the toe measurement?
From the "drive straight ahead" position, how many turns of the steering wheel each way until it reaches full lock?...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-17-2019, 04:44 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 35,500
Posted By rdl
Congratulations. I'll cross a few fingers too. ...

Congratulations. I'll cross a few fingers too.

One last point. I've found over the years that rain sense occasionally refuses to wipe when it should, and others when it wipes when the windshield...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-16-2019, 09:25 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 35,500
Posted By rdl
I had the same experience - my "new" (ebay,...

I had the same experience - my "new" (ebay, pre-owned) RLS worked for a few test/drive cycles and then went inop. For that matter, the original RLS worked for a few cycles too, after my new w/s...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-13-2019, 04:55 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 207
Posted By rdl
I don't know the answer but can suggest a method...

I don't know the answer but can suggest a method for you to determine it.

Remove a wheel and thread a lug bolt into the mounting hub to the depth your proposed bolts would extend. Turn the hub by...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-11-2019, 08:43 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,073
Posted By rdl
Well, it depends on how many "several" is. :) In...

Well, it depends on how many "several" is. :) In my case 7 years ago. The 3M film was still good up to 2 years ago when my reflectors failed and & I had to cut the lenses off for repair (later style...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-11-2019, 08:04 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 341
Posted By rdl
No it wouldn't. That P0741 is set by a failure of...

No it wouldn't. That P0741 is set by a failure of the lock-up clutch in the torque converter. This clutch is engaged when driving a a constant speed which improves fuel economy by ~3% on highway...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-11-2019, 07:34 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,073
Posted By rdl
It's difficult for me to tell from the pictures...

It's difficult for me to tell from the pictures how deep the hazing is. It does though appear close to what I experienced when restoring my headlight lens. I think two more steps would get you to...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-07-2019, 07:05 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,679
Posted By rdl
I keep maintenance log of costs with dates & km...

I keep maintenance log of costs with dates & km on a spreadsheet. After converting my Canadian$ to US$ and kilometers to miles, my average monthly costs have worked out to be:
- maintenance US$ 155...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-04-2019, 06:56 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 171
Posted By rdl
Where abouts in the world are you located, i.e....

Where abouts in the world are you located, i.e. is your car RHD or LHD? It makes a difference as to which side is "passenger." It would be better to say right side or left.

In any case, mattmar's...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 09-02-2019, 07:07 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 35,500
Posted By rdl
You do need to code WISCHERMOTOR_RSK to...

You do need to code WISCHERMOTOR_RSK to "wert_01", which is the value suitable for an E39 wiper motor. This value tells the RLS how the wiper motor signals that it is in the parked position vs...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-29-2019, 06:13 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 308
Posted By rdl
Good point. I should have been more careful...

Good point. I should have been more careful defining conditions.

There is a temperature range when I too find QSilver's observations to be the case. Suppose an ambient temperature of 75F with the...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 08-29-2019, 06:45 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 308
Posted By rdl
The centre vent dial will not affect A/C cooling...

The centre vent dial will not affect A/C cooling unless there is a problem with the heater control valves. Air flow through the HVAC system is: ambient air from the filters => blower => A/C...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-27-2019, 07:00 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 502
Posted By rdl
See the attached images from BMW's operating...

See the attached images from BMW's operating fluids list
weight is 75W/90

I believe the differential in your 520 will be the "188K" which fills with 1 litre per BMW's TIS
But could be "220K"...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-26-2019, 06:59 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,109
Posted By rdl
Replacing the pressure switch requires: 1)...

Replacing the pressure switch requires:
1) removing (and capturing) the R134a refrigerant in the A/C system.
2) Replace the switch.
3) Draw the A/C system down to a high vacuum and then...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-26-2019, 06:27 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,109
Posted By rdl
Your '97 model will have the 3 stage aux fan...

Your '97 model will have the 3 stage aux fan controlled by relays and resistors. (Later models have a PWM aux fan with ~20 speeds) The fact that the aux fan turns on when the engine is trending too...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-13-2019, 06:18 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 386
Posted By rdl
Try revving the engine to ~2,500 RPM (i.e....

Try revving the engine to ~2,500 RPM (i.e. highway RPM) while the car is parked (transmission in neutral or park, LOL)

If you then get cold air, either the compressor is weak or there is a...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 06-09-2019, 06:52 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 340
Posted By rdl
See this link for a rear ball joint DIY. It...

See this link for a rear ball joint DIY. It includes symptoms and a verification check.

http://beisansystems.com/procedures/swing_arm_ball_joints_procedure.htm
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-20-2019, 06:58 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,007
Posted By rdl
I've owned my 2003 530 for coming up to 9 years...

I've owned my 2003 530 for coming up to 9 years in June. Over that time I've kept track of every penny spend on maintenance and repairs. While I've spent quite a lot of money in $ terms, not so much...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-18-2019, 06:11 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,217
Posted By rdl
Thanks for the cost. And you make a good...

Thanks for the cost.

And you make a good point about calibration vs checking. No adjustment back into accuracy if the "as is" isn't reading true.

Another calibration story.
Years ago I bought...
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-18-2019, 05:03 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,217
Posted By rdl
Do you mind telling us what Utica charges for...

Do you mind telling us what Utica charges for that? I've not checked recently, but years ago the going rate around here was ~$100.
Forum: E39 (1997 - 2003) 05-18-2019, 04:14 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,217
Posted By rdl
Thanks all for the helpful hints and references....

Thanks all for the helpful hints and references. This thread is turning out to be more useful than I'd hoped or imagined.

Regards calibrating torque wrenches which is an often overlooked issue....
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