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pt530i last won the day on February 27 2012

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  1. pt530i

    E39 Intermittent "Smoking"

    CCV. Is there a strong vacuum at the oil filler cap ?
  2. pt530i

    E39 dropping small blobs of emulsified oil

    If the small hose from the bottom of the CCV to the dipstick is split (quite likely) then that might explain it My 530i was always prone to mayo type deposits in the winter. The problem is that if there is a large build up of condensation in the CCV pipework this can freeze and split the pipework As suggested, buy a CCV kit and change the CCV and the 4 pipes and make sure the dipstick is thoroughly cleaned. Also removing the IM is much easier.
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    Tyre woes

    Could be the rose bush bearing thing (not sure what it's called but the bush with the swiveling bit) Otherwise could the alignment be out ? If it's wearing really quickly then there's probably something wrong that should be obvious
  4. I think you'll need to do some work to avoid the mileage tamper dot coming on
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    Auto box too keen to change gear?

    Reset the adaptations either using INPA or just disconnect the battery overnight. Occasionally my 530i transmission used to change gear at odd times and the reset always used to cure it It's a free thing to try and at least will eliminate it One thing that can confuse things is the MAF, does cruise control work ? It might seem odd but a faulty or disconnected MAF sensor can cause odd things to happen inclusing stopping the CC working. Other than the above if you have INPA always a good idea to look for any fault codes as many systems are interconnected
  6. pt530i

    Don't buy an EIS radiator

    Years ago I heard exactly the same thing so paid more for a Hella unit (also from ECP) So it seems EIS was shit then and still shit...so avoid. Along with suspension components buying cheap is never a good idea
  7. pt530i

    Houston we have a (CCV) problem

    I can't see how the brake fluid has anything to do with it. The servo doesn't create vacuum, it just uses the inlet manifold vacuum I'd firstly do the usual test of seeing whether there's a vacuum at the oil filler cap when idling, if there is then that points to a CCV issue. If not then it could be other things and whether a sharp stop is related I don't know, however this would obviously cause the sump oil to slosh around a bit - if it splashes a large amount of oil up one of the cylinders and that cylinders rings are worn that might explain it. It might be worth checking the state of the spark plugs to see if all even, possibly that might point to something. You can disconnect the pipe from the CCV to the dipstick fairly easily I think, if oil pours out of it then clearly a dipstick issue needs to be investigated. It's easy to remove the dipstick without having to remove much else as I did it on my old 530i to replace the o-ring Of course it could also be the valve stem seals - but I'd suggest trying to rule out as much as possible first with these tests Good luck
  8. pt530i


    Old 15 year old car Wants to spend as little money as possible What could possibly go wrong ? Either do it properly or not at all. You will just end up with a chavved up car with a horrible ride otherwise
  9. pt530i

    Reassurance needed! Massive oil top up

    CCV failure can cause high oil consumption on the 530i so I'd check that - even if OK if the dipstick tube drain is blocked that can cause problems. Id also use 5W30 or 5W40 rather than 0W40 with a high mileage engine
  10. pt530i

    Misfire mystery

    Rather than replace coils I'd move them instead, ie swap coils 3 and 4 with 1 and 2 Then you can check the fault and see if it moves Next step swap spark plugs around and see if fault moves That's the easy bit Then if 3 and 4 still a problem you could check compression (easy to do if you're removing the spark plugs) which should identify any mechanical issues then you can try swapping injectors I'm not familiar with the V8s but could any vacuum lines or blanking plugs in the manifold be faulty, if they're at the back where cylinder 3 and 4 are maybe that's a possibility It's a process of elimination really which 99% will isolate the fault unless it's a very obscure fault Good luck
  11. pt530i

    how to top up the automatic gearbox oil?

    I'm sure BMW (or ZF) specify it for a reason
  12. pt530i

    E39 530i mysterious coolant loss

    My 530i always used a small amount of water despite new radiator, hoses etc and never found the cause I'd get a pressure test done (or you can probably rig one up using a foot pump) - unfortunately the conclusion I came to was any leak was only when hot and the coolant would evaporate making diagnosis more difficult
  13. pt530i

    M54B30 running issues

    Idle control valve wont cause rough running or high emissions
  14. pt530i

    how to top up the automatic gearbox oil?

    Do not do this unless you have INPA or similar connected up. The oil must be topped off when the transmission is at a particular temp, 50C from memory
  15. pt530i

    Wet CCV hoses

    Check that the oil filter housing gasket isnt leaking, the fan will blow oil back towards the CCV Common issue on M54 and not expensive to buy the gasket