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Allanw last won the day on November 18 2013

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About Allanw

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  • Birthday 11/07/1978

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    Whangarei, New Zealand
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    Clinical Engineering / Biomedical Tech


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    01 525i 5speed

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  1. Allanw

    530i and Euro Emission Standard

    I thought the M54 powered E39's were either Euro4 or Euro2??? depending on market. The online build sheet websites usually say the emmission standard. My E39 is from Singapore and is EU2, with no EGR or SAI pump. I think the Euro4 have SAI pumps? (no EGR though - don;t think M54s used them - they use valve timing instead). A build sheet from a BMW Dealer, on letterhead, surely would be adequate? They can look up any car worldwide, as I understand.
  2. Allanw

    What Are These Protrusions?

    The JDM cars use a certain amount of japanese produced parts to comply with japanese local content laws/taxes etc. I don't know what all the parts are, but the nav systems etc are japaense sourced for their market, and some models use japanese made transmissions - certainly the JDM E36 6 cylinder variants used a Jatco transmission, as did (some?) JDM Pre-facelift E39's - not sure about facelifts. Some of it may be entriely for packaging reasons, to fit the stuff in.
  3. Allanw

    Dust free brake pads

    I can't remeber the last time I washed our E39 wheels... with the stock pads, it used to take a week, before they required decent cleaning. I'd say it would take an entire year or more to create the same dust with the posi-quiets. Our E39 probably gets washed about 4 times a year, and I no longer wash the wheels in between
  4. Allanw

    Dust free brake pads

    Posi-quiet. From Amazon. put them on our 525i - brilliant. They dont feel as good, but work as well. Just less initial bite.
  5. Allanw

    LED Angel Eye bulbs.

    If you have flickering/strobing at startup, you'll have flickering at regular intervals if they aren't switched on. I can't recall the timeframe, but the LCM does regular cold checks. Cold checks can be turned off in LCM4.
  6. Our 525i used to do it. Take it out for a drive on the open road, as it warms up and starts returning to the correct spot sometimes... pop it into neutral and coast for a bit, and pul the lever across under 5th and release, as it starts popping back more and more, do it faster and faster. I ended up just whacking it to the right 20 or 30 times, and it kept returning. Then any time it was safe to coast again, it did it again. after a few trips, doing the above, you'll find it starts working fine. Our's does NOT do it any more. I have got Royal Purple fluid in it, but I don't think that made any difference to it.
  7. Allanw

    How long does your battery last?

    If you keep opening and closing doors, or turning the ignition on and off, it keeps the car awake. If you're cleaning, you're better off leaving everything open, and the car can still go to sleep after 13 mins or wahtever it is. They' don't take long to run low enough to not start, though.
  8. Allanw

    Changing Headlights to facelift

    Hella also make adapters - google it, I think Amazon had them a few years back. Good quality (They made the original lights)
  9. Allanw

    E39 restoration project.

    I use 0W-40 in our 525i... We do a lot of short trips, and the 0W seems to help with economy when the oil hasn't heated up enough to thin out to normal operating viscosity... but I the 40 makes me feel better about the days that are 30C+ degrees and humid as a swimming pool I used 5W-40 for one oil change and on the 6 mile trips my wife does several times a day, the economy really suffered - I was surprised. BMW does say 0W or 5W and 30 or 40 - any combination is "correct". It's supposed to be rated ACEA A3/B4 for shear stability.
  10. Allanw

    01 525i no heat in cabin?

    Also, Check your actual coolant temp, too. Just in case: The gauge is a waste of time for telling anything useful, in standard config. The gauge will read 12 o'clock from about 70c, but the heater won't be "HOT" at that point - once it's up a bit higher you'll feel the difference.
  11. Allanw

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Trust the Germans to do it different to everyone else, right?!?!?! - It's such a funny way to do it. The springs tend not to work well with compressors - I had 3 sets of different kinds and mixing and matching at different stages of compression made it easier - I was still worried I was going to lose an arm! Looks better now anyway. Well done!
  12. Allanw

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    That diagram came with a brand new set of Sachs sport shocks - they are the "other" sport suspension option though - M-tecnic II??? S704 or something (can't remember!) the car is a standard sedan, but had sport suspension specified from new. just to be clear, I broke out my mean Paint Skillz - it needs to rotate like this: I'm not sure if you have the correct spring either - I seem to recall mine fitting quite tightly around the rubber cup on the shock - they bottom of the spring is that funny egg shape of the spring platform.
  13. Allanw

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Ummm... the bottom is well wrong Sorry! Looks like you need to release the load a bit (compress the springs) and rotate the bottom of the strut about 30 degrees relative to the spring. Do these help: This sis for reinstallation:
  14. Allanw

    Another headlight question....

    NONONONO! Purely a sample pic You should just have to set the xenon tes/ignition option on and cold checks off, and I believe, hot checks on. The rest should be the same as what it is when you open it up. You should have headlight vertcal aim control on, but not automatic or dynamic. The rest you can fiddle with fairly safely EXCEPT the PWM (pulse witdth modulation) - you can blow bulbs or leds if you fudge them up! Your screen will lok different, most lilekly. you *may* have an LCM4 too. if it's late enough manufacture date. Just go gentle with the clicking to start with... then you can move on to making the service intervals shorter, correcting the stupid temp gauge, and making your hazard lights double flash etc
  15. Allanw

    Another headlight question....

    https://www.xcar360.com/bmw-scanner-1-4-0-car-diagnostic-interface-tool-code-reader.html You don't need the adapter. It's a chinese "clone"... http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=1067835: Your options can/will look different. I have LCM4 in mine, so mine was different again. Save your original coding, then fiddle with only one or two things at a time, so as not to get lost! I believe on mine, "XENON TEST" was labelled "XENON IGNITION"