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  1. wingman

    530D manuel vibration issues and tinks

    I had the first issue after doing some suspension work a while ago - my issue was at idle and it was horrible. I'd managed to get the rear silencer hooked onto some part of the chassis during the jacking up process! Make sure the exhaust is hanging properly off the rubber mounts and that you've got nothing touching it under the car. You've prob done that already, but just a suggestion.
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    Condenser cooling fan

    I'm struggling to get a secondhand PWM fan that I have confidence in, and I simply can't find a new one from any of the suppliers. BMW want about £480! I think I can do a conversion to a 4 wire fan pretty easily and those fans are readily available. I think all I need is: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/265099787447?epid=16005379556&hash=item3db92dbcb7:g:X9QAAOSwXB1gW1Ur to take the PWM signal from the DDE and convert to voltage output. and this https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/301757371277?epid=21039426769&hash=item464224138d:g:x2oAAOSwTEBZ614w which is a standard 4 wire fan. This would get me a new fan and a used controller (I think). Is anyone able to comment if this would give me a solution. Thanks.
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    Condenser cooling fan

    Thanks Ray - helpful as ever. Of course it's started working again now so I'll keep an eye on ebay for one to put in stock. Like the idea of the 60A relay - that is tight and I like that attitude. I can't seem to find an aftermarket 3 wire fan so I'll get a price from BMW just to confirm it's out of my price range.
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    Condenser cooling fan

    Hi all, Seeking some advice on the condenser cooling fan on my 1999 E39 530d. I replaced it about 5 years ago with a used one off ebay and this one seems to have died too. I noticed a few weeks ago that it started working intermittently and today it's turning forwards about 60 degrees then going backwards about 60 degrees and so on until it gives up. I've searched high and low before but really struggle to determine if anyone makes an aftermarket unit for the three wire PWM fans or do I chance it with another ebay job? Thanks.
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    Sense checking my £10 Halfords MOT

    I'm not sure this is quite accurate. I believe (but could be corrected) that it's the CARRIER that has the threaded holes, and the bolts pass though clearance holes the AXLE/WHEEL carrier. This way if the thread strips it's just the CARRIER and BOLT that needs to be replaced. I'd not be happy with a Helicoil or Time-Sert insert in either of these locations - but that's just my opinion. My E39 failed on a handbrake a few years ago and no amount of adjustment would fix it. When I stripped them down, the brake shoes linings had come away from the shoes over time and lack of use (it's an auto). Cleaned the drum up and put in new shoes and it passed no problem. Sometimes it does take more than just an adjustment and this requires calipers and discs to come off.
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    Sense checking my £10 Halfords MOT

    Yes - here is a picture of the carrier on its own, but it is part of the caliper. The bolts / washers are the ones I'm assuming he's struggling with, but the thread is in the carrier, not the car. I've never known one of these to strip, but they are xxxxxx tight. You can't take the disk off to access the brake shoes without taking this off first.
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    Sense checking my £10 Halfords MOT

    If it's just the carrier then there are plenty of used rear calipers on ebay for about £40 delivered including the carrier. If he loosened the bolt and was worried about the thread, he shouldn't really have done it back up and gave you the car back as these bolts are critical to the safety of the car and it's passengers (without you fully understanding and accepting to take the risk) just MHO. https://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2380057.m570.l1313&_nkw= 34211163648&_sacat=0 I'd get it looked at ASAP but they're not rare or expensive so don't worry.
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    She passed MOT - two advisories were both front tyres wearing on inner edge - not had her tracked since I changed the front track control arm so will get that done. Otherwise it sailed through.
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    has someone repaired their vanos m52 m54?

    Mine was a 2002 US spec E46 325i so it was an M54. You seem pretty convinced the your engine needs the tool - seems they're pretty well available for little dollar assuming you're in the UK. https://www.maxpeedingrods.co.uk/product/Compatible-for-BMW-M50M52-VANOS-Valve-Cams-Engine-Alignment-Locking-Timing-Tool.html?tracking=adstrong_uk&code=GBP&origin=Cj0KCQjwsqmEBhDiARIsANV8H3bdJAE-FQDB6ab-bzmp-7JnPiultWzIJItE15EKsoG6a0ornK1UvOoaAr6zEALw_wcB&gclid=Cj0KCQjwsqmEBhDiARIsANV8H3bdJAE-FQDB6ab-bzmp-7JnPiultWzIJItE15EKsoG6a0ornK1UvOoaAr6zEALw_wcB
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    has someone repaired their vanos m52 m54?

    Rabotnika - It's a while ago, but I don't think I even needed a waterpump tool. There were other ways to hold it by wedging a screwdriver over some bolt heads whilst loosening the others if I remember correctly. (but yes, you do need the tools in the write up, but I would not call these specialist, nor are they BMW specific).
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    E39 530d Crank no start

    Leak off test will pass if there is no rail pressure so you need to be confident of that. I just looked at my post and was getting 102 bar at the rail with a duff PCV, pretty similar to what you're seeing. If it won't start on easy start I'd be going after the PCV.
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    E39 530d Crank no start

    Ditto what steveco said - I checked all the fuses under the pollen filter, but mine was the pressure regulator on the end of the Bosch CP1.
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    has someone repaired their vanos m52 m54?

    When I did mine about 10 years ago I followed this: http://www.beisansystems.com/procedures/vanos_procedure.htm Don't recall needing anything special except a spanner to remove the fan (on an E46 previously and it now fits my E39) - mines the same as the one in the link below. Make sure you attempt to turn it the right way - I have to google it every time I remove the fan. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/331328352261?chn=ps&norover=1&mkevt=1&mkrid=710-134428-41853-0&mkcid=2&itemid=331328352261&targetid=1140163971769&device=c&mktype=pla&googleloc=1006818&poi=&campaignid=12128875573&mkgroupid=119799614787&rlsatarget=pla-1140163971769&abcId=9300481&merchantid=7101074&gclid=CjwKCAjwj6SEBhAOEiwAvFRuKG7Pz3Er7GSCrNhX_fpK6Hyu2hodCh8q7FW2gjQ97m7Tu6PDAJS8mxoCQHQQAvD_BwE
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    E39 530d Crank no start

    It won't start with bad cam sensor.
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    E39 530D no crank no start.

    Fuse 15!