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Old 05-08-2019, 04:26 PM   #271
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Nice.
And oddly the M5 doesn’t have brake cooling ducts.



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Old 05-08-2019, 04:58 PM   #272
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And oddly the M5 doesn’t have brake cooling ducts.

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That's bizarre? Maybe it's a facelift thing? on E39 source I saw someone do this sensor on an M5 and they had the duct?
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Old 05-08-2019, 05:25 PM   #273
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More likely a US car? Never standard in Europe. The M5 also has the insulation foil over the external temperature sender fitting where the others don’t!


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Just read this thread from start to finish.

And what a transformation she has gone through

Really like the E39 Sport.

That 3.0 I6 has a smoothness unparalleled I'd be tempted to reinstate the Wood trim It isn't fake stuff as some would have you believe it's Wood "foil" that is heavily lacquered to aid in scratch and damage resistance

I'd be also inclined to keep the Autobox the E39 just suits it

Always fancied one myself, but ended up getting an S Type 3.0 instead As there were none available in my price range at the time!!

However a Friend of mine has just bought a 2000 MY 520i manual not the highest spec but she does get out of her own way and is very fun to drive..

Heath to enjoy.
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Old 06-08-2019, 11:07 AM   #275
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Just read this thread from start to finish.

And what a transformation she has gone through

Really like the E39 Sport.

That 3.0 I6 has a smoothness unparalleled I'd be tempted to reinstate the Wood trim It isn't fake stuff as some would have you believe it's Wood "foil" that is heavily lacquered to aid in scratch and damage resistance

I'd be also inclined to keep the Autobox the E39 just suits it

Always fancied one myself, but ended up getting an S Type 3.0 instead As there were none available in my price range at the time!!

However a Friend of mine has just bought a 2000 MY 520i manual not the highest spec but she does get out of her own way and is very fun to drive..

Heath to enjoy.
Thanks Henry,

I do love the E39, this is my 2nd one.

Ref the Autobox, I think I am going to keep it, now that the loud exhaust isn't on it, it really does suit it much much more!

I'm just not sure I'm ready for wood trim yet, I like the clean look of the silver though but it could be an option in the future.

Got lots to do underneath before then, progress has been slow on this due to life in general I guess but it's getting there, every little job makes a difference!
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The big 6 has been purring along nicely. However a jaunt up the motorway has sent another wheel bearing screaming in agony.

Just ordered a new replacement. If you recall I had done the drivers side rear. I now have to do the passenger side rear. Thought it may happen but within a 1,000 miles of the other one failing haha.

And our boiler has decided to break! Oh how enjoyable things are at the moment lolololol
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Old 10-10-2019, 01:46 PM   #277
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Oh dear, at least it will silky smooth behind the wheels! Look forward to seeing that being done, a job I’m yet to have to do... although I do need to change one on my dads Mondeo at some point, but that’s a bolt on hobby thankfully!

Good excuse to clean up whilst you’re in there too if the time and weather allows
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Some of you may recall I've been having a problem with a loud squealing noise when starting the car from cold.

A little reminder (From 14 Seconds onwards)


Once warmed up only a short time later, it goes quiet again.

The sound sometimes almost sounded like a sucking sound, like a whistle through a very small opening like a split, the CCV failed the same time, so I assumed it was to do with that.

I was 99% sure it was to do with an air leak, however my home made smoke tester then showed nothing. I was then 99% sure it was the alternator , as when the noise occurred, with fingertips on the alternator, you could 'feel it'.

I was wrong. So this is story all about how, my life got flipped. turned upside down, so I'd like to take a minute, to just sit right there, I'll tell you how I became the .... nope... it's gone.

Graced with Decent weather yesterday. I decided I had to get to the bottom of it, I don't want anything letting go and it's so embarrassing because it's ear splitting loud. In my haste I bought a good used alternator, so I thought this would be an update showing how I'd be changing that, but no.

First off to get access, we need to remove the viscous fan and shroud.

Off comes the rubber...



There are then 2 little plastic push fixings with the middle pin you need to pull out..



You can then pull up the shroud, exposing the overflow return heading to the expansion tank.



Had a squash type securing ring on there, so out came the trusty multi tool!



Off it comes



Yes I know the coolant is red, at least it's very very clean, the standard BMW coolant is Blue and when it comes time to do the water pump, I will replace with Blue.

To be able to remove the shroud, the bottom of the expansion tank needs unclipping.



This is the Auxillary Electric Water Pump. This stumped me for a bit but it actually just slides out!



Not forgetting to unplug the air quality sensor..



I am missing photos To be able to lift the shroud out now you have to uncouple the viscous fan, I have a little kit from eBay to do this. Simply hold onto the water pump pulley that the fan is attached to and brace left, whilst using a 32mm spanner to undo the big nut turning to the right, it's a reverse thread!

Then the whole lot lifts out (not my path, excuse the weeds) Absolutely filthy but what do you expect being sat at the front of the car for 17 years, I am surprised the viscous assembly still works correctly!

(Note, these viscous assemblies 'should' be stored upright and not flat)



Then we are presented with all the aux belts and pulleys! One belt drives the A/C compressor, the other drives the Alternator, the Water Pump and The Power Steering Pump.

Note the rust and debris on the A/C belt from getting the fan off!



To remove the belts, there are 2 spring loaded tensioners with nut heads built into the assembly.. (Took pic Retrospectively)



Belts off and they are in good condition..



Sooo....this is what happened when I spun and turned everything I could to try and locate the noise....

You can just about hear my chuckle...


Both happy and sad, happy because, well as you can see it's incredibly obvious what the problem is, sad because, I already bought an alternator haha. Lesson learnt, don't make assumptions. At least I have a spare.

I looked up parts online and as the day was still young, Euros had the deflection pulley in stock! This is a daily driver, I need the car every day so instead of me just putting the car back and waiting on one to be delivered, I went to fetch the Euros one. £46 but with their current code, £27.

I did buy the other roller too as it sounded a little dry but..it wasn't the correct one. So I returned for a refund. I'll buy one and have it waiting.

I was surprised at the length...(that's what she said)...of the bolt.



Old and New side by side...



New in place..



you can actually move this one with very little force!


Belts back on..



Refitting as we always say, reversal of the steps above.

Just to show you though, I replaced that squash type clip with a fuel pipe fixing.



The lovely Inline 6 is now super quiet and purrs lovely!
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Wonderful that you’ve solved it, always good to have the spare parts and you know how to change it if the time arrives...

Relatively cheap fix in the end (the actual fix part), enjoy the quiet
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Now that's a flippin good job. I bet it's kinda restored your love for the car now its lovely and quiet!!

Brilliant work, chum

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