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not a bad job at all will take about 4 hours if you have general knowing of cars and basic tools

1998 BMW 5... | Answered on Mar 03, 2010

this is a trans code it maybe the speed sensor on top of trans

1998 BMW 5... | Answered on Mar 03, 2010

you need a transmision timing
if it is not that bad, and for it to change gear you need to take the keg abit off the pedal than i would leave it to be

1998 BMW 5... | Answered on Mar 02, 2010

how come you changed the DME?

if you did, you need to have your key reprogrammed by BMW at BMW.

1998 BMW 5... | Answered on Feb 07, 2010

That's your brake pad wear indicator ---means you need to have your brakes checked / replaced either in the front or rear.
It's a wear sensor wire ooked to the brake pad and when the pad wear down to the wire it lights up the dash warning light.

1998 BMW 5... | Answered on Feb 03, 2010

could be the valves not seating properly or the hydraulic tappets are gummed up.holding the valves open,.Do a compression check first,if ok then start looking at plug leads or coil pack

1998 BMW 5... | Answered on Feb 02, 2010

the struts are a macpherson style strut system and if its a 98, i would go ahead and replace them with "bilstein" or ones from bmw. youll love the ride. great little cars and enjoy your purchase.

1998 BMW 5... | Answered on Jan 24, 2010

change fluid & filter. no dipstick, sealed tranny. can remove both pans from underneath to access filter.

It is a GM 4L30E trans. used on Isuzu Rodeo and Cadillac Catera. BMW, in their inifinite wisdom, markets it as lifetime fluid. The second biggest bunch of **** advertising that ever was. Heat and friction will wear out ANY fluid!

BTW, it will delay shifting into highest gear when cold. this is normal

1998 BMW 5... | Answered on Jan 03, 2010

Your most cost effective solution is a Helicoil, A Timesert is about the same maybe a few dollars more but if will be a better fix than the Helicoil. The next two options are the used head or if it is being removed a machine shop could build up and redrill and thread the hole (like new). Myself I would probably be satisfied with a good installation of the time sert but it might be a time well spent to see how much another head or the machine shop repair is going to cost you.

1998 BMW 5... | Answered on Dec 30, 2009

Hi Ritchie,

Bring the vehicle to an auto parts or battery store. Ask if they could perform a 'Load Test' on the battery.

This test simulates the load of turning an engine and its ability to hold a charge. It takes seconds. The results are Pass or Fail.

Fail means its your battery.

Pass means we keep looking.

Comment back with the results.

Hope you find this to be very helpful


1998 BMW 5... | Answered on Dec 11, 2009

You will need to get it diagnosed to see which wheel sensor is bad.

If both the abs and the brake light are on on the speedo dont work them the module is bad.

Also make sure the tire pressures are the same

1998 BMW 5... | Answered on Dec 10, 2009

That one has a GM 4l30e transmission. BMW has a shift computer. When it is cold it delays shifting to the final gear running the rpm's up to about 3500.

Change the fluid and filter anyway. Cheapest solution. Don't bring it to an idiot to do either. The larger of the two pans must be removed to access the filter. Then reinstall with a new gasket. run it up to operating temp. and top off the fluid through the side pan fill nut. You know you have the correct level when, at operating temp and the car is level, fluid comes out.

If that doesn't do it, you might be looking at a shift computer control module.

1998 BMW 5... | Answered on Nov 04, 2009

sounds like the phone may need programing,take to it to the dealer ask them how ,or if they can do it for you they shouldnt charge you! its a courtesy thing,maybe you are doing it wrong, good luck.

1998 BMW 5... | Answered on Nov 03, 2009

Radiators leak and break easily on the 528i. Also, there are bleed screws that are plastic that can sheer off and create a leak on the two main hoses.
Or, the guy who did your head gasket didn't check it for cracks, so it's leaking into the cylinder chamber and burning out.

1998 BMW 5... | Answered on Oct 15, 2009

It could well be a sealed system like my 540. If the car is not at normal temperature, mine won't go above 4th and make sure the selector is beside the D mark and not the 4 mark.

1998 BMW 5... | Answered on Oct 13, 2009

you have a parasitic drain on the battery, the way to check is to do a draw test using a multimeter.
This can be done at home or by any local repair facility.
Happy motoring

1998 BMW 5... | Answered on Sep 29, 2009

you should go to your local mechanic and they should be able to reset it electronically.

1998 BMW 5... | Answered on Sep 19, 2009

hav car scanned for free at discount auto-OBD ll will analyse--u mite try disconnectin batt for 30 sec

1998 BMW 5... | Answered on Sep 04, 2009

I would have you brakes checked. Make sure hoses aren't getting pinched when turning and that the brake pads are not worn. If you hear clunking, then check tie rod ends.

1998 BMW 5... | Answered on Sep 03, 2009

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