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I have a 2000 BMW 540i. I have been getting “check coolant level” from the computer recently.

Twice in a week the radiator has been low on fluid. I have added water to it to refill. I was told that I should use coolant/water mix instead of just water as it is most likely evaporating from the ...
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E39 key chip not recognized with another key

Long story short: wife dropped my e39 diamond key, chip is gone, can't find it. I removed the chip from the plastic key and put it in the main key and assemble it back. Car won't start. If I remove ...
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Rough Idle & Stall While Stopped

Make: BMW Model: 535 IS Automatic Year: 1988 Miles: 230K I have a very similar problem to (Automatic: revs dropping then stalling when stopped at lights) The car is fine in just about every ...
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What is the coolant fluid used in a 2015 BMW X 5–5.0i turbo coolant reservoir?

What is the coolant fluid used in a 2015 BMWX 5–5.0i turbo coolant reservoir?
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Determining root cause for cracked BMW coolant reservoir?

Some BMW models are notorious with getting cracked coolant reservoirs. Yesterday I did a UV dye test to locate my leak and it appears that in my case coolant reservoir has one of these small hairline ...
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Should I flush coolant after using UV dye in coolant system?

While the O'Reilly Auto Parts salesman said that I don't have to flush coolant system after using Interdynamics 375CS Radiator/Coolant Dye I would still like to have second opinion on that here in ...
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Why is it dangerous to use tire plugs on long, straight cuts?

My fiend's BMW X3 AWD rear right, run-flat tire got a quite long cut by that triangle shaped steel object in the picture. We got it plugged and it has not been leaking any air since the last 24 hours: ...
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Can anyone help me identify the source of this noise? The whining was there previously but the rattle appeared on the journey home tonight

As the title mentions, this has appeared recently, and is a little concerning. The car does not seem to be down on power, but the commute tomorrow concerns me. Any idea what this is, and whether the ...
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spark plug connected to wrong cyllinder bmw 328i f30

I gave my car for service to the only BMW shop in town Rolfe Classic BMW in Canberra, ACT, Australia. The car is under warranty routine service so the spark plugs are replaced and they put the wrong ...
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BMW 525i 2001 after maintenance makes whining sound, hesitates before moving

I have a 2001 BMW 525i where I just replaced the spark plugs and the cooling system inlet and outlet hoses and the intake manifold gasket. I got it all put back and started up but makes a whining ...
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How can I move my push-to-start car with the starter?

When I learned to drive, I was told that if ever stuck in a dangerous position (e.g. a train track, middle of a road) when the car won't start, I should place it into gear and hold the starter motor ...
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How to store a just rebuild automatic transmission

I bought a BMW e39 with a bad transmission (ZF 5HP18). I bought another one in a junk yard and I plan to rebuild myself the one that came with the car and keep it as a spare. My question is: after I ...
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2012 BMW X5 50i high engine oil consumption

I have my BMW X5 50i consuming a lot of engine oil. Observed black and wet dripping oil with thick smoke through exhausted.
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My clutch only engages when it's almost completely out

My 2002 bmw 330xi clutch doesn't engage when it's all the way down. Instead, I have to release it almost all the way up before giving it gas. I'm not sure if it's the clutch or the cylinder.
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Does BMW use piezo-injectors for all their diesel engines since N57?

I've heard rumors that since piezo-injectors in N57s proven to be unreliable, BMW switched back to solenoid-type injectors in later engines. Now I see piezo-type in B57 specs. My question is what ...
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Impossible to separate ball joint

I'm trying to replace the front control arms in my 2005 bmw 330ci (e46). I'm stuck trying to separate the inner ball joint on the passenger side. I'm using a pickle fork and a hammer. It seems that ...
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Can a catalytic convertor be to small for an engine?

My car, a 2L BMW e34, failed its MOT on the gas test for CO readings. The tester said he thought it may be the cat had failed. I put a brand new exhaust system with cat and oxy sensor on my car, new ...
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BMW 320d Coupe - Oil Leak

I've recently had an advisory on my BMW 320d Coupe (E92 2008) as to an oil leak. True BMW fashion, they've informed me of a leak but without paying they wont tell me where. Not to be out witted, I've ...
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Advice for nightmare backyard project [closed]

I have a BMW 335i and three months ago the oil lines on the turbo started leaking oil super bad. With the help of a friend I took it all apart - the engine is on a hoist, the subframe exhaust and the ...
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How to replace an alternator on a BMW 3 series E46 320d (M47 engine)

I am trying to replace the alternator on a BMW 320d E46 with an M47 (diesel) engine. I know how to replace an alternator in general (I've done it before on another car where the alternator was a bit ...
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BMW 320d B47 2014+ Did they fix the timing chain failure on the B47?

The 2013 BMW 320d N47 was known to have timing chain failures vs 2014 BMW 320d B47 2014 or newer. Did they fix the timing chain failure on the newer engine B47 (2014 +) ? What to avoid doing in ...
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How important is it to register the new after-market battery in BMW vehicles?

According to BMW dealership the new after-market battery must be registered to the on-board computer, because, otherwise, the car would think that the old battery is still in and it would end up being ...
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Intermittent “low coolant” light. What to do next?

In the last few days the "low coolant" light has been intermittently turning on on my friend's BMW X3 (2007 ~70K miles). The light is not constantly on yet. I checked the coolant reservoir and float ...
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BMW E90 330d door lock fault

Using BMW key fob door unlocks saloon vehicle, internal dash mount button opens and locks all doors. However, keyfob remote will not lock the car. I have checked the fuses and relays and they are all ...
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Uneven front tyre wear & steering wobble

I've had my BMW E92 2008 for almost 12 months now, from purchase I've noticed that it likes to chew through the edges of tyres and figured (and was told) that it needed a wheel alignment. I was ...
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Clutch is soft after car sat for 2 weeks

I have a 2002 E39 BMW. I went for a 2 week vacation. After coming home, I found the clutch of the car to be completly soft, and a medium size oil (or more likely, brake fluid) leak under the car. I am ...
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'89 BMW 525i E34 - Starting problems if car not driven for a day

I have an '89 BMW 525i E34. When driven every day, the car is fine. It has trouble starting when it has stood for a while. This car sat for a few years before I bought it. Even after the purchase, it ...
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How can I diagnose intermittent low boost on a turbocharged diesel?

When driving around 120/140 kmph and applying max gas, normally the force/torque can be really felt from the turbo. However sometimes its just not there / no extra pull, also the consumption meter ...
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Leaking(Cracked) Water Pump

So today i've been told that the reason of leaking coolant fluid is my water pump(again). It is over 400$ The car is 535xi 2008 year. It's second time in a year that waterpump cracked. I cant ...
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BMW cranking but won't start

My BMW is turning over but won't start, fuel pressure is as it should and the there is no faults showing except for 4 glow plug on, but I'm told this shouldn't stop the car from starting, any ideas ...
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Is this tyre damage a problem?

I just noticed this distortion on my rear left tyre that must have been caused by hitting a pothole or something - there's an even smaller distortion on the front left tyre. It's barely perceptible ...
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Shouldn't my post-cat O2 sensors (lambda probes) be reporting varying numbers?

On my 2002 BMW E46 330Ci, I've been getting error codes 202 Lambda regulating limit Bank1 and 203 Lambda regulating limit Bank2. Here's the angry sensor readings from the INPA software: I understand ...
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How will I know if something is wrong with the engine due to the radiator

I want to buy this car from a friend but the radiator is broke and someone told me that the engine could have been damaged so how would I know if the engine is ok?
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BMW E46 2002 Check Control and Radiator is lighting on Dashboard

Yesterday I removed Angel Eyes and after that when I started up the engine there was Check Control front lights warning. How can I reset this warning? There also is radiator warning and this light ...
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2008 bmw 750li e65 torque specification

torque specification front and rear, 18mm caliper bolts ? I will be replacing the brake pads and rotors on my 2008 bmw 750li e65 , bmw repair manuals (bentley publishers) do not have a publication for ...
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What model of bulb should I buy for BMW 320i 2006?

I recently acquired a car from my dad a couple of months ago. This week, I noticed that one of the headlight bulbs is flickering and the bulb sensor shows up. I'm not entirely sure what type of bulb ...
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How can I replace the perished seal around my rear lights on my BMW E46?

I realised today that the seal around the rear lights, where the drainage around the trunk runs over, has perished on both sides of my car. Right side is worse with a substantial gap missing. I ...
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BMW E91 - remote key won't open doors

The remote key fob won't open the doors by pressing any keys on it. I can, however, lock and unlock all of the doors by turning the integrated key inside the driver's door. So the central locking ...
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1984 BMW 733i Trailer Attachment?

I have a 1984 BMW 733i. I am curious if it is possible to attach a trailer hitch to it for connecting a light motorcycle trailer. It seems there is no connection for it but I am not totally sure just ...
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99 BMW 323i E46 5 Speed Manual Trans Stuck In Reverse

I drained the fluid and found metal pieces. It won't shift into any gear other than reverse. When I try to shift into the other gears it locks up and stalls out. Can anybody help I think I'll have to ...
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2002 BMW x5 won't start, does not click, no electrical power

My 2002 BMW x5 won't start. I checked the battery, it seems to be okay. Nothing electrical works in the entire car. What could cause this?
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BMW 316 - Do I need a new timing chain?

My car has a rattle coming from it, it's 2010 and has 114,000 miles on her, a guy said it's the timing chain, but a woman hit my car last year slightly and I've heard it since then, would it be ...
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BMW 3 series 320D 2010 brake light and inspection light

Today the trip computer went over the service due milage. After a short period the red inspection light came on and what appears to be the red brake fluid light? Below is the closest picture I could ...
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Overheating in E-46, 3.23i

My BMW E-46, 3.23i temperature is always going to the red zone. My water pump is fine, the thermostat is okies, but the hose on top is hot and swollen. The lower hose, however, is cold and fine. I ...
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How to know if the spark plug or the ignition coil needs to be replaced

I have a 2002 E39 520i. One of the cylinders has stopped working (or misfiring) and I am hoping it is because no spark is generated. I am very new to engines so bare with me please. :) My question is:...
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BMW 3 series e40 2011 halo / angel eyes

The halo lights or angel lights or day time running lights have gone on one side. I was wondering if this was a bit job or a BMW job. I've looked at the rings and it's not led it just looks like a ...
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BMW R1200GS LC Warm Up

How long should I warm up the engine before starting casually riding it in the city for keeping the engine as healthy as possible? Not at all, 30sec, 5 min or longer? And how long NOT to warm up ...
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Should I remove the rings when cleaning a piston?

I want to clean my piston in a small ultrasonic cleaner (with distilled water). Do I need to remove the piston rings to do so, or can I leave them on and make sure it dries completely? If I replace ...
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Engine stalls when RPMs reach 4500 under load, but not when vehicle stationary

I have a 2006 BMW 325ci. There are 2 faults, one is life threatening. 1) Driving on freeway if I attempt to pass and engine reaches 4500 rpm it suddenly stalls, and I coast to the side and survive ...
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BMW 520d e60 2008 diesel engine won't start after switching off

I have a strange behaviour of my car. Engine starts well at any weather condition but after driving and switched off engine cannot start again for 20 - 40 minutes. After this time it starts like ...

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