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    Post E39 DIY Quick Links (Having problems finding a DIY? Check here!)

    This thread contains links to common DIYs. Some, but not all, of the DIYs reside within the Bf.c E39 DIY section.Youtube has also become a repository for great E39 related DIYs, and although many of them are not yet vetted, be sure to check there as well.
    I'll try to update this thread as often as possible. Please notify me of any new DIYs or broken links.

    Torque Values (M62)

    Alternator Removal/Replacement (M62)
    Belt Replacement/Tightening (M62TU)
    Camshaft Removal (M54)
    Crankcase/Oil Seperator (CCV) Intake Distribution Piece (I6)
    Crankcase/Oil Seperator (CCV) (M52)
    Crankcase/Oil Seperator (CCV) (M52TU)
    Crankcase/Oil Seperator (CCV) (M54)
    Crankcase/Oil Seperator (CCV) (M62)
    Crankcase/Oil Seperator (CCV) Replacement Notes and Photos (M62 DIY Supplemental)
    Engine and Transmission Mounts (530d)
    Engine and Transmission Mounts (540i)
    Fuel Filter Replacement (528i)
    Fuel Injector replacement/servicing (2003 530i)
    Hood strut removal/install for replacement/raising hood to service position.
    Idle Control Valve (ICV) Cleaning (5xxi I6)
    Idle Control Valve (ICV) Cleaning (540i V8)
    Intake Boot Replacement (2003 525i, M54)
    Intake Silencer Delete (540i, M62)
    Oil Change (98 528i)
    Oil Change with Evacuator (98 540i)
    Oil Filter Housing Gasket & "Freeze Plugs" Repair (1998 528i)
    Oil Filter Housing Seal Replacement (528i)
    Power Steering Hose Replacement (M62)
    S.A.S Pierburg Air Pump Maintenance and Rebuild Info (1998 528i)
    S.A.S. troubleshooting and How to Replace the Famous Fuse # 107 (1998 528i)
    Spark Plug Access (528i)
    Spark Plug Access (540i)
    Timing Chain Guide Replacement (M62TU)
    Timing Chain Lower Cover Removal (M62TU)
    Timing Chain Tensioner Replacement (M62TU)
    Timing Chain Tensioner Spring Replacement (M52)
    Valley Pan Replacement (540i Pre-Vanos)
    Valve Cover Gasket Replacement (M62)
    Vanos/Single (I6)
    Vanos/Double (I6)

    Aux Fan Replacement
    Aux Fan Service
    Belt Replacement Instructions (Incl. Fan Removal)
    Bleeding the cooling system
    Cooling System Bleeding (I6 w/video - comprehensive)
    Cooling System Replacement (528i)
    Fan Clutch test
    Fan Shroud Removal
    Radiator Removal/Replacement (M62-No pics)
    Thermostat Replacement (540i M62)
    Zionsville Radiator & Electric Fan Install (Thread slated for removal from DIY section due to broken pic links)

    ATF and filter change
    ATF change (Steptronic)
    AT Heat Exchanger Cleaning/Regulator Replacement (540iT)
    Center Support Bearing Replacement (no pics)
    Clutch Delay Valve (CDV) Removal
    Clutch Replacement (52*i/530i)
    Clutch Replacement (540i)
    Differential and Manual Transmission Fluid Change (1998 528i)
    Differential OS GIKEN LSD upgrade
    Differential Removal (M62TU)
    Half Shafts Inner CV Re-Fresh
    Short Shifter retrofits

    Air Spring replacement (E39 Touring)
    Alignment - FRONT (1998 528i)
    Alignment - REAR (1998 528i)
    Center Link Replacement
    Complete Front Suspension overhaul (1998 528i)
    Complete Rear Suspension Overhaul (1998 528i)
    Eibach Front Sway Bar install (2002 525i)
    M5 Rear Sway Bar install (2003 530i)
    Rear Shock Replacement
    Steering Rack replacement (528i/no pics)
    Suspension Install Intrax/Koni (540i)
    Suspension and Ride Height Survey
    Thrust Arm Bushings install (Powerflex)
    Thrust Arm Replacement
    Tie Rod Replacement
    Wheel Bearing Replacement (Front)

    ABS Module Removal/Repair/Diagnostics
    Airbag ECU Replacement
    Alarm Siren Replacement
    Alternator Rebuild for $30! (Bosch, 1998 528i)!
    Alternator replacement (540it)
    Battery access with locked doors and trunk (dead battery)
    Battery Replacement with Duralast 49-DL
    Battery maintenance
    Camshaft Position Sensor Replacement (540 M62)
    Camshaft Position Sensor Replacement - Intake (1997 328is 2.8l)
    Crankshaft Pulse Generator Replacement (740 M62)
    Cruise Control Actuator Repair
    External (Ambient) Temperature Sensor Replacement
    Final Stage Unit (FSU) Replacement
    Fuel Door Actuator Replacement (No pics)
    Fuel Level Sensor Replacment/Fuel Pump Access (99 528i)
    Homelink Install (Garage Door Opener)
    HVAC Sampling Fan and Motor cleaning (No pics)
    Ignition Switch Rebuild
    Ignition Switch Replacement
    MAF Removal and Cleaning (2000 540i and 2001 525i)
    MAF replacement (2000 540i M62TU)
    Nav Retrofit
    O2 sensor replacement (2001 530i M54)
    O2 sensor replacement (2000 540i M62TU)
    Pixel Repair
    Seat switch replacement
    Trunk Lid Wiring Harness Repair
    Wheel Speed Sensor Replacement
    Window Regulator Replacement (Front)
    Window Regulator Replacement (Rear)
    Window Regulator Repair (Rear)

    A Pillar Removal
    Airbag Decal Removal (visor decal)

    Armrest Retrofit from US sliding to Euro tilting with storage
    Blower Motor Replacement
    Center Air Vent Replacement
    Cup/Can Holder Removal and Replacement
    Front seatbelt removal/install
    IHKA Button Repair vs. Replacement
    Liftgate Strut Replacement (Touring)
    M5 Instrument Cluster Retrofit
    Pixel Repair
    Rear Manual Shade install
    Rear Door Panel and Frozen Latch Cable Repair
    Seat Belt Buckle Pretensioner Replacement (Driver side Front - 98 528i)
    Seat (Sport) Retrofit Using Seats With Older Black Connectors
    Seat switch replacement
    Steering wheel 4 spokes to M5 retrofit
    Steering Wheel Replacement (Sport)
    Steering Wheel Replacement (Non-Sport to Non-Sport Heated)
    Steering Wheel Tilt Creak, Squeak, Noise Fix
    Steering wheel type Victor retrofit
    Trunk Strut Replacement

    Door Seal Drain cleaning procedure
    Door Seal Replacement
    Exterior B-Pillar Removal/Installation (Front & Rear Door)
    Hood Service Position
    Integrated Front Lip Spoiler
    M5 Front Bumper Install
    M5 Mirror Install
    Mesh Lower Grill Cover
    Repairing chipped paint
    Shadowline window trim replacement
    Side View Mirror Glass Replacement (Heated)
    Touring Roof Rack Thule Tracker 430 with TK2 foot pack retrofit
    Touring Roof Rail Delete
    Windshield Rubber Trim Replacement

    Exhaust Cutout
    Loose heatshield remedy

    Brake Hydraulic System Overhaul (6 Hoses, Caliper Seals/Boot-1998 528i)
    Brake Pad and Rotor replacement
    Brembo Rotor Replacement
    Hydraulic Bleeding Kit for those with Air Compressor
    Parking Brake Overhaul (1998 528i)
    Replacing Performance Friction floating rotors
    Replacing Stoptech floating rotors
    Wheel Bearing Replacement (540i)
    Wheel Bearing Replacement/Front the Easy Way - 45-60 minutes per side (98 528i)
    Wheel Bearing Replacement/Rear the Easy Way (98 528i)

    Aiming Headlamps and Auxiliary Lamps
    Angel Eye Wiring Harness Adapter
    Auto Headlight Retrofit
    CELIS (US) Retrofit - NO BALLASTS

    Depo Clear tail light retrofit
    Depo Projector CCFL Angel Eye Retrofit
    Fog Light Bulb Replacement (M5/M-Tech)
    Fog Light Bulb Replacement (Pre-facelift '98 540i)
    Headlight Adjusters/Covers Replacement
    Headlight Adjuster Fix (Inexpensive -2003 525i; Driver side only)
    Headlight Adjuster Replacement (2001-2003 non-permanently sealed)
    Headlight Adjuster Replacement (2003 permanently sealed headlights - with cutting)
    Headlight Adjuster Replacement (2003 permanently sealed headlights - without cutting)
    Headlight Stubborn Inner Lense Clip Removal Video
    Headlight Polishing/Refinishing
    Headlight Refinishing/Installing Angel Eyes
    HID Fog Lamps for the 1996-2000 BMW E39 5-Series (Excluding M5)
    HID Retrofit
    LED Interior/Exterior door handle retrofit
    LED Exterior door handle retrofit
    Light Control Module (LCM) replacement
    Pixel Repair
    Rear Fog Lights
    Rear Fog to Brake Lights Conversion (pre facelift -not Celis)
    Universal Predator Angel Eye Install

    AM Radio Reception Fix (1998 528i - also applicable to other BMW models)
    Auxiliary Audio Port install (E39 models after 09/2002)
    Auxiliary Input for Ipod/MP3 player (inexpensive)
    Auxiliary Input Retrofit (2003 540i w/business CD)
    Bluetooth and Auxiliary Input Retrofit
    Factory Head Unit (MID) plug to X5 MID Retrofit
    Factory Head Unit (MID) Removal
    Factory Head Unit (MID) and Business RDS Removal
    Radio Bezel Guide

    Battery access with locked doors and trunk (dead battery)
    Cabin Air Filter Replacement/Retrofit (Inexpensive)
    Engine Cowl Replacement
    Homelink/UGDO, Sunroof Motor/Manual Crank housing access
    Hood Release Cable Maintenance
    Hood Release Cable and Latch Replacement (Hood Release Junction Box to Hood Latches)
    Hood Release Cable Replacement (Hood Release Lever to Junction Box)
    Hood strut removal/install for replacement/raising hood to service position.
    Key Initialization/Programming
    M5 Wheel Liner retrofit (97 540iA)
    Pixel Repair
    Radar Detector Install/Hardwire (Valentine One)
    Sunroof Repair DIYs
    Sunroof Realignment
    Tool Kit Thumbscrew Replacement
    Trunk Latch Fix (easy)
    Trunk Lock Actuator Replacement
    Windshield Washer Reservoir Leak Fix
    Windshield Wiper Blade Replacement (no pics)
    Windshield Wiper Blade Replacement (Blades from Dealership Parts Dept.)

    Doru's "Useful Links" thread parked at the top of the E39 main subforum.
    Quote Originally Posted by Doru View Post
    Tried to compile some links by category. Although most of us have them, I thought there are quite a few people who don't. Whoever has good links for parts, DIY, etc, please post them - then we know where to look.

    Miscellaneous, tech tips

    Acronyms - good to know
    Sparkplugs reading
    Sparkplugs reading(2)
    e39 users manual
    E39 Recommended Fluids
    Diagnosing Engine Noises (1)
    Diagnosing Engine Noises (2)

    First time BMW owner : look-up section, DIY links

    New to BMW? things to know & do
    e39 Areas of Concern
    Beisan Systems VANOS & drive train
    e39 Problems and Fixes
    BMW Docs
    Multiple DIY
    Different DIY links
    BMW Technical Articles - Pelican
    Bavauto Tech Info Center
    BMW Tips'n Tricks
    Douglas Domain

    On-line parts finder, diagrams & resources

    BMW Wiring Diagrams
    BMW online TIS
    BMW Fasteners Torque Specs
    BMW VIN decoder
    Alternative BMW Maintenance Schedule
    Car Key Memory Options
    Service Level I & II
    Service Levels & Inspections

    Engine mechanical

    Belt Replacement Instructions (Incl. Fan Removal) DIY
    Cooling System - complete parts list (i6)
    Cooling system overhaul DIY
    Cooling Procedures (Mark)
    Cooling procedures - Pulleys and belts
    Cooling procedures - Tensioners & pulleys close ups
    Cooling procedures - Hydraulic tensioner assembly
    Cooling procedures - water pump
    Cooling System - Filling up trick - CN90
    Cooling System - Bleeding Procedure DIY
    Cooling system - Bleeding Procedure (TIS)
    Cooling System: Official BMW coolant top up procedure
    Cooling procedures videos
    More Bleeding Procedures
    CCV replace (for +2001 go to page2 - Poolman post)
    CCV M54 (2001-2003)DIY
    CCV Detailed - BimmerfiverDIY
    CCV Diagnostic(trick)
    CCV replace with catch can DIY
    CCVExcessive oil consumption check post #13
    CCV M54 Replacement - addendum
    CCVreplace DIY - lots of pics
    CCV replacement tips (i6, M54)
    CCV, Vanos Oil Line, ICV, Alternator Air Duct cleaning DIY
    CCV BMW Service information with new parts
    Cylinder location & Firing order
    DISA replace (Codes P0171 & P0174) DIY
    DISAO-rings replace for M54
    Electric fan installation - a guide
    Electric Fan in e39 DIY
    Electric fan conversion M54 DIY
    Electric fan conversion OEM style
    Emission Evaluation after fixing emission inefficiency code DIY
    Fan Delete Mod (clutch-to-electric) DIY
    Fan Clutch replacement DIY
    Headers - free flow DIY
    Head gasket M54 replace DIY
    High Flow Headers Install for i6 engines DIY
    Idle Air Control valve on 96-98 non-vanos cleaning DIY
    Idle Air Control valve for i6 engine DIY
    Intake Manifold Removal for M54 engine DIY
    Intake manifold removal for v8 DIY
    O2sensor & MAF replacement DIY (540)
    O2sensors replacement 6 cyl DIY
    Oil consumption - mitigation of the PROBLEM (i6)
    Oil Filter Housing Seal replacement DIYor Alternate (BMWtips 'n tricks)
    Oil Filter Housing & Freeze Plug repair DIY
    Oil Pan gasket M52/M54 replace DIY
    Oil pan gasket replacement (no cut) DIY
    Secondary Air Pump replace DIY
    Secondary Air Pump repair DIY
    Secondary Air Pump troubleshooting (fuse 107) DIY
    Secondary Air Pump Simulatorfor i6 DIY
    Secondary Air System Fault Analysis Guide
    Secondary Air System Rant
    Sparkplug install (How-to & torque specs)
    Thermostat issues & repair
    Thermostat Replace DIY
    Vacuum leaks guide (M54) DIY
    Vacuum Leak fixes for i6 engines DIY
    Vacuum Leak Code P0171,P0174,P0313
    Valley Pan Gasket DIY
    Valve Cover Gasket DIY for i6
    Valve Cover Gasket DIY procedures for v8
    Vanos repair DIY
    Zionsville 2 stage Radiator install DIY (Original Thread)
    Zionsville 2 stage Radiator install pdf and minor edits

    Engine Electrical

    Alternator Cooling Vent cleaning
    Alternator Replacement M52 (i6) DIY
    Alternator removal procedure & Tensioners & Pulleys removal techniques
    Alternator rebuild (i6) DIY
    Alternator rebuild (Bosch) DIY
    Alternator rebuild (Valeo) DIY
    Alternator Parts for rebuild
    Battery check - do this first!
    Battery maintenanace DIY
    Battery drain troubleshooting
    Battery replacement (Duralast) DIY
    Electric Problem (Ground Wire) Fix DIY
    Fuse box under passenger footwell troubleshooting & access DIY

    Jump start a BMW
    Relays & fuses locations & amperages
    Relays & Fuses in the E-box FYI
    Starter replacement DIY

    Fuel preparation

    Floater - Gas tank (Gas Gauge stuck) replace DIY
    Fuel Filter Change DIY
    Fuel filter change tips
    Fuel Injectors replacing and/or servicing DIY
    Fuel Injectors cleaning DIY
    Fuel Level Sensor Install DIY
    Fuel pump related issues & repair DIY
    Fuel pump troubleshoot & repair DIY
    Fuel Pump R&R DIY
    Fuel pump - Test & replace DIY
    Fuel pump (insert only) replace - cheap DIY

    Fluid changes

    Brake flush DIY
    Brake flush with pressure bottle (one man) DIY
    Changing fluids triple play: ATF, Steering, Differential DIY
    Differential (Rear) & Manual Transmission Fluid change DIY
    Differential oil change
    Oil change on i6DIY
    Oil extractor build (drill pump)
    Power Steering Bleed Procedure DIY

    Sensors, codes, electrical, ABS, Reset service lights & fuses

    BMW Sensor problems & faults- diagnostics & fixes (link is on top: Common Failures)
    Software install GT1/Easy DIS v44 DIY
    OBD II trouble codes
    OBD for BMW trouble codes & forum
    ABS Module & Wheel Sensor Test & Replace DIY
    ABS Diagnostics / Procedures
    ABS, DSC, Brake lights trifecta
    Airbag ECU module replace DIY
    CAM Sensor replacement DIYfor i6
    Cam position sensor replace 528 DIY
    Cam Position sensor 528 DIY
    Camshaft Position Sensor DIYfor v8
    Cluster gauges dead easy fix DIY
    Cold weather misfires & CEL issues for i6 common issues fix
    Cruise Control Actuator Repair DIY
    Electric Gremlins(due to trunk lid harness) DIY
    Ignition lock/tumbler removal & replace DIY
    Ignition switch replace DIY
    Ignition switch replace on 528 DIY
    Ignition switch repair DIY
    M5 cluster retrofit & programming
    Misfires (Cold weather), common issues & fix
    Misfires Cylinders 1-3 and rough idle soluton
    Misfire General Diagnose
    Reset Service Lights DIY
    Reset Oil Service LED (correct method)
    External Temp Sensor DIY
    Fuel Economy (mpg) OBC Correction Factor Adjustment
    Fuse #15 keeps blowing (Oil level sensor)
    Fuse diagrams
    Unlock OBC & Test or this
    Wheel Speed Sensor replacement (ABS & DSC problem related) DIY

    Automatic Transmission

    ATF Capacity and spec chart
    ATF Read this first
    ATF change a DIY w. Steptronic
    ATF change for V8 DIY
    ATF change e46 similar to e39 very detailed - for filling procedure
    ATF (another version) change DIY
    ATF filling trick DIY
    ATF Flush - DIY
    Automatic Transmission Rebuild- DIY
    Automatic Transmission Rebuild ZF DIY
    Automatic Transmission ZF 5HP24 rebuild DIY
    Automaric Transmission - No Reverse repair DIY
    Automatic Transmission Parts Catalog - ZF-5HP24
    Automatic Transmission Parts Catalog - ZF-5HP19
    Automatic Transmission Parts - ZF Catalogs


    Brakes - Caliper rebuild (shimmy simptoms cure) DIY
    Brakes - parking. Overhaul DIY
    Brake hoses overhaul DIY
    Brake job rant (Part I - Brake fluid)
    Brake job rant (Part II - Disk Brakes& Rotors)
    Brake job: Step-by-step DIY

    Drivetrain, suspensions

    Suspension Survey
    Alignment DIY
    Alignment (Camber - rear wheels) DIY
    Coilover install (e34) DIY
    Coilover install e39 i6 (Jason5driver)
    Complete front & rear overhaul, plus some engine stuff - go through the post / Champaign777
    Differential Seals Replacement DIY Guide
    Front Bearing replace DIY
    Front Strut Assembly detail DIY
    Front end Clunk (not swaybar links) DIY
    Guibo (flex disc) replace DIY
    Guibo (Flex disc) step-by-step install DIY
    Lowering car - control arm procedure
    Motor & Trany Mounts Replace (i6) DIY
    Motor & Tranny Mounts Replace notes DIY
    Motor & Tranny Mount swapDIY (540)
    Motormount swapDIY (diesel 6)
    Rear Differential - How to change gearing ABC
    Propshaft Center Bearing DIY(M5 and other links at bottom - sig)
    Rear Axle Bushings replace DIY
    Rear Axle Half Shafts inner CVrebuild DIY
    Rear axle & CV boot R&RDIY
    Rear Suspension RebuildDIY
    Rear Suspension & Wheel Bearing Install DIY
    Rear Wheel Bearing Install DIY
    Rear Suspension Overhaul - Complete DIY
    Spring (H&R) install DIY
    Springs install(Vogtland)
    Suspension Debate
    Suspensions - Need-to-know Diagnose DIY
    Suspension for 540 DIY
    Suspension Front Overhaul (Complete with p/n)for i6 DIY
    Suspension Install tips
    Suspension - Coilover install tips
    Suspension (Koni) install DIY
    Suspension overhaul - Videos
    Suspension - Bilstein HD thoughts
    Swaybar Rear M5 DIY
    Thrust Arms DIY
    Thrust Arm Bushing Replace (Bolt method) DIY
    Thrust (Powerflex) arm bushings-DIY (Infamous shimmy - cheap version and best)
    Tie Rods DIY
    Wheel bearings DIY
    Wheel bearings - rear (Bimmerfiver) DIY


    Heated steering wheel Retrofit DIY
    Powersteering Hose leak fix (540) DIY
    Power steering Hose replacementM62 DIY
    Power steering Hoses replacement - complete (layout for 530) DIY
    Power steering Hose replacement- i6 DIY
    Steering Angle Sensor R&R DIY
    Steering rack removal
    Steering rack rebuild info
    Steering wheel Alignment (dead centre) DIY
    Steering wheel type Victor swap DIY
    Steering wheel swap 4 spokes to M5 type DIY
    Steering wheel creak up/down fix DIY

    Air conditioning & HVAC

    A/CRefill (hiss) DIY
    A/C Diagnostic
    Air Vent (Middle Dash) repairDIY
    Auxiliary Fan Motor Service DIY
    Auxiliary Fan (Front bumper removal) DIY
    Aux fan (pusher) seized detailed DIY
    Blower Motor replacement DIY
    Blower motor replacement notes
    Blower motor replacement - Bentley DIY
    Center Air Vent replace DIY
    FSU (Final Stage Unit) DIY - no heat in car
    FSU replacement DIY(variant)
    FSU repair guideDIY (not replace - repair the old unit)
    Heater Valve replace (Hot air only)DIY
    Sampling Fan cleaning (ticking noise)

    Body, exterior, conversions, rattles & repairs

    Beat the Squeak
    Bumper Conversion (stock to M tech) DIY
    Bumper Conversion to M tech (540 sport) DIY
    Bumper Conversion to M tech (DDM) Parts needed
    Bumper (front) REPAIRDIY
    Creaking fix solutions
    Door handle replacement DIY
    Door re-adjustment (not locking properly) DIY
    Door trim blacked out DIY
    Door trim removal (for Plasti-dip / Shadowline) DIY
    Door trim shadowline (version) DIY
    Door locks maintenance DIY
    Door locks not working- possible cause
    Door panel removal DIY
    Door Seals (edge protection) replaceDIY
    Exhaust cutout DIY
    Heatshields loose (rattle under car) fix
    Hood release cable broken. How to open the hood
    Hood Release Cable Maintenance DIY
    Hood Release Cable Replacement DIY
    Hood Release Cable Replace(the easy way) DIY
    Hood Release Cable Replacement (2) DIY
    Hood Release Cable Replacement (3) DIY
    Hood Latch & Release Cable Replacement
    Leaky Sunroof fix DIY
    Magnaflow install
    M5Mirror Install DIY
    Moonroof repair1
    Moonroof repair2
    Moonroof repair3
    Sunroof re-initialize procedure DIY

    Sunroof repair Complete DIY
    Sunroof (tilting not working) repair DIY
    Sunroof alignment DIY

    Doors & locks, trunklid:

    Door lock actuator R&R DIY
    Door locks/key issues, intermittent, documentation
    Fuel door actuator replace DIY
    Key fob programming for all e39 DIY
    Key fob Initializing Procedure DIY
    Key fob initializing procedure (discussions) DIY
    Key Rechargeable Battery replacement (Diamond shaped key) DIY
    Key - Diamond shape Battery replacement & reshaping DIY
    Key Diamond shaped Battery replacement w. pics DIY
    Key Both remotes not working - remedy DIY
    Open doors & trunk with remote - dead battery
    Remote locking mechanism troubleshooting
    Siren replacement DIY
    Trunk lock actuator replace DIY
    Trunk latch fix (broken spring) DIY
    Trunk Strut replacement DIY
    Trunk Wire Loom check and R&R DIY
    Vapor barrier fix DIY
    Vapor Barrier Sealant Choice
    Window Regulators with different complete links DIY
    Window Regulator DIY(rear - from BMW tips'n tricks)
    Window Regulator (Rear) repair (CNN)DIY
    Window Regulator repair(Lance M repair kit) DIY
    Window (front) RegulatorDIY
    Window Regulator (front) - James DC version DIY
    Window Regulator programming(Auto raise/lower) DIY

    Headlights & tail lights:

    Adjuster (Broken) Headlight DIY
    Adjusters replace non-opening Hella headlights, no cut DIY
    Angeleyes bulbs replacement DIY
    Angeleyes - LED DIY mod
    Headlight rejuvenating (polish) DIY
    Headlight (Hella) rejuvenation - outstanding DIY
    Hella OEM Halogen to Xenon conversion DIY
    HID Flicker remedy DIY
    LKM Module replace DIY
    LCM Repair - Bentley DIY
    LCM chipnew info
    Rear Foglight retrofit to Euro models DIY

    Rear Foglight retrofit to stop light DIY


    Armrest conversion (with storage compartment) DIY
    Auxiliary Audio Port install - e39 models after 09/2002
    B Pillar Installation - Front & Rear Door DIY
    Bluetooth Retrofit DIY
    Cluster removal (Rings) DIY
    Curling seat fix (e34) DIY
    Curling seat fix (e39) DIY
    Curling seat (tips for fix)
    Dice i-pod and XM install DIY
    Dice - very detailed - Install DIY
    Head unit (Factory) removal DIY
    Headliner removal DIY
    Homelink programming
    Instrument cluster reprogramming, fix tamper dot & info
    Instrument Cluster Light Bulbs Replace DIY
    Leather Rejuvenation / Restoring Site, Products and Procedures
    Park distance control Troubleshooting
    Pixel repair DIY
    Pixel repair (detailed) DIY
    Pixel repair - MID DIY
    Pixel repair links
    Passenger Occupancy Seat Sensor fix (Passenger Airbag fault code)
    Passenger Occupancy Seat By-pass Sensor install DIY
    Radio repair (losing AM / FM) DIY
    Seats Repair (Cover & Panel) and Posts #61 & #62 for memory & misc.
    Seatbelts rattle fix DIY
    Seatbelt - Upper Safety Belt Mount rattle - fix
    Trim Removal DIY

    Paint & chip repair:

    Chip repair DIY
    Chip repair DIY (Langka)
    Detailing Links
    Detailing 101 DIY
    Detailing In, Out, & Engine


    Sound advice: Proper procedure to break in the sub
    Speaker upgrade DIY


    Rainsensor Reattachment fix DIY
    Window Replacement (Rear) DIY
    Window wiper motor repair DIY save 300$
    Window wiper relay repair DIY
    Windshield Trim Replacement DIY
    Windshield Washer Pump replacement DIY
    Windshield washer pump R&R detailed DIY
    Windshield Washer Reservoir fix DIY
    Windshield Washer Hose fix DIY
    Wiper blade refill install BMW method
    Wiper Blade replacement DIY
    Wiper Blade Buying Guide


    Wheel offsets -many BMW
    Wheel Offset e39
    Wheel repair (paint - Style 5) DIY
    Wheel Styles BMW
    Wheels BMW - all styles

    Parked: E39 DIY Quick Links (Having problems finding a DIY? Check here!)


    BMW Clips & fasteners (body)
    Bosch Autoparts Finder
    IHKA replacement buttons
    ZF Transmission parts & fluids
    BMW Transmission fluids & parts
    BMW specific tools
    On line vendor for Diamond shaped carkey (battery replacement)

    Alternators Pros
    Bimmer Specialist
    EAC Tuning
    ECS Tuning
    MileOne - Tischer BMW
    OEM bimmerparts
    Used car parts

    Furious method (search engine for parts)

    Performance & mods:

    Active Autowerke (Supercharger etc)
    Automatic Transmission Repair Shops (No reverse issue)
    Batteries (Exact Fit)
    Bavarian Recycling (used & rebuilt engines)
    Bavariansoundwerks (speakers)
    BBA Repair ABS repair
    Brake parts (Import Replacement Parts)
    CA Automotive
    Driveline BMW Driveshaft repair
    European Supercharger Systems (ESS)
    Fine Motoring HIR headlights
    German Auto Solutions (DISA, CCV)
    ModuleMaster ABS repair
    Pixel repair
    Schmiedmann Tuning (Interior, extrior, parts & tuning)
    Shocks & Struts
    Soundsystems incl speakers
    Speedofix - Replaces face plate (Km to mph, fixes MID & speedo pixels)
    Sway bar Brackets (reinforced)
    VAC Motorsport (serious BMW stuff)
    Vanos repair - Beisan Systems
    Mirrorguard - Window Regulator Repair Shop
    ZF Transmission Parts

    Wheel Styles BMW
    Wheels BMW - all styles
    BMW Wheels
    BMW Parts & Wheels
    Detroit Wheel & Tire
    Discount Tire Direct
    Felgen Garage
    Finishline Wheels
    Image Wheels
    Lake Shore Wheels
    Rare Wheels (incl. classifieds) by Fiziks
    RB Wheels
    Wheels and Caps

    E39 DIY Websites
    BMW Online TIS
    Bimmer DIY
    BMW Tips'n Tricks
    Edge Motorworks E39 Problems Checklist

    *Many thanks to Doru for the tons of time and effort he put in creating his "Useful Links" thread! (Last updated 3/13/13).
    Last edited by jamesdc4; 03-04-2014 at 01:34 AM. Reason: Added: Side View Mirror Glass Replacement (Heated)

  2. #2
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    Mar 2009
    St. Louis, Missouri, USA
    My Cars
    2000 528i

    E39 6 cylinder clutch replacement DIY


    Please consider adding a link to my page:

    E39 6-cylinder clutch replacement


  3. #3
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    Jan 2007
    West Michigan
    My Cars
    98 540iA (Prd 11/97)
    Quote Originally Posted by 3x2plus2 View Post

    Please consider adding a link to my page:

    E39 6-cylinder clutch replacement


    Welcome to the forums.
    Thanks for posting up your DIY. Very nice.
    I'll add it to the list.


    Last edited by jamesdc4; 04-01-2009 at 11:41 PM.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    San Diego
    My Cars
    2007 335i Coupe
    Amazing job. What about a DIY for the Inspection II?

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    West Michigan
    My Cars
    98 540iA (Prd 11/97)
    Quote Originally Posted by DocPeters540 View Post
    Amazing job. What about a DIY for the Inspection II?
    Are you asking if one exists or offering to do one?

    If you just want to know what the Inspection II involves, it's already in the E39 FAQ.
    How do I interpret the BMW Service Interval Light System (BMW Service/Maintenance Schedule)?
    Inspection II

    1.Change engine oil and filter while engine is at normal operation temperature.
    2.Check transmission for leaks.
    3.Check rear axle for leaks.
    4.Visually check fuel tank, lines, and connections for leaks.
    5.Check condition, position, and mounting of exhaust system. Examine for leaks.
    6.Check power steering system for leaks.
    7.Check overall thickness of front and rear disc brake pads.
    8.Examine brake disc surfaces.
    9.Clean brake pad contact points in calipers.
    10.Grease wheel center hubs.
    11.Check steering for absence of play, condition of suspension track rods, front axle joints, steering linkage, and joint disc.
    12.Check front control arm bushing for wear.
    13.Check brake and clutch system connectors and lines for leaks, damage, and incorrect positioning.
    14.Check for free movement of the parking brake cables. Adjust parking brake if necessary.
    15.Check all tire pressures (including spare). Correct if necessary.
    16.Check condition of tires (outer surfaces (left/right)), tread wear and pattern; In case of uneven tread wear readjust wheel alignment if required.
    17.Check thickness of parking brake linings.
    18.Half-shafts; check for leaks at flexible boots.
    19.Inspect entire body according to terms of rust prevention limited warranty.

    Engine Compartment
    1.Read out diagnostic system
    2.Check engine cooling system/heater hose connections for leaks.
    3.Check coolant level and antifreeze protection level; add coolant if necessary.
    4.Check level of brake and clutch fluid in reservoir; add fluid if required.
    5.Check windshield washer fluid level and antifreeze protection. Fill up and/or correct if necessary.
    6.Check air conditioner for operation.
    7.Check air conditioner for operation.
    8.Replace spark plugs.
    9.Replace intake air cleaner element.

    Body/Electrical Equipment
    1.Check battery electrolyte level and add distilled water if required.
    2.Perform batter load test.
    3.Check lighting system, i.e. headlights, foglights, parking, backup, license plate, interior (including map reading lights), glove box, flashlight, illuminated makeup mirrors, luggage compartment lights.
    4.Check instrument panel and dashboard illumination.
    5.Check all warning/indicator lights, check control.
    6.Check turn signals, hazard warning flashers, brake lights, horns, headlight dimmer/flasher switch.
    7.Check wiper and washer system(s); wiper blades, washer jet positions.
    8.Check condition and function of safety belts.
    9.Oil hood, trunk/tailgate, and door hinges.
    10.Grease hood, trunk/tailgate and door latches. Check operation of all latches.
    11.Check central locking/double lock.
    12.Replace microfilter or Acc Cabin Filter.
    13.Check heater/air conditioner blower, rear window defogger.
    14.Check rear view mirrors15.Visually examine the SRS airbag units for torn cover, obvious damage or attachment of decals, decorations, or accessories.
    Last edited by jamesdc4; 06-15-2009 at 09:05 PM.

  6. #6
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    Jun 2009
    South Florida
    My Cars
    2004 325Ci SMG
    awesome thread!!! just bought a 2002 530i sport with 80,000 miles, i'm sure i will be using these diy's


  7. #7
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    melbourne, Victorian, Australia
    My Cars
    1998 BMW 528
    great info

    One more, do you have windscreen wiper motor removal and refit diagram

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    West Michigan
    My Cars
    98 540iA (Prd 11/97)

    Post Welcome

    Quote Originally Posted by gtsmunroe View Post
    great info

    One more, do you have windscreen wiper motor removal and refit diagram
    This is the best I could do. I'll keep my eyes open for a DIY with pics.
    1. Remove the motor. I'd disconnect the power connector going to
    it first (it will try to park otherwise if you accidently rotate it,
    perhaps taking a finger or two with it). On my 535 - it's behind
    the cowling for the fresh-air intake for the heater - don't have
    a clue where for a 3er.. remove the nut (and washer) holding the
    linkage to the motor, try to prevent it from turning while
    you remove it. The arm connecting to it is splined, but removes
    fairly easily (a good tug). Remove nuts/bolts holding motor in
    vehicle. Walk it to your workbench.

    2. Disassemble: The contact you want are behind the light aluminum
    plate that covers the big gear (this will be fairly obvious).. on
    mine, the plate was held on with mashed over aluminum studs. Right
    next to these studs were holes through the plate and corresponding
    holes into the housing.. sorta looked like these could be tapped to
    take a few screws for reassembly (CLUE!).

    3. Repair it: Drill off the mashed over aluminum heads of the studs (1/4"
    bit works fine). The cover should remove easily. You'll find lots of nice
    brownish grease. Clean the contacts (attached to the cover) and the face of
    the gear where the metal segment is). Regrease lightly with a white lithium
    grease (at least that's what I used)..very lightly!

    While apart - tap the holes in the aluminum housing - I *think* I
    used 4-40 American (looked about right, and I had the tap and some
    short 4-40 screws, but it might have been 2-56). Try to keep tap
    filings out of the housing (grease on the tap helps a lot).

    4. Reassemble: Put the cover back like you found it and screw it back
    together. Reinstall motor in car. Align the motor by starting it once
    WITHOUT the wiper arm attached and letting it go to the park position. Once
    it's aligned, refasten the wiper arm in the correct parked position (try NOT
    to turn the motor while tightening the nut holding the arm).

    5. Pat yourself on the back - for $.02 of grease you've saved about $300.

    The entire process on mine took me less than 1 hour - and my motor was
    not too easy to get at.

    6. Send me EMAIL thanking me.

    Of course as usual, you may be a klutz with 6 thumbs.. you might have
    the hood fall on your head and kill you.. the waste product from an
    airline toilet could fall on you and drown you. Whatever.. it's your
    fault - not mine. Your milage may vary.

    Best.. and let us know how it works out..
    Don Eilenberger
    331 Newman Springs Rd.
    Red Bank, NJ 07701
    Voice: 908-758-3167
    FAX: 908-758-3166
    Last edited by jamesdc4; 01-08-2010 at 11:44 AM.

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    Sep 2010
    san diego
    My Cars
    2002 BMW 540i

    Thank you thank you


  10. #10
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    Jan 2007
    West Michigan
    My Cars
    98 540iA (Prd 11/97)
    Quote Originally Posted by Phlegmcookie View Post
    Welcome to the forums. Happy DIYing!

  11. #11
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    San Jose, CA
    My Cars
    07 BMW M5 & 07 R1
    thanks so much for these links!!! just installed the FSU on my E39!!

    Finally i can enjoy my AC after being turning off/on for like 2 weeks now
    Plus the California sun was killing me

    Thanks so much again James!!

  12. #12
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    Nov 2003
    Ft Lauderdale
    My Cars
    1999.5 Audi 1.8T
    I found a cool site to search on too! It's like a search engine for bmw diy's

    it's check it out.

  13. #13
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    Aug 2008
    Silicon Valley CA
    My Cars
    240Z, E39, E36,
    My godt! Thank you james! This is great!

  14. #14
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    Apr 2011
    My Cars
    thanks for organization this helps a lot

  15. #15
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    Jan 2007
    West Michigan
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    98 540iA (Prd 11/97)
    Quote Originally Posted by jkwan View Post
    thanks for organization this helps a lot
    You're welcome.

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    Mar 2009
    My Cars
    97 528i
    Quote Originally Posted by booosteda4 View Post
    I found a cool site to search on too! It's like a search engine for bmw diy's

    it's check it out.
    Tried this link and it said no permission?????

  17. #17
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    West Michigan
    My Cars
    98 540iA (Prd 11/97)
    Quote Originally Posted by dbirdez View Post
    Tried this link and it said no permission?????
    Now the domain has expired.

  18. #18
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    My Cars

    question... are the parts and DIY's the same for all of the models?

    I am planning on buying a 540i year 2000 Model so want to learn as much possible before my purchase

    is there also a specific one for oil change, tranny oil change, and hose replacements?

    where is a thread where we can post a question and get an answer?

  19. #19
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    Apr 2013
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    I think this thread link should be added for audio upgrade:

  20. #20
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    Jan 2007
    West Michigan
    My Cars
    98 540iA (Prd 11/97)
    Quote Originally Posted by JustJunMC View Post
    are the parts and DIY's the same for all of the models?

    is there also a specific one for oil change, tranny oil change, and hose replacements?

    where is a thread where we can post a question and get an answer?
    I got so busy, I never even checked this thread for questions.
    The DIYs are not always the same for different models. The model and year is usually specified at the end of the link.
    Quote Originally Posted by Ermagerd View Post
    I think this thread link should be added for audio upgrade:
    I'll check the link and add it if it fits the billing. Thanks for posting.

  21. #21
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    McKean township Pennsylva
    My Cars
    Mini JCW e36 328is ect..
    It was suggested that this writeup that I made should be placed here. It is my write up for replacing the clutch and shifter bushings on a 2002 M5.

  22. #22
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Columbus, Ohio
    My Cars
    1998 BMW 540i
    CCV Link for (M62) does not fuction--anyone know if it was moved?

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G935A using Tapatalk

  23. #23
    Join Date
    Dec 2013
    Duvall, WA
    My Cars
    2003 E39 530i
    Thread has info on 98 528i manual trans and diff fluid. But, can't find if same oil can be used on 03 530i 5 spd manual trans. Appreciate confirmation.

  24. #24
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Columbus, Ohio
    My Cars
    1998 BMW 540i
    Quote Originally Posted by 300kplus View Post
    CCV Link for (M62) does not fuction--anyone know if it was moved?

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G935A using Tapatalk
    Looking for a ccv diy replacement video. Anyone?

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