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BMW 5-Series Maintenance and Repair

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  • galamagalama Posts: 12
    I got 2002 bmw 530i was driving and horn went off few times on its own 30 sec. later again 20 sec. later went on and it stayed on. i took fuse out now my memory seats don't work normal my strering wheel does not move up when i turn my key off and when i tryed to put my fuse back in horn went off again and stays on.. can anyone help please. tx Joe
  • galamagalama Posts: 12
    I got 2002 bmw 530i was driving and horn went off few times on its own 30 sec. later again 20 sec. later went on and it stayed on. i took fuse out now my memory seats don't work normal my strering wheel does not move up when i turn my key off and when i tryed to put my fuse back in and horn went off again and stays on.. can anyone help please. tx Joe
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,408
    Probably a short to ground in the steering wheel or steering column, or a bad horn switch. Repairing this may require disarming the air bag so be careful.

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  • csan1csan1 Posts: 3
    hey guys ,
    Looking for a little help trying to find the flexible clips that control the heater knob rods on my 81 528i. been to dealers and no luck.
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,287
    You need to find a dealer with a competent parts man. Are the "flexible clips" the items labeled as Part #7 in this diagram? If so, the actual part number is 64111361272, and any BMW dealer can order it.

    2009 328i / 2004 X3 2.5/ 1995 318ti Club Sport/ 1975 2002A/ 2007 Mazdaspeed 3/ 1999 Wrangler/ 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica

  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,408
    There are BMW salesrooms and real BMW dealerships. No reason they can't order this part.

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  • csan1csan1 Posts: 3
    Sorry I have been away from the computer for a bite., Yes exactly! the Dealer I went to said that they can`t get them.
  • csan1csan1 Posts: 3
    Hey Roadburner,
    Wanted to thank you for the help. Im new to the Bmw line and not yet hip to the car and all the parts suppliers. Thats the reason that I went to the dealers for help. But I added that site to my favorites, and will order it , thanks again.
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,287
    The Real OEM site can give you the part number(s) but you cannot order from them. Bavarian Autosport can special order them; their price is $2.95 each. Pelican Parts has them for $2.75. Maximillian Importing Company is an official BMW Classic(formerly "Mobile Tradition") Licensee, and he has them for $2.93. I KNOW Max can get them. That's one great thing about BMW. They don't forget about their cars once they are over 10 years old. I have a 1975 2002 and I can get parts for it just about as easily as I can for my wife's 2004 X3.

    2009 328i / 2004 X3 2.5/ 1995 318ti Club Sport/ 1975 2002A/ 2007 Mazdaspeed 3/ 1999 Wrangler/ 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica

  • x021627x021627 Posts: 148
    a couple of weeks ago I got some weird notification on the dash that the gas cap was loose. I got out and tightened it. notification went away. A day or so later, I got the notification again. I unscrew the cap and noticed that it wasn't that tight and i reinserted and made sure I heard the click. Then I noticed the check engine light was on.

    I read the manual and it mentioned that the check engine light would come on if there was the gas cap situation. I know this from other cars I have owned. I know that the light should go out, but it hasn't.

    Any thoughts beside taking it in to the dealer? I know in the end it is going to be the dumb gas cap after them keeping the car all day.

    Thanks,
    Bronzini :confuse:
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,408
    Well you might take a guess and buy a new cap, although really it could be a leak somewhere in the evaporative emissions system. You might poke around in the trunk and look for loose vacuum lines, (not sure what's in there exactly) also at the evaporative emissions canister. The dealer has a tester for this sort of thing but they're going to nick you for an hour's labor at least I betcha.

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  • troyrtroyr Posts: 3
    My automatic 1998 540 i might have some transmission problems.....every time i put the car in drive you can hear it accelerate but it wont go in gear, however if i put it in reverse it goes into reverse perfectly.....then theres also the check engine light that also popped out.....does anybody know if the problem is linked, and also does any body know for sure if i have transmission problems?
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,287
    Your best bet is to take the car too a good dealer or independent MW tech. The automatics are just about impossible to "shade tree" diagnose

    2009 328i / 2004 X3 2.5/ 1995 318ti Club Sport/ 1975 2002A/ 2007 Mazdaspeed 3/ 1999 Wrangler/ 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica

  • buffnyce17buffnyce17 Posts: 2
    hi there!! I actually have the same problem on my 2001 504i... please share with me how you fix the problem....THANK YOU SO MUCH
  • buffnyce17buffnyce17 Posts: 2
    I just purchased a 540i 2001 from a private party...great car. However the company that I hired to tint the windows left the doors open while they worked on the tint which in turn caused the battery to go dead....and I guess they had to "jump-start" it. After I was driving away, I noticed that my on-board computer, fuel gauge and tachometer are not working. Could this be related to the battery being low....or might it be something else. Thank you to whom ever can give me a little peace of mind. THANK YOU SO MUCH
  • x021627x021627 Posts: 148
    Thanks. Should have mentioned it is a 2008 538xi and under warranty. Unfortunately a Tahoe backed into me while I was sitting in my car, in a parking space and got some damage to the left side bumper. My car is currently being repaired. I asked the body shop (BMW certified one) to check it while it is there. Will report back as to whether there is a real issue or if the computer didn't reset after I rescrewed the gas cap.
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,287
    For over a decade, BMWs have been designed so that the dome light shuts off if the door is left open over @15 minutes. That said, the electrical problems you are experiencing are almost certainly being caused by a low-and likely dead-battery. Have the battery charged and load tested. If it is bad, replace it with an Interstate MTP-93; you should be able to find one for under $140, easy.

    2009 328i / 2004 X3 2.5/ 1995 318ti Club Sport/ 1975 2002A/ 2007 Mazdaspeed 3/ 1999 Wrangler/ 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica

  • gardisgardis Posts: 185
    Guys,
    I just noticed a slight shaking in my 1996 328i (109K miles) at speeds between 20-35mph. At higher speeds, goes away. I always maintained the car with the dealership, I cannot imagine what this is except: I need new tires on the rear set.
    Do you think this could be the cause. The tread (Toyos) is down to the minimum, but I want to trade the car in, but I want to resolve this issue first.

    Any suggestions are welcome. Should I have it evaluated at the dealership?
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,593
    Badly worn tires can cause all sorts of problems like this as they get out of round and perhaps lose balance weights. I don't recommend going to the dealer for something simple like this, try an independent BMW specialist or a tire and alignment
    specialst, you'll save big over what the dealerships charge.

    2000 BMW 528i, 2001 BMW 330CiC

  • x021627x021627 Posts: 148
    Just to tie off this thing, the check engine light turned out to be an issue with the emission system, so you may have been correct. Once that issue was resolved, the check engine light wouldn't go out and it was determined that my computer needed to be reprogrammed.

    Reprogram didn't take and now they are replacing computer module. GRRRRRRRRRRRRRR :mad:
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