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#2315 of 2734 Re: heater knobs 1981 528i [csan1]
Apr 27, 2009 (5:25 pm)
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.
#2316 of 2734 Engine Malfunction Light
May 03, 2009 (5:08 pm)
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.
#2317 of 2734 Re: Engine Malfunction Light [x021627]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
May 03, 2009 (6:24 pm)
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.
#2318 of 2734 Transmission Problems
May 03, 2009 (9:25 pm)
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?
#2319 of 2734 Re: Transmission Problems [troyr]
May 04, 2009 (8:24 am)
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
#2320 of 2734 Re: BMW 540i [ryan540i]
May 17, 2009 (5:34 am)
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
#2321 of 2734 my fuel,RPM gauge and on board computer is not working....
May 17, 2009 (5:39 am)
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
#2322 of 2734 Re: Engine Malfunction Light [Mr_Shiftright]
May 17, 2009 (7:23 am)
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.
#2323 of 2734 Re: my fuel,RPM gauge and on board computer is not working.... [buffnyce17]
May 19, 2009 (8:15 am)
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.
#2324 of 2734 Shaking in low speed
May 25, 2009 (4:11 am)
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?