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Why my key won't turn in my ignition?
Hello. The symptoms you are having with your ignition cylinder may be attributed to several faults. Make sure the steering wheel is not locked by rotating it both directions and making sure it will move. Afterwards, the first and easiest...
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increased engine over load message.
Hi there. The message is coming on for the catalytic converter overheating. A misfire or leaking injector will cause the catalytic converter to overheat as raw fuel enters the exhaust system. Check the engine for a misfire and see which...
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front left wheel locked up
Hi there. Although a locked up brake caliper can cause the issue you're describing, it's also possible that you have a wheel bearing that is damaged and needs to be replaced. However, due to the fact that multiple components might...
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Two questions
Brake pads cannot simply be changed without also either re-surfacing the brake rotors or installing brand new rotors. In addition, the sliding pins must be removed from the caliper torque plates and thoroughly cleaned and re-installed. Hopefully, the calipers are...
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Where is the expansion valve on a bmw 530i please.
Typically, you must access the expansion valve by going under the air plenum housing through the passenger side of the firewall (where the carbon filter is located for the cabin). It is about a 10-15 minute job to get to...
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Water leak in my rear passenger foot well
There may be no easy answer for this. Modern cars are so thoroughly insulated and sealed, and the interior structures are so complex that it can be very difficult to find the kind of leak that you're looking for. It...
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I just got my oil pan gasket replaced on my BMW 2004 530i (700$) I thought they would have replaced the pan with the gasket, they
Hello, thank you for writing in. Replacing the oil pan gasket does not typically include replacing the oil pan as well. If there are damages to that pan which warrant replacing it, then you will have to pay for the...
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Should I buy or is it too risky? 2003 BMW 530i
Hello - the ad appears to be gone, so perhaps you already bought it?! I wouldn't blame you if so. As a long time E39 owner, they are an excellent sport touring car, especially if more than 2 passenger capability...
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2006 BMW oil filter gasket keeps breaking and oil leaks from oil filter. Oil leaks only after starting car in morning. PCV valve?
Hi There, It sounds like you may need to replace the oil cap o-ring. If you haven't done this before there are two O-rings to replace; a small green one on the base of the filter cap stem and the...
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FAULTY ALTERNATOR CONNECTION
Hello. You have a very peculiar problem. It is probably be best if a technician or someone else with a little more car experience help you look at it first hand, though it sounds like you have car experience yourself....
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The car makes grinding sound on braking. What could be the cause, and what service should I go for?
Hello there. If the grinding noise is happening while you are braking only, it's typically an indicator of brake pads that have worn out and are not grinding into the brake rotors. In most cases, you'll have to replace the...
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My 2013 BMW 5 Serfies blows cold air one and then blows warm air another day. What is this issue?
Hi there. Since your vehicle is rather new, I would suspect perhaps that the settings on your AC system might be the source of this issue. The best option to keep AC blowing cool is to ensure that the air...
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Popping crackling noise when i start the car
It sounds like you may have an electrical faulty or short related to your alternator which may cause the popping sound you hear. As you may know, the alternator charges the battery while the engine runs by generating amperage and...
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Coolant spills out the reservoir when I take the cap off, this occurs in the morning with a cold engine. Outside temp is 90
The 530 has a pretty complicated cooling system and it can be difficult to get it properly filled. There may be air pockets hanging out in the system where the coolant does not circulate and this results in hot spots...
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the ac/heater draining out the battery. took out the fuse, now it doesn't. need a new part? electrical problem?
The problem you are describing is, of course, due to current flowing in a circuit even when the circuit(s) has been commanded off. This is referred to as a "parasitic" load, sometimes know as a phantom load, too. The cost...
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trany malfunction light came on while driving , stopped car turned off then re-started and ca reset&drove normally. now wont reset
Hi there. When the battery is replaced a programming or clearing stored error codes is completed by a professional mechanic. However, the transmission warning light and limp mode typically is not related to the the battery replacement. In most cases,...
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Car won't start
Hi there. When you turn the key or press the start button and nothing happens, there are three possible sources. First, the ignition cylinder or starter button might be damaged. Second, the starter or ignition relay that supplies power to...
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oxygen sensors bad have the part already how much to put it on
Hi there. Depending on whether you're talking about bank 1 or bank 2 oxygen sensors, to correctly remove and install them requires removing some accessory components and removing and tightening the sensor with the right tools. In general, we typically...
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Engine won't start
A faulty Intelligent Battery Sensor (IBS) can result in a no start condition. Inasmuch as IBS on your vehicle is a sensitive electro-mechanical device, it is subject to all the usual faults arising from mechanical stress, vibration, age, and electrical...
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How much will it cost me to replace a oil pan gasket?
The gasket itself is less than $50 and it looks like if you have the N52 engine, it could take in the neighborhood of 8 hours (roughly) to remove and replace. There is quite a bit of disassembly; for example,...

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