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  • 01-23-2011, 04:49 PM
    jimlev

    Thanks, sounds like a great place.






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  • 01-23-2011, 03:25 AM
    deputer

    I have a used water cooled alt if you need it.....

    Bought it used as a spare just in case, but if you need it $250 and will guarantee it not to be dead on arrival because I got it off a wrecked 540 and have never used it.
    2002 540 6 speed, Steel Blue/Black interior, totally loaded with every option, and now with built in Stealth One/Valentine 1. 18" Staggered Privat wheels. I am loving the power again!

    2003 525iT, Silver/Black, non-sport, 18" Staggered BBS RC wheels. T boned and traded away.

    2000 540 6 speed, Biarritz Blue/Sand, M5 shifter, XM Radio Valentine One/Stealth One hardwired in, 17" style 5 wheels
    Sold but never forgotten.

    2001 525i, stock, great car that got me hooked, sold

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  • 01-23-2011, 12:30 AM
    rwthomas1

    Re: What is the name of the parts house you use? (m)

    Used to be called Narragansett Imported Auto Parts, then one owner bought out the other and it became McCulloch's Auto Parts. Now its Carquest/Imported Car Parts, 560 Kingstown Rd, Wakefield, RI 401-789-7447 or 401-284-3636 Rick is the owner and knows his sh!t

    If you are looking for more Domestic oriented stuff, County Auto, 200 Main St, Wakefield, RI 401-789-9164 is the place. The building is at least 100years old and its been a parts store the whole time. Real old time New England sorta place. Tiny showroom with a large warehouse CRAMMMED with stuff. The counters and floors are worn out with the endless traffic of mechanics, etc. coming and going. Bob the owner and Chuck the counterman can get anything, and I do mean ANYTHING you need. Small machine shop on site too.

    RT
  • 01-22-2011, 11:58 AM
    jimlev

    What is the name of the parts house you use? (m)

    Always nice to have a 2nd or 3rd source for expensive parts.
    Wow, $960 is a rip. Guess I was lucky to beat them down $2K off the sticker price when I got my car.
  • 01-22-2011, 11:36 AM
    rwthomas1

    Re: Just curious-what did Inskip want 4the alternator?

    Inskip wanted $960.00 for the alt! And that was a reman! Insane. Bavauto had the alt for $510 including $100 core. I have an excellent local import parts house that recently picked up the "carquest" franchise as well. I'm friendly with the owner, doing import parts only for 35 years, so they know what they are doing. Got me the alt for $410 with a $150 core, so technically the same price as Bavauto. The 3year warranty seemed okay with me, Bosch factory reman. Autozone could have ordered an alt for $415 with a "lifetime" warranty. My experience with them is "lifetime" means "we'll just keep giving you free parts for as long as you are willing to change them out, and thats usually yearly"

    Interestingly I have gotten BMW and VW parts from him and most come with OEM markings, etc. even though they are often in a Carquest box now.

    RT
  • 01-21-2011, 06:38 PM
    jimlev

    Just curious-what did Inskip want 4the alternator?






    "Drive It Like You Stole It, A Sickness for Quickness"
    The Bottle Rocket "King of Spray" 2 Stage Nitrous Oxide
    Dare to be different and stand out among the crowd of me-to-cars!
    No guts, no glory! Tire smoke, not traction control!
    Zionsville all aluminum radiator to replace the 3 leak prone Nissens Radiators!

    NOS Progressive 2 Stage Controller with port injection
    Snow's Performance Methanol/Water Injection
    Dinan downloads, VAC Under Drive Pulleys
    Dinan Carbon Fiber CAI
    Dinan Front Strut Bar
    Electric Cooling Fan w/PWM controller
    NGK Iridium Plugs
    DDE Enhanced Angel Eyes, Smoked Lenses
    Koni FSD's/H&R Springs, BAV Brass Caliper Bushings
    Eisenmann Race Exhaust (from H8-Rain's car)
    ///M5 3.15 LSD
    ///M5 Sway Bars, Front & Rear
    Energy Suspension Polyurethane Sway Bar Bushings
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    StopTech Brake Lines Front & Rear
    Axxis Deluxe Plus pads Front & Rear
    Staggered M Parallel 66, Xenons
    Modified CDV, UGDO
    Euro Storage Tray (thanks Zombywolf)
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    G-Tech/Competition Pro Data Logger
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  • 01-21-2011, 06:25 PM
    rwthomas1

    Re: Just passing on what I know and have learned (m)

    Yes, I knew about the alternator drain plug but honestly, if I'm removing the alternator anyway, just backing out the mounting bolts and cracking the seal does it just fine. You also have to consider that the auto trans cooler is bolted to the bottom of the alt, partially obstructing that drain plug. I'm not even sure you can remove that drain plug with the cooler in place? Removing the cooler is a bigger PITA than removing the alt. Pulling the alt out an 1/8" or so results in a nice controlled stream, not a huge gush. With the car on jackstands a 3.5 gallon bucket fits just right under the alternator to catch 99% of the coolant. I did this first thing and then got to taking out the fan shroud, fan, expansion tank, etc. Draining did not take very long at all.

    RT
  • 01-21-2011, 12:35 PM
    jimlev

    Just passing on what I know and have learned (m)

    from the earlier guys that were here back when the E39 first came out.
  • 01-21-2011, 12:32 PM
    jimlev

    It will drain most of the coolant but take a while






    "Drive It Like You Stole It, A Sickness for Quickness"
    The Bottle Rocket "King of Spray" 2 Stage Nitrous Oxide
    Dare to be different and stand out among the crowd of me-to-cars!
    No guts, no glory! Tire smoke, not traction control!
    Zionsville all aluminum radiator to replace the 3 leak prone Nissens Radiators!

    NOS Progressive 2 Stage Controller with port injection
    Snow's Performance Methanol/Water Injection
    Dinan downloads, VAC Under Drive Pulleys
    Dinan Carbon Fiber CAI
    Dinan Front Strut Bar
    Electric Cooling Fan w/PWM controller
    NGK Iridium Plugs
    DDE Enhanced Angel Eyes, Smoked Lenses
    Koni FSD's/H&R Springs, BAV Brass Caliper Bushings
    Eisenmann Race Exhaust (from H8-Rain's car)
    ///M5 3.15 LSD
    ///M5 Sway Bars, Front & Rear
    Energy Suspension Polyurethane Sway Bar Bushings
    ///M5 Gauge Cluster Rings ///M5 Lip Spoiler
    ///M5 Mirrors and Switches
    Leather Z weighted shift knob (thanks H8-Rain)
    Rogue “Octane” Short Shift kit w/WSR
    Rogue Tranny Mounts
    StopTech Brake Lines Front & Rear
    Axxis Deluxe Plus pads Front & Rear
    Staggered M Parallel 66, Xenons
    Modified CDV, UGDO
    Euro Storage Tray (thanks Zombywolf)
    Redline in Diff and Tranny
    Passport 8500 X50, Escort ZR3 Laser Jammer
    G-Tech/Competition Pro Data Logger
    Auto Enginuity OBD-II Scan Tool
    25% Tint, X-Pel, LoJack
    PIAA Driving Lights
    BMW CCA Member Boston Chapter
  • 01-21-2011, 11:13 AM
    Eurodavid

    That plug just drain alt? Or whole system too???

  • 01-21-2011, 10:50 AM
    fritracer

    Jim, I love how you have pictures of ....

    just about everything on these cars. Great job. Your input on this post has been valuable.Fritracer
    Cincinnati, OH
    2000 540ia Sport Package 9/99 Silver/Black
    1970 Dodge Challenger T/A 420 stroker w/6 Pak 430 HP,
    510 lbft torque
  • 01-20-2011, 08:36 PM
    jimlev

    Did you notice there was a drain plug for the alt(

    If you just want to drop the coolant level in the block you can also use the alternator drain plug.

  • 01-20-2011, 09:06 AM
    rwthomas1

    Update-Completed!

    Got a reman Alt from the local parts store, $410 + core. 3year warranty. Got the pulley holding tool and wrench for the WP pulley at Bavauto. Worth every penny. The fan was so tight that I needed to place the holding tool against the fenderwell and pound the wrench with a hammer. Hard. No way that it was coming off with any homebrewed setup.

    Replacing an alternator is pretty easy ONCE YOU GET THE FAN OFF! In fact, I will probably remove the fan just to change the serpentine belt, it makes it that much easier.

    A few tips: Loosen the alternator first and gently crack the coolant seal. This will allow the coolant to drain slowly while you work on the fan, etc. and not splash everywhere. On a 540 automatic, the alternator CANNOT be removed from the bottom. The auto transmission cooler is in the way. Removing that is a b!tch so just pop the upper rad hose off and take the alt out the top. Check the WP pulley carefully. Mine was cracked, just barely visible.

    Fun, fun, fun!

    RT
  • 01-16-2011, 09:23 PM
    rwthomas1

    Re: Been there done that. New (rebuilt) from BMW is (m

    Thanks for the offer, Bavauto has them for $511 including $100 core, so $411, not too bad. Going to try Inskip in the AM, see what they can do. Dad lives in NH, so a trip to Bavauto tomorrow may be in the cards. RT
  • 01-16-2011, 02:48 PM
    BMW540san

    Autohausaz has it for $393. It's probably the best

    price on that at the moment. Good luck.
    http://www.autohausaz.com/search/pro...er=12317508054
  • 01-16-2011, 02:45 PM
    jimlev

    Been there done that. New (rebuilt) from BMW is (m

    probably $700+, online sources (also rebuilt) you may find one for $400. If you get in a bind and really need one in a hurry I have a used one that you can borrow.
  • 01-16-2011, 01:39 PM
    rwthomas1

    Update: Loud screeching noise from 540i????

    Removed the alt/wp/ps belt and the problem is obvious. Alternator is fried! WP/PS turn nice and smooth, Alt is crunchy and grinding. Easier to replace than the WP but much more expensive? I guess I'll find out.

    RT
  • 01-16-2011, 09:45 AM
    rwthomas1

    Reinterate: Loud screeching noise from 540i????

    Just to restate, when the loud screeching occur(s) at idle it has STALLED the engine. I don't think that a loose belt would do that, only a tight one. The only pulley with enough belt purchase to STALL the engine is the WP. Alt is small diameter and PS is only 1/4 wrapped by the belt. If they seized the belt would just smoke. WP is the only thing that makes sense.

    I'm on my way to the garage to take it all apart and find out, I'll update when I tear it down.

    RT
  • 01-15-2011, 11:26 PM
    Bmw540san

    Did you double check the routing of the belt? It

    could happen to any of us if not paying attention.



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  • 01-15-2011, 10:59 PM
    jimlev

    The hairpin thing is just a clip to keep the bolt(

    on the tensioner assy from falling out in shipping, you don't use it.
    I'm guessing the screeching was from a slipping belt. Did you check the belt deflection after you adjusted the tensioner?
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