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post #1 of 185 Old 24th March 2011, 04:45 AM Thread Starter
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Do It Yourself (DIY) Guidepost

Introduction

I would like to take a fresh look at reorganizing the Do-It-Yourself threads here, by:
1) finding/identifying the best ones
2) providing a dedicated thread for nominations of newer/better ones
3) adding rudimentary keyword tags above each link (which may not be in the title)

If you know about a post that is superior/complementary to one already listed, or if you know about a new one, please post here with:
- the link
- some keywords for reference

Better yet, if you are motivated to create a better-written / more-accurate version of a DIY here, please do so, and let this thread know about it.

Gustav has added a "DIY" prefix which you can apply at the time you post your new DIY thread.

Thanks for the help.

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When to do it?

Note: The following intervals are meant only as very general guidelines, and may not be suitable for your car or your driving style.

Again, I’m seeding this with information I have cataloged for my own purposes, based on observations made about when owners addressed them. That starting point may or may not be correct. Please post replies with errors and additions.

General:
Air filter – every 15k miles / 25k km
Brake fluid – every 2 years, or less
Coolant – every 3 years, or less

Think about at 50k miles / 80k km, if not already done:
Belts
Transmission fluid
Pre-cat oxygen sensors

Think about at 70k miles / 110k km, if not already done:
Fuel filter
Thrust arm bushings
Power steering fluid
Wheel bearings

Think about at 90k miles / 145k km, if not already done:
Fan clutch, radiator
Fuel pump

Think about at 100k miles / 160k km, if not already done:
Rod bearings

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Note: Be advised that these DIYs are mostly written by non-professionals. The help you seek may be worth exactly what you paid for it here: nothing.

ABS sensor
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...front-diy.html (vantaam5)

Air conditioning recharge
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...ition-diy.html (jlusby)

Alternator
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...nator-diy.html (jshep)

Audio bluetooth A2DP via Aux
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...dio-cheap.html (emfunf)

Aux audio input
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...t-harness.html (AGM5)

Aux fan
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...iled-pics.html (D-RodM5)

A/V Dynavin Avin
Dynavin
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...ne-thread.html (Tho///a5)
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...s-new-amp.html (Ikazuchi)

Battery drain diagnosis
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...heck-here.html (StreetDragster)

Belts, serpentine (alternator/waterpump), AC
Fan clutch, aux fan, pusher
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...placement.html (J Irwan)
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...ment-pics.html (Torquey5)

Blower motor HVAC
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...8385558-a.html (tbalon)
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...ent-video.html

Brake booster
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...placement.html (Nabio)

Brake fluid flush
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...r-bleeder.html (chowdah)
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...uper-blue.html (phid_bombadier)
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...ck-please.html (eljockvis)
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e39...dis-5-7-a.html

Brake kit, BMW Performance retrofit
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...it-e39-m5.html (StreetDragster)

Brake line, hose
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...ine-video.html (Jetpilot718)

Brake overhaul, caliper rebuild, hoses, bedding
www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e39-m5-e52-z8-discussion/286497-did-full-brake-overhaul-beast.html (Jetpilot718, Vector57)
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...r-rebuild.html (bimmerule)

Brake pads
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...s-w-video.html (zed.inc)

Bumper removal, front
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...m5-bumper.html (pureretro)

Camshaft Position Sensor, general
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...ntake-cps.html (shammy)
Camshaft Position Sensor, intake, bank 1
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...m5-s62b50.html (DavidS)
Camshaft Position Sensor, intake, bank 2
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...cyl-5-8-a.html (J Irwan)
Camshaft Position Sensor, exhaust, bank 2
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...cyl-5-8-a.html (J Irwan)

Camshaft timing
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...iming-diy.html (vantaam5)

Catalytic converter (CATS) testing
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...test-cats.html (68FB)

Chain tensioner
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...-diy-pics.html (vantaam5)

Coolant flush
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...at-change.html (jamiepeers)
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...procedure.html (NogginM5Beast)

Coolant temp sensor, lower
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...placement.html (MPowrd)

Clutch
Rear main seal
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...formative.html (Terabass)
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...-diy-pics.html (vantaam5)
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...nge-video.html (Jetpilot718)
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/m5...equipment.html (OldRanger)

Clutch line
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...ement-diy.html (vantaam5)

Compression, leakdown test
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...62-engine.html (DavidS)
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...n-results.html (jfdturbo)

Differential, general
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...condition.html (Tin)
Differential, input shaft
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...aling-diy.html (vantaam5)
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...ment-pics.html (tripevans)
Differential, rebuilt
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...some-pics.html (vantaam5)

Differential oil
Transmission oil
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...-pictures.html (timmay77)
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...ial-fluid.html

DME, euro software to address jerky throttle and AA carbon buildup
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...e-mapping.html (nightkrawler)

Door edge seal squeak (door side)
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...oor-seals.html (TMcNasty)

Door edge seal (body side)
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...placement.html (swingwing)

Door lock actuator
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...g-problem.html (TheAvenger)

Door stuck locked actuator dead
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...uble-lock.html (Spiller)

Door vapor barrier leaking, gasket, insulation, water
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...ter-leaks.html (chowdah)
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...iers-pics.html (timmay77)

Engine motor mounts
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...unts-pics.html (Inverno)

Escort
Valentine1
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...rt-9500ix.html (Diny)

Firewall covers (body work engine compartment)
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...ml#post4082610 (AGM5)

Folding mirror
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...pair-kits.html (estreetgt)

Fog light refinishing
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...hing-pics.html (Mfreakin5)

Fog light replacement
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...m5-w-pics.html (D-RodM5)

Fuel diagnostics
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...pper-wire.html (JoeFromPA)

Fuel filler door lock actuator
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...uator-diy.html (Phyber0ptik)

Fuel filter
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...ions-tips.html (rdm190)
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...-open-pic.html (SehrSchnell)
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...placement.html (phid_bombadier)
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...el-filter.html (Terabass)

Fuel injectors
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...r-removal.html (curtissp321)

Fuel Pump
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...-diy-pics.html (doc$holliday)
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...fuel-pump.html (Terabass)

Fuel tank breather valve
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...e-code-e8.html (J Irwan)
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...tures-job.html (rdm190)

Headlight, automatic retrofit w/LCM & RLS
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...eadlights.html (Rontgen)

Headlight, sealed, replacing lenses/adjusters
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...le-lights.html (jamiepeers)

Hood / bonnet release bowden cables
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...ood-locks.html (vantaam5)

Homelink, garage door programming
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...tructions.html (1mpowerme)

IATS intake temp sensor relocation
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...elocation.html (roverguy10)
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...maf-wires.html (///m62e39)

Instrument cluster bulb
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...ing-bulbs.html (Avante)

Instrument cluster reprogram/coding for mileage/VIN
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...in-coding.html (blackknight530i)

Key fob
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...eshooting.html (alfanator)

Laser intecerptor
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...stall-e39.html (chowdah)

LCM (light control module) PCB cleaning
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...aning-pcb.html (thegorilla)

Leather re-dye, caramel
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...er-re-dye.html (skeelo34)

Lower Engine Compartment Cover (pork chop, 51712498989, 51712498990, 51712694832, 51712694899) DIY
How to repair a broken pork chop (pic heavy)

Lower Control Arm (LCA)
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...ement-lca.html (RideM5)

Oil change
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...tructions.html (Naka)

Oil pan drain plug stripped, timesert
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...rain-plug.html (TMcNasty)

Oil temp level sensor
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...iy-w-pics.html (D-RodM5)

Oxygen sensor, pre-cat, post-cat
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...-test-how.html (nathanielbrown)
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...or-change.html (TMcNasty)
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...rs-w-pics.html (aaronmiles)

Paint correction
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...tion-noob.html (5thGen)

Parking brake adjustment, hand brake, loose
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...ats-notch.html (TheAvenger)

Parking brake shoes replacement, handbrake
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...placement.html (bimmerule)

Pixels, dashboard display
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...-pictures.html (Burnout_187)
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...d-display.html

Power steering fluid
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...placement.html (getbent)
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...ics-added.html (Lancefitzgiben)
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...ing-fluid.html (SeattleM5)

Power steering hose
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...ses-today.html (ECB)

Power steering pump, troubleshooting
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...-assembly.html

Propshaft center bearing
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...-diy-pics.html (vantaam5)

Rear Balljoint
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...-own-tool.html (jamiepeers)

Rear Main Seal, Clutch, Transmission shaft / seal
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...-diy-pics.html (tripevans)

Rear Main Seal, shortcut
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...-shortcut.html (M5convert)

Rod bearings
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...placement.html (jamiepeers)
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...cs-inside.html (vantaam5)
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...ng-change.html (ger)

Seat belt (rear retractor)
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...ml#post4111201 (moveson)

Seats twisted
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...at-repair.html (doc$holliday)
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...uper-easy.html (Terabass)

Shift knob, illuminated, F10
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...t-install.html (mattmor)

Short shifter, e60
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...ll-review.html (M55555)
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...r-install.html (xr4tic)
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...ml#post2124353 (OsinO)

Sirius, satellite, radio, BM53, retrofit
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...-retrofit.html (AGM5)

Sound system, radio, audio
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...sp-system.html (DouglasABaker)

Spark plugs
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...cs-inside.html (rdm190)
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/m5...gs-e39-m5.html (jaj)

Steering idler control arm bushing
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...m-bushing.html (vantaam5)

Steering wheel
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...-complete.html (billrM5)

Suspension, coilover
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/m5...-detailed.html (jaj)
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/m5...-detailed.html (jaj)
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/m5...-detailed.html (jaj)

Thermostat
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...even-work.html (jfman)
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...-lot-pics.html (timmay77)
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...ermostats.html (russap5)
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...hermostat.html (jamiepeers)

Throttle actuator
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...-actuator.html (godaemon)

Throttle position sensor, TPS
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...4-tps-diy.html (Jetpilot718)
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...es-inside.html (mmzcee)
How to test (Sailor24)

Throttle sync
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...c-process.html (jf0517)

Thrust arm bushings, X5
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...insertion.html (deleted! can anyone remember the author?)
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...s-install.html (ACHTUNGM5)

Tie rod
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...e-rod-diy.html (deleted! can anyone remember the author?)

Timing chain, cover removal, cam tensioner
[see jamiepeers' post on Rod Bearings]
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...ml#post4257993 (zed.inc)

Trunk lock actuator / trunk lid won't stay shut (broken latch spring)
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...placement.html (MrCrashRR)
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...st-0-89-a.html (andrew911)

Vacuum line, throttle body
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...placement.html (Mike S.)

Valve cover, general, grommets, oil
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...kets-leak.html
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...g-oil-cap.html

Valve cover gaskets
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...r-gaskets.html (CWY_M5)

Vanos board
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...s-removal.html

Vanos solenoid
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...x-success.html (Don Incognito)
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...ids-video.html (vantaam5)
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...id-repair.html (gzig5)
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...ing-vanos.html (TommeH)
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...ification.html (wilhit10)
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3..._full-diy.html (bdsmitty88)

Vanos spring plate
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...e-renewal.html (jamiepeers)

Water pump
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...ml#post1790248 (vantaam5)

Washer fluid reservoir leak, intensive
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...-leak-diy.html (CarbonCopy)

Washing claying waxing
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/de...do-i-need.html (Tiauguinho)
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...ps-tricks.html (Tiauguinho)

Wheel bearing, rear
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...l-bearing.html (jamiepeers)

Window regulator, front
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...ent-video.html (zed.inc)

Windshield gasket seal
https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e3...placement.html (billrM5 & mjohnson)

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post #4 of 185 Old 24th March 2011, 04:53 AM
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post #5 of 185 Old 24th March 2011, 05:35 AM
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Subscribed as well. Thanks for the thread.

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subscribed extremely useful

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post #9 of 185 Old 24th March 2011, 09:58 AM
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Absolutely, many thanks for this. I reckon a lot of members on here hold the DIY's in very high regard and they are extremely useful, they must be saving us £1k's in labour costs.

Great idea to sort them out a bit.

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"I look at it like this. Owning an M5 is kind of like dating a slamming hot big-t...ed blonde, who is a pain in the *****, drains your cash, but screws like there's no tomorrow. Owning a Honda Civic or the like, is akin to dating a girl who is fat, ugly, smells a bit where she shouldn't, is a cheap date and doesn't screw at all (you don't mind). So yeah, I'll take the blonde." (Courtsey of Jetpilot718)

The thread of my car and it's progression to mechanical perfection... : https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e39...ry-thread.html if I ever get around to anything...

Cabin Filters 6/3/11, Bosch wipers 21/5/11, OEM air filters 24/5/11 (110,920), Oil Change, Oil Seperators and Thermostat 07/08/11 (112,699), Final Stage Resistor, Coolant Temp Sensor, Silvered Indicator Bulbs 21/08/11 (114,110), Private Plate 23/10/11, Came home from storage 13/02/13
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