E39 Electrical problem - BMW Forum - BimmerWerkz.com
5-Series (E12,E28, E34, E39, E60) Chat relating to the BMW 5-Series of all generations. Specific models include: BMW 518, BMW 520, BMW 520i, BMW 530i, BMW 528i, BMW 530i, BMW 518i, BMW 524d, BMW 525i, BMW 525e, BMW 528e, BMW 540i, BMW 535i, BMW 520d, BMW 525td, BMW 525d, BMW 530d, BMW 525i/xi, BMW 530i/xi. (BMW 5-Series Forum)

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
#1 (permalink) Old 05-31-2008, 01:43 PM
n00b
 
Phillip Visser's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 3
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Phillip Visser is on a distinguished road
(Thread Starter)
Unhappy E39 Electrical problem

Can any one help my 528i e39 strated movig the steering wheel up and down while you drive and switching the interior light on, The horn, speedcontrol and radio also stoped working and the airbag light came on any ideas?
Phillip Visser is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
#2 (permalink) Old 05-31-2008, 09:17 PM
2nd Gear Member
 
winters97E39's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Jacksonville, FL
Posts: 369
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
winters97E39 is a jewel in the rough winters97E39 is a jewel in the rough winters97E39 is a jewel in the rough
definitely sounds like an electrical short somewhere..did the car get wet anytime recently in the engine bay, or inside? How about anything new, electrical components, radio, etc?

Jason / 1997 528i
winters97E39 is offline  
#3 (permalink) Old 06-01-2008, 07:59 AM
n00b
 
Phillip Visser's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 3
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Phillip Visser is on a distinguished road
(Thread Starter)
no nothing of the sort where can I find wirring diagram for E39 I think it may be a earth problem?
Phillip Visser is offline  
#4 (permalink) Old 06-01-2008, 09:07 AM
2nd Gear Member
 
winters97E39's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Jacksonville, FL
Posts: 369
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
winters97E39 is a jewel in the rough winters97E39 is a jewel in the rough winters97E39 is a jewel in the rough
only complete one I know of is in the Bentley manual...if you dont have one of those already and you plan on keeping your e39 a while, I would highly suggest getting one. It is two volumes, about $120 for the set, depending on where you get it from.

Jason / 1997 528i
winters97E39 is offline  
#5 (permalink) Old 06-01-2008, 11:01 AM
5th Gear Member
 
darkhorse737's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: San Francisco, CA
Posts: 1,494
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
darkhorse737 is on a distinguished road
Smile

looks like winters has got you covered on this one ;-) i'll just watch... :-)

TIP:
1) check and make sure you don't have any blown fuses; and,
2)for all those accesories to go bad at the same time, the common denominator is... a ground wire that came loose or broke.
darkhorse737 is offline  
#6 (permalink) Old 02-05-2009, 07:12 PM
1st Gear Member
 
ozarkmark's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Charlotte NC
Posts: 148
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
ozarkmark is an unknown quantity at this point
This happened on my '98 540i this afternoon although for a short period of time. At first, the cruise shut off, then the airbag light came on, and the radio controls finally stopped working. I also noticed the illumination was dim. When I pressed the horn, it didn't work and the illumination went out but came back on.

Any ideas on this? I know it is a short somewhere since everything came back on in an instant and the airbag light went off. Where should I look first?

1998 528i - sold 222,000 miles
1998 540i - sold 159,000 miles
2007 328i Coupe - 30,000 current
ozarkmark is offline  
#7 (permalink) Old 02-05-2009, 08:33 PM
n00b
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 38
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
biguglyfabrications.com is on a distinguished road
needs an electrical side of the ignition switch.

need something? i can probably find it.
http://www.biguglyfabrications.com/used_stuff_for_sale
biguglyfabrications.com
biguglyfabrications.com is offline  
#8 (permalink) Old 02-06-2009, 03:38 AM
1st Gear Member
 
ozarkmark's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Charlotte NC
Posts: 148
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
ozarkmark is an unknown quantity at this point
Bingo! Yep it is the ignition switch. Thanks!

Here is exactly how to test this out and replace!!!!

Ignition switch replacement. Jim Cash rules. - The BMW 5 Series (E39) Message Forum

1998 528i - sold 222,000 miles
1998 540i - sold 159,000 miles
2007 328i Coupe - 30,000 current
ozarkmark is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

  BMW Forum - BimmerWerkz.com > BMW Model Specific Forums > 5-Series (E12,E28, E34, E39, E60)


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
2000 530d e39 electrical problem RSK2831 5-Series (E12,E28, E34, E39, E60) 7 03-25-2009 02:56 AM
E39 528I intermittant electrical issues johnex 5-Series (E12,E28, E34, E39, E60) 7 05-24-2007 10:50 PM
E39 Sporadic Electrical Faults rackandroll 5-Series (E12,E28, E34, E39, E60) 1 02-18-2006 09:33 PM
Electrical problem BLCKZC2001 3-Series (E36) 4 10-24-2005 10:34 AM
Electrical Problem? akrauss 3-Series (E46, E90) 14 08-11-2003 03:43 PM

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome