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  2. Theres nothing in the instructions that shows its a dedicated wire straight from the battery to the sockets. There are two direct connections to the battery 10A and 10B but these both form part of the loom and the 15A one is the one that also powers the control unit. The 20A one is used if you use the option of the switched live to power fridges etc. When I wired my wifes seat it was slightly different as you wired the two power wires into new slots in the fuse board rather than straight into the battery, that too is still all controlled through the unit though. I'll double check tonight but im sure that also disconnects all the power once the car shuts down. The ALKO does power up as soon as you connect tha van Chris as long as you have just moved or used the car as the pin is still live for about 10 mins once you lock the car, If the car is unlocked it may well stay on permanently. If you leave the caraven attached and lock you car for long enough, once you unlock again you will hear it reinitialise as power is put back onto the socket.
  3. Can I use ignition fluid to start up the engine?

    Love the tag line for that product lol
  4. F07 GT 530D Owner and newbie

    When the airspring is removed, this allows the suspension to lower further than it would normally. The level sensor may record this as 'out of range'. The trick is either to jack the car in the centre, or at both sides, so both wheels are off the ground, then lower the car so that both contact at about the same time and lower evenly. Ignition on and you should then hear the pump run till it blows off once re-inflated.
  5. Wheel sizes

    That will tell you the optional extra larger alloys that the car was ordered with, but won't tell you the default factory fit sizes ?
  6. Central locking remote&manual stopped working.

    The wizard is back..... is the boot carpet wet at all? Or even damp in a area that you wouldn't of thought it could be? Is it coming through a wheel arch? What about your jacking points? Are they intact? Is I've read somewhere that if/when they fall off water runs along the body and finds its way into them. This could be the source and it could take forever to find? Have you got a ramp or jack the car up and inspect the floor of the car for cracks/damp patches! This is starting to sound like you need a few dry days in which you sell the car fully working.....
  7. 2007 E61 530d M sport LCI for sale "PRICE REDUCED"

    Lol - I recognise that handwriting... That's the indy I use (Free bump - GLWTS - looks a lovely car)
  8. New M5

    I struggled making the choice between a f10 m5 and a f80 m3 comp drove both vehicles extensively back to back the f10 was so comfortable and lightning quick but didn't let you know as you are cosseted in its fantastic seats in the end I went for the comp pack f80 as the new m5 is upon us and for sure going to murder current values of the f10 it was not a decision take light hearted I will def pick up a m5 once the values settle down abit
  9. 3AC Towbar Pin 9 Permanent Live - or is it?

    My F07 has Pin 9 fed directly from the battery via its own fuse. The only ignition controlled supply from the rear fusebox is to activate the fridge relay, and I did this with a piggyback type fuse, which leaves its host fuse and wiring unmolested. This is all a Westfalia system. It is necessary to ensure pin 9 is permanently live, as this supply activates the ALKO ATC (Automatic Trailer Control) system on newer vans, as this is heard to self test as soon as a caravan fitted with ATC is hooked up without ignition on.
  10. It was done by a specialist BMW use for their trakas and stuff. I dropped it off at the dealer and they sorted it out. Does the 20a wire not go straight to the battery but then via the control unit which controls it with a relay inside. Where as the optional switched live uses a separate relay as an extra. I believe it's wired correctly and the same as the genuine BMW kit it isolates to stop any draw on the towbar from flattening the battery. Also if it was wired as a straight wire to the battery this would bypass the IBS module.
  11. Vacuum hose? OEM or?

    Should I stick with stock 3.5mm Pierburg braided hose as I can get 20m for £30-£35 or is silicon really the way to go and if so what sort and how much do I need for the 535d if anyone's done the same? 3.5mm vac hose is rare, my indy said he uses 4mm silicone hose without a problem, 3mm I/D may restrict things? Links appreciated Thanks.
  12. Sport Front Bumper - Number Plate Mounting Options

    I used the M License plate holder, but not the one from the stealer Licence plate base primed M 1 51112694213
  13. Interesting parking

    Shame really, it looks quite a tidy car.... Looks like it was a well loved car looking at the MOT history ..... https://www.msn.com/en-gb/cars/news/bmw-leaves-road-and-crashes-into-mini-on-garage-forecourt/vi-BBJla1X?ocid=mailsignout
  14. Rattles and annoying noises

    Update from main dealer - Germany have asked them to remove rear seats and to check body rivets. Will keep you posted on developments but not great on a 9 month old premium vehicle ! Makes me feel like my concerns re body flex might be realised.
  15. Back in an ‘M’...

    I recently bought my comp but it was way more than 50k must be a very basic car to be coming in at that
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  17. E39 530d Titan Silver Breaking

    Webasto pump is seperate to all of them but lives near the in-line pump I believe, in it's own rubber bracket / carrier. http://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/showparts?id=DP72-EUR-08-2001-E39-BMW-530d&diagId=64_0625
  18. Open ended locking wheel nuts

    Does anyone on here have any suggestions? I've a stud conversion on my alloys and would like to sort some locking nuts for when my new alloys arrive Obviously they need to be M12 x 1.5 and 60º taper etc Cheers
  19. Remap of 525d

    is this something to look out for around the 80k mark then or lower guys?
  20. Replacing the grilles

    You never know mate, the will always be someone who wants them as they are a genuine item over reps.
  21. Central locking remote&manual stopped working.

    Have you a sunroof? Could be that the drains are blocked
  22. DIY ALLOY REPAIR: THE SAGA BEGINS

    And your fake roundels? Mine have not lasted well. Water and salt damage aplenty. Will buy a genuine set for the summers going back on I think.
  23. Suspension parts - how difficult to replace

    Just soliciting for someone to do it... got parts. Any recommendations in/around Swindon?
  24. Any more pics of the Bronze one and do you have an engine/box available?
  25. Replacing the grilles

    I wonder what they are new? It can be your luck on ebay. I sold some model railway stuff that really wasn't worth much and got over £40 for it. Spent that on a new set of locking F10 wheel bolts.
  26. 3AC Towbar Pin 9 Permanent Live - or is it?

    @dandle who fitted your Towbar wiring? I checked the Westfalia instructions for the kit Matthew mentions which was the kit I fitted to my dads F10 and it should be straight to the battery which is why Matthew can charge via Pin 9.
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    • Theres nothing in the instructions that shows its a dedicated wire straight from the battery to the sockets. There are two direct connections to the battery 10A and 10B but these both form part of the loom and the 15A one is the one that also powers the control unit. The 20A one is used if you use the option of the switched live to power fridges etc.   When I wired my wifes seat it was slightly different as you wired the two power wires into new slots in the fuse board rather than straight into the battery, that too is still all controlled through the unit though. I'll double check tonight but im sure that also disconnects all the power once the car shuts down.   The ALKO does power up as soon as you connect tha van Chris as long as you have just moved or used the car as the pin is still live for about 10 mins once you lock the car, If the car is unlocked it may well stay on permanently. If you leave the caraven attached and lock you car for long enough, once you unlock again you will hear it reinitialise as power is put back onto the socket.
    • When the airspring is removed, this allows the suspension to lower further than it would normally. The level sensor may record this as 'out of range'.  The trick is either to jack the car in the centre, or at both sides, so both wheels are off the ground, then lower the car so that both contact at about the same time and lower evenly. Ignition on and you should then hear the pump run till it blows off once re-inflated.
    • That will tell you the optional extra larger alloys that the car was ordered with, but won't tell you the default factory fit sizes ?
    • The wizard is back.....   is the boot carpet wet at all? Or even damp in a area that you wouldn't of  thought it could be?    Is it coming through a wheel arch?  What about your jacking points? Are they intact? Is I've read somewhere that if/when they fall off water runs along the body and finds its way into them. This could be the source and it could take forever to find?    Have you got a ramp or jack the car up and inspect the floor of the car for cracks/damp patches!    This is starting to sound like you need a few dry days in which you sell the car fully working.....


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