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    E39 525d and Ford Puma .Wife has 118d convertible

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  1. stevecvo

    Intake manifold removal tools

    When taking off the inlet manifold make sure that nothing is snagging the dipstick tube otherwise this can get pulled out with the manifold depositing a good amount of oi on the ground below and needing the purchase of a new O ring to put the tube back. Also beware of any of the backup rings (part 7 on the RealOEM diagram for the inlet manifold) falling off. They can fall into the engine but usually finish up behind the alternator or in the undertray but you dare not start the engine until you have ruled out any missing ones being in the combustion chambers.
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    Help with INPA please

    Ideally you need a 32mm viscous fan spanner (£10 on Ebay) because it is thin and long (cue rude comments) but you can get away with a standard 30/32mm open ended spanner. Put the spanner over the viscous fan retaining nut and wack the other end sharply with a large hammer - remembering that it is a reverse thread . This releases the grip and you can then usually wind the fan off.
  3. stevecvo

    Help with INPA please

    When the main thermostat failed on my 525d the temperature gauge stayed well below the normal position but I did not notice any significant drop in my mpg. As Chicaneuk says changing the thermostat is not difficult. Viscous fan out followed by fan shroud and radiator and everything is very accessible. I too found the hoses a little difficult to remove.
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    Help with INPA please

    Is that 15mpg from a 530d?????
  5. stevecvo

    Spraying advice wanted

    Thanks for that Sir A. The lacquer coat has gone almost powdery in a few places- a bit like oxidised aluminium. I attach a photo of one of the places
  6. stevecvo

    E39 540i Sport Touring Auto £4950

    It does look nice but I am struggling to see how you could spend £28K on what seems to have been rebuild work even if this was extensive but perhaps I am out of touch with commercial prices..
  7. stevecvo

    engine knocking

    If the valves were not seating properly you would lose a bit of compression which would affect combustion and could make the running uneven but that would not generate a mechanical noise.
  8. stevecvo

    engine knocking

    It sounds to me like a fairly typical M57 with good miles on it. A bit of clatter maybe from the valve gear/ camshaft lobes but nothing too worrying. These engines were hardly silent when they were new even if they were considered very smooth for a diesel at the time
  9. stevecvo

    Spraying advice wanted

    The clear coat on the roof of my son-s Hyundai i20 has deteriorated in places and I need to respray the panel. Apart from the blooming on patches of the clear coat the paint is in good condition. If I rub back and flatten the surface can I get away with flashing a new colour coat and then applying a coat of clear or do I really need to apply a coat of primer before the colour coat?
  10. stevecvo

    copper grease vs ceramic grease

    Useful to have read this article. I have used copper grease for over 50 years but I did notice that the alloy wheels on my E39 always stuck to the hubs despite using copper grease. I now know why and have ordered some ceramic grease for future use.
  11. stevecvo

    Intake valves cleaning

    It might be because the advert is American and the diesel BMW models were not marketed there
  12. stevecvo

    E34 535 Imported

    I kike this even if it is an auto. Although it has failed its MoT a few times since 2006 none of the failures related to rust or corrosion. Also it has not done many miles since the figure of 78563 recorded in 2006 K838SGCBMW 535 . Close All MOT history Date tested27 June 2018 PASS Mileage95,721 km MOT test number4984 3700 6476 Test location View test location Expiry date26 June 2019 Repair as soon as possible (minor defects): Nearside Front Lower Suspension arm ball joint dust cover severely deteriorated (5.3.4 (b) (i)) Monitor and repair if necessary (advisories): oil leak Nearside Rear Brake disc worn, pitted or scored, but not seriously weakened (1.1.14 (a) (ii)) Offside Rear Brake disc worn, pitted or scored, but not seriously weakened (1.1.14 (a) (ii)) Rear Exhaust has a minor leak of exhaust gases corroded (6.1.2 (a)) nearside/offside front shock absorber sleeves come adrift offside handbrake effort just met legal limit offside sill damaged What are advisories? The MOT test changed on 20 May 2018 Defects are now categorised according to their severity – dangerous, major, and minor. Find out more Date tested30 March 2017 PASS Mileage95,292 miles MOT test number5871 7281 0863 Test location View test location Expiry date29 March 2018 Date tested28 March 2017 FAIL Mileage95,292 miles MOT test number3017 0956 1383 Test location View test location Reason(s) for failure Nearside Windscreen wiper does not clear the windscreen effectively (8.2.2) Offside Windscreen wiper does not clear the windscreen effectively (8.2.2) Nearside Headlamp not working on main beam (1.7.5a) Advisory notice item(s) Nearside Front Tyre perished and cracking on side wall Offside Front Tyre perished and cracking on side wall What are failures and advisories? Date tested25 February 2013 PASS Mileage95,033 miles MOT test number4572 7605 3083 Test location View test location Expiry date20 March 2014 Advisory notice item(s) Nearside Front Suspension arm rubber bush deteriorated but not resulting in excessive movement (2.4.G.2) Offside Front Suspension arm rubber bush deteriorated but not resulting in excessive movement (2.4.G.2) Rear Exhaust has a minor leak of exhaust gases (7.1.2) Front Drag link end ball joint has slight play (2.2.B.1f) Rear Anti-roll bar rubber bush deteriorated but not resulting in excessive movement (2.4.G.2) What are advisories? Date tested24 February 2012 PASS Mileage90,816 km MOT test number3078 2555 2052 Test location View test location Expiry date20 March 2013 Advisory notice item(s) Steering system has slight free play detected at steering wheel (2.2.A.1a) Front Lower Steering column universal joint has slight play (2.1.5) Nearside Front Lower Suspension arm has slight play in a track control arm inner bush (2.5.B.2b) Offside Front Lower Suspension arm has slight play in a track control arm inner bush (2.5.B.2b) Spare tyre defective Oil leak speedometer does not have a dual scale to show mph. nearside front chassis rail slightly corroded, caused by hydraulic brake fluid spillage rear exhaust box deteriorated but not leaking What are advisories? Date tested24 February 2012 FAIL Mileage90,816 km MOT test number3870 6565 2033 Test location View test location Reason(s) for failure Nearside Front Headlamp aim too low and too far to the right. (1.8) Offside Front Headlamp aim too high and too far to the right. (1.8) Advisory notice item(s) Steering system has slight free play detected at steering wheel (2.2.A.1a) Front Lower Steering column universal joint has slight play (2.1.5) Nearside Front Lower Suspension arm has slight play in a track control arm inner bush (2.5.B.2b) Offside Front Lower Suspension arm has slight play in a track control arm inner bush (2.5.B.2b) Spare tyre defective Oil leak speedometer does not have a dual scale to show mph. nearside front chassis rail slightly corroded, caused by hydraulic brake fluid spillage rear exhaust box deteriorated but not leaking What are failures and advisories? Date tested21 March 2011 PASS Mileage88,103 miles MOT test number3377 0018 1082 Test location View test location Expiry date20 March 2012 Advisory notice item(s) Exhaust has part of the system slightly deteriorated (7.1.1a) air filter tube split wiper blades worn What are advisories? Date tested13 October 2009 PASS Mileage87,999 miles MOT test number3545 5658 9402 Test location View test location Expiry date12 October 2010 Date tested9 October 2009 FAIL Mileage87,999 miles MOT test number3028 9268 9207 Test location View test location Reason(s) for failure Offside Stop lamp not working (1.2.1b) Offside Rear position lamp(s) excessively deteriorated so that it is not visible from a reasonable distance (1.1.A.3d) Nearside Headlamp aim too low (1.8) Nearside Rear Shock absorber has a serious fluid leak (2.7.3) Advisory notice item(s) Steering system has slight free play detected at steering wheel (2.2.A.1a) Front Suspension arm rubber bush deteriorated but not resulting in excessive movement (2.4.G.2) Rear Sub-frame rubber bush deteriorated but not resulting in excessive movement (2.4.G.2) Rear Exhaust has part of the system slightly deteriorated (7.1.1a) What are failures and advisories? Date tested8 October 2009 FAIL Mileage87,992 km MOT test number9018 2178 9287 Test location View test location Reason(s) for failure Centre Rear Statutory seat belt missing (5.1.1) Nearside Windscreen wiper does not clear the windscreen effectively (8.2.2) Offside Windscreen wiper does not clear the windscreen effectively (8.2.2) Nearside Headlamp aim too low (1.8) Offside Headlamp aim too high (1.8) Offside Rear position lamp(s) excessively deteriorated so that it is not visible from a reasonable distance (1.1.A.3d) Offside Stop lamp not working (1.2.1b) Nearside Steering locking device insecure (2.2.C.1g) Nearside Rear Shock absorber has a serious fluid leak (2.7.3) Advisory notice item(s) Offside Rear Sub-frame rubber bush deteriorated but not resulting in excessive movement (2.4.G.2) Spare tyre defective Oil leak rear silencer corroded. What are failures and advisories? Date tested24 September 2007 PASS Mileage83,960 miles MOT test number5033 9756 7252 Test location View test location Expiry date28 September 2008 Advisory notice item(s) Damage to offside front body. Petrol cover lose but not inscure. Rear discs slightly pitted. Rear axel bushs starting to perish. What are advisories? Date tested13 September 2006 PASS Mileage78,563 miles MOT test number5536 4695 6243 Test location View test location Expiry date28 September 2007 Date tested12 September 2006 FAIL Mileage78,563 miles MOT test number5317 2505 6242 Test location View test location Reason(s) for failure Front Windscreen washer provides insufficient washer liquid (8.2.3) Brakes imbalanced across an axle (3.7.B.5b) Advisory notice item(s) Front Brake pad(s) wearing thin (3.5.1g) Rear Brake pad(s) wearing thin (3.5.1g) Front Tyre worn close to the legal limit (4.1.E.1) Rear Exhaust has part of the system slightly deteriorated (7.1.1a) advised brake lining warning light on. What are failures and advisories?
  13. An absolutely stunning machine
  14. stevecvo

    E39 Touch Screen Head Units

    They are undoubtedly good quality but visually very unappealing. The cheap chinese stuff looks much better in situ in my opinion but is tricky to lock securely in place
  15. stevecvo

    Cheap 540

    E39 540 saloon on Ebay for £1495 with FSH and a classified ad to boot https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-540-4-4i-auto-massive-spec-full-service-history/223282327821?_trkparms=aid%3D777003%26algo%3DDISCL.MBE%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20160608105753%26meid%3D7772302b29684191818a923398a71589%26pid%3D100012%26rk%3D5%26rkt%3D12%26sd%3D283353051969%26itm%3D223282327821&_trksid=p2047675.c100012.m1985
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