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    E39 525d and Ford Puma .Wife has 118d convertible
  1. The windscreen washers stopped working over the weekend and having checked to fuses I took out the pump and tested it with another battery. Dead as a dodo so I went over to the parts supplier I use when I don't want to pay main dealer prices. They don't supply el cheapo products but I was surprised to pay only €13.50 for a German made pump. I went to the dealer to try and replace the 3 clips which fix the wheel arch panel to the front wing as I can never get these out without destroying them but surprisingly they could not find them and I settled for a slightly larger size which I filed down slightly and which did not need the centre pin to hold them in place. A nice flow of water to the screen is now restored for a bargain price of just under €15.
  2. I replaced mine with a second hand unit but I am surprised that no bright spark has been able to find a source for the fan motor alone as this would be an easy swap. Don't try and refit the bumper by yourself. It is not worth the grief and is a piece of cake with two people to do the job.
  3. This happened to me and is fairly typical of BMW plastics after prolonged usage. Simply fit a new EGR thermostat which is not too expensive and you should be good to go
  4. Transposed photos would show a RHD steering wheel on the left but the airbag transfer and the tyre pressure information plate on the front door jambs do not look transposed compared to what is on my car. A clincher would be the word AIRBAG at the top of the transfer but the photo is not quite clear enough for me to swear 100% that it is the right way round.
  5. It is not very difficult to change the pusher fan. I bought a secondhand fan off a member here a few years ago when my original unit failed. I paid about £40 as far as I recollect.The housing was slightly different but it has worked faultlessly. I did need a second pair of hands to help me get the front bumper back in place though.
  6. Are you saying that you can use your cable on F series models? I know it works on E series but I thought that later series needed ICOM.
  7. Earlier this year I downloaded and set up ISTA+. As I have an E39 and my wife has an E88 I can connect iSTA to these with the cable I bought from Jimmy for DIS. However I believe later series cars need to be connected via ICOM and I must confess that I am not really sure what this involves. Can anyone explain fairly simply what is involved? I have checked ICOM on Ebay and these seem to be reasonably pricey bits of kit.
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  9. A couple of years ago there was a smell of burning on the passenger seat squab while the electric seat heating was switched on and a small burn hole appeared in the leather. Much panicking and pulling of wires under the seat followed and eventually I removed the fuse. What is involved in fitting a new seat squab loom and what sort of money would I be looking at?
  10. You should thank your lucky stars. As Machinehead says often a faulty ABS module will throw up a sensor fault. and the answer after a lot of false optimism followed by a lot of grief is to replace or repair the module
  11. While you are at it check the plastic Y piece coolant connector which connects the top hose to the block. I know from experience that these will degrade over time and as it is hidden under the inlet manifold it is not easy to spot a leak. Get the whole connector with its new gasket rather than just the gasket as the price difference is minimal and the plastic on the unit round the seal can break up. Maybe I have been lucky but I have never had any problems with the hoses in 210000 miles except when I broke off the plastic connector for the header tank on the top hose and thus had to replace the hose. The main problem I had was with the expansion tank itself which developed a leak where the top is sealed to the body. Plastic parts generally seem to suffer from the heat build up under the bonnet.
  12. I had problems a few years ago with the nylon bush which the shifter mechanism runs in to move between some of the gear settings. If you lift the gaiter and its surrounding plate you can check what is happening. I managed to get mine back in place and gave it a lot of lubrication with silicon oil and I have had no problems since.
  13. Thanks for that. They look an interesting alternative to the Bosch or Valeo that I have used to date
  14. Has anyone tried the Good Rain wipers mentioned above?
  15. I too was a Triumph fan for many years running a 2000, two 2.5PIs and finally a 2500S estate all manual. I have a photo of the latter in a line up at the old Canley works to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the launch of the 2000. My Granada 2.0 also suffered from auto gearbox problems. These boxes often needed a rebuild as 100000 miles approached