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Everything posted by stevecvo

  1. The rear door seal I was after is item 2 in the above diagram. The fabric part needs to be black.
  2. I would be interested in the rear door seals (ie fitting the body aperture) if they don't have any splits
  3. Central locking remote&manual stopped working.

    As it was 19 degrees and sunny at 5pm here today I doubt that even at the coldest here I would be looking to start my car at a temperature where the Webasto would kick in so I am inclined just to forget about it, I bought the car new and it spent the first 18 months of it life near Chelmsford but if the Webasto operated then I never noticed it.
  4. Central locking remote&manual stopped working.

    I owe Clavurion an apology. Because he knows what he is talking about I opened the bonnet and low and behold the sticker is there. Next to it is an unused mounting platform where I had assumed that the Webasto would be fitted but I now know it is in the passenger side wing. My handbook says that the system is fitted to all 520d, 525d and 530d models. I will now have to learn what the thing is supposed to do and see whether it works.
  5. Central locking remote&manual stopped working.

    My 525d which I bought new in 2001 does not have this fitment.
  6. Fake Castrol oil in Russia?

    Tosser is perhaps a more accurate admission but "the author of a barely literate post" is a kinder description.
  7. Fake Castrol oil in Russia?

    My can came from one of the largest supermarket chains in Portugal. I do oil changes on the 4 family cars and I buy all of the oils I use from this supermarket when they have special offers. I have also checked a couple of old cans I have containing used oil waiting to be disposed of and they are the same. It must be a molding issue on the 4 litre Castrol containers.
  8. Fake Castrol oil in Russia?

    The can of Castrol Edge in my garage looks the same as the one in your first photo. The top part of the seam looks messy and it smooths out in the middle.
  9. Back into a 5 series! 523i just purchased

    You would have to modify the body panel behind the rear seats to fit folding seats. I don't think it is an easy job.
  10. Jump start through bonnet

    Yes that is the positive lead. It should be enclosed by a black plastic case with a flip up lid which has a + symbol on it. Use one of the suspension locating nuts on the turret top for the negative clamp. To have Yokozuna call you strange is pretty weird!!
  11. How often do you change engine air filter?

    I don't think so. You may be thinking of the bog roll oil breather filter which is better replaced by the vortex system. This can block the oil feed to the turbo and cause problems.
  12. I have never run an estate. Is there not a key mechanism for the lock like the saloon?
  13. Washer bottle cap required,

    Yes make sure the postage rates are set for UK. Then it is free for economy delivery or 2.99 for express.
  14. Coolant leak

    Also check the Y shaped coolant connection between the top hose and the block. It is made of plastic and can fail causing a fluid leak which is not obvious as it is masked by the inlet manifold.
  15. Creative ways to heat up garage at minus 20 C?

    I can't remember exactly but the model shown in the link is described as using 0.73 kg per hour.
  16. Creative ways to heat up garage at minus 20 C?

    When I lived in cold old Shropshire I used to heat my garage when necessary with an electric fan heater powered by calor gas. It could put out a prodigious amount of heat. See the following link for an example of what I mean. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/10KW-Space-Heater-Industrial-Gas-Workshop-Fan-Heater-Propane-LPG-Electric-Garage/302113910047?epid=2069516207&hash=item4657646d1f:g:HYwAAOSwal5YDfBN
  17. Which oil to use for old timer with 290k km?

    In my opinion you would be mad to think of doing this in the road at -10 degrees just to save £27
  18. Car feels better after service

    It is not like the old days when new points, timing and tappet adjustment and a carburettor tune actually could make a noticeable difference to the way a car ran. I really doubt that an oil change and a new air filter are going to make a discernible difference. There is not much in services these days.
  19. Poss gearbox failure

    It could also be the engine mounts. With the bonnet open blip the throttle with the car in gear and foot firmly on the brake pedal and see if the engine moves much. From memory there may be YouTube videos on this.
  20. Ill again...

    From the distance of the Algarve I feel I can safely say - you big fairy!! Seriously though I hope that you soon get better and that people from the UK with these bugs stay at home. The flu jab that we have here is supposed to offer better protection than the one available in the UK but I have no wish to put this to the test
  21. Good quality/wallet friendly control arms

    That Meyle kit looks very good value for money. I could be tempted to refresh my 525d at that price.
  22. Lagging or not working central locking

    If you hate to overpay for brands you are probably running the wrong car! Having said that there are many ways to save money by sourcing good quality parts outside the BMW dealerships and looking for ingenious shortcuts. ( Come back Dark bmwlord). I refuse to pay dealer prices unless there is no alternative. The key repair kit at £5.99 looks a good bet if you are prepared to do a bit of rebuilding and soldering. The seller has a very good feedback record too.
  23. Bremslicht Prüfen but brake lights are ok

    The centre bulb housing unclips from the wiring loom so it is worth taking it off and inspecting it. I found on mine that one of the connectors was a bit burnt and after cleaning needed to be bent to make a better connection.

    That's a bit worrying. I have just ordered a set for delivery to a transport company in the UK for onward delivery to me here in the Algarve. I shall have to pay about 5 euros for the transport here but the overall price is still much cheaper than I can by the blades locally - but a huge pain in the arse trying to resolve the problem if they don't fit! Fingers crossed.