e60neindanke

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  1. Does your car do 'stop/start' in traffic? If so, you'll need something rather more butch like the fancy AGM batteries - and you'll need it coding to the car: you can't just replace it, more the pity. My E60's too primitive for that nonsense...
  2. Snap! About the only thing the iDrive didn't do is sing Daisy, Daisy as it too, died! To the OP: check the battery first, then the alternator. Have had both die on my E60 but in 200,000 miles I call that 'good going'.
  3. If you're thinking about using heatshrink, try not to use the paint-stripper type guns - see if you can get one of the Weller ones secondhand on eBay. The heat is much more closely directed. Upthread, suggestion was made of gas irons; quite often they come with a 'hot blow' attachment which is ideal for heatshrink sleeving. I have a Weller one and have also been looking at an Antex GasCat 60 for my toolbox at home. The hot blow also gets used with solder cream for surface-mount rework occasionally, usually when dealing with the incredibly annoying 'PowerPad' semiconductors...
  4. It sounds like a good move to practice on some scrap wire if you can - see if you can clip a bit more out of the same car on the breakers.
  5. Sounds like you'll be pushing it to use 'springs', which is a pity. I did something similar on my E34 to stop the inevitable torrent of messages from the LKM! Ersin multicore is great - in an ideal world, 60/40 tin/lead with 362 flux. My own favourite is their 'Savbit' alloy, originally introduced when copper bits were common and it stopped them being 'eaten' by the solder - now, Savbit is very good for jointing copper wires as it reduces the risk of the joints snapping through work-hardening (it's this that causes the wires to fail in the first place). One problem you do sometimes see is that horrible green 'goo' that forms around the strands under the insulation and makes them a pig to solder. I'm not sure how best to remove that!
  6. I have to say, in all my years of soldering I have never used a set of helping hands. With wires like the OP is working with, I got used to holding one wire with my thumb and index finger and the other with my little and ring fingers of one hand, and holding the iron with the other... One other thing: if you're lying in the boot working with the wiring above you, for goodness' sake wear a pair of safety goggles. Hot solder in or near the eye is definitely NOT recommended.
  7. In response to the OP - I'd recommend an Antex soldering iron like the XS25, a good reliable iron that I used for years before getting a temperature-controlled Weller from work. http://www.antex.co.uk/soldering/precision-range-soldering-irons/xs25/ Go for the silicone cable version. I'd like to echo the comments made by @Dave Ett upthread - the key is preparation. Whilst it's not uncommon for the insulation on some wiring to run back when soldered, it sounds like you need to check the cleanliness of your work, and the bit of your iron. If I'm holding the bit on for more than a couple of seconds it's very unusual indeed. Normally a joint takes me a second (ish). Another method of joining wires is to use 'springs' - these are small cylinders made from tinned copper wire. Take your two wires, strip the insulation, clean and tin them. Then, make up one of these 'springs' just big enough to get the two wires in and insert the ends of the wires into it. Squish it a little with pliers to hold if necessary, then solder. You get a lovely joint. Heatshrink over of course. I'd also recommend, if possible, not using lead-free solder. It requires a higher temperature to melt (not good for PVC) and some of the stuff I've encountered "out there" from DIY barns is bloody awful. Use only reputable brands like Multicore. When I wired the 12V LED lighting in my kitchen units I tried a bit of the DIY lead-free stuff and it was dreadful. However, decent solder and a no. 9 bit in the Weller and the joints were as good as with tin/lead solder. Speaking as someone who was practically born holding a soldering iron... That is correct, although it's not uncommon to solder a small wire after you've crimped it, not before. The same goes for tinning wires before you screw them into a plug - it's an absolute no-no. If I encounter this when doing electrical safety testing (where there are fitted plugs) it's an automatic fail.
  8. You're not alone in seeing that parallel...
  9. Indeed, very sad indeed - one of, if not the, finest children's TV presenters of all time. On the same day as Stephen Furst (Animal House/Babylon 5) too.
  10. Whiskychaser's thoughts seconded. Alternator, deffo. Exactly the same scenario when mine packed up, although with an E60 auto you get the additional joys of (a) the gearbox going into limp mode and sticking in 3rd, at which point you lose the speedo (no pulses from gearbox) and (b) the iDrive getting increasingly cranky before it shuts down - I was however hugely disappointed that before it died, the iDrive didn't sing Daisy Daisy at me...
  11. Brilliant (no pun intended)! I'm also tempted to buy me a proper old telephone in bright red just so I can call it "The Batphone".
  12. A fire inspector interviewed on the TV yesterday said it wasn't uncommon for external door closers to get removed by tenants as they found them a nuisance.
  13. I think - hope - that you can take that as read; it's BS. Typical Faecesbook.
  14. Spotted elsewhere, a tweet from one of the firemen with the gloriously dark handle of 'crispymick':
  15. You'll get absolutely no argument from me on that one - I've long believed that to be the fairest way.
  16. Then a bit of me would suggest pruning the number of cars you own especially as you rightly say, you can only drive one at a time unless you can be bothered to only tax them for brief periods and SORN them the rest of the time, which I appreciate is a bit of a faff! Says a person who has two rusting wrecks on the drive as well as his E60, and has a hoarding problem too...
  17. I really don't 'get' why people complain about the cost of VED. It's what? A few tankfuls of petrol? For me the cost of VED for my E60 is lost in the noise of paying for about 750 gallons of petrol a year.
  18. IIRC cheddar cheese added to mashed potatoes was a variation of Woolton Pie, a wartime recipe born from rationing.
  19. That'd involve adding Wensleydale to the mashed potatoes....
  20. Speaking of mashed potatoes.... for those of us of a certain age, Andy Cunningham of Bodger and Badger fame has passed away, aged 67 . Some will remember Badger's catchphrase...
  21. Ah, ta for that.
  22. When the Ford Ka I have was in my sister's custody, I saw her leaving my mother's house and noticed that the number plate was wrong. I rang her up and jokingly asked her if she'd got in the wrong car at work but she said 'no, my toys are here'. Turns out someone had stolen an identical Ka, and took her number plates off in the car park where she worked and put them on the stolen car. Her car didn't even have matching plates! Needless to say, she phoned Plod and in the next few days, the speeding/parking tickets rolled in along with a driving off without paying for fuel letter. Luckily, the perps were caught...
  23. I 'survived' a CofE education and I'm Christian in belief: but it's my business and mine alone. I am not going to try and push it on others for the reasons outlined above and I'd also argue for a separation of church and state in this country too.
  24. Quite. I'm thinking of the recent double murder by the white supremacist in Oregon who seems to talk a lot about Jesus, the Christian fundamentalists who used to bomb US abortion clinics and the like... and the flip side of the coin; the Muslim families that would pray for and with my wife all those years ago when she was dangerously ill in hospital, and offered prayers at the local mosque for her. Didn't see that from any 'Christians', other than the chaplain.
  25. Only your word for that. Most browsers show wavy red lines for spelling errors. The dyslexics I know make good use of that feature to correct it. Plus any perusal of BTL comments in the Hate Mail &c. would suggest there's a lot of dyslexics about if you're to be believed. And of course, we have the ultimate sense of entitlement in "I pay my taxes". Myself, I employ accountants to minimise that...