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About Matthew Ashton

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    2010 F11 530d SE; 2014 F45 218i

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  1. Matthew Ashton

    Engine warning light

    Oddly it could as the DSC shares a fuse with Comfort Access so they are connected via the wiring which could have caused an error to be logged.
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    F11 jacking up vehicle

    You got me @535i Andrew. There is normally a 488 Ferrari (not mine) shaped vehicle parked there but it gets moved whenever I feel the need to have some BMW mechanical time! The owner is seriously pedantic about his building works and his tiler is top notch. I was a little worried about point load damage but that floor is solid.
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    2012 F11 Air Suspension not lifting

    Could be the ride height sensors but unlikely to cause a total compressor failure. I'd be having the error codes read to see if anything is highlighted as a potential issue.
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    F11/F10 530d Oil burning

    Only 58000mls on the clock and 6000mls between oil changes and never used a drop between changes.
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    F11 jacking up vehicle

    I used my standard trolley jack on the front central lifting point and it worked a charm. I too thought I wasn't going to get enough purchase on the lever but there was actually plenty of lever space once the trolley was well under the engine.
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    Weird Smell....

    As @535i Andrew said this is bacterial build up on the Aircon heat exchanger matrix. use one of the Aircon bombs you can buy from Halfords or similar. I had mine done by a specialist where they remove the pollen filters and spray a chemical directly onto the matrix using a long spray wand.
  7. There are so many lighter socket to USB adaptors out there this is a difficult question to answer. I've used multiple types and have never had a problem.
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    2013 F11 Suspension Compressor faulty?

    When buying ENET cables from eBay, when you receive it, make sure you check the wiring in the OBD plug against the wiring diagram here: http://forum.bmw5.co.uk/applications/core/interface/file/attachment.php?id=91090 as I had previously recommended an eBay cable (not this one) and it had some dodgy soldering that needed tidying up before use.
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    Purple or green condenser O rings?

    So long as they are the correct part for your car, whatever BMW supplies will be fine. Glad you've go the right thing though people have been known to use the black standard O rings which I can't imagine will last. As has been said the gasses and oil are quite potent and you need the right seals.
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    2013 F11 Suspension Compressor faulty?

    If you don't already have it, get a copy of ISTA along with an ENET cable as you can fully test the air suspension and compressor by inflating and deflating the system and setting the ride height. Maybe £20 for the cable and a PM to me will get you links to ISTA. The only sensors are the ride height sensors at each corner of the car. Then there's the solenoid block attached to the compressor.
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    just found leaks from front of car

    That looks like an aircon pipe. Nowhere near my car to check as it’s parked at an airport somewhere but try follow the pipe and if it is joined to a black rubber pipe along its route then it’s more than likely aircon related. If this is the case the oil is PAG oil that is added when the aircon is regassed and is critical to the lubrication of the aircon compressor and the rubber seals at each joint in the system.
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    A tale of woe about my F10's tail

    That’s terrible Andrew. Hope they get the car back to you in perfect condition soon! Look after your back - you only have the one and having back ache is not pleasant. I agree the hybrid cars seem to be a bit of a gimmic for anything other than the school run type journeys and to reduce BIK taxes.
  13. I’m not sure where else the condenser could be situated in the car. All cars I’ve had with aircon, the condenser has been in front of the radiator. Mine also failed but it wasn’t due to stone damage, the leak started in the bottom right corner where the matrix attached to the side tank although it was well pitted from bugs and stones hitting the cooling vanes between the horizontal fine tubes. It was/is the quality of the part rather than its position in the engine bay.
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    I drive service history

    Any of the F10/F11 cars can have it coded but BMW won’t do it for you. They won’t code features and you’ll need to do it yourself or get a willing party to do it for you.
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    Servicing Question

    You know the standard cars have electronic power steering so there is no power steering fluid to be replaced as it doesn’t exist?