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Everything posted by chicaneuk

  1. chicaneuk

    Don't buy an EIS radiator

    Never heard good comments about EIS so this just goes to back that up. At least a rad swap is reasonably easy on an E39!
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    Coolant air bleeding

    There is a bleed screw on the manual but as we don't have egr thermostats on a manual there isn't one on there as well (like there is on the auto)
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    Coolant air bleeding

    Yes. That's why it's called a bleed screw.
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    feeding car directly from 220v mains outlet?

    Disconnect the battery whilst you're working on the car (which is generally good practice anyway) and leave it connected to a charger / conditioner. I mean.. come on dude. It's not rocket science.
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    Some Tasks From The Last Week Or So....

    I did see this posted on Facebook and thought that the car looked familiar! You'll be pleased to know V42 is out and about this weekend... Bought it down for a trip to London. Impeccable waft down the M1 in comfort!
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    this is exactly why i hate germans

    I didn't find PDC sensors too horrendous on my touring to be honest. Which is good as I've got another dead one despite replacing them all a few months ago. The only pain really was reinstalling the rear bumper again but even that wasn't SO bad.
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    this is exactly why i hate germans

    Personally I always find that the E39 is an extremely well thought out car, in terms of how it's put together. I can't say that ALL jobs I've done on it are fun, but I'm consistently impressed at how well the car comes apart for DIY jobs.
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    530d and smoking

    I fitted the X8R egr delete kit and really pleased with it. Nice kit and well priced. Can't say it's improved my car's smoking on occasion but mine is an injector fault I think as I get lots of grey smoke and a loss of power rather than black smoke.
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    Radio interference with led angle eyes

    Totally OEM headunit type arrangement, albeit with a Parrot hands free installed and an aux cable. No bad earths that I'm aware of.. as everything electrical works fine, no weird battery drains or anything. It's a real mystery!
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    Radio interference with led angle eyes

    I bought these exact ones at your recommendation but for some reason these are the ones causing the interference
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    Where is the MAP sensor located?

    Not sure the 525i would even have a MAP sensor would it? Only a MAF.
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    Radio interference with led angle eyes

    Bumping this old thread (rather than starting a new one) as I'm running into the same problem with my recently installed LED bulbs for angel eyes. Think I'm sadly going to have to remove them and bin them off and go back to a set of OEM bulbs, as I listen to radio more than anything, and the interference they cause is quite significant
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    Bubbles bubbling sound when engine prestarted?

    Hmm. My gut instinct would be air in the cooling system.. and that it's not been bled properly? Also I notice from one of your videos (where you ask about whether the engine being smoky when started is normal) it looks as though your Webasto heater is working as that's the exhaust outlet up front - so that's one bonus
  14. I thought I'd start a new thread for this. Inspired by this thread on another forum: http://www.bimmerforums.co.uk/forum/f15/e39-530d-webasto-aux-heater-replacement-compatibility-t374946/ I've decided to attempt to resurrect the Webasto on my 530D. It has worked at some point I think, not long after I bought the car back in March. I remember it being a particularly cold morning and I parked the car and noticed the hum of something coming from the front of the car, and the smell of diesel fumes coming out from what I now know is the little exhaust for the Webasto. However soon after that I began to get the problems of the electronics on it failing, with numerous electronics on the car failing (radio, sls, indicators, etc). I'm ashamed to say in my haste to fix (read "bodge") it, without wanting to remove the wheel and do it properly in the cold weather, I reached my hand into the wing and simply ripped the cable out - and it snapped the loom rather than removing the plug cleanly. I bagged up what was left and forgot about it. Since then I've put an awful lot of time into trying to fix a multitude of issues with this great big nail and having got a bit more confident with the repairs I've been undertaking, and also having a bit more affection for it now 6 months down the line, I have a desire to fix the Webasto system now that winter is approaching - it's quite a novelty and I'd like it working, plus I feel guilty for butchering it last time. So as a starter I've ordered a pre-owned, good condition looking unit off an E53 / X5. According to the previously linked thread they are compatible with a few small modifications. I'm hoping all the other elements (e.g. water pump) are in good working order and I won't have to spend too much more to resurrect it, but of course there will also need to be repairs to the wiring that I butchered, unless of course it's possible to just buy and replace that segment of wiring loom from BMW. My intention really is just to update the thread with my findings as I go, in the hope that it might help other folks who decide to try fix theirs. There's absolutely loads of E53 Webasto's on eBay currently too for < £80.
  15. Not sure this would work as the Webasto on the E39 sits in line of the coolant circuit and heats the coolant up.. it's not just pumping out hot air. Presumably they also do a Chinese diesel powered water heater too though so... no reason why you couldn't rig something up. That being said, that's a cool unit for the money. A replacement water pump for my Webasto cost as much as that entire package. Crazy really.
  16. Can't view it unless you join that Facebook group..
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    E39 530i SE Auto - 2001 - 122000 miles - Spares/repair

    Wish you were a bit closer. If you were seriously wanting to entertain offers in that ballpark, I'd be willing to take a punt on this. I've done the CCV replacement on my 523i so I know what's involved now. I would assume he'd be getting paid that, not having to pay it
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    E39, when to call it a day?

    Would love to see some pictures and details about what you're getting done both cosmetically and mechanically (though perhaps in another thread!)
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    2nd Crank Sensor failure in 6 Months...

    Got to be honest, when I did the thermostat housing on my 530d, I didn't torque them.. just tightened them up about as they seemed when undoing them. Ran it up to temperature checking closely for leaks, and it seems to be tight as a drum so. However from reading around it seems to be 10nm / 7 ft-lb.
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    Euro car parts yes or no?

    I don't mind paying a little over the odds for the sheer convenience. Some ECP's are open on Sundays.. where else can you pick up a fairly decent selection of parts at next to no notice on a Sunday.
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    Euro car parts yes or no?

    ECP are fine.. a bit crappy to deal with generally, but fine. Just never buy the cheapest version of the part if several are listed and try and go for brands you've at least heard of!
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    Tools for doing work

    Good timing on this! https://www.halfords.com/workshop-tools/tools/socket-sets/halfords-advanced-170-piece-socket-ratchet-spanner-set
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Have not been entirely happy with how clattery my engine has been since swapping to a seemingly non-LL01/LL04 compliant version of Castrol Edge recently (5w30) so with a day off today I decided to grab some cheap QX 5w40 from ECP and another filter and just been to swap that out. Definitely sounds a fair bit smoother and less rattly now so worth the £30 or so it cost
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    E39, when to call it a day?

    As someone with a similarly leggy 530d manual, I can understand the thought process here. My first year of ownership was an astonishingly expensive affair - this year hasn't been so bad, however I'm aware of a raft of jobs I'd like to tackle (similar sorts of ones to you actually) but can't really justify the expense and almost secretly am hoping it'll just expire in some spectacular fashion just to justify getting something else. But my general feeling is - how "into" the car are you? If all those problems were resolved and the car was driving great, would you be happy to continue running it for another couple of years? If so, I'd say it's worth putting the money aside and finding a specialist and just booking it in for an overhaul. Spend £1000'ish on some of those mechanical problems, switch to a slightly heavier grade of oil to (hopefully) slow the oil consumption, and spend another £1000 or so sorting out the bodywork issues. You'd be hard pressed to find a genuinely good one with everything "sorted" for £2000 so as an investment for another couple years of motoring, I'd say it's worth it!
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    Tools for doing work

    Yeah the Halfords stuff is perfectly fine for the home mechanic. I've got a bunch of Halfords stuff and it lasts for ages and I think has a lifetime warranty as you say. Find a friend with a Halfords trade card and you'll get decent discounts on the stuff too.. or buy it when it's on offer as some real bargains can be had.