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  1. chicaneuk

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Nothing especially exciting but did another 300'ish miles in the 530d this weekend visiting the folks, and a bit of driving around.. but the point of posting was that on the way home today, following a pick-up truck at about 50MPH, it threw up a rock that must have been the size of a golf ball. I saw it coming, didn't even have a split second to react before it smacked into my windscreen with a REALLY loud crack - and yet somehow, as I stopped squinting and cringing and looked where it hit, all it left was was leave a little tiny chip in the screen, and didn't crack it. I mean, I know these E39's are well built but.. I have absolutely no idea how it didn't crack the screen. Talk about a relief.
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    These finally arrived today and I have to say I'm a little disappointed in the general "jinkyness" of them... the actual light units themselves, that you screw into the headlight housing, seem solid and nice quality but there are several adaptors and an additional 'dongle' needed (presumably to cancel canbus errors?) which means you end up with quite a mass of wiring (and potential sources of failure once water starts to get into them) and I also find the units feel a little loose in the headlight unit itself as well. But they seem to work so I'll give them a try for now but... have to say I'm kinda wishing I'd just bought new OEM stuff!
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    Winter oil 5w40 or 5w60?

    I mean... I'm fairly sure
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    Winter oil 5w40 or 5w60?

    I literally just changed the oil on my 530d last week and yep... around 6.5 litres was correct. I bought 2x 4 litre bottles and had about 1.5 litres left over.
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    Concentrated washing liquid pump check

    I have previously put in undiluted screenwash but honestly I never find 'normal' screenwash not up to the job.. so really I don't tend to use intensive much anyway.
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    Concentrated washing liquid pump check

    It's as it says.. a concentrated screen wash solution, not diluted with water... it's intended for something a bit more aggressive if you have glued on crap on the windscreen. I think BMW sell a specific solution to use in this bottle.
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    Solution for cleaning diesel injectors?

    My general understanding of these is that you're wasting your time trying to clean them in an ultrasonic bath - you need to strip them to effectively clean them properly. Have you bought that VW Phaeton yet?
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Yep! Well I just ordered them.. will let you know once I've got them installed :)
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    I'm normally pretty dead set on staying fairly OEM on this sort of stuff but maybe I'll give them a go as the headlights are xenon anyway, so I guess these would more match the light output of them anyway. Cheers
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    If there’s any recommendations for known good / error free ones I would’ve happy to give em a try.
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    Nice mint 530i. £2,750 !!!

    That will get snapped up by a trader and be up for sale in a few weeks at £8k.
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Found today that the angel eyes on the driver side of the car were dead. Seem to have been pretty lucky over the years to not really have to change many headlight bulbs on cars so wasn't familiar with how these came apart but... good old BMW.. ludicrously easy - just disconnect, twist and pull. Found that the side that is dead, the plastic housing is all cracked too so probably best bin it. Genuine new sidelight bulb holders from BMW for £30 a side on eBay, so might as well replace them both as I'm sure if I only change one, the colours and brightness will be uneven.
  13. 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.
  14. Well seemingly the Webasto not wanting to run was purely down to it being too warm outside or the car being too warm already whenever I tried to fire it. Few of the colder days we've had lately, I fired it up from the MID and sure enough within a minute or so warm air was starting to come through the vents and the Webasto unit was humming away quite normally to itself with no odd noises or choking diesel emissions
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    Concentrated washing liquid pump check

    I'm fairly sure the concentrated wash pump is the same as one of the other pumps in the main washer bottle. You could simply try pulling one and swapping it over and seeing if it works.
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    How to check if turbo still working?

    I'm sure you posted about changing the vacuum pipes in the past.. did you ever actually do it?
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    I'm going to need to do something about the noise.. I have put up with it sounding a bit agricultural and choking me with the smell of diesel fumes when sat stationary in traffic but it now sounding like a bag of spanners constantly is just going to be too much to bear. For the sake of £30 to change the oil again, I think I'll do it.
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    This is what confuses me about it. I'm not sure that it's actual engine internals (i.e. bearing noises / knocks) because it's acceleration and load where the engine sounds the absolute worst... yet you can lift and maintain the same RPM but the noise reduces substantially. But whatever the reason, heavier weight seems to quieten it down a bit. Surely if it was knackered internals, the knocks would persist regardless of engine load. I literally just changed the filter with the oil a few days ago, so will probably leave the filter (it was a MANN one) and just change the oil. And yep... PART75 is still active. Seems that even when they expire, they still work for another day or two after.
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Did a 240 mile round trip today in the 530d and I have to say, since changing to the Castrol Edge 5w30 I posted about above, the engine sounds especially unrefined and clattery.. more than it has in quite some time. Seemed to drive just fine but sounded like a bag of spanners. I'm contemplating draining it again and sticking in 5w40. Maybe it's just a bit too worn internally for a lighter grade. Going back on some old posts I can see Dan recommends ECP's Triple QX, 7 litres of which which can be had currently for about £27 so it doesn't make it too much more of a costly mistake to drain it all and whack that in. Hmm.
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    Which service do I need?

    Pollen filters is a (literally) two minute DIY! £75 for that is daylight robbery.
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Shall bear that in mind for next time. Thanks
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Replaced the Thermostat on the 530d (it’s a manual so no EGR thermostat) and finally took the chance to have the radiator out and clean all the cack that had accumulated between the radiator and the a/c condensor. Must have collected a good few handfuls of just... leaves, muck, sludge, dead wasps (?!) and other detritus. I am honestly amazed the car kept itself cool at all as the rad was packed between the fins for about probably half of the surface area with sludge and crap so I wrapped it up in a bin bag and took the other E39 over the the Sainsbury’s jetwash to clean it all out! Radiator seems to be a genuine BMW from the badging.. no idea how old it is but seems in good condition still. Reinstallation seemed to go just fine and the system seems leak free so far so far as I can see. Another job done! I will just say that as brilliant as those clip lock BMW radiator hoses are, they are also a complete twat to remove and reinstall! The fitting is so snug! Got there in the end though!
  23. Thanks @Clavurion - given that this is my 3rd Webasto heater unit in the space of around a year, plus the cost of a new water pump, and cost of wiring loom replacement I think I'm just going to try the clean / service first and replacement of gaskets and go from there. At some point I have to cut my losses with the thing!
  24. Found the attached guide on the net. Have ordered a gasket set for it. Will attempt to clean it out / service it and go from there. Servicing_a_Webasto_Thermo_Top_C_Diesel_Boiler.doc
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    Ignition key help - What are my options?

    Hmm.. ok... so presumably the ignition lock has been changed in your car some point, probably not by BMW... or they've cut the key incorrectly?
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