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  1. 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.
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    Help with INPA please

    The main thermostat isn’t especially hard to be honest. Was surprised at how easy it was to do. Hardest thing is how stubborn the BMW coolant pipes are to remove once unclipped! Pull too hard and proceed to smash your hand into something metal and sharp!
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    Windscreen washer tubing

    Not off the top of my head but the one piece of advice I would give you is, to use little cable ties to secure all the tubing you replace. I bought what I thought was some appropriately sized tubing to replace a bunch on mine as it had all gone dry and kept popping off... and initially all was well. But after a short amount of time, the heat from the engine was making the new stuff too soft and then THAT kept popping off as well. Seriously I lost count of how many times I was having to open the bonnet and fix it. In the end I used little cable ties on every end of the pipe I replaced and since then it's remained attached.
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    Pre-facelift light repairs..

    Hi folks.. I recently acquired a reasonably tidy set of pre-facelight lights for my 523i saloon. The car currently has some facelift lights on it, but I want to take it back to original. However the adjusters on the lights I acquired all seem to be siezed up and variously broken. Part of the reason for going back to pre-fl (other than for originality) was that they can actually be stripped and repaired relatively easily. However, does anyone know of a source for the plastic adjuster knobs and the metal rods that poke through into the units? At least one of them on the lights I've bought is loose / broken. Looking on RealOEM they don't seem to be parts you can order seperately (unsurprisingly) and even after a lot of googling I couldn't find any Or is my only option really to just try and glue the adjuster knob / wheel back onto the metal? Also having not inspected how it all works yet, if you have the headlight adjustment switch on the dash, are there motors or something that clip onto the back of the headlights to drive those adjuster wheels? Thanks!
  5. Presumably it's going to need extracting from the car and servicing. I can't read German but can't help but think that sounds like something to do with the glow plug or similar?
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    PDC read speaker location is rubbish!

    Yeah ditto with the above.. find mine more than loud enough on my touring.
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    523 tail gate struts

    Personally I wouldn't buy cheap ones.. it's a twat of a job, and I don't think you'll be in a hurry to do it again any time soon!
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    E39 clear out

    Do you have a good alternator for a 1999 523i, and if so how much? Thanks
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    Painting Interior Trim

    That looks pretty damn sweet!
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Ordered these off Amazon yesterday and they got delivered to my local Amazon locker today: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01EHPWFKQ/ref=pe_3187911_185740111_TE_item So just popped out there and swapped out the entire front "array" (as these are a different design compared to the ones I had before and my OCD wouldn't tolerate one being odd) - and we have PDC back and working again! Woohoo. Didn't think I'd be so glad to hear those beeps again
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    This time of year only essential / urgent maintenance gets done pretty much. Or anything quick and easy.
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Replaced every PDC sensor on my car with the recommended cheapo eBay ones back in May last year, but PDC has basically been dead since about September for no obvious reason. Single tone and flashing light and no life. Scanned with INPA and said open circuit. Anyway read a tip that said if you get that, the listening to the sensor trick is pretty reliable and you can normally identify where the wiring fault is.. sure enough one of the front near side sensors was silent. Pulled it out and wiring looks fine. Swapped the sensor with it's neighbour and the fault followed the sensor so we have our culprit. I've ordered another bunch as spares and contacted the seller to ask about a return / exchange!
  13. Just wanted to throw up a quick post to see if anyone experienced the same at all with their touring? SLS has been pretty solid / reliable on my car over the last 2 years, but had a weird episode this morning. Came out to my very frosty car and started it up. SLS was still inflated / fine as I’d only used the car yesterday. I left it it running for a few minutes and was scraping glass only to realise the rear end was dropped to the floor! Like bottomed out. I assumed a bag had burst but found the same on both sides so then assumed the compressor had failed or similar? SLS light was illuminated on the dash. I simply stopped the car and restarted it, no sign of the light, and it reinflated itself to the normal height and was fine again. So so weird symptom of the cold? Sensor stuck perhaps? Anyone else ever had the same? Thanks.
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    SLS totally failed this morning...

    Yeah need to have a look and see if anything comes up.
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Tourer V42 doesn’t have this feature sadly.
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Since coding my car to enable the additional controls for the Webasto last year, I'd never actually used the timer function... until today. Set the timer for 4:45pm and came out of work at 5:05pm to find the car emitting a gentle hum, and unlocked the doors to find it all nice and toasty warm inside. Best feature EVER!
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    RTU5024 SMS Webasto switch and constant 12v relay

    I followed Clavurions tips on enabling the pre-heating function on mine, having never used NCS Expert before.. it wasn't entirely straightforward and I was terrified I was going to brick my car, but it did work If I can do it, anyone can - seriously. Regarding the circulation pump error have you verified that the Webasto's seperate little water pump is working correctly?
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    What size swirl flap blanks

    I've bought an EGR delete kit from X8R and was really pleased with the quality so I've no doubt their swirl flap blanking kit would be top notch. Worth checking out!
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    Painting Interior Trim

    There's a guy on the BMW E39 Club UK Facebook group who does (sells) interior trim sets that he's hydrodipped.. they always seem to come out looking excellent! But wrapping has to be the next best thing surely. Painting would be a massive pain in the ass.
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Tremendous - thankyou!
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    I apologise in advance if you've posted about this before but..... the rear (in the boot) 12v outlet.... how / where did you get that? If it's a retrofit, how easy is it to install? Thanks!
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    2001 525i SE touring Sapphire Black Auto £650

    Is the leather electric, or heated at all? I'm only over in Coventry and have an old 530d touring workhorse but have wanted to swap into a petrol for a while - this would be PERFECT.
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    2001 525i SE touring Sapphire Black Auto £650

    Is the leather electric, or heated at all? I'm only over in Coventry and have an old 530d touring workhorse but have wanted to swap into a petrol for a while - this would be PERFECT.
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    RTU5024 SMS Webasto switch and constant 12v relay

    Fuel pump is further down the car, near the inline diesel fuel pump.
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    OK - received the new part. I forgot I ordered it from BMW's eBay page so it's at least a genuine OEM part Diameter of the pipe on the MAF side looks to be correct finally, so I think this will do the job. Hopefully get it fitted up tomorrow and will report back!