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    E34 525i Touring

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  1. MikeTheSmith

    Piston scratches and nicks

    Hi, I’m getting parts ready to get the rotating assembly balanced for my stroker build and I have noticed that three of the pistons have some marks on them. one has a gouge on the face that quite a scratch. Another couple have tool marks on the skirts that I’m more concerned about as there is material protruding from the skirt that may damage the bore? any opinions? I’m thinking that best case is that I can clean up any rough metal and smooth anything proud with a dremmel. Not sure if I may just need to get some replacements though.
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    M50B30 Stroker vs M52B28

    So then... time to resurrect this thread as i'm now doing this, but as usual out of my depth and learning on the job. I've got the engine out of the ix and stripped down now and have the M54B30 rotating assembly. It has taken AGES to get this far, but that's life. I'm in the process of checking out some engine shops now and getting together a shopping list of what is next. At the moment I haven't done anything with the head other than take it off. The cams are still in with the valves. What is it worth doing to this? I'm tempted to leave it as is, but I feel like I should at least replace the valve stem seals. For some reason I cant seem to find any M54B30 piston rings on any of the usual car parts sites - are there any good/bad brands of these? It looks like the next steps are to get the rotating assembly balanced and the block honed and faced. Am I missing something? - do I need to do anything to the crank before getting this done?
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    What have you done on your E34 Today

    Finally got my crank nut off and got everything free! Now time to start getting things ready to go back together.
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    Can you diy troubleshoot air con?

    The garage (http://www.fivestarautocentre.co.uk/servicing_huddersfield/air_conditioning.php) that re-gassed the AC. I believe the test is part of the cycle that the machine goes through when filling the system, but i'm no expert so could be wrong.
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    Can you diy troubleshoot air con?

    When they filled it last time they did a pressure test
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    Can you diy troubleshoot air con?

    Thanks for all the replies - i'll have a poke around and report back. It seems odd that it has happened a couple of times now and yet it holds pressure and they detect no leak when its filled. From the receipts it says that there was dye to i'll have a look around for leaks first. Then try the bypass.
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    Can you diy troubleshoot air con?

    Last year I got my ac re-gassed and it was all good all summer but when it was re-gassed they found the system totally empty. Prior to that I think it was re-gassed three years, but had been off the road. Now the hot weather strikes and nothing but hot air again. i have been careful to keep running the ac over the winter for a few minutes every now and then to keep the seals lubed. is this something that I can troubleshoot at home or does this need a pro? Any ideas on problems? thanks
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    High mile 518i , why not?

    How high is the mileage? From what I have heard the 518i is a good workhorse. If it’s cheap and tidy and there are no major rust issues lurking then why not?
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    E34 M5 Rear SLS Shock Leak

    From previous posts this company does shock rebuilds in poland: http://www.nagengast.pl/regeneration-en.html may be worth a go.
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    How dead is this engine?

    Thanks for the feedback everyone. It made it to over 200k so it had a good run. My fault for taking so long to get round to pulling it apart has caused the block damage I think and overheating and lpg probably did the head. I don’t think I want to put and engine back in that I know will burn oil to start with. So another engine is probably the best route.
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    How dead is this engine?

    So I have finally got my engine apart and it looks like its a total write off. I think the head is cracked and one of the cylinders is very corroded by the resulting coolant. Any ideas or suggestions?
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    Fjord Grau (grey) e34 touring front passenger door

    Thanks Geoff. Someone drove into the car unfortunately and dented the door. I'm getting quotes at the moment for a repair - the first one has come back about £600! so I was looking for cheaper alternatives. Id rather no go though the hassle of getting a door painted to match as I guess that would end up costing as much.
  13. Hi, looking for a replacement front door as title. thanks mike
  14. Hi, looking for a replacement front door as title. thanks mike
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    Transmission question

    I agree - I had the same issue with water coming in through the washer jet and getting into the plug well through the bolt cover. It was only at low revs when it was noticeable and if you gave it some revs or kept it in sport mode it seemed ok.
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