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    Wheel arch gap - missing trim?

    Looks like the arch liner isn’t fitted quite right, they’re a bit of a pain to get sitting right. Wheel off job to undo fasteners and adjust so it lines up at the bottom.
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    6 or 8 that is the question

    A 530i with new suspension bushes is a suprizingly sharp chassis bearing in mind it’s a 20+ year old design. I’d love a go in an Alpina 3.3 with 280bhp.
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    Bmw e39 530i thrust arm replacement questions?

    I just got two people to sit in the front seats (car had front wheels on blocks so I could reach underneath, wheels chocked, handbrake+park engaged). had the same effect
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    Stiff auto shifter

    Mine was getting like that, when I had the auto box serviced at dart ford transmissions Martin stripped down the linkage between the shifter and the box and regreased it all as it was starting to seize up. Smooth as silk now.
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    What Are These Protrusions?

    Looks like it was, yes.
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    Dust free brake pads

    Ate ceramic meant to be pretty good
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    Rust above bumper

    Take the bumper off and see wha the rear apron is like
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    Wrong size rear wheels !!

    I've seen JJ on some 4x4 wheels and trailers, presumably the flange must be slightly deeper to help stop the tyre rolling off the rim.
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    Wrong size rear wheels !!

    Looks mainly. Fair enough on a rwd race car but not a 230bhp family wagon. The sports that came on style 37s have 265 wide tyres on the back, completely over tyred.
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    Wrong size rear wheels !!

    Don’t forget the width (9j etc) is the internal tyre seat so the external measurement will be bigger. Looks like one of the rear has been replaced at some point with a front? Think saloons should have a staggered setup and tourings are the same all round.
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    RUST!! - Rear arch / quarter panel

    That bit above the rear bumper goes as there is a little metal bracket spot welded to the bottom of the quarter panel to align the sides of the bumper and the bumper rubs through the paint. Doubt that area has rusted from the insides. check sills etc thoroughly though just in case.
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    Which Brand Fuel Filter

    +1 Mann There are two types, one sort is just a normal filter, the other has the FPR built in and has 3 pipe connections plus a vacuum line, check what one yours has before you order. I think a 523i will have the normal sort.
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    Vanos symptoms

    Tbh I did it as preventative maintenance as the rocker cover gasket was leaking so I did it while it was in bits. Noticed a bit more low end torque and slightly better mpg but it wasn’t a huge difference.
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    Vanos symptoms

    The vanos gasket is about £12 from bmw. Do the rocker gasket at the same time. I think when I did mine all the gaskets and new rubber spacers came to about £55.
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    Power steering fluid reservoir

    If you replace the hoses then the febi ones are good quality and not too expensive. Bear in mind there are two small o rings that also should be replaced where the hoses screw in to the pas fluid cooler.
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    530i shaking when started from cold

    When mine did that it was a tear in the rubber pipe between the MAF and the intake manifold.
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    Shadow Chrome. Who are the best?

    I've had wheels done by Rimtech in Meopham and they looked superb. While I was there they were finishing off a set of Style 37s that they had done in shadow chrome then diamond cut the face and they looked stunning. Service spot on and very genuine guys- they found some previous welding on one of my wheels that they were not happy with after they had stripped the wheels. They called me in to explain and didn't charge for the work they had done on that wheel when we decided to junk it. Just as good as Lepsons IMO but cheaper http://www.rimtecrefurbs.co.uk/?page_id=29
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Took the 530i for an auto trans service at Dartford Transmissions. Oil and filter change and shifter linkage rebuilt as it was starting to seize up. Car feels so much more responsive, seems to want to shift to a lower gear less often on the motorway and mpg is up slightly. Car is on 83k miles so not exactly starship miles but I was surprised at the difference it has made.
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    What ball joint splitters are we using.

    I do wonder if the design of the balljoints/hubs/spacer washers changed somewhere along the line then as I defo had no issues with a 330. What year is your car Duncan?
  20. In the states they seem to think the best control arms are the lemforder arms (best ball joint) with the meyle hd solid rubber bushing pressed in. Not a cheap way of doing it though.
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    What ball joint splitters are we using.

    I’ve got a ta330 and it worked fine on my 530i doing both sets of arms. Left the nuts on the bj threads, tighten up the tool and leave for 10 mins, all 4 popped off no issues, sounded like gun shots when they popped!
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    I’ve had the same, apparently quite a few businesses affected including Tesco. First I’ve heard of it in connection with camskill but could have been where my details have been picked up.
  23. I used OE BMW discs and pads when I did mine recently, and the pads were Textar branded in a BMW box, so you should be ok there.
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    Wet Floor Back Foot well

    yep A couple of mine were loose. Rather than put new ones in I welded the holes shut
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    Restoring OEM M-Audio Components

    I don't think you need the TV tuner module, unless you have got a digital one, the unit won't be doing anything as there is no analogue TV broadcast any more, so you can bypass that straight away. The display on the head unit comes from the nav.