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NWJW last won the day on May 26

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    E39 540i, Mondeo ST TDCI

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  1. NWJW

    E39 540 issue

    I was getting an engine failsafe warning intermittently a while back and a fault code related to the throttle body (can't remember what the exact code was though sorry). It turned out that the multi plug on the throttle body wasn't clipped on properly and the contacts had oxidised, a bit of switch cleaner and properly seating the connector seems to have cured it..
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Mine is usually driven quite briskly, especially when there's someone behind in a TDi of some description who thinks that their 2.0 beast is gonig to smoke the old BMW in front.....
  3. NWJW

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Normally the passenger side isn't as bad as it's the drivers side that picks up all the crap off the road and rots out first, although, as said, when I checked mine out the passenger side was worse for some reason. Edit; Your pictures appear to be of the passenger side unless I'm being thick?
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    Front style 65 or pair of rears

    I know for a set of Rondell 0058's but I suspect it may take more than a few quid to get them off the guy who has them! They were on the last 540i I had and for some reason I was never that fond of them on that car if I'm honest even though they are very nice wheels;
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    ^^^Oh feck! (Trenchy 24's sills!) I gave my sills a poke and a prod when I bought the car nearly a year ago and bar some surface rust on the passenger side rear jacking point which I treated and re-sealed they were surprisingly solid. I know that once the rot sets in though it doesn't take long to really get a hold so I haven't looked since......
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    Anyone got a bit of love for old Fords?

    I would have thought though, the torque of an Essex 3.0 being transferred through a leaf sprung live rear axle into a pair of skinny tyres with nothing but the light weight of an Escort pushing them into the tarmac with no power steering and no traction control or abs to get you out the shit could be quite interesting to say the least......
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    Anyone got a bit of love for old Fords?

    I wonder if Ford had made a diesel Essex V6 would it have been the first diesel engine with a V6 configuration?
  8. NWJW

    Anyone got a bit of love for old Fords?

    Apparently, the Essex V6 was originally designed to be a Diesel and fitted to the mk1 Transit but they scrapped the idea and made it a petrol engine, however, a hangover from the diesel design was that it had flat heads with the combustion chamber in the piston rather than the other way round on most petrol engines. My mate used to do trials in a Land Rover fitted with a 3.1 Essex as he reckoned it was stronger than than the all alloy rover V8 and being a shorter engine than the V8 it could be mounted further back in the chassis keeping it out of harms way should the front of the Land Rover smash into anything, which it quite often did by all accounts.....
  9. I have seen a guide where someone retrofitted Mercedes paddle shifters. From memory I think they used a slip ring from an e38 with a heated wheel to get the extra connections for the paddles. Edit, it was on here, unfortunately the pictures are gone but it gives you an idea of what to do; I see that he actually used an e46 m3 smg slipring but I have definitely seen guides where an e38 one was used.
  10. NWJW

    3night break suggestions please

    Well, I'm off to this at the start of September; https://www.bigweekends.com/your-break/181853 I don't think it's going to have the culture, class or ambience of the previously mentioned places for some reason.......
  11. NWJW

    Ford Focus power steering

    Can you not stick a good used pipe from a breakers on? Good second hand Ford parts are plentiful and cheap.
  12. NWJW

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Touched up the stone chips on my bonnet, it took literally five minutes and I've been meaning to do it for weeks.
  13. NWJW

    Sterrinf squeak 540i

    A common issue on the V8's is failure of the ball joints on the steering centre tie rod, they tend to be quiet when cold but start graunching and squeaking once the heat from the engine has got to them. The part number is 32211096060.
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Here we go; Edit, I really need to get those stone chips on the bonnet sorted...
  15. It's still a benchmark for new cars IMO.