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  1. Oilburner

    Runflats questions - sorry!

    Dakota - To be honest I did not see that much improvement in ride quality, noise is slightly lower and fuel consumption saw slight improvement, but at the moment I may not be seeing the full benefit because two tyres are still runflats. I forgot to mention before but the tyre compressor I chose was a Tire Tec RX1 which had the least of any compressor complaints in their reviews, and tyre sealant was Slime to-date I have never used the sealant, but have used compressor several times on both vehicles, this is a great alround compressor you can preset the pressure required, when I checked the preset pressure against a known accurate gauge it showed a constant half pound psi out from memory was under inflation but you can allow for this, just go 1 psi higher and drop it back a tad, I also purchased the Tire Tec Pro tyre gauge which has a pressure release valve making easy to adjust pressure spot on.
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    poor fuel economy

    As a matter of routine especially if recent journeys have been in heavy stop start and slow traffic, or periodically observe the fuel consumption when it starts significantly dropping I select manual using a lower gear to keep revs high generally around 2500-3000 rpm, I set the cruise control to hold it at those revs for 10 -15 minutes, after driving for 10 -15 minutes then reset the fuel consumption, select drive and drive normally you should then see a marked difference in fuel consumption, I also do the same to our Mini Cooper 1.6d, and in doing this periodically I have never seen the DPF light come on so it must be keeping the Diesel Particulate Filter free from excessive soot build up, which indirectly relates to better achievable fuel consumption. Currently my F11 520d has achieved 51.7mpg which was a mixture of 90% motorway driving average speed of 70mph ish, and 10% heavy stop start traffic average speed 0 - 40mph. The lowest fuel consumption I have observed is 44mpg driving in London and after that it needed a good blast out to get fuel consumption back to a more normal figure for mixed driving 47.2mpg. Because your mpg is so low you may have other issues as well, also as I believe your F10 520d year suffered timing chain issues so I would be carefull not to overev it, others on this forum will have better knowledge & advice regarding that issue than me, from what I have been told my own 2014 F11 520d timing chain issue has been resolved!
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    F10 door corrosion

    After reading lot's of owners reporting rust on the doors, I have thorougly checked my own vehicle, and not just checking the doors but all over the bodywork, and did not find any evidence of any rust anywhere, my previous car a Honda Accord Tourer 8th generation, had rust around the sun roof frame this was at two years old, and Honda UK tried to keep it quiet, only settling those that made the most noise & threats, I came into that catergory I'm pleased to say they replaced the complete sun roof FOC, but a lot of owners did not fair the same treatment and Honda was clearly trying to get out of paying up and doing the right thing, and as far as I know some Honda owners are still suffering now. How I dealt with this myself I contacted the main dealer by going there in person with the car, was originally told this was the first vehicle to have been reported with rust, but I was already pre- armed with loads of printed pages taken from the Honda Forum site, which clearly showed I was one of many owners with the same problem, the dealership said he would take some photo's which incidently was a crappy phone camera which did not produce clear pictures showing the extent of the rust, and would forward my complaint on to Honda UK to see if they were prepared to do anything, as soon as he said that I seriously threatened court action against the dealership and Honda UK, if this matter was not put right and completely FOC, I was then told they should here back from Honda UK after 14 days or so, and the dealer would contact me, but as soon as I got home I grabbed my canon 35mm camera took some good close up photo's of the rusting sun roof from all different angles, then downloaded then to a photo upload site, then sent them directly to Honda UK myself with a not so nice letter to boot, and within less than 5 days I had a call from the dealer say Honda UK had agreed to replace the sunroof FOC, but I never ever got a apology letter back from Honda UK, they were obviously trying hard to keep the lid on the rust problem.
  4. Can anyone in the south east area recommend a good Hunter wheel alignment service, where the operator knows their stuff, I am aware of https://www.alignmycar.co.uk. but as those sites are independantly operated its still best to find one that does a proper good job, I think the dam pot holes may have knock the front alignment out, but want to get four wheel alignment check done also because the rear tyres which original bmw factory fitted Bridgstone run flats, were worn out at 13,892 miles which seemed low mileage for a new car, I wonder what sort of mileage other F11 owners are getting from their rear tyres, being my F11 520d is auto and not driven hard with tyre size 245/45 R18 Y, it would be of great help to know if this is normal wear for this vehicle. I have since changed the rear tyres last year to non run flats Michelin Primacy 245/45 R18 100 Y XL and car has now done a total of 18,200 miles, but unfortunetly I cant compare the difference in tyre wear as these were after about 1,200 miles later were tranferred to the front, and the existing run flats to the rear.
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    Hunter Wheel Alignment Check

    I'll try that it makes sense and nothing to lose trying I know some TPMS can be very finnicky.
  6. Oilburner

    Runflats questions - sorry!

    I did exactly what you are proposing to do, first I notified the insurance company that I was replacing the rear run flats to Michelin primacy non runflats and the size of the tyres were staying the same and the speed rating was changing from Y96 to Y100, all they asked was I increasing the performance of the car, easy answer was no just purely changing the rear run flats to non run flats. I did initialy change just the worn rear Bridgestone run flats to the new Michelin non run flats, but after about 1000 miles i swapped them to the front axle, and move the stil good Bridgestone run flats to the rear, the reason I finally decided that was the bridgestone run flats would wear out quicker on the back as the others did, which meant I would that much sooner on all four tyres non run flats. I purchased a small 12 volt compressor and some tyre sealant that can be washed out of the tyre with water should it be used for a temporally puncture repair, you should be aware that a lot of the tyre repairers refuse to do a repair on tyres that have had tyre sealant put in as most of the sealant used can not be washed out, so they just want you to purchase another new tyre, they state they cannot do a effective permanent repair. I did reset the tyre pressure warning system after they were change over, as I have not had a punture yet I can only asume the sytem still works as intended. And yes you could also join a breakdown cover that covers puntures etc,
  7. Does not inspire much confidence in a low pressure tyre warning system that fails to work as expected.
  8. Thats interesting you say the tyre pressure warning failed on you, are you saying it did not warn you at all because my wife had the same experience on our mini cooper, and I blamed her for not seeing or hearing the warning but she was adamant it did not operate also, I have since checked the tyre pressure warning system by deliberately loosen the tyre valve to slowy leak air out to simulate a punture whilst driving slowly on a private road, and I found the tyre pressure warning did not operate and that was after losing 60% of the correct air pressure, I stopped at that as I did not want to damage another tyre, so I wonder if these tyre pressure warnings are any good at all, I have had the mini connected to the laptop and shows no faults, I have even plugged into the Foxwell NT510 scanner stil the same no faults, and all the research I have done since seems to indicate that other drivers have had trouble with the tyre pressure warning being triggered without a punture and warning stays on.
  9. Oilburner

    Hunter Wheel Alignment Check

    The only thing I was checking was approx tyre temperature between both front tyres whilst still hot, I had already checked all tyre pressures with a accurate pressure gauge when tyres were cold at start of my long journey, and I saw no point in checking pressure with my guage on my return whilst tyres were still hot, and as I already stated I check the pressure next morning when tyres were cold and my pressure gauge confimed the n/s pressure was 2.1 bar which is correct, so I think more than likely the tyre sensor on the n/s front is playing up.
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    Brake disc temp

    As others have said the fronts have cooling ducts and not on the rear disc, but if you are concerned about the rears being hotter, to rule out the possibility of even a slight binding of the rear pads or the electric parking brake not going fully off, you could park on level ground then chock the opposite wheels first select N, then release electric parking brake, then jack up just the rear one side and rotate the wheel checking for any slight rubbing noise, then repeat for the opposite side, personally I dont think you will find that is the problem it would be unusal for both sides to be slightly binding, and as you say the higher temperature its on both rear wheels unless it is the electronic parking brake not releasing completely off.
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    Hunter Wheel Alignment Check

    Michelin Primacy non run flat front tyres are in excellent condition only done about 3,400 miles, and yes I agree its strange with such a large pressure increase, after the long run i also checked both front tyre temperatures just using the palm of my hand across the tread width but could not detect any significance difference from near side to off side temperature, I would have thought the tyre would have to heat up a lot more than 1c to increase the pressure that much, I'm beginning to think it was just a coincidence this occured after alignment tracking, its possible the front n/s tyre sensor is playing up !
  12. Oilburner

    Brake disc temp

    Andrew I assume you have checked to see if there is no slight binding of the rear brakes pads, and the electric parking brake is releasing properly.
  13. Oilburner

    Hunter Wheel Alignment Check

    Thanks for everyones input regarding alignment, I took the car on a 250 mile journey along the M25 and M20 yesterday my observations it was steering in a straight line, and it did not suffer from any tramlining, not that it did before the alignment was carried out, the only thing I did notice the front near side tyre was running one degree hotter than the off side front tyre, and was showing 1 bar higher pressure than off side front tyre although both front tyre pressure were the same at start of journey. I have noticed before that the front n/s tyre sensor sometimes showed 1 degree hotter than the opposite side front tyre, but after 1-2 miles it drops back to the same temperature as the opposite front tyre, but since having the alignment done, the n/s front tyre runs 1 degree hotter all the time now, and possibly this extra heat is causing the tyre pressure to increased by 1 bar, two weeks ago I had checked and adjusted all tyres pressure prior to MOT and reset the tyre pressure warning, and prior to the alingment being carried I rechecked all tyre pressures cold and they were still the same as a fortnight ago so did not reset the tyre pressure warning again, I checked both front tyre this morning when cold the n/s front had dropped back to the correct pressure, so is this an strange coincidence after having tracking done or the sensor now playing up !
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    Hunter Wheel Alignment Check

    Unfortunetly living in the south east I doubt if i could get a simple tracking job done that cheap even after purchasing four michelin tyres for our mini cooper last month I was charged £47.99 and that was not a Hunter alignment, listed on https://www.alignmycar.co.uk/ - from a local garage I did get a rough estimate for a 4 wheel alignment for my bmw and that was £110 but they were very vague stating if there was a lot of adjustment work that would be extra, so in the end I had know idea what sort of bill to expect, when I pressed them their answer was maybe about £250 but still accurate cost, that was one reason I did eventually go to Quick Fit, but as you mentioned and I also noticed that some of the adjustments are only just in the green so hitting a small pothole could easilly put everything out again. I think what I need is a fixed price from someone to do a proper job to get every adjustment as accurate as possible.
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    To avoid confusion I have added a image from the BMW stamp that I use when carrying out my own servicing, whilst I agree it adds little as all the invoice receipts for parts used are kept, but as all my own servicing details are recorded in a Maintenance & Service Book, it certainly looks far more professional also it states a message Genuine Parts are used which can be easily checked against the retained invoice receipts, and as a added bonus I generally take a few photos or short video of the service work I carried out which is also date stamped, doing it this way can leave know doubt to any future owner should I wish to sell any car later on, as to the pride & quality of the work that has been carried out. unlike a lot of main dealership servicing work, just because they have a smart flash garage & showrooms that counts for nothing in my book.
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    I'm sorry I dont agree it looks dodgy as stated, the BMW logo rubber stamp is not making any false claims it has the wording Owner Serviced with Genuine Parts, and Date & Mileage, and all my invoice receipts for the parts used are saved to support what service parts I have used for that particular service, so the rubber is just reinforcing a statement made during owner servicing and stamping in a Maintenance & Service Record Book is just part of that, now if I was to just keep a bunch of receipts and thats all with no other records that does look dodgy, for example I dont use the stamp in the Maintenance & Service Record Book I keep when I record the MOT's, Tyre Replacements, Tracking Etc, I just write who carried the work date & mileage, and keep any invoice receipt for the work carried out along with all the others.
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    Hunter Wheel Alignment Check

    I did eventualy get it checked by a local Kwik Fit as they could get it done the quickest at short notice, the front toe tracking was out as I thought looking at the print out all the rest were within the excepted limits, looking at more closer detail of the print out measurements, I would have like to see all the pointers at a more central position but I guess that as long as they are all green its ok, and as the cost was only £59.95 they are not going to spend extra time making more adjustments if the rest are green, I dont know if other alignment centres would have carried anymore adjustments even though they are in the green.
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    DIY Service

    I also agree the service history should not be related to corrosion of the paintwork, and as far as BMW own corrosion inspection I would certainly seriously challenge that, I think even any untrained person would be aware and can visibly see corrosion under the paint, I think their only get out of their corrosion warranty would likely be if there had been some previous damage to the bodywork since it left the showroom, but even that could be contested as some new cars are even damaged & repaired before they are sold, and the owner would never know unless it was obvious.
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    Hunter Wheel Alignment Check

    Thanks everyone yes I agree with the full alignment check I was already going to get the four wheel alignment done, unfortunately the two mentioned places are the north side of the M25 for me, and whilst I have a local Kwik Fit that has Hunter equipment I was not sure if all their operatives know our bmw's that well to set the equipment up correctly, I have read that some Kwik fit employees have allegedly setup the alignment equipment to even the wrong model & year of vehicle, obviously I have know way of knowing if it was true or not. No comments yet regarding my F11 rear tyre wear was nearly down to the legal limit at !3,892 miles when replaced, I was hoping to see some comparative results of other F11 owners rear tyre wear and mileage also were they Run Flats or Std Tubeless.tyres, make of tyre & size woiuld also be helpfull to get a fair comparison across the board, Thanks.
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    Drivng in France

    We was over there in June 2016 touring with a load of minis coopers and we did not have any breathalysers as it was no longer requirment, also no GB plate fitted to those that had the standard Euro plates with GB on already, out 12 vehicles in convoy no was stopped or got any fines, the only comments I would add be ultra carefull speeding keep to the limits, and dont forget any satnav in the car cannot have any speed camera warings on it, their speed cameras are not higly visible like ours, and in the past I have spotted a mobile speed trap in a village hidden in wheelie type bin, the only way I knew something was up, oncoming French car drivers were tapping their shoulder with their hand, I cautiously slowed down even more not sure what they were signaling but I soon relised two police officers were standing near a what looked like a large wheelie bin with a hole in the side on closer observation as I passed I could see a camera lens just inside and the bin had wires trailing back towards the two officers, It then dawned on me that the oncoming french drivers had their own unique way of warning other drivers by tapping to their own shoulders, whats on the police officers shoulders like white or shiny chevrons on each shoulder, which must have the same meaning as a thumb down warning over here, so hopefully any brits driving in France should ever see oncoming drivers doing similar signal keep well within the speed limit. What each vehicle did have the following :- First Aid Kit Warning Triangle Spare Bulb Kit Spare glasses (if wear them) GB sticker/plate on rear only those without GB Euro Plates High vis vest for each passenger in the car (not the boot) Driving licence/original insurance and V5 docs Beam deflectors (If necessary)
  21. I recently purchased the Worx WG518e Air Turbine Leaf Blower, this was ordered after much researching ways to dry our two cars quickly after washing & rinsing especially in full hot sun as I live in a hard water area, I did not want to go down the root of fitting a costly cartridge system to my outside tap for rinsing after washing, so I took the advice from a professional detailer that operates in Texas USA, and being Texas is a lot hotter than the UK, I chose the Worx european version turbine blower after checking the spec was the same as USA version, which I purchased from Amazon the WORX WG518E Air Turbine Corded Leaf Blower, unfortunetly the price has just gone back up to £49 since my purchase price of £39 delivered, but even that price higher price I can thoroughly recommend it, the CFM that blows out of the plastic nozzle is just insain, it has variable speed settings and on the highest it pushes your arms back, on my F11 it easily blows dry the whole car in a few minutes starting at the roof then all glass, then bonnet, sides, grille, wheels & tyres, and because you are not operating this blower with the air intake close to the ground there is no fear of grit or debri being blasted at the paintwork at high speed, what makes this different to all other blowers is the high CFM (cubic feet per minute of air) it pushes out I cant even imagine even purpose made expensive car blowers push that much volume of air out, especially after seeing how they perform on youtube channel, and as a double bonus since I have clay bared our cars and applied Fusso wax/sealant it is even better than before waxing which I did not think was possible, because the blower had already done a excellent job of drying with no water spot marking, I just wish I had gone down this route years ago especially if that same specced model has been out for a while, any would be purchaser of this blower will not be disappointed.
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    DIY Service

    I second what Andrew says above servicing the only thing my own servicing differs due to my low mileage each year, is check cabin filters and change as and when required, and the diesel filter every 34,000 miles, I did just changed my air filter at 18,200 miles but it was not really needed it was still very clean, same as cabin filters, but oil & filter in a diesel engine for me is 10,000miles, and personaly I only use Castrol edge 0W 30 and Mahle filters which is what was in the car new, please note as a example if you buy a genuine BMW oil filter which is in a BMW carboard box, the contents is exactly the same as Mahle filter, because at the BMW factory they use either Mahle or Mann filters anyway they do not manufacture their own filters but are supplied by the two mentioned suppliers and packaged for them in a BMW carboard box, and also Mini is the same as you would expect.
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    Self completed main service with castrol edge 0w 30 oil filter, air filter, cabin micro filter, brake fluid change, then completed a vehicle check as per list used by main BMW dealers also added a few more of my own items to check, then new MOT ahead of time and passed with no advisory's, the only thing left outstanding is the diesel fuel filter which is not needed for at least another 10k, what I have done regarding service history I purchased from ebay a suitable service book and a BMW self service rubber inking stamp, sign and record date and mileage, and keep all invoice receipts, these show I only used genuine Mahle filters, at the moment the jury is still out regarding changing coolant because it has not done the average mileage for a four year old vehicle more like less than two years mileage. After thorough wash and dry with my new Worx WG518e Air Turbine leaf blower dedicated to just car drying, even in hot bright sun it left no water limescale marks at all best £39 I have ever spent, shame price has just gone back to £49 now, I then went over the paintwork with some clay bar, another wash & dry then finally applied some Fusso wax/sealant with great effect, the rinsing water from washing car now blows of even easier not that its needed too, I can thoroughly recomend the Worx WG518e air turbine leaf blower the CFM that comes out the plastic nozzle is incredilble, it was far better than I even hoped for as I live in a hard water area, and this is now a godsend at drying the car quickly without leaving water limescale marks.
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    Wheel Balancing

    I used Formula one Autocentre they have branches all over the place, when I changed from run flats to standard Michelin primacy tyres, they were very cheap on tyres the balancing was done at same time with no problems at all at any speed, for anyone wanting wheel aligment check which branches use the Hunter System because not alll do at the moment.
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    Castrol Edge cheap in Tesco

    Any idea why he thinks 5W30 is "better"? Matthew - All he did say was its better for the engine but I also believe thats what BMW main dealers use that when sevicing, because when my wifes mini cooper d was serviced under the TLC servicing by a BMW Main Dealer and not by the Mini service department, and because they seriously cocked up by under filling the engine oil, and because I mistrust all garages when I got home with the car which was only about 9 miles or so, I thought I will check the oil level as the car was heading to France the very next morning, good job I did it was below the minimum mark, as it was to late to phone them regarding this issue I just added a little over 1 litre of my Castrol Edge 0W 30 which i had, and thought when we return I will contact them on our return home I had forgot to contact BMW garage regarding low oil level, but a day later I had another surprise whilst checking the tyre wear and genarly looking over things I noticed that the plastic sump guard / plate was miising underneath, I immediately contacted BMW dealership regarding low oil level & the missing plate, they first gave me the story that their oil is dispensed by a machine and would not give the wrong amount, and the missing sump plate was not there to start with, all of this was a total lie and cover up, luckily our mini and lots of others minis had been invited to a opening of brand new main BMW/ Mini dealership opening with a barbeque laid on, and whilst there they gave all owners the opportunity to give their minis a free inspection on their new ramps also a written report, luckily I asked If I could take some photos of our mini whilst up on the ramp which probaly would not be allowed due to safety, on looking at these photos I had which clearly showed the sump plate on the car, after emailing the manager with photographic proof they then conceded they had made a mistake with the oil level and also a the plastic sump plate was found laying by the technicians bench, they come and picked up the car to refit the plate and when the driver returned he gave me a BMW carrier bag with 2 litres of genuine BMW Oil with guess what 5w 30, so I guess thats the oil they use, but needless to say I would not use that BMW dealership again, luckily they had only done the very first oil change on our F11, and since then all servicing I carry out myself. Sorry I know this has gone partly off topic but this could be a warning for others to check the dealers standard of work, I was lucky I spotted the oil level was to low before a long touring trip to France.
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