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  1. grapefruit

    Front suspension.

    Mine's an E39 3.0d on 102k miles so may or may not be relevant. Symptoms: a very slight shimmy at 60-70 and a 'squirm' of the car if ever I went over a join in the tarmac, or raised white lines. Also, what I didn't realise until I had it fixed, was that it was pulling to the left, and I was subconsciously compensating for it by steering slightly to the right. Yesterday, I had the big control arm bushes replaced and everything seems good, although I've only done 6 or so miles in it. #5, here The bushes were genuine from BMW (£70) and labour was about twice that, from Ashcroft Autocentre in Penketh, if that's close to you. (For the record, he diagnosed it as the front bushes - I thought it was the rear - and, also, when I took it in for the initial assessment, I asked him to trace a fuel leak from one of the lines near the tank. It turned out to be a split in the little bit of flexi-pipe just in front of the nearside rear wheel - he replaced it for free. He's BMW-trained, too, and one of the techs there runs an E39.)
  2. grapefruit

    2003 530i Sport to B10 V8S 4.8L engine conversion

    My first thought was: excellent. My second: why on Earth didn't you put it in a Touring?!!
  3. grapefruit

    air bag red icon warning light

    Gin? With all these issues, you seem to be the unluckiest owner in the world. Is this the result of the car being in such an unforgiving environment? Adding to what others have said about doing a search first, what you might want to do is just have the one thread for the questions that a search doesn't answer. Also, some feedback might be nice - you've been given a lot of advice but you don't tell us if it help you fix the issue or not. To help with your question: in your other thread about something, I mentioned that the fault may lie with a dodgy ignition switch. This is what I meant: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYqI6sCKVD8
  4. grapefruit

    What's being worked on today?

    Why am I so fascinated by this thread?* It's pictures of little black boxes, and numbers that mean little to me, and yet here I am! Have you had any issues with gearboxes after any of these maps? What advice would you give to owners of older cars that were considering a tune? Have you ever refused to tune something? What 'n' why? *I do know why...it's geek stuff. I like geek stuff.
  5. grapefruit

    18” staggered genuine style 37 m parallels

    What are the tyres like: make, tread depth, rubber condition, age?
  6. You posted as I was writing the above. In light of the new evidence, you might want to check the pressure release valve. Try some soapy water around the white cap: If you do take it apart, be aware that behind the cap are 2 springs and, below them, the valve itself, which is the size and shape of a 5p piece. When you undo it, the springs will try to shoot the white cap, and the valve, into the atmosphere, so secure it as you twist. I used a tea-towel (the second time. ) Notes: the valve has 2 sides, one rubber, one metal. Note which way is up before you remove it. If you look closely at where the cap locks, there are 2 'levels' - twisting it on one way creates a more secure seal than the other. Again, note which way it is before you remove it. Replacing that cap is a pain. A ring-spanner to apply pressure, and another pair of hands to turn the allen key, helps. Incidentally, I've been through this myself recently.
  7. If they've both dropped then it won't be an airbag. Check the 2 fuses (30amp and 7.5 amp). When you replace the 7.5amp, you should hear the relay 'click' on. One problem I have with my car is that the solenoids stick when it's cold, meaning the compressor doesn't work. The way I solve it is to lift the compressor about 4" and let it drop; this tends to free it enough to work. If it doesn't, I have to undo the 'lids' of the solenoid slightly. The 2 silver cylinders are the solenoids. For safety, pull the fuses Undo the four screws slightly (if there's air in the system, it'll escape when you break the seal, and the car will drop) 2a The screwdriver in the boot-flap tool-kit fits. Take the 'lids' off completely to check the condition of the insides (take care that nothing falls out). Reseal, replace the fuses and it should fire up. (I've been told that if the car has dropped too far, the system will think there's a problem and the pump won't switch on, so you may have to lift the car up somehow - jacks or maybe just grab the wheel arches and lift.) If nothing happens, the solenoids are the place where the air flow splits. Because both sides have dropped, it makes sense that any leaks are before the solenoids, unless you're very unlucky and both bags have gone at the same time. Obviously, none of the above will exlain why it dropped in the first place, but it may help get you going again.
  8. grapefruit

    Fading in and out interior lights, speedo, radio

    A dodgy ignition also throws up weird and wonderful problems like this.
  9. More information is required: What do you mean "rear suspension won't rise"? Is the car currently at its lowest setting or simply lower than normal? Is it both sides or just one? From what you say, it took the time you were booking in (5 minutes?) to go from normal height to a lower height, is this correct?
  10. grapefruit

    Rear SL air suspension problems

    Thunda, did you get any further with this? I've just been through a fault-finding mission with mine so perhaps I can help.
  11. grapefruit

    Cool Running E39 525D Touring

    You could also try the Renault 5 thermostat 'fix'. Plenty of information floating around the net.
  12. grapefruit

    e39 Suspension creak R-O/S with video!

    Nice one. Thanks, Clavurion.
  13. grapefruit

    e39 Suspension creak R-O/S with video!

    That's the issue...there isn't a part number. BMW will only supply the whole swingarm - that includes the bushes - at many, many £££'s a go!! The parts-guy at my local dealership couldn't find anything, either; he spent about 10 mins with me, doing all sorts of cross-checks, etc. I'll contact Lemforder directly to see if they can help. Thanks for your replies.
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    e39 Suspension creak R-O/S with video!

    Do we know who makes the OEM bushes? They're not available from BMW.
  15. grapefruit

    e39 Suspension creak R-O/S with video!

    I booked my car in to have some suspension bits fitted but the mechanic didn't go ahead as the swing arm bushes were perished (he showed me). A poke around the 'net - including this thread - revealed the following: The Bulgarian website (linked above) is confusing as I can't tell what I'm ordering. Per the Strongflex page (below), I need a specific size and there's no option to select a particular size. I found a website in Latvia that I presume has them but lists them by brand, and doesn't give a price: http://carpartscatalogs.info/totalcatalog/?st=50&l=YnJhbmRfaWQ9PTUxMXx8bW9kZWxfaWQ9PTE4OTJ8fG1kZl9pZD09MF4xNTI2OHx8c3BhcmVfaWQ9PTEzMzk4NTleMTAwNTcy&lang=en&cntry=eu Alternatively, there are these: http://www.strongflexuk.co.uk/rear-lower-trailing-arm-bush-kit-sport.html In an email, I asked if they did a softer compound and got the reply: Some parts, including the trailing arm bushes you are looking at, are only available in the SPORT stiffness because the OEM rubber is stiffer than the softer red (80sha) polyurethane. Thoughts? Opinions? Anyone have any experience of the strongflex bushes?