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pidgeonpost last won the day on August 26 2017

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  1. pidgeonpost

    Code reader recommendations

    Me neither, but I bought it before they went down that route. I tried the balancing-the-laptop-on your knee-while-trying-to clear-errors game and it was a pain in the arse. For sheer convenience Carly takes some beating.
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    F11 - Which tyres are best ?

    I'll be replacing a couple of tyres this summer and been going through the rf/conventional debate with myself. I'd read somewhere that some insurance companies get twitchy if you change type. The build spec for our car says rf, so out of interest I contacted my insurance company. They don't care if I swap, but they would like to know if I were to fit winter tyres.
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    Trump, like him or loath him?

    I suppose in terms of showing leadership and putting American first he deserves some credit, but this has been at the expense of alienating half the world. He's not stupid, but he has done some amazingly stupid things, most notably denying statements that he has made and which are on record. There's no doubting that he's a bully and a braggart, and his attitude towards women is legendary. I don't trust the man and I don't know how a UK government of any complexion can trust him when it comes to trade or anything else. He will at best drive a hard deal and at worst will shaft us. And yet many seem to think he will be our salvation. As for bringing N & S Korea together and ending nuclear testing, it may have stopped for now but I doubt it will be permanent. I do agree that our politicians all need a good kicking too.
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    Which e60/e61

    I had a quick look on Autotrader earlier and there were no petrol 530i E60/61 cars for sale with manual gearboxes. Rare and getting rarer it seems.
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    Which e60/e61

    Ours has only thrown one wobbly and that occurred after I'd had the front end up on a jack and moved the steering from lock to lock. This must have temporarily upset its innards but switching off and back on again cleared the fault. A bit like a Windows OS I guess.
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    Which e60/e61

    Think Andrew has covered most stuff, but there's also a pile of documentation available by following Horsey's link here. And then there's the 'frying electrics' thread too. For practicality I like the E61 but couldn't persuade t'others half so we run an E60 525d. Certainly no rocket ship but still the 3.0 straight six and does all I want. Ours is a March 2007 build so an early LCI which I guess is the facelifty bit. We're nearly 4 years in now and regular maintenance apart from oil and filter changes has included new battery, EGR and main stats, power steering fluid cooler, air con condenser, gearbox service, maybe couple of other oddments. Also bought the Carly app - handy for monitoring just about everything and ensuring stats are doing their job and regens are happening. Edited: New pads and discs all round too.
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    Code reader recommendations

    +1 for that. Not the cheapest but very convenient and the list of capabilities seems to be growing. Produces decent diagnostic reports too.
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    What did you do to your E60/61 today?

    Into our local indy today for MOT, vehicle check, engine oil and filter and brake fluid change. Clean MOT ticket, no advisories, and diags report couple of glow plugs failed (which I knew from Carly) but otherwise all good. Happy days!
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    Recommendations for garage shelving.

    I've used a couple of the boltless kits, most recently Bigdug. Fine for storage only but for use as a lightweight workbench I had to drill and bolt and fix to the wall.
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    Navigation fault.

    I guess you don't have a spare nav disc to try? Usually a few on ebay.
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    Over-tightened Wheel Bolts

    I've just had a read through this article which gives some clues on torque sticks and tightening in general. As they used to say in WW2 'Careless torque costs lives'. I'll get me coat...
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    And it's goodbye from him too.

    That's quite a collection Andrew! All those Vauxhalls, no wonder you needed plenty manuals! The oiliest manual I had was for a '61 Sunbeam Rapier which also claims the very worst diy job I have ever done. Seized brake caliper pistons so ordered new pistons and seals. Me and a mate couldn't get the old pistons out so drilled and tapped them Whitworth and jacked them out with a bolt. Then found that new pistons were wrong size ffs . Late in the day on Sunday and I needed to be in work 8a.m. 120 miles away next morning. What to do? Sawed off short the bolts we'd used, coated them in Araldite, screwed them into hollow side of the pistons, fitted new seals and forced the pistons back in. Must have damaged the seals in the process but got me to work on Monday. That bodge haunts me to this day.
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    And it's goodbye from him too.

    They were considered something of a bible as manufacturer's workshop manuals were pretty much unheard of. You had to trust the Haynes info as generally there was no other data available for comparison. I have a Haynes for our 525d. The images are pretty poor quality but so far it hasn't got too many greasy fingerprints considering it's an E60!
  14. Only just noticed this online. Although often derided in recent years, the Haynes manuals offered a lifeline to owners like me in the '60's,' 70's and even occasionally today. If you were skint and trying to keep your ancient BMC, Rootes or Ford product on the road then chances are you had an oil-stained Haynes manual kicking around somewhere!
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    E61 530i Auto box slipping

    Yes, there may not be a direct link between EML and gearbox behaviour but it's an E61, and they do have their idiosyncracies as others will tell you! Could just be low gearbox oil level which may not on its own throw a dashboard warning. I'm sure someone on here can come up with a local autobox specialist if you let us know whereabouts you live. They or a BMW indy should be able to read the codes.
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