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pidgeonpost last won the day on August 26 2017

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  1. pidgeonpost

    Increased Battery Discharge

    Whoa! I'm no expert, more of a 'monkey see, monkey do' type! Plenty of folks on here more knowledgeable than me! But yes, I used INPA. I never found it particularly easy to use and when access to the laptop became difficult I bought the Carly app.
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    Increased Battery Discharge

    ^ What @Deviant says. If you were gentle with the IBS there's no reason why swapping the battery should kill it assuming it was in good health at the outset. Let us know how you get on.
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    Increased Battery Discharge

    The rules as I understand it are that if you replace the battery with the same type and the same capacity you just need to register it as a new battery. This enables the IBS/charging system to adjust charging accordingly. You only need to code the battery if you change the type of battery - ie AGM to lead acid, and/or the capacity. Do you know if your old battery was registered/coded? Maybe it wasn't. I'd register the battery ASAP and see where that leads you.
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    728i Spares or repair.

    Just in case anyone's interested this old bird just popped up on Facebook Market Place. May be Chepstow way.
  5. Another good write-up! Not a massive difference to the E60 process by the looks. Nowt wrong with Coppaslip IMO. Served me well since I bought a tin for my bike in the late 70's - and I'm still on the same tin. If it has a fault it's that it sticks like s*** to a blanket.
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    Restraint system warning Help please

    +1 for ensuring new battery was registered. Coded too if new one was different type or capacity.
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    2009 E61 530D unusual DPF problems

    ^^. You seem to have gone to a great deal of trouble trying to largely return the car to its original spec and to eliminate problems, so all credit to you for that. When we bought our E60 nearly 4 years back I spent ages worrying about the DPF (that's when I wasn't worrying about catastrophic failure of the autobox). Diagnostics via Carly gave me reams of DPF data but as I didn't know whether many of the readings were within acceptable limits I wasn't sure if the news was good or bad. Apart from thermostats being stuffed that is. Since replacing them I check the coolant temperature and how often it regens and just use it. I'm not saying my approach is the right one, but I enjoy the car much more now I'm not worrying about it all the time.
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    Battery replacement needs coding?

    Mine too. Not the cheapest but very handy.
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    Farewell and thanks

    Yes, many years back it was often said that VAG used up many bits from previous VW models by building them into the Skoda range. They do have a good reputation for reliability and longevity. For a while we had a MK5 Golf (1.8 diesel) followed by a Passat 1.9. The Golf diesel was very quiet, but the Passat made a hell of a din until up to cruising speed. Seem to remember reading that they started using the Audi engine in the Passat at some stage which was supposed to be a bit more refined.
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    E60 530d Crank Case Breather Replacement

    I'd like to know the answer to that one too. Our car's the 525d but still the 3.0 engine so would imagine the breather would be the same.
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    Farewell and thanks

    Pity. What flavour Skoda? I doubt you'll be disappointed. I wonder if the 1.8d is noisier than other small diesels. It probably would feel so after a 6 pot petrol I suppose. Anyway, good luck.
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    New E61 Member

    Welcome! This is one of the best colours for not showing road dirt IMO. If you think you've got an iffy battery or charging problem best get it checked as failing batteries can throw up a bunch of spurious errors. Also use the 'hidden menu' (see YouTube) to check coolant is reaching 80°C or more. If it isn't it may indicate thermostats failing which impacts DPF regeneration. But mostly enjoy the car!
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    Copper sump plug crush washer

    True. Always use a new one if you have one, though I've never had a problem reusing either type on drain plugs.
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    Copper sump plug crush washer

    Hello - welcome! My guess is that it doesn't matter which way round as long as the surface of the washer is sound and the mating surfaces are clean. Some copper washers are just plain flat copper, but in many applications (e. g. drain plugs and spark plugs) 'crush washers' are used which flatten noticeably under pressure. Either type can be reused if you don't have a new one but if doing so the usual recommendation is to heat the washer to 'cherry red' but red hot will do, then allow to cool normally before use. Copper hardens when stressed and this annealing process makes it soften, relax, and feel really quite chilled.
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    Thanks Andrew. Fuel filter was last changed almost exactly 20k miles and 2 years ago and to be honest I haven't checked how often they need doing. I've been too busy or it's been too cold to investigate anything under the bonnet but I'm hoping to get the car to our local indy this week and get booked in for engine oil & filter change and a bit of a pre-MOT look over so will see what he says about the problem too. I've wondered about renewing the vac pipes as they are known to cause problems when they start to fail. Not sure how many can be done from above as I don't have access to a lift or pit to drop the pan under the engine.