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About DatV8

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    E39 M5

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  1. DatV8

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    I repaired a fairly common E39 trait of broken boot lid loom wires last weekend. One of the wires providing live to the boot release handle/boot light had snapped within the rubber boot/tube due to age and the pinching motion of the boot lid. This meant my central locking wouldn't work with the key, a 'bootlid open' message showed on the dash all the time and I couldn't operate the boot open from the key. I soldered and heat shrunk the broken wire back together, then wrapped up the whole loom in electrical tape to provide a bit of support. All now working and can use my boot/lock the car properly again!
  2. DatV8

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Had a look over my M5 last night ready to bring out for the weekend. Seemed a load of coolant ended up in the undertray at the front after being sat for 4 months. I suspect it's on it's original radiator so maybe time to change that for a new OEM one. I have always had to top up coolant slightly so perhaps it's a pinhole leak somewhere which over time mounts up to a lot of coolant loss.
  3. DatV8

    Trickle / Maintenance Chargers

    You can connect the terminals under the bonnet to the positive terminal on the valve cover, then another to an earth such as a suspension turret bolt. Got mine connected that way and all is well. I read somewhere it's preferred rather than directly to battery so the car/battery can 'detect' it's being charged. Could be wrong mind
  4. DatV8

    Trickle / Maintenance Chargers

    I've got a Ctek MXS 5.0 on my M5 for over the winter months. Has quick connectors etc and can be had for around £70ish. Has been left on for a good few weeks with no problems so far, very happy with it.
  5. Long shot but does anyone have a pair of genuine rear style 65 wheels from an E39 M5? I fancy trying a square set up on my M5 at some point. I'll be refurbing a full set of them so condition not drastically important, just need to be straight with no cracks/bends. Anybody got any fairly local to North West/Merseyside or willing to courier?
  6. DatV8

    Brakes - Disks & Pads

    GSF car parts often have 50-60% off on Zimmerman front discs. If you can use this voucher it's essentially two for the price of one. I put Zimmerman on mine last year and had no problems so far. Zinc coated so keeps the surface rust etc down too. I don't think they stock the rears though. Front discs are expensive being floating style, 300ish for one disc (voucher comes in handy) Pads I just use generic ATE as it's just a road car, stops well enough but probably need better for more spirited braking.
  7. DatV8

    E39 M5 clutch slave cylinder query

    Haven't noticed mine creaking as much after the slave cylinder I must admit. I'll know more after some more cold starts over time and update. They're a pain aren't they! Can't think what it could be that makes the noise. Only thing that I could think was the fingers on the clutch pressure plate creaking. It's such a lot of work having the gearbox in and out we'll just have to live with it sadly does yours do it even when warm?
  8. DatV8

    E39 M5 clutch slave cylinder query

    Ended up replacing the slave cylinder, was much firmer than the tired old one for sure. To bleed I put the new cylinder on and gravity bled for a little while, then pumped the pedal to fill the cylinder while keeping an eye on the reservoir level. Once there was pressure, I kept the clutch pedal held all the way down with a breaker bar against the seat frame and cracked the bleeder on the slave. You could hear the clutch release and push the cylinder back as fluid flowed through. Do this a few times and the fluid ran nice and clear with no air bubbles. I still seem to have the click when cold unfortunately. Determined this must be the pressure plate springs or something when the engine is cold. Disappears when warm, I'll just live with it as the clutch is quite new!
  9. DatV8

    E39 M5 clutch slave cylinder quote

    Thanks very much Phil, payment has been sent. Any problems let me know
  10. DatV8

    E39 M5 clutch slave cylinder quote

    Thanks, have sent a PM
  11. Hi, Could you please quote me for an E39 M5 slave cylinder? Are all years the same part number for RHD? 21522282056 There's two diameters 22.2mm and 23.8mm (which is the correct one?) Thanks in advance
  12. I'm trying to source a strange clutch clicking sound when I press in the clutch pedal. It comes from the bell housing area only when the car has been left to cool down (it's not the pedal bushings). When warm it gradually goes away. I inspected the slave cylinder (which is probably original or at least quite old) and the rod has quite a bit of 'free play' when taken away from the gearbox. Anyone who's replaced their clutch cylinder is this rod usually loose? In essence I'm asking who else's rod is floppy
  13. I got a LASO water pump from C3BMW on their Ebay store and was very pleased. Good quality and working well so far, my original had failed by the bearing going, play on the water pump shaft holding the viscous fan on and leaking coolant from behind the waterpump pulley when run for a minute or two once pressure built up.
  14. DatV8

    M5 speaker query

    Ah great thanks for confirming. I'll go with a cheap as I can set of standard ones as they're only the rear deck, and as you say hardly top quality these days!