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About AlexGSi2000

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    E39 530D Sport

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  1. Thanks for your input. Duncan, it was very hard to turn even using my breaker bar - to the point where I thought I was using bad batteries to try and start! Would only turn over slowly when jump leads were connected also. The engine actually started and last night for a brief period (2 minutes) - this was after actuating the electronic fuel pump first using INPA, the thing was making terrible noises - I was convinced it was the bottom end knocking as I could feel the knock through the body of the car, I am now not convinced after reading Lukes comment. Either way, I killed it off (not intentionally) - the thing stalled after 2 minutes of running and has locked up, it may well have been a broken guide however was misfiring badly. It means a replacement engine, however I am glad I wont be fitting a new timing kit to a potentially bad engine. Aim is to find a good used engine and fit a new timing kit - will strip down the bad engine and show my findings.
  2. Afternoon all, A friend of mine has asked me to help out with an issue he has with his 2008 320D. I know this may not be the correct forum, but wondered if anyone has any experience working on these engines? The car will crank over (sounds like there is compression), however will not fire. The starter motor draws a lot of current when cranking and the engine is almost impossible to turn over by hand. I have concluded that this is a timing issue, I have not begun to strip down the engine yet, however as the engine cranks and sounds like there is compression I am assuming the timing chain has not snapped or broken - maybe stretched and allowed timing to go out of tolerance, hence no fire. We know worst case scenario is an engine swap / rebuild, however I was wondering if i could potentially just fit a new timing chain kit and re-time? Or will the fact that has already gone out of time mean there will be internal damage? I know if the chain will have let go completely the valves would have hit the pistons - however with the chain still being in tact Im hoping we can get away with a new timing kit. Any advice appreciated, thanks.
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    Life advice needed!

    Not posted in quite some time - Hoping I can take some advice from you guys in regards to work life, I'll try and keep this brief. Essentially I was going to be made redundant around March 2017 - The small company I had worked for and progressed in over 10 years was being bought out and had centrally managed IT, hence my role at the time (IT & Facilities manager) was going to become surplus to requirements. The pay was well at £33k and I was happy with the job, almost minimal stress and the job was enjoyable. Before I was made redundant, I decided to jump before I was pushed and started applying for work. I managed to secure a role as an infrastructure engineer and took the job (missing redundancy payout) - I had just moved into my own place at the time and feared being out of work for the mortgage payments.etc. The new role lasted until just before the end of my probation period - they decided that due to "performance" issues I was not fit for the role, I ended up being fired on the spot with half a months pay. I was determined not to let it get me down, even though it was the shock of a lifetime. After a few interviews during the next month, I was offered another infrastructure based role which I took. The new role has been good and bad, I often find myself working on projects throughout the night at short notice without overtime, pay is fairly low (25k) for the role however I have learned a lot during the past couple of months there. In a nutshell, the negatives outweigh the positives and its really dragging me down - to the point where I do not want to actually go into work! I used to be a very committed individual, however I feel broken at the moment - I cant really describe it, feels like a mixture of depression and anxiety. Half of me wants to just shake it off and carry on, however it has persisted for well over a month and its doing me no good. Today I decided that I need to change, so I have started applying for other roles - 3 roles in a year wont look good on the CV but feel I need to do it if I'm not happy! I feel I need something else, however I am not sure what I would go into. I have thought multiple times about doing HGV training and becoming a driver, I have thought about setting up my own company doing automotive repairs / sales. My question being - have many of you ever considered or had a complete change in career? - If so, can you offer any advice?
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    All four Titan Silver E39 doors & glass FREE

    I could do with a drivers door. Whats the condition like?
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    Any interest? Audi A6 Avant v6 tdi

    Good old V6 TDi - Rare that the headgaskets to go. However the cams WILL wear out. Had to replace mine at 110k - the second set were wearing by the time it hit 190k. Supposed 180bhp standard, made 173bhp after a remap and exhaust - terrible engine.
  6. Front slam panel & air-conditioning fan removed from a 2001 530i Sport. Fan works as it should - I know these fans can be expensive to buy, but considering I need to reclaim some space in my storage unit I am asking £45 collected from postcode L19. Thanks.
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    e39 Subframes - Cheap.

    I have a pair of front and rear subframes removed from a 2001 530i Sport Auto. The subframes come with everything included in the photos below, rear subframe is missing one hub, but comes with differential and driveshafts. I'm trying to recover as much as possible from my storage unit so asking - £20 for the front subframe and £40 for the rear. Collection only from postcode L19. Thanks.
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    Twin exhaust tip for an E39 Sport

    I have this one; http://www.304stainlessexhaustparts.com/304tw07.html I did have to shave "a little" off the lower sport trim. Fits perfectly and suits the car to the ground I think. There are other ones available on that site, however I would be careful it doesnt look too small.
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    E39 fuel tank required.

    Need a fuel tank for a 525 touring if anyone has anything suitable. Thanks. Sent from my BBB100-2 using Tapatalk
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    Steering wheel wobble

    My front Pagid setup has started doing this too! Only been on the car a few months.
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    To hybrid or not to hybrid?

    Just looking back through this thread - so much great advice was given! I'm now running my 2260v turbo and aftermarket intercooler. I am currently awaiting pipework to fit my catch can, as I too noticed a lot of oil in the inlet pipework.
  12. As the title suggests, the weekend is here, so I'm looking to buy some hose, from the North-West / Merseyside area. A few friends have suggested that I should have no trouble finding some hose, however I have not been successful as of yet. I have tried a couple of boat yards.etc, but they want to sell a lot at the same time. I'll set the scene - I am aiming to fit an oil catch can to the e39 this weekend, however the seller of the catch can listed the inner-diameter of the outlets as the outer-diameter - therefore the oil hose I have purchased online is too small. Can anyone make any recommendations on where I could purchase some oil/fuel hose (18mm I/D) around the Merseyside area? The obvious choice is Demon Tweeks in Wrexham - I will go there if all else fails, however they require a small mortgage as payment! I would order some online again, however I am aiming to fit the catch can tomorrow. Thanks!
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    LSD conversion for E39 540iT6

    An LSD is the next item on my wish-list - will be keeping an eye on this thread!
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    530D GT2260V - Intercooler Options?

    Well - after the remapping, the results are in. Nothing astounding but a small gain none the less. GT2256V Turbo (+3" turbo-back exhaust) - 231BHP / 409.2 ft lb GT2260V Turbo (+3" turbo-back exhaust & small intercooler) - 247BHP / 440.1 ft lb (600NM) The previous map on the old turbo was done on a very cold day, 8C in the dyno-cell, yesterday it was 25C so this will also have a small effect. Overall, the characteristics have changed too - the turbo still starts power at the same place (2500rpm) however this is carried on for a lot longer, almost all the way to 4500rpm. The car is still capable of more, however due to a few issues the 3bar MAP sensor was not fitted so the turbo is capable of providing more boost - we also decided that the torque figure was more than likely pushing the standard clutch to the limit. I thought I wouldn't notice the difference - however it is very noticeable. That's it in terms of engine tuning for this car, at 210,000 miles its done well so far. One thing I would recommend is an oil catch can, after checking over the pipework after the remap there was a fair amount of oil in the inter-cooler pipework. The breather on this engine has been changed for the later vortex type, however there is still a lot of oil entering via the breather, so will be ordering a catch can pronto.
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    Bmw e39 530d engine and gearbox manual

    If you were closer I would have snapped your arm off!