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535i Andrew

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  1. Play about with the Daytime Running Lights (DRL) setting in the iDrive, before going down the coding route. Mine had its DRLs on when I bought it but its different parts of the light that are on with DRL set to on compared to having side lights on.
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    When did you last change an exhaust?

    2004 on my Senator. Never on a BMW! Well I had to replace the nuts on the joint between the front pipes and the middle sections on my E60. The nuts ( part #7) rotted away and the joint parted and what a racket. I was on holiday at the time so limped it 110 miles home below 1500 rpm in an effort to keep the noise down. Local Indy cleaned up the studs ( part #6 ) and replaced the nuts (parted with £60 and all was well. Although I think my wife's 15 plate Kuga's back box has a small hole in it as There is soot present on the underside of the box.
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    How to pick a good boiler

    The biggest point to grasp is if you want a conventional boiler, combi boiler or system boiler. conventional boiler has a hot water tank to supply taps/showers and a tank in the loft to supply water to keep the system topped up. Combi boilers heat mains pressure water and supply the radiators and direct to hot taps/showers etc. You don't need a hot water tank or a tank in the loft. System boilers heat mains pressure water to supply your radiators but still need a hot water tank to supply hot taps/showers etc. We replaced our conventional Baxi (15 years old and the service plan was costing a small fortune a year) with a conventional Worcester, which comes with a 10 year guarantee. I have cancelled the extortion racket of a service plan with Scottish Gas and will pay the boy who fitted it once a year to service it at a fraction of the price. The other parts of the system are now totally accessible and if they fail I can replace them myself. A 2 bed semi is ideal for a combi boiler. Esp if it's just the two of you.
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    Using air conditioning

    Mines on all the time as it's an F10 it may stop working again due to the condenser failure that blights the F10/11. Mine is currently at 29.8 mpg but I don't care about mpg.
  5. With lights on auto On my pre LCi, I think it puts dipped headlights on more or less all the time. I use this setting as I have adaptive Xenons. I drive with my side lights on all the time in an effort to make me more visible as I swear driving a silver BMW makes you invisible when an oncoming car thinks it's ok to be on your side of the road when overtaking a cyclist!
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    F10 Car Cover

    Trees don't like Diesel much.....or Dutch elm disease or being run into with a 13ton excavator.
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    I had wondered about the knurlings damaging the inside of the bolt holes. But will there be much paint or powder coating on that surface to get damaged? Think how difficult it would be to get a coating on that part of the alloy. I like the idea of tape or heat shrink though. The knurlings being required to allow you to turn them with oily fingers but the ones I bought have a slot for a screwdriver.
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    Towbar issues

    It's one of the easiest towbars I've installed. After you remove everything it's only four nuts holding the thing on! Take the bumper support off and swap it for the towbar. Such a change from Mk II Mondeos where you have to insert tubes in the rear chassis longitudinals and then fit plates to the longitudinal chassis before the bar goes on...... Electrics are more complex as for me anyway, it was the first time I've had to connect to the canbus. I removed the module in question in the drivers footwell to which the canbus wiring connects to make it easier and this is where I started sweating as one false move and I was responsible for frying expensive electronics on my dads pride and joy. But having learned what to do I would not hesitate on doing it again.
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    Towbar issues

    Are you going down the route of converting your 5er to a tug?
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    E60 gearbox slipping

    Plugs in my E60 were changed about 60,000 miles, as per BMW service requirements. Plugs in my F10 were changed about 38,000 miles, as per BMW service requirements. That shows the advancement in technology for you. And for Diesel drivers here is what a spark plug is.
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    They do E60 ones M12 x 1.5mm. They were very quickly dispatched too. Bought Friday received Monday, can't beat that. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Car-Alloy-Wheel-Bolt-Stud-Alignment-Align-Tool-M12-x-1-5/231410252033?hash=item35e1203901:g:gWMAAOSw7BNZ3eQy From memory 1.5mm pitch is a standard enough thread for M12. fine = 1.25, normal = 1.5, coarse = 1.75
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    First world F10-series problems

    The fact that it bongs at you to tell you that you have just turned on the ignition. I know the ignition is on, I just turned it on. Must be for the American market.....
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    @Matthew Ashton ? Atleast I think it was him.....
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    Got these delivered today. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Car-Alloy-Wheel-Bolt-Stud-Alignment-Align-Tool-M14-x-1-25/331579607229?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649 Should help nicely when I come to change the front discs soon.
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    F10 Car Cover

    Perhaps but it will be a faff to take it on and off on the wet when you are in a rush. Can you park somewhere else? Or Tell them you will chop it down at your own cost or you will send them the bill for it damaging your property. They will $h!t themselves and let you do it. Say it damaging your house foundation/roof/wall etc etc.....
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    F10 Car Cover

    No don't do it as inevitably water gets under the cover and on to your car. It will then never dry out and create a micro climate under the cover that will damage the car. Buy one of these and chop the tree down. Solves the first problem and then after a year it can heat your house for free!
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    Towbar issues

    Will this do you Dave? Bar fitted without plastic panels and without the wiring. I might have more on my laptop. I wasn't as thorough taking pictures on this instal as I was rushing as I had limited time to fit this towbar on the account that my wife was very pregnant at the time and my attention was being diverted elsewhere. I should have known that was a sign of things to come....
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    E60 gearbox slipping

    Mine too started to fail after one service, just at about a third of your miles!
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    E60 gearbox slipping

    It's not unheard of 6HP boxes that have been serviced more than once to still fail at lowish miles. It's also not unheard of 6HP boxes that have not been serviced to see more than 120,000 miles. ZF and transmission specialists will tell you to get the box serviced at 60,000 miles but they make their money doing just that. But a transmission specialist will tell you that many many things in an engine can produce the symptoms you describe. It's not unheard of for a camshaft sensor to throw a 6HP box into limp mode and leaving the owner thinking that they are going to be hit for a recon box at £3k. Get it to a ZF transmission specialist who can properly diagnose the fault if it's in the engine or 'box. Other than doing that it's just guess work as to what's wrong with the box.
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    Towbar issues

    Lol no I knew the instructions were for left hookers. I know I'm daft but not that daft. We used the preformed hole in the rear panel as per instructions on the nearside thru the dedicated point and mounted the Westfalia module in the boot, above the exhaust silencer so to speak. Even with running the wires diagonally across the boot floor to then get to the offside trim panels ( in the rear offside passenger footwell) to run to the drivers footwell, they still weren't long enough, so I joined them under the rear bench seat. There was no other provision in the loom (length) for passing it thru the rear panel other than where we did to allow it to reach the socket. Dedicated grommet above outer most tail pipe below. Although I'm sure you managed to route you wire from the socket thru the rear panel on the offside in your touring. On my dad's F10 there is no provision on the offside for the socket wiring as the rear parking sensor wiring goes thru the point on the offside. I wonder where my towbar wiring goes, it all goes on the offside? Perhaps we had a 'Friday afternoon' loom. Oh and we never did connect the centre brake light feed in the drivers footwell as it worked without it and the wire was again too short. This is where Westfalia confirmed the brake light canbus connection is an additional safety connection and it would work without it to the front footwell and an alternative is to if connect it to the centre brake light in the boot.
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    Towbar issues

    When I challenged Westfalia about the length of wires from the module being too short to reach the front footwell. I was told by the technical dept that you can connect the brake line connection from the Westfalia module to the high level centre brake light if the wire was too short to reach the front footwell. But that was the only rear 'signal' connection you make in the boot.
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    Towbar issues

    If you had a smart relay (voltage sensing) fitted for the ignition switched source for your "fridge" supply, pin 10 on the 13 pin socket, then it is quite possible this is your drain if it's not been installed correctly. http://www.rydertowing.co.uk/products/caravan-relays/caravan-relays/tf1170-3 These relays a supplied from a permanent live source even though they are used for ignition on supply. They work by detecting when the alternator is charging and then switch on to power up pin 10. The smart relay have a small adjustment screw so that when they are installed you can check that there is no output until the engine is on and the alternator is working. If it does provide an output when the engine is off you turn the screw until it switches off. The link above is what I used to supply pin 10 on my dad's F10 Westfalia kit. I have bought one myself to retrofit to my 3AC towbar as I don't have pin 10 wired up. But sadly I have to agree with what @sshooie said. I don't think it has been fitted correctly.
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    Towbar issues

    E series Westfalia didn't need coding either. It used the same kit as the F10.
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    Other than the seat not being in the right spot it was indeed unscathed!
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    Towbar issues

    Feed for the Westfalia module came directly from the battery mounted fuse box as per Westfalia instructions.
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