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  1. 535i Andrew

    Mixing Oil viscosities?

    As you can tell @Johnboy65, oil is like tyres on here, really subjective and you will get so many different opinions and reasons. Big discussions on the E60 forum recently...... But the discussions are always good fun.
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    Mixing Oil viscosities?

    Buy more 5W-30 LL04, enough to do the change. Don't buy too much of this stuff other wise you will be in the same boat next time around. I would be inclined not to mix it as you have the opportunity to put all of the same stuff in at the right time. Use the left over 0W-30 as top up. I'm sure I've read in a BMW handbook that incase of a need to top up you can mix the viscosities. It will do no harm, both oils are LL04, some oil is better than no oil or low oil! If you have the N47 variant you want to be anal about the frequency of oil changes. Max 10k miles or 12 months whichever comes first to keep the chains sounding sweet. To be honest you should do that no matter what the engine is as it helps keep the turbo bearings in good nick too. If you buy oil in 4l bottles you will always have some left as these engines (4 and 6 pots) use about 6 to 6.5 L at a time I'm guessing this is what you did with the 0W-30? It's a bit of a pain. My E60 used 8L at a time which meant none left for top ups and I had to buy a single litre (at higher cost) just for top ups.
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    Test drove these two cars today

    It's a shocker with a valve (turned by the motor or actuator on each shock) that constantly adjusts the flow of oil between the two sides of the piston in the shocker cylinder. Valve open at max gives very soft ride (lots of damping) for wafting along on the straight and when it's virtually closed gives harder/stiffer ride (less damping) and helps the car remain flat when cornering. Its all fed from the wheel sensors, steering angle sensors, yaw sensors etc. Except it analyses what the car is doing really quickly and sorts it all out for you. I imagine coupled with the air springs in a touring it would make for a smooth ride. It looks really good when speccing it from new. I wonder how much that option tick box adds to the cost? But when its well out of warranty and the main dealer servicing and it needs new shocks when it's got big miles under its wheels, it will be pricey to replace I would imagine. I've never needed to replace a shock on a BMW yet, but I've never owned one much beyond 90,000 miles.
  4. 535i Andrew

    Help required

    @Steveo1, yours doesn't quite appear to be sitting as neatly as AndyMs. The left hand edge of your trim has a gap against the bumper and the right hand edge almost looks like it should tuck in behind or against the trim the light isn't mounted in. Might just need a shove to get it sitting right?
  5. Not a bad shout I suppose, as long as it was a rubber mallet. Or just drive it over rough ground to shake the bubbles to the highest point? To me the biggest risk of getting air in the system is when you work on the system i.e. when retract the piston in the caliper with the bleed screw open, which is preferable to forcing fluid back up the wrong way into the master cylinder which might also have grit in it. That's why I bleed out fluid after a brake pad change. I didn't do this after changing the front brakes on my wifes Focus, got spongy brakes as I had managed to get air in the caliper when retracting the piston. Bled them and pedal was as it should be.
  6. Thanks Matthew. As long as you remember to blow it backup again! You would only get the phone call "Daaaaaaaad the spares flat too"
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    Rolex watches. Mine is worth at least twice what I paid for it back in 2003.
  8. That's the one I'm looking at, what pressure do you have the spare wheel at? I haven't seen one yet that works off my compressor, got any recommendations? That would be my preference over using a spare wheel as it saves pumping the spare back up, plus the air would be filtered. Yes brake fluid is nasty stuff, it's been secured out the way in my garage before taking to the tip this weekend. I've washed down my garage floor after spilling some in the past.
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    Anybody carry a spare wheel?

    Yup, tyre only which is why I was careful not to say wheel. If you have the E61 space saver already, you can re-use the rim and only need the tyre.
  10. 535i Andrew

    525d 3.0 engine noise

    Yeah I'd agree to that. That's where the timing chains are, which ties in with a dragging noise if they are worn. Heard similar on the N47 lumps which have been making a timing chain death rattle which also has a similar dragging noise and the chain slops over the guides. Its really, really rare to hear of the N57 suffering the same thing though. But as you have said its thrown a code to the EGR, the 'dragging' noise could be an air or vacuum leak and what we are hearing is a whoosh of air going in or out of something. Get a prod around all the hoses looking for splits or joints come adrift.
  11. I've used a large medical syringe before to suck out the fluid, i didn't do that this time as the last thing you want to do is put something that may be a bit dirty into the brake fluid reservoir. To be honest putting 500ml thru each caliper will be fine. Start with the nearside rear (furthest from reservoir) then offside rear, nearside front and then offside front. Work towards the reservoir basically. I've always bought 2 litres of brake fluid so that's 500ml per wheel when doing a full change, partly because my E60 and the F10 have massive calipers which hold a lot of fluid. The smaller engined stuff has smaller calipers so needs less fluid. I did not notice a change in fluid colour between the stuff I poured in compared to the stuff I pumped out which ties in with it only being in there for a year on my F10. After two years I noticed a slight change when doing the E60. Old fluid is darker than the new so once you see lighter coloured fluid come out, you know you have cleared that brake line all the way from the reservoir to that wheel. The first brake fluid change I did on my E60 the fluid must have been in there for four years despite the service book advising differently (selling dealer "changed the fluid" as part of the sale deal I did) as the nipples where really tight and the fluid that came out was almost weak tea in colour as opposed to more like a urine colour (sorry its about the only thing I can think of that matches), the $tealer hadn't done it as two years later the difference between the fluid colour was much less obvious.
  12. I was looking at pressure bleeders today. Some good videos on YouTube. Some use a hand pump to create pressure, others use a tyre as a pressure source. I would do a wheel in turn and check the pedal has resistance after each wheel. But that's how I work checking things as I go along. Pressure would be better than a vacuum extraction as with vacuum you may suck air in via the threads of the bleed nipple thus making it less effective. As you are sucking fluid and potentially air too. Pressure bleed would force out fluid thru the threads as well as the nipple so it would be better. As I have a source of compressed air I would want one that used that albeit regulated down to max 1.5 bar or ~20psi which is much lower than a tyre air pressure.
  13. 535i Andrew

    Anybody carry a spare wheel?

    A quick look online and you can get the correct Continental F10/1 space saver tyre for £70. Bit of shopping around and you might get it cheaper. Takes the worry away about different wheel sizes......
  14. 535i Andrew

    Restraint system warning Help please

    I had one of those. My first E60 fired off an airbag/restraint system warning after it failed to start one morning. It failed to start due to the ABS unit draining the battery. I called out BMW Emergency assist who advised that the low battery would have caused the issue. Lower battery power may prevent these safety features working so it faults to tell you to fix it. The V8 needs a big 110amp hour battery to crank it over, is this size of battery still in the car? And of course coded to it? Or it's been in a shunt and not repaired properly. My F10 operated its headrest restraints to protect me when I was driven into in the rear. My dash had similar warnings re restraint system fault. A deep diagnosis is required by someone who knows what they are doing. Get the codes read. Or would a failing IBS trigger something like this?
  15. 535i Andrew

    Service time....what oil?

    The Senator owners forum used to say to use a thicker oil to stop it leaking out from all the joints, cos it was a Vauxhall. They also used to say to run it on 5W-40 fully synthetic to make the valve train run better, but it had a higher chance of leaking out as it was thinner. Double edged sword that one. I dunno the Ford Cortina was the last decent car Ford made. Available with a 6 cylinder engine, gearbox in the middle and rear wheel drive at the back. The definition of a proper car! It shares the same basics as a 530 BMW.