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535i Andrew

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  1. Whirring idle sound from alternator

    What kinda warranty do you have if original components are not covered? Or am I missing something. Thats good advice! Get it checked to be sure that you aren't replacing something that isn't at fault.
  2. Career advice, get an e-mail address

    Rule #1 when interviewing someone, google them! Although today that will just throw up Facebook and other social media stuff but it can give you a sneaky view of what they are like. Rule #1 when applying for a job, don't have a stupid e-mail address.
  3. Career advice, get an e-mail address

    A jobless man applied for the position of "office boy" at a large company. The employer interviewed him, then a test: Clean the floor. “You are hired.” The employer said. ”Give me your email address, and I’ll send you the application to fill in.” The man replied, “I don’t have a computer, or an email.” “I’m sorry,” said the employer, “if you don’t have an email , you can't have the job.” The man left with no hope. He only had £10 in his pocket. He then decided to go to the supermarket, bought a 10 kg tomato crate, then sold them door to door. In two hours, he doubled his capital. He repeated this 3 times and returned home with £60. The man realised that he could survive this way. He started to go everyday earlier and returned late. Five years later, the company was one of the biggest food retailers. He started to plan his family’s future and decided to have a life insurance. He called a broker and chose a protection plan. The conversation concluded, the broker asked him his email. The man replied: “I don’t have an email.” The broker replied curiously, “You don’t have an email, and yet have succeeded to build an empire. Imagine what position you could have if you had an email?!” The man paused and replied: “An office boy!”
  4. How Toxic is your car

    Makes some very interesting reading and proves the point that the emissions test that manufacturers have to meet, are as we already know, load of old tosh. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-sh/how_toxic_is_your_car_exhaust Gives a very good reason (like you needed one) to not buy a Nissan Quashqai!
  5. Wheeler Dealers Series 14

    I love the teccie bits that Edd did. Removing a rear wheel bearing from an Audi Quattro, or as chatting on here earlier, showing how to remove an E39 M5s alternator and replace the bearings in it instead of buying a new one. Or finding some guy in his garage at home who can fix the dodgy throttle position sensor on your Maserati for a couple of hundred quid. Proper spannering. When I get 5 mins peace at home I stick on one of my WD Dvds and relax. But I do start it at the point where the car enters the workshop.....
  6. How Toxic is your car

    Which for EVs is high! A BMW 5 Series, a socket set and laptop with appropriate cable and software is all we need to keep the proper cars on the road!
  7. 340i SW17???

    Very nice car bud, spotted on the M8 leaving for the M77 today at 16:25. It had the upgraded blue caliper brakes. Xdrive too. My first spot of a decent 3 Series.
  8. Whirring idle sound from alternator

    But a new alternator will cost far more than the time taken for a tech to strip it and replace bearings, but sourcing the bearings will take time too.....
  9. Whirring idle sound from alternator

    Sadly you are right on both counts. D'oh not an E60 M5. I did think the car looked different in my head. Sorry my bad.
  10. No fault codes. Hmm. That's a pain When mine did it it thru a fault code suggesting it was running lean i.e. an air leak which turned out to be the breather, but it took some head scratching to figure out why it was running lean. I also had the engine warning light on in the dash.
  11. Whirring idle sound from alternator

    ^What he said, could be a bearing in the alternator. Edd China stripped the one in an E60 M5 and replaced the bearings individually. Proper job none of this flinging the whole component out and forking out plenty for a new one.
  12. Tyre pressure warning

    A quick search of the PCL part number yields two on eBay for less than £30. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/PCL-Digital-Self-Calibrating-Tyre-Pressure-Gauge-DTPG8-/131853238812?epid=678980411&hash=item1eb310c21c:g:0IsAAOSwU8hY8hJA Draper rrp are always very high but generally can be bought for much less on line. PCL specialise in air line Components rather than Draper who source a wide range of tools from a wide range of suppliers. I'm a big fan of Draper tools, the finish on them is far better than the Sealey tools I have, but for something like this, go to the people who know.
  13. Auto Transmission fluid recommendations

    For peace of mind ask whoever does your service to remove the mechatronic unit and replace the bridge seals and the plug sleeve. The later is another £40 not sure how much the former will be. Mackies serviced mine twice in 91,000 miles.......which didn't stop the Eclutch from letting go 500 miles later. But I'll never know why it let go.
  14. Traction control behavior

    Agree and I can't wait to get rid of these excuses for tyres. They were on the car when I bought it AUC, but the fronts needed doing first. Once the summers are stored for the winter, the Nexens won't be coming back out. They are badly cracked at 3 years old which is really poor as they are split on the car with winters. And no it's not because I run them at high pressures.
  15. Traction control behavior

    In a rare moment of frustration this morning I hit the throttle hard, hard enough for me to feel the rear axle bump and tramp about (which must have been the wheels slipping) a couple of times but this was before the traction control light lit on my dash. Its like it took a while for the system to recognise the slip before it corrected it with its usual cutting of the engines power. Road surface was wet, but not standing water. It was not raining at the time. Car has rear tyres with 4-5mm of tread. I was driving in a straight line up a slight incline. Anyone else notice that it can take a length of time before the TC intervenes? All my BMWs have tramped about at the back end when the wheels break traction so I knew straight away what was happening but in the E39 and E60 the system would intervene much quicker and prevent the excessive tramping of the axle. Or has BMW dialed down the intrusiveness of the system in the newer models? I think this is the first time I've experienced the tramping of the back end in the F10. Fairly regular occurrence in the E60 when ahem, pressing on, cough...
  16. Tyre pressure warning

    Likewise, it worked fine for me on the E60 and it's been fine on the F10. Cheapo system can be advantageous if you run a set of winters, without the need for four extra pressure sensors. If I buy a set of winters for the wife's Kuga, I need four sensors at £30 each, plus coding them to the car, but I'm not then sure if that wipes out the sensors from the summers. I believe the BMW ones don't need coded to the car.
  17. Brake pad warning

    6 or 7mm of pad left sounds plenty. I'm surprised you have a warning with that amount left. Perhaps the sensor wire has chaffed on something? There is only one sensor per axle. Front left I think.
  18. MOT.gov website

    Now tells you the location of the cars MOT. Happily my first E39 is still going strong in the Kingdom of Fife. https://www.check-mot.service.gov.uk Thats new, just noticed it today trying to understand why my dads F10 failed it's MOT.....
  19. 340i SW17???

    The word "very" needs to go on that number plate. Not for me in that shade, clashes horribly with the blue brake calipers. Any pics of the proper car the 540i xDrive parked next to it? The one I saw is an Aberdeen registration too.
  20. What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    Do you have train drivers needing to sight signs and signals in your house then?
  21. What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    Its angled to be easily sighted by train drivers. There is a science to it which Signalling Engineers love to explain at great length......
  22. Auto Transmission fluid recommendations

    I've used Mackie's twice on my E60. They flush the oil out the system before refilling with ZF oil. The service manager John Connaghun is very knowledgeable and helpful. They are in Causewayside Street in Tollcross. Just off the M74 so easy to get to.
  23. Little addition to the family - E36 316i Compact

    Worth £300 all year, very tidy. Great find. Quite sad that a once new car worth many thousands can only change hands for a few hundred pounds.
  24. Tyre pressure warning

    +1 on PCL pressure gauges. I have one but it's a much simpler pencil gauge. Ashamed to admit but I checked mine for the first time in about two months, no loss of pressure thank goodness. Ideally I check mine about twice a month. You want to look after your tyres and keep an eye on them as they are the only thing that keeps you on the black stuff, between the hedges and out of the ditches. Never trust a forecourts gauge. They get knocked about and will loose their calibration. Plus if it's hooked up to a workshop air line you never know if the oil and water interceptor in the air line upstream of tyre inflator has been cleaned out so you are only getting air in your tyre and not air, oil and water. TPMS is the more expensive tyre pressure monitoring system, this works by sensors inside the tyre attached to the valve and in some systems can give a near constant pressure reading of each tyre and can tell you how flat and what tyre has the problem. My wife's Kuga has this and whilst parked up, we learned of a puncture when the system fired off a warning. TPWS is the cheaper tyre pressure warning system, this works by simply comparing each wheel rotational speed using the abs wheel sensors. A flat tyre revolves faster as its rolling radii is less so is detected that way. When the system detects an issue it won't tell you which wheel has a fault and you need to check each one in turn. It will only detect a loss of pressure when you are moving. You then don't have sensors inside the tyre fixed to the rim that can't get damaged by a careless tyre fitter.
  25. Winter tyres worth it?

    A mate did that, he lives in Clydebank which has some steep hills and gets bad snow plus the fact his wife had a 520d which she couldn't drive in the snow, he bought a Jimny for £600 just to get him thru the next winter. Not that it snowed that year, or any year since to be honest.......