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535i Andrew

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  1. Winter Tyres

    That's a good price. The winters I'm after at 17" rft flavour are £137 each plus fitting which I can get locally for about £12 a corner. All inc VAT.
  2. Brake pad warning

    Nowt wrong with that. When I was replacing a rear spring on my E60, the black clips that hold the rear pad wear sensor to one of the suspension arms resembled dry spaghetti and the merest brush broke the brittle plastic into a gazillion bits, fixed with a black cable tie!
  3. Possible bearing sound?

    don't you mean 4 bolts? But yeah I sourced a FAG front bearing for just under £90 from Dingbro, BMW wanted £238 for the same one. But I agree with @euclid I don't think its a bearing. More like something on your brakes or a stone caught behind the disc and splasher shield.
  4. Nutters! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-41346998
  5. When you go for your wheel refurbs, ask they guy there what he does on the mating surface of the wheel to hub. I have heard stories about powder coated wheels being coated on this surface when BMW don't even paint them and giving rise to vibration. Mine are powder coated on this surface but its vibration free.
  6. The never never? Forking out £XXX a month for three years and then after that not even owning the farts in the seats. I'm not convinced but Its a good way to get the car that you want with the toys in it you want provided you don't want to keep it more than 3 years. Which with some bits of BMWs reliability being what it is, that may be no bad thing!
  7. Tyres incorrect pressure or damaged or cheap nasty tyres that vibrate? Sticky caliper or pads, strip , clean and lubricate pad contact points on the cradle may help. Worn suspension joint. Lower arm bushes can give a shimmy under braking. What make of pads and discs did you go for? Genuine or OEM?
  8. Winter Tyres

    Eh? Where in the world are you then? Feckin tree's are bare where I am mate! Mixing different models of the same manufacturer shouldn't be an issue provided they are the correct size. Ideally all four tyres should be the same make and model albiet possibly of differing sizes. But unless you are battering it around a track I doubt you would notice much difference. You could get away with a wrong wheel drive car just having winters on the front and summers on the rear but for a BM you would ideally want the same level of grip for traction as you do for other important stuff like braking and steering. Get yourself on one of the many tyre selector websites and read the reviews for the size of tyre you need. The premium brand tyres will all score more or less the same so it can come down to personal preference or experience, just don't put cheap cr@p tyres on a decent motor. Depending on your engine size on your E60, a set of 16" rims may fit over your front brakes and can be fitted with a set of winter rubber. 16" E60 rims can be had quite cheap. The smaller the size of rim the cheaper and more choice of winter tyre you will have. I run my F10 on a set of 17" winters and the tyres are way way cheaper than the 19" tyres on my summer set up!
  9. How Toxic is your car

    Agree, mpg and emissions are the last things I look at in buying a car!
  10. 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!
  11. 550i vs M6

    A point made years ago by Mr Clarkson when reviewing the M6 on the Isle of Man. But hey I wouldn't turn down any opportunity to own any M car.....M6 or M5!
  12. Brake pad warning

    There isn't much room on the inside on my F10 between the wheel and the upper wishbone, so a brake wear indicator cable wouldn't stand a chance if it breaks (sorry no pun intended) loose. A wheel that is wider or has incorrect offset would make it much worse.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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!”
  16. 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.....
  17. 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!
  18. 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.
  19. 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.....
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.