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HandyAndy_UK last won the day on September 6 2016

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    2014 Ex Kent RPU 530d 3.0 Auto F11 Touring

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  1. HandyAndy_UK

    Resetting brake service when not required.

    All I can say has to be yes. I recently changed front discs and pads due to a warped disc, with plenty remaining on the status display. Job done, I reset the service status on the dash and the display reverted to the 'full life remaining' km'age. The only caveat I should make is that as an ex-police vehicle, the settings may be slightly different to a standard vehicle.
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    Resetting brake service when not required.

    Would this not be dealt with by resetting the 'dash indicator'? I'm calling it that as I mean the one on the dash (press/hold miles reset, turn on ignition, scroll through services, etc) rather than anything on the iDrive. This is the one I mean...
  3. HandyAndy_UK

    Coolant leak?

    I had something similar on a 3.0 Omega a couple of cars ago... turned out to be a pinhole in the top hose right where the metal of the hose mounting ended. No signs when cold but once hot the pressure caused the fluid to jet onto the hot exhaust manifold and it would instantly steam off, meaning no telltale to narrow down where to look. I ended up with a hose constantly filling the expansion tank while the engine was running and the lower pressure allowed me to see the water jet and steam. Short of using some form of colouring to try and highlight a leak, if similar it's a barsteward to find such leaks
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    Back from 'test run' (that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it) having done the front brakes this morning.... braking smooth and positive from all speed up to 260kmh (by gps) I love doing the work myself and that feeling at the end when you test your work and it's perfecto! Did some shopping while I was out... washed the bird-bombs off (queued for 15 mins for the waschpark... half of Germany are washing their cars today!) and home in time for a cuppa and feet up in the 24c sunshine.
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    Front discs and pads replaced... nice to see you don't need to remove the caliper carrier on these to replace the disc. Fitted missing space filler and vent ducting under the front passenger seat and footwell. Surprising the difference it makes. All done in 2 hours - only 20 bucks diy at my newly found local hobbywerkestatt (you can't work on your own car freely as in UK... has to be in a suitable workshop here in DE) Parts on order for next tasks - front brake air duct, front door seals and a kugelbolt (that's the ball headed bolt under the trunk floor that mounts the spring bar... just sounds so much nicer in German)
  6. HandyAndy_UK

    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    I would hope you'd have kept below 70mph. Not too clever to state (even by implication) that you broke the speed limit ( or any other law).
  7. HandyAndy_UK

    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    I was thinking more.... Farty-nine poond? Are ye pullin ma pud, son?!!
  8. HandyAndy_UK

    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    Well it's a gloriously sunny weekend over here so time for a recce for the next batch of refits in my ex Kent RPU F11. Concentrating in the front passenger footwell there's always been something missing under the carpet. Getting the seat out reveals the void left after a couple of police specific units were removed. Identified parts so far are the rear vent and a foam filler block. That's around 60 euros over here, so not the end of the world. While the seat was out of the way I took the opportunity to replace the cabin filters. Easy 5 minute job - removed footwell trim panel below the glovebox, 4 screws out, cover off, two filters out (noting airflow direction markers), two new Mahle filters in, close and secure cover, replace trim panel. Job done. Just for those unsure, I took a couple of pics showing the filters location and the 4 cover screws.
  9. HandyAndy_UK

    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    Yesterday actually..... noticed on my way home that as well as my pathetic (I assumed clogged) washer jets, there was a lot of fluid discharging near the bottom right corner of the screen. Investigation found the push-in connector joining the lower and upper sections of washer fluid pipe had come lose. Reconnect and washer jets lethal once more ! Earlier in the day I got a chance to look more closely at the headlamp washers I replaced late last year (they were missing from front end damage as a Kent RPU veh). After firing ok, the jets retracted but hung up on the upper edge of the hole in the bumper. Trimming back the protruding plastic allowed free movement of the jet on both sides. I'm guessing the two bumps of plastic are really only needed when no jets are fitted and only blank caps mounted, as with the full system fitted, the cap is supported on the lever arm and stopped against the large stop faces left and right of each hole. Anyway... all-in-all a positive day auf Deutschland.
  10. HandyAndy_UK

    Start / Stop

    I found in the current version of Carly there are codings to disable S/S by default. You can also code to 'remember last setting' so if you had the S/S cancelled when you shut down, next time you open up using that same fob the S/S should still be set to off. Mine being ex-plod I found had been set at off by default, which I'm happy with as over here the last things I'd want is the engine shutting down in a stau just when I get a chance to move! .... then I can go off and pull 240kmh for a while .... legally !
  11. HandyAndy_UK

    Changing xenon bulbs on LCI (non adaptive)

    Not actually done it myself but had the flap open in the wheel well and looking at youtube videos on the subject I'd be happy enough to do it that way.
  12. HandyAndy_UK

    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    Being an ex-plod car my F11 is lacking in toys to start with... part of why I went for it. No leather - hot in summer, cold in winter... never liked it. No nav - rarely used it in the E61. Flat beam xenons - a must as I drive a lot over here and don't want to be messing about changing beam benders etc each time I cross La Manche. Flappy paddles - use them quite a lot as these Germans seem to think driving is a competition... useful to be able to make quick gear selections. Auto dimming RVM - I'm working on retrofitting that. Mostly waiting for better weather. Power tailgate - surprised it was OEM on a Police vehicle, but once you get used to it, it's quite useful. Had to hunt out the angle setting though. Self driving? Hell no! I like being able to enjoy driving the car right throughout it's performance range over here!
  13. HandyAndy_UK

    Need advice on tyres

    I have Michelin CrossClimate+ on the F11 now and absolutely loving them. Will mean no swapping from winter to summer needed either. However, for normal UK I put Kumho on my previous E61 and was very happy with grip, ride, noise and wear rate. For most people I'd imagine budget will be the main limiting factor though, so I'd suggest a good guide would be MyTyres as far as prices, etc goes, then TyreTest for a better idea of tyre performance using other people's input.
  14. HandyAndy_UK

    F10 lci front end parts

    If required I have a spare pair of LCi M headlamp washer levers and caps I mistakenly got for my non-M F11.
  15. HandyAndy_UK

    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    Certainly sounds a plausible theory.