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  1. RandomName

    Headlight alignment relative to wing

    Just in from a spot of adjusting and got the light units better aligned with the wing. Attacked the lenses with autosol metal polish which has taken some of the haze out of them but I think they will need something a bit stronger.
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    Headlight alignment relative to wing

    Managed to take a couple of pictures that I hope show the alignment that I’m asking about (excuse the dirt). Hopefully you can see that the light unit is slightly below the level of the wing.
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    Headlight alignment relative to wing

    @Clavurion I’ll try to get a picture or two tomorrow. @GoNz0 the bonnet got painted by the trader I bought the car from (to remove stone chips, yet the bumper didn’t get painted) so I’m suspecting (hoping) that the lights just haven’t been fitted again properly.
  4. Hi all Having finally got the 530i to the point I’m happy to drive it I’ve noticed that the dipped beam is decidedly unimpressive. This is probably down to old bulbs and hazed lenses (adaptive xenons, so not exactly cheap to replace). My plan is to remove the units, refurb the lenses and change the bulbs. Before starting I was looking at the light units and noticed that they do not sit level with the top of the wing. Searching on the web and can find images of cars with the units level with the wing and also ones similar to how mine are. I’m a bit obsessive about there sorts of details so which should it be? If they should be level is there a way to adjust the high or is there a likely culprit? Normally I would suspect accident damage but I’m don’t think it’s the case here. Thanks for any guidance you can give.
  5. RandomName

    E60 CCC Android system upgrade

    @keliuss thanks. I’ll probably go for one once the car parts fund has recovered. It’s taken a battering recently.
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    E60 CCC Android system upgrade

    @keliuss did you find the cause of your idrive reverting back to FM on startup? I’ve just noticed my one does this when left overnight. I’ve also noticed that the climate control does not stay at auto the next day either. After reading about the IBS I’m suspecting it or the battery but not sure.
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    Service time....what oil?

    Will have to keep that in mind for when the car parts budget is replenished. It’s taken a battering lately.
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    Service time....what oil?

    Always worth checking both as there was a better discount on ECP the when I was ordering oil which made I cheaper than ordering from carparts4less.
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    Service time....what oil?

    Being one of those that took part in this discussion I went with the Castrol edge 0w 30 but that was because I had already ordered it just before the discussion started. Got 8L for just over £60 when eurocarparts had a sale. It’s too early to say if it’s any better or worse than the unknown oil that it replaced but the engine does seem to be getting smoother at lower revs now it’s had a few miles on it from the change ~100miles. In saying that this could have been a combination of things as there was more than the oil changed. I do think I’d be going 5w-30 or 5w-40 next time, most likely Castrol.
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    What did you do to your E60/61 today?

    Today will hopefully see my e61 530i back on the road following: (this work was carried out over the last week or so) Replacement of vibration damper, aux drive belt, tensioner and deflection pulley. Replacement of the oil filter housing gaskets. Replacement of the oil filter after someone fitted the wrong one and the oil filter cap as they broke the middle off it to fit the wrong filter. Changed oil and coolant. Replaced rear brake pads. Removal of wheel spacers as I didn’t like how the car was handling (very bad tramlining). Changed spark plugs. When I bought the car before Christmas I was slightly underwhelmed by the performance and drive. Just back from a quick spin and the car not pulls and drives how I expected it to. Still need to refresh the gear linkage as there’s a lot of side to side play, but will leave that for another day.
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    Bottom pulley vibration

    Thanks @Clavurion I wasn’t aware of that site, it will my new go to for technical info. I was using this for the torque value: https://workshop-manuals.com/bmw/5_series_e61/530i_n52_tour/4_tightening_torques/11__engine_(n52)/23__vibration_damper/1_azd__vibration_damper/ For all the time it will take I think I’ll re-torque the bolts to the correct value.
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    Bottom pulley vibration

    New crank pulley arrived yesterday and was fitted last night and now the over thinking begins. The torque setting for the bolts holding the pulley on was listed as 22nm which to me seems a bit light. In saying that it seems to match the effort needed to undo them. There was no sign of any loctite on the bolts but I’m starting to think I should have used some. As I said the over thinking has begun... The good news is that replacing the tensioner, deflection and crank pulleys along with the belt seems to have sorted the vibration in the crank pulley Out of all those bits the only one that probably didn’t need replacing was the belt but thought I may as well comple the set.
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    Coolant level help

    Wouldn’t call it a decent gap at the min, there was a bit left in the mixing jug so thought I’d put it in in case there was more air in the system. I think I’ll play it safe and remove some.
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    Coolant level help

    @Deviant I’ve recently drained the coolant to do the oil cooler seals and re filled back to where it was. I’ve run the bleed cycle 3 times now but the battery warning came up with the last one. Was still getting small amounts of air out but nothing major.
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    Coolant level help

    @Deviant thanks that video is a great help. The foam bit of my level indicator is still there and based on that video there’s far too much coolant in the system.
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