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

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7 hours ago, Phill20d said:

 

 

I miss the heated steering wheel and the pre heater which you could set to auto to warm the car on these cold mornings in my Discovery 4

 

So they worked then?  On a Landrover?  :D

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Not today but when I changed over on to my winters I discovered that my car has an anti tilt device when I started jacking it up before I had unlocked it.

 

The alarm made the neighbours stop and stare!

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9 hours ago, SuperDave said:

Is that to help identify rear air suspension failure... ;)

 

I was going to say yes, then I scrolled down another post and read

 

9 hours ago, sshooie said:

Doubt it, it would be classed as nuisance alarms.

 

Lol!

 

I was jacking  up the front which wouldn't be dissimilar to the rear dropping right enough.

 

:D

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Today... I've just collected my new headlamp washer levers, caps and the two feed hoses from the local stealer... was fun ordering last week with their English and my (very bad) German, but the right parts are now in my trunk. Just need a dry day to fit them. Of course I'm now left with the levers and caps for an M front bumper that I mistakenly ordered....

Once that's done and the headlamp washer system is working again, the next project will be the PPS. From my investigation, the front sensor strip was just cut, so with luck it's only that to be replaced.... fingers crossed.

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Decided this morning that although frosty, the car was still having it's weekly wash. The plan was to then fit the winters but i was knackered and it was only 9am!! 

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1 hour ago, sanjx said:

Decided this morning that although frosty, the car was still having it's weekly wash. The plan was to then fit the winters but i was knackered and it was only 9am!! 

I had exactly the same plan. I did a bit of gardening and it was so cold, I bottled out of car washing. I then thought about the frosty week ahead, and the fact that it would get plastered in salt again. That made me feel less guilty! 

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1 hour ago, Caesar said:

I had exactly the same plan. I did a bit of gardening and it was so cold, I bottled out of car washing. I then thought about the frosty week ahead, and the fact that it would get plastered in salt again. That made me feel less guilty! 

Its the week aheads salt that makes me wash it, I can't be dealing with having to almost soak the salt off. Rather a light wash weekly and it takes less time. Also dirty wheel barrels really get on my nerve so by doing it often, I can keep on top of them otherwise it's wheel off to clean the barrel. 

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Firstly because it has been so wet and then so cold I couldn't open the drivers door so had to thaw out the seal with a hair dryer that lives in my tool kit for just that very job.

 

There was quite bad ice on the roads near me this morning, I felt the rears break traction a good few times without intervention of the traction control. Its really noticeable how much more relaxed it is in intervening compared to the E60 which would have cut in much sooner.

 

After lugging a load back from IKEA, mine got a feed of a full tank of fuel.

 

I then decided to wash the fronts, 351s I took off last weekend when I fitted the winters.

 

 

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One of the fronts before a pressure wash.

 

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Bilt Hamber alloy wheel doing its thing.

 

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Bilt Hamber done its thing followed by another pressure wash.

 

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Came up o.k. These were powdered coated before going back on the car in the spring this year. There were still some patches of the Poor boys alloy wheel wax I hadn't fully buffed off.

 

The genuine fake centre roundels have not faired well despite only going on the wheels in the spring.

Am I surprised?

No!

 

While I was letting the Bilt Hamber work I power washed the car and snow foamed it.

 

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Still got the two rears to clean, but I'm going to ditch the cheap nast Nexen tyres currently shod on the rims before they come back out in spring. The fronts are drying in my garage so they can go to the bottom of the tyre pile so I can get the rears replaced in late winter.

 

 

 

 

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8 hours ago, bmwmike said:

Hope you did underneath!!!  

 

You know, that thought did cross my mind and I tried to get under it as much as I could.

 

I should look for an angled head adapter for my Karcher. After my E60 failed an MOT on corroded brake lines I thought I should really make more of an effort to do the underside when cleaning.

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Thanks @jake13, that is some bit of kit. I don't think my driveway is wide enough to operate that certainly when the wife's car is parked next to mine.

 

Its about £50 so not too bad for Karcher. Some of their accessories can be funny money.

 

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I just use the normal adjustable karcher spray head and use my hand to direct the spray behind the arches, not full blast obviously :)

 

There is a lip on all the arches, fronts are actually quite sharp, and given the existing corrosion on the f10 (rear doors) I wouldn't be surprised if the arches become a risk area too as it collects a lot of crud. 

 

I usually try and get the arches spotless before moving on elsewhere.

 

The underneath of the actual body less so as it's fairly well protected.

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5 hours ago, 535i Andrew said:

Thanks @jake13, that is some bit of kit. I don't think my driveway is wide enough to operate that certainly when the wife's car is parked next to mine.

 

Its about £50 so not too bad for Karcher. Some of their accessories can be funny money.

 

 

I bought one of those Karcher chassis washers some years ago. Great piece of kit and works really well.

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