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  1. sharkfan

    E34 540 - left bank not firing

    Sniffer test and compression test when hot and failing?
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    Door wont open

    I had this with a rear door - I manged to get the door card off without damage. A squirt of WD40 got the solenoid that operates the lever working again but don't just leave wd40 on it as it dries to nothing - get some 3-in-one oil on there to actually lubricate it. For a front door, I would take the opposite door card off to accurately find the solenoid, then take some measurements as to where it is and then try and put/drop/squirt some lubricant in on the inside of the window on the stuck side. This is what I did with my E38 - then as soon as you get the door open, whip the door card off and lube up, or change, the solenoid. HTH
  3. I arsed around with my filter housings to get the whole lip (sides as well) of the filter housing under and behind the windscreen cowl part. I managed it with the O/S but only the inner and lower edges with the N/S; the outer edge just would not behind the windscreen cowl bit - I think because it has been misaligned so long the plastic of the windscren bit has bent too far back. Anyhow, while I was in an arsing about mood I cleaned out the filter assembly including the little duct with the flap that slots into a rubber grommet in the inner wing; then I looked into, and stuck my finger into, the inner wing rubber grommets... Both pretty blocked with one decidedly damp. I extracted the grommets to clean them - hoping that, 1. They wouldn't break, and 2. I could re-install them without too much of a saga. They didn't break, they were completely clogged, they do go back in quite easily - they are definitely worth cleaning out.
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    SuperDave RIP

    If you're having a glass of wine/beer/other beverages are available tonight then please raise a glass to SuperDave, Dave Andrews for it was his funeral today. Unfortunately I was unable to attend but I passed in mine and the forums condolences to his widow. RIP SuperDave, cheers to a life well lived.
  5. sharkfan

    What are you currently drinking...?

    A couple of glasses of APOTHIC Red, a lovely blend of zinf, cab sauv, syrah and merlot - very moreish indeed.
  6. sharkfan

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Everyone is cleaning up - I washed mine after a few days around the Cotswolds - that V8 noise is epic
  7. sharkfan

    What have you done on your E34 Today

    Headgaskets done now Dave; E39 M5 S62 headgaskets are a direct swap for the M60B46 engine and a number of other new parts were replaced at same; oil cyclone, crankcase breathe, radiator, valley pan, knock sensors, thermostat, thermostat casing, and a million gaskets...etc, etc. All work done by the excellent Lee Shannon at Bentley, just outside Farnham - who also carried out my E39 engine replacement and refurbishment.
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    e32 750iL Calypso Red

    E31 Classics are 9x18 front and 10.5x18 rear; they will on E31, E32 and an E34 that has E32 rear trailing arms fitted (such as the M5 and B10 BiTurbo). They won't fit on an E24, E28 without extensive work. I have a square set (all 9x18, plus a spare) on my E34 Touring; the dish on the 9x18's is greater than the dish on any of the different width E31/32/34 17" wheels which come in 8, 8.5, 9.5 and 10 inch widths. The dish on the 10.5x18 rears is just over 3 inches.
  9. sharkfan

    My other Motor.

    Lovely looking car, 2.8 or 4.4?
  10. sharkfan

    e32 750iL Calypso Red

    Very briefly; it is photo-shopped, they are Classics not Softlines, and the biggest you want on an E32 are 18's at a push. You can get 18" Classics which will bolt onto the E32 but they were only made for the E31 and the last second hand set I saw for sale were c£4000.
  11. sharkfan

    What are you currently drinking...?

    Bright sunshine, home grown mint, a lime from the grocers so it has to be Mojito time.
  12. sharkfan

    LED flickering Mains

    This works well with the angel eyes as they draw a comparatively small current but I would be more careful about the size of the relay for main beam lights, led or otherwise.
  13. sharkfan

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Above is my safe and PC answer; my 'I have been drinking and mourning the death of my friend from this forum' answer is... ...in retrospect a little rude. goodnight all, apologies to the forum. rip Superdave.
  14. sharkfan

    What are you currently drinking...?

    Not what I've been drinking (a bottle or two of apothick red from California) but more the Viking games competitions my danish neighbour and I are now planning for our road for the Summer; kongshpiller, archery and axe throwing
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Some of us have been engineers for 30 years not mechanics of ten years... And some of us us have been engineers/ mechanics/ enthusiasts/experts/ whatever for even longer so might I suggest your OTT approach is a little, no a lot, patronising to people who have might have looked after their cars for longer than you have lived...
  16. sharkfan

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Were the ceramic pads the standard BMW parts on the 530i and M5 or they 'aftermarket rubbish'?
  17. sharkfan

    New Car added - V8 540i

    This; regardless of mileage all the M62 engines are of a certain age and likely to have problems. Taking the rocker covers off can give you a small visual check but not all the picture; if you're going to keep the car it might be worth thinking about. If the knocking suspension happens over uneven wheel surfaces but it is relatively quiet when the wheels are going over the same bump (ie, speedbump) then it could be the anti-roll bar bushes or drop links - mine was and it's a relatively cheap and easy fix of a few nuts and bolts all round. Good luck with car, the V8 can make an addictive noise and isn't short of outright low revs grunt.
  18. sharkfan

    Built in Phone Not Working

    O2 and Vodaphone are your choices as far as I know; I chose 02 about 5 years ago to flash up the phones in my E38. Phone handsets can have SIM sockets as well as the units in the boot; this is because some cars can have dual handsets, like the E38 in the rear seat armrest, and you can choose how you set the phones up. Put the SIM in the control unit in the boot and the phone, or phones, will work off that SIM number - for dual phones, in tandem. Put the SIM card in an individual handset and just that phone handset will work on that number, for dual handsets the other will not work - the trick with dual handsets is that if you need the driver and rear passenger to have separate numbers you just fit different SIM cards to each handset and they work independantly. HTH
  19. sharkfan

    Bowel Cancer Awareness Month - please read

    I'm bumping this thread as that was what Dave would have wanted, in order to once again raise awareness about Bowel Cancer. https://forum.bmw5.co.uk/topic/137511-superdave-rip/?tab=comments#comment-1475719 Sadly Dave lasted until April 2019 before succumbing to this Cancer. I know he filled that last year of his life with every day devoted to making the most of his time for himself and his young family. He made memories, had fun, undertook adventures, spent every last minute (except for occasional posts on here) making the most of life - as we all perhaps should. Anyway, Dave has passed away but please take a minute to read the first post of this thread and if you are in any doubt for heavens sake get yourself checked out. Dave Andrews, rest in peace my friend.
  20. sharkfan

    What have you done on your E34 Today

    Alpina B10 BiTurbo front spoiler.
  21. sharkfan

    SuperDave RIP

    For those who were unaware, Dave did highlight his particular Cancer last year and posted this to raise all of our awareness and try to catch an early diagnosis in the hope of prolonging some lives. https://forum.bmw5.co.uk/topic/132417-bowel-cancer-awareness-month-please-read/
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    SuperDave RIP

    Dave and I became good friends during 4 years I lived near Chester. He spotted my car at our daughters school and posted on this forum about it and it turned out his younger daughter and my daughter were in the same class together. We spent some excellent times with our families and friends together, and made some excellent memories, as well as having some great fun. He broke the news of his diagnosis a while ago and was quite clear about his chances. I could only urge him to spend whatever time he had in making memories to last for a lifetime for his lovely wife and two beautiful daughters; I believe he had already decided upon that and acted upon that up to his last days. I will miss him, his enthusiasm for this forum and BMW 5's, and the world is a slightly poorer place for having a such a kind, generous, enthusiastic and humorous man taken away at such a young age.
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    Sharkfan's E39 Alpina touring?

    Well my Touring, B10 V8 number 012/1, wasn't on the motorways on Easter Monday afaik, but it does now live again thanks to the transplanted engine from B10 V8 saloon 130/1. I bought the engine from the breaker in Scotland last year and had it overhauled with new chains, guides, sprockets, oil pump and some other bits and pieces to ensure some longevity and after a decent sized bill the car is running beautifully again. You might have seen its near twin, B10 V8 Touring 011/1 which was the previously vandalised car that was saved by greenelekta before he sold it on after buying his gorgeous B10 V8S Touring; whilst 11 and 12 are not exactly the same colour they could easily be mistaken at speed. HTH
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    M sport/ sport

    There were also Alpina and AC Schnitzer and Hartge models but hey
  25. sharkfan

    Modified M1 for auction interesting!

    Just as an aside, a lightweight that car isn't any more; the 'heavily' revised rear engine cover with spoiler/wing, NACA duct and necessary extra cooling fans is a two person job to lift now whereas the original is very much a one-person job. Add the weight of all the presumably similarly constructed bodywork modifications as well as the dozen or more speakers and amplifiers that sponsor Blaupunkt threw at the car and you have a very significant weight gain over the standard road going E26/1.