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    E39 525d and Ford Puma .Wife has 118d convertible

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  1. stevecvo

    Thanks Brexit

    I brought my 2001 E39 525d out with me from the UK when I moved to Portugal in late 2002. For a number of years now I have kept it going by sourcing a mixture of new OEM parts and second hand OE parts in the UK to supplement the times that I could not avoid buying OE parts locally from BMW. I had things delivered to a transport company in Andover and brought over by road to their local depot near me for collection in person. A cheap and reliable service against the expensive and unreliable local couriers used by Royal Mail for deliveries from the UK. I used the same system for delivery of the many other purchases of things I bought on Ebay but as from 1 January everything has to be supported by an invoice or another declaration for used goods if you can get one from the seller. Parcels will no doubt attract local VAT of 23% plus a service charge from the carrier -I am waiting to find out what will happen for a package delivered to Andover on 5 January-so it looks like goodbye to purchases from the UK from now on. Thanks Boris. The other side of the coin is that there will be problems shipping stuff to the UK on a commercial scale in some areas because some EU hauliers are refusing to deliver because of the financial guarantees needed to cover UK VAT and potential customs charges. It may be time to consider purchasing a new eurobox!!
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    Front control arms - OEM or aftermarket

    I would normally swear by Meyle but I recently had to replace one of their front lower control arms after 12000 miles due to wear at the bush. My local factors only had a TRW arm in stock so I used that as a replacement. The original upper and lower control arms lasted 220000 miles.
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    E39 2.5 Diesel cuts out

    These seals are vital for the correct function of the pressure regulator and wear in tese areas is a common cause of low rail pressure. I had some difficulty getting the seals for my unit a couple of years ago and I used Mercedes parts which fitted.
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    Tyre sidewall damage - safe to drive?

    It looks as if you just sliced the sidewall rather than gave it a hard lateral whack - which would resulted in a bulge from the weakened wall. It will probably be OK but you would need to get the tyre off to check properly.As you have insurance why not claim?
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    Ball joint splitters

    Yes that is the one to have but for some reason Franklin stopped making them more's the pity. The top hat is a good idea which I might pinch but leaving the nut at the top of the thread also helps to get a bit more purchase with that type of breaker.
  6. stevecvo

    Airbag recall

    The recall letter I recived from my local dealer in Portugal opened with the statement that according to their records I was the owner of the vehicle and that in my car it was possible that the steering wheel fitted by the factory had been subject to a conversion to a sport wheel or an M Sport wheel equally authorised by the factory. It did not matter that the wheel on the car was the one originally fitted. I don't know what the leeter from BMW in the UK said but i assumed that it would have been similar
  7. stevecvo

    Ball joint splitters

    I think that most of the pivot units have to be set at such a steep angle to span the height of the ball joints on the E39 that they are prone to slipping off. A mechanic I know always uses the type that Duncan has but it all depends whether you can get the forked section properly into place on top of the ball. The unit I used with a bit of grinding was a slightly smaller version of the one found by Dbcrd so I guess that would work.
  8. stevecvo

    Ball joint splitters

    I have just changed a lower control arm on my 525d for the second time in 12000 miles using a cheap separator that I bought from Ebay because the trusty unit I have used for some 40 years did not open wide enough for the E39 ball joints.. I bought one with the widest gap and leaving the nut on the balljoint I broke the taper but with a struggle. I had to grind down the part of the unit which fitted between the joint and the hub unit to be able to hammer it in place. The unit you refer to looks interesting and I have not seen that arrangement with removabable arms. The gap it can extend to is cerainly enough to deal with the BMW joints but I doubt that the arm will fit over the top of the ball without having a bit ground off. The BMW tool is noticably thinner in this area.
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    Coolant can of worms.. Go!

    If the BMW product is a mixture of IAT and OATten adding a litre of either of these is not going to make any worthwhile difference and certainly no need to be panicked into to draining and refilling unless this is otherwise due.
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    530i traction control light

    A faulty ABS module also sometimes throws up a false wheel sensor error.
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    Battery charger assistance for e39

    Provided the chargeris designed for 12 volt batteries it will put a charge in but I have not had anytjing to do with motor bikes for 60 years so I don't know what voltage battery they use.
  12. stevecvo

    battery charger

    .Or if you want a budget charger that does much about the same, look at the model offered at times by Lidl. I have used one successfully for some time to keep my wife's E88 battery charged and then conditioned while it spends a largely peaceful life in the garage. About £19 if I remember correctly.
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    Diagnostic tool

    Value for money for diagnostics and basic data stream the C110 is hard to beat.
  14. stevecvo

    Just been informed my visa card has been attacked.

    Better perhaps to link your card to PayPal and buy that way for items under the limit for which you get the credit card guarantee (£100? if I remember correctly). You don't expose your credit card details this way and still have the PayPal money back protection
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    C110 scanners

    They really are good little scanners. Mine lives in the glove compartment. My Delphi, Ancel FX4000 , MaxiScan and the laptop with DIS, INPA and ISTA live in the garage!