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    2017 G32 640i GT xDrive, 2014 F45 218i

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  1. Matthew Ashton

    2012 F07 cycle lighting board

    The electrics on the board probably have the 7 Pin plug and the socket on the towbar is of the 13pin kind so you will need a 7pin to 13pin adapter to make the connection. Just search eBay and make sure it is 7pin female to 13 pin male.
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    Alloy Corrosion - Warranty?

    I'm not arguing for or against DiamondCut alloys but we have them on our F45 and they are are £75 for a refurb at Diamond Styling in Kent which isn't particularly expensive I don't think.
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    Parking brake stuck on !

    The 5GT F07 has a different set up from the F10/F11. It has a rear mounted central actuator with cables attaching to the rear brakes. These parts are prone to failing and depending on the age of your car you will either have a plastic tool in the rear toolkit that you use to loosen a stuck handbrake or on later models, BMW's advice is to cut the cable from the actuator to the brakes. The actuator needs to be looked at and see if you can remove it and regrease the cables or in a worse case the actuator will need refurbishing or replacing.
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    I use this stuff and it gets rid of all coatings, except the paint. https://www.carparts4less.co.uk/p/u-pol-slow-solvent-degreaser-panel-wipe-5ltr-UPL.S2002_5?gclid=Cj0KCQjwzZj2BRDVARIsABs3l9I53-QUsV3HI18z8DlrWqi2Zjwsehv2qaBEtTPLGJuNXmT55O9dYw0aAt0PEALw_wcB
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    New Deliveries

    LCI has not been launched yet so there is no brochure available. Those headlights are the ICON adaptive headlight option.
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    Whats The Best Nylon Impact Wheel Sockets

    As you've found out it is nothing more than a marketing thing. 18v being the average battery voltage and 20v being the maximum battery voltage. I have a number of 10.8v Bosch Pro tools and they too have now moved to 12v so I spoke to the Bosch rep at the FFX tool show in Kent in February who explained that the battery technology is identical, just a labelling change.
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    Whats The Best Nylon Impact Wheel Sockets

    Sealey 17mm Impact Socket here - buy from eBay being the cheapest I can find (I'm pretty sure the Draper and Sealey sockets are basically the same thing. Been using it for years now on the end of a breaker bar and since late last year on the impact wrench. The 3 piece set 17, 19 and 21mm are only any good if you are are going to use them otherwise just a waste. I bought the 21mm socket by mistake and after 4 months convinced FFX to take it back unused which they did with a full refund as I am unlikely to ever use it. +1 on the Dewalt DCF894 impact wrench. I bought it as a bare unit (no battery - have another Dewalt power tool) it has 447Nm of torque available along with 800Nm of inital breakaway torque. I've only used mine on the Wheel bolts - on the lowest torque setting - and also on a stubborn basin tap cartridge!
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    F11 Front Discs

    TRW Brembo ATE Zimmerman All have the 2 part design, possibly others but I'd stick with discs from one of these manufacturers. I always prefer the genuine BMW pad wear sensor over the aftermarket ones, that way you know it is going to work and reset properly.
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    Oil, Oil Filter and Pollen Filter. 6.5L oil See here for the BMW approved oils and specifications: https://www.newtis.info/tisv2/a/en/f32-430d-cou/repair-manuals/11-engine/11-42-oil-filters-lines/1VnZ1vFi9W
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    Key Fob Question

    You can go in to Profiles in the iDrive and select the profile from the flat battery key fob while using the spare key fob, hey presto, all settings as you like them.
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    Battery top-up

    That may be the case but the point above was about “Transport Mode” which is very specific - from factory setting that is addresses during the PDI before the car is handed over.
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    Battery top-up

    Transport mode restricts things like the AC, and other non-essential functions from... functioning during the delivery to dealer process. I'd assume the "Activate rest state" puts the car to sleep as you do every time you press the "Stop" button and climb out the car.
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    Battery top-up

    And that is what this thread has been all about - keep the car's battery in charged condition. All this chart says is for the dealer to charge the battery in a standing car every 6 weeks and needs to be viewed in a wider context where there are coloured labels that are used to capture when the last charging of a specific car was done. BMW then go on to say that if the car has its doors opened regularly and things like seats being adjusted in the showroom they need to be charged more often - Duh obvious! People shouldn't be disconnecting the battery anyway so the rest of the table is irrelevant.
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    Battery top-up

    Thanks for sharing - this is found in ISTA (NewTiS) for BMW internal use for vehicles in "Booth" mode, i.e. vehicles on display in the showroom or vehicles in bulk stock. This isn't aimed at DIY battery conditioning.
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    Longest time start/stop didn't work?

    Make sure you use an appropriate charger that has an AGM mode. Also, use the jump start terminals under the bonnet.