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  1. ger

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Nice work! You did a proper job too, dropping the tank as well.
  2. ger

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Take a look at this picture: That small grey part is at the bottom of #15, it should be held there with a circlip or a small o ring. It clamps down the battery so it won't move. The top bar is an additional precaution. This was taken from realoem.com , enter your chassis no and you will get to see all the parts for your car.
  3. That brake pedal is fun to fit!!
  4. ger

    My M6 Gran Coupe Thread

    Beautiful car, never thought so much time has passed. Pitty you couldn't have sold it 13day earlier, would have been 7y 7m and 7d! My daughter said this! All the best with it Char
  5. Does anyone happen to have the bmw instructions for fitting the oem towbar, specifically the wiring and any coding requirements. My brother has just got a towbar, with a bmw module but it hasn't got any instructions. Just wondeting if anyone has a pdf they could share. Thanks.
  6. ger

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Couldn't find mine for a reasonable price (for the e61)..
  7. ger

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    That's a good price I'd say, for an original! Going to look for one myself now!
  8. ger

    PDC Fault Diagnosis (Guide)

    Yes, the module is in the boot for the e60 I believe. Might be worth a close look, though I'd still think a good clean for the connectors would help. Have a look at this threads first page, it's shown clearly there.
  9. ger

    PDC Fault Diagnosis (Guide)

    Just remove bumper and follow loom, it probably has its own hole and grommet, should be quite easy to follow. You could check each wire from the unit connector to each of the sensor connectors, they could be just dirty/oxidised and need a blast with contact cleaner and sliding them back and forth a few times. You might have an intermediate connector between bumper and body (for easy bumper removal), give the connections there a good clean too. Did you check the transistors/mosfets on the pdc controller board? All the best with it..
  10. Have you looked at it further, ie taken it apart? What was it they managed to actually get wrong? It's more than astonishing that it went in to eliminate this fault and returned in a worse condition. Good on you for finding the problem and you're lucky it didn't get worse. I wouldn't like to think what the lawyers would think of such a situation. I'm starting to wonder if all of us should double check! Mine has been ok since the recall but makes you wonder!
  11. E61 owners with the auto roll-up boot cover, does the cover fly up or move up slowly when you open your tailgate or glass? My brother and I both have mid 2008 e61 535d's, they're only 11 days apart and 13 in chassis number! Both have the power tailgate and both have the auto roll-up boot cover, it lifts up the c pillar when you open the tailgate or glass and is then returned to the closed position when the tailgate or glass closes. However, both behave differently when we open the tailgate/glass! Mine flies up quickly. His raises slowly with the motor working. Which is it meant to be? Both park again, pulling the cover back down into the closed position after closing the tailgate/glass. Mine makes some more motor noises after this, as it moves the carriage back up to the top of the c pillar, so that the cover flies up again. My brother's doesn't, his waits for the tailgate/glass to be opened again and retracts slowly. Additionally, the boot cover isn't always released in my brother's car. I know sometimes they can be a bit slow releasing (I think it's the spring at the roller end that's not quite as strong) but my brother's doesn't release rather often, I reckon this is linked to tge retraction issue... I think mine is the one that works correctly. It would be sensible that you would want the cover out of the way quickly if you had your hands full etc. Standing waiting for the cover to retract is a bit silly, even if it's only a handful of seconds. Also, letting all the motors do their dance after the tailgate/glass is closed (when you get on with something else) makes more sense to me. But, I don't know for certain. Also, what would cause one to behave incorrectly? Let's say my brother's isn't working as it should. It knows that either the tailgate or the glass is shut as it retracts the cover. But it doesn't return the carriage back to the top afterwards. It knows that it needs to release as it goes up, albeit slowly. So, I reckon that any contacts (confirming tailgate/glass are locked) in the locks are ok. Is there a contact (microswitch?) to tell the motor that it's reached the end of its travel? Could this be coded or is it more likely to be a bad contact somewhere? I've had a quick look at the wiring diagram but nothing stands out that could cause this. Both cars' tailgate wiring has been done (by me) and everything else works. Has anyone had this or a similar issue before? Any help would be appreciated
  12. ger

    Thermostat failure

    Not really, its a fair few miles away, too far to get there in time Friday evening unfortunately. I'll keep the link from mpgscott though, thank you!
  13. ger

    Thermostat failure

    Recently my brother has been reporting that his car (virtually identical to mine, a e61 535d, 2008, about 70,000miles) was hanging on to revs before changing gear and that his mpg was down. This got me thinking of thermostats (I understand that the gearbox control sw hangs on to gears more when engine/box is cold, to help get things warmed up quicker, so hanging on to revs-not warming up-stats!). We had changed the engine and egr thermostats last year, so I naturally thought of the gearbox heat exchanger and duly fitted the inline thermostat mod. This seemed to do the trick for a few days. Then the temps dropped a bit, mid 70's. Ok. I had a spare egr thermostat so thought it a good idea to swap that out, it was a relatively quick job. Unfortunately, the temps remained identical. Only one left was the engine thermostat. So, we got a new one and changed it today. I was pretty shocked to find that the replacement I fitted last year had broken! The plastic that holds the thermostat down, on one side has snapped! Another pic: The spring pressure is quite strong and over time the plastic must have given up. I presume the wax part of the stat was ok, but this made things difficult for it to work or it's extended too far and leaked out. Either way, with the new stat fitted, the car is again at running temp and gets there quickly. The broken stat was a Vernet from eurocarparts. We got a Circoli one this time as it was in stock locally and a bit cheaper! Glad it was different, let's hope this one lasts longer. If I find the receipt, I'll take it in to see if they'll replace it or give us some money back. Anyway, sometging else to think of with these bloody things!
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    Thermostat failure

    A little update to this story. My brothers car seems to continue to be well behaved, I've got him to monitor his temps regularly with a vgate bluetooth obd thing (goes into low power mode so no need to remove) and bimmertool, which once tapped, will connect and go to the dpf menu automatically (or whatever other menu you choose). I use the same myself. Fingers crossed, it seems the Circoli is holding up ok! I popped in to work on Thursday and noticed on the return journey that the coolant temperature only reached 54⁰C. My main stat had failed. Unfortunately I need to have the car up and running asap, even though I looked around locally I could only get the usual crap from Euro Car Parts. Failure was the same, the plastic 'clip' piece had failed leaving the stat insert flapping about, not able to seal. It pained me to have to fit another of the same Vernet brand that will undoubtedly fail again at about its 'end of warranty' period but I couldn't wait for one to arrive. I have a feeling that the insert (containing the wax) would last, it's the plastic that fails! If they changed it to a stronger shape, it would probably last ok. I'll be getting either a genuine or Mahle/Behr one for my own personal 'stock' soon, fed up of this happening. I'll be ready next time! Oh the fun!
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    E39 M5 touring build

    Following, this is interesting!
  16. ger

    E39 M5 2002 Gearbox/parts

    Apparently there's one bearing that's impossible to get hold of, Getrag only sells these to BMW or something and only getrag get them. There's an old thread on m5board that talks about it. NWJW, that's a very good offer, fair play to you!
  17. ger

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    I'm the same, to me it really stands out! I''ve got them rotating centre caps now, so no need to worry
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Remember about car parts 4 less, the web side of Euro Car Parts, always a bit cheaper, even after the discount codes, but you have to wait for delivery, usually two or three days. I always go for the free postage, might be possible to get next day for a few more pounds, you would still save!
  19. Gave mine a much needed wash, looks much better now, there are some reflexions!!
  20. Hi, forgot about this. Here's the file. It's not perfect, it probably needs refinement, but it's ok as is. I've been messing around with it, trying to get it to print the cover and text separate but I'm missing something, I can't get the slicer to do the text floating in mid air (Cura 4.8). I'm convinced it's possible, so I could flip the cover over, hold it down and print the text directly on it . More research will be required! Have fun! Cover 535d.stl
  21. ger

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Ok, I presumed you were talking of the oval connector with the three pins, for them the 'key' can be easily removed. They were used on our old e46, e39 and my e61. But, a different style can be used on, presumably newer, e60/61 and minis etc. You've come across some really early pdc sensors there! The flat sided or 'D' shaped sensors (non circular faced) also come with the oval connector with three pins, I had these on the m5. Changed them to all being round faced ones. A little bit about it here:
  22. ger

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    I have a feeling that you can cut the 'key' section of the connector to make them fit, it's just a little 'tang' you can slice away with a stanley knife. I did this with some after noticing that the cheap ebay sensors have a very wide slot that accept all keyed connectors. If the ebay sensors work for most of the cars then most of the cars use the same electrical signals so I really doubt they would be electrically different, it all worked fine for me. Either used e39 sensors in an e46 or vice versa. Being keyed is only a money spinner for bmw.
  23. The main power steering reservoir is to the right, the hole is for the adaptive syeering reservoir. The system isn't fitted to many cars, I'm surprised bmw decided to have a hole in the cover for every car and not make a separate cover for the adaptive steering cars, but that's what they decided. Part number for the little cover in question is 11147788915, I was quoted £26.71 +vat for it, then there would be post on top. If it had a greater purpose I might not mind much but it's just a cover with three pretty hopeless clips and it's a loose fit as well, no wonder mine popped out (so not technically fit for purpose), I wonder how many more have lost it. My brother's car is the only one I had seen with it, we had looked at a lot of cars by the time we saw his, so it must pop off on most cars. I'm glad to say, my version wasn't that easy to fit, so I doubt if it will ever pop off. I'm thinking of maybe changing colours, a black cover with red writing might be less garrish, but I haven't reached 'changing filaments' in my 3d printing yet. A few things are required to do that, pausing at the correct time etc. I might even be able to do it in two goes, which would improve the finish and use less stuff, doing the cover upside down then flipping it to add the text (placement is key here). Some chrome would be great, not sure if it's available or if it would look good! 3d printing is pretty amazing, I never realised how accurate things could be done. But there's a lot to it, I just tinker with it and do little things like this to sort problems (hopefully!).
  24. Made this: then fitted it: I recently checked how much the original cover was, being pretty sure that I only paid about £4 for it a couple of years ago, I was shocked that is was almost £30 by now, just a blank round black piece of plastic to fill a hole!! What's worse is that it didn't stay put, it flew off somewhere, it didn't do its job right, probably still within the undertray somewhere but I couldn't be bothered to take all of that off for the time being. I had red filament in the 3d printer and I thought it would spice things up a bit
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