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  1. Leeds_finest

    Horrendous vibrations

    Fitted the style 5 two piece wheels yesterday after stripping them down, re-furbing them and having new tyres. I haven't had them on my car before. From my standard 15's to these wheels I seem to have developed a hideous vibration about 60mph. They've just had brand new tyres, valve and balance all round. Do you guys think the wheel balancing is wrong? Only one of the four wheels showed a potential MINOR buckle and that's currently on the rear, but when I hit 60mph ish the whole car feels like it's going to fall apart. I can feel it all round, especially through the steering wheel. I torque'd all the nuts up evenly on the rear of the wheels when I put the wheels back together. Thoughts? Thanks
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    525D tuning

    What's the best route for remapping the 525D? Has anyone used a DTUK tuning box? Thanks
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    525D tuning

    Ahhhh ok so I have read about ChippedUK on here - are they the best place? I have also seen the decats on a Scotland based website/company - are these the best? Finally, how do you bypass the EGR? I have done it on previous cars by simply blocking the openings on inlet and exhaust.
  4. As above, running E34 520i at the moment but getting a bit bored with old interior. Considering an E39, are these diesels easy/cheap to tune? Are they reliable? Are they economical? Thanks guys
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    Steering box 'adjustment' ?

    My steering feels rather slack when my cars stationary on the spot. Someone told me there is adjustment in the steering box that can eliminate this slack. Is that true and if yes, how is it done? Thanks
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    Steering box 'adjustment' ?

    Is it accessible without removing interior trim?
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    E34 PAS pump whine

    PAS pump is now groaning/whining slightly when under load. Will try change fluid soon as probably due. If pump needs recon, where and how much? Also, reservoir seems a little leaky, new one due? Thanks guys
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    E34 PAS pump whine

    Ok I think new clips are in order. Just out of interest, does anyone know which pipe is the return pipe from the pump or box? I can see one goes to the pump and one to the box, but which way does the fluid flow?
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    Silly question but...

    Which recess does the coolant reservoir seal go in? Upper: Lower: I originally fitted it in the lower recess, but it's not a tight fit so i thought maybe it's meant to go in the upper recess??? Ed
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    Silly question but...

    Well ever since I bought the car six thousand miles ago, it's always leaked. However, it's not really an issue because it simply empties the reservoir but the system itself remains full, so, not a big deal, but while I was on the case I thought I would fix it. Now that the genuine seal doesn't work properly, I may just silicon the bottle back in. I know it's a bodge, but if it works, then that's an improvement.
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    Silly question but...

    Exactly, so the genuine BMW seal doesn't really fit snug in the lower recess on the genuine BMW bottle... Typical, just my luck, I'm sick of this cheap rubbish now really, out comes the silicon sealant.....
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    Silly question but...

    Have only tried fitting with seal in lower slot, feels as though it goes in tight but still seeps from the gap slightly.
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    Silly question but...

    Me too, but the old one was in the lower recess... Unless it popped down into the lower recess from the upper as I removed the bottle?
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    E34 PAS pump whine

    How would I get a recon E34 pump or get mine done?
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    M50 thermostat housings-interesting news.

    I know you all know how to bleed an E34 but I've been told so many methods I just thought I'd share one that I know works.
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    M50 thermostat housings-interesting news.

    I don't really seem to have any issues bleeding mine! I'll share my method: 1. Reconnect all pipes/hoses and secure all clips. 2. Remove reservoir cap and bleed nipple. 3. Switch key to ignition '2' and heaters to hot with blowers on max. 4. Begin to fill reservoir with coolant slowly until coolant/air bubbles appear from bleed hole. 5. Replace reservoir cap and bleed nipple. 6. Start engine and run with heaters on full blast until temp needle is at 12 o'clock. By this point, the heaters should be running hot or at least getting there. 7. With engine running, crack open bleed nipple and release air bubbles. Close bleed nipple. 8. Switch engine off. Allow to cool fully. Top up coolant. 9. Fire up engine, bring to operating temperature with heaters on full blast etc, crack open bleed nipple. By this point, mine is fully bled. I'm running a genuine BMW housing with a BMW seal. The thermostat is from GSF. I know everyone's car is different but I honestly don't have any issues bleeding.
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    E34 PAS pump whine

    I'll check but I think they're crimped.
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    E34 PAS pump whine

    Are the reservoirs expensive to replace?
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    E34 PAS pump whine

    It was last time I checked it which was a few thousand miles ago, will check tomorrow.
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    ...and the overheating begins.

    My friend borrow my 520 today and contacted me to tell me that it had started to overheat: 1. Started up no problem. 2. Drove about four miles no issues. 3. Got into town centre and noticed the needle creep so pulled over and switched off. 4. Turned back on drove about a mile, began to overheat so switched off. 5. Turned back on and drove short distance to his house where he has left the car. He says that even when the cars moving with steady air flow, it still gets hot. This would suggest it's not the stat or fan clutch which were replaced just a few thousand miles ago anyway. Could the water pump be dead? He said there was steam coming from the unit that the header tank pipe goes to? Any ideas? If its not a simple fix will break car for parts and scrap the rest as haven't got time or willing to do major repairs. Thanks
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    ...and the overheating begins.

    I was expecting to break it after what I was told but it seemed fine. Was very tight to get out but it came out in one piece. The silicon I have is genuine Toyota silicon sealant used in their workshops to seal sumps etc, but it generally oil/water resistant. However, my dad said try Vaseline on the rubber seal as you have too, so will give that a shot. It's either leaking from the bottom of the bottle or the hose at the bottom but I'm sure I can see a trickle from the bottle itself.
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    Shimmy - related to steering links?

    Right, my shimmy is minor when cruising between 60 and 80/90. Don't really notice it above or below these speeds. However, braking from 70 or above causes violent steering wheel judder. I know it's usually down to thrust/control arms but could it ever be related to the many steering links our e34's have? Cheers
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    Shimmy - related to steering links?

    Ok will do, cheers.
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    Shimmy - related to steering links?

    Yes wheel balancing is recent. No I agree I'm sure it's not the steering causing the shimmy but as a side issue my steering DOES need attention eventually because I have loads of play in the steering wheel, all the joints must be excessively worn
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    ...and the overheating begins.

    Right, update: Have removed leaky pump and bypass'd by simply plumbing the pipe from the matrix straight onto the heater valve unit. No leaks from here anymore and the car seems to run well and system bleeds fine with interior heaters blowing hot (ish). Will top up and repeat bleed process tomorrow as usual. On a side note, my lower reservoir seal was dead and was leaking coolant from the reservoir. I've replaced with genuine BMW seal and cleaned out recess where the reservoir sits into the rad housing but it STILL leaks from the bottom of the reservoir. 1. Could there be hairline cracks in reservoir that I can't see? 2. If not and the reservoir is ok, should I just fetch my black silicone sealant out of the garage, bin the rubber seal and get nasty?
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