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    Porsche 911 / E39 M5

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  1. FunkySon

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Swapped the exhaust clamps just before the cats. Easy job as they were so rusty they fell apart as soon as they saw the socket. Also swapped the inlet CPS on the driver's side. Pig of a job and I have the cuts and bruises to prove it. The SES light now stays out and it's back to full power so well worth it.
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    Ball joint removal tool for rent?

    Well done. Glad to hear that you've done it. Personally I was surprised at how easily mine came out but then I was using the proper tool. The c-clip that locks it in put up a fight, however, as it was seized in place so I had to cut that with a dremel. Hemel Hemptsead is the wrong side of London for me anyway. Duncan
  3. FunkySon

    Ball joint removal tool for rent?

    Where abouts are you wayneywoo? Giving a location may help you get a response.
  4. FunkySon

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Not strictly today, but on Saturday morning I finally fixed the creaking noise coming from the front right suspension by replacing the centre drag link and tie rods. One of the ball joints on the centre link was seized and the other moved in some directions but jammed in others. Old and new together. Despite measuring everything I still needed a trip to Kwik Fit to get the tracking adjusted. All back together. Just the tidying up to do.
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    You're not alone. Many people seem to prefer the sports seats but each to their own. Personally I wanted a black interior as I really wasn't keen on the blue / black combo and I like the heritage leather option. It has made it very dark inside though.
  6. FunkySon

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    A very busy day yesterday. Started at 8:30am and eventually finished at around 8pm although I did have a pretty long lunch. I now have a black heritage leather interior installed in the car: And the old blue / black interior sitting in the garage: Also found 55p in loose change and an old BMW key ring. And no blood was spilt which is unusual for me. So a good result. Duncan
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    MOT failed

    Pretty sure I should have a spare set of adjusters in the garage somewhere if you want to do this today and don't mind a trip to sutton It's damn fiddly though. But since you take the light out you at least get to do the tricky part inside in the warm. Duncan
  8. FunkySon

    Household LED bulbs. Should I?

    We just had our bathroom done and the electrician fitted the JCC LED7s. Pretty good and much brighter that the downlights that they replaced. The JCCs are dimmable and if you believe the packaging they should last a lot longer. Sadly the Mrs didn't like the bright white so I swapped them out at the weekend for the warm white. Not as bright but it's a "warmer" light if you like that sort of thing. I think I ended up paying about £30 each for the replacements. So I now have 4 spare JCC LED7s. Ebay beckons, I guess. Go for it, I say. Just don't buy cheap ones.
  9. FunkySon

    Changing thermostat concern - E39 M5

    You shouldn't have a problem then. I'm just a cack handed IT bloke and I managed it first time following the guides on the interweb.
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    Selling a car

    Possibly not long enough though. It used to be free for members registered before 1st Jan 2009 (http://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?t=1036413) I certainly didn't pay when selling a car on there although that was 15 or 16 months ago. Duncan
  11. FunkySon

    Headlamp adjusters

    I bought these long nose pliers for the key-hole surgery ... http://www.amazon.co.uk/Rolson-20669-11-inch-Pliers-Pieces/dp/B000QF9636/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1386070593&sr=8-1&keywords=long+nose+rolson I already had these which made life easier when removing / replacing the plastic sockets that the ball of the adjuster clips into ... http://www.tooled-up.com/product/sealey-tool-tray-with-8-piece-t-handle-trx-star-key-set/152788/ Duncan
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    Headlamp adjusters

    Success! Took a bit of fiddling around to get it all back together but I got there in the end. It's back in the car now and adjusted to a more sensible level. As it happened only one of the adjusters was broken in my light. However the plastic is so brittle that the "good" one didn't stay unbroken for very long. £5 for the adjusters and £15 for a set of really long pliers is all it cost me. Plus a couple of hours of effort. I'm sure that it'd be quicker with practice. Duncan
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    Headlamp adjusters

    By coincidence I'm midway through replacing the adjusters on one of my headlights. I bought these from ebay earlier in the week ... http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-E39-ANGEL-EYES-HEADLIGHT-ADJUSTERS-Life-Warranty-/321239833722 As you may know for a 2003 car it's not supposed to be possible to open the lights up by softening the glue in the oven. I did find a DIY for doing it without splitting the light but it's very fiddly. I'm trying to follow this approach - one adjuster is fairly straight forward but for the other you're working blind. One more try in the morning and then it's out with the heat (I have an earlier car) Duncan
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    Head light level sensor

    Yes - there are conventional alignment controls on each of the lights. The suspension sensors measure the load on the car and that's used by the control module to adjust just the vertical height. So if the height/level is out I reckon that it could be either the auto-leveling system or the adjusters on the lights. In my case I don't appear to have any faults registered with the sensors or the control module but I can feel that the adjusters on at least one of the lights are broken. So that'll be another Saturday fiddling around in a cold garage.