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The Spooner

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About The Spooner

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  • Birthday 08/23/1991

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    Warminster, England
  • Occupation
    Architectural Technician


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    BMW 520i SE E34, BMW 530i SE E39 manual

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  1. The Spooner

    M54 fan shroud

    Haha that did make me laugh - been quite a few times where I wished I’d taken it to a garage!!! I’ve done the shroud a few times, but never seem to get the right knack to it, I’m slightly happier that it’s not just me who finds it a sod
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    M54 fan shroud

    Anyone got a knack to removing/installing this? It’s the one thing I hate on my E39. I’ve discovered the radiator is leaking (Nissens- less than 18 months old - which I’m a bit pissed off about) and every time I’ve had to do the sodding shroud it’s been an ordeal. So if anyone has a method they use then I’m all ears. In complete contrast to my E34 which you just have to look at and the shroud comes out. Oh the joys...
  3. The Spooner

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Yes I found that when trying to source a back plate (ended up going to BMW) I Suppose the touring does have a different rear end set up which would influence the location of the handbrake gubbins. aside from the springs being a cock to put back on it’s not too bad, and I’ve never had a problem with my handbrake not holding the car. Not the best, but by no means the worst. Can’t do handbrake turns with it though.
  4. The Spooner

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    As is typical for me, this wasn’t today but a few days ago - had all the parts I needed to finally do the rear wheel bearing and rebuild the handbrake on the nsr. bastard of a job - not much access to the bolt heads. I suppose the alternative is to take the rear suspension apart but I didn’t much fancy that... I also had a new hub to hand as I thought I’d make life (slightly) easier and not have to separate the bearing from the hub. amazing how mucky my face was for doing it...
  5. The Spooner

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Ideal, always nice to have a clean pass!
  6. The Spooner

    M47 vs N47

    Black E39 520i (PFL)?
  7. The Spooner

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Yes I'll have to be brave and strip back the covers! It's just strange how the week before I jacked it up on that point and there was no indication of anything amiss. As you say though, if the outside is slightly rotten but the internal bits are strong I wouldn't have necessarily noticed a problem. Ah well.
  8. The Spooner

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    They aren't too bad to do, as has been said. A couple of days before I did mine I sprayed the strut clamp and strut with penetrating fluid. One of the bolts (from memory) requires the hub assembly to be dropped for access but it's not too bad. I was also in to replace all suspension arms at the same time. Even I managed it and I'm a half wit (see my post above!)
  9. The Spooner

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Not today but had a bit of a mare at the weekend: Rear wheel bearing job to do, jacked up on the diff, stand in place for the jacking point, lowered the car firstly onto myself as the stand was set too low, then because of the geometry of lowering a car on a trolley jack the axle stand was positioned too far back and bent the jacking point. FML. I don’t know if it’s corroded or if it’s just because I got it with a point load. I’ve jacked the car up on it numerous times with no issue so I don’t think it’s corroded... ended up putting the axle stand under the subframe. Anyway everything was tight, and the handbrake mechanism has broken - the spring clips that locate the shoes on the backing plate have pulled out of the plate, leaving the shoes free to flap about to an extent and bind. Ah well. Slacken off, put everything back together and abandon job until new backing plate etc sourced. And I was so efficient buying a hub and bearing and pressing the two together the night before (last Friday). Still, at least everything’s slackened off ready to go for round two... ...and breathe... sorry to rant but it’s cathartic. I think I’m most upset about the jacking point.
  10. The Spooner

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Jealous of your lack of oil consumption haha Also makes me chuckle how easy E39 cabin filters are to do compared to an E34!
  11. The Spooner

    First time E39 owner

    Oh no that's gutting to hear. I hope whatever you decide to do, you get it sorted, and don't let it put you off BMWs!
  12. The Spooner

    First time E39 owner

    I had a full cylinder shut off (fuel off like you) when a coil pack boot cracked. The codes made for horrible reading but it was a simple fix. car looks good OP, enjoy!
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    Do you let your better half drive your BMW? :)

    That’s good that she can change a wheel: I tried to teach mine once and she didn’t want to know. I said “what happens if you get a puncture?” “Oh I’ll just call you” was the response...
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    Do you let your better half drive your BMW? :)

    She's driven both, not the most mechanically sympathetic though: When I first bought the E34, she was out in it on her own and her own words "I was overtaking something and it suddenly stopped accelerating, but the engine sounded like it was fluctuating" Yes, having been used to horrible little 4 cylinder cars, she wasn't used to the refinement of 6 cylinders and had sat there bouncing it off the rev limiter... Thankfully she's got better since...
  15. The Spooner

    What have you done on your E34 Today

    Only a little job, but changed the rear dogbones, or torque arms or whatever they’re actually called. The old ones were pretty mullered... also took the opportunity whilst fiddling with the car to nip up the steering pitman arm - wasn’t loose, but there was still scope to tighten it. I don’t know if that has really made any difference but changing the dogbones has stopped the arse of the car squirming and has removed a rather annoying clonk on takeoff. Also thought of one way my E34 beats my E39: I can heel and toe in the E34 but for some reason cannot in the E39!