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  1. Anecdotally the mirror in my E34 fell off - vibrations through car due to twatting the steering knuckle with a sledgehammer - don't ask. 


    I called into BMW to get some glue "oh we don't do that sir, the screens come from the factory with the mounting tab already adhered. Has to be a special glue, says here they use epoxy resin." "Araldite then" "err yes sir." 


    Been fine ever since.


    P.S. Halfords mounting tabs are shit. 

  2. 2 hours ago, d_a_n1979 said:




    Good torch; some good yoga moves to get into the footwell; take the panel off (slide it back so you don't snap the fins that hold it into place) and you'll see the connection on the FUS; pull it out, swap them over and then test before you put it all back together :) 


    Unfortunately took me a bit longer than 15 minutes - the plug was stuck fast! Everything else went ok and I'm pleased to report that the fan now works again... 


    I'm skilled in footwell yoga thanks to changing pollen filters on my E34 haha! 


    Oh and I owe you thanks - I saw a post of yours from a couple of years ago when researching symptons that pointed to a supplier on Amazon of the Meyle FSU, which is the exact one I ordered! 

  3. Not what I have done but what I will be doing tonight is changing the FSU... My blower fan has not worked intermittently for the last few trips out, and I'm rather hoping it is the FSU. considering I only ordered it yesterday it arrived this afternoon! And to be honest £35 for a Meyle unit and maybe an hour (I hope) of time is not a bad diagnostic process. I hope it's not the blower motor itself.

  4. 1 hour ago, Clavurion said:


    You can try and then educate us. :lol: Park is the same as Neutral + parking lock.  On these older boxes the park lock actuation is mechanical so the the claw would be toast.


    :D unfortunately I cannot as I have to change gears myself, like a peasant! In my ignorance I did wonder if the gearbox ECU would prevent a shift to park (although I know the pawl is mechanical, I wondered if it had an electrical connection to it from the gearlever).

  5. On 22/11/2020 at 15:56, Pete Soulby said:

    Swore at it and myself lots whilst trying to remove the rear hub from the drive shaft.


    Seized so tight it snapped my puller.


    Also reminded myself to not make decisions with my heart over my head!


    Did mine recently - lots and lots of penetrating fluid a couple of days before, then after I loosened all the really awkward bolts that hold the hub assembly to the wheel carrier I twatted it with a hammer (I was lazy and bought a new hub assembly - I knew the job of the wheel bearing would be bad enough without adding extra jeopardy!) and it fell off.  


    Like you there was also lots of swearing, and my shoulder still hurts from where I managed to lower the car on it...

  6. Just now, PL523i said:

    Another year of motoring :)

    Could just need a different bulb? 

    Indeed - another year legal!


    I don't believe it to be the bulb, when I've parked up against a wall the light output either side is the same, just the N/S is noticeably lower in aim. Ah well, definitely can't complain, plus I changed both bulbs about 2 years ago, and as they're xenon bulbs I'd hope for a bit more life! 

  7. MoT passed :D 


    One advisory - N/S headlamp dim... I'm wondering if it's actually dim, or the arse has fallen out of the adjusters on that side. Both lights still do the uppy-downy thing on switch on so does that mean it's broken or just badly aimed? I'll try and tweak the aim myself with the screw on top of the unit. Still, not bad for very nearly 19 years old and 196000 miles! 

  8. 2 hours ago, PL523i said:

    New (second hand) rad arrived today. Looks OK but have taken to Sheldrake Wells in Ipswich to be pressure tested to be certain. Its. A nissens with a Dec 2017 sticker on it so by the time you chuck some shelf time on there its not had a lot of use. Hopefully it will be a bargain and not a seive. 

    Hope it all works. I must say I thought you watching the racing on an iPad balanced on the engine was inspired - the best I could do was listening to the Greek classics narrated by Stephen Fry when I last worked on it. Calming. 

  9. Well apparently mine has just got through its MoT - I did the lower control arms at the weekend (and made the mistake of fully disconnecting the steering plate from the strut) as there was excessive play in a ball joint, but it failed on the uppers! Which to be honest I found rather amusing and was slightly annoyed at myself that I didn't get some in for when I did the lowers. 

  10. 7 hours ago, Bumbaclut said:

    That Bike rack wont help the poor 520's speed. At least yours is Vanos, the non vanos ones are tragic 

    They aren’t that bad haha - just got to wind them up a bit! 

    there’s a YouTube video by a guy whose channel is basically based around vmaxing cars on the autobahn. He does a video of a 520i touring, and if nothing else (apart from a nice noise) it shows how short the gearing is on them... 

  11. I found them fiddly as well - the worst was when I finally got it together and thought “that looks wrong” so took it apart again... turns out it had been right... 


    anyway for reassembly I found this image which shows a suggested rebuild sequence which actually, whilst still fiddly, was quite useful. 


  12. 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

  13. 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...

  14. 4 minutes ago, Ray112 said:

    I just noticed that handbrake shoes on tourings are standing different than on saloons. Horizontal versus vertical position. Probably both are the same crappy.

    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.