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Skinned Knuckles

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About Skinned Knuckles

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    I love Souffle...
  • Birthday 05/12/1989

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  • Location
    Denton, Manchester
  • Interests
    Wiring, lots of wiring, Beers wont go a miss...
  • Occupation
    Property Manager.

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    1997 E39 528i SE Touring Manual (Calypso Red) Sand Beige interior, Style 32s

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  1. Skinned Knuckles

    E39 525d crankcase breather filter

    Since I've had the car I've changed the oil and filter. That's it in the service department. Oh, and the coolant! The egr, swirl flaps was done by the previous owner, a friend of mine who I bought the car off. He bought it of his mate. So the modification could go as far back as 2011. It definitely doesn't have a vortex system. It didn't even have the older type filter. It was literally removed all together! So it had been like that throughout my ownership. Not sure if it was in the pursuit for performance, If so, he got the wrong diesel! The back box appears standard until you look closely. its been cut open to remove the innards and welded back together. Doesn't appear to be a resonator either!
  2. Skinned Knuckles

    E39 525d crankcase breather filter

    I appreciate that. The car will go back on the road. It has been sat for some time now so I will do a full service. Given the labour involved, I'm not entirely confident changing the glow plugs in the hope it fixes the rough 1,500rpm. I will have to grow a pair If deemed so. It seems to be fine at idle or if you give it more revs! From what I've read, the glow plug controller rarely fails on these early M57's.
  3. Skinned Knuckles

    E39 525d crankcase breather filter

    Cheers Duncan
  4. Skinned Knuckles

    E39 525d crankcase breather filter

    Nice one. Again. Not sure how long it’s been absent for. I’ve had the car two years. I service my own cars and never replaced it. It must of been over two years it’s been without one! I’m curious as to why it was never replaced, just removed all together. Could that damage the turbo?
  5. Skinned Knuckles

    E39 525d crankcase breather filter

    Hello. I have a 2001 525d Touring auto that I’ve had for just over two years now. It’s been off the road since Christmas 2018. Anyway. I’m getting the car ready for an MOT as my 97 528 Touring Man has terminal rot that’s led me barn store it! Anyway. On cold startup. I get a lot of blue smoke, the turbo sounds like an asthmatic trying to breath. If I hold the revs @ around 1500rpm, there’s a horrible judder and what sounds like a misfire but idles fine. It’s had an EGR delete, EGR cooler still in situ. Swirl flaps been blanked. However, I’ve took the crankcase filter off to find there wasn’t a filter inside! I have no idea how long it’s been absent for! What’s the likelihood it damaging the engine or turbo? I’m going to get a vortex system from an E60. Would that be a simple bolt on? Cheers.
  6. Skinned Knuckles

    E39 Cluster False RPM

    The stepper motor has arrived. All assembled and plugged in. I’d moved the needle further down from the red pointer as suggested in the picture. No difference! However, it has taken my redline rpm from the 6,000 where it stopped at down to 5,800! Done via the cluster check. looks like it’ll be booked into the garage for a live diagnostic check! (GREAT)
  7. Skinned Knuckles

    E39 Cluster False RPM

    I wouldn’t like to say I did pass two police cars that day. I did have the Limiter set at 30. I’ve never used it. It doesn’t seem to hold back any speed. Just bongs to tell you your over the limit!
  8. Skinned Knuckles

    E39 Cluster False RPM

    Unfortunately I'd had a massive cluster clearout... Just great when you need bits! I'm still waiting for delivery for that stepper motor, not a moment to soon either. Its no fun driving the car without any cluster needles....
  9. Skinned Knuckles

    E39 Cluster False RPM

    Update: I’ve had to order another stepper motor. As the rev-counter was stuck and wouldn’t return to rest. They’re quite expensive! I think I might have the thing sorted but won’t know until I’ve received the new motor. Fingers crossed....
  10. Skinned Knuckles

    E39 Cluster False RPM

    I’ve got the car booked in on Friday for a live diagnostic check. That should tell me the the true idle speed.
  11. Skinned Knuckles

    E39 Cluster False RPM

    I’ve taken your advise. A guy on YouTube also said to do that too. Anyway. I’ve managed to do that with nothing more then a flathead screwdriver, something between the faceplate and needle. A small pair of scissors to hold the shaft in place. With success, I haven’t damaged the copper coil. I’ve placed the needles just under the needle rest. Same with the MPG and speedometer. I’ve plugged the cluster back in. Alarm sounded! Totally forgot I have the code set on the navigation!!! Anyway. Has made a slight difference but still the needle sits too high!
  12. Skinned Knuckles

    E39 Cluster False RPM

    It could be more. When I plug the original cluster in, all seems normal. The idle sits just above the little line. Like all the E39’s I’ve owned, even my 525d. I assumed that’s the norm. My 528 with the new gauges seems to sit below 1000rpm. 70mph the revs seem a tad high although nothing like the idle! Cluster check seems to top the rev-counter below redline, basically, the V8’s redline.
  13. Skinned Knuckles

    E39 Cluster False RPM

    I thought about that. But the car should be idling at 400rpm and redline at 6,500. The replacement cluster is idling at 800rpm and redline seems to be stopping at 6,000rpm If that’s the case. Should I, Remove the needle, place it just below the rest point, move the needle up past the rest point and press into place? I guess a live data diagnostic check will show my cars true engine speed? Pity I don’t have the compatible laptop for my software anymore.
  14. Skinned Knuckles

    E39 Cluster False RPM

    Correct. The needles were in a little sealed bag. He left the faceplate on for protection during transit. I was thankful the needles weren’t attached as I didn’t want to risk pulling the copper spring coil from the motors. Everything else seems to work perfectly. I think the MPG is set for USA tho. My mate who lives in London had sorted a bit of the coding out as he said it was a complete mishmash. That was In the hope it fix my none MPG readings. Turned out to be a missing wire in the retrofit loom, as it wasn’t compatible for my car. I’ve now adapted it to suit. I am going to make my own harness just to tidy up that area a bit. He tidied up the coding a bit but said it’ll be my needle even though it doesn’t reach the full 6,500rpm. Assuming I removed the needle and set it to idle at 400rpm, means I’m effectively lowering the max rpm to about 5,500rpm. My problem is, I’m bloody useless when it comes to the software department. Hardware, no problems, computers are not my strong points. Guess I’ve bought the wrong car I will at some point buy the software as I really need to grasp it. It’s always handy I suppose!
  15. Skinned Knuckles

    E39 Cluster False RPM

    The software I have won’t work on my windows 10 machine. I did ask the garage to find out but they didn’t come back with anything. I had spoke to them today to see if they can reprogram the cluster. They said it’s something they can’t do! There’s a company in Stockport, Manchester, they do BMW coding. I’d spoke to them but again, something they won’t touch! Another BMW specialist said it could be a faulty cluster! I forgot to add in the OP, my mate believes the needles are off calibration, However, when I used the cluster check, everything dances at you, the RPM needle stops at 6,000rpm as opposed to 6,500 as it’s a 6 cylinder petrol. Leads me to believe it’s a coding issue. The USA faceplate that the cluster had led me to suggest it was a V8. The needles were not installed as I said I’d be changing the faceplate for our UK 6 cylinder petrol one instead.
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