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NWJW last won the day on December 16 2018

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    E39 540i

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  1. NWJW

    What are Alpina doing to their wheels??

    What an awesome looking car. The Alpinas not bad either.....
  2. NWJW

    Rebuilding my 540i... join me :)

    Good news on the oil leaks, or lack of! Also, the timing chain tensioner, I've had a few M62 engine'd e39's now and I've done it on it all of them as it's so cheap and easy to do, it made them all a lot quieter on start up. Oh, and be prepared for scary noises the first time you start it after changing the tensioner as it takes a few seconds for the new tensioner to pressurize with oil.
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    £300 for spar plugs change E39 540i M62??

    If I've read that right that right then the garage wants to charge you £650 to change the rocker cover gaskets and sparks plugs? IMO, that's very, very expensive, it shouldn't take someone experienced with engines more than about three hours to do the work at what? £50 an hour? A set of rocker gaskets are about £35, spark plugs are £6-£7 each and if you allow about £20 for the little rubber washers on the rocker cover bolts that only comes to about £260 tops. Even allowing for the garage to add their mark up on the parts I wouldn't be happy paying much more than £300.
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    BMW e60 m57 problem

    Did the mechanic check that the vanes in the turbo aren't stuck and/or sticking before fitting the new actuator? In my experience turbo actuators rarely fail of their own accord, the variable vanes within the turbo itself wear and/or get sooted up and jam, this puts extra strain on the actuator and it fails. You can check this easily by popping the actuator lever off and moving it back and forth through it's full travel, it should move with no resistance whatsoever, if it sticks at certain points or is stiff then there's a problem with the turbo vanes and fitting a new actuator won't cure the problem.
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    Rebuilding my 540i... join me :)

    The valve cover gaskets are the main source of oil leaks on these engines, they leak for fun! Leaking lower sump gaskets are pretty common too but easy to sort, you could be unlucky and have a leak from the timing cover which is a bit more involved but I'd be very surprised if you have any H/G issues.
  6. NWJW

    2006 bmw 525d E60

    It could be a failed injector. Does the car smell of diesel at all? Or idle unevenly and/or misfire? Also, have you had the fault codes read?
  7. NWJW

    E39 Granada 530D

    There's a link to the build thread for the Granada in my post from a few years ago; https://forum.bmw5.co.uk/topic/124430-m57-mk2-granada/ :)
  8. NWJW

    Brake discs.

    Also, I may be teaching you to suck eggs here but hit the disc around the hub rather than on the braking surface and it'll soon come off.
  9. NWJW

    Rebuilding my 540i... join me :)

    I don't know how I missed this thread but I've just had a look through it all and I have to say, top work sir! I've done a lot of similar jobs to my 540 recently and know how much hard work is involved so it's always nice to see another one getting some love.
  10. NWJW

    Suspension refresh. Advice please

    ^^This, I replaced most of my suspension a few months ago and afterwards the car felt quite crashy, I put it down to the lowering springs I fitted but earlier in the week I finally got around to having it 4 wheel aligned and the car is now a lot smoother.
  11. NWJW

    My E39 540i

    I think that was me, welcome to the forum.
  12. NWJW

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Washed, waxed and hoovered yesterday and then it rained, and hasn't stopped since.... Then this morning I finally got the chance to take it to a local indie for a 4 wheel alignment which it needed as I had to change near enough all of the suspension for the last mot and whilst I can't say it drives massively better it definitely feels smoother, the steering feels nicer and I'm not sure if I'm imagining it but the car feels more 'free'. And I've now got piece of mind that all the new suspension bits I fitted are aligned correctly.
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    e39 nearside front wing in oxford green

    I thought my luck was in last week when I found one on ebay but it turned out to be rusty.
  14. As above, I'm after a rust free nearside front wing in Oxford green please. :)
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