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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

    AWD oil pan for M57 Engine

    The M51 was fitted to the P38 Range Rover, which is AWD.
  2. NWJW

    E39 528i/530i wanted

    So do I but beggars can't be choosers. Maybe start your own thread?
  3. NWJW

    Number plate S6 FVE plus.......

    I definitely know of one in that colour, actually no, two as my car seems to have a twin locally....
  4. NWJW

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    My gearbox had developed a slight judder at low revs so decided to check the oil level at the weekend, I had noticed before that the front of the gearbox sump was wet and assumed that the torque converter was starting to leak, however, when I checked the sump bolts I found I could get about a quarter of a turn on each one (I serviced the gearbox just under two years ago and thought I'd done them tight enough... ). It took just under a litre to get it back to full and I'm now back to lovely, wafty, smoothness again. Oh, and top tip, I used a pressure bleeder to replace the lost fluid, it makes the job much easier when you're scrabbling around on your back trying not to burn your hands on the exhaust pipe.
  5. NWJW

    BMW 645i V8 Auto.

    Am I missing something? Why on earth did they drop the whole engine and gearbox just to remove the cylinder heads?
  6. NWJW

    Is my 523i SE doomed?

    5 litres!! I'm suprised the gearbox worked at all.
  7. NWJW

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Oxford green, I wasn't really a fan of green cars when I bought it (I only bought it because it was going cheap!) but the colour's really grown on me, it needs to be seen in direct sunlight to really appreciate it, it's a really deep bottle green.
  8. NWJW

    Is my 523i SE doomed?

    My current car loses a small amount of trans fluid (torque converter seal I think), when it drops below a certain point I get a judder at low revs, about half a litre of fluid has it running smooth as silk again but even when it's low on fluid it's never triggered the gearbox limp mode.
  9. NWJW

    Is my 523i SE doomed?

    ^^This, I've had three auto e39's, I've had the 'trans failsafe prog' message with two of them when the battery has been discharged, the third car never had any battery/alternator issues.
  10. NWJW

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Replaced the steering centre drag link and track rod ends today as the old drag link was creaking and groaning. I also fitted the standard springs back on at the front whilst I was in there as it was sitting a bit too low for my liking on the lowering springs. The steering feels superb now although I've changed so many parts under the car it really needs a four wheel alignment now. And at least I can get over speed bumps again now.
  11. NWJW

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Thanks, green ones are the best!
  12. NWJW

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Yep, the wheels are painted in BMW sparkling graphite, I'm waiting for my local Halfords to open so I can pop in for a touch up pen.
  13. NWJW

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Treated mine to a wash and wax earlier; I really need to sort out that kerb damage on the front wheel....
  14. NWJW

    Won’t Start!!

    I'm not sure of the exact physics behind it but I find that linking a good battery onto a bad battery actually drops the voltage in the good battery. Trying to start a car by hooking up another battery with jump leads has never worked for me.
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    The heater matrix is buried right at the bottom of the heater box so there's absolutely no way of accessing it from above, however, if you remove the centre console and lower half of the dash (which has to be removed anyway if you want to take the dash top out) there's a little access panel on the side of the heater box in the drivers side footwell which allows access to one side of the matrix, it looks like (in theory!) that if you then undid the pipes running from the bulkhead to the other side of the matrix in the passenger footwell that you could then slide the matrix out of the heater box. However, and this is where the fun began, one of the three pipes going into the matrix on my car was absolutely stuck fast which required removal and stripping of the heater box so that I could remove the matrix with the offending pipe still attached and work on freeing it with much better access. In the end I had the old matrix in the kitchen sink and alternated between pouring boiling water and very cold water over the stuck union which eventually freed it off, it doesn't help that the pipes between the bulkhead and matrix are made of very flimsy aluminium and any twisting and turning on the matrix to try and free it was just bending the pipes.