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  1. pidgeonpost

    People do the strangest things.

    Yes, 4x4 man was perhaps just trying to be helpful and ended up being too helpful. I've always treated the dashed line on the edge of the filter as a 'give way'.
  2. I was coming down the slip to join the M5 at the weekend. Looking down the embankment I could see a 4x4 towing a caravan and we seemed to be converging at roughly the same speed so I thought I'd just ease the throttle and slip in behind him. But he sees me and decides to slow down presumably to let me in front. We're almost parallel by now. I'm running out of filter lane, he has slowed almost to a stop, and 38 tons of Eddie Stobart that's almost in my boot would rather like to get onto the motorway too. If I'd known he was going to behave like this I could easily have floored it and got out of the situation, but you don't expect people to STOP to let you filter. WTF?
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    How to tell if car is doing DPF regen?

    I never see, hear, or smell regens on our car yet Carly tells me they are being done, and how often, but other than that I wouldn't know. The only time I've ever seen anything that could have been a regen taking place was after putting a bottle of DPF cleaner in the tank not long after buying the car 4.5 years ago. On that occasion I got a fair amount of grey smoke but I don't know how long it lasted as it stopped not long after I spotted it in the rear view mirror.
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    Automatic Transmission Misbehaving

    It cost me £300 all in on my 6HP26 box two years ago so that figure doesn't sound too far adrift. Opinions vary on whether resetting adaptations is a good thing on a high-mileage box - not that yours is particularly high mileage. I don't know if the later box has the same mechatronics sleeve and bridge seals as the '26 but worth investigating.
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    Just died on me. Got some codes - any clues please?

    Had an hour to spare last night so removed the passenger side filter and scuttle trim to check for water - nothing there I'm pleased to say. While it was apart I took the lid off the ECM (or whatever it's called) and checked in there too. Again, all dry and no sign of water ingress. Also removed and refitted the blue relay which looks as new, but I gave it the old British Standard gentle tap with a screwdriver handle in case of stuck contacts. Put everything back together, reran Carly, and still had ABS/DSC/Brake 005F74, 006DCB, 006E24 Went through the clearing process, and this time they cleared OK. Don't know if they will stay cleared. I'll try starting the car again later if I can, but with a few days away coming up (using second car) I can do without taking it out and getting stranded. Couple of pics
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    Deleting attachments - how?

    Thanks - just had a look at this. Seems good - will give it a go.
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    Deleting attachments - how?

    Posted originally in Queries and Issues, but figured it might get a bit more exposure here. Seems I've reached my 100Mb limit near as dammit and there seems to be no way of deleting old/irrelevant stuff unless admins can do it. A while back I read that the facility had been disabled for some reason - any clues/info please folks? TIA.
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    Just died on me. Got some codes - any clues please?

    Nice thought, but no tow pack on mine.
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    Just died on me. Got some codes - any clues please?

    Pic should be there now - old habit of 'click then think'! I checked the scuttle drains a couple of months ago, but will have to expose this area again to find the DDE (I think?), so will check again. The car has been living outdoors most of the summer due to nesting swallows and consequent crap. I'm not good on electrics, but off the top it looks like the battery voltage is good and the alternator seems to crank up output from 67A to 132A when a load is put on. Carly is still a bit clunky in some areas, but it's getting better with every update.
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    Just died on me. Got some codes - any clues please?

    Just run Carly again. The "Motor Control 004671 Supply voltage 1" has cleared but all others remain. Checked a couple of electrics reading - results below. Pic with lower readings is obviously the one with no load except headlights and aircon on auto. Pic with higher reading is with just about everything on full except foglights.
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    Just died on me. Got some codes - any clues please?

    Thanks Andrew. I didn't have chance to rescan the car yesterday, but the dashboard warning I was left with when restarting after the initial failure are on the pic below. The triangle one was presented larger when the car was dying, and may have been accompanied by an iDrive message, but in the panic to avoid traffic I didn't think to look. It may have been a 'Drive moderately' or similar. The handbrake light is normal for the circumstances. Yesterday afternoon I removed the acoustic cover on the engine and had a quick look around for anything obvious. Needless to say it all looked good. I also had a delve into the spare wheel well where there is only one module and all perfectly dry in there. The timing of this is really frustrating, but that's life!
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    Just died on me. Got some codes - any clues please?

    Thanks for those pointers fellas. The battery is a genuine BMW one fitted just over 4 years ago, and registered. Alternator original - never been touched AFAIK. I'm pretty sure Carly can monitor alternator output - same as battery charging voltage I assume. Relay - any opinions on whether to use genuine or oem please, also where is the DDE located - driver side as in Realoem example (LHD car) or passenger side please? I'm probably not going to be able to do much on investigating or resolving this as I'll be away for a couple of weeks from Saturday and up to my arse in domestic stuff until then.
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    Battery size / Ah / CCA

    Just had a look on realoem for my car (2007 525d) and it lists 70-92 Ah, but worth checking your own model and reading the information on the same page while you're there. As to the previous service deficiencies, missing fasteners shouldn't be too much of a problem, but if your indy is at fault best find another one.
  14. Left home this morning, no probs then the car just died on me a couple of miles out! Got The Gong of Death, couple of warning lights came and went, and felt like it was running out of fuel. By the time I actually stopped I think that the engine may have actually stopped - I can't be sure as I was reaching for the hazard lights and thinking WTF. Ran Carly diags and got 10 faults. Five of them I'm not too bothered about as they are 4 x glowplug warnings which come and go in number, and one aircon-related one which I've had for years despite the aircon working perfectly. The other codes are: Motor Control 004671 Supply voltage 1 ABS/DSC/Brake 005F74, 006DCB, 006E24 Transmission control 0051A8 The car restarted and ran fine to my destination. I cleared the clearable codes (GP and AC codes won't clear), and in true E60 form the car now runs fine. Bloody worrying though. If this had happened on Sunday, just 50 miles before, I'd have been on the M5 in heavy rain and traffic. I've attached the Carly report which contains more details of the faults. If anyone would like to browse or offer any suggestions I'd be very grateful. Ignore the 'upper middle class' bit on page one - don't know where that came from, I've been known to drink out of tins and eat faggots and peas. FR_2019-09-25_10-41-00.pdf
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    Battery condition

    First have a look at the battery to see if it has a date on it. Age is not necessarily an indicator of condition but if it's maybe over 4-5 years old it may be on its way out. Original and good quality batteries can last much longer than this but 10 years or more is pretty rare, and these cars are hard on a battery. Any good tyre and battery place will apply a load test to the battery and advise on its condition though it's in their interest to flog you a new one. If you're a bit handy with a multimeter you may be able to check it yourself - videos on YouTube. If you do replace it do be sure to read the threads on here about registering and coding of batteries as your IBS will want to know and will charge it accordingly. IBS =Intelligent Battery Something-or-other, not Irritable Bowel Syndrome.