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    My 2011 Bmw F10 535i is making strange noises?

    n55 chain is at the front isnt it? Either way, agree, a recording would be helpful.
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    Better of doing work yourself!

    I've had such disastrous experiences with (BMW!) alignments that I'd rather live with the tyre wear! On my old e46 I used to do it myself, using string. Bit harder on the f10 but i'm tempted.
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    F11 hid kit flickering please help

    Plus one to that, running the same kit mentioned in that thread and its going great, and been through 2 MOT's.
  4. oh hahaha i thought you were dropping the sump annually to clean it or something
  5. Nice work You had the sump dropped? what for?
  6. Right so, garage it is then! hehe. Doesnt sound too bad, will order the bits. Cheers.
  7. @535i Andrewgood timing i need to do mine soon. I think its making a grinding/squeak/angry squirrel noise under hard braking as well as a clicking going round corners. When i looked on autodoc there seemed to be lots of different types of front f10 bearing from the same manufacturer, such as FAG, and i couldnt tell the difference - slightly different prices too - is there something specific to look out for? Do they come with bolts? How was the job overall, easy ish? Thanks!!
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    F10 door corrosion

    Hi Just a heads up F10's are starting to show some corrosion on the rear doors. Mine has it a bit, bodyshop have seen a few apparently! Not booked mine in for repair yet. Should be covered under warranty. It is the front edge of the rear door just beneath the trim (chrome or shadow). Tiny patch on both rear doors in same place on both. Cheers Mike
  9. Know what you mean. Ive had my 530i for over six years and i keep finding myself looking at other cars especially as the wbac is 10.5k at the moment but g30/1s dont do it for me at all especially the dash and interior. Another f10 perhaps as i agree they look great. Not sure where to go from here at all, so i keep it for now. Enjoy driving it, love the engine which is a peach imo and it does the family stuff perfectly. Maybe a freshen up on the suspection spend a few ££ and keep it another six years. Electric after that perhaps, but i dont do the mileage to justify it. Either do very short trips or massive ones. No daily commute, thankfully. Happy days
  10. Im even more confused now haha. So i just stuck a breaker bar on it and nipped it up a bit. Is fine now i think
  11. @535i Andrewjust curious where you got the tightening torque please for the tensioner to block? 80NM was a lot higher than i recall doing on mine, which IIRC was something like 30nm and then 180 degrees... got me wondering now if i need to revisit that little job
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    Any quick fixes?

    pull it off and attempt to push the dent out from inside. It wont look perfect but wont cost 80 smackeroonies either.
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    Disc and pad replacement disaster!!

    Yeah length wise they must presumably fit in terms of stretching across the sliders/holder but not deep enough to sweep the disc. Surely B2J it would look wrong though and anyone who has done brakes before would look at it and think hmmm that doesnt look right!
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    Disc and pad replacement disaster!!

    So they fitted the wrong size pads? That shows either willful neglect or utter incompetence doesnt it... who doesnt compare old and new parts first? also can a 330mm pad even fit properly into a 348 carrier? Wouldnt it be obvious its the wrong part - genuine question as ive never managed to do that myself. I do agree everyone makes mistake but holy hell a garage is supposed to be competent and carry out work with due care. Its not really comparable to DIY. Glad its sorted anyway.
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    Wheel upgrade harsh ride

    Not sure tbh but mine (on 18's) gets squirmy as the tyre treads get worn out.
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    Disc and pad replacement disaster!!

    LOL no wonder the pad wasnt sweeping the full disk area.
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    Disc and pad replacement disaster!!

    Depending on forum policy i agree. That is appalling and no doubt a safety issue.
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    Bloody nice courtesy car!!

    IMO those volvos are nice looking but would look so much better if they hadn't sloped the rear wing edge with the rear light cluster and instead had it straight down. It just looks odd to me.
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    F10 Jacking on rear differential DIY

    Im still using a 40yr old snapon brand jack my dad bought when he had a garage. Never been serviced, has lifted lorry cabs far in excess of its lift limit of 2.5 tons (iirc) and is still going strong. Good tools last a lifetime.
  20. Not disagreeing with the efficacy of the 2 person method, but you really can't beat the pressure method - easier, cleaner, and less waste i find. Pays for itself over a few changes i think.
  21. Knew Andrew must have done a guide...
  22. I dont im afraid but its very easy if you have a pressure bleeder, to give you a rough idea: Siphon out master cylinder with clean syringe. Top up master cylinder. Connect pressure bleeder. Pour 1 litre of new fluid into bleeder and pump up to 20psi. Go round each bleed nipple and tap off 200ml or so. Job done. You can cycle the ABS pump too, i did last year but not this year. Keep everything utterly clean. Enjoy ever so slightly firmer pedal and clean fluid. @535i Andrew may have a proper write up iirc.
  23. Changed the brake fluid today, nice easy job with a sealey pressure bleeder. Obligatory old v new shot. Old fluid was two years old as I was last to change it. Not driven it yet so cant tell if I notice a difference yet
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    Rough Idle when Cold 525i N53

    Let us know what injectors you've got please, am curious to know. Mine (f10 530i) had a slight misfire on cold start the other day but not enough to cause an error on the DME. The injectors take a fair wack of current and a weak battery may cause issues too - worth checking.
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    Wobble 70-80mph thru seat

    70-80 wobble through seat is classic rear wheel imbalance - i was chasing one for ages and it turned out to be a dodgy rft tyre in the end. edit or or a combination of wheel rim balance and tyre. Seem to recall it went after getting new tyre