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  1. Sten

    E34 525i running rich

    Morning All, I've been trying to cure this for a while now - car runs fine, but at idle it's running way too rich. The exhaust is smoking and you can smell unburnt fuel. No fault codes showing, I've replaced the Lambda sensor with a new Bosch one, checked for air leaks post AFM using Brake Cleaner. Also replaced the engine temp sensor, intake temp sensor and MAF whilst I had the intake manifold off to change the starter motor. I booked the car in with a local Indy who confirmed that the coolant temp and mass air flow on live data looks as it should also lambda is switching. The only thing he could see is that injection quantity which is controlled by the ECU never changes, no matter if he created a more rich or lean mixture. Unfortunately he's had to shut down the business due to family bereavement so I have the car back home. He hasn't charged me anything either.. Any ideas please, I'm thinking of substituting the ECU if I can find one but it's a bit like shotgun fault finding.. Engine is M50B25TU with EWS and single VANOS. I've tried the Search function but it doesn't appear to be working.
  2. Afternoon All, After a trouble free 800 mile round trip to the Isle Of Mull last weekend (32mpg overall btw) I was reversing up my drive yesterday and I could hear a hissing noise. Having evicted the dogs to discount either of them, I could hear the noise coming from under the forward section of the load area. Took the cover off and the noise was air leaking from the brass fitting on top of the airbag - I pressed on it and it jumped off with a bang. Obviously the car dropped on that side and flagged an alarm. It looks like the plastic clip that secures the brass fitting has lost it's tension, and it's not listed as a part on RealOEM. I found a new pair on Evilbay which I've ordered, having fiddled with the clip the suspension is back to normal but I'm not risking using the car until I've replaced it. Does anyone know of a 'safe' way of releasing the pressure from the airbag/reservoir, I don't want to damage anything.. The airbags and reservoirs have been replaced by the PO (@andyrt200) along with a whole load of other stuff.
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    E39 Touring Psssssssssssssssssssst

    Quick update - normal service resumed after I fitted the clip that looked to be slightly different from the box of spares that came with the car. I got a reply from Aerosus:- 'Thank you for contacting Aerosus. Unfortunately we do not have the clips or o rings as spares for this unit. If you manage to buy spares locally please send us an invoice and we might be able to refund you. They should be standard issued clips.' Which frankly is about as much use as a chocolate fireguard. I need to get my calipers on the standatd clip and measure it then get hold of an Aerosus clip and compare them. Needless to say I'm not dismantling it whilst it's working! Thanks all for the pointers @Andyrt200
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    E39 Touring Psssssssssssssssssssst

    We'll soon find out. I rang Aerosus but have ended up emailing them to see if they'll sell the clips and o rings separately. I've had a look through the box of spares I got with the car and found two clips along with the old airbags. One looked to be slightly different so I've tried that and it seems to be working though I haven't driven anywhere yet.
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    E39 Touring Psssssssssssssssssssst

    New clip arrived, fitted but didn't feel like it was positively locked into place. Put the compressor fuse back in, starts to pump the car up then the hose lets go with a bang. Now I'm puzzled! Anyone come across this problem before? Airbag has been replaced with Aerosus 165639 by PO.
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    E39 Touring Psssssssssssssssssssst

    Excellent thanks, I'll give that a whirl. Think I'll put a jack under the sill as well, just in case.
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    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Technically yesterday, picked up my 530i Touring and enjoyed the drive home. The car is a real credit to @Andyrt200 he went above and beyond even post sale.
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    Key no longer locks/starts car. EWS fault?

    Did you get this sorted?
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    The e34 rear sill thread

    Saloon and Estate sills are the same. I got the outer sills from Eurocarparts, their part numbers 884110091 for the n/s, 884110101 for the o/s although it looks like the o/s is out of stock. If you can find a pair made by Klokkerholm they're decent quality and fit fairly well, I think that's who made the Eurocarparts sills. Be prepared for a weldathon as documented by Five-oh and myself earlier in this thread. Good luck!
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    Part number required.

    The clips are these ones (no affiliation) https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/500pcs-Car-Body-Push-Retainer-Pin-Rivet-Trim-Clips-Panel-Moulding-Assortment-Kit/174661341218?hash=item28aaa09022:g:buYAAOSwxOleafTR Apologies, 51491946195 appear to be the clips (item 18 below) though I just used a couple of fixings from the above kit to fit the panel back on.
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    Part number required.

    I think they may be 51718102299. I bought a box of assorted BMW trim clips off EvilBay, have a look at item 174661341218 as that looks to include the two 'tie wraps' you were originally looking for.
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    Part number required.

    Thanks - that's listed as part no 16 in real.oem, it shows two of them in the picture and I'd assumed it was a different clip - it does list quantity=2 though and having seen a pic of it now that's definitely the correct part.
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    Part number required.

    It's 32411112282 - I've just replaced the same hose on my 525i, along with every other hose while I had the inlet manifold off to replace the starter motor. You can re-use it if you haven't cut it, lever back on the tab and you can pull the end of the tie wrap part out. They're silly money from BMW, it's part number 17 on the diagram below although real.oem shows it without the mounting clip. ( https://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/showparts?id=HJ52-EUR---E34-BMW-525i&diagId=11_4813 ). I couldn't find a part number for the two plastic clips that hold that hose in the metal brackets, it would be part number 18 but it's 'greyed out'. I found that my replacement hose won't sit in the other side of the bracket that also holds the fuel lines, it was a Gates hose but looked exactly the same as the original.
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    1995 E34 525i Starter Motor removal

    Thanks, that's useful info. No access to a ramp sadly! Starter is the old type with the extra support bracket on the rear, the exchange Bosch ones are indeed shorter currently at £104.93 from ECP when you take the surcharge off.
  15. Morning All, Any tips on removing the Starter Motor? I've removed the Intake etc and I can see the two E12 Torx headed M10 bolts that hold the damn thing in but I can't undo them. Are they just ridiculously tight? I've tried the correct E12 torx socket on the bolt head but there's no wiggle room to get any purchase on them. Other end of the bolt appears to be a 16mm nut - pics show one bolt head and one nut. This is all part of a longer saga which I'll post as a topic when I get it running again. Barry
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    1995 E34 525i Starter Motor removal

    Thanks Gents, it's out - a combination of 1/2" 16mm socket with a 3/8 adaptor on a long extension with a 1/2" adaptor and a 3' Snap On breaker bar on the nut, with an E12 socket and 3/8 Tommy Bar to hold the other end. Off to my Auto Electrician to check it out and refurb as necessary.
  17. Does anyone have an old copy of INPA 3.0.1 they could loan/sell me? I'm trying to read live data from the DME as my car is running way too rich. I have Carsoft 6.5 and INPA 5.0.6 on an old laptop running XP with a true serial port which will read most of the ECU's (Airbag, ABS etc) but not the DME. I'm aware that older models need an ADS interface so I've bought one but INPA 5.0.6 doesn't support ADS. After much reading through the various BMW forums it seems that I need INPA 3.0.1 to be able to read the DME. There's a lot of information out there and even more broken/outdated links. Alternatively, what does anyone else use to read live data?
  18. You have a PM.. Mod from another site was kind enough to provide the link, you'll need a switchable ADS interface similar to this one as well:- https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-INPA-Ediabas-OBD-ADS-Interface/264851324724?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649
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    SOLD

    Are these just a stiffer version of the standard dampers?
  20. I managed to get an old version of INPA with ADS and can happily report that I can now interrogate the DME (and just about any control unit by the look of things). Fault logged against Lamda Sensor so ordered one online. Next weekend I'll hopefully be fighting the old one out..
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    The e34 rear sill thread

    @FIVE-OH I thought I'd replied to you, obviously didn't submit properly. Jacking points had just been wleded over and there was a patch inside the rear wheelarch.
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    The e34 rear sill thread

    To summarise, and to make sure you know what you're taking on if you go down this road, total time to repair both sills from start to finish was 39 hours. I wouldn't have attempted this myself, I don't have a ramp at home amd my welding/fabrication skills are nowhere near good enough. The sills will still rot even without the sunroof drain tubes in the mix. My next job is to empty a tin or two of Dynax S50 into the sill structures and hopefully never have to go in there again. All credit to FIVE-OH for his efforts,I know how much is involved.
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    The e34 rear sill thread

    Has a rattle can of Calypso Red made up at my local paint shop and painted the repairs, then carefully measured the sills to drill the fixing holes for the sideskirt clips.
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    The e34 rear sill thread

    And considering the state of the other three corners, the o/s rear was actually fine - cut a piece out to have a good look with the Endoscope and welded back in
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    The e34 rear sill thread

    Repair panels made up and welded in
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