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About 535i Andrew

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    F10 535i MSport Auto

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  1. 535i Andrew

    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    Just ordered some LL04 for the upcoming oil change from Amazon.. Same Castrol stuff as I used last year only cheaper this year. So no effects from Brexit/Covid/Suez crisis on oil prices then
  2. Thanks for coming back and closing this one out.
  3. Lets face it, in a few years time if not already now, anything decent used (around your budget Mark), will have been over £40k new. I would just pay the higher road tax bill as monthly instalments as the money is better in my account offsetting the interest on my mortgage than allegedly paying to fix the potholes in the road.
  4. 535i Andrew

    High pitch scrapping noise

    And it could be a corroded brake splash shield too. Easy to check without even taking the wheel off.
  5. 535i Andrew

    High pitch scrapping noise

    Could be the brakes. Strip, clean and lubricate the sliding surfaces between the pad and the caliper cradle. Could also be the wheel bearings. When you strip the brakes you can then spin the hub up to listen for noises. These are knackered bearings.
  6. 535i Andrew

    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    Had a poke about the front underside of mine in advance of doing the wheel bearings to see where the tension arm bolts to the subframe which needs to come out of the hub atleast to access the wheel bearing retaining bolts. And generally just be nosey when I had an hours tinkering time. Took the underbelly off. No oil stains just silt where the windscreen drainage points drain on to them. Top right corner of the picture above is below the yellow grommet. Confirmed my suspicions about detecting a bit of play in the front offside lower tension arm, bush has a split in it. New pair to go in when I do the bearings. Also found access to the water pump (N55 weakness), which needs the front roll bar dropping to get a bit more access. And this is what the Electric power steering motor looks like, just behind the roll bar.
  7. 535i Andrew

    Tyre Pressure Monitor Sensitivity

    Yeah not enough pressure loss to affect the rolling radius with your particular tyre set up as Boba says. If they are extra heavy load rating tyres the system will not be as sharp off the mark detecting the pressure loss.
  8. 535i Andrew

    Tyre Pressure Monitor Sensitivity

    Are you still on rfts @Phil_530d? Had you pressure checked them with a gauge before driving off? The system you have uses the wheel sensors to compare the rotating speed of each wheel. The tyre with the puncture will have a smaller rolling radius thus rotate faster. system will only work once the car starts to move so if a tyre went flat over night the system would only warn you once you start moving. I’ve never had it on the F10 but the warning system would trigger on my E60 at 0.4 bar loss which is much more sensitive than what you described. I would expect it to have warned you earlier than it did tho. But there are a few variables that affect the system.
  9. 535i Andrew

    Wheel upgrade harsh ride

    Now that’s only been discussed on here once or twice……..
  10. 535i Andrew

    Metal Ping/Ting noise from rear

    Over the previous suggestions, wheel bearings or CV joints. Is it only present on cornering? If so it might point to something in the differential, not sure if they are a limited slip diff in the M5.
  11. 535i Andrew

    F10 535i Auxiliary Drive Belt Replacement DIY

    Pot kettle black! For those of you younger than me and considerably younger than @duncan-uk, this is what he means
  12. 535i Andrew

    F10 535i Auxiliary Drive Belt Replacement DIY

    Lol not really Mark as once I'm in the zone.....
  13. When I was under the bonnet doing my yearly yellow grommet clean out/inspection I noticed that the edges of the belt were starting to fray slightly. The bearings in the tensioner and idler pulley may also start to grumble as well as a loss of tension in the tensioner leading to reduced performance of the system. It is 8 years old so the rubber will be starting to age before wearing out as its only got 56,100 on the clock. The FEAD or front end auxiliary drive is known as the complete set of pulleys, idlers and tensioners that are driven by the belt to power supplementary ancillaries with power from the crank. My F10 does not have any form of over running clutch on the alternator system (OAP/OAD) so there is no need to change the alternator pulley. The parts to change on the N55 without dynamic drive (which adds another idler pulley and needs a longer belt) include the belt, tensioner and idler. Tools needed 15mm socket for strut brace 12mm socket for cross brace 10mm socket for air con lines bracket bolt E12 Torx Socket Torx T30 bit/screwdriver Torx T40 bit – and a spanner that fits this bit! Torx T50 bit Torx T60 bit 3/8” ratchet Breaker bar 4.5mm dia drill bit, 5mm is too big! Small flat screwdriver Torque wrench – 30Nm for strut brace and 80Nm for Idler This job is all about access. To get my arms and tools into the space at the front of the block, you need to remove the electric fan, before you can remove the fan, you need to remove the upper cross brace and the strut braces. Trust me it needs to come out, I just ended up getting sore knuckles and scratched to bits attempting it without*. To remove the cross brace complete with the strut braces, slacken the stretch bolts at the strut towers. 15mm socket Prise up the two expanding rivets on each headlight flap surround. 2 each side… …and lift this up slightly to allow access to slacken the 12mm bolts that connect the upper cross member bolts to the inner wing. 2 each side Flip up the head light access flap to access the T30 bolts and slacken then that connect the upper cross brace to the bonnet release mechanism. 2 each side Slacken the two T30 bolts at the front of the upper cross member to the trim panel behind the bumper. These go back to 19Nm on tightening. Now the pain the sit down bits bolt. There is a horizontal T40 bolt that secures the upper cross member to the diagonal braces. There is no room for a ratchet, bit and bit holder so I stuck my T40 10mm hex bit in the ring end of a ratchet spanner to loosen and then undo it. Once all the bolts were initially loosened, I used my impact driver to quickly remove all the bolts, it certainly speeds things up and reduces fatigue, get one would be my advice! Bin the two bolts from the strut brace to strut tower as these are stretch bolts so cannot be re-used. Once all the bolts are out, move the complete upper cross member and strut braces to the rear so they clear the headlight surround trim. Lift up or rather pivot the complete upper cross member and strut braces with the front edge resting on the plastic trim to allow access the three clips that hold the nearside bonnet release cable. Unclip the cable. The two rubber bushes you see on the underside form a support to the top of the radiator. Set it aside, its surprisingly light for its size as its all aluminium. Remove the T30 screw that holds the charge air duct to the fan. And its bobbin, as it will no doubt fall out later! Unclip the fan’s electrical connector from the offside of the fan housing and pull up and out the socket. Prise up the central clip on top of the fan housing. And prise forward the two on each side of the fan housing (picture of offside) Grip the fan in the centre and pull up, carefully, making sure it doesn’t snag the bonnet release cable. Add it to the pile of removed bits, it’s physically huge, 600W version in mine. That’s most of the access sorted, now to get on with the actual job of replacing the parts which are the tensioner seen hiding behind the coolant hose and the two air con lines. The idler puller is also hiding behind the air con lines support bracket. This is the picture I took so as to record the routing of the belt. Don't rely on your memory to remember how the new belt should be routed. I had to flick back to this picture when routing the new belt. A 10mm socket is needed to undo the air con lines support bracket bolt. Pull out the bolt and catch the spacer that keeps the bracket off the front of the block. Now to take the tension off the belt. There is a T60 socket in the tensioner to allow you to get some purchase on the tensioner. I had to raid my tool box for a big enough Torx bit. Rotate the tensioner clockwise to release the tension on the belt Have the 4.5mm drill bit ready to stick in the hole in the tensioner (hole just above the lower air con line) once it lines up with a slot in the tensioners housing at the location the drill bit is pointing too, hidden under the upper air con line. You can see why you need the fan out the way while you heave round the tensioner Tensioner locked off with drill bit. Belt is now slack. Lift the belt off the alternator pulley as it’s easy to access at the top of the belt run. then off the crank pulley then out the engine bay. E12 torx socket and short extension was needed to slacken the tensioners single bolt Carefully pull out the tensioner from the block and manoeuvre it clear of the coolant and air con lines while making sure the business end of the drill bit doesn’t contact the radiator fins. Tensioner removed, its bolt looked as clean as the day it was fitted over 8 years ago. You can see the job my drill bit is doing, at the end of the shift I mounted the tensioner in my vice to recover the drill bit as I wanted that back! Date on the tensioner ties in nicely with the cars production date. It’s the original and with a slight bit of play in the bearings of the pulley. I could feel a bit of play but there was no noise from the bearings when rotated, so it was partially worn. Using a small flat screwdriver, prise off the centre cap from the idler pulley to expose the centre T50 bolt. For reference that’s the front roll bar, mounting and bolts you can see in the bottom of the picture. That’s the next job to fettle that up, well perhaps after the grumbling front wheel bearings. T50 long bit to get access to the centre bolt on the tensioner. I had to apply pressure to the air con line brackets to give a bit more room. I stuck a foam mat down the gap to protect the radiator fins as a bit of beef is needed to undo this bolt and access is a bit awkward with the air con line bracket is fighting you. Remove idler pulley from the block. Unlike the tensioner there was no play detected in these bearings and was silent when spun so it was still serviceable for a time at least. Replace idler…. …and tighten to 80Nm. Install new tensioner in its locating slots, it will only go in one way. Note factory fitted locking pin so the tensioner is in the compressed position to allow the belt to be fitted. Torque bolt to 38Nm**. Fit new belt, I went for febi part number 45238, with 8 V grooves and it’s 1390 mm long, made in December 2020 so its 8 years at least fresher than the one I took off. Fit the air con lines bobbin and bolt once you have routed the belt around the air con compressor and the underside of the idler pulley. This traps the belt on the block. Belt correctly routed and ready for the tension to be applied. Use a T60 bit to turn the tensioner slightly to free the factory fit locking pin with a pair of pliers, gently release the tensioner on to the belt. I cleaned up the fan and upper cross brace before refitting (my automotive OCD!). Simply lower the fan back in ensuring the clips at the bottom of it slot into the bottom of the radiator. Clip the bonnet release cable back into place ensure the correct routing of the cable. Install new strut brace to strut tower stretch bolts. Refit all the other bolts securing the upper cross brace to the car. Torque the strut brace to strut tower stretch bolts to 30Nm And then tighten thru a further 90 deg. This was unsettling as you are tightening a steel bolt into an aluminium part, I just didn’t like it but that’s the spec. Torque the upper cross brace to inner wing bolts to 28Nm.. …and the T30 bolts to 11.8Nm… …and that difficult centre one to, “aye that’s about right tight”. Push home the four rivets you removed. Check parts holding tray is empty except for the two stretch bolts that are scrap. Start engine and check all is well. And unless you are me, that’s you finished. Because I was thinking about something else/I’m a diddy, I had inadvertently over tightened the tensioners bolt to 80Nm. I had first tightened the idler pulley bolt to 80Nm and as the tensioner uses the same M10 thread and same socket drive, **I had it in my head that its tightening torque was also 80Nm but no its only 38Nm. Oh bother. I then bought more new strut stretch bolts and a tensioner bolt from Cotswolds, stripped everything back out again after trying to access the tensioners bolt without removing the strut brace and fan, *hence the sore knuckles and replaced the bolt.. …tightened it to 38Nm and put everything back, again. This is where I miss a Haynes manual, you can prop it up on the engine, hold the torque spec page open with a spanner and keep yourself right, without having to rely on your memory which at my age is now beginning to fail me. Not that I’ve had a Haynes manual for my car/engine combo since E39 ownership.
  14. 535i Andrew

    Any quick fixes?

    I was quoted £62 for one of mine a few years back from Cotsowlds. And that's the same stance I took! Ironically the one that was replaced (in 2018) is now looking shabbier than the original from 2013!
  15. As others have said I would strip and clean everything, including the alloy to disc mating faces and the disc to hub mating faces. The spring retainer clip should be renewed when over 4 years old. Also worth checking the security of the brake splash shield as these fixings are known to corrode out and make a noise. I've always re-used the caliper cradle bolts (E39, E60 and F10) myself, however BMW (newTIS) do say they should be renewed. As I'm about to take my brakes off again to replace my bearings, I've got a set of replacement cradle bolts and (spring clips) from Cotswolds to go back on as they have been re-used twice now, without issue I may add. The new bolts have a Torx head instead of a standard hex head.