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535i Andrew last won the day on March 6

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About 535i Andrew

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  • Birthday 07/28/1978

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    F10 535i MSport Auto

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  1. 535i Andrew

    Covid induced diesel engine hibernation

    Getting myself up on my two feet to look out the window at my F10 is quite an exertion at the moment . So yes no thoughts of changing over yet. Next month hopefully. I think it’s usually early April when I swap them over. Cant wait to get fit again, feeling noticeably better Saturday morning. Got a long list of jobs to do on the car too. Sodding typical weather is better but I’m broken.
  2. 535i Andrew

    Covid induced diesel engine hibernation

    nope I stay at the other/correct end of the M8 and I’ve not been tested, I’m just sucking it up. Day 4 and it’s still grim. Lifting a two litre carton of milk is about my physical strength limit at the moment.
  3. 535i Andrew

    Covid induced diesel engine hibernation

    Mine is also parked up now for 14 days. When I can drag myself out of my Coronavirus bed I’ll be sticking mine on to charge with my Ctek charger. I give mine a charge once every few months just to help keep things healthy. It will probably be fine but I’ve got the charger so might as well use it.
  4. 535i Andrew

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

    Thanks for the well wishes guys. Wife is much better, I slept most of yesterday temp up around 38.5. Paracetamol working now. Whatever I’ve got, It’s like flu but without the runny nose and sneezing. Horrible, I’m still in my bed and watching Knight Rider!
  5. 535i Andrew

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

    Thanks. Up until the middle of the afternoon, I was feeling like Ryanair. But now feel like Flybe! My wife works amongst other places in her role as a GP, in Glasgow University and for NHS24. She was always going to get it and then share it. Thankfully our wee one is fine.
  6. 535i Andrew

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

    Drove it for the last time for a fortnight. Wife has symptoms of you know what. New Government advice - all folks in the house with possible you know what need to self isolate for 14 days. And I've just spiked a temp of over 38 deg C. Oh joy. I hope everyone is o.k. out there.
  7. 535i Andrew

    What do you like about you 5 series.

    The fact that its one of only forty on the road. https://www.howmanyleft.co.uk/vehicle/bmw_535i_m_sport_turbo_auto
  8. I have some Teng Allen Key handles, good quality but I've not really had to use them much with any anger. The Teng torque wrench I have is a beast, only minor criticism is that the ratchet mechanism isn't very fine making it not ideal in confined situations. Facom is meant to be very good but will be pricey no doubt.
  9. 535i Andrew

    Anyone fitted 235 35 19 up front

    It will also change/reduce your rolling radius, which may affect all the systems that use speed sensors as inputs. Stick with the correct size of tyres that were intended to get the best out of the cars
  10. Isn't the Halfords stuff made in the same Chinese shed as the Draper stuff, albeit it with a lifetime warranty? I'm sure I've read that before. Snapped a Halfords T40 bit doing the lower arms on my E60. The Halfords stuff I've got has been very good, sold some duplicates on eBay and got reasonably money for them too. I have considered the impact bits as I'm looking to invest in an electric impact wrench in the near future. Thanks lads
  11. 535i Andrew

    Strut bolt seized!

    Presumably you tried drifting it out? What might help even with the bolt still in place is take an Allen key that fits snuggly on its opposite flat sides in the gap at the bottom of the strut and turn it so that the Allen key is now point to point on the strut. Basically try and widen the gap, might help with the bolt. Give the head of the bolt a whack when turning the Allen key. My pinch bolts came out easily. The second time it was certainly easier to separate the strut from the hub with the strut, hub and arms off the car. I mounted the strut in a vice then gently tapped in a large flat screwdriver that was wedge shaped and the two separated easily. I was doing the arms so you need to separate the two to get one of them out of the hub.
  12. I had been a fan of Draper Expert stuff. Got a few tools from their expert range and its not let me down. I have a Draper Expert Mechanics bit set which has Torx bits - T20-T70 and Allen key bits 5-12mm size. I snapped a T30 bit counter holding my rear anti roll bar link when torqueing the thing up to ~45Nm. I went to get the 12mm Allen key bit for my dad to borrow and I noticed that I had also managed to plastically deform the T40 bit too, probably also doing the rear anti roll bar link. It's got a twist in the splines from me obviously giving it too much for the bit to take. Therefore its obviously not good quality steel being used in the Draper stuff, if I can damage it relatively easily. Can anyone recommend a decent set of Mechanics bits. Looking for Torx, Spline and Allen key bits that won't end up plastically deforming when being used. Its not for every day use in a garage, but I'm prepared to pay for stuff that won't give out on me when needed. Any recommendations for these sorts of bit sets? Thanks
  13. 535i Andrew

    Bmw app on your phone

    Yes if you want coding, buy Carly. If you want more full on diagnostics, buy a scanner.....and then find someone who for exchanging beer for will let you use their Carly for coding.
  14. 535i Andrew

    RWD driving style

    This! But there is clearly a market for people who don't, i.e. the new 1 Series with its wrong wheel drive set up.