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  1. 535i Andrew

    Covid induced diesel engine hibernation

    Thanks, I'm glad I feel better too.
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    Coronavirus/Covid19

    Thanks Dan. It was proper grim. I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy. Very different from any flu. No cold symptoms, like blocked or runny nose, just total wipeout with a fever.
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    Rear diff seals - common?

    Yes I would as your diff looks very wet. Pinion oil seal has failed and it's being blown back completely covering the diff casing. Are you getting any drips on to the ground if it's parked up for a while?
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    Moved mine for the first time since the 16th and stuck it on to charge via the towbar socket with my Ctek charger. Fired up without issue, You'll pay for that! But nice work on the cars.
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    F07 Tension Strut

    I would get a jack and place it under the tension arm to get some weight on the balljoint in the opposite direction, then put the nut back on upside down on the thread and hit the nut with a hammer. Pic below shows nut on backwards to prevent damage to threads as this particular joint was being reused. You might need a bit of heat and or penetrating oil on the knuckle to help things along. You cannot use a balljoint splitter as there is a domed head on the balljoint itself so the splitter cannot bear on the knuckle itself. Pics are of an E60 track rod end but you can see the dome preventing use of the splitter and there is a very slight taper on theses. Good luck.
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    Coronavirus/Covid19

    Today is the first day I've felt fully fit in near enough two weeks. I've spend ten days in my bed suffering from Covid 19 symptoms. My wife had something similar the week before I got it. She works at Glasgow Uni teaching medical students and has done a bit of GP out of hours work in the weeks beforehand so she probably caught it and brought it home. I've not been able to walk the length of myself or spend any length of time looking at any IT device. When I wasn't sleeping during the day I just lay in my bed not having the energy to even sit up. I had the fever for about 7 days then the breathlessness started. I'm in my very early 40's with no underlying health issues and it hit me proper hard. In a way that was very different from previous bouts of flu or bad colds. So I feel for those who get this with underlying health issues. Hopefully I've got some immunity to it now and can get back to working from home on Monday. Thankfully our littlun is so far unaffected by it all. I wish everyone on here stays fit.
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    Covid induced diesel engine hibernation

    Well I'm out of my Covid 19 induced hibernation. Spent near enough 10 days not moving from my bed and managed two full days now where I didn't need to take an afternoon nap. Daytime TV is crap. That was horrible. I've never felt so weak and breathless. Car is plugged into its charger just doing it as a maintenance charge.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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!
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    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.
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    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.
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    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
  15. 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.
  16. 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
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    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
  18. 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
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    Bmw app on your phone

    I haven’t checked myself, I suspect not and it’s more for as you say fault finding that coding. Can’t comment on Bimmercode I’m afraid.
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    If it doesn’t say LL04 on the bottle I wouldn’t use it. In an emergency for a top up you could use anything that has ACEA C3 and API SN ratings that has a viscosity of 0w-30/0W-40/5W-30/5W-40. BMW have used all these viscosities in my cars over the years. Did your Indy reset the pad warning after the new sensor was fitted? The iDrive would give a much longer service remaining distance. 520d brakes (front discs) are 330x24 when new. Pads are common placement on lots of F10s up to 530i. A generic 2012 520d in Realoem doesn’t list any alternative discs but your actual chassis number might yield different results so again unlikely to have any upgraded or reinforced brakes.
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    Rear diff seals - common?

    For an oil sweat or mist, clean it up and monitor it covering the clean area. I wouldn't go spending plenty sorting a diff seal if its a sweat or mist. Not uncommon for diffs sweat or mist as age and mileage take their toll. Obvious drips is a different matter.
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