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

    Tried out my latest edition to my tool box, a more robust plastic rivet removal tool. Makes easy work of the big expanding rivets, its tip is too chunky to work on the smaller ones and it has a burr on the underside which scored the rivet. Still it was only a few quid from Mr Amazon Excuse to break out the grinder and de-burr it. Meanwhile, I've ordered a slightly smaller one. Excuse to buy another tool.
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    Swivelling Towbar Problem

    Car has been in an accident, towbar is a safety critical bit of kit. Go thru your insurance company to get it fixed. My car suffered from a minor rear end shunt and my towbar was replaced without question.
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    BMW 530D 65 PLATE 3.5K OPTIONAL EXTRAS -

    Please do not cross post. See this post instead.
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    F11 b47 coolant change

    My E39 expansion tank was not at the highest point in the system. I filled that use the conventional way and just bled it out via bleed screws. At the time the recommendation from Bmw was to simply sharply rev the engine to get the water pump to increase its pressure. Bmw say to vacuum fill all cooling systems even my old E39 as it's quicker and less likely to induce an air lock, not because of the limits of the water pump or position of the expansion tank level in relation to the highest point in the system.
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    A year ago today, I took my car out fir the first time in Lockdown. In a year I've done 1,061 miles. Furthest I've been in it was a single journey of ~10 miles in a year.
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    F11 b47 coolant change

    It is no longer a specified service item like it used to be. In theory it is filled for life and only needs changing if you work on the cooling system replacing a component. I’m planning a coolant change on mine as it’s now 8 years old and is a tow car. BMW have not fitted my radiator with a drain point which confirms my first statement and makes things more tricky as you need to detach hoses to drain it. Bmw also recommend that the system is filled using a vacuum to prevent air locks and it only takes a few moments to fill this way. I don’t believe this is essential particularly if you take your time in refilling and bleeding the system. The coolant system can be self bled by removing expansion tank cap, turning on the headlights, turning on the ignition and holding down the throttle pedal for ten seconds. This puts the electric water pump into operation to self bleed. Battery must be healthy first as the pump runs for 10-15 mins to bleed it. Make sure you use the correct coolant. Mine needs G48 which is blue, some are pink or green in colour and must not be mixed.
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    Vibration when accelerating

    Rubber joint in prop shaft is a known weak point, also to the diff mounts can perish and make a noise when giving it the berries. Parts 1 and 10. https://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/showparts?id=FR72-EUR-01-2013-F10-BMW-535i&diagId=26_0241 Parts 8 (2No) and 11 https://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/showparts?id=FR72-EUR-01-2013-F10-BMW-535i&diagId=33_1454
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    Service soon

    Spark plugs and engine air are every 2nd oil change at 4 years or ~36,000 miles. Its a big bill doing the oil, pollen filters, air filter and spark plugs if going via Dealer. It can be done quite easily yourself. If you buy all the bits in one go from BMW they might do you a deal. I got (6) spark plugs, oil, air and pollen filters from my local BMW dealer for ~£195 last September and fitted them myself. Oil came from Mr Amazon for about £70 I think.
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    Alloy wheel cleaning

    That's the only time I've cleaned each set in the last year..... I've not even washed my car since May, hangs head in shame. So much easier to clean and polish up when off the car.
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    I don't know, I've not even looked at the state of them on my car tbh.
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    Wheels sticking on hub spigot

    Emphasis on possibility. I got scolded on here for using it on engine nuts/bolts. I asked said keyboard warrier, if they could inform me where they envisaged an electrolyte coming from in a dry environment. I'm still waiting for that one to be answered! Bi metallic corrosion can only possibly happen in the presence of an electrolyte, like water on wheel spigots and brakes.
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    The only reason I got the front plates is that the clips that hold the brake lines and the sensor wiring etc were badly corroded and felt as if they would break on mine when I did the brake change. I figured if I was in there replacing the brackets, I might as well do the spalsher shields as they are help on by the same fixings. I went for Ridex ones, bizarrely they were different prices, £14.74 and £17.20. My dad got his replaced under warranty on his F10 as the dealer spotted they were corroded, more like keeping techs busy..... I think genuine ones are over £40 each The rear splasher shields are held on by the bearing I think, sack taking that out just to do the rear plates!
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    Alloy wheel cleaning

    I use Bilt Hamber alloy wheel wash/cleaner. Doing its thing. Done its thing. Its the best stuff I've ever used and was voted highly in a recent Car Mechanics magazine article.
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    Ach posting at the same time. D'oh!
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    Wwwwwwweeeeeelllllllll? Quite a few clean sheets on here recently, so no pressure! Good luck, fingers crossed.
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    @Cadwell Parker, I've bought cheap as chips brake back plates from Autodoc. Just need to find time to fit them.
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    Engine/Brake Oil service

    It was a Mann oil filter that was supplied by BMW for mine back in October2019, can't recall the make on the one I fitted in October 2020
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    Engine/Brake Oil service

    Genuine oil filters can be had from BMW dealers for less than a tenner. Critical component, why skimp? Hengst, Mann, Mahle, 3M, Bosch are all OEM suppliers to BMW for filters. Castrols website will tell you how many litres of engine oil to use. I use 2 litres of brake fluid when I change mine as I'm not convinced that 1 litre is enough to flush out the bigger calipers.
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    Wheels sticking on hub spigot

    Purists will tut at the use of copperslip due to bimetallic corrosion. I used it for years on nuts, bolts and hub spigots and never had an issue with it. After my copperslip ran out, I bought some ceramic grease. It does the same job and again no issues. I think this is what BMW use If a car is up on a ramp, I think it might be possible to change the brake fluid without removing the wheels. Both my E60s were AUC cars and I had to hammer off the alloys using a rubber mallet. I change my wheels every 6 months so they never get a chance to stick anyhoo.
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    Swap Runflats for normal tyres

    They could argue that the specification for the car is to have runflats. BMW sold me mine via AUC with two non rft budget tyres. When it was in BMW for warranty and service work, nothing was said. When it was subject to an insurance claim, nothing was said. Did I tell my insurance company I had a pair of non * marked tyres. Nope. As long as they are of the correct size, speed and load rating, I doubt there will be an issue. Easy to check with your insurance company tho for peace of mine.
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    That picture is 4 years old now I think, and its started to peel off the front ones...... Not helped by BMW being extra thorough with their pressure washer.
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    How about this? I got mine powder coated in what was meant to be BMW silver, but its a tad darker, which I think works well against my silver.
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    My dad had a first gen Corsa as a temp car once, my size 11 feet, couldn't just press one pedal at a time. Clutch and Brake together or Brake and Throttle together, made for an interesting drive.....
  24. This is what I get when I try and shift into D or R from N at speeds of less than 5 mph. But once I was moving above 10mph, I could shift in and out of D to N and back to D without touching the brake. I could feel the drive disengage and re-engage, so I can confirm it does work. Although, I ain't going to try that at higher speeds! I stand corrected. Can you tell what the issue is from the picture?
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    Swap Runflats for normal tyres

    I've no complaints over the runflats that are on my 19" summers. The car corners like its on rails with these tyres, utmost confidence in the wet too. Michelin Primacy 3.
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