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

    @bluelights21, take it you got your power/earth issue sorted out then?
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    Car Mechanics E61 project car

    The Car Mechanics April mag has started a new project car, £2,000 spent on an E61 530d. Their project tasks over the next few months are Engine service Remove swirl flaps Replace autobox oil and bridge seal Clean out bulkhead drains Check and overhaul brakes Polish cloudy headlights Rectify light body scratches. Looks interesting as it would be good to see what they do with swirl flaps and bridge seal. It also has a Wesfalia detachable towbar on it. Reg of project vehicle is MT05YKX, anyone know it?
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    New car

    Ha ha sounds like you need to move house.
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    Dedicated or Universal Towbar Wiring Kit

    You should still be able to tow with it and power the necessary road lights on whatever it is you are pulling. The non dedicated kit in your car will not stop you towing. I made my E60 loom up myself and worked a treat, as long as its done properly with good quality connections and components its fine. I did not have the functionality that a dedicated kit gives you but at the time I was not bothered by that. If it was recently fitted, you could take it back to whoever fitted it, explain what has happened and ask them to look at it. There is a fault and whoever caused the fault should be given the opportunity to put it right, before you go spending more money on someone else. Let us know how you get on.
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    Help - A cyclist broke my wing mirror (deliberately)

    ^very sensible. Let us know how you get on tomorrow.
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    Fuel Filler cap

    Hi Looking for part #17 http://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/showparts?id=FR72-EUR-01-2013-F10-BMW-535i&diagId=16_0773 The fuel Filler cap for chassis DZ32829 posted to a PA6 postcode please. Thanks
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    Help - A cyclist broke my wing mirror (deliberately)

    Sorry to hear that. As its such a nice new car, get it done properly. Get the part from BMW, it will probably need painted if the cover is needed too. Go to your local police station and report the criminal damage. You might be able to claim on your insurance, the police report will help with that. Some companies do not penalize you for malicious damage as its beyond your control. Do you have dash cam footage?
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    Which wheels are these?

    From Realoem Style 95 E65 wheels use 275/40/19 tyres E65 rim is 19" dia by 10" wide with an offset of 24mm Similarly picking the MV2 from your car Realoem Style 135 E60/1 wheels use 245/40/18 tyres. E60/1 rim is 18" dia by 8" wide with an offset of 20mm Comparing them directly using the calculator you can see the E65 wheel is monstrous in comparison and unlikely to fit. But as E61s can run on 19" rims, you would need to get rid of the E65 tyre and replace it with a 275/30/19 tyre but that would be a bit stretched on a 10" wide rim. However your speedo would be more accurate, see this calculator output. But it would still most likely foul the inner suspension components as you have an extra 25mm or so of rim near the car You would need to put a spacer of 15-20mm to clear the suspension. You also have and extra 25mm of rim nearer the arches, you are probably already running the risk of requiring to modify your arches to get the clearance needed on the outside of the rim. I
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    Which wheels are these?

    You need to do a bit of searching to find what tyre size goes on it which you can get from Realoem. ET is offset. The link keliuss gave gives the rim dia/width and the offset. Compare that to the wheel/tyre size that is currently on your E61.
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    New car

    Mate, you live along the road from me in Glasgow, a car like that wouldn't last 20 mins where we stay. Which is about 5 minutes longer than your license would last. But hell yeah!
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    Which wheels are these?

    If they are a staggered set up, up for sale you might struggle to fit a 10" wide rim on the rear of an E61. Have a play with the dimensions on this website. https://www.willtheyfit.com/index.php?width=245&aspect=40&diameter=19&wheelwidth=9&offset=44&width2=245&aspect2=40&wheel_size=19&wheel_width=9-5&offset2=32 Compare them against what you currently have.
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    Dedicated or Universal Towbar Wiring Kit

    The kit to fit is Westfalia, as per GoNz0 response this one uses the canbus system. As you have specified a caravan you will have a voltage sensitive relay for powering pin 10 of a 13 pin socket or your ignition switched supply in a 12S socket, this relay may be the cause of the voltage drain. If it is a poor quality relay it will be drawing a tiny amount or current all the time. Also check what is supplying pin 9 permanent live, this is needed for a caravan with ALKO ATC and for correct operation with pin 10 for your habitation relay in the caravan. I fitted a Westfalia detachable towbar to my E60 and made up a 13 pin wiring loom myself using a bypass relay and a voltage sensing relay bought from Ryder Towing. Good quality relays and no battery drain issues in the 8 years it was fitted. If doing that again, I would go for the Westfalia kit as this switches off the rear PDC, car fog lights and possibly the reverse lights if it detects reverse lights on the towed item over and above the other benefits pointed out already. It may just be a faulty connection somewhere in whatever loom you had fitted. Westfalia make the kit for BMW if you were to walk into a dealer and ask for a retrofit towbar. I fitted a Westfalia kit to my dads F10, think its the same part as the E60. Straight forward and worked like a charm straight away.
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    Torque wrenches, what are we all using?

    ^Now that's interesting, thanks for that. The Halfords one, doesn't spec a +/- figure. Norbars website is quite clear on +/-3%.
  14. Hi guys Looking at upgrading from my so far trusty enough Draper torque wrench it's a 1/2 drive 30-210Nm. I've had it since 1999. Never been recalibrated in its puff. I've got to replace my rear spring, the lower strut bolt is to be tightened to 250Nm so it's beyond my torque wrench. Looking at what's out there, Teng, Norbar, Draper, Sealey etc there are some variations. Do I need a torque wrench that will tighten in both RH and LH threads? Some of the Teng ones, while having a reversible ratchet head cannot be used to tighten LH threads. Do I need one with a certian degree of accuracy? Teng offer +/- 4% which at 250Nm is 10Nm. Others are comparable, Norbar offer +/- 3% (7.5Nm) some Draper ones are not stated to an accuracy. Teng also have a built in angular gauge on the head which may come in handy. If I'm upgrading to a bigger capacity wrench would I be as well as getting one that can do both LH and RH threads? Will I need to tighten LH threads, driveshaft nuts perhaps in the future? Which leads to Push thru or reversible ratchet drive? Preference would be 1/2" drive with a long handle and as fine a tooth ratchet as possible. Whats everyone else using? Thanks.
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    F11 Warped rear Brake discs / painted calipers

    That is one theory, yes. I'm not hugely convinced myself by this partly because BMW will fit a disc between the alloy and hub in some situations (PUMA 62105224), thus insulating it from the hub. But when you here that BMW refuse warranty claims for "warped discs" due to a coating on this surface, it does make you think. Either than or you have just simply cooked your brakes and they are suffering from uneven deposits on the surface caused by hot stationary discs being in contact with the pads which gives the sensation of warped discs.
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    Fuel Filler cap

    Received all good, many thanks for the quick service again.
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    F11 Warped rear Brake discs / painted calipers

    You are probably right but it has been known for BMW to wriggle out of claims for "warped discs" due to this.
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    If you are doing the shocks you are as well as doing the springs as the only extra cost is the spring as it's got to come off anyway. More so at that mileage as its had far more fatigue cycles which is what does them in before rust at that age. At the end of the day it's quite subjective down to preference as BMW are non committal on it too. Vauxhall would only sell springs in pairs which shows their take on it.
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    F11 Warped rear Brake discs / painted calipers

    ^The decent wheel specialists know not to coat the mating faces.
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    F11 Warped rear Brake discs / painted calipers

    Indeed and similar discussions relating to powder coated alloys including the mating face being covered which may be preventing the heat from the brakes being dissipated into the alloy. Did you get paint or other contaminants on the disc if you painted the calipers insitu? If you painted them black that would have helped dissipate the heat.
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    Its official Spring is here. Let us know how you get on. I've used Mackies in the past. Their service manager John Connaghan is very helpful. Ask him for a tour of the workshop.
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    Torque wrenches, what are we all using?

    I can get one from Halfords for £99 less my AA discount that goes up to 300Nm. That's adequate enough. Both LH and RN tightening too.
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    Agree, I don't think so. Like you, having towed with all sorts of cars over the years, I've never experienced overheating when towing. Tow sensibly, well within the limits of the car, your driving ability and road conditions and you'll be fine, assuming you have common sense. Ha ha Behave yourself. BMW certainly don't when mine was replaced under AUC warranty. Nor do they replace the nuts and bolts that you are meant too. The BMW info I've read states its shocks you do in pairs, not the springs. I'm following BMWs own workshop procedures except I'm replacing the nuts and bolt.
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    Torque wrenches, what are we all using?

    I didn't know that, I'll need to have a look, thanks.
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    Ha I wondered that. Would I have to send them back?
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