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    535i Andrew got a reaction from Munzy123 in What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?   
    Oi cheek.
     
    It's not like I'd planned on going in and polishing my big ends. 
     
    @Munzy123, before you are in there doing the front arms, give some serious thought in replacing the front wheel bearings as you need to take the tension arm out the hub to access one of the four bearing retaining bolt.  
     
    Remove the front caliper and spin up the hub, if there is any sign of it grumbling get one fitted as you'll only need to take the tension arm back out again and risk damaging it. 
     

     
    Tension arm balljoint blocks access to the front lower wheel bearing bolt.
     

     
    M12 spline bit preferably impact grade to resist twisting and damaging the bolt heads.
     

     
    Old style bearing bolts weren't too bad to loosen using a 750mm long breaker bar, Impact wrench whizzed them out after initially cracking the thread lock on them.
     

     
     
     
     
     
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    535i Andrew got a reaction from vpcaptain in What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?   
    Yeah it’s was grumbling, nearside is worse tho. 
     
     
     
    Front bearing comes complete with hub flange and mounting flange as one piece. 
     

     
    It’s the rear bearings that come as only a bearing and you have to press in your old flange assuming you get it out intact from the old bearing. 
     
    But I'd be buying a new flange and bearing and press them together before fitting them to the car. Rear bearing is a bit more involved tho. 
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    535i Andrew got a reaction from Caesar in What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?   
    Had a few hours of tinker time today.
     
    Set about that noisy front offside wheel bearing. 
     

     
    To get the bearing out you need to remove the tension arm. 
     
    So a new one of them went in too.
     

     
    Still got to refit the brakes and then repeat on the other side. 
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    535i Andrew got a reaction from vpcaptain in What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?   
    Apologies, I'm spending your money.
     
    SKF are a good quality bearing, Scotrail uses them on most of their modern EMUs although they don't quite have the same potholes in their "roads" tho. 
     
    Tis only four/8 more bolts but another £160 just like that tho!
     
    Go in there once only to do both jobs, unless you've had your tension arm replaced relatively recently before needing a new wheel bearing.
     
    Only saying that from experience gleaned on the E60 lower arm balljoints where I ended up using a hacksaw and sure enough the on the F10 the Torx counter hold started to deform as the nyloc gripped fast....
     

     
    The Torx bit didn't let go as I was using an impact grade bit, but I had to resort to a pair of self locking pliers on the mushroom head of the ball joint (and of course marked it) and basically brute force on the nut to get the nylon part of the nut over the corroded exposed balljoint threads. Don't use an impact wrench on it as if the mushroom head of the ball joint spins up you'll mark the domed seat in the steering knuckle as there are two or three little dints on the domed head of the balljoint on the arm.
     

     
    That plus torquing the bearing bolts 20-120Nm plus 90 deg and the arm bush bolt to 85Nm plus 180 deg, means there is no need to go to the gym. 
     
    Got a right sweat on doing that job I did.
     
     
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    535i Andrew reacted to E39mad in Ticked over 80000 miles today   
    A quick tot up of costs since warranty outside of ordinary servicing shows a total spend of £1600 (parts and labour) which equates to £200 a year - cheap motoring for an express bus.
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    535i Andrew got a reaction from vpcaptain in What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?   
    Apologies, I'm spending your money.
     
    SKF are a good quality bearing, Scotrail uses them on most of their modern EMUs although they don't quite have the same potholes in their "roads" tho. 
     
    Tis only four/8 more bolts but another £160 just like that tho!
     
    Go in there once only to do both jobs, unless you've had your tension arm replaced relatively recently before needing a new wheel bearing.
     
    Only saying that from experience gleaned on the E60 lower arm balljoints where I ended up using a hacksaw and sure enough the on the F10 the Torx counter hold started to deform as the nyloc gripped fast....
     

     
    The Torx bit didn't let go as I was using an impact grade bit, but I had to resort to a pair of self locking pliers on the mushroom head of the ball joint (and of course marked it) and basically brute force on the nut to get the nylon part of the nut over the corroded exposed balljoint threads. Don't use an impact wrench on it as if the mushroom head of the ball joint spins up you'll mark the domed seat in the steering knuckle as there are two or three little dints on the domed head of the balljoint on the arm.
     

     
    That plus torquing the bearing bolts 20-120Nm plus 90 deg and the arm bush bolt to 85Nm plus 180 deg, means there is no need to go to the gym. 
     
    Got a right sweat on doing that job I did.
     
     
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    535i Andrew got a reaction from Munzy123 in What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?   
    Oi cheek.
     
    It's not like I'd planned on going in and polishing my big ends. 
     
    @Munzy123, before you are in there doing the front arms, give some serious thought in replacing the front wheel bearings as you need to take the tension arm out the hub to access one of the four bearing retaining bolt.  
     
    Remove the front caliper and spin up the hub, if there is any sign of it grumbling get one fitted as you'll only need to take the tension arm back out again and risk damaging it. 
     

     
    Tension arm balljoint blocks access to the front lower wheel bearing bolt.
     

     
    M12 spline bit preferably impact grade to resist twisting and damaging the bolt heads.
     

     
    Old style bearing bolts weren't too bad to loosen using a 750mm long breaker bar, Impact wrench whizzed them out after initially cracking the thread lock on them.
     

     
     
     
     
     
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    535i Andrew reacted to Munzy123 in What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?   
    FOR BMW 5 SERIES F10 F11 2010- FRONT AXLE LOWER LEFT SUSPENSION CONTROL ARM ARMS | eBay
     
    Got 20% off with code last weekend.
     
    @535i Andrew I was afraid you were going to say that... agree that it makes sense for reasons you say.
     
    SKF at £82 per side looks good and I know a man who has just posted an excellent how to guide  
     
    Wheel Bearing Kit fits BMW Front SKF 31204081309 31206775771 31206791007 Quality 7316575221003 | eBay
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    535i Andrew got a reaction from E39mad in Ticked over 80000 miles today   
    No indeed, you've obviously not got a Friday afternoon car. 
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    535i Andrew got a reaction from vpcaptain in What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?   
    Normally picked up by too much play in the bushes or at the balljoint. MOT examiners will spot this. 
     
    Jack up the car and wiggle that wheel to feel for movement at the ball joint and then get in with a pry bar and check for the excessive movement in the bush. In the case of my front offside tension arm, the bush was starting to crack and I could feel a bit too much play when wiggling the arm by hand.
     

     
     
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    535i Andrew reacted to Munzy123 in What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?   
    Next dry Saturday or Sunday….
     
     

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    535i Andrew reacted to bmwmike in What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?   
    oh hahaha i thought you were dropping the sump annually to clean it or something
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    535i Andrew reacted to HandyAndy_UK in What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?   
    FFS man..... don't give him ideas!! 
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    535i Andrew reacted to alpinaman in E39 Imola Red & Numbers Produced   
    I seen an E39 ACS5 once 
     
    Looked like it had been rolled in Araldite and smashed through the “Ripspeed under a fiver section”..
     
    I love the words styling house ….
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    535i Andrew got a reaction from Caesar in What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?   
    Finished nailing it back together,
     

     
    also replaced the abs sensor bolt (Torx T30 bit 8Nm)
     

     
    replaced caliper cradle bolts  (E16 socket 110Nm)
     

     
    replaced brake disc screw (6mm hex 16Nm)
     

     
    and the caliper spring clip
     

     
    making sure it was correctly seated.
     
     
    Test drive it after the new arm and bearings on the offside.
     
    Handling was sublime and was noticeably quieter in the cabin, still a noise from the nearside, need to wait till family commitments, Covid19 and weather permit to do the other side.  No clonks or vibration felt at all. 
     
    Waiting on delivery of an oil and air filter too as it's been a year now since the sump was dropped.
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    535i Andrew reacted to bmwmike in What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?   
    Nice work
     
    You had the sump dropped? what for?
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    535i Andrew reacted to Jimbo07g41 in What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?   
    Great work and great photos.
     
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    535i Andrew got a reaction from Caesar in What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?   
    Finished nailing it back together,
     

     
    also replaced the abs sensor bolt (Torx T30 bit 8Nm)
     

     
    replaced caliper cradle bolts  (E16 socket 110Nm)
     

     
    replaced brake disc screw (6mm hex 16Nm)
     

     
    and the caliper spring clip
     

     
    making sure it was correctly seated.
     
     
    Test drive it after the new arm and bearings on the offside.
     
    Handling was sublime and was noticeably quieter in the cabin, still a noise from the nearside, need to wait till family commitments, Covid19 and weather permit to do the other side.  No clonks or vibration felt at all. 
     
    Waiting on delivery of an oil and air filter too as it's been a year now since the sump was dropped.
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    535i Andrew got a reaction from Munzy123 in What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?   
    Ya big girls blouse
     
    Its an ok job if you've got the right tools, which you can look at in two ways.
     
    I don't have the tools, garage it is then. 
     
    I don't have the tools, so that's the excuse to go and buy more tools, even if if you still get the garage to do it, you can then look at your shiny tools all pristine in your tool box, dreaming one day of actually using them to do a job.
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    535i Andrew got a reaction from Caesar in What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?   
    Had a few hours of tinker time today.
     
    Set about that noisy front offside wheel bearing. 
     

     
    To get the bearing out you need to remove the tension arm. 
     
    So a new one of them went in too.
     

     
    Still got to refit the brakes and then repeat on the other side. 
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    535i Andrew reacted to bmwmike in What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?   
    Right so, garage it is then!
     
     
     
     
    hehe. Doesnt sound too bad, will order the bits. Cheers.
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    535i Andrew got a reaction from bmwmike in What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?   
    Hi @bmwmike
     
    The bearing I removed today was a FAG.
     
    Whilst the new bearings I have are branded ‘febi’ they are actually FAG.
     
    FAG are oem 
    I removed a FAG from my E60 and replaced it with a FAG. 
     
    You won’t go wrong with FAG.
     
    The bearings I have came with new bolts as there is a story here……
    ……BMW changed the design of the wheel bearing from one that had 4 M12x1.5 bolts which have an M12 Spline (triple square) drive to 4 M12x1.25 bolts which have a Torx Plus T60 drive. 
     
    The old bolts therefore will not physically fit into the new bearing as the threads are finer and are torqued differently. 
    Tighten to 20Nm
    Tighten to 120Nm
    Then tighten a further 90 deg. Managed that with a 750mm breaker bar. 
     
    The old bearing bolts are only torqued to 80Nm but have thread lock on them. 
     
    Cannot recommend strongly enough that you should also replace the tension arm as it will most likely be a bitch to remove (essential to get access to bearing retaining bolts) at the balljoint unless recently replaced. The counter hold Torx T50 gave up. As I was using an Impact grade T50 bit it was the balljoint itself that wimped out first forcing the need to use a pair of self locking pliers on the balljoint head before resorting to brute strength to undo the nyloc nut which likes to jam on the exposed corroded threads of the balljoint, despite a wire brushing and soaking in Plusgas. Heat might be the answer to melt the nyloc. 
     
    Get good quality (impact grade) Torx bits, Torx Plus bits, Spline bits. 24mm ratchet spanner, E20 Torx socket. And I had big Bertha in case of an argument, a 1000mm long 3/4” drive breaker bar for nuts that stalled my impact wrench. 
     
    Good fun spannering with proper big spanners. 
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    535i Andrew got a reaction from d_a_n1979 in What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?   
    Used my heated seat for the first time for a long time. 
     
    That plus lighting the stove for the first time this autumn confirms autumn is definitely here!
     
    Be winter tyre time soon……..
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    535i Andrew reacted to vpcaptain in What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?   
    No the ‘weegies’ would take the Q3 for a ram raid. Not letting them take the 1er
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    535i Andrew got a reaction from vpcaptain in What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?   
    Realised I'd left it unlocked since probably Sunday.
     
    Diddy.
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