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Hippy last won the day on September 8 2019

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    Wimborne, Dorset
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    Mobility Engineer


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    e39 525i sport touring,r53 mini cooper s

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  1. Hippy

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Took the car for an MOT today. All that cleaning last weekend must have paid off, as it passed with flying colours and no advisories The tester and the workshop manager both commented that it was one of the nicest E39's they had seen in a while. I felt like a proud father !
  2. Hippy

    E39 Holey Crap that's not good!

    I had mine repaired last year......it wasn't cheap
  3. Hippy

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    MOT time next week, and I always like to present a clean car. Daft? Who knows!! Anyway, although the weather is grotty here, I just managed a wash and wax before the heavens opened . The old girl still scrubs up well for a 150k miler, and the rain beading on the bonnet looks very arty!!
  4. Hippy

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    Didn't realise that's what it was there for, but luckily Yes I did!!
  5. Hippy

    What did you do to your E39 today ?

    The windows started to steam up last week and after a quick check the rear carpets confirmed an ingress of water. Turned out the rear near side door vapour barrier was the culprit......... Picked up a new vapour barrier from the local Stealer this week and set to today.......... Removed the old sealant and degreased the surfaces......... I've tried various products in the past, including the genuine BMW sealant, but none have seemed to work for too long. A couple of years ago I had to replaced the offside rear door barrier and tried Tiger Seal, which has held so far. So......... The cold and damp didn't help matters and I had to gently use a hot air gun to help the curing process. An little while later.......... All seems well, but I've left the door card off for now as we're expecting rain and that will confirm ( hopefully ) that the day's toil was a success.
  6. Hippy

    E39 anti roll bar swap?

    + 1 I've done exactly the same and agree with the above. I now need to refresh and upgrade the front when time / cash permit, as the standard ( and probably tired ) standard shocks, springs, bushes etc now feel soft and vague in comparison to the rear.
  7. That's good value - I'll have to scurry down to our local store and see if they're doing the same No worries re the HVAC panel. If it eases your pain give me a shout next time your'e down Lyme Regis way ( about an hour from me), and I'll trundle down and let you buy me an ice cream
  8. Morning gents! Contacted various people on here and Evilbay to see if they had a suitable climate control unit for me. Wasted nigh on a week waiting for answers - no replies. Seriously, if you want to sell stuff then at least respond to enquiries. Rant over!! Called a BMW specialist breaker mid week and a second hand unit arrived on my doorstep two days later ( yesterday ). Despite the pouring rain I've just fitted it and hooked up the multimeter to see what the current draw is. With the car in sleep mode I'm now getting a reading of 0.02A, which I believe is acceptable. Can someone confirm this? Hopefully not premature and a little early I know , but I think a celebration is called for.........
  9. As daft as it sounds, lifting the bonnet to see a cable tie holding the valves in place would drive me nuts - OCD??!! I've sent the seller a message to see if he has an exchange item. I will try @Tims to see if he can help - sadly don't have a Facebook account.
  10. So, nice dry day and went to fit the heater valves only to find........ ....broken during transit Are we now thinking it would be worth replacing the HVAC unit as well? Is this where you sourced yours from Dan, or did you dig deep and go for a new item?
  11. To clarify, I only let the car go into sleep mode once. As I only had limited time and a whole heap of fuses to work through, I didn't have the time to allow the car to go to sleep each time I pulled a fuse - 25 ish fuses x 16 mins each!! As stated I'm not great with electrics, so my thought process was to use the 1.18A reading as a bench mark figure to see how pulling fuses altered this . The only time this figure dropped were when fuses 4 and 9 were removed. The heater valves will hopefully be with me for the weekend, so I might as well replace these anyway. Maybe I'll get lucky!! However, how can I prove one way or t'other that the the HVAC unit is functioning correctly? And if the problem does turn out to be the HVAC unit, I'm not sure how to proceed. How can a used item be guaranteed fit for purpose? I should imagine a new item is big bucks
  12. Good idea - I'd forgotten those - they are out of sight behind a flap on the Touring. Just had a quick peek and I can't see any clear indication of which fuse governs what - I'll have a proper look at the weekend when I fit the heater valves. Ref the valves - is there much water loss when changing them? I've read somewhere to swap one hose at a time. Does that mean that the valves are closed until power up ? @d_a_n1979 what was your experience when you did yours?
  13. Yes, hopefully slowly getting there! Unfortunately I'd already ordered a replacement part before I read your message - hopefully be with me for the weekend. Yes, I did check the rear demister, ( fuse 20 if I'm correct ), which read 1.18A as per the majority of the others. Only fuses 4 and 9 affected the reading. Does anyone know if the HVAC unit can be checked / repaired, or is it a throw away item?
  14. Had some time again today to do some further checks....... HVAC unit replaced . Multimeter reading 1.19A Unplugged FSU - still reading 1.19A Unplugged fuses 75 and 76 one at a time - reading 1.19A in both cases Unplugged heater control valves - reading dropped to 0.47A Can I assume then that the heater valves are causing some of the drain? However, when the HVAC unit was removed yesterday the reading dropped to 0.16A . Would this then indicate that the unit is faulty as well as the valves?
  15. @Clavurion and @ttrw2 - thanks for the info. So to clarify - if I plug the HVAC unit back in, what are the other items that this controls that I should be checking? I did replace the Hedgehog with a new Meyle item a few weeks ago when this problem first occurred. The reading dropped to 0.16A when I disconnected the HVAC, but it looks like there are other checks I can do to see if this item is faulty, or it is something else down the line, so to speak. Hopefully @Clavurion and @ttrw2 will confirm what I need to check. If it turns out to be the HVAC unit don't worry, and certainly no need to apologise. It was sent in good faith and your efforts were, and are , appreciated