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HandyAndy_UK last won the day on November 26 2020

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    Germany & Other warm places
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    Military Contractor


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    2014 Ex Kent RPU 530d 3.0 Auto F11 Touring

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  1. HandyAndy_UK

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

    What did I do with my F11 today? Apparently around 850km between 1800 UK and 0600 DE.... Took a little over half a tank mostly done cruising at 100kmh and enjoying the lousy weather which only dried up around 20 before I got here. Oh well, back to work tomorrow...
  2. HandyAndy_UK

    Is 30 miles twice a week ok for a diesel 530?

    Calculating it out I'd suggest you try and do a 'burn run' at least once a month. 30 miles at 'instantaneous' 70mph is just under 30 mins. Reality says you're unlikely to sustain over 50mph for too long in any one chunk once everything is fully up to temperature. Assuming you had commanded a forced regen using 'computer means', you might just sneak something in as soon as the required parameters are met, but again unlikely. I'm in a similar situation as my daily run to work is all of 15mins engine running time. In summer temperatures the warm up is obviously faster, but still by the time I'm parking up, the needle's only been straight up for 5 mins tops. To reduce chances of problems, once a month I go for an autobahn blast for around 80-100km out at speeds up to around 200kmh (conditions permitting), then back in at 90kmh on the cruise. I'm hoping this means the exhaust system is at higher temperatures and pressures for a suitable period, but then maintains sufficient temperature during the run in for a commanded regen via Carly. The run also giving both batteries a decent charge and reducing water buildup in the oil.
  3. Personally unless it's shown signs of degraded performance or damage when examined, I'd leave it alone. Some have failed no doubt, but I'm not seeing anything in a quick search to call it common. Obviously it's your call... do you spend the money for peace of mind or do you deal with actual conditions and likelihood of future failure. Just make sure you do your regular oil & filter changes once your back on the road.
  4. HandyAndy_UK

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

    .... and with the MoT out of the way, today's fun was swapping out the cabin filters. Usual Mahle charcoal pair fitted.... a quick 20 minutes out in the sunshine.
  5. HandyAndy_UK

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

    The big white(ish) beast passed another MoT test..... now I can relax a bit and enjoy my vacation....
  6. HandyAndy_UK

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

    Km travelled + calculated remaining range topped out at 1497km. If I hadn't cruised at 120kmh through Germany it would probably have been higher.
  7. HandyAndy_UK

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

    Well just a follow-on to the EGR valve problem 'coughing' when cold I was having.... after a few weeks of this it has now decided to behave once more. Part of me is wondering if it was merely back into a 'learning' mode after a reset the adaptations around a month ago. Now it's been smooth as you like all of last week on chilly mornings, all throttle positions including very light pedal - this was where the 'coughing' was most evident when cold. The oil temperature is coming up to normal nicely and all seems well. I'm back in blightly for this year's MoT so it got a nice run across europe on saturday... a 5+ hour run which by the time I got to Rotterdam brought in a combined max range just under 1500km to a full tank, so I'm happy economy is good. Obviously I'll continue to monitor it and I have a new EGR sat on my kitchen table if needed once I head back, but it's looking like all is well again. My only worry for the test is if the tyres are good as I was forced to retain my existing, 4 year old CrossClimates after the tyreshop got the wrong size delivered last tuesday. They're not down the the wear bars yet, but I'd still have preferred to be presenting with new boots.
  8. HandyAndy_UK

    F11 Camshaft Position Sensor location

    I'm not too familiar with the N47 but maybe this will at least point you to the right area :
  9. HandyAndy_UK

    F10 LCi Sport / Comfort / Eco button function

    To be fair I use Sport mode now and then and over here you really can make good use of it. There's a noticeable change in the shift pattern if you stay in D, but the flappy paddles allow me to preselect in a way the car cannot.... it cannot see the hill I'm about to hit or the slow Merc ahead I'm planning to pass. It also made me realise just how easy it is for a 530D Roads Policing Unit car just suddenly appear in your rear view mirror when you could swear there were no cops in sight. The only problem comes on the rare occasions I'm back in UK, I have to make a concious effort to keep the speed down... LIM earns it's place now and then.
  10. HandyAndy_UK

    Recommended Tyre brands / models for BMW

    I too am an enthusiastic advocate for CrossClimate+. I swapped out the Police mix of Goodyear/Dunlop my F11 came with and took a punt on these so I could comply with the German requirements for 3PMSF marked tyres 'O zu O' (October to easter) without needing to change wheels. I've been loving them ever since. I'm about to put on a second set after over 3 years on the first set. They've been in all conditions, temperatures over 40c and speeds up to 272kmh and never given the slightest reason to want to change. Even having to slam on at about 250kmh they performed perfectly.
  11. HandyAndy_UK

    Weak windscreen washer jets

    I did indeed.... my jets went from barely making it halfway up the screen, to hitting about 6in below the top of the screen when static.... about mid screen with at speed. The motor note also stays about the same while squirting, unlike yours which does sound like the pump is starved due to blockage and thus has no resistance and spins faster.
  12. HandyAndy_UK

    Weak windscreen washer jets

    Another option to help break down the gunk is to break up a couple of denture cleaning tablets and wash them into the tank. It's a 5l tank so 2 or 3 tablets would do the job, yet shouldn't be so strong as to damage anything. The tank ends up sparkling clean and minty fresh !
  13. HandyAndy_UK

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

    Well it was yesterday actually, but I finally got around to this year's oil and filters change. Another 6.5l of LiquiMoly 4100 5w40 swapped out... Mehle oil and air filters likewise.... and when I can get off my tail-end, I'll do the cabin filters too. Maybe later as it's a lovely sunny morgen. Good time to check the level from yesterday and top-up if required.
  14. HandyAndy_UK

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

    When it's that small try taking a pic of the writing with your cell then zoom in the pic to enlarge the writing
  15. HandyAndy_UK

    Wet Floor - Looking For Online Helpers

    Sadly, if you take a look at realoem.com https://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/showparts?id=5K12-EUR-09-2013-F11N-BMW-530d&diagId=51_8992 You'll see the carpet is one piece front, and one piece rear, so you have no choice but a load of stripping to remove the centre console to remove the carpet completely. May require a change in plans... Good luck however you choose to proceed.