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    2014 Ex Kent RPU 530d 3.0 Auto F11 Touring

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  1. HandyAndy_UK

    Run flat tyre pressure warning

    Highly unlikely I'd have thought.
  2. Some warnings can be reset via the iDrive, others via the dashboard. Brake pads require a new sensor to be reset via the dashboard. Of course some 'code reader' apps can also reset these items.
  3. HandyAndy_UK

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

    I have always removed any such stickers from every vehicle I've owned.... if they want me to advertise for them, they can pay me for it.
  4. HandyAndy_UK

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

    Today's fun started with replacing the rear brake pad warning sensor and stopping the 'you must report to BMW und pay lots of money...SCHNELL !!' every time I switched on or off. Turned out the old one had somehow got sliced, but I was going to change it anyhow after replacing the pads the other week, so no biggie. That done, I moved on to replacing the second of my steering wheel remotes. This time, more pics... can be checked out here :
  5. HandyAndy_UK

    Steering wheel remotes

    Ok, so rather than pad out the 'What did you do...' thread, I thought as the sun is out and when I did the left side controller the pics were somewhat lacking, so now I've replaced the right side roller switch I'd take a few more pics for anyone looking at any similar jobs. The work itself is stunningly simple and doesn't require much time for any special tools above what's in most toolkits thesedays. However I shall start with a warning... you will need to remove the steering wheel airbag unit. This is a pyrotechnic device... get it wrong and you risk things going bang in your face, so before you start, DISCONNECT THE BATTERY then take 10 minutes or so to organise what you need while any remaining charge dissipates. Now we're safe you can crack on. I used this video by Nut Job as a good guide to removing the airbag Once that's out of the way you can unscrew what you need... change the roller... then reassemble. The photos should let you see what you're facing... and in reverse how to rebuild it all. To disconnect the airbag unclip the yellow and blue plugs Disconnect the mounting plate earth then undo the 4 silver torx screws and remove the plate Then the black torx screw on whichever side, will release the flappy-paddle (if you have them), or the cover if you don't. Let the flappy-paddle hang out of the way and the black plastic cover can be removed to reveal the torx screw that retains the switch unit With the switch now free, unplug it and you can remove the 3 small Phillips screws and take off the back cover. Unplug the two plugs (they just pull straight out) and you can lift out the main board and then the roller unit - which slides on guides so be careful. The roller switch spindle is easily unclipped (gear end first) and then the spindle can be eased from the roller. You'll note there is a flat on the spindle and a matching one in the roller. Line them up and then just reassemble in reverse order. Pretty simple and for around £10-£15 for the bits from China, it beats over £100 for the entire remote switches unit from BMW. Time taken... around 20 mins... (30 with photos).
  6. HandyAndy_UK

    Boot rams not working

    Having a power tailgate myself (albeit on an F11) firstly I'd check on the iDrive that the opening angle hasn't mysteriously been reset to the bare minimum, then checking for blown fuse(s) before moving on to checking for fault codes. Really just starting points to gather more information as to whereabouts to look next.
  7. HandyAndy_UK

    Android replacement

    You may notice that the plastic mountings for the actual switch are not moulded into the supplied camera handle.... therefore you cannot fit the switch and you do lose the function. This is why I reverted back to my original handle and mounted a separate camera head where the OE head would be.
  8. HandyAndy_UK

    2012 5 Series starter Issue

    Might just be me but that sounded like the starter solenoid not correctly functioning. I have no idea if the start/stop system operates the starter system in a different manner than manually pressing the button, but it sounded as if there was barely enough juice getting to the starter to even partially fire the solenoid. Loose cable? Bad earth? System fault? Can't help there... But would be interesting to see if it works ok with the start/stop switched off.
  9. The amazon one is a lot easier to clean.... I have a slightly different model and one small mutt gets incredibly muddy on a sunday walk in the local wald.
  10. HandyAndy_UK

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

    What he said...
  11. HandyAndy_UK

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

    I'm not a beer drinker... luckily I can get Glenlivet in Germany though
  12. HandyAndy_UK

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

    The two remote switches are different - the left is a 'flick up/flick down' selector while the right is a continuous roller switch. The changing procedure is pretty much the same though... very easy. There seems to be loads of replacement bits on there for most cars... understandable really as it probably all came from China in the first place. Just look around or search the OE part number.
  13. HandyAndy_UK

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

    Have you thought about trying Morrisons?
  14. HandyAndy_UK

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

    Just in from replacing my cruise control steering wheel remote. Door to door took about 40 mins... now I've done one I think it would take able 20 mins (without problems), so if yours are worn and manky it's very much a DIY job for a sunday morning. Removing the airbag was easy enough as per the guide by Nut Job on his YouTube video when he changed his steering wheel. However, with the airbag removed you then remove the torx screw retaining the flappy paddle (if you have such) which will give access from the rear (of the wheel) to the torx screw retaining the remote unit. I believe in his pre-LCi the unit were just pushed into place. With the remote unit out it's just 3 tiddy crosshead screws to open the unit then 2 more to remove the rocker switch module. Gentle easing of the plastic will allow the old rocker to be removed. You then transfer a Y shaped bit of plastic from old rocker to new and the new one (with a touch of teflon grease) slips back into the module, taking care to engage the guide on the rocker with the arm on the module so the rocker actually does something. In true Haynes fashion, reassembly is the reverse of stripping and Bob is your relative. Nice and new and ungrotty one more. I didn't bother changing the RH roller switch as it really just doesn't need it. For those interested, here's where I got them : https://www.aliexpress.com/snapshot/0.html?spm=a2g0s.9042647.6.2.27954c4dAgQlM3&orderId=8012785692255472&productId=33030552298
  15. Just knowledge of the system I´m afraid. The strip sensor is the optical fibre part, left and right bonnet catches show up as front left and front right, the pyro units and rear left and right then the accelerometer as centre. On the good side, the strip sensor is only about 100 bucks new from BMW... when you think they can charge something like 3000 bucks to reset a fired off PPS, that´s not bad at all. However with the fault as reported for yours, I´d be looking first at the strip sensor plug (assuming you´ve not sorted your system now).