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Everything posted by HandyAndy_UK

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    What are the best tires in terms of life?

    The Michelin CrossClimate+ on my F11 are rapidly heading towards 3 years old now. Still plenty of meat on them after mucho km and plenty of serious speed. I'll definitely be getting another set when the time comes.
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    F10 door corrosion

    From what I hear if they don't match it might be due to them being in different tiers We're hearing horror stories from back in blighty of the madness going on of late...
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    Rear pad service soon warning

    Last rear change mine reset to 6000 as well.... Since then I've done around 2300 km across Europe and it's still sat on 6000.
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    Brembo Discs

    Even over here it's typically 10 days to 2 weeks, but it's rare you'll get a better deal including delivery. I'm pretty friendly with my local BMW filiale, but even they can't afford to discount to the same degree as companies in the autodoc group.
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    Correct Engine Oil Level !

    Pretty much as @IINexusII said.... your choice should meet the BMW specification LL-04. Personally this year I'm using Liqui Moly oils, but previously I've had Castrol and Mobil in the N57. As long as the spec is right, the choice is yours...
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    Correct Engine Oil Level !

    Keep an eye on it whilst its still potentially settling.... and watch out for leakage underneath... always possible something wasn't properly tightened.
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    Correct Engine Oil Level !

    I'd always go with physical dipstick over iDrive. With the level shown in your pic I would add no more than 500ml... let it settle before adding any more to make max. I'd estimate that would end up taking about 800ml to settle at max.
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    Front Wheel bearing replacement guide?

    I went along the route of dropping the whole strut out when I did the E61.... this also highlighted the fact the the braking vibration was in fact the strut top bearings, not the hub bearings, but as I had them I ordered the top bearings and changed the lot anyway!
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    Correct Engine Oil Level !

    Technically it's 'within limits'... so not really a problem. That said I'm with @Matthew Ashton in saying it should be at the 'Max' mark. Standard design is for the difference between 'min' and 'max' to be 1 litre. Onward question would be, how quickly has it dropped to the current level? The fact it's gotten down there would have me checking it daily until I could establish a 'rate of drop'.
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    Wing mirror cover 525d f10

    https://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/select Work your way through RealOEM to find the correct part number for the item you want. Armed with that number you can find the supplier and price of your choice.
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    Wildenrath is a rail test track now. My old kaserne at Bunde got flattened and is now a small industrial estate.
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    Filled up with diesel on my way home..... Shell station @ 0.949 euro/litre. (That's 86p/litre at today's rate)
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    What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?

    It's a metal clip on mine too. Got my 'cap socket' for the E61... don't need it now for the F11... still got it though....
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    Headlight restoration

    The one thing I learned from doing this back when I had a Vectra, was to remove the headlight unit from the car. Mask all you like... you WILL damage your paintwork !
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    Heavy/Stiff steering

    I'd be looking at the connections in the engine bay... if something has come loose, any longitudinal play should be pretty obvious.
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    Non RFT tyre pressures G31

    Michelin CrossClimate+ 225/55R 17 101W here ..... saves me having to change to winter wheels to comply with German Law.
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    Non RFT tyre pressures G31

    The standard advice has always been to use the same pressures as rft. The rft part only comes into it when the air pressure can no longer support the vehicle.
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    Heavy/Stiff steering

    Check your power steering fluid level, and check for green oil leakage at the base of the radiator pack. The old build of steering oil cooler is an unprotected S tube, bottom front of the radiator pack and so is exposed to debris. The new design is covered in a mass of cooling fins, so is more effective as far better protected. Replacement isn't that difficult.
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    Engine bay sound proofing mouse problem

    On my F11 I'd go with item 8.... don't fancy the faff of ever having to do it though... https://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/showparts?id=5K12-EUR-09-2013-F11N-BMW-530d&diagId=51_7865
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    Steering wheel vibration when braking!!

    With my E61 it turned out to be the front strut top bearings. I had to drop the front shocks while replacing the front hub bearings and when I got my hands on the top bearings I was shocked at the amount of movement in them. Luckily replacements were something like £14 each from ECP at the time, which given I'd already spent a couple of hundred replacing only slightly warped discs, only for the vibration to still be there, I was seriously happy at such a cheap fix. Just a shame the N53 engine, numbers 1 & 2 injectors refused to ever work properly.
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    Strange Water Leak From G31

    Factoring in the outside air that was sucking in by opening the doors, then the steam from the food and multiple people eating in a confined space, I'd say that is a perfectly reasonable amount of condensate and yes, you're overreacting. I'd be more worried about the potential for spurious fries finding their way down the sides of seats.
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    Parking assistance help!

    I know what you mean but I just have visions of driving to Tesco, jumping out by the doors and the car taking itself off to go hunt a parking space
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    How to replace your blower motor f10/f11

    The way I understand it, you might well be right. The drain tube should be below the yellow grommet. A blocked drain allows rising water to leak into the cabin via said grommet, or if the grommet is sound, eventually through the cabin air inlet.
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    F10 LCI Vibrations at 70mph

    The pulsing would be caused by one/both warped discs pushing against the brake pistons as they rotate. That pulsing isn't a good thing, neither is the extra vibration caused by the wobble which will damage other components. Worst of all is the fact your brakes will effectively be off - on - off - on as the warp passes the brake pads. Fronts are stunningly easy to replace on the F10/11 and you replace both discs and pads together. Assuming the discs are undamaged once the new pads wear down, then you'd change only the pads next time around. Typically it's 2 sets of pads to one set of discs, but that can vary depending on many factors. You need to replace the wear sensor when you replace the pads or the service indicator won't reset. Best advice, stick with standard discs and pads - you can get the correct part numbers for your specific build from RealOEM, then shop where you are happiest to avoid BMW prices. Personally, on my 530d I fit ATE all round. For fronts, you're looking about an hours' work assuming you have a cuppa (with biscuits) halfway.
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    How to replace your blower motor f10/f11

    No. In the cavity below is a rubber drain 'tube'. When that gets gunged up any rainwater cannot drain, the level rises to the point it can vent through the blower and/or any firewall grommets.