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  1. Hi everyone my car has a noise when turning right either stationary or at very low speeds. It happens when getting near to full lock and happens when returning to centre from right hand lock as well. It’s sounds like a loud click/ creak noise. All ball joints and arms are ok with no play. The noise sounds like it’s coming from the centre of the car which makes me think it’s in the rack itself. I have removed the rack boots on the tie rods and found the O/S worm gear coming out of the rack housing with orange rusty grease along it. Cleaned this up and re greased but still the same. N/S was fine. Both tie rod ball joints seemed ok as well. Chf fluid level is ok. Has anyone had had problems with active steering racks? All the usual motor factors can’t seem to supply one which is a bit worrying. I have attached a video of the noise. Could it possibly be a problem with the lower steering column assembly with the UJ’s? Any help would be appreciated. cheers 303F06B3-9A59-4587-BB99-910EAF2C204F.MOV
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    Steering rack what do I have/do

    Hi sorry to hijack the thread but did the clicking noise sound like the file I have uploaded? I only have this noise on right hand lock. I don’t have any vagueness in the steering though. If you have active steering you have the larger reservoir that takes chf fluid. The sport button doesn’t mean you have active steering. Standard rack has the normal smaller reservoir I believe. Sounds stupid but do you have decent tyres with correct pressures? Cheers BB5D7E0F-6247-4712-BD11-DD648D118CAC.MOV
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    E61 tailgate hinge brackets

    YesI’ve left enough on the looms. Almost too much as without any trunking it gets caught in the hinges so needs something. The only one that is a bit bit tight is the coax cable. I may drop headlining down a bit to see if I can get some more length on the cable. It was in good condition but for some reason is tight. Thanks
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    E61 tailgate hinge brackets

    Thanks for the info. I’ve got some decent loom tape and extended all wires around 150mm. Cheers
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    E61 tailgate hinge brackets

    Thanks I wasn’t aware that people leave them out completely. I knew they were available from bmw but I think they are held to tightly. Especially now after being crimped and soldered. Thanks
  6. Hi everyone, I am currently repairing the broken wiring in my e61 tailgate. Someone has previously had a go and damaged and bent the metal brackets that’s the looks run in. Im considering using plastic flexible conduit rather than the original bmw brackets. Mainly so the wiring is not as tight and can sit in a more natural position. Has anyone done this? No searches show anything but I can’t be the first person to consider or do this? Any help or input would be grateful. Cheers dean
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    Gearbox gremlins

    You need to get the car level and run it up to get the oil warm. Select all all gears and back to park and leave engine running. remove gearbox oil fill plug and oil level should be at the bottom of the fill plug hole. You should have a small dribble of oil run down the casing. i think exact oil temp range is 35/45 degrees but as long as it’s warm will be ok. if you google the zf6hp26 oil fill plug it should show you a picture of it ( I’m not very good at explaining!)
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    Gearbox gremlins

    Have you checked your gearbox oil level? also do you have any error codes in the transmission?
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    Anybody had a carbon clean on e60 d

    Having cleaned carbon out of heads and inlet manifolds before I don’t believe. Carbon clean would be worth the money as it will never remove everything. Your better of blanking the egr properly and removing manifold and cleaning properly and investigate the cause of black smoke (most likely an injector or a boost leak causing over fuelling) i was toying with buying an rs4 a little while ago which suffer from carbon problems in the engine. There was a good thread on the rs4 forum where someone removed manifold etc after a carbon clean and it had removed hardly anything. I think they even dynod the car to prove it didn’t do anything. in my opinion it’s a bit like fuel additives etc they are a waste of money but I’m probably wrong!
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    E61 535d soot around actuator

    Thanks for the reply. Yes i I also wondered if it was to do with dpf back pressure although my pressure readings are well within spec. how bad is the leak on yours? I remember when when I was looking at 535s seeing a few with this issue so must be fairly common? cheers dean
  11. Hi everyone, i serviced my 09 535d today and noticed some soot around the large actuator arm. have noticed it before but seems a bit worse. Car seems to drive and pull well. Does anyone else suffer with this and did you do anything about it? Thanks in advance. Dean
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    Lost a inlet manifold washer

    I have also dropped one and spent hours searching before. I know use a small amount of superglue to hold them in when I go back on/ remove manifold again.
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    09 535d possible turbo failure?

    Thanks Jason. I have blanked the swirl flaps off already. I have a tiny bit of oil sweeping through them but nothing major.
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    535D What Additives

    I used some old Castro’s 2t I had from moto x days years ago. Think you can still buy it