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oldjohnny last won the day on January 31 2020

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About oldjohnny

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  • Birthday 03/11/1946

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    Running cars I cannot afford.
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    Retired Guinness Taster.


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    2003 E60 530d 2004 Mercedes 220cdi estate

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  1. oldjohnny

    battery charger

    You have just set me thinking. The engine size may make no difference but the AH of the battery may well count re; the capacity of the wee smart charger to bring it up to 100%. Mine is 100AH and does not go to the green light fully charged position. Later this week I am going to connect it with the smart charger then after a while connect again to my old faithful unit (nearly as old as me), and see if that boosts it up to full. The smart charger has fully boosted two other batteries which are 90AH in the past.
  2. oldjohnny

    Cleaning Air Flow Meter.

    Mine is a Bosch so the metering unit does not come out seperately. Do I simply spray into the whole unit and let it dry for future use?
  3. oldjohnny

    Cleaning Air Flow Meter.

    Just changed my mass air flow meter. Spannerman says the removed unit is just oiled up slightly. I have Archoil AR6400-D Max cleaner on the magic shelf. Is this suitable for cleaning the air flow unit and is there a procedure for doing this please?
  4. oldjohnny

    Trump, like him or loath him?

    I have been watching in amazement at the scenes unfolding in the past week or so. From the thousands of house invaders, to the in-fighting of Democrats and Republicans and the continued antics of Trump and his entourage when a sudden realisation came to me. There's not one of them gives a monkeys f... that my sat nav has stopped working!
  5. oldjohnny

    Which 3 cars - lottery win

    It's amazing how your 'dream' list diminishes with age. The late George Bests Father was once asked if he had everything he wanted, and replied, "No, but I have everything I need". So it would be with me if I had a Mercedes S Class or BMW 760 for occasional use, while continuing my unrelenting studies into the after effects of Guinness on the over 65s!
  6. oldjohnny

    battery charger

    Yes I have used it in situ with both my BMW 530d and her indoors 2004 Merc estate. It goes through a longish sequence of readings before completing the charge but fits easily under the bonnet via an extension lead. Your actual battery condition will show up if it goes on charging for some time but does not complete the cycle, (green light). This applies to me and although the readings are spot on after charging I know the battery will need replacing when funds permit, as when the car is left unused for a week in this cold snap it needs boosted again. Well worth this price though and just like you I still have my 'old faithful' 25 year old charger which will bring a nearly dead battery back to life, unlike these models which will not charge if the reading is in the 10 to 11 range.
  7. On a lighter note, those of you who are married and still relatively young can cut the wifes allowance as there is no vat on sanitary products now!
  8. oldjohnny

    Happy New Year 2021

    Yes, a much better 2021 to everyone. Living in hope that I will once again sit on my favourite seat in my local staring at a freshly poured pint of Guinness. Hope you all brought this year in with a few of the new must have drinks. 'QUARANTINIS'!
  9. oldjohnny

    Wiper mechanism (front) E61 2008

    Mine broke up recently in the middle of a downpour. Nightmare! These are on ebay with or without the wiper arm. Easy fit. You can also buy just the bearing replacement kit but why bother at this price. Note there are two versions listed, depending on the year of the car. The old drive part was difficult to remove from the spindle on my 2003 E60.
  10. oldjohnny

    Wipers, Which Way Round?

    Changed my own a few weeks ago. They were 23" on the drivers side and the 24" on the passenger. I thought that was wrong so asked the same question as yours on here. Appears it is correct and the guidelines for them the other way around is based on a left hand drive car, although some dispute this. Good tip in a reply was to stop the wipers at the upright position and see if they were equal, and not snagging on the trim.
  11. oldjohnny

    Next car?

    If a vaccine doesn't appear soon my next car could be a hearse!
  12. oldjohnny

    battery charger

    I fall into the category of not using the car as often as I used to. Purchased this charger/ trickle unit and I am really well pleased with what you get for £20. (Amazon). Normal clip connecters which are strong and insulated together with fitting to have a permanent connection to the battery. Interesting to watch how it operates and makes my 25 year old charger look like something out of the transport museum. Time will tell how long it lasts but at this price it's peace of mind over the winter.
  13. oldjohnny

    Petrol, and diesel sales banned by 2030!

    I think everyone is missing the main point about all of this. Namely, where in the name of the missionary position are countless folk like me getting the money for a used electric car? We are the 'cast offs' brigade, driving ten to 20 year old big beasties like my 2003 e60 simply because that is all we can afford. I couldn't agree more that it is not only inevitable but essential that emissions are cut, but surely although 2030 is the proposed cut off date to make new diesel and petrol vehicles, they will have to allow the use of our dinasours for quite a while after that, If I am lucky enough to be around in 2030 it would be tipping me into my 80th year so thankfully I will be driving F.A.
  14. oldjohnny

    Connecting A Trickle Charger.

    Cheers. I thought the engine bay fittings were only for jump starting so this would make it much easier to connect the charger to. Re; the missing IBS, the previous owner was having constant problems with the battery and disconnecting the IBS cured it. I will never fully understand these E60s.
  15. oldjohnny

    Connecting A Trickle Charger.

    Thank you. There has been no IBS fitted to this car for the three years I have owned it and approx 2 years before that, so should I use it connected to the under bonnet fittings or the battery itself.