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About oldjohnny

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  • Birthday 11/03/1946

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    Running cars I cannot afford.
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    2003 E60 530d 2004 Mercedes 220cdi estate

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  1. oldjohnny

    Smoke+lumpy idle cold start

    Your symptoms reference the white smoke and temporarily lumpy start are identical to mine during last years cold snap. Controller was suspect but took the plunge and replaced glow plugs as well while in there. This resolved the problem completely. I am also getting the occasional 'surge' you mentioned so come the spring it's the full gearbox service kit next.
  2. oldjohnny

    Help Please

    To be honest I seldom use this but a few weeks ago the messages that you have shown earlier started to appear even though I had neither used or removed the disk. It is an old 2004 business disc but I have tried a borrowed newish one with the same messages coming up. I will try a good cleaner first but at my age I have a fair idea where i'm going so if that dosen't work then my phone will do the job if i'm stuck.
  3. oldjohnny

    Help Please

    That's exactly my problem too Mikey. Jason, would you know the best laser cleaner to try first before going down the replace/repair route please? I tried one that I have had for years but it may be useless now.
  4. oldjohnny

    Trump, like him or loath him?

    Jeremy Corbin as Prime Minister and Donald Trump re-elected. Every parents wish for their future of their children.
  5. oldjohnny

    Trump, like him or loath him?

    Way before that. This was an old Monty Python barb aimed at Richard Nixon, but I think it fits Trump to a tee, though obviously not a very good fit as it rejected him!
  6. oldjohnny

    Trump, like him or loath him?

    It is being reported that Trump recently had an arse-hole transplant. Update just in. The arse-hole has rejected him!
  7. oldjohnny

    battery charger/trickle charger what to buy

    Stevecvo. Is this the Lidl charger you referred to? £14.00 today.
  8. oldjohnny

    Here's A Cracker!

    On ebay at present. Parts easily available as already dismantled.
  9. oldjohnny

    Navigation fault.

    Many thanks Jason. The car is so old now perhaps I will just ask for directions!
  10. oldjohnny

    Navigation fault.

    Started to get a periodic ' Cannot read the medium' message' when not even using navigation. Inserted a dvd laser cleaner but after this went through its programme it does not recognise the disc at all. It was working ok even though it is an old genuine BMW disc. Don't use it much anyway but is it goodnight for this part of the system or is there anything else I should do?
  11. oldjohnny

    Recommendations for garage shelving.

    I have always found that unless you go into heavy gauge shelving the units will be a tad flimsy when used upright and heavy things are placed on the upper shelves. Simply cured by fixing them to a wooden batten fastened to the wall. My neighbour has the Amazon units mentioned above and side by side they are perfectly adequate with no need for fixing.
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    And it's goodbye from him too.

    John's big smile reflected how I used to feel when I found one of his manuals in a second hand book shop in the 60s and 70s. No money to buy new ones, it was like winning the pools on discovering a copy. Cars were much simpler then and my old Vauxhall Velox, Ford Zephyr and Zodiac owe their lives to the 'Bible' as it was described then. Sure they were never perfect but for no choice DIY people back then they were a Godsend. Our tools were mostly meant for bicycles but between them and all-sorts 'borrowed' from the kitchen we managed. I can still hear the whistle of the cup flying past my head, thrown by my Mum on discovering I had used one of her best knives to adjust the carburettor on the Velox, my first car. Every time I slammed the door a bit of the bodywork fell off! 'Try telling that to young folk now-days and they won't believe you'
  13. oldjohnny

    E60 brake shoe backing plate

    The backing plates, or dust shields can build up quite a bit of rust. It comes off the discs via the pads and general road dirt over time. If the discs are bad they will build up rust to the extent they rub against the plates. They are a horlicks to change so a good clean up is preferred as long as they are not totally corroded. Just had the same problem on our Merc c class estate. Found one to be in a bad state and will have to replace it , come the good weather of course.
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    We had a wee shite, all of fifteen, on a small scrambler who was a bloody menace, roaring about like a maniac. Then one glorious day he came off in a big way, wearing would you believe just a dressing gown and pyjamas! Nipping round to his mates don't you know. He wasn't killed but I hear he's in wards three and four!
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    Brake Fluid Reservoir.

    Just discovered how to reset the brake service light. Thought it was a warning to top up but it's just a notice that it's time to change the fluid. Will do it in the warmer weather. At 14 years old it will hardly invalidate any warranty.