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    Modge got a reaction from Changy in DIY aircon recharge   
    Wouldnt grace Kwik Fit with my business if they were the last garage in the country!!!
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    Modge reacted to Keliuss in DIY aircon recharge   
    That sounds a decent price. Just make absolutely sure they do the leak tests prior to recharging it. This entire forum is littered with posts along the lines of "had my A/C recharged last week and it was ice cold for a few days, now it's hot again, took it back to the garage and they said I must have a leak somewhere". Which of course is the idiots way to do it. I've heard it mentioned on these forums that in the UK it's illegal for a garage to recharge without leak testing first. 
     
    Keliuss
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    Modge reacted to dj1233 in DIY aircon recharge   
    weigh up the pros and cons plus the cost difference. If you have a leak or an issue, you'll have to go to a garage/local professional. 
     
    Most air con recharges will also a pressure tests and do an antibacterial/clean of the system too, so it is all fresh gas and no funky smells. 
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    Modge got a reaction from Bill1976 in winter wheels   
    I have an E60 520d LCI, i swap out my 18" alloys for a set of 16" steel rims with Dunlop Wintersport M3 runflats.  Much like Andrew above I was sceptical about winter tires and had never used any on any other car but got strongly advised to get a set for the BMW with the RWD, so glad I did as I had a few slips in the morning winter ice with my summer rubber on.  Well worth it.
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    Modge reacted to DennisCooper in Found this big b***ard in my engine bay!   
    Gulp!
     
    That's not a big bar steward.....
    This is a big bar steward....
     

     
    Cheers, Dennis!
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    Modge reacted to GoNz0 in Found this big b***ard in my engine bay!   
    I would have set the car on fire.
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    Modge reacted to pidgeonpost in Found this big b***ard in my engine bay!   
    What me??? I haven't found one yet that can withstand a wallop from a rolled up copy of Big Jugs Weekly. 
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    Modge reacted to 535i Andrew in Found this big b***ard in my engine bay!   
    Ya big girls blouse.
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    Modge reacted to pidgeonpost in Found this big b***ard in my engine bay!   
    I'm not keen on the big big ones. Got a dead one inside one of my tail lights. At least we don't have to put up with the Aussie ones. 
     
    spiderchart.webp
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    Modge got a reaction from GoNz0 in Found this big b***ard in my engine bay!   
    Just left him too it!! If he can hold on whilst Im gunning it down the motorway at 70 (because I always observe the speed limit! ) then fair play to him, he can stay!
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    Modge reacted to 535i Andrew in Found this big b***ard in my engine bay!   
    Are you scared of it or something?
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    Modge got a reaction from GoNz0 in Found this big b***ard in my engine bay!   
    Just left him too it!! If he can hold on whilst Im gunning it down the motorway at 70 (because I always observe the speed limit! ) then fair play to him, he can stay!
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    Modge reacted to 535i Andrew in Vibration above 60mph   
    For a front bearing diagnoses, get yourself on a quiet twisty road.  Tunes off, and ease off on the bends so there is less engine noise.
     
    If the noise gets worse on a fast right hand bend then its the left hand wheel.  Left hand wheel loads up more in a right hand bend. If its the right hand bearing it should quieten on a right hand bend as that wheel is subjected to less load.
     
    Repeat on left hand bend for checking.
     
    You will never get slop in the bearing so you can't tell by jacking it up and trying to wiggle the wheel.  Plus the drag from the pads will mask any potential rumblings from a bearing if its slight.  Only once you strip the disc off the hub will you really be able to tell.  There should be videos in my wheel bearing replacement thread showing the noise a worn one makes albeit with hub stripped down.
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    Modge reacted to Peggowski in Vibration above 60mph   
    That sounds very like when my bearing went. Easy to check thinking about it. Jack it up and see if the wheel spins freely.
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    Modge reacted to 535i Andrew in Vibration above 60mph   
    Was the hub to disc mating face cleaned?  Corrosion on this face can result in a vibration as it throws the disc from being perfectly centred on the hub and gives the impression of a "warped" disc giving a vibration.
     
    Could be the wheels are buckled or simply thrown a balance weight.
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    Modge reacted to 535i Andrew in Vibration above 60mph   
    It's just a case of methodically working your way thru all the joints and bushes, looking for wear/ excessive movement.
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    Modge reacted to d_a_n1979 in Vibration above 60mph   
    Rear arms IMO; or cack on the rear brakes (possibly sticking calipers)
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    Modge reacted to 535i Andrew in Vibration above 60mph   
    Worn suspension arms can be detected by a slight shimmy thru the steering wheel under braking, also by hearing a clonk when lifting off.  As above, get it jacked up and if you can move the wheel, its time to change.
     
    Easy DIY
     
     
    Could be your brakes,
     
    Easy DIY
     
     
    Top mounts?
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    Modge reacted to Dotcom1970 in Vibration above 60mph   
    Lower control arms bushes - very common BMW problem.  Replace complete arm with genuine parts...
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    Modge reacted to d_a_n1979 in Vibration above 60mph   
    As above
     
    If your wheels balance fine; then more than likely one of the suspension arms giving out; get the car up on a ramp and get all the front arms checked over and replace in pairs. Meyle HD, Moog or Lemforder parts are more than adequate and can be sourced easily enough via eBay resellers such as C3BMW and BMWmotormec; part numbers can be found via RealOEM  
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    Modge reacted to Peggowski in Vibration above 60mph   
    Could be wheel bearing on it's way out maybe... had that on my old t5 van. Vibration gradually got worse and worse until I just got it changed. I'd get a garage or tyre place to check if it's the bearing or not.
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    Modge reacted to Keliuss in The E60 Android head unit as it should have been!!   
    Using wood simply never occurred to me, but now that you mention it I reckon it would work quite well. You should be able to achieve a good finish too if you go with satin or matte black. 
     
    Keliuss
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    Modge got a reaction from Keliuss in The E60 Android head unit as it should have been!!   
    Thanks for the advice.  I dont have any perspex handy and I was thinking I might actually try a wooden frame, I have some 11mm hardwood sheet left over from some shelves I made that might work, should be able to cut it to shape easy enough with the dremmel!!  Should hopefully get time to do it next weekend, will let you know how it goes.
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    Modge reacted to Keliuss in The E60 Android head unit as it should have been!!   
    @Modge, if you do get around to it, some advice:
    I took the opportunity last night to take this picture as I had to pull it out to retrieve my sdcard, which fell into the opening I had made for it . So here's my advice on that: Take your time lining up and cutting that slot. I didn't, and it's too big as I had to widen it to keep it looking tidy.

    I think it was 8mm perspex I used but 10 or 12 might have been better for two reasons:
    1. The depth measured from the front screen to the holes in the metal casing was larger than 8mm meaning I had to shim up between the perspex and the holes. You can see 3 of these in the picture. I just used some bits of plastic with holes drilled and hot glued them in place to effectively increase the thickness where the screws are. 
    2. When you cut the rectangular screen shape out of your perspex there is very little material left at the corners, making it weak and susceptible to breaking as you work on it to clean the edges etc. Once it is screwed to the metal case though it is all very sturdy.
     
    If you want to get an idea of what it will be like you can easily pop out the two fixing screws and reposition the original like so:

     
    Keliuss
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    Modge reacted to Peggowski in Battery/electrical issue   
    As you say... fingers crossed! 
     
    When you had the initial issue had the car been sat unproven for a few days/weeks? And has it been in constant use since? 
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