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    San75 got a reaction from 535i Andrew in What did you do to your F07/F10/F11 today?   
    Had all 4 wheels balanced to hopefully cure a vibrating issue at 72mph. I was shocked to see every wheel was out between 45g to 85g. I guess the last owner who had the tyres replaced was not aware the wheels were not balanced or their tyre fitters equipment was not accurate. The car drives so much better at slow speeds. I have yet to have to take it onto a motorway to see if the vibration has been cured.
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    San75 got a reaction from John850t5 in F11 hid kit flickering please help   
    You need to disable bulb checking option using a suitable coding tool, like Carly.
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    San75 got a reaction from DR-JEKL in Is 30 miles twice a week ok for a diesel 530?   
    I wouldn't worry too much about the DPF clogging up until you notice an error code after a diagnostic scan. From my experience owning an E60 530d for over 10 years, if only one DPF related error code is present then you can request a regen and take it for a long drive. If 2 errors codes are present then it gets a bit tricky. You may have to get some to sit in your car and clear the errors until regen starts and the backpressure starts to drop. If the exhaust temperature hits over 400 degrees it's a good sign that the regen will complete successfully. If the backpressure is too high or regen starts and stops after a minute or so then you have to inject some cleaner directly into the DPF and take it for a drive. I did not take my car on a motorway for over 3 years due to suspension issues that were resulting in DPF warnings every 3-4 months. Having said that my first DPF issue was at approx 85k. I finally got rid of the car in part-ex last month due to failed steering rack, at 158k still with the original DPF. Hope this helps.
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    San75 got a reaction from Matthew Ashton in Disc and pad replacement disaster!!   
    A person with some experience can remove that spring in 20 seconds and put it back just as quick. If you don't want to name and shame please post their road name or postcode instead. This way at least we can avoid that location altogether. I never trust anyone to work on my cars that's why I do everything myself unless it requires a lift. I recommend taking a quick video of the car and the area they are going to work on before handing the car over in case of disputes.
     
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    San75 got a reaction from Matthew Ashton in Disc and pad replacement disaster!!   
    A person with some experience can remove that spring in 20 seconds and put it back just as quick. If you don't want to name and shame please post their road name or postcode instead. This way at least we can avoid that location altogether. I never trust anyone to work on my cars that's why I do everything myself unless it requires a lift. I recommend taking a quick video of the car and the area they are going to work on before handing the car over in case of disputes.
     
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    San75 got a reaction from Caesar in What do you like about you 5 series.   
    I just switched to a 520d M sport LCI from a basic 530d M Sport E60 Manual. I absolutely love it, looks great and the below features that are new to me:

    Full-screen Idrive with Harman Kardon system, no need to add a subwoofer in the boot.
    My first Automatic gearbox, 8 speed with paddle shift, so smooth and sounds nice!
    6WB digital dash that makes the car look so modern. I rarely need to look at the idrive, even the satnav directions show up on it.
    My first car with xenons and LED DRL. It also has adaptive/cornering headlights.
    Independent passenger/driver heating. No more wife moaning it's too cold!

    I thought downgrading from a 6 cylinder to 4 cylinders I would lose the fun in driving however the B47 2L engine has plenty of power when i need it. Also i'm saving on fuel and £240 road tax every year. I won't be driving this one like I stole it just because I plan to keep it for many years. Its all i need apart from missing a reversing camera. I paid almost the same price for my E60 12 years ago with hardly any options. I'll be happy to keep this for 10 years.
     

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    San75 got a reaction from Caesar in What do you like about you 5 series.   
    I just switched to a 520d M sport LCI from a basic 530d M Sport E60 Manual. I absolutely love it, looks great and the below features that are new to me:

    Full-screen Idrive with Harman Kardon system, no need to add a subwoofer in the boot.
    My first Automatic gearbox, 8 speed with paddle shift, so smooth and sounds nice!
    6WB digital dash that makes the car look so modern. I rarely need to look at the idrive, even the satnav directions show up on it.
    My first car with xenons and LED DRL. It also has adaptive/cornering headlights.
    Independent passenger/driver heating. No more wife moaning it's too cold!

    I thought downgrading from a 6 cylinder to 4 cylinders I would lose the fun in driving however the B47 2L engine has plenty of power when i need it. Also i'm saving on fuel and £240 road tax every year. I won't be driving this one like I stole it just because I plan to keep it for many years. Its all i need apart from missing a reversing camera. I paid almost the same price for my E60 12 years ago with hardly any options. I'll be happy to keep this for 10 years.
     

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    San75 got a reaction from Cadwell Parker in When TPMS sensors go bad...   
    All 4 tyres are brand new. The garage sheared off the head off the locking nut I'm assuming they did not use a breaker bar and used an impact driver to start with. The broken bit is stuck inside the locking nut.
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    San75 got a reaction from Cadwell Parker in When TPMS sensors go bad...   
    Just got my 2015 87k 520d 2 weeks ago and I have noticed that the pressure increase when the tires warm up, and one tire always shows 0.1bar more than the other even though a manual pressure gauge was used to set the pressures. Perhaps it is an alignment issue that is putting more stress on one wheel. I'm sitting at the garage waiting for a diagnostic. It's the drivers side rear. Yours the same wheel?
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    San75 got a reaction from d_a_n1979 in Play in rear suspension   
    I was only offered £1500 in part-ex last year so if something big fails like the clutch or gearbox then I will certainly have to scrap it. It needs so many parts replacing such as air-con condenser, oil sensor, fuel heater, glow plugs and in the next few months brake pads, oil service, tyres etc. that's why I don't see the point in replacing most of the rear suspension.
     
    In the next 12 months, I am hoping to replace it with a 530e when the prices drop to about 16-17K and when I have a steady job with guaranteed income.
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    San75 got a reaction from chicaneuk in PDC headache..   
    The sensors have 3 pins. Pin 1 and 3 are for the 12v. Pin 2 i believe is the signal. If the 12v is not getting to the sensor there it may be a simple case there is a break in one of the wires. Now if the 12v is there, the sensor should be clicking. It could be a break in the signal wire or the PDC module is at fault. Hope this helps.
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    San75 got a reaction from Keliuss in E60 CCC Android system upgrade   
    Mine is fitted under the speaker mesh. Takes a minute or two to find a signal however once it has it works perfectly.
     
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    San75 got a reaction from Linhares in Advice buying a 520d 2014 120k Miles   
    530d cost more to purchase, increase in road tax, fuel insurance compared the 520d.
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    San75 got a reaction from Ciprian in 530d cutting out. Sometimes...   
    Before you go down the DPF route, a simple test is to put your hand over the exhaust wearing some gloves to avoid getting burnt to feel the pressure. If theres hardly any pressure the DPF is blocked. I have many times poured boiling water down the DPF via the back pressure sensor tube, start-up and let it blast out and steam clean the DPF before taking it for regeneration. I was sure it was my DPF so i purchased a brand new one that is now sitting in my garage. I had a number of issues that were preventing regeneration at the time.
     
    With the MAF connected, the ECU fine-tunes the engine. You must have a sensor that is giving an incorrect reading that is causing your issue. What diagnostic tool are you using?
     
     
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    San75 got a reaction from GoNz0 in Oil sensor fault   
    Thank you for the info. I found the circuit diagram. The supply voltage came from Terminal 87 and not 15 as I thought. It was just a blown 20amp fuse in the trunk. No more errors. The old sensor could have shorted out that caused the fuse to blow. Cheers!
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    San75 got a reaction from Ciprian in 530d cutting out. Sometimes...   
    You have stated that no errors are present. A basic scanner is not able to perform an in-depth scan. You need something like Carly for BMW. I would not disconnect the throttle valve at this point. I would be looking at disabling the turbo to see if the cut-outs stop.
     
    You need to look at some readings in more detail to rule out any issues with the DPF. The following information is what i have learnt/experienced over the 10 years i have owned my E60. I am no way an expert when it comes to these cars.
     
    At idle the DPF back pressure should be under 50mb and less than 200mb at 2000rpm otherwise regeneration will not take place. A 480 DPF error will be stored. At idle my DPF pressure usually reads 2-3mb after regeneration and over 15mb when it needs a regeneration. The soot and ash amount is estimated as there are no sensors fitted to actually take proper readings. If there are any errors stored related to the engine management the DPF will not regenerate. . My DPF currently does not regenerate since it needs an oil level sensor and i can tell by the bad smell from the car. I get around this by a passenger clearing the codes constantly while i'm driving providing that regeneration has been requested or forced.
     
    Post the below:
    1. DPF pressure at idle
    2. DPF pressure at 2000rpm
    3. Soot amount
    4. Ash amount
    5. Current mileage
    6. Mileage when last regeneration took place
     
     
     
     
     
     
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    San75 got a reaction from Ciprian in 530d cutting out. Sometimes...   
    Check the turbine spindle spins freely by removing the hose. I checked my Golf Turbo this way and found it had so much play it was hitting the sides. The reconditioned £175 replacement if fitted spun perfectly smooth.
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    San75 got a reaction from Ciprian in 530d cutting out. Sometimes...   
    The symptoms where white smoke on startup, even when it was hot outside. I believe the throttle value restricts the air to some degree when DPF regeneration takes place. What you can try with the engine off to rotate the spring lever manually that rotates the flap. You should be able to feel a smooth operation. If it's not smooth then it could be that some teeth on the cogs are damaged. I don't know if this is the cause of your issue however it's something that you need to rule out.
     
    Have you scanned for errors? If the car cuts out it should log a freeze-frame of all the parameters. Maybe that will give you some idea of what was happening at the time.
     
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    San75 got a reaction from Ciprian in 530d cutting out. Sometimes...   
    I not 100% sure but I believe our MAF acts like a temperature sensor too. The element is heated and depending on the rate of airflow, the cooling of the element changes the resistance. I found that removing the other temp sensor  (intake metal pipe by radiator) gave a silly reading too. Also that the ignition had to be on for a correct reading.
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    San75 got a reaction from BigMuthaTrUKa in Bmw 535d non starter   
    You can try rotating the spring lever on the anti-shudder valve by using your fingers. It should spring back smoothly. If the motor has burnt out (this is what caused my fuse to blow), you would be able to tell if it doesn't turn smoothly. Also, i would not run the car without it connected. Diesel is an oil-based fuel. Any oil/vapour in the intercooler/intake will burn like fuel causing the engine to run after the engine is switched off until it blows up!. This is why you can hear the valve buzzing after the engine is turned off for a few minutes after. It's to starve the engine of air to prevent over-runs like this. Another thing is if you dismantle the throttle by removing the metal cover, find there is oil in there and a break in the PCB track, do not attempt to fix it. It would have been caused by the motor overloading it. I soldered mine and later found the motor had burnt out leaving me stranded at a motorway junction waiting for the AA in rush hour traffic. This is why I know about the 20 amp fuse and related error codes.
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    San75 reacted to Keliuss in H7 Halogen to LED bulb upgrade   
    It's hard to say without actually trying some. I watched plenty of YouTube vids before buying mine. It seems projectors are more forgiving than reflectors (yours). My LCI high beams are reflectors, but the problem can be the cutoff pattern on dipped reflectors. 
     
    I paid about £25 for a pair from a UK based eBay seller but have since paid buttons for other pairs from China and don't see any difference. The cheap ones I've put in high beams and fogs. 
     
    So you could always try a cheap set and see how they fair. You can find a pair for under £7 these days. 
     
    Keliuss 
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    San75 got a reaction from Zusurs in CCC Android replacement advice please.   
    No. Only the ability to update the standard play apps.
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    San75 got a reaction from Bill1976 in New Thermostats   
    Change both thermostats and save yourself by not going to BMW.  I changed my mates EGR one he got from BMW. I showed him mine that was identical that had the BMW logo ground off. Both were purchased as OEM (MAHLE/BEHR) under £40. The original lasted over 120k miles on mine, the replacement should last until the car is scrapped.
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    San75 got a reaction from Haych in Suspension refresh query   
    Alignment sheet after changing out the suspension components. Haych, were you rear ball joints perished? I did inspect mine that seems in good condition so i didn't bother changing them. I have no play in any of the wheels, even had them checked on a shaker lift.

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    San75 got a reaction from Changy in Removing this sensor/Switch?   
    It is a push-fit. I would leave it in and disconnect the cable. I broke one of the prongs on mine and had to get a replacement.

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