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    E39 530i Sport Touring (2002)

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  1. albash82

    E39 rear door seal

    Door itself. Sorry for slow reply!
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    E39 rear door seal

    Hi there, can I please get a price on the door seal, rear left? Carpet is very soggy in rear. Touring. Reg is EJ02AHC Cheers! Al
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    E39 Touring air suspension (again)

    Managed to get it done this morning, but unfortunately discovered the jacking point at rear offside is completely rotten. Boooo. As an amateur, I've always found it pretty daunting getting it on axle stands, so this really threw me. My trolleyjack is also a fairly p1ssy little affair and doesn't lift the car very high. I'd been messing around, using the car's little jack from the boot, to get the sunken side up, then I slid my trolleyjack into place under the diff, with a chock of timber in between, so I could get it high enough to get my axle stands under the jacking points... I hate doing this, especially when the car moves sideways in the jack... I was about to abandon anyway... Then I heard the jacking point go pop. I knew what it was straight away as I'd been chatting to a mate with a body shop a while ago about addressing my sills and arches. He said the jacking points would almost certainly need doing on it too, without even looking. Anyway another mate came the rescue with a proper, big ol' trolleyjack. Slapped it straight under the diff and rested it onto some points where the rear arms meet the chassis. After all that palava, it was plain sailing. I'd already removed the boot floor and loosened the wheelnuts. Although the wheel took a bit of persuasion to detach from the hub, which also highlighted that all the bushes in this area are shot. Ha! Old bag was pretty easy to get out, as it was definitely holier than swiss cheese. Got the new one (£20 eBay job) in fairly easily too! Off the axle stands, back on the deck and locked and unlocked it off the remote key... Compressor fired up and instantly levelled it off. Very satisfying.
  4. albash82

    E39 Touring air suspension (again)

    Yep, I was going to get the stabilus. Going back to the airbags. Should I buy any more hardware or fittings? Like the clip in the picture above.
  5. albash82

    E39 Touring air suspension (again)

    Brilliant, thanks for the quick replies. I did wonder about the fact some I'd seen had both part no's. I'll get it ordered and fitted this week. Need to replace the boot lid and glass struts next. I'm sure there'll be a handy thread on here about that!
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    E39 Touring air suspension (again)

    Sorry to dig up an old thread, but I've been waiting for my bag(s) to finally give up for ages. The car has been periodically sitting on the deck when parked, for a few years now. Compressor has been firing up as soon as I unlock the car and it's pumped up fine... Until today. Had to limp the car home, stopping occasionally so the bag could partially inflate... Not a fun drive. Compressor still fires up and I can hear the air hissing out. I'm skint and really can't afford the bags from ecp or BMW. Does anyone have any experience with the ones from eBay? Are there different size bags for a sport? (530i Sport Touring Auto, '02).
  7. albash82

    The Chancellor (E39 530i Sport Touring)

    Cheers! So anyway, in the end, I just needed to use a torque wrench and actually tighten stuff up properly! Sorted the judder.
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    The Chancellor (E39 530i Sport Touring)

    All in all, it was 5 stints on the car, average of 3-4 hours each time... That's a lot of hours for such a job, I'd imagine, but it takes me ages to faff around sorting stuff out and finally get cracking with something. Also my mate Al likes a yarn... Best thing was... When I finally went to start it up, the battery was flat! Took it for a drive and it feels loads better! Immediately tighter and doesn't have the same old rattles. A few things will need attention soon. -I noticed the control arm bushes are looking pretty dodgy. Was a shame not to replace at the same time, but I'm skint. So it'll have to wait. -When I took it up the bypass tonight, there was considerable steering wheel judder under braking from anything over 50mph. I guess I've warped the discs somehow... Should've just removed them right at the start, but for some reason I didn't, even when I removed the whole assembly to get the struts off... Oh well, the discs look pretty ropey and the pads are about half shot. Next stop! Control arms (both?), Discs and pads! With full oil and all filters service. ... Oh, and bonnet lock. Then rear struts for boot and window. Then probably rear suspension overhaul...! Ha!
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    The Chancellor (E39 530i Sport Touring)

    Once the struts were in, I could then refit the arch liners and brakes. Before I could start refitting the brake ducts, I had to tighten the control arms back onto the subframe. I'd heard this should be done with the car on the floor, but as I'm working on a driveway, this wasn't gonna happen. I got my jack out, stuck my block of wood on it and jacked up the hub, so the strut compressed to about the right height. Tightened up those control arms! Then I got involved refitting the ducting that was an arse to remove... As expected, it was. There's a screw that holds the front of the silver duct in front the left wheel arch, right at the front, just behind the bumper... What a bastard that was! Fairly plain sailing the rest of it though. My front undertray is a bit cracked, the second undertray (under gearbox?) Is just totally missing! The under parts that meet the bumper either side that also make up part of the wheel arch liners need replacing, but it's nothing fatal... They're all back on now anyway! I also removed the heat shield from behind the right front disc, since the lower left mounting bolt head had sheared off, which I'm assuming was one of the noises I could hear of a metallic flappy / scrapey noise when moving away.
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    The Chancellor (E39 530i Sport Touring)

    So, then it was a quick swap of the ARB drop links, not without its headaches tbh, since the 5mm Allen key inside end of the 1st ball joint rounded off... Luckily it also had spanner flats next to the rubber boot. Then, finally, start installing the new strut assemblies. I can't quite remember whether it was better to put the strut in the carrier first, or bolt the strut in to the car and slide the carrier up it... Either way, wasn't too bad and got it all back in with limited dramas... some sections of silver birch log were really handy to sit the hub on on, while I got it all in position. It was actually an awesome feeling to flick the switch on my ratchet to "tighten"!
  11. albash82

    The Chancellor (E39 530i Sport Touring)

    So it's early evening when I get back to the car with the struts. Before I started putting it all back together, I had to change the ARB bushes... Well, off with the wheel arch liners... The LHS was easy, but the RHS, not so much! It had some kind of heat shield attached above it, to one of the bracket bolts... It was a total swine to get out... Managed to get the bolts out, but getting the bracket off the bush was awful... Big set of grips and brute force in the end... Putting the new bush on was a twat, but getting the bracket back over that...! Jeez, it was horrendous... No room to work above it, so ended up greasing the hell out of the inside, then I pushed it over from the side using the end of a lump hammer handle!
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    The Chancellor (E39 530i Sport Touring)

    Went round to this geezers house to get my springs swapped over and turns out he's a total Ford pervert... MK1 escort, '60 plate Focus RS and then, under a cover, a completely immaculate MK1 Lotus Cortina, which he's completely built and painted (to a ridiculous finish), all in his own garage! Lovely bloke, talked for England... So anyway, this was my 3rd stint at my car, only being able to give a few hours at a time...
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    The Chancellor (E39 530i Sport Touring)

    So after removing various speed/pad sensors - see the amount of crap inside the plastic holder…! We then removed the 3 bolts in the engine bay that hold the strut in and, hey presto, took the whole strut out, whmith the hub still attached... I could then get my big ratchet on the pinch bolts and go at it properly. It didn't take too long for the bolts to start coming loose, with a bit more lube and tapping and turning etc... A bit of "pry-bar-in-the-slot" action and the strut was free! The other side came loose a lot easier, then it was off to see a man about some spring clamps...
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    The Chancellor (E39 530i Sport Touring)

    So back to the struts... Whilst messing around with the stuck bonnet, we'd also figured that the pinch bolts holding the strut to the strut carrier were pretty seized... I'd got all both the control arms undone from the subframe. This was only after a mighty faff getting the metal ducting out from behind the bumper. The left side was really fiddly to get the screws out of! Couldn't get the long bolts out without doing so... Mega-faff! Then tried to get the steering rod / ball joint ends off the hub carrier, using ball-joint splitters - tried 3 different ones, but none were big enough to go over the top of the bolt to push it out. So we called it a day and came back to it after a sleep with fresh resolve to get the struts out. Al ended up tapping out the steering arms with a hammer, before I arrived back there.. he said they came out fairly easy, but the ball joint brought out an insert with it... He also looked to have made a nice mess of the hub carrier with a hammer. I ignored the marks to the carrier and we assumed those inserts should slide back in fine and just bolt back up nicely afterwards...
  15. albash82

    The Chancellor (E39 530i Sport Touring)

    Ok, so I've finally got the car back on the road after being on my mates drive for 10 days. I got the above Sachs struts from eBay (cheers @d_a_n1979), Sachs bottom out bumpers and boots. I'd already got the Lemforder drop links and top mounts, with Meyle ARB bushes from Autodoc. So in the lead up to me starting this job, I noticed another rattle from the front end... I then noticed the bonnet wasn't closing properly on the LHS. A bit of investigation lead me to discover the locking mechanism on the LHS wasn't grabbing the peg on the underside of the bonnet. Spoke to a mate who's had an E39 for years and he said it's pretty common. His advice was to spray lube into the locking mechanism whilst someone worked the lever in the car, then get a little hammer and tap the top of the mechanism... Keep trying this until it works... So... I get to my mate Al's house and start taking apart my suspension... Whilst I'm getting the brake off, he opens the bonnet and I mention the issue with the lock. So I go and have a look myself and try the process my other mate suggested... It's not seemingly working, so Al says he'll keep at it while I continue with getting the struts out... Long story short, he managed to close the bonnet and get it stuck down, as he'd prized the little locking springs out and then they wouldn't release! So after some googling, we removed the kidney grill on that side (breaking the clips) , then tried to activate the mechanism that we could see the cable going into. Turns out someone's already been at this and it couldn't be done. So basically we discovered some plastic housing around the lock and destroyed it with a little flat screwdriver and hammer... Gave us access to the lock and then it popped open. So anyway, this was a nice little setback... I'll have to replace that lock at some point in the near future...
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