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  1. 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.
  2. albash82

    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!
  3. albash82

    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.
  4. albash82

    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"!
  5. 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!
  6. albash82

    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...
  7. albash82

    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...
  8. albash82

    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...
  9. 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...
  10. albash82

    Front Strut removal help (E39 Sport Touring)

    Oh no! I can definitely see how you did that. I was particularly careful removing and installing them, as I've built quite a lot of bicycle wheels and immediately saw the danger, which would be similar to losing a spoke nipple in the rim.... but then it's not like you can pick the car up and shake it about to get the fecker out!
  11. albash82

    Front Strut removal help (E39 Sport Touring)

    cheers for the help guys. i ended up managing to remove the strut and carrier with the arms still attached, then once i had it out, a bit more penetrating oil and i persevered with turning the pinch bolt. it came free and i tapped it out fairly quickly after that... the other side, i'd liberally coated in oil whilst struggling with the other and that one gave up in situ. we took the springs around to a home mechanic bloke i'd not yet met... he had some stunning cars... MK1 Escort, which he'd just been out in, then in the garage, his wifes '60 plate Focus RS.... Then under a sheet, a completely immaculate Mk1 Lotus Cortina, that he fully rebuilt and repainted himself, in his garage!!! It's never been shown or driven (since the rebuild), but is incredible. I'll try post some pics in an off-topic thread sometime.. He was a talker, so didn't get much else done that day (sunday), but did manage to successfully replace the ARB bushes. The drivers side was an absolute bugger eh?!
  12. albash82

    Front Strut removal help (E39 Sport Touring)

    ok, cool. that's good to hear. cheers mate. i'll give it another go after work tomorrow night. don't really want to resort to cutting them out, maybe i can get a mate to whack it, as i wind it...
  13. albash82

    Front Strut removal help (E39 Sport Touring)

    HA! edit - sorry, but that's pretty much what i was expecting! i genuinely laughed out loud
  14. Eyup, So, i'm in the process of replacing front struts (oem sachs), i've also got top mounts, arb bushes and droplinks (meyle/lemforder). Full driveway special... First time i've undertaken such work on a car, i've got a mate (who's drive i'm on) helping, who's pretty handy. Removed brake calipers and zip tied them up high, out the way. I've got the links (wishbones / control arms??) disconnected from the main axle support frame, no dramas with any of those bolts, but.... -I can't get the pinch bolts out that hold the struts into the strut carrier, on either side!!! They turn (very tight), I can get the nuts off, but they've only budged about 1mm, that's with using a pretty big feckin hammer and braying away for a good while, on both sides. So, my car is currently stranded, beached, almost abandoned(!), no less.... And i'm sad. I've used some anti-seize stuff that was recommended, but that doesn't seem to have penetrated deep enough. Do I just need to bash away for ages? - Don't want to "mushroom" the bolts Someone else has recommended Duck-oil to penetrate... Or is there something i'm missing? Is there too much weight on the hub carrier, putting too much pressure on the pinch bolt? Should I have removed this bolt first, while the arms were all attached, so the hub carrier was braced?? My mates theory was to leave the pinch bolts and remove the struts with the hub carrier still attached, then we could slap it all on a big bench and have a proper swing at the bolt to get it moving - Problem there is I can't get the steering arm / tie rod ball joint out of the carrier to remove this part from the car, as none of the ball joint splitters we have (3) are long enough / open wide enough to clamp over this!!!
  15. in sainsburys carpark, a young lad parked up next to me in a civic type R and asked me if i wanted to sell my touring, or swap it for his civic! was a bit surprised, but chatted to him a bit on way into the shop. said he'd been after one for ages!
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