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Haych

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About Haych

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  • Birthday June 4

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    South Wales
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    Guitars, guitars, guitars, guitars
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    Luthier

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    2004 E61 525i SE Auto

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  1. Went down my local motor factors and bought the correct oil. Sent the other stuff back to ECP and had them replace it, so I now have another 10 litres for when I next need to change the oil, plus the accumulation of the surplus I keep in the boot as the M54 likes to use a bit. It’s just done 140,002 miles. A mighty 11 of those in the last seven weeks!
  2. Haych

    What did you do to your E60/61 today?

    Thanks mate. I have attempted it before but couldn’t get the old sump off. Keeping the car level made for some difficult access issues last time round. I have a different strategy this time round. I’ll get the car as high as possible at the front for dropping the old oil and disassembly/reassembly and then level the car only for refilling the oil. Hopefully it’ll grant better access with the tools and I already know I can fill the oil back up with only 8” clearance.
  3. Haych

    What did you do to your E60/61 today?

    Started mine for the first time in about ten days. Happy it was not. It started on four out of six and was backfiring a bit coming off the revs. Once it warmed up it was much happier. Moved it a couple of feet to help prevent flat spots on the tyres. Might take this hiatus to service the gearbox. I have all the bits just not the opportunity until now or ideal facilities, but if I don’t need to rush then I reckon I can make a decent job of it.
  4. Haych

    What did you do to your E60/61 today?

    I went outside and looked at it for a while
  5. So this afternoon I finally had the chance to do a quick oil change. I ordered the oil and filter last month but it’s rained constantly ever since. I dropped the old oil and changed the filter. Opened the box with the new oil and I’ve been sent the wrong stuff! Yep, totally my own fault for not checking a.) when it was delivered (although it was delivered to my folks’ place and I only picked it up last week) and b.) before I started the job. So I now have an engine sans lubricant. I usually use something like Shell Helix 5w40 but I’ve been sent Castrol Edge FST 0w30. Euro car parts list it as a suitable oil bit Opie Oils don’t. OK so the M54 is hardly cutting edge anymore and the Castrol oil is probably over and above the spec needed for the BMW engine but it makes no mention of BMW on the bottle - seems to be safe for Mercedes, GM and Renault though. I’ve also never used a 0w30 before in this engine. It gets through enough of the other stuff! Am I overthinking this, should I just pour it in and forget about it or is there any reason why I should try to exchange the oil for my usual flavour? As much as I doubt I’ll be going anywhere far for a while under current conditions I like to know I can if I need to. Having the car undriveable for a day or two makes me nervous. On the plus side this stuff is about twice the price of what I normally use and I paid no extra for it.
  6. Haych

    What did you do to your E60/61 today?

    Car has gone in for a bit of paint this morning - just the front and rear bumpers which are the only parts that really show the car's age. I think the front bumper had been done before, probably a quick touch up by a dealer to tart it up for sale and the rear bumper had a bit of a graze off another car recently so finally decided to have them done. I've used the body shop before and they do a good job to be fair and they're taking the bumpers off the car to paint so shouldn't be any tell tale signs from masking up etc. Going to be without a car for a few days though. If the job is as good as I hope it is I'll post a few pictures towards the end of the week, assuming it stops raining long enough!
  7. Haych

    Battery finally died

    Yes, steering weight is all back to normal with the new battery. Everything seems better in all honesty and the lights are significantly brighter, too!
  8. Haych

    Battery finally died

    @535i Andrew thank you. New battery is in and I assume registered, although what a palaver it was. Never though it would be quite so difficult to extract the old battery from its cubby hole! I eventually found the right menu in INPA to register the battery but it wasn’t in the place the bloke on YouTube said it was - probably a different model or engine. Follow-on question though, is the power steering electric or hydraulic? I’m sure it’s hydraulic as it has a fluid reservoir but when the car was throwing errors due to the old battery dying the steering went very heavy. I did manage to just start the car on the old battery but the steering was still really heavy and it was one of the systems that iDrive was complaining about.
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    Battery finally died

    The battery has finally died in the car so I'm having to fork out for a new one at the most inopportune time, D'oh! Am I correct in thinking that I just replace it with one that's the same amp-hours as the existing battery and then it's just a case of registering it in INPA? Or is there more to it than that? Thanks in advance.
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    Odd rotational noise

    Car is driving ace to be fair. I’ve been back out under the car and have checked and double checked everything obvious I can think of but haven’t found anything wrong. Been out for a quick five mile test drive and not only is it driving awesome the noise (which was really concerning last night) has gone! I hate intermittent problems but nowt I can do about it.
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    Odd rotational noise

    Not sure where to start with this one. A couple of months ago I started hearing an occasional scraping noise coming from underneath the car. It would happen about once a week at most - never a pattern to it and it sounds like a heat shield or disc backing plate scraping against something. When I first started hearing it I thought a heatshield had dropped and was catching the road, that’s the sort of noise I was hearing but I happened so infrequently I couldn’t attempt to find it. I’ve been under the car and have checked all the heatshields and disc backing plates and everything is solid, it’s all sound under there. The exhaust too is sound and I’ve even checked that the propshaft isn’t rubbing against a shied somewhere. Last night the noise got worse, a lot worse. It’s now constant and definitely rotational. I first noticed it getting much worse when reversing onto a driveway last night. Since then it’s worryingly loud and always there when I’m driving. It seems louder when turning left which suggests something is loose and rubbing against something that’s turning but I can find nothing obvious. I’m going out in the rain to have another look under the car but thought I’d post here in case anyone has ideas on what to look for. Like I say, I can’t see anything rubbing on the disc backing plates and all the heat shields are sound. The only other things I can think of that might be causing this metallic kind of scraping sound is the giubo joint staring to disintegrate and parts are rubbing out of sight or something has let go inside the rear brake drum. I’m not sure either of those would even make this kind of noise but I’m running out of things to look for. Plus the handbrake works fine. Please say it ain’t something inside the gearbox about to let go?? Thanks in advance.
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    Noisy steering wheel

    Never thought to view the video after uploading it, D’oh! Surely can’t be normal though? Last Sunday I was parking up in town and the wife asks me “ doesn’t that get on your tits?” It was really annoying and quite loud that day.
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    Noisy steering wheel

    My steering wheel is noisy. Has been for a while although it went away for ages but after it came back from the last MoT the noise returned. It’s not a massive issue, I know, but it’s sometimes quite irritating and would be nice to have fixed. I’ve checked that it’s not rubbing on the cowling and I can’t see that it is. I’ve also given it a good squirt of WD40 but that hasn’t helped either. I’m guessing there’s some kind of track for the multi function bit to function and it might be that that needs lubricating? Is it easy enough to remove the airbag and take the wheel off? I’ve taken steering wheels off before but never on a multi function wheel or on anything that might be upset by unwanted interference. Thanks in advance. https://youtu.be/w2kUNHPg28U
  14. Haych

    What did you do to your E60/61 today?

    MOT test first thing this morning. Just been to pick it up, two minor defects; a historic oil leak (which has since been fixed) but the tester said the cooling fan had blown oil all over the underside of the engine bay, so has put it down on the ticket, and a nail in the rear nearside tyre (which is brand new, by the way!). As it happens, it's not a nail but a fencing nut, y'know, they type that has a cone and a hex nut that shears off when torqued up so nefarious types can't come along and unbolt the fence later. Anyway, it was just stuck in a gap in the tread, pulled it out and it hadn't gone through. I'm a bit peeved as for an old car it has quite a clean MOT history, it's only ever had minor defects and the occasional fail for the odd drop link or over-worn tyre. Now it has two minors which aren't really relevant
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    What did you do to your E60/61 today?

    New tyres on the rear - finally all four paws are wearing Conti Premium Contact 6 after a small fiasco with my local ATS. Ordered and paid for tyres about eleven days ago and booked in for fitting last Wednesday first thing. I arrive promptly and one of the guys checks me in and I sit and wait for half hour. Then another fitter comes to see me and tells me they don’t have any PremiumContact 6s in the country and somebody should have phoned me the day before. I can still have them but they’d have to order them from Continental and I’d have to pay carriage. Then somebody gets on the blower to head office and they agree to order them and waive the carriage fee. Fast forward a week and I finally have the new tyres I ordered.
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