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Munzy123 last won the day on August 8 2020

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  1. Munzy123

    Which leather cleaner?

    The standard leather in our F10\11s is a relatively low grade with protective coating over top. This means that you only need to wipe it clean with a damp cloth or mild detergent. There is no need, or affect to condition, to treat or nourish as you would with higher grade leathers or the super soft stuff proper leather seats used to be in nice big cars or higher grade upgrades. Can be nice to have the smell of the cleaners though Good read on the Dr Leather website: The Myth of Conditioners...As a consequence, the way to clean and maintain your leather has also changed. The old style regime of ‘clean and feed your leather’ is outdated. The cleaning is still very important, but the feeding is now a bit of a myth, because these so called ‘conditioners’ cannot get into the leather any longer due to the tough coating systems used. Typically, conditioners are based on natural ingredients such as beeswax, lanolin, etc. and their chemical make-up cannot truly penetrate into modern leathers through the coatings. Most applications say to apply the conditioner, leave for a period of time and then wipe off any excess. This shows a real issue in that the conditioner, if wiped off will appear to be gone, but actually it will still be there on the surface to some degree, and in the ‘valleys’ between the grain pattern, and will actually pick up dirt and soiling more quickly. Which then forces you to clean the leather sooner, and then recondition, ultimately creating the ‘quick-soiling’ scenario all over again. Also other brands say their conditioners are required for maintaining softness, but the moisture content of the leather is the most critical aspect, and that is controlled through the humectants and special fatliquors used in modern leather manufacture.
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    Air Con

    On all year round - rubber seals in the system can apparently dry out if the system is off for too long.
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    Belt Drive-Vibration Damper..... :(

    @Cadwell Parker ooofft indeed mate - nasty wee surprise hole in the bank account Got it done at MTek in Glasgow and had a conversation with the guy - cheap ones, about £160+, can sometimes only last a year so went with the better spec (unsure brand they ended up getting) and I needed the car back quickly so BMW part not an option. Saying that I have learned over the years that many of the better brands are what BMW use at the factory (Beru, Mahle, Febi etc) so hopefully the better spec option will do another 100k. Car is Jan 2011 Actually I am wondering if an occasional rub with some Gummy Fledge as it gets older might prolong the rubber's life?
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    Belt Drive-Vibration Damper..... :(

    I think it’s the orignal BMW one. Haven’t driven it much since I got it back so hard to tell if it has made any difference to the start or stopping of the engine. Will report back later.
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    Belt Drive-Vibration Damper..... :(

    Fixed, £500 later (new vibration damper and belt) Pics of the old one showing how rubber had failed. I would have attempted it myself but TIS shows a specialist tool required to hold the crankshaft whilst undoing and fitting the bolts and was only an hours labour to get done properly. Engine is N57 with 118000 miles.
  6. The Belt Drive-Vibration Damper on my N57 has came off! I've seen on the older M47 the rubber perishing and take it the same has happened here. Happened at home on startup so car is parked up safe but will need to replace it Symptoms were: - clunk noise from engine bay - warning on dash that battery was not charging (belt had obviously come off as the vibration damper had come off) - opened bonnet for a look and could see the belt was loose and off of the alternator pulley - had a look down and could see the vibration damper had come off - rubber middle part perished Any tips or links as I go searching the internet would be greatly appreciated.
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    Space Grey F11

    2020 Update Finally finished the rear wheel/brake refurb programme Wheels refurbed (power coated £250 Wheel Wizards) Calipers and stone guard painted (Wire brush on a drill whilst on the car then hand painted) New pads and disc fitted (parts from BMW dealer) Also polished the front discs (Autosol on a firm 3 inch foam detailing pad on a handrill) to better match the shiny new rear:
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    Gearbox service quote !

    No flush was my choice. I read lots and lots (and lots!) of posts, articles an opinions and decided that a standard drain and new filter was the best for me: - Flushing the whole system has the greatest danger of dislodging parts/swarf/etc that can lead to problems with blockages - Standard drain and new filter will replace enough of the oil to improve the quality in the system enough to make it worth doing Comes down to what sounds best to the individual but I felt that the above was the best balance taking into account what I had read.
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    Gearbox service quote !

    I would say it's a reassuring sign that they want the gearbox to be at the correct temp as they specify dropping off evening for next day job or morning for later on that day. In my experience when doing it myself it took more than 3 hours for the gearbox to cool down, maybe longer and I can't imagine every garage bothering to wait or plan that far ahead. Such a big and crucial part of the car I would happily pay £100 over an other garage to know it's in competent hands.
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    Glowplugs- replacement cost

    That's good news - the older M47 engine required the inlet manifold to be removed first - this makes the N47 and N57 much easier
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    Glowplugs- replacement cost

    That sounds fair. There is decent amount time in removing parts to get the inlet manifold off to get to the plugs. I know on my N57 (530D) access to the glow plug controller is MUCH easier whilst also doing the plugs, maybe worthwhile getting it done at the same time (was about £85 for Beru controller)? Worth doing the plugs and the controller at the same time as in my experience if the plugs go the controller is not far behind and vice-versa.
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    Oil change

    I'm every 6 months which for me is 5/6 thousand miles. Plus it's a very satisfying thing to do
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    Oil change

    Love it @Cadwell Parker never thought to do it that way - best of both worlds! Thanks
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    Oil change

    Changing brands of oil and would like to drain as much as possible. Probably a daft question but when draining from the sump plug wouldn't the car have to be level ie jacked up front and back so that plug hole is the "bottom" of the sump? I'd planned on doing it with just the front wheels up on ramps. I usually use an extractor and satisfied it gets the majority out but my obsessiveness wants to get the absolute most out I can
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    Upgraded cluster to 6WB

    That is a very nice upgrade! Hopefully price will come down in a few years when I'm looking to freshen the old girl up.