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  1. noshadow

    EGR cooler 2nd Recall

    After seeing this topic I've had a look on the BMW site and can see mine has an open "technical enhancement", they make it sound like they're giving a nice upgrade
  2. The Autosmart one has to be diluted, it's corrosive neat! For heavy soiled wheels I used to mix it 1:4 but for general use 1:10 and found it to be effective. The benefit to being able to mix to different strengths is that I can use a mix appropriate to the filth on the wheels rather than using a strong wheel cleaner when it might not be necessary. Cleaning/detailing products are such a minefield, different strokes for different folks I guess.
  3. I definitely need to get a dedicated wheel cleaner, I ran out last time I washed the car and forgot to order new. I've used Autosmart Smart Wheels in the past which has been very effective and it's diluted so it's cheap and last for ages. Cheers for the recommendation, I'll have a look at the Bilt Hamber one(and no doubt countless others before deciding). For now, I'm done with the wheels. There's that many kerb marks and chunks taken out of them it might actually help leaving the dirt to distract from that.
  4. Finally got round to cleaning my summer wheels, hopefully get them on the car tomorrow. They are in a shocking state though with several kerb marks and the coating is peeling in places. Had it not been for this lockdown I'd have had them refurbished by now. Hit them with a strong mix of Autosmart G101 APC, Bilt Hamber Korrosol, Gyeon tar remover and two bucket washes. They're still not great, especially inside the barrels, but it's made a big difference. I should have taken a before picture but you can see how bad the barrels are when I've used the fallout remover I also managed to quickly snowfoam the car and get rid of the remnants of seagull attacks (fully expect them to resume the attacks tomorrow). A small side note, I'd really recommend the short trigger I have for my pressure washer (you can see it in the first pic). I bought mine from Clean Your Ride but I think quite a few sites stock them. It's so much nicer to use than having a long lance, let's you get right into nooks and crannies like wheel arches and much more comfortable to use. It comes with three quick release adapters for different spray patterns and also an adapter to fit onto your snow foam lance. It seems like such a small thing but it really does make a difference!
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    Battery top-up

    I paid £70 from ebay. More than double what I paid for the other charger but I didn't want to risk getting another faulty one and at least I get 5 years guarantee with it.
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    Battery top-up

    Thanks, I'll just stick to regular charging then. I had a feeling I read similar elsewhere on the forum but wasn't 100%.
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    Battery top-up

    I ended up going for the CTEK to replace the the Foxsur/Buddygo one that didn't work. Connected it up, plugged in to mains and it went straight onto step 3. I have a feeling it'll be on step 3 for a while Obviously the more expensive option but at least I have a working charger now! Has anyone got any experience of using the reconditioning feature on the CTEK? They advise doing it annually, is it worth doing or avoid using it?
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    ISTA-D on Mac OS

    My main intention was just for diagnostic use and to aid with maintenance & servicing e.g. check error codes, registering battery change, brake fluid changes. As nice as coding & programming would be I don't think I'd be too keen on tinkering too much.
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    ISTA-D on Mac OS

    Thanks for that. So Rheingold should be sufficient for my F11. For now I was only really considering using ISTA-D. The hard drive is only 128GB so I don't think I'll have enough capacity for ISTA-D & ISTA-P, I believe ISTA-D alone can be about 60GB? What benefits would I get from ESYS and how large an install is it? My understanding is that for ISTA-D an enet cable would be sufficient for this?
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    ISTA-D on Mac OS

    I've just got a new Macbook and considering using bootcamp on my old Macbook Air to install Windows 10 and then installing ISTA-D on it to use on my F11. Has anyone else setup ISTA on a Mac? Is there any special considerations or anything special when it comes to installation? My Macbook Air is only 128GB and I believe ISTA is about 60GB so I'm aware I'd need to partition a large chunk of my hard drive for Windows but how large a partition have others used? For ISTA itself, I believe bimmergeeks provide it for free but I can see there is three different links on there ( Standard Tools/ Rheingold/ Sp Datens), do I need to download all of three of these?
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    Battery top-up

    The Buddygo one is the one I ordered but the branding on it says Foxsur, I'm assuming they're the same though. I'll check out the wiring on the plug and maybe replace the fuse as well to see if that helps with anything. If not I think I might just pay the extra and get a CTEK charger
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    Battery top-up

    That's exactly what's happening. One battery showed 12.0 and the other 12.2, both batteries showed 100% and neither took any charge. I'll get in contact with the seller on Amazon and see if i get any luck with a return or even an exchange as the same charger seems to work wonders for others.
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    Battery top-up

    I tried my Amazon charger on my F11 this afternoon but I got similar results as when I tried to charge my wife's car battery. When I connected the charger it showed 12.2 volts but the gauge was also showing 100% and when I connected it to mains the charger wasn't charging i.e. didn't display any level of amps. The charger was set to to AGM mode as it should be. I double checked the voltage with my multimeter and it showed 12.2 volts. I left it a few minutes and then saw on the screen the voltage read 12.0 volts, again double checked with multimeter but that showed about 12.2 again. The car has been driven over the last couple of weeks but mostly short journeys of about 2 miles. The start/stop function has been working, though not consistently, which to me would suggest a good level of charge but surely 12.2 volts is low? Is it just coincidence that of the two car batteries I've tried they've both shown low voltage but 100% capacity and given no charge or could my charger be dodgy? Is my best bet just to give the car a good run and charge it by driving it? I'm a key worker so I need my car, can't be doing with two cars with flat batteries!
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    Battery top-up

    It's a cheap and not very cheerful LION battery from Euro Car Parts. It comes with a 3 year guarantee so I'm trying to get through to someone to query it.
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    Battery top-up

    Yeah it's just a standard lead acid battery, not AGM. I've tried it on repair mode but the charger just goes to "OFF" state on the LCD. My gut instinct was the battery was dead, guess I was right then! Frustrating considering the battery is only 2.5 years old.
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