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Delivery this morning of chrome finish bolts for the rear wheels, so they now match the fronts. Also, 40mm thread length chrome lockers for the front as I have 15mm spacers installed. Pack of four so I guess I could make them double secure by using two on each wheel. 20190420_134517_HDR-1.jpg.78b08e9b599021da8a6e707e5f068ff3.jpg 

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Not today, but Friday...drove from Portsmouth to Liverpool to fit a sport front bumper and AUX fan thanks to @AlexGSi2000 Transformed the look of the car 100 fold! Also, at least I have a working AUX fan now. Mine hasn't worked since I bought the e39 6 years ago due to a blown fuse caused by the AUX fan. 

 

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1 hour ago, DerekJr. said:

Not today, but Friday...drove from Portsmouth to Liverpool to fit a sport front bumper and AUX fan thanks to @AlexGSi2000 Transformed the look of the car 100 fold! Also, at least I have a working AUX fan now. Mine hasn't worked since I bought the e39 6 years ago due to a blown fuse caused by the AUX fan. 

 

 

‘Saw this on Insta pal, looks bang on

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Took alternator into local specialists for a rebuild :) 

 

Confirmed it was whistling / whining on their test bench and also found whilst it wasn’t flagging a warning on the car and seemed to be charging the battery fine, they reckon it wasn’t outputting the correct voltage on the bench. So think I managed to head off a potential issue before it became an issue by taking it in purely for being noisy. 

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12 minutes ago, chicaneuk said:

Took alternator into local specialists for a rebuild :) 

 

Confirmed it was whistling / whining on their test bench and also found whilst it wasn’t flagging a warning on the car and seemed to be charging the battery fine, they reckon it wasn’t outputting the correct voltage on the bench. So think I managed to head off a potential issue before it became an issue by taking it in purely for being noisy. 

 

Interesting to read; do they repair it there and then, or do you need to collect it at a later date?

 

What were the test results re voltage etc, did they say?

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1 hour ago, d_a_n1979 said:

 

Interesting to read; do they repair it there and then, or do you need to collect it at a later date?

 

What were the test results re voltage etc, did they say?

 

It’s a drop off and collect later... often they can get it done same day but in my case will be tomorrow. £89+VAT. 

 

Not sure on the test results but I will certainly ask about it if I remember tomorrow when I go back :) 

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Noticed that mine smells a bit oily when hot. No visible leaks, engine bay clean, but the nose knows...

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11 minutes ago, Pzero said:

Noticed that mine smells a bit oily when hot. No visible leaks, engine bay clean, but the nose knows...

 

Check back corner of rocker cover, where's its slightly hidden under the microfilter intake that connects to the bulkhead; more than likely leaking there or from one of the bolt rubbers and dripping onto the exhaust mani and then burning off ;) 

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14 minutes ago, chicaneuk said:

 

It’s a drop off and collect later... often they can get it done same day but in my case will be tomorrow. £89+VAT. 

 

Not sure on the test results but I will certainly ask about it if I remember tomorrow when I go back :) 

 

Super; update when you can

 

My local starter motor and alternator specialists have quoted me £120 for a fully refurbed alternator and with 18 months warranty! Think I'll sort one next week

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Well, I’ve bitten the bullet & bought a new fuel pump.

Told the garage to get it out so I can deal with it & I’m going to fit the bloody thing myself!

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Removed my aluminium effect interior trim as I finally got a set of piano black trim for my anthracite alcantara interior. Couldn't get on with the aluminium effect trim and wood just doesn't seem to work with a cloth interior for me. 

 

Going to fit it this weekend!

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Hi all. Does anyone know how much fuel should be squirting out of the rail feed pipe when pump is running and the pipe is disconnected?

ive got fuel out, but not masses, and there’s bugger all on the return line!

seems there’s low pressure, not 40-50 psi!

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55 minutes ago, eleanorsskipper said:

Hi all. Does anyone know how much fuel should be squirting out of the rail feed pipe when pump is running and the pipe is disconnected?

ive got fuel out, but not masses, and there’s bugger all on the return line!

seems there’s low pressure, not 40-50 psi!

 

Ask this as a question on its own otherwise it'll get lost in here

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On 22/04/2019 at 18:56, DerekJr. said:

Not today, but Friday...drove from Portsmouth to Liverpool to fit a sport front bumper and AUX fan thanks to @AlexGSi2000 Transformed the look of the car 100 fold! Also, at least I have a working AUX fan now. Mine hasn't worked since I bought the e39 6 years ago due to a blown fuse caused by the AUX fan. 

 

Looks superb Derek - well worth the effort.

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On 19/04/2019 at 15:39, chicaneuk said:

Today I have had a quick spanner on the saloon to extract the alternator. Ever since I have owned it it’s whistled, like the car is supercharged. Confirmed with a stethoscope on it that it was the culprit for the noise. So, it was a nice afternoon so set about extracting it.

 

Usual knuckle grazing affair but came out just fine. Got a local place that rebuilds them for reasonable money so think I will go that route though have seen enthusiasm on here for some cheap eBay ones. Hmm... 

 

Ducting up the alternator was free of leaves but under the plastic cover on the rear of the alternator itself, fed by the duct, was full of leaves and (weirdly) cigarette butts! 

 

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I know the whistle that you're referring to here Jim, and I seem to recall it being present before I even bought the car.

 

Very weird too about the collection of fag butts at the rear of the alternator. V42 definitely lived at two smoke free households prior to yourself. :huh:  

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5 hours ago, d_a_n1979 said:

 

Ask this as a question on its own otherwise it'll get lost in here

Had a chat with the local stealers. Turns out they are really helpful, and v interested in the beast.

Anyway, it turns out that the new fuel pump I fitted cured said starvation issue & she fired up first time.

There was v low pressure from the pump & it wasn’t enough to overcome the nrv fitted to maintain rail pressure!

It fired up so fast I thought she’s breathing fire again! Grins!!

Next job is a gearbox refill. Local firm will do it, followed by the water pump and associated pipe work and facelift lights. 

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4 hours ago, Loadmaster said:

I know the whistle that you're referring to here Jim, and I seem to recall it being present before I even bought the car.

 

Very weird too about the collection of fag butts at the rear of the alternator. V42 definitely lived at two smoke free households prior to yourself. :huh:  

 

It wasn't very loud certainly but I noticed it right away after getting the car and wanted to try and suss it out because I know these cars idle extremely quiet and smooth but it was the sound that I ended up tuning into every time I started it so... it'd been on my list to tackle for a while, and once the weather improved I was ready to have a go :) At least it's another small detail attended to. 

 

And strange about the cigarette buts! There was a good few in there.. no idea what caused them to get hoovered up the cooling duct! 

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On 23/04/2019 at 18:42, d_a_n1979 said:

 

Super; update when you can

 

My local starter motor and alternator specialists have quoted me £120 for a fully refurbed alternator and with 18 months warranty! Think I'll sort one next week

 

Picked up the alternator today and it looks great honestly.. every nut and bolt looks like new and they even thoughtfully kept the original BMW stickers on it so it just looks like new / original piece. Not unwrapped it yet but will try get a picture later.

 

Only car geeks could get excited about a refurbished alternator, huh? :D:D

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24 minutes ago, RichardP said:

Are you sure it’s the alternator that’s making the noise and not the water pump, A/C compressor or other pulleys?

 

Kind of agree with this @chicaneuk - alternators usually grumble, not whistle.

 

How olds your water pump, what about the bearings and viscous fan etc?

 

When you start the car; is the whistle there from the off? If so, what about spraying a touch of WD40 onto the various pulleys and see if if goes after that?

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Yeah need to tear it all out and have another look / listen. The weird thing is if I stick a stethoscope on the alternator it seems like the noise is originating from there but.. I guess it’s very possible the noise has just transferred up from somewhere else. 

 

Too annoyed to go back and work on it again today.. maybe Sunday or something. 

 

Definitely is louder on the alternator side of the engine so sure it’s from around there.. could just be an idler pulley I suppose?! 

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13 minutes ago, chicaneuk said:

Yeah need to tear it all out and have another look / listen. The weird thing is if I stick a stethoscope on the alternator it seems like the noise is originating from there but.. I guess it’s very possible the noise has just transferred up from somewhere else. 

 

Too annoyed to go back and work on it again today.. maybe Sunday or something. 

 

Definitely is louder on the alternator side of the engine so sure it’s from around there.. could just be an idler pulley I suppose?! 

 

Could be, like I said, spray it with WD40 and if it goes quiet, hey presto ;) 

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Fitted my Piano Black trim yesterday! Looks so much better with the Storm aluminium gear knob and handbrake handle - the different finish between the Sport aluminium effect trim and the other parts was starting to make my teeth itch.

 

Car is also going in for new water pump tomorrow. Can drive it this summer with confidence!

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