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One step forward, ninety two steps back :lol::roll: :mad: 

 

Realised I'd not tested the headlight washers when I rebuilt the front bumper, I had deffo connected them.

 

Nipped to Waitrose for our weekly shop; tried the washers, no joy... Got. back onto the drive, tried them again, no joy, looked outside and a huge pool of water; tried them again and floodwaters...! 

 

Front corner undertray off and wheel arch liner out, the pipes snapped just above the quick release joint :roll: it's that brittle as soon as I touched it, it went to pieces!

 

So, thanks to Google search; this thread cropped up. 12mm ID piping ordered (and some cable ties) and fingers crossed, that'll sort it :)

 

 

 

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Headlight washers fixed; what an absolute faff :mad: :roll: 

 

Both wheel arch liners ordered via BMW too; mine are so brittle they crack as soon as you look at them :(  They won't survive being taken off again unfortunately.

 

They've been ordered via BMW Cotswolds and BMW Germany; will be here in a few weeks I think

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19 minutes ago, d_a_n1979 said:

Headlight washers fixed; what an absolute faff :mad: :roll: 

 

Both wheel arch liners ordered via BMW too; mine are so brittle they crack as soon as you look at them :(  They won't survive being taken off again unfortunately.

 

They've been ordered via BMW Cotswolds and BMW Germany; will be here in a few weeks I think

Any idea were they original ones or aftermarket? I know that arch liners on my SE can be twist and bent, but they still will be one piece, including front extensions. Maybe BMW used different type of plastic for sport models, but if so, they have made a step backwards there.

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39 minutes ago, Ray112 said:

Any idea were they original ones or aftermarket? I know that arch liners on my SE can be twist and bent, but they still will be one piece, including front extensions. Maybe BMW used different type of plastic for sport models, but if so, they have made a step backwards there.

 

Deffo OEM original, as they have the BMW markings, but the heat in Japan has got to them and they're just brittle now, not very pliable etc... They're ok for now, all screwed back into place, but they'll be better when replaced :) 

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8 minutes ago, d_a_n1979 said:

 

Deffo OEM original, as they have the BMW markings, but the heat in Japan has got to them and they're just brittle now, not very pliable etc... They're ok for now, all screwed back into place, but they'll be better when replaced :) 

Forgot that yours were Jap import. Heat definitely is taking it's toll there. Few more people said the same, who has Jap imports. At least less rust than in UK;)

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1 hour ago, Ray112 said:

Forgot that yours were Jap import. Heat definitely is taking it's toll there. Few more people said the same, who has Jap imports. At least less rust than in UK;)


Yup, absolutely corrosion/rust free... But the plastics underneath are very fragile!

 

The headlight washer pipe (from washer bottle to the first quick connection clip) was like egg shell! Soon as I touched it, it fell apart :roll: All sorted now (I hope) :lol: 

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Classic rad end tank split fixed - yes, I know the rad is a service item by c 100Kmiles. This failed right on cue...

One German -made rad,, and 6L of oem coolant procured from C3 BMW... arrived yesterday. Swapped-out, filled and bled in all in about 45mins at lunchtime today.

 

god you have to love the e39's designed-in sheer simple service-ability!

 

 

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13 hours ago, Huff said:

Classic rad end tank split fixed - yes, I know the rad is a service item by c 100Kmiles. This failed right on cue...

One German -made rad,, and 6L of oem coolant procured from C3 BMW... arrived yesterday. Swapped-out, filled and bled in all in about 45mins at lunchtime today.

 

god you have to love the e39's designed-in sheer simple service-ability!

 

 

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Aargh! Mine has done ~180k & I’m not certain it’s been done!

best I have a good look round I think!!!

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30 minutes ago, eleanorsskipper said:

Aargh! Mine has done ~180k & I’m not certain it’s been done!

best I have a good look round I think!!!

215k and still on original radiator, BMW logos and production year on it. But mines diesel, I believe petrols are running hotter, especially V8.

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5 hours ago, Ray112 said:

215k and still on original radiator, BMW logos and production year on it. But mines diesel, I believe petrols are running hotter, especially V8.

You’re right. My V8 get up to temp v quickly and I always keep a sharp eye on the temp, knowing that the water pump is an Achilles heel of these motors.

 

R

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Yes, the V8s run at 105degC +/- a couple of degrees. (the 6s are set 10dgrees cooler ime) It is supposed to help economy & part-load emissions (it's also, incidentally, why the thermostat has a heater - so the ECU can force the stat open to drop temps below that setpoint  if you are running the car hard, iirc.)

 

eleanorsskipper - you can just see the evidence of the split on mine, it's the chalky white line centred on the top edge of the tank visible (would have been on the right-hand-side in the car, under the top hose).  But unless you are getting the coolant level prompt now and then, not a cause for worry.

 

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Ah yes. I had a 528 where that happened.

Got a new rad for £103 (from memory). Fitted it no probs & renewed their thermostat in the bmw agents car park. That was in Exeter, quite some time ago!

 

R

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Following the above - took the thing out for a run today - to get properly hot, out in the wilds  - runs sweet as a nut: no leaks, no re-bleed, no top-up required.

 

Job jobbed ( & quite some relief it was all so relatively painless to do and no apparent collateral damage from coolant loss)

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On 5/22/2020 at 4:07 PM, d_a_n1979 said:

Headlight washers fixed; what an absolute faff :mad: :roll: 

 

Both wheel arch liners ordered via BMW too; mine are so brittle they crack as soon as you look at them :(  They won't survive being taken off again unfortunately.

 

They've been ordered via BMW Cotswolds and BMW Germany; will be here in a few weeks I think

I didn't know Cotswold started up again.

Must message them about my my previous quote.

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58 minutes ago, JCM said:

I didn't know Cotswold started up again.

Must message them about my my previous quote.


Best to call pal. They’re still on a skeleton staff

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1 hour ago, JCM said:

I didn't know Cotswold started up again.

Must message them about my my previous quote.


 

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2 minutes ago, d_a_n1979 said:


Best to call pal. They’re still on a skeleton staff

Which one? Cheltenham??

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38 minutes ago, eleanorsskipper said:

Which one? Cheltenham??


BMW Cotswolds, forum sponsors 

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Bought her a new outfit.

 

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I'm not furloughed or otherwise off the road, on the contrary I'm keyworker and haven't stopped since the apocalypse began. Used to have 1-2 work from home days a week previously, lucky if I've had one a week since March.

 

Problem is that there is a new housing estate being built about a mile from me here on the South Downs, and they dug up hundreds of tonnes of chalk when they started. Trucking it away was slow to begin with, even more so in recent weeks, and the wind carries loads of it from this giant white temporary mountain over the whole village. Every time I clean my car, 24 hours later it's coated in the stuff. It's even worse if there is rain or condensation forming overnight on the car, which then dries off and leaves nasty chalky deposits, looks shocking. Proper vexed about it, cleaned the car today - twice in the hope of reducing them a little - with little effect on the countless spots. . 

 

So it's this tasteful off the shoulder number (with matching car sponge with hole in on the roof around the antenna to spread the weight of the cover) until this building crap is over. I'll put up with the ballache of getting it off every day at half five in the morning over watching it get worse and worse.

 

So, anyone know any sure fire ways to get rid of water stains? I've heard limited to mixed results for vinegar. Also, I hate the smell of vinegar :(

 

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Simple ion-echange, i.e.  washing soda; it shifts all forms of lime-based scale (e.e tea-scale in your mug, clouding on glasses in the dishwasher etc) because the sodium ions displace the calcium, and its so much more soluble it all washes off.

 

tl;dr: So I'd try a generous handful of washing soda in the bucket of warm car wash solution, see how you get on with that ;)

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I was kinda enjoying the science of it all :D 

Thanks, I'll give that a try. 

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Swapped over the wing mirrors to a set that actually works :) 

 

Cleaned them the best I could and gave all the moving parts a good clean and then liberal coating of lithium grease... Fingers crossed they stay working ;) 

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DIY  Insp 1 due - it's all easy stuff.

 

Change the fluids (TBH I used National for the oil and filter change - it was branded, correct spec stuff, excellent service* and at  £70 why struggle? I'll do that again in 5-6k miles time, whatever the lights say..)

Tyres, pads, discs - all good, appropriate lube to the other things, easy; rad and coolant changed ~3weeks ago as previously listed - that was a complete success, no top up or re-bleed required in 800 miles(!)  - very happy with that. Dropped into the office today to clear the tumbleweeds , and pick up the pack of intake air and cabin filters I'd erroneously had posted there - which took all of 3mins to fit.

 

Done. Very happy; running like a sewing machine.

 

Oh - and  total oil top-up required in last 11K miles : under 250ml. I can't quite believe that, esp after the Alpina B10 3.3 that (while very healthy) used nearly 40x that rate... the gallon of Castrol Edge I've spare is going to last me a decade; and that's a good thing.

 

*Brislington , Bristol.

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