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1 hour ago, PL523i said:

 

Am I right in thinking these are the bushes on front lower control arm? 

Better to replace arm or just get new bushes pressed in?

Whole arms, because if bushings have failed, ball joints won't be much longer lasting. Mines were 200k, which already is amazing lifespan from aluminium control arm.

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Had some left over vacuum hose from doing my new turbo so thought id tackle the next job on the list.

 

My cracked and perished washer hoses.

 

Intensive wash worked fine but normal didnt...the whole line was in hundreds of snapped bits.

 

Nice and straight forward and normal service resumed.

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On 9/27/2020 at 3:02 PM, d_a_n1979 said:

 

On 9/27/2020 at 3:02 PM, d_a_n1979 said:

 

Go for Meyle via C3BMW or BMWmotormec on eBay or Moog via your local motorfactors or on eBay :) 

Thanks, no lemforder recommendation? 

I'll check our the sellers you quoted

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2 minutes ago, PL523i said:

Thanks, no lemforder recommendation? 

I'll check our the sellers you quoted


Lemforder are fine, but they’re not all that. Had quite a few issues with them myself, as well as some BMW parts.

 

Never any issues with Meyle or Moog though 

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Just now, duncan-uk said:

Surprised it didn't explode in a fire ball!

 

It's not far off now Duncan; dangerous death trap it is :mrgreen: Same with @Loadmaster 's  - that has to be due for scrapping ;) :P 

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Last year on 1st October mine turned onto 40,000 miles exactly. Currently sitting on 41,995 miles, so I think I should do the decent thing and pop out to round it up to equal 2,000 miles for that particular anniversary tomorrow! :lol:  

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New tyres last week, new MOT today. Good for another year :)

 

(and after v recent 200 miles in the company pool car, a 2016 fiesta diesel  - which is wieldy, but crude - oh what a blessed relief an E39 is...)

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On 9/30/2020 at 12:06 PM, PL523i said:

Belts arrived today, will try and get those done later on.

 

And sorned the car as mot expired yesterday. 

 

Certainly needed new belts.. 

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However, not sure my method of fan shroud removal is per the service manual. 

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Also, this looks like the mechanical tensioner to me.. Correct? IMG_20201001_145254.thumb.jpg.97721ac4e4dafce04f5b33ab1c858714.jpg

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Yes, that is the tensioner. Put a socket with a breaker bar on the cast 'nut' in the middle of your photo and lever it clockwise to release the belt. They take quite a push.

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1 hour ago, THe39M5 said:

Yes, that is the tensioner. Put a socket with a breaker bar on the cast 'nut' in the middle of your photo and lever it clockwise to release the belt. They take quite a push.

Done all that and changed the belts, I was wondering whether I had the mechanical one or the hydraulic one? 

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1 hour ago, PL523i said:

Done all that and changed the belts, I was wondering whether I had the mechanical one or the hydraulic one? 

I think it's just spring inside it, so I would call it mechanical one. So far all of auxiliary belt tensions I have seen on E39 models are spring tensioned.

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10 minutes ago, THe39M5 said:

I assume the hydraulic ones are those with the cylinder that they compress (looks like a tiny damper / shock absorber).

yes  i beleive so, but without ever seeing one in situ its difficult to get my bearings when looking in there for the first time. Happy its the mechnical one, saves a bit of money

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Bought a new battery today, old one was turning starter motor well, but if anything electrical were left on for even short period, battery was flat. New battery yuasa 020 with 5 years warranty from Halfords, but when I got home and put tester over terminals, instead of expected 12.4v or above, it was giving me just 12.11v. Is that okay for new, unused battery or no?

And next question what should I do:

return for exchange,

recharge before fitting,

or simply fit it and it will charge while driving anyway?

 

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19 minutes ago, Ray112 said:

Bought a new battery today, old one was turning starter motor well, but if anything electrical were left on for even short period, battery was flat. New battery yuasa 020 with 5 years warranty from Halfords, but when I got home and put tester over terminals, instead of expected 12.4v or above, it was giving me just 12.11v. Is that okay for new, unused battery or no?

And next question what should I do:

return for exchange,

recharge before fitting,

or simply fit it and it will charge while driving anyway?

 

 

IMO that'll be fine pal. 

 

Get it in and drive the car and give it a decent charge. 

 

Or if you've got a trickle charger, stick that on overnight etc. 

 

Batteries sit on the shelves for quite a while, so can expect the voltage to be a bit low

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4 minutes ago, d_a_n1979 said:

 

IMO that'll be fine pal. 

 

Get it in and drive the car and give it a decent charge. 

 

Or if you've got a trickle charger, stick that on overnight etc. 

 

Batteries sit on the shelves for quite a while, so can expect the voltage to be a bit low

Got some small 4amp trickle charger, but it still does the job, so I will stick it on over night. Thanks for advice!

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20 minutes ago, simufly said:

Any “got you” with changing a battery? On the old e34  the alarm went crazy when changing a battery.

Don't think there should be an issue. Never changed it for another, but my current battery have been disconnected and removed from car several times, never had issues with factory alarm or anything else, only radio settings and that type of things go back to default. 

I will get it changed first thing tomorrow morning, after that will know if there are any tricks, but I doubt.

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On 03/10/2020 at 22:26, simufly said:

Any “got you” with changing a battery? On the old e34  the alarm went crazy when changing a battery.

Not from my experience with my current and past E39. Just don't do your back in when lifting out and into position in the boot.

 

My current E39 is alarm free (they must be a trustworthy lot in Japan) but my previous one was alarmed and there were no issues.

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On 03/10/2020 at 22:47, Ray112 said:

Don't think there should be an issue. Never changed it for another, but my current battery have been disconnected and removed from car several times, never had issues with factory alarm or anything else, only radio settings and that type of things go back to default. 

I will get it changed first thing tomorrow morning, after that will know if there are any tricks, but I doubt.

Update on this: 020 battery doesn't fit in touring. Eurocarparts are stating as well that 020 batteries fit for E39 touring, but it's wrong. Maybe they fit in saloon, not sure of this.  So returned battery back to Halfords. Will buy 019, but most likely from Tayna batteries, seems like they offer best price. 

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