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Good to hear, no doubt I’ll be panicking next time it rains even though I have tipped copious amounts of water on the door to test it out!

Front barrier done today, it leaks in from the very corner nearest the door pillar, looks like the rubber might have shrunk over the years so I’ll definitely be changing the weather strips.

Top tip for removing the old Butyl sealant - don’t heat it up - it turns it into a smeary nightmare. I discovered that if you roll up a bit of self amalgamating tape (£2.49 from screwfix), it sticks to the butyl and whips it off without sticking to the door.

Here endeth the wet carpet saga, he said tempting fate! As one of our other forum members put it recently “in your face - rain!)

Well I’ve managed to remove the rear drivers side vapour barrier, took about 2 hours to get the old butyl off, then thought I’d see where the water comes in. When you tip water against the window it pours in the corner by the non opening quarter panel window, the main window seal seems to be ok.

I understand that it is designed to let water out through the bottom of the door but how much water should be getting in? Should it be a tiny drip rather than a stream?

I’ve used a bit of the old barrier to make a deflector so it goes straight towards the bottom of the door, fitted the new vapour barrier with new butyl and put the door back together. My thought is that I should get the weather strips replaced, they’re about £40 each and I guess the garage can do them all in an hour.

Any thoughts?

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: 4.6is Chain Guide Rebuild Time
« on: April 18, 2018, 11:46:52 AM »
Great job, really interesting to see all the bits and bobs in detail, I’ll drop mine off when you’re done 😝

Well, fingers crossed for the forecast being ok from Wednesday, finally got all the parts for the barriers and Dynavin, that’s a drama I won’t bore you with, so I thought I’d swerve work and get her back on the road,supposed to be sunny ! 😎

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: refreshing the X
« on: April 16, 2018, 10:06:16 PM »

General Discussion / Re: Air suspension
« on: April 14, 2018, 12:08:56 PM »
I didn’t think and cars with air/self levelling sank down since the days of the old Citroen’s! Sounds like he’s best avoided

Problems / Re: Intermittent misfire
« on: April 11, 2018, 04:41:07 PM »
Might be, I think I’d change all the spark plugs, check all the connections while you’re in there, and change the coil for that cylinder, put it back together and see what happens.

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: HOW MUCH !!!!
« on: April 11, 2018, 04:36:12 PM »
Anyone know how to remove the tamper dot?!😝😝

They are this much:

Front Brake Pad Wear Sensor   34351165579   x1   Pagid    £17.59   BMW £22.08
Rear Brake Pad Wear Sensor   34351165580   x1   Pagid   £17.59   BMW £21.59

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: Meter reading help
« on: April 07, 2018, 05:56:33 PM »
Not sure what to suggest really, my drain was cured by changing the heater FSR, I also changed the starter motor which also might have been drawing too much current and straining an already old battery, then changed the battery and all ok since, although I’m too much of a scaredy cat to leave it for 10 or 14 days without starting it to be honest!
Form memory when I was reading up before on it I’ve seen mention of anything from 30Ma to 60Ma as normal when it’s asleep so I don’t know who’s right, seems that a few folk have found spurious issues where body/Bluetooth/nav modules woke up for no apparent reason causing current draws of 4A on and off, but they only found this by having a oscilloscope that records connected overnight or for 48 hours in the garage - again not an easy option to test for unless you’ve got a friendly auto elec/Bosch centre nearby willing to park it in a corner of the workshop for a night or two!
It’s not terribly easy to test what current your starter motor is drawing yourself,  you need a fairly pricey ammeter but if you can find somewhere local it would be interesting to know so you could eliminate it, likewise I guess you’ve checked your voltage when the cars running to indicate the alternator is giving a good charging voltage?

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: Meter reading help
« on: April 06, 2018, 11:14:39 PM »
I know your battery is only a year old but it wouldn’t be the first battery to fail in a short space of time, when it was manufactured and how it was stored play a big part before it gets to you.
Where did you buy it? Somewhere that might not quibble with a return hopefully!

Be careful with the so called battery testing as well, doing a quick drop test in Halfords with their rubbish doesn’t often prove a lot other than it can supply enough current to spin the car over in a short space of time. It would be interesting to see it bench tested with a measured load at the 20 hour rate and see how it held up over a longer period but I accept that’s likely not possible. I’ve got a Bosch S5 019 in mine - as you say not a lot bigger capacity to make a big difference.

From Cotswold BMW:

REAR OFFSIDE DOOR: Sound Insulating (vapour barrier) 51488403042 £45.54
DRIVERS DOOR: Sound insulating (vapour barrier) 51488402390 £45.54
PASSENGER DOOR: Sound Insulating 51488402389 £45.54
REAR NEARSIDE DOOR: Sound Insulating 51488403041 £45.54

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: 4.6is
« on: April 03, 2018, 10:25:05 PM »
Well thanks for cheering us up!😝

Yeah I couldn’t believe how far it spread from such a little leak, we are all dry now on the carpet/sound deadening front, just need to get the new barriers delivered. The front one was all ripped form an old door handle repair I think, and it looks like the rear door has had the glass smashed and replaced judging by the little bits left in there, and the amateurs that did it totally ripped the rear barrier in about 4 places, there’s not even any butyl down one side where I gorilla taped it (before I discovered how essential a proper seal was!)
Think I’m going to replace the outer weatherstrips on the glass as well so there’s not as much going in the door in the first place.

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