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General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: Radio noise!! HELP!!
« on: March 17, 2018, 11:13:12 PM »
That’s me out of ideas then, I thought if you had the nav/tv etc then you had a BM54 amp in the boot

Problems / Re: PDC Dodgy parking Sensor or module?
« on: March 17, 2018, 09:39:00 AM »
Thanks, I’ll pull the others out and see if it makes a difference before I replace any more, they do all tick away merrily already though

Problems / PDC Dodgy parking Sensor or module?
« on: March 16, 2018, 11:24:47 PM »
So forum genii, what’s going on here:

I read that if one sensor fails - the whole system goes down. I was getting the long tone and flashing light on the PDC switch after all the recent work, but before that the rear sensors sometimes beeped when there was nothing there.

I checked to see if they all clicked, and they did, although the rear left and centre left sounded weak.

I changed both of those (with eBay sensors) and they still sound weaker than the right rear and centre right, however All rear sensors beep if approached and stop when you move away, rear right seems to be the spurious one beeping occasionally at nothing.

On the front, they all click, the left front and centre left don’t beep at all when approached, centre right and right sensor work as normal.

So what is going on? I thought if they clicked audibly they were good, clearly not - do they get weak and fail to beep but still allow the system to work? I was thinking of changing the front 2 but I think it’s a bumper off thing so I don’t want to do it if you folk think it’s something else like a module or whatever else I don’t know about.

Just noticed on RealOEM that the corner ones seem to be right angled, the one I took out wasn’t, will this make a difference? There’s no part number for the right angled ones either!?

Sorry for the long post but I wasn’t sure if I’m wasting my time with eBay sensors, and if I take the bumper off apart from the hassle I’ll have to replace the underide protection for the radiator (another £50) and I’ve just spent a gert load this month already 🤑

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: Radio noise!! HELP!!
« on: March 16, 2018, 11:03:40 PM »
That’s helpful thank you! Where is it exactly?

Problems / Re: Battery kill switch
« on: March 16, 2018, 05:23:25 PM »
Good kit here generally and helpful if you need advice https://www.12voltplanet.co.uk/battery-cable.html
You can get the correct terminal ends etc from them

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: Radio noise!! HELP!!
« on: March 16, 2018, 05:16:36 PM »
No personal experience but when I was reading a lot of stereo stuff I remember the whistling or screeching as it was described was a common fault with the BM54 amp in the boot, you can send them off for repair to cartronics or similar places.
If it’s an aftermarket stereo, I don’t know!

Problems / Re: Battery kill switch
« on: March 15, 2018, 10:55:08 PM »
I reckon to take account of the resistance over 20 metres you will need a cable with a cross section of probably 10mm square at 5A or 16mm square at 10A. Should cost about £250!😝 💵🤑.

As far as batteries goes yours is toast anyway, if it’s only showing 12.4 after a full charge it’s ready for the bin. Personally I don’t think an AGM is any more likely to survive long term if it’s going to be abused and allowed to go quite flat as a fairly common occurrence.
Does anyone know if the E53 is ok to fit an AGM battery into, they normally require a different charging regime I thought and I wasn’t sure if the E53 was set up for that.

Given what you’ve said so far, if you don’t fancy running an extension lead out every couple of weeks to charge it up and keep it in good condition, the best fit and forget solution might be the solar panel option, Barden do a nice little unit with a built-in MPPT controller http://barden-uk.com/product/solbian-sp-23-allinone/ - pricey but it’ll save buying new batteries every couple of years!

A standard lead acid battery loses a significant amount of its capacity if left in a discharged state for anything over 48 hours so it doesn’t take long for a new battery to become a shadow of its brand new self within a few months if not maintained.

Hi, I’ve just done the front suspension arms: 2 x drop links, 2 x track rod ends, 2 x lower ball joints, 2x front control arms, 2 x front rear control arms - paid £275 for a Meyle HD kit, 2 x anti roll bar bushes, and about £100 to have it fitted.

These ones below:

Hang on until you’ve done your front suspension arms, it might go after you’ve done all those

Problems / Re: Battery kill switch
« on: March 14, 2018, 10:39:41 AM »
If you charge through the OBD and forget to unplug the solar panel it will blow fuses and possibly put you into limp mode / EML lights on etc. The OBD chargers do warn you about it, personally I think anything less than a 20 watt panel will be as much use as a 🍫 🍵 pot

That’s interesting Henry thanks, I read that someone had extended the GPS aerial from the boot nav unit because the Dynavin one wasn’t as good but I think it was quite an old post, the one they supply now looks exactly the same as one for my tracker which seems to work very well even without a clear look at the sky

Ok, I'm booked in

If it’s possible can you see whether they run the long cable from the boot down the passenger or driver side, and take a few pics of your DAB aerial, gps aerial and microphone. You may as well blow the budget and go for the TV option as well then you can do a picture of the TV aerials for me!
Quite jealous really but if you see on another thread the amount of work I’ve just done underneath that’s cost £1200 you’ll understand why I’ve had to hold off for a month or two!😝

I think it’ll take me more than 4 hours! I gather the N7 was supposed to have a better tuner anyway, not heard of anyone drilling the roof yet - you could always be the forum Guinea 🐷, I read somewhere that even the tv aerials worked ok under the dash hidden away but I’m not sure about the dab aerial

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: Tyre recommendations
« on: March 08, 2018, 05:07:26 PM »
Yes I should have said the old Diamaris had nearly 40k on them and weren’t worn right down, that’s why I stuck with them

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: Bought another X5, couple of Qs!
« on: March 07, 2018, 11:16:37 PM »
Not sure what they’ve done in there, I think that’s the sat nav dvd by the spare wheel, should be above the cd changer and the the little box at the top might be the Bluetooth module, but I’m not 100%!

If you do go ahead, make sure you give us some feedback on the N7, I’d be interested in your thoughts as I’ve not heard of anyone getting the new unit yet. Thought I might be the first before I decided to do a load of underneath work such as brakes etc

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