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Problems / Re: Oil leak
« on: June 04, 2018, 03:47:59 PM »
Is it engine oil or power steering oil? I had a 3.0d 5 series and it developed a leak from where you mentioned and it was a leaking power steering hose, I think from one of the connectors.
Not sure if the X5's have the power steering hoses in the same place.

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General Discussion / Re: Whats this?
« on: May 26, 2018, 06:18:53 PM »
Bird poo me thinks.

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One of mine went at about 40K on the front. I did not have a warranty but got a new spring fitted at a local garage for a very reasonable cost.

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General X6 Discussion / Re: Vehicle Recall
« on: March 23, 2018, 03:23:38 PM »
What if the shaft has already been inspected as a QE and not changed like mine was back end of last year?
Wonder if I will now get a letter as it is now a Safety Recall?

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General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: New car to pick up on wednesday
« on: March 02, 2018, 11:06:32 AM »
Hello all, I have decided to part exchange the x3 after 19 months.

I have opted for an x5 3.0 m sport 40d 2011 to replace my 2011 x3 SE.

Looking forward to your reviews

Good choice :)

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General Discussion / Re: Stuck locking wheel studs
« on: February 22, 2018, 11:22:04 AM »
Got a recommendation on another site for this company. Appointment booked for next week.

http://www.thewheelnutman.co.uk/

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General Discussion / Stuck locking wheel studs
« on: February 22, 2018, 09:12:45 AM »
I have a F30 3 series and the locking wheel studs have been tightened too much the last time the wheels were changed. I have already sheered the locking wheel removal key and had to buy a new one from BMW. I have left the other 4 studs tight and still can't budge the locking ones.

I took the car to a place that had a tool to remove the Mcgard studs and he managed to get 2 loose but the tool he used sheered off inside the stud on the other 2.

I have looked on youtube and there are various videos on how to remove them, basically involving hammering a socket over the stud. The problem I have with this is that the studs have a floating collar and hammering a socket over the stud might just get stuck on this and just spin. Other ideas include hammering a socket on the stud to push the floating collar off and then hammer another socket onto the stud to remove it.
I think that welding any sort of device onto the stuck studs will damage the alloys.

Has anyone had this problem and managed to get seized studs out?
At a bit of a loss as what to do.

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Problems / Re: 40d m-sport Engine Knock
« on: February 18, 2018, 07:52:15 PM »
I would say so, be careful not to fill the oil level over 1/2 way on the dipstick, as you can get the overfill warning coming on if you max the level to the indicated level.
My old E93 never even had a dipstick 😬 Not confidence building when the light comes on, and you don't know if it's a dicky sensor or no oil in the engine !!!!

The oil on my 40d is exactly on the max on the dipstick but the idrive says it's too full, so I know where you are coming from. Do you think it is worth talking some oil out so the dipstick level is lower?

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General X5 Forum (F15) / Re: X5 - towing capacity increase
« on: February 17, 2018, 05:28:49 PM »
I think that the only thing that is upgraded for towing is a larger cooling fan - but how you know what the larger fan looks like compaired to a normal fan would be difficult. I think that the self levelling suspension is standard. With a factory fit towbar the wiring for the 13 pin socket should disable the reversing sensors so  when you select reverse with a caravan on the back they do not beep all the time.
You need to check that the 13 pin socket on the car is wired to run the caravan fridge, as BMW often do not do this.

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Newbies section / Re: Im back
« on: January 23, 2018, 05:11:06 PM »
Hi and welcome back :) Lotus Evora? Nice car for a mid life crisis :)

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General X5 Forum (F15) / Re: Performance in the snow.
« on: January 21, 2018, 07:06:15 PM »
Mine behaves as expected in the snow. It was sure footed most of the time - and only slid when I pushed a bit too hard in the snow, but that was on 20" wheels and summer tyres. The car behaved well and I had no issues in the snow and ice - some of which was 6" deep. :)

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Problems / Re: Front brake disc retaining screw
« on: January 16, 2018, 07:45:10 PM »
My new discs that I fitted a few months ago came with new screws.
And the discs for our Z4 came with new screws too.
Maybe different brands of discs give you screws, mine were Brembo.

Mine were Pagid and I had to buy new rertaining screws.

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General Discussion / Re: BMWlander
« on: January 16, 2018, 07:43:45 PM »
This works for me:-

www.bmwland.org.uk

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Problems / Re: Front brake disc retaining screw
« on: January 16, 2018, 06:10:53 PM »
New discs don't come with new screws, you have to buy them separately. I had to drill both of mine out as the garage who changed the discs last tightened the screws too much! Not sure what size tap you need. Don't really know why the screw is there as the 5 wheel studs hold the disc in place anyway!

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General Discussion / Re: BMWlander
« on: January 15, 2018, 08:15:10 PM »
Nothing yet at bmwland.org.uk

Site up and running again :)

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