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General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: FSR
« on: Yesterday at 05:49:49 PM »
 :)) :)) :))  O:-)

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: 2006 3.0D facelift X5 E53
« on: Yesterday at 05:47:46 PM »
There is no manual available for the diesels.  The only version is as above, left hand drive and petrol only (for the US market).

On line there is newtis dot info - looks like a copy of the official instructions, or you can buy CDs on fleabay.

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: Tools in the roll?
« on: Yesterday at 05:46:32 PM »
Puncturesafe is another option.  Water based and handles holes up to .25”.  Just wipes out and allows the tyre to be fixed.  Use once and leave in the tyre.  I used it as a motorcyclist and it saved me a couple of times.

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: Fitting a Westfalia Towbar
« on: May 22, 2018, 07:13:11 PM »
It was when I ordered mine in 2005.  Two choices were offered, tow bar prep or tow bar fitted.  I went with fitted.

However, a lot of E53 models had a common wiring loom which generally covered everything, unlike today’s models which only include what wiring is actually needed.

The P F Jones website usually has the downloads for the wiring kits (you need to go to that specific section) such as here:  https://www.pfjones.co.uk/westfalia_fitting/303137300113.pdf

This should tell you what to look for, and it is definitely worth having the dedicated wiring kit.

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: Fitting a Westfalia Towbar
« on: May 22, 2018, 06:42:03 PM »
If you go to bmwvin dot com and put the last 7 characters of your VIN into it, you should get the factory build spec back.  That will tell you what options were fitted when the car was built  :)

Kkx5 is a specialist and a member on here so may be able to offer guidance/advice.

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: New Battery
« on: May 20, 2018, 03:03:31 PM »
AGM = Absorbed Glass Mat (in case you wondered).

Some E53s got them by default (my 2005 30d did) and most modern cars use them.

General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: 4.0d Steering Wheel Vibration at idle
« on: May 19, 2018, 08:30:52 PM »
No vibration on my X6 40d at idle either.

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: Brakes beyond a joke now
« on: May 19, 2018, 08:29:37 PM »
We have just had a DSC issue on the E46 which turned out to the a pressure sensor on the master cylinder (there are two, separate to the main brake pressure).  Replaced (£127) and fault cleared.  It pulled up an intermittent yellow warning on the DSC and yellow handbrake light.

The main braking should be in two circuits as above.

Answering my own question, BMW TIS quotes DOT 4 only.

Job done and I am beginning to think I’m getting too old for this s...!  Parts on these cars are xxxxxxx heavy!

Access to the brake reservoir needs a 13mm socket to undo each 1/2turn catch (4 of).  Whilst you are in that area it will be well worth vacuuming all of the dead leaves etc that collect in the hole.

Replaced both front discs, pads, wear sensor, spring retainers (recommended for cars over 48 mths) and off side caliper.  Pads have to be the fiddliest job I have ever done on any braking system on any cars I have owned!

Great videos on YouTube cover the E70 with enough similarity to convert to the X6.  The biggest difference being the floating caliper is a single piston in the X6 (up to the 40d).  They also show you the key places to put brake paste/copper ease etc.

As expected the discs needed a little ‘persuasion’ with a wooden block, brake cleaner and an adjusting stick (hammer).  Set screw is 16Nm torque (I used a bicycle repair torque wrench) and I put a smidge of copper ease on it.

I dismounted the calipers as complete assemblies (you need an E18 Torx socket) rather than mess with the slide pins.  You will need a decent length bar on the socket to break the threadlock hold.  Getting them back on again with just two hands is a little challenging.

Cleaned the slide pins with Scotchbrite (other brands are available) as it gets the crap off without damaging the surface of the pins themselves.

Bought and used the suggested Motamec bleeder as suggested.  Brilliant suggestion as it really does make things easy, as was not filling it with fluid just used as a pressure reservoir.  :thumbsup: :bigthanx: :ok:

I did replace all 4 caliper carrier bolts with new and used a medium strength threadlock (as suggested on line, and used by the factory) although they aren’t ‘stretch’ bolts I thought it best to be safe.  You need a torque wrench to refit.  110Nm.

All parts from ECP for just under £280 (inc £35 surcharge which I’ll get refunded next week).  Used Pagid for everything.

8 mile test circuits and all seems OK.  Haven’t reset the pad service life yet as the on line suggestion didn’t work due to the wear sensor not having been tripped (or else I did it wrong  :-[ )

Although the wear sensor had not tripped and the outer pads on both sides looked fine, both inner pads were almost out of material so beware if yours look good on the outside.

Thank you for all your help  :)

Not sure how much I saved, but I’m pleased with myself.  Now going off to find out how to unstiffen these joints!

Oh........and I missed the wedding and the FA Cup too.   :))

One suspects that the $400 a year charge didn’t work out too well and their customer base fell so perhaps they relented?

They’ve been nagging me for months to take up a ‘special’ offer - which I haven’t.  I don’t have a free account but I’m not paying even close to what they wanted to charge.

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: 4.6is Chain Guide Rebuild Time
« on: May 18, 2018, 05:47:24 PM »
Fantastic effort......are you marking all the bolts so you know they are all torqued?

How-To / Re: Reverse Camera Install (E53)
« on: May 18, 2018, 05:42:45 PM »
About a month ago.......keep up at the back  :))

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: Hill descent
« on: May 18, 2018, 06:52:23 AM »
Only for use on very steep hills for a short distance.  It works by using the brakes to control speed down to around 5mph - and you can use the throttle to keep between 3 & 15mph and you can set it on the cruise control.  It auto disconnects at 35mph.

What you felt was the speed being controlled as you braked going down a hill.  If you brake gently for more than a few seconds, the gearbox drops down (usually to 3rd) to give you engine braking until you next accelerate.

My wife thinks the button looks like a duck........ :(

General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: Bluetooth audio
« on: May 16, 2018, 08:04:09 PM »
Sometimes mine drops out for no obvious reason and has to be redone by selecting it off, using the radio etc, and then turning it on again.  Completely random.  On occasions it is the phone (IOS in my case) just not playing nicely.

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