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Like your listening tool  - i have a cocker spaniel - his ears are too droopy to use - but he can hear the treat box rattle at 500 yards !!!!!


I have a wife that drives like that on occasions!!!!!!!!!!!


Eh -up all,

Having now fixed the PDC ( yipee) :) as per my earlier post i have deduced that someone has had the bumper off prior and broken the little plastic clip bracket that is mounted to the underside of the wing and that secures the bumper. ( Hope that makes sense)

As a result the bumper is "saggy" under the headlight simply because the clip is not supporting it.

I have sourced the plastic bracket and it looks like its secured by two screws at either end (no problem to get off ) and its then a push fit into two holes on the wing itself with plastic snap fit clips that are moulded onto the bracket itself. This secures then secures the bracket and as a result the bumper can sit flush up to the wing.

I am assuming that once the screws are off you can pry / drill/ lever (i can hear the snap already ) of the bracket ( no doubt the snap fits will break) from the outside and there is no reason why you should need to get behind the wing itself ?

Has anyone ever done this and how easy.

I can get the bumper off easily and given its only the one corner i am sure i can work it, but need to understand if its just as simple as i make it sound. what worries me is i am missing something that i cannot see on the flip side of the inner wing !!

As always any help appreciated - last thing i want is the bumper worse than before i start .....it has been known.....



Well ordered 6 sensors on line from ebay having checked the part numbers on realoem.

Stripped of the front bumper first and had decided already to replace all the fronts whilst it was off, two were definatley not working anyway.

Bumper came off fine, but someone had taken it off in the past and broken the little plastic clip that sits on the underside of the wing where the plastic tabs press fit in the bumper. Accounts for why the bumper sits just out of line.! Managed to pry the other side out and wiggle the bumper of. Will no try and source the plastic clip and replace it , looks fairly easy to get at in fairness and i think its a press fit that clips in.

Replaced sensors and before re assembly checked everything on the front worked  - result.

Moved to rear and replaced the two faulty rears after figuring out how the little b$^^ers came off.

Checked the PDC button - light on no flashing and no sound  - Great result.

As a side point i could not hear the sensors clicking or feel them through my fingers so instead of electing to spend a fortune at the dealers  or souring a OBD scanning tool i tried a £2.20 pink stethoscope from Amazon - great piece of kit worked a dream could hear the clicking on all the good ones and able to spot the faulty ones.

Hope the above helps someone else.

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: Headlight Restoration
« on: May 06, 2018, 07:52:21 PM »
Cracking result, I used G3 on my rears too and they polished up well, bet your kit would do same


General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: E53 Front Bumper Removal Problem
« on: May 03, 2018, 01:14:52 PM »

Whether this is right or not im unsure - but have read a small plastic pry tool or small flat blade screwdriver somehow slips between the wing and bumper edge and you can then lever the tabs ?????

The tabs slop into a plastic carrier i think bolted/screwed onto the underside of the wing/bumper area.

Again not done it yet so you are the guinea pig.

PS one tip i learned on my volvo was make sure the plastic was warm, i used a hair dryer as it just makes it more flexible - or did on the volvo.


General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: E53 Front Bumper Removal Problem
« on: May 03, 2018, 12:37:43 PM »
Motor 84,

I am not able to assist but i will be doing exactly the same thing with my facelift E53.

I too have gone through all the fasteners in advance taking them off / drilling them out in anticipation of removing the bumper.

I have read / seen that there are some plastic clips at the side of the bumper where it meets the front wing, these act like some sort of tab and need to be pryed down/in somehow at the same time as juggling the side of the bumper towards you.

Not sure if this is a help but if you do manage to remove it would welcome an update and some pictures of said clips.

The last bumper on my XC70 i took off and the plastic clips were by far the most difficult to get loose and budge.

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: Switched live in the boot area
« on: May 02, 2018, 07:54:58 PM »
Eh up Sleepyfolk

I recall a thread started by a member called bascule in June 17 re his upgrades and he was having the same issues

I used this to assist when I was researching my phone kit.

In his thread there is a picture of the location of a genuine switched live in the boot.

Try searching as I cannot figure out how to post a link on here

Hope this is an assist


Problems / Re: Park Distance Control (PDC)
« on: April 30, 2018, 08:22:27 PM »
A Blair

Eh up, I’m having the same issues with PDC, mines a facelift not sure about yours.

If it helps what I’ve figured is that all 4 reads and the two front centre PDC are alll the same shape - straight and one mine all the same part numbers, the two front corners are L shaped and definitely different.

All the sensors are on eBay, I’m just figuring out who might supply the best ones.

Good luck in sorting yours out, I’ve no Scanner so trying to do it by ear and self diagnose.

By the wAy thanks for the thumbs up on my wheel refurb  :)



Just so i understand when you state you release the handbrake do you mean its off ie disengaged or that you have taken the cover off and slacked the two 10mm handbrake adjuster nuts right back.

I had the same issue and in order to remove the rear disc i needed to completely release the handbrake adjuster nuts.

PS if you do its much easier with a 10mm deep set socket

Hope this helps

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: Gutted !!!
« on: April 25, 2018, 08:27:29 PM »

No worries, I elected to use hand as did not want to get my mop out, you can keep a better feel with delicate parts by hand in my opinion. With a mop I stand the risk of being to aggressive.

I used the same technique on the black anodised trim that surrounds the windows and doors, mine were very tarnished and came up like new and has weathered well with an occasional polish only.

Hope this helps

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: Gutted !!!
« on: April 25, 2018, 01:22:51 PM »

i used Farecla g3 swirl remover on mine, worked a treat in my opinion, other cutting compounds may give you the same results.

i tried a small section first just to make sure i was not going to FUBAR anything.

I was happy then to use.


Gallery / Re: painted satin black
« on: April 25, 2018, 08:15:58 AM »

Just read your header - answered my own question its satin back.

Gallery / Re: painted satin black
« on: April 25, 2018, 08:15:00 AM »

Nice car and nice paint job.

As you state the art is getting it clean and free from previous treatments especially silicone.

Assume you used a plastic adhesive promoter as well to aid the bond of the paint ?

Im thinking of doing the same later this summer, did you go gloss or satin, looks too shiny for a satin or matt in the photos.

Looks cracking.

Vote for pagid discs and pads !

Ehup Henrym3’

Hope the move went well and warm welcome “upt norf”

Thanks for the comments - patience and a surgically clean garage ( as best as possible) are key and a bit of lucks always needed.

Forgotten how many runs I’ve sanded out of old school cellulose!

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