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After replacing  the rear disc brake shoes on the X5, I am struggling to replace the springs.

I somehow  (by luck) managed on pass side but driver side is proving difficult,  so gave up after 30 min not wanting to shred my hands in the process.

Whats the best way to get or stretch the springs into place. Is there a recommended tool to do this?


One of the MOT failures on my E53 3.0d was perishing steering wheel gator on Front Pass side.

So I had a look at it and could see some oil on the floor of my driveway and can also the oily gator.

I thought the gator contains grease not oil? If it is grease wont just be around the gator and metal arms rather that  spots of oil on the floor?

I booked the car in for the MOT place (which is not a bmw independent) to change the gator .... at a cost of £100 they say.

Just wondering there if issue could be more than that which may need entrusting to a proper bmw garage?

General X5 Forum (E53) / horn problems, Help needed
« on: May 01, 2018, 12:12:15 PM »
Hi all,

Pressing my horn does not work on E53 3.0d and  Car is due back this friday  for MOT retest

Here are the fault testing that I have done so far.

1) The 2 horns work when powered from to the battery
2) While my daughter pressed the horn I connected a circuit tester in the bonnet to the wires going to the horn but tester does not light up
3) I checked the fuse box in the glove box to confirm presence of 12v supply. Also tested the 2 top ends of the 15A fuse  and can confirm 12v presence
4) Took the glove box out to get to the back of the fuse box where the horn & fuel pump relays are situated. swapped the fuel pump relay with the horn relay and the horn still does not sound at all.

So this leaves me with the steering wheel as the only place left to check. Are there any precautions that i need to take since this is where the airbag is situated? Not sure what exactly I will be testing here....

Any links to wiring diagrams for the horns circuit to see how it links together?

help really appreciated


Hi all, I am about to change the pads and discs on the E53 sports D.

Should I be buying the stock items from the dealer or OEM ones from ECP are just as good? . If ECP which brand?


General X5 Forum (E53) / Which power steering fluid
« on: December 10, 2017, 02:21:47 PM »

Just wondering which power Steering fluid I can buy for my 3.0d.

I can't seem to able to identify one in Halfords or ECP

Final question is where the fit mark is? there is no mention of it in the hand book


General Discussion / Choices for a 7 seater 4x4
« on: December 09, 2017, 12:13:21 PM »
I have had my 2005 (E53) for 9.5 good years and very reluctant to part with it.

With 3 kids in the family, a teenager and 2 still using car seats, the back is getting cramped. There is also the occational movements with the parents which results in having to travel in two cars rather than one. I am partially  on a lookout for a spacious 7 seater to replace my E53. I don't want too spend much as all our financial focus at the moment is on buying  another property.

I would like a 7 seater where the last 2 seats can comfortably seat a teenager or 4yr old with a car seat.

I was considering the E70 but not sure how comfy the last 2 seats are. I also noticed that when the 2 seats are up , there is literally to more boot space left.

Two other cars that spring to mind bigger than the E70 are The Audi Q7 and Discovery 3 both having some boot space left. These 2 do seem to carry a heavy road tax cost in comparison to the X5!

I would be looking for something around 2008-2010 .... year

Please I could do with some insight into those cars or any you can think of that I have not considered.


Hi Guys,

My dash is now showing that its time for an Inspection (1 or 2) on my 160K miles  5.0d  and I brake fluid change.

I have always used the main dealers since I bought 9yrs ago except for brake discs & pads  I change myself.

Since car is now so old (and still loved). Do i need to still go back to the dealers for the Inspection & break fluid change or head down to the indy's for a lesser cost?


General X5 Forum (E53) / Rear Bike rack for E53?
« on: July 17, 2016, 12:00:43 PM »
Hi All,
My E53 does not have a towbar ...

Please can you recommend a rear bike rack for the E53.



Hi all,

When I start my 2005 3.0D Sport on very cold mornings, I get some kind of ticking noise coming from somewhere around the front passenger side. Not sure if is coming from  the bulk head area or underneath the passenger side.

It sound almost like someone gently tapping on the bodywork very softly and almost as fact a a seconds arm.The sound vanishes after about 30 minute of drive of the car gets warm. I have had this throughout 7 yrs of ownership but always ignored it. It never does this in the warmer months

Any idea what it could be?



Just wandering if anyone has one of this that they want to donate for my experiment.

I am no wozniak but trying to experiment with adding a contraption to integrate a 6" android phone with the NAV Unit

I have been to 2 indys and they want to charge (or service) about £420 & £320 respectively.

I am not great at DIY, but looking at the ZF oil change youtube video, they do make the oil change process look pretty easy.

It almost looks like it will take less time than changing pads & discs on one axel

So why so expensive?

Also is the transfer box/case a separate oil enclosure from the gearbox?

General X5 Forum (E53) / Gearbox/transmission software update - How to?
« on: October 14, 2015, 03:46:21 PM »
hi all,

just wondering what i need to check the software version of my gearbox and do a software update

I bought a BMW scanner C310 a sometime ago gathering dust in the shed ... so dont know if that will at least give me the software version...


General X5 Forum (E53) / MOT advisory - Corroded brake pipes
« on: September 25, 2015, 12:07:50 PM »
Hi Guys,

I had an advisory last year for corroded rear brake pipes.

So was wondering how much this could set me back?


Hi all,

I was thinking of replacing my heated front driver seat. the side wall of the seat is worn.

Most of the ones I can see on ebay have similar issues (but in their early stages) while the passenger seats looks in vgc.

So is if I buy a passenger seat instead, is it possible to move it into the chassis/frame of the driver seat with the electrics working correctly?

OR is it possible to just have my seat repaired?



Which oil should I be using for the E53 diesel?

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