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General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: Gps aerial
« on: Today at 03:07:52 PM »
In both my car's i have it at the bottom of the screen stuck to the dash but touching the glass.
The cable tuck's away nicely as well down there.

Problems / Re: Knocking from front end
« on: Yesterday at 01:04:17 PM »
When i had a similar problem my friend of 40 years and garage owner tested the front end on his one man mot test ramp the electric plates that shake the car sort of.
Well nothing no play in any joint very strange so i said to do it the old way.
We lifted the front and used a big pry bar and found the n/s bottom joint was nearly falling apart.
Just shows the old ways where the best but how many cars have passed the mot useing this new(ish)  system ????????.

How-To / Re: Fitting oil pressure gauge
« on: October 16, 2017, 12:48:41 PM »
Thanks Lez
I will keep looking now i know the size of the sensor.

Somewhere like here has lots of t-pieces, and remote t-pieces, thread adapters etc http://www.lmaautoparts.com/products/Gauges___Gauge_Fittings/

You can also look at demon teeeks or google SPA oil gauge for fancy choice of analogue or digital gauges

Most gauges are a standard 52mm hole with a 56mm fascia
Thanks for the link.
Will do some homework now.

How-To / Re: Fitting oil pressure gauge
« on: October 14, 2017, 08:31:17 PM »
Thanks Lez
I will keep looking now i know the size of the sensor.

How-To / Re: Fitting oil pressure gauge
« on: October 14, 2017, 06:48:52 PM »
The thread size of the BMW oil pressure switch is M12x 1.5mm, and the oil pressure sensor for the  gauge is
1/8 x 27tpi. I also bought a piece of threaded bar M12/1.5mm and cut/drllled it out to make an extension to move ''T'' away from the filter housing.
I bought the taps and dies off ebay.
So was able to modify/retap the adaptor as required and used ptfe tape to seal the threads.

Thanks for the info.
Can i not just buy a "T" to do the job as it will be a road side job sort of and i don't have taps and dies.( my nephew will be fitting it on his drive)

Problems / Re: hi there
« on: October 13, 2017, 04:08:51 AM »
While you can i would change all the small vacuum pipes.

Problems / Re: Bmw e53 3.0d 4x4 light on after swaybar link change
« on: October 12, 2017, 08:43:28 AM »
Have you driven the car if not go for a short drive.
Try turning the wheel lock to lock.

How-To / Re: Fitting oil pressure gauge
« on: October 12, 2017, 04:14:20 AM »
What size was the adaptor/T you used to plumb it to where the oil pressure sender goes.
Any links.

General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: Tyre advice - do I need to replace?
« on: October 06, 2017, 05:41:41 PM »
Put the old set on eBay and get some eggs to go with the beans.

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: stop/start battery on non stop/start car?
« on: October 06, 2017, 08:46:53 AM »
I put a battery that is fitted to stop/start cars on my e46 2.0d a couple of years back and no problems at all.
If anything it will hold charge longer if the car is not used but that could be my imagination lol.

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: What Oil (with X factor)?
« on: October 04, 2017, 08:38:25 AM »
I use a suction pump and can also get the oil out of the filter housing the will not come out if you drain through the drain plug.
First time I used it I took the drain plug out just to see if any oil was left in and not a drop came out.

General X3 Forum (E83) / Re: red warning light - run flat indicator
« on: October 03, 2017, 05:46:08 PM »
New tyres are bigger in circumference so just reset the monitor ans you should be sorted.

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: What Oil (with X factor)?
« on: October 03, 2017, 05:43:16 PM »
I run my car upto theme before I drop the oil.

How-To / Re: Fitting oil pressure gauge
« on: October 01, 2017, 08:46:22 AM »
On my to do list when I get home.
After the run up to the airport I noticed that when I stopped in traffic the red oil light would flicker when in drive but not when natural.
I think the tick over is a bit low on my car at 550 in drive and about 600 in neutral 3.0d

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