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General X5 Forum (F15) / Re: Good wash and mini-detail
« Last post by mogsyman on Today at 10:31:43 PM »
Thanks  :thumbsup:

I don’t like using tyre dressing because I don’t like the entire car to look like new....... #confused......

Aside from the orange peel paint and various stone chips it’s looking like new again. Actually the polishing has removed a huge amount of mini stone chips on the front of the rear wheel arches which is a bonus.
General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: Brakes beyond a joke now
« Last post by snrbrtsn on Today at 09:08:42 PM »
Possible air lock in the abs pump ?

General X5 Forum (F15) / Re: Good wash and mini-detail
« Last post by snrbrtsn on Today at 09:03:44 PM »
That does look stunning - such a great colour!
A bit of tyre gel would finish the look, though admittedly, applied to heavy and it’ll splatter the sides
General X5 Forum (F15) / Good wash and mini-detail
« Last post by mogsyman on Today at 08:56:24 PM »
With the weather being so good I took the opportunity to wash and give the car a good polish.

I must state I have no association with the provider of the polish and here’s the story.....

My car is now 20 months old and I’ve owned it from new. It’s space grey and has never seen a chamois leather or similar and I use good quality mitts and then once washed deionised water to rinse which is self-dry (and brilliant BTW). However I clearly use too much snow foam and other chemicals which became evident a few weeks ago having cleaned the car and the paint was dull. Not just ordinarily dull but if M&S made dull it would be M&S dull (and as we know M&S are best at everything!)

Forward on to a stand my company built at the London Motor Show this last week.....gratuitous pictures below  ;)

Anyway.......I got chatting to a chap detailing a car near our stand and he was using products by a company called Autobrite Direct and he couldn’t recommend them enough.

On the journey home I made a call to Autobrite and had a long chat with a chap called John who couldn’t have been more helpful. I explained my problem and he recommended two compounds. The first being a fine cutting pilosh the other a high gloss polish. Order was placed that day and products arrived the next as promised along with a free additional disk for my DA to help me.

Wind on now to today and I washed as normal but with no snowfoam or tar remover and the process was as follows:

Bear in kind I have little or no contamination or swirl marks but it needs a good going over.....

Full jet wash removing as much dirt as possible.

Spray an iron remover to the wheels, sides and rear. For those not familiar with this product it changes colour as it detects iron etc and then you simply jet wash off ASAP.
Full wash with soft lambs wool mitt and a decent car shampoo (I use Meguiar's Shampoo Plus). To be honest I rarely use the two bucket method as I wash off all the dirt I can using my jet wash and that seems to work for me.

Once washed I then rinse in dionised water and let it dry. Today I knew I would be polishing so I dried the car using a soft microfibre cloth after the DI vessel rinse and then got myself ready to make a start.

My polisher is a DA6 pro purchased some years ago from cleanyourcar.co.uk and I have been a little nervous using it hoping I won’t spoil any paintwork on the various cars I’ve owned. I was assured by the chap at Excel that a DA polisher was the idiots machine and that suited me fine  :))

I guess depending on the state of paint you might want to clay the car, in my case it’s wasn't necessary as the paintwork is very clean and contaminate free. I should also add it’s pretty much swirl free as well.

I used the following two products:

Correct IT is used first and then Renew and it’s as simple as the following:

DA every panel with Correct IT doing one panel at a time and then buff to a shine.

Once done I then used Renew and that’s very simple again using the DA and one panel at a time. Very easy to buff and no white residue on any black trim on the car.

The entire process took about 4 hours and the results are frankly astounding....... :)

Bottom line is I’m very happy and thanks for taking the time to read my Sunday washing story!
General X5 Forum (E53) / Tools in the roll?
« Last post by hennabm on Today at 08:36:57 PM »
Hi all

I have read my handbook and see I should have two wheel chocks, but what tools should I have in the tool roll?

All I have are two spanners, an Allen key, the towing eye and the locking wheel nut adapted.

Should there be anything else?

I also have the jack and the jack handle in the storage area under the floor covering.

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: New Battery
« Last post by henrym3 on Today at 07:19:27 PM »
Do the lights go out or dim when you try to crank and then return bright when you release the key?
General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: New Battery
« Last post by marti on Today at 07:04:48 PM »
Possibly your ignition switch....if its like the e38 7series its not where the key goes in, its a black box connected to the back of the barrel, so you have to drop the lower steering column trim/panel to get to it...easy to change.
General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: New Battery
« Last post by X5Andym on Today at 07:00:55 PM »
Thank you.. got a Yuasa as advised.. currently fitted.. but have had starting problems.. turn the key all light up,, but does not start.. may happen four to six times.. then starts up..  >:( any ideas.. please.. bad earth..

Help please (only 37,000 on the clock...)

Thank you..


Buy and sell / WANTED - Style 87 Alloys (E53 4.6is)
« Last post by strada on Today at 06:56:11 PM »
As above, I’m looking for a set of genuine Style 87s

Any condition, with or without tyres

Thank you
General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: 4.0d Steering Wheel Vibration at idle
« Last post by paulrog on Today at 06:32:05 PM »
Thanks for the replies.

The car doesn't have lane assist. Plus it drives and idles fine.

The car doesn't have any problems in driving or when stationary, but the steering wheel vibrates on idle.

I've read that on some X5's 4.8 V8 owners have had problems with the engine mounts. The car is going into BMW for an oil service next month so I'll ask them to take a look.

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