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Problems / Best Battery
« on: April 08, 2018, 01:06:52 PM »
I am having the car converted to LPG this month. One of the issues of conversion is that the battery is under the LPG tank. Reading all the blurb on battery I cannot tell how old it is. So I am going to replace it. I have a CTEK which i plug in via the cigar lighter. This keeps the battery fresh and disguises its condition.
So my question to the forum is.
What experiences have you had with a new battery.
All comments welcome.
Any good recommendations. 

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Problems / DME. Throttle-valve actuator spring test of closing spring
« on: March 06, 2018, 08:51:38 PM »
Background.
Partner drove the X5 back from Aviemore and parked up. It lay parked up for the week during the cold snap. Saturday morning started it up and the car went into. Engine failsafe prog.



Currently.
It will not reset. Everything else will reset.
So now I am going to:
Check that battery. Clean the terminals up and see if I can identify the age of the battery or take it for a drop test.
Take the air intake pipes off and see if anything is holding the butterfly valve open. Check the electrical connection plug and maybe give it some DW40.
If I have to remove the Throttle body.
Any links guys on how it is tested.
Can I order the sensor separate. A butterfly valve passing gas should be good forever?
Any views on using one off ebay.
Is there a reset methodology I should be using.
My aim is to repair as efficienty as possible with a new OEM part the last resort. I can afford one but its not a challenge.

Thanks in advance.  👍




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Problems / Coolant Level Sensor
« on: January 29, 2018, 07:31:01 PM »
So,
I fixed the "parking light" error message with some nice warm white bulbs. The passenger side bulb required removal of three 10mm bolts to enable me to move the power steering and coolant reservoir out the way.
The coolant level sensor was accidently pulled out. So now my very last error message has been replaced with another.

I put the sensor back in and twisted a quarter turn to lock it in but now have a very slow leak.

My question is how to repair this.
Have I lost a washer
Broke the reservoir
Broke the sensor.

Anyone experiences or diagrams please.

I have searched the forum so any links are gratefully accepted.

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How-To / Windscreen / rear screen / head lamp wash
« on: January 05, 2018, 05:37:03 PM »
On the way back from Stirling my washers stopped working.
No fluid level alarm.
Stopping at a garage I bought 5 litres of screen wash and emptied it into the washer reservoir. No joy.
On returning home I took a 10mm socket to the reservoir. Two bolts. Unplugged the level sensor electrically. Siphoned the tasty washer fluid out. This took 10 minutes in all.
The three pumps pull out the sockets leaving me free to remove the reservoir.
Wich pump is wich I have no idea but they made noises when operated.
Once out I filled the reservoir and the pump outlets did not leak. Pulling out a filter gave a gush of water and revealed the problem.
I put the dirty filter back in and
Popped a dishwasher tablet with hot water in the reservoir.

Watched a football match on the tv and came back.
Used my alloy wheel detailing brush to scrape the inside of the  reservoir, gave it all a shake and water gushed out. Removed all the filters and gave them all a good clean and popped them back in.
The front and rear screens are now instant and powerful. Very happy. The reservoir alarm also works.
The headlight washers need more work as they are not working. That will be another post including a shot at cleaning the lenses with a proprietary product.
Tip.
I spied a pair of tights on the washing line. These have a great filtration level when pouring the screen wash back in. Not so great if your partner catches you using them.

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General X5 Forum (E53) / Tyres
« on: December 11, 2017, 08:16:33 PM »
Hi,
So I have this X5 sport.  Weighs iro 2 tonne. 
Front wheels 9J 255/50/19R
Rear wheels 10J 285/45/19R (think 10J?)
Need to order some winter tyres and I am a big fan of Vredestein wintracs (shogun / Rav previous fitment)

The Vredestein site is recommending 255/50/19R on each corner. I am a little concerned about a rolling radius issue and the rear. I searched the forum but the answer  was not definitive.  Can anybody help please.

Some helpful advice from my partner:
If your driving a 2 Tonne Nissan Leaf with low rolling resistance tyres in Aberdeen this year then their is great potential for it to turn into a tractor once a bend approaches.



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General X5 Forum (E53) / Alloy colours
« on: December 03, 2017, 10:14:24 PM »
Hello everybody,
I want to refurbish the alloys on the X5. I like the look of the oem grey alloys that I am seeing.
Does anyone know the colour and finish.
They look Matt or Eggshell in finish.
Sorry to be a little vague.

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General X5 Forum (E53) / E53 4.4 workshop manual
« on: March 23, 2017, 07:48:02 PM »
Hi Folks,
First post so go easy. I am searching the forum for a workshop manual. Cannot seem to find one or my search string is rubbish. Does the forum have one or recommend one please. A link or recommendation would be appreciated.

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Newbies section / Newbie
« on: March 23, 2017, 06:34:58 PM »
Hi everyone,
Just bought a 2005 X5 4.4 and hoping to contribute to the site and learn a few things. This is my third BMW and I have not had the best experiences with the previous two.
Also on the fleet is a Nissan leaf and 911/ 993.

See you all around.   :thumbsup:



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