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General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: New Battery
« on: Yesterday at 03:03:31 PM »
AGM = Absorbed Glass Mat (in case you wondered).

Some E53s got them by default (my 2005 30d did) and most modern cars use them.

General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: 4.0d Steering Wheel Vibration at idle
« on: May 19, 2018, 08:30:52 PM »
No vibration on my X6 40d at idle either.

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: Brakes beyond a joke now
« on: May 19, 2018, 08:29:37 PM »
We have just had a DSC issue on the E46 which turned out to the a pressure sensor on the master cylinder (there are two, separate to the main brake pressure).  Replaced (£127) and fault cleared.  It pulled up an intermittent yellow warning on the DSC and yellow handbrake light.

The main braking should be in two circuits as above.

Answering my own question, BMW TIS quotes DOT 4 only.

Job done and I am beginning to think I’m getting too old for this s...!  Parts on these cars are xxxxxxx heavy!

Access to the brake reservoir needs a 13mm socket to undo each 1/2turn catch (4 of).  Whilst you are in that area it will be well worth vacuuming all of the dead leaves etc that collect in the hole.

Replaced both front discs, pads, wear sensor, spring retainers (recommended for cars over 48 mths) and off side caliper.  Pads have to be the fiddliest job I have ever done on any braking system on any cars I have owned!

Great videos on YouTube cover the E70 with enough similarity to convert to the X6.  The biggest difference being the floating caliper is a single piston in the X6 (up to the 40d).  They also show you the key places to put brake paste/copper ease etc.

As expected the discs needed a little ‘persuasion’ with a wooden block, brake cleaner and an adjusting stick (hammer).  Set screw is 16Nm torque (I used a bicycle repair torque wrench) and I put a smidge of copper ease on it.

I dismounted the calipers as complete assemblies (you need an E18 Torx socket) rather than mess with the slide pins.  You will need a decent length bar on the socket to break the threadlock hold.  Getting them back on again with just two hands is a little challenging.

Cleaned the slide pins with Scotchbrite (other brands are available) as it gets the crap off without damaging the surface of the pins themselves.

Bought and used the suggested Motamec bleeder as suggested.  Brilliant suggestion as it really does make things easy, as was not filling it with fluid just used as a pressure reservoir.  :thumbsup: :bigthanx: :ok:

I did replace all 4 caliper carrier bolts with new and used a medium strength threadlock (as suggested on line, and used by the factory) although they aren’t ‘stretch’ bolts I thought it best to be safe.  You need a torque wrench to refit.  110Nm.

All parts from ECP for just under £280 (inc £35 surcharge which I’ll get refunded next week).  Used Pagid for everything.

8 mile test circuits and all seems OK.  Haven’t reset the pad service life yet as the on line suggestion didn’t work due to the wear sensor not having been tripped (or else I did it wrong  :-[ )

Although the wear sensor had not tripped and the outer pads on both sides looked fine, both inner pads were almost out of material so beware if yours look good on the outside.

Thank you for all your help  :)

Not sure how much I saved, but I’m pleased with myself.  Now going off to find out how to unstiffen these joints!

Oh........and I missed the wedding and the FA Cup too.   :))

One suspects that the $400 a year charge didn’t work out too well and their customer base fell so perhaps they relented?

They’ve been nagging me for months to take up a ‘special’ offer - which I haven’t.  I don’t have a free account but I’m not paying even close to what they wanted to charge.

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: 4.6is Chain Guide Rebuild Time
« on: May 18, 2018, 05:47:24 PM »
Fantastic effort......are you marking all the bolts so you know they are all torqued?

How-To / Re: Reverse Camera Install (E53)
« on: May 18, 2018, 05:42:45 PM »
About a month ago.......keep up at the back  :))

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: Hill descent
« on: May 18, 2018, 06:52:23 AM »
Only for use on very steep hills for a short distance.  It works by using the brakes to control speed down to around 5mph - and you can use the throttle to keep between 3 & 15mph and you can set it on the cruise control.  It auto disconnects at 35mph.

What you felt was the speed being controlled as you braked going down a hill.  If you brake gently for more than a few seconds, the gearbox drops down (usually to 3rd) to give you engine braking until you next accelerate.

My wife thinks the button looks like a duck........ :(

General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: Bluetooth audio
« on: May 16, 2018, 08:04:09 PM »
Sometimes mine drops out for no obvious reason and has to be redone by selecting it off, using the radio etc, and then turning it on again.  Completely random.  On occasions it is the phone (IOS in my case) just not playing nicely.

General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: Bluetooth audio
« on: May 16, 2018, 05:53:37 PM »
Have you got Bluetooth audio selected as well as the phone?  On my E71 I have to select both in the iDrive under options in the phone sub menus.

Have a look at this set of guides.  It’s a copy of the BMW Technical Instructions (TIS) and I have filtered for the E53 3.0d.

Drill down into the air con section (Section 64) to see what is in there that might help  :)  Section 64 50 covers the ac checks.


The lounge / Re: contact lenses
« on: May 15, 2018, 06:09:00 PM »
Like Ian, I have been wearing them for decades.  On advice from my Optometrist, I built up slowly an hour a day and adding an hour every day until I got used to them.  Don’t try to do it all in one go as your eyes won’t thank you.  The first ones I had To start with stayed in for a maximum of 12 hours at a time then took them out and cleaned them.  Took a two day break (the weekends) every week.

The type I have now stay on for a month at a time, day and night (Purevision HD2).  Never used dailies but they may be easier to start with too.

Worth getting some eye drops for contact lenses to help you get used to them.  Only use drops suitable for contact lenses.  They help keep you eyes moist and more comfortable.

In case you haven’t been told, NEVER let tap water anywhere near them!  Tap water contains Acanthamoeba and that can be very bad news if you have a scratch on your eye.

General X5 Forum (E70) / Re: X5 40d oil change
« on: May 15, 2018, 05:57:16 PM »
Any oil that meets BMW LL04 and ACEA C3.

Usual oil is Castrol FST 5W30 fully synthetic.  About 7.5 litres.

Not certain about the filter wrench but I think it is written on top.

General X5 Forum (F15) / Re: F15 Tow Bar - dealer fit?
« on: May 15, 2018, 05:54:13 PM »
Radiator maybe, but torque converter?

General X3 Forum (F25) / Re: F25 Reversing camera
« on: May 14, 2018, 09:25:32 PM »
Just a thought, but have a quick look at Realoem and use the last 7 of your VIN in ‘serial number’ in case there is an official retrofit kit.  Some models can have it so you might be lucky.

If you can source the bits and get the EBA (fitting instructions) then you can avoid dealer prices.  :)

I know what you mean about missing it when you are used to having one  :(

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