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General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: Urgent help please am broken down!!
« on: October 10, 2018, 03:01:43 PM »
I think there may be some fuses actually on the battery cable at battery.... check these too.

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: Urgent help please am broken down!!
« on: October 10, 2018, 03:00:46 PM »
1st thing I'd do is disconnect battery - leave for 5 mins & re-connect.
That will clear faults.

A partial connection to computer can do some very odd things like this - check connection.

I'm presuming no alternator light came on ?  ... as low power will also cause a multitude of issues.

If you don't have tools to disconnect the battery, switch off... but DO not lock the vehicle, do NOT leave the keys in it either.

Maybe worth dropping drivers window open.

restart the vehicle, tick over 30 seconds so she does her diagnostics, switch off, remove key, wait 1 min & repeat...

This may clear the issue.

Unfortunately, this one will need a plug in diagnostic most likely.

Also bear in mind, these fat old ladies can get electrically stroppy some times.
I have the same model & engine, & she has done things like this before with no reason.... and it suddenly magically goes away.

Good luck Sir.

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: E53 3.0d Air Filter Replacement
« on: September 25, 2018, 09:32:00 PM »
To make it as easy as possible, also remove the plastic bulkhead infront of the pollen filter.
There is a 13mm nut on the Right side almost behind the washer bottle & also the nut on the jump point on the opp side.
Remove the rubber strip across the plastic bulkhead, remove the panel covering the pollen filter - held on with srpung clips - try not to let these ping off which allows the springs to bugger off...

Pull out the pollen filter too & put safe - remember which way up it is, other wise all the crud on it may end up blown inside the car if refitted the wrong way up.

Now pull the bulkhead plastic panel up & towards you....

The air filter top cover also has an allen bolt on the rear left corner out of sight.... so if the cover is not free with a gentle wiggle, then you missed a bolt...

The rest is pretty simple.

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: LCD screen replacement idea’s......
« on: September 20, 2018, 10:22:37 PM »
you can often get the Chinese seller to declare only a £$10 value on the docket slip on the package

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: A/C Compressor removal
« on: September 14, 2018, 04:15:41 PM »
Slave labour & child exploitation - marvelous concept....

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: AutoSeal
« on: September 14, 2018, 01:02:00 PM »
I got a plugging kit off ebay for £15, fast permanent fix....

I push my X5 hard, & done plug fixes on several of the last tyres set & no issues even after 10k after the fix.

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: A/C Compressor removal
« on: September 14, 2018, 12:58:57 PM »
before you pull the pump OFF, are you sure the pump has failed, & not just the clutch solenoid... as they are replaceable without having to go to the expense & agro of swapping the whole pump...

Most often the pump survives, but the solenoid melts down.
They usually fail open circuit.... if they fail short circuit the fuses that pop take out most of the climate controls & buttons lol,

The solenoid connections are usually accessible to put a test meter across.

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: E53 air con compressor not switching ON
« on: September 13, 2018, 02:49:31 PM »
There is another option....

It may be that EVERY thing electronic is working properly.

I have an electro-magnet failure at the AC pump.

It is rare the pump itself fails if regularly powered up, but the coil that energises the magnet & works the clutch is a failure point.

Normally, you have a 4 hr job & replace the whole pump, as BMW do not sell the coil as a sub part...
However, I found a compatible coil that WILL FIT, & you can install it easily.

A small chunk of fan shroud needs to be removed, the belt tensioner levered to release the belt, & the clutch assy removed from the front of the pump. You will need long reach circlip pliers & work from under the vehicle with the undertray removed.

To test the solenoid (before you waste money), get under the vehicle & put a meter across the solenoid connections after disconnecting the device.... generally they fail open circuit.

I have a few solenoids ready to fit @ £85 each.

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: tyres
« on: September 12, 2018, 03:34:37 PM »
Yes, as long as they have the same rolling circumference on front AND rear

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: tyres
« on: September 11, 2018, 12:34:51 PM »
I got a matched set of rear rims with 285x45x19 tyres on all 4 corners, & no problems at all.
I mix front to rear to even the wear & inflate to 33psi & get approx 15,000 miles from them.

The fronts wear faster, prob due to engine weight & turning etc, & I replace as a front or rear pair, keeping the best pair on the front to dump motorway surface water at speed.

I have put 70,000 miles on the vehicle often with 3mm tread difference from front to rear with no issues at all.

It is likely that the staggered wheel set-up makes some difference, but with matching rims all round the road handling is much better & front tyre wear is significantly reduced with big rims on front as well as rear.

Just my experience... does not mean any one else has got to like it or agree.

Additionally, I was the lead engineer for chassis & suspension for the Porsche 918 hybrid project, so I know a bit about suspension, brakes & traction...
The other thing I did to my D-Sport, was to lift the front & rear by 50mm, 30mm spacers on rear, 15mm on front & pull the camber in at the strut-tops by 20mm.
Front wheel outer edge tyre scrubbing has ceased completely, & the car drives like it's on rails.

again, its my preference & it works well, giving lots more miles on the front tyres.

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: eventfull day :)
« on: September 05, 2018, 03:51:46 PM »
I wouldnt worry too much about the pulley, the belt wont hop off.
I probably caught a small stone at some point in its life.

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: Fire Extinguisher
« on: August 31, 2018, 11:36:20 AM »
+ one ordered for both our cars too...

Excellent find, & cheap too.

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: Fire Extinguisher
« on: August 30, 2018, 01:03:30 PM »
You could keep this in the car and plod can't stop you.

My partner removed all the 1st aid stuff in her X5 & replaced it with makeup, blusher & other powdery puff crap. I suggested sh add a putty spreader & some Poly-filler.... I got a slap for that one ha ha.

I must say, the baseball bat steering lock in the link above is a fabulous idea - I gonna get one today.

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: Bong
« on: August 29, 2018, 10:54:27 PM »
Why did BMW set 31 miles.... why not simply 30, or 40.... why 31 ??

General X5 Forum (E53) / Re: Fire Extinguisher
« on: August 29, 2018, 10:53:08 PM »
More importantly,
The fitting of the extinguisher is a great idea....
I would possibly put it on the passenger side in-case it breaks loose & rolls under the pedals.

Living nr Birmingham as I do, the essential piece of additional kit in my X5 would possibly be a rounders bat.

In the last month alone, driving thru Birmingham, I've seen one car jacking, a roadside robbery, handbag snatch & some poor sod being roughed up at a cash-point...

Let alone the 3 stabbings locally to Litchfield in the last 30 days in the news...

However, a powder fire extinguisher blasted in the face of an attacker may also be a good self defense tool me thinks.

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