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General X5 Forum (E53) / Big End Bearing noise - D-Sport Facelift
« on: May 15, 2018, 10:18:09 PM »
As she revs up & goes thru the auto box, if I back off the power at higher revs, I can hear what sounds like the big-end bearings banging away...

It started 2 weeks ago & got gently worse... oil & filter change didn't improve it any at all...

So, I'm wondering if there is a diagnostic mode to check oil pressure, or a relief valve that fails, or any one know if the oil pumps are known to fail or reduce oil pressure ??

The engine has done 189,000 miles, & has had 8k oil changes for the last 60k miles...
The turbo is spinning freely, & no unusual exhaust smoke or crank case smoke from oil filler.
All the fluids are the correct levels & colours.

It does seem odd that this has suddenly happened in the last 3 weeks..

Any clues or ideas or other things that can cause this sort of sound.

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General X5 Forum (E53) / throttle reset
« on: May 07, 2018, 02:07:48 PM »
X5 E53 D-Sport..

Can some one refresh me with the throttle reset procedure please ?

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General X5 Forum (E70) / Newbie to E70
« on: April 02, 2018, 05:56:30 PM »
Gents,
I'm hoping up upgrade from an E53 D-Sport to an E70....
Got about £8>£10 k to play with.

So a few questions, if some one will humour me a few moments please ?

*****
Is there a Sport verson of the E70 in a diesel ?   . . ala the E53 D-Sport with firmer suspension & more HP's.
I gather the engines are a straight 6, 3litre twin turbo, pushing about 300HP ?? yes/no ?

Guessing they have a 6 or 8 speed gearbox ??

at what mileage do I not bother looking, or best search below ?

I have seen some for approx £7,500 with under 100,000 miles - worth having ?

What mileages generally starts gobbling spares, ie gear boxes, engines, diffs etc ?

Any primary engine issues... such as timing chains, head gaskets etc & at what mileages to be wary.


I have been very fortunate with my E53 D-Sport which has done 187,000 miles & still has good diffs, excellent engine, but the gear box groans now & then, so Im debating whether to fix the gearbox or get an E70.

many thanks for your time Gents.
Grant B

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General X5 Forum (E53) / E53 D-sport 3004 Auto Box swap out
« on: April 01, 2018, 12:02:12 PM »
I need to change the auto box in my 2004 D-Sport when the sun shines again...

Question:
Will a replacement box need to be mapped to the vehicle, or can I just get another+ torque converter & do it myself one weekend.

Doing the job isn't an issue, but I don't have the mapping/configuring equipment.

Happy Easter to all.

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General X5 Forum (E53) / E70 Diesel M Sport or E53 D-Sport ??
« on: March 17, 2018, 05:11:14 PM »
I have ideas of replacing my E53 D-Sport with an E70 M-Sport Diesel...
Are there any/many advantages/dissadvantages to the E70 ?

My D-Sport has privacy glass all round.
Fully loaded, Black leather, Black externally.
Matching set of 4 wheels with 295 x 19 tyres all round
Hub extensions to match track all round.
Lifted 2" front & back
Bull Bars
150 Watt HID's all front 6 lights
Nav screen
Wood centre console & matching trims
Remapped & oodles of torque
Rust free - totally
Every thing works - (except front left parking sensor)
The biggest (New) battery that will fit in the hole.
Bonnet wind deflector
4 side window wind deflectors.
serviced to the hilt.

Whats is worth ?

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General X5 Forum (E53) / E53 D-Sport Auto Box swap out
« on: January 26, 2018, 12:01:47 AM »
The Auto Box on my D-Sport is about to expire in a spectacular fashion soon I'm sure..

The mechatronic piston teats have hardened or broken up it seems after 186,000 miles, & she will go up from 1st to 2nd with an amazing BANG when cold & some times again between 3rd & 4th.... So I use the manual tip-tronic change mostly now & match the revs gently to eliminate the the risk of the gear cogs exploding out of the gear case side...

So... 3 questions ?
I have potentially sourced a matching gear box & torque converter with only 70,000 on it for £550, & wondering
(1) how much agro it is to swap the box out on ramps in the drive way ?
(2) if the replacement Gear-Box will need mapping to the vehicle ?

I have swapped many Landrover Discovery TDi gear boxes before, so the practicalities are not an issue, but does the X5 D-Sport present any unusual issues ?

(3) I live in Stafford nr Birmingham UK, so does any one know of a good Indie around here that will do a recon box refit service ?

Cheers
Grant B


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General X5 Forum (E53) / Women understanding a Mans Needs with X5's
« on: October 19, 2017, 05:42:37 PM »
My other half concocted this image for us
Trying to upload the image - but no luck.

I registered with "Tiny-Pic", uploaded the image, but it wont upload to the post when the "Upload-to-Post" button is pressed... the button wont work.
What am I missing ?

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General X5 Forum (E53) / Break Linings Warning Icon
« on: July 20, 2017, 09:43:59 PM »
Hi people.

I had a warning light come up, re break linings low..
So, all 4 corners changed & the light is still on...

Does it need to be turned off ?  I have an OBD diagnostic tool, which found not alerts or faults - re this light.

I also have the little 3 button plug-in unit that re-sets the service gauge, but cannot remember how to make it work, it just flashes a lot but does nothing when the buttons are pressed... is there a sequence to make it work, as I have just changed the oil & filter & need to re-set the service warning lights to zero again..

Any help welcomed.

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Problems / heated mirrors - what causes them to power up ?
« on: July 02, 2017, 12:02:47 PM »
heated mirrors - what causes them to power up ?

Do they come on with the heated rear window ? or is there a temperature sensor that does it automatically ?

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General X5 Forum (E53) / E53 Door Mirrors - spare wires...
« on: June 23, 2017, 04:01:33 PM »
I fitted some aftermarket door mirror glasses to both mirrors, as the original OEM items were all milky & useless.

The replacement glass had two connector spades poking out - which I presume for heated glass...
but
there was also another connector on the OEM mirror glass... a round plastic thing 40mm long with 2 wires into it that go under the backing plastic.... what do these do ? as there is no provision on the aftermarket replacement part/mirror glass  !!

Any clues please ?

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General X5 Forum (E53) / A/C Compressor - Solenoid issue
« on: May 28, 2017, 10:26:42 PM »
A/C Compressor - E53 D Sport - Facelift...
Any one ever stripped the clutch components off a Compressor ?

I have a dead/open circuit solenoid on a AC compressor... unfortunately, the replaced unit - fitted last weeek at the cost of £150 to get it fitted has a solenoid that is a dead short & pops fuses....
So I'm wondering if the shower that fitted this unit have pinched the solenoid wire ?

**Meanwhile, I was wondering if the coil in the solenoid can be opened & re-wound ?

I've re-wound starter motors & 3-phase motors before & have the tools to do it... but before I strip the clutch of the old unit & get filthy ...
**I was wondering if there are any key areas that the solenoids fail.... ie the earth connection rots off or the connector plug falls to bits etc ??

I've seen the You-Tube clips of stripping the units down, but any other info will be welcomed before I get hot & mucky...   after all, a bank-holiday is for relaxation isn't it..

Grant B

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General X5 Forum (E53) / E53 Door Mirror Shell Fix- Cheaply
« on: May 19, 2017, 09:46:07 PM »
E53 Door Mirror Shell Fix- Cheaply.

I am up for sharing easy fixes here, so... if you don't like it, or have some Axe to grind in between my butt cheeks... please keep it to yourself.

OK, we know how expensive & FRAGILE the door mirror case shells are, how easy they split & bits break off...
So, a cheap & easy fix to most of the damage issues... and looks pretty good too.

As follows.... Go to B&M or Pound-Land & get ..
**a couple of tubes of Epoxy resin - the one that self mixes as you squirt it out of the syringes...
**A roll of 2" masking tape....
**Ebay.. a meter of similar colour Carbon Wrap Film... the sort that Chavvs put on their Corsa Bonnets...but you can get it in Black, Silver & white etc & I have also seen it as just Smooth with zero carbon lines as a smooth coloured film.... and in matted or shiney..

1.The damage to the Mirror shells can be reworked by applying the masking tape over missing areas from the outside & use the tape as a mould, & you can even Round the edges & corners too.

2.squirt the epoxy into the mirror shell damaged area from the inside - after removing the shell from the mirror... noting that the epoxy will run downwards when possible.
If you use the type that has the self mixing nozzles, fine.. other wise you mix it on a piece of card & spatula it into the damage area from inside the shell.

3. You can Dam the location of the epoxy with additional walls of tape internally to prevent it dripping/running onto clips & location tabs.

4. leave to totally harden for 2 hrs... even if set in 10 minutes... it needs to fully harden.

5. The Masking tape must be pulled away from the epoxy, in a direction as if you are pulling Over the shell.. ie do not pull the tape off at 90' to the surface, or you will likely tug it off.

6. Inspect your handy work... and if the outer epoxy surface need to be filled a little more, then mix & apply a tinsy blob or resin to the outer low area, & apply another piece of tape over this re-adhesived low area.
The tape outer edge needs to be pressed down while also teasing the epoxy resin to smooth over the low spot.
Again, give it an hour or so & ease the tape off & this should reveal a nice smooth surface.

7. Clean the shell outer with brake cleaner & a rag to remove debris, grease etc... & using the Carbon Wrap lookalike film, apply a piece to the lower side of the shell 1st, then the sides & then the top while wrapping it downwards.
the last wrap application is from the top, so that any dirt/debris/road grime is not visible in the seams.

8. With a hair dryer, heat the wrap film teasing out bubbles by a single pin-prick in the centre & heating the area while pressing the film down. the Heat-Gun / Hair Dryer will also ease out any small wrinkles too.

End result, is a case shell that is repaired, much stronger & less likely to crack with the film applied.. & £50 cheaper than a new set of shells..... and you have not had to spray them & risk a messy spray job.

Just done mine, after a van shattered my drivers mirror case... I collected all the bits I could find, solvent welded them all together & repaired the missing bits as above with epoxy resin & made them nice & pretty again.
Total cost £9:50 & an afternoon tinkering with my favorite toy   ;)




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General X5 Forum (E53) / Electrical - Preventative Maintenance
« on: May 02, 2017, 12:22:21 PM »
Some thing else worth doing now summer is coming - hopefully..

European build practice for electrical connections by manufacturers is NOT to put silicone spray on the sealing rubbers in the connectors... it saves £0.008 per wiring connector in time at manufacture..
For the North American & Russian markets it is mandatory for this silicone spray, on identical parts...  O:-)

So...
The connectors will dry out here in the summer & the corrosion in the connections will crystallize & insulate or short out the connection causing a failure - similar to the blue fur on battery terminals...

The cure is to disconnect ALL the various connections ONE AT A TIME around the vehicle... under the car, the engine bay & the rear trunk too, incl parking sensors & lambda sensors, lighting etc  and spray a squirt of switch cleaner into each side of the plug/socket, reconnect a few times, then a squirt of silicone spray on the ribbed moulded silicone seal of each plug & socket, re-assemble, then wipe dry.... job done.

There is no point in doing it in damp weather, as you just seal the moisture inside the plug connection.

Ref.... the leveling sensor devices under the vehicle, these need to be wiped clean, & a big squirt of silicone spray squirted into the output arm pivot point of the sensor. This will assist the "O" rings in sealing the sensor against moisture ingress & faulty sensing/readings.
Be sure to wipe off excess silicone from the OUTSIDE of the sensor, so it does not collect all the road grunge afterwards.

In most cases, all these electronic gizmo's on these cars are perfectly ok & will often last longer than the vehicle, until moisture gets in them & kills them with the short circuits & resulting voltage spikes that wipes them out.
eg, leveling / ride height sensors, parking sensors, control modules in the trunk that get wet, electrical stuff under the hood/bonnet.

A sunny summer afternoon tinkering could save you ££$$ Hundreds in failed modules in the winter when it is cold, wet & nasty.

Switch/Contact Cleaner - Maplins £7
Silicone Spray                - Halfords / Motor Factors £8

a can of each is enough to do several vehicles, end to end.

Regards to all.
Grant B

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General X5 Forum (E53) / D-Sport engine bay Vacuum Pipes
« on: April 27, 2017, 02:24:33 PM »
D-Sport engine bay Vacuum Pipes.

I bought some new 3mm ID silicone pipe to replace all the under bonnet tubing...

There is a black chamber/reservoir about 1/2 pint sized that I believe is to keep the turbo doing what ever it does for longer after a bit of speed.

With the engine running, I disconnected the pipe at the engine end of this black reservoir chamber... and the exhaust note suddenly deepened & sounded amazing... the revvs remained unchanged, no smoke when revved... but the exhaust not sounded deep & throaty (no puns plz lol)

With the pipe open to atmosphere & nice noisy exhaust note, the engine ran smoothly & didn't shake or hunt, just the nice new sound...

So the question is.... what did the pipe disconnection actually do to achieve the throaty rumble exhaust note ?

I still have to replace the rest of the vacuum pipes, but I do like the rumbly engine sound..

How is this happening & what is causing the note change ?

Any clues Richard ?

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General X5 Forum (E53) / 2017 X5 Meetup Potential
« on: April 22, 2017, 10:20:07 PM »
Are there any Meet-Ups planned for 2017..

Ryan... The Herd sorted a pleasant meet last year, but I was working in Germany at the time....Darn..

any one got any ideas or know if a 2017 meet ??

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