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  2. Measuring under bonnet replaced battery with the same. Have now tried another battery, will check in the morning cheers
  3. Hi Where are you measuring the voltage? Your car has around 25 control modules all of which communicate with each other over the Bus system so with out diagnostics very hard to tell. though you could pull fuses until you find the culprit. But not necessarily the cause When the new battery was fitted was it fitted correctly? is it the correct battery and type for the car? was it correctly registered to the chassis ? If the battery is not correct, does your car gave stop/start, then it quite possibly is dead, if it isnt registered to the chassis it wont charge correctly.
  4. Hi battery is 3 months old just went to start car, battery flat even though it started and ran 15 minutes ago. I put multi meter on with key out of the ignition voltage was jumping all over the place, what would make the voltage unstable?
  5. Morning William Welcome to the Forum First how old is your battery ? What is it's condition ? If your getting a "whirring noise" you need to see what it is that's running Cooling Fan ? Recirculation Fan ? Emissions Fan ? Fuel Pump ? Is the key in the ignition (it shouldn't be) If you have a system that is damaged and running try pulling the fuse obviously what ever it is it needs repair/replacement If Battery voltage is bellow 12 volts at rest "engine off" it is probably dead and needs replacing, when charging you should be connecting the charge at the charge points under the
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  7. Compared with a Morgan, this was the very pinnacle of ride compliance šŸ˜¬
  8. Plus think of all the dosh you save on chiropractors šŸ¤£
  9. Looks tasty!! Ian used his first one for track days (Goodwood just down the road) the last one is all Hill Climb stuff
  10. Morning Jack Try talking to some of the BMW specialists I dont know where you are but my Brother Inlaw has used a guy in West London (Hayes/Uxbridge) on several BMW's BW Tuning I think. Have a Google and talk to them is what I would do Dave
  11. I have a friend who built 2 Caterham's he described them as his weekend adrenalin pumps. My son does have the right idea as he will probably get the beer out of my Garage fridge !!! Cheeky boy
  12. Battery drain connect charger after a minute or so there is a whirring noise from under the bonnet voltage jumps from 6 volts to 13 anyone have any ideas why ?
  13. Dave, Your son definitely has the right idea. 800nm of torque would certainly fall into the category of "adequate" šŸ˜Ž Burton engines - now that takes me back. My Caterham Supersprint had a 1700 X-Flow with the 711M block, twin 40s etc etc - only about 135 bhp but the best bit was the induction noise and the flames and banging on the overrun - not necessarily the peak of efficiency but a lot of fun at around 550kg. The thing I miss about the 7s is just the "feeling" -it's certainly not about top speed as they have the aerodynamics of a brick.
  14. Hi Neil Fortunately I have I have kept the Chancellor on side by her car being "special" the first was a 1600e with a Burton 1760 engine she also had T5s all chipped. Her current car is a 3.0 Subaru Outback with a Perrin engine So changing cars has never been an issue šŸ˜ For looks/power/economy I don't think you can beat modern diesels (mid 90's on) my brother inlaw runs 530d touring he has had 4 current is 535d favour. All have been solid mechanically all have been ECU tuned seriously quick in the mid range and return 40+ mpg the 535 has 300hp and 800nm of torque. Not much live
  15. Hi Gary Welcome to the Forum I helped a neighbour change both front wishbones on his wife's car near side was bent he thought due to "pot holes" Take a look at www.realoem.com it is a BMW online parts list. Put the last 7 digits of your Vin number in the search box it will bring up your model the look at the Front axel section. You will be able to get the correct part numbers to get the correct replacement whether from BMW or from a Motor Factor or Auction Site. My neighbour changed both as he brought from a Motor Factor and wanted both to match. Good Luck Dave
  16. Thanks Dave. I was into "just add lightness", including a 2CV at one point, but now I seem to have gone gradually lardy (not just the cars) šŸ¤Ŗ If I could get another 7 I would do so (I miss them more than anything else) but my budget has become the limiting factor over recent times. So, frankly, my lower end but very nice E39 was the best I could do with the money - it was either that or a very leggy Skyline 350GT import. There is a very big price gap between the 520i and the 530i and above. The cunning master plan involves me investing in the lottery. My list of previous started with a 1958 St
  17. Hi Mo Welcome to the Forum All AWD cars need the tyres front and rear to have the same rolling radius if they are mismatched then you will have all the conditions for transmission wind up to occur. Transmission wind up can and will kill Diffs, Transfer boxes and even Gearboxes very expensive. Are the tyres the correct sizes for the car. From your description you have the symptoms and have ignored them, if the front axel is turning at a different speed to the rear then the transfer case in the middle will be damaged. If you reverse in a tight circle slowly do you get a jerki
  18. Hi Kate Welcome to the Forum You don't say what smell Fuel, Electrical is it the car or something else in the garage. I do know someone who had a car parked up for some time, mice had moved in. One of the furry little pests had chewed through a live cable, result dead mouse. The smell was something to behold !! You wouldn't believe that one small rodent could smell that bad If it has been parked up since November has it been on a trickle charger? I hope if it has the charger was connected at the charging points under the bonnet and not direct to the battery. Dave
  19. Welcome Neil My list of previous started in 1962 with a 1075s that soon got stretched to 1275 (The A series engines just wore out fast šŸ˜ˆ) and between that and the Volvo era are a long list of "I should have kept that" car Your own list shows your a man who understands "power to weight" Enjoy Dave
  20. Thank you. Just had a look at Greydog's list of "previous". His Horsepower total puts mine to shame šŸ˜
  21. Hi Neil Welcome to the Forum You certainly had a great history of car ownership, some lovely machines in there. Our very own Greydog also has a pretty impressive historical list of previously owned iron Good to have you onboard
  22. Hi Chris Welcome to the Forum Sorry to hear you've had some serious issues with your X5. Hope you get it sorted or part it out whichever is more appropriate
  23. Hi, 2009 X5 3.0si, changing valve cover gasket and others. Tested PCV (built into valve cover) and will not hold suction. All I've read is that it is not replaceable(must replace valve cover). I've seen decent hacks on V8 X5's and they have a replacement. Hard to believe with the popular 3.0 that there isn't a PCV replacement. If there is, does anyone have the part number and where to buy? I've checked all the major suppliers, Pelican, RM, FCP Euro, etc, NOTHING! Any ideas? Thanks,
  24. Iā€™m looking to get my 114d 2014 plate a stage 1 remap, can anybody who has had it done offer any advice is it worth doing?
  25. Hello all. Having had a few years with various toys I now seem to be gradually going slower My progression has gone as follows: Westfield SeiW, Caterham Supersprint, Caterham Supersport, Lotus Elise S1, Nissan 350Z, Jaguar XK8 and now.......... an E39 520i SE auto! I haven't ruled out something less sensible in the future but I bought the E39 on a whim purely due to it's very low mileage (53k), single previous owner and service history. Yes it's not the fastest car in the world but I can see why E39s were so highly rated at the time. It's incredibly well made and silky smooth - in fact everyt
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