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  2. Very good point Dave....that would definitely explain it. Also, think there is a bleed point (bolt) on the water pump to bleed the air out?
  3. Morning Emma Don't be frightened of the transfer box it is as tough as old boots the common issue is the actuator gear and motor mounted on the side of the Transfer case. Inside it is the actuator gear it is made of a nylon material and the teeth strip. New improved gears are available and your mechanic friend should be able to change it easily, there are several you tube "how to's" that will help. I have just (yesterday, well it was raining) carried out this repair on a friends 2007 E70 He brought the transfer repair kit from Ebay for £18 delivered to remove the actuator clean it u
  4. Morning Jack Welcome to the Forum That looks like the Thermostat housing alright Is, was the thermostat still stuck in the head? If not then someone has had an issue and rather than replace it has binned it ?? Helpful !! not. If you are not aware www.realoem.com is a BMW online parts list put the last 7 digits of your Vin into the search box and it will bring up your model. There are small exploded drawings which may be some help plus you will have correct part numbers for ordering. Another site that may help is www.pelicanparts.com great how to's with pictures. If my old
  5. Yesterday
  6. Hi John - I was being facetious, sorry! Yes, I guess you are right - I was thinking of calling Sytners, our main dealer here in Nottingham but they might twig that I'm not going to purchase from them if I ask what size wheels and tyres I need! Worth a try though I guess, try BMW themselves possibly. Cheers Martin
  7. Can anyone help please I’ve just replaced the thermostat on my 1999 328 m52 engine and it’s seems to not be cooling down this was the thermostat that I took off it has nothing inside is there a reason why?......When I got the car the fan was broke and someone had cut all the wires well I can’t find any anyway. so I put a electric fan on a switch that’s when I noticed the thermostat wasn’t working the car temp would just keep dropping but now I have the new one in it got to 92 I put my fan on and it just kept going up? Any help appreciated
  8. Can anyone help please I’ve just replaced the thermostat on my 1999 328 m52 engine and it’s seems to not be cooling down this was the thermostat that I took off it has nothing inside is there a reason why?......When I got the car the fan was broke and someone had cut all the wires well I can’t find any anyway. so I put a electric fan on a switch that’s when I noticed the thermostat wasn’t working the car temp would just keep dropping but now I have the new one in it got to 92 I put my fan on and it just kept going up? Any help appreciated
  9. Hi Emma How recently did you buy the car and where from? 15 years old so it's not surprising it's not perfect but if this is a recent purchase from a dealer, then was there / is there any sort of warranty? Hopefully GreyDog has given you his usual high standard of advice, but if any of these faults turn out to be major (particularly the Transfer Box issues), then you could be looking at bills which would be more than the value of the car. Hope this helps John
  10. Hi Martin I don't think it's that no-one has any ideas, it's just a potentially complicated problem and it really needs input from someone professional in the wheel and tyre industry rather than just an opinion from an enthusiast. In these days of KwikFit and similar companies, their level of knowledge is fairly restricted to just replacing like with like, the only variation being price and wear rating. A knowledgeable BMW Independent garage may be able to advise. You could try the 'Net to find wheel / tyre specialists in your area and then talk to them to try and establish thei
  11. Last week
  12. Morning Emma First how old is the battery ? Get it checked a lot of issues are caused by low or erratic voltages, you should be seeing 12.8 volts ignition off 14 + volts engine running. Your X5 should be charged from the charge points under the bonnet same with jump starting. Never jump or charge directly at the battery. So with either a fully charged battery or a new one in place reset all codes. The 3 Gearbox related codes are TCM, Transfer Box and Gear monitoring so before driving check the Transmission Fluid level (It is quite possible that your X5 has a good service history yet
  13. Hi, when ever I drive it on a hilly road it seems it knocks it into fail safe. It doesn’t like hills at all. Yet tows my horses with no problem what so ever. I visit my sister once a month and I have to go over the west penine moor. It’s that same road every time. No I can usually switch it off then back on and it’s fine but this time it remained in failsafe and I had to crawl it home. It drives lovely until I use this road. I cannot get my head around it so I took it to my mechanic who plugged it in an those codes are what came up
  14. Welcome Emma. There's quite a lot of errors there and it is an old car. Try and find a BMW specialist near you who could help, not BMW themselves you understand. Error codes aside, what is the problem with the car?
  15. Hi can anyone help me with this. I bough an 05 BMW X5 for towing my horses around and I’ve had nothing but problems with it. Today my mechanic friend plugged it into his diagnostics computer and it came up with alsorts... can anyone tell me exactly what needs doing to my car. I know nothing about cars at all but I love it for towing so if it’s worth fixing I will. Il attach the images from the computer. Thanks
  16. Fingers crossed they can code the seats in Good Luck let us know the result Dave
  17. Hi Dave thank you for your information the original seat only had lumber support and heated seats the yellow plug on the car has lots of cables the new seats from a other car is fully electric but I was reading a web site you can unplug the yellow plugs after the ignition switch is on for 30 second I can operate the full function on the seats but is is not ideal I think the seats just might need codeing to the car? I am have a stage 1 remap so I will ask if they can do this I hope
  18. Nobody has any idea then it seems!
  19. Hi Dave The M135i has a timing chain not a belt. The chain is cunningly positioned at the back of the engine I have read that changing just the chain is around £1000 These engines also have a reputation for being noisy due to the direct injection, plenty of go though. Service history is paramount I would say I would do the research though remember these sites generally have posts about issues what tends to be missed is people check how many where sold in that model against the number of issues. Good Luck and Enjoy if you buy Dave
  20. Afternoon Andy Welcome to the Forum Looks really tidy you obviously forgot to list car cleaning as your hobby 🤣 Enjoy Dave
  21. I am considering buying a M135i 2014 model with 77k on the clock. does this model need a timing belt change at a certain mileage?
  22. Thanks for accepting me! I am 61 years old, happily married with 3 kids and 3 grandsons. Lifelong Leeds United supporter for my sins 😄 Just bought a 2011 520d M Sport touring.
  23. I really love my 3 Series 320d M Sport hard top convertible. It's a bit low now for me and the missus to get in and out easily and getting my drum kit in it poses it's challenges, so I thought, time for an SUV. I'd decided on an X1 but now I'm thinking why am I getting rid of a car I absolutely love? Entry and exit and getting drums in and out I'm prepared to stick with but the one thing I do hate about it is the low profile wheels and tyres (19" wheels with about 1" of rubber between rim and deck!). Every pot hole and crevice in the road the tyres slash and sometimes buckle the wheel not to m
  24. Hi Ray Yesterday I spoke with a friend who is a an Independent BMW Specialist he raised some questions (1) I series only had powered Drivers seats when they were fitted. (2) Was the correct wiring loom used ? Or has power been taken from somewhere else ? He says if retro fitted a powered driver seat should be straight forward. The seat airbags being disconnected while the battery is still connected will trigger the "airbag" light. Heated seats again did the car come with them? Or are they part of the retro fit? I would disconnect the seats and do the research, check the seat ele
  25. Morning Ray First thought where was your key fob ? If the unlock button is pushed and held (sat on) windows will open or close if the lock button is held If your in the south at least it was dry overnight. Second thought could this be linked to your seat issue ? Dave
  26. Hi I went to bed got up for work to find the two from windows open ? strange
  27. Hi Dave not to sure what car they came from because the guy changed them before he sold them to me ? But I will check what you have suggested thanks
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