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Old 07-31-2022, 08:25 AM
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Good to hear! Pics please.
Yeah I'm definitely not looking forward to this repair..
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I can't take credit for front end work. A Jedi apprentice, cuz, and brother did it for me. All the parts were there so they jumped on it.
The oil pan had gunk inside and out. Pressure washing took of years of dirt off. The crank windage tray had a lot of build up too. The finish afterwards looks great! I did one good Moly engine oil flush shortly after buying it. The oil cleaned up for a while. Looks like it still has a lot of build up inside. I'll do a good oil flush in 5000 miles. The X5 was started and ran. No oil leaks!

In 2-3 weeks, I'll haul it to Tulsa for a BMW dealer alignment. Family connections are great.

I'll follow up on hard the subframe was to remove. With three peeps, time stamp, and pics sent to me, it seemed fast. Friday evening they removed the wheels, calipers, sensors, oil drain, and other quick stuff. Early Sat morning, they got on it. By mid/late afternoon it was back together.
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Old 07-31-2022, 12:48 PM
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...I can't take credit for front end work. A Jedi apprentice, cuz, and brother did it for me.

... Family connections are great.

... With three peeps, time stamp, and pics sent to me, it seemed fast. Friday evening they removed the wheels, calipers, sensors, oil drain, and other quick stuff. Early Sat morning, they got on it. By mid/late afternoon it was back together.
Nice to have
  • 1) a great spot to work on a vehicle: inside (out of sun, rain, heat or cold),
  • 2) family and/or friends to help you work on your vehicle,
  • 3) being kept informed concerning what has been done, by your people

For the last five years, I've had to do all my work outside, using scissor jacks on plywood instead of on concrete (with a creeper), as my base of operations. What used to take minutes, now takes hours to do.
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I've recently added another plywood sheet, to put my X5 in this workspace.


Also, I'm old, with bad back & knees, and only have full strength in one arm. Friends have moved on, and relatives are far away, and non-mechanical millenials, so no help available. A few years ago, I could go to a friend's home shop,to do most of the harder work, but I'd have to drive 100+ miles round-trip to do so. And work for twice as long on his projects as on mine.

So, after changing pads & rotors on my our HHR Panel Friday, moving my 4x10 utility trailer to a hidden spot (locked to a tree) by hand & comealong yesterday, I'm gonna wait a few days before I lift the X5 to inspect the pads & replace or disable the sensors (come on and off randomly). I'm exhausted, wrung out from the heat, and my low/no carb (diabetic) diet is making my muscles ache.

Color me envious!
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I'm jealous. You have more space for toys than I do. My city driveway with sidewalk side stinks. Due to the sidewalk, I can't park two cars back to back. Maybe in retirement, I'll have more space and some kind of lift.

I assume the MAF is still working for you. Once mine is aligned, it will have nice long drive back to Texas from Oklahoma. We are planning a gathering in New Braunfels. Maybe if we get more X5 members we can re-center a meeting location. Texas members are joining up.
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Old 07-31-2022, 10:39 PM
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I'm jealous. You have more space for toys than I do. ... Maybe in retirement, I'll have more space and some kind of lift.
I've had a max of eight cars & trucks, and three trailers on my property (of 29+ years) at any single time, with room for several more. 1/4 acre in front of the house (parking space for four cars, but I never used it), and lots of room behind the house with 1/4 acre and three sheds taking the most space.

The enclosed garden area takes up a 1/8 of that, while the dog (and free-range chicken) yard takes up another 1/4 of that. Lotsa sand, gravel, and 33 oak trees making the driveway and parking area really messy to work on cars.

Since we had to quickly replace our structurally-failing original house with a double-wide (no time...2 months from demo to new house, or money for a stick-built...retired a year before, wife too, now living on <20% of previous income), my plans for fixing up my home garage with lift & air compressor system went bye-bye, as well as the two (of three) garage bays that my wife's antiques and junk from the larger, original, house took up (the sheds are already filled).

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I assume the MAF is still working for you. ...We are planning a gathering in New Braunfels. Maybe if we get more X5 members we can re-center a meeting location. Texas members are joining up.
Yes, the cheap $23 MAF you recommended has been working fine, so far, but I haven't driven it very much, and have no idea if it's the long-term solution, yet. If it lasts a year, I may just invest another $23!

I'd like to go, but it's a long trip for a meet & greet, and my X5 is a shabby project car, compared to the gems I see that the other, more well-heeled Texas & Louisiana members have, that might show up. I swapped for it just so I could finally have a
  • 1) 4WD/AWD for bad weather (or semi-off road use while camping),
  • 2) 4-door room for transporting friends or family (none of the other vehicles have 4 doors, or 4 comfortable seats),
  • 3) I've always wanted a BMW E53 (my choice for the swap, preferring it over a 2000-2001 WJ Jeep),
  • 4) it's my final project car (something I could fiddle with instead of my old Chevelle).
It's dented, paint failing, body panels separating, interior just make-do... medical bills are sapping my car budget, so no means to improve it. But it drives great, though appearances are embarassing.

Sorta like when I joined a local Chevelle club in the '90's; while others mostly trailered their cars to shows, got $5000 paint refresh jobs every other year, and had others do all the mech /interior work on them, mine was built by me from a damaged uncared-for hulk, and which I decided to race instead of "show" (actually less expensive to do so). After I defeated all of them drag racing, I was awarded "the worst appearing Chevelle" trophy, at the last show I attended. I started an e-mail campaign to take down the club's leaders, and was successful...never make fun of another man's passion. So I don't wish to compete that way again, even if no one actually would belittle my X5.
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3 Chevys:
'09 HHR Panel LS 2.2L,
'08 Cobalt Coupe LS 2.2L,
'04 Silverado 2500HD WT Reg. Cab
+ a '98 GMC Sierra 1500 Ext. Cab

- and 20 others, now gone, that I've had over the last 56 years (not counting the stillborn "1965 ChevyII altered/gasser project")
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If you can't make it, mine can take the ugliest X5. I can only fix so much damage from previous owners. I can say, I will have the cleanest windage tray and oil pan!

You are on my way up or back down from Oklahoma. There is an X5 south of you with an OEM hitch. I was thinking of calling about it. For a good bargain, I'll go get it.


I'll use my ELM327 adapter to collect MAF data on the drive back.
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Old 08-01-2022, 04:58 PM
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If you can't make it, mine can take the ugliest X5....
No, I'm sure I'll win.

At least you're correcting the problems, while I'm stuck just putting out fires as they start (not literally, but it seems like it). An endless cycle of repairs on the other vehicles, our med bills, mom-in-law health emergencies, etc, etc, keep me from improving the X5. I'm just frustrated.

Part of the negative attitude I presented in my above post was due to reading the latest threads in the Politics sub-forum. Yikes! Polarized viewpoints, many without a clue that they're even polarized. Not me, I've voted both parties, but never trusted them to do the right thing, especially now. I won't say which side I'm on (publicly), but reading the animosity on the forum is discouraging. Particularly from fellow Texans. What happened to the saying on the home page?

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3 Chevys:
'09 HHR Panel LS 2.2L,
'08 Cobalt Coupe LS 2.2L,
'04 Silverado 2500HD WT Reg. Cab
+ a '98 GMC Sierra 1500 Ext. Cab

- and 20 others, now gone, that I've had over the last 56 years (not counting the stillborn "1965 ChevyII altered/gasser project")
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Old 08-01-2022, 05:29 PM
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Part of the negative attitude I presented in my above post was due to reading the latest threads in the Politics sub-forum. Yikes! Polarized viewpoints, many without a clue that they're even polarized. Not me, I've voted both parties, but never trusted them to do the right thing, especially now. I won't say which side I'm on (publicly), but reading the animosity on the forum is discouraging. Particularly from fellow Texans. What happened to the saying on the home page?

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Yeah, stay out of there if you want to keep your positive outlook on people and their ability to communicate/reason with each other. I post much less frequently in there and have been much better off for it. Like you I'm centrist and have voted both parties, but don't trust either... though I'd kill to have a majority vote third party at least once in my lifetime...

Personally, I enjoy reading your workings on the "ol' girl." Sometimes you do what you gotta do to keep it on the road. Especially depending on what life stage is currently being enjoyed. Fight the good fight so to speak. My X5 has been leaking for awhile but other projects have taken priority. Homeschooling the kids for 2 years and now paying for their tuitions/uniforms/etc are leaving things tighter than I prefer. Have some home projects to finish, seems like the list never ends. Fighting the insurance company who doesn't want to cover my medical needs, inflation, blah, blah, is what it is.

Anyway, I'm rambling. I look forward to any meet that might develop.
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If I avoided helping the political parties, I wouldn't have extra cash to pay for my fleet maintenance! I'm independent. However, one side does keep to me more busy and well pocketed for parts. Maybe, it's why they want to throw money away at problems. Plus are always asking for help. Don't people learn hands on skills anymore? Y' all can guess my educational back ground. Semiconductor manufacturing provides an awesome work schedule. Three or four day weekends are great. The long 12 hour days do get to you somedays.

Back to my post.

How hard is it to replace the tie rod assembly? The subframe is back on. I left tie rods off my list. With a dealer alignment coming up, the tie rods should be replaced to finish the X5 lifetime. If difficult, at least the outer rods can be replaced.
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Old 08-02-2022, 12:08 PM
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How hard is it to replace the tie rod assembly? The subframe is back on. I left tie rods off my list. With a dealer alignment coming up, the tie rods should be replaced to finish the X5 lifetime. If difficult, at least the outer rods can be replaced.
One of the easiest suspension repairs there is. As long as you have a wrench big enough to get around the inner tie rod, it's easy. I usually use a big plumbers wrench. Never had the ball joint on the outer seize in the knuckle though... so that could slow you down slightly. Nothing a persuasive hit from the BFH or blue tipped wrench wouldn't cure though.
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