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Old 02-22-2019, 11:41 AM
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Mine had, shall we say "large mushroom shaped" objects over 50% of the screen.

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Can we get the ebay link? So many options and sizes and I don't want to order the wrong ones again.


I just bought at a local hardware store. I've seen the kits for the X5 on eBay but I wanted to spend more like $5 vs $35
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I just bought at a local hardware store. I've seen the kits for the X5 on eBay but I wanted to spend more like $5 vs $35
That's even better, so what would I tell the store if I walk in to make sure that I get the right springs? We have ace hardware here

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Can we get the ebay link? So many options and sizes and I don't want to order the wrong ones again.
I'm going to look this evening and place an order for a set of springs that I think will work. I went to Lowe's last night and didn't find anything off the shelf that would work.

Hopefully will let everybody know of a set that costs half what eBay sellers ask for.
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took a few boxes up and put them in the boot , timing guide rails, Ps pump , liquids, and cam locking tools , wont see it again now till 2nd week in march

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I'm going to look this evening and place an order for a set of springs that I think will work. I went to Lowe's last night and didn't find anything off the shelf that would work.



Hopefully will let everybody know of a set that costs half what eBay sellers ask for.


The main concern is you need enough room at max compression. If the compressed length is too long very bad things will happen.

I've heard of bottom stops with a spring built in to get the tailgate started. Much better than pushing mostly downward to get the gate moving up.


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What did you do to / for your E53 today??

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That's even better, so what would I tell the store if I walk in to make sure that I get the right springs? We have ace hardware here

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The ball joint at the end of the air spring will unscrew. Bring that with to the store for size. If you have an old school store with the springs find the longest spring that will just fit over the shaft then a spring with the opposite wind that Judy fits over that that is slightly shorter.

This combination pushes much harder at the bottom where needed but pulls down nicer



I just found a photo I took and I forgot the inner spring was shorter and outer was longer (was actually made from two). Also notice there are some brass washers on the ends.

I did this fix on wife's car it works perfectly in summer but in winter when the nitrogen is cold the struts don't pull ther their share and it won't lift all the way
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My 04 4.8 died on the wife about 5 minutes walk from the house. It was the fuel pump.
Died at 128k. No warning nothing. Just died on her while she drove down the street and would not restart.


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Which is why I chose to replace mine on my terms at 114K.

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Old 02-22-2019, 08:25 PM
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Received BMW PN: 61 67 8 252 743 from eBay seller partscontainer

Finalized my headlight washer head replacement and filled washer reservoir 1/2 full.

The o-rings seem to collapse on these things after a decade or so. That wasn't the problem with my original part, it appeared to be leaking from the metal ball in the base of the part.

So far no leaks with the new part!

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