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Old 01-06-2020, 12:54 PM
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Received my Depo LED side markers. Smoked and installed them.
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Old 01-06-2020, 09:51 PM
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Took off the rear wheels and removed the little pain in the ass rotating arm connected to the height sensor for the SLS, cleaned and lubricated both before install and it seems to have done the trick.
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Old 01-06-2020, 10:07 PM
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aparently leaving the blinkers on will drain the battery sufficiently

Only if the battery is worn out. That was exactly how I knew my battery was shot. It passed every test but could not run the flashers for 8 minutes.

A healthy battery will run for hours maybe 10.
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Old 01-12-2020, 01:37 PM
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Had someone back home looking to buy the X5..... and the car decided at the moment the test drive was completed to begin dripping coolant.....

Needless to say that although the issue was small the buyer walked away....

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Old 01-18-2020, 05:00 AM
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Today I hit a pavement cut 4"x12 with a pipe access in it...

(LF) Dented rim, noise on downward wheel travel (clunk) and steering wheel now misaligned 2-3 degrees

(LR) screw through tire

I am starting the hood cables, tri-annual fluid changes, air compressor shock mounts and door handle repair.

Not sure how much of the list will get done as work and surgery appointment starts Sunday Yeah time management!!

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Old 01-18-2020, 12:26 PM
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Door.... Done
Hood cables(x3)... Done
Hood latches.... Done

Notice how the PO had "fixed" the latch before

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Old 01-19-2020, 09:27 PM
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Just the other day I had my X5 in Appleton and had a U-Haul 5x9 ramp trailer filled with residential demo materials for a dump run on Saturday morning.

Well, 8" of snow fell on Friday night and I was really sweating it as to whether Das Panzer was going to be able to push the trailer out of the driveway and pull it around on a bunch of the yet unplowed streets.

I was pleasantly surprised that it just pushed and pulled right through it all like it was nothing.

When I got on the scales eat the dump the entire rig weighed in at 7680#



That 5x9 ramp trailer weighs in at 1200# so I think I may have had 1800# of demo load.

On the trip north from Dallas I had to nurse a slow leak in the right rear tire on the 2nd day of driving, which was a royal PITA. Thankfully I had a realtime video pressure monitoring system which allowed me to top up the air before pressure fell below 29psi.

Great pulling performance on the highway but she really loves to eat the gas

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Old 01-19-2020, 10:41 PM
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Got the rim back from being trued 500 SAR

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Old 01-20-2020, 12:47 AM
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What did you do to / for your E53 today??



Transported (8) 16' long deck boards.



My son says it feels like driving a tank from inside (even more so when it's a big pipe).



Sorry it's blurry I just zoomed in on the first photo: I have some 2x3 bolted down to my roof rack from moving a 70x50 inch window recently. Came in super handy today : I just screwed the first two boards down flat and then screwed the rest vertically to the previous board.

If I go a long distance I have steel angles I will bolt on to hold the 2x6 etc upright and I'll pound a shim in to make them amazingly tight.

A 3 hr drive is nothing with 4-5 12' 2x6.
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Old 01-20-2020, 02:29 AM
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Finally replaced the ailing battery in my 3.0d. The old battery was an 8-year old DIN85ZLMF (85AH, 780CCA) and I've replaced it with a new DIN88ZLMF (100AH, 860CCA).



I was a bit worried that the extra height of the DIN88 would be an issue for the BST but it fits like a glove - there's even a small deviation in the spare tyre frame rolled edge to clear the BST terminal...



Boy, does the big diesel engine fire up easily now! And no more DCS warning lamp (4x4) during cranking (as short as that period now is!). These cars sure love a good dose of voltage - they just purr with plenty of electrical power on hand.
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