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Old 08-06-2021, 08:29 PM
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So true...

I found the sure-fire fix for this problem is a good silver solder applied to BOTH the bulb holder tags and the steel contacts on the tail light. Seems to work better than the other "fixes" I've tried....
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Old 08-09-2021, 12:14 PM
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replaced the vicous clutch for an OEM item today... crikey that makes a difference! I instantly enjoyed driving the car again, the whole shifting and engine performance was off by the fan being engaged all the time. Cheers for the advice for going with Behr, defenitely the right choice!

while we were in there I spotted a drip... turned out the belt had chewed it's way through a lower hose (going to the oil cooler?). Weird since it's a genuine hose and the plastic clip was on it. Dit a quick fix by cutting it at the gap and putting a connecter in between, will order a new hose. hope that will be the end of the mysterious coolant smell I've been having since owning the car (I guess this is a false hope with a bmw )

New and exciting problem has arrived though!

My indicators work, but the inside arrows and the clicky sound do NOT. Anyone have an idea? Some relay not functioning? I thought it might have been the bike rack that was plugged in the hitch connector, but the problem went away once after disconnecting and restarting the car, only to return the next day (no bike rack plugged in)
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Old 08-09-2021, 12:27 PM
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Click is integrated into the dash. Pull codes you will have if there's a defect.
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sounds expensive... I need to get a decent scanner, mine doesn't say much
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Old 08-09-2021, 12:56 PM
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Yes either need to go the tedious route of an old craptop and inpa or get a 2nd level scanner such as foxwell NT 5xx (10,20,30) bi directional scanner that can access bmw modules and also activate things.

They are very reasonably priced. One repair covers the cost
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Yes either need to go the tedious route of an old craptop and inpa or get a 2nd level scanner such as foxwell NT 5xx (10,20,30) bi directional scanner that can access bmw modules and also activate things.

They are very reasonably priced. One repair covers the cost
I can't remember who it was on here, but they found that the Foxwell NT-530 was missing a bunch of stuff that the NT-510 and NT-520 had or didn't do as much with the e53 as the others did.

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I can't remember who it was on here, but they found that the Foxwell NT-530 was missing a bunch of stuff that the NT-510 and NT-520 had or didn't do as much with the e53 as the others did.
I mentioned it at some point. My 530 was unable to access the egs (trans module) when I was doing trans service. Buddy's 520 (had it on hand as we were doing both our X5's) accessed it without issue. Seems the 530 works great on newer chassis, but might have lost some compatibility with the e53. I still need to do more testing with it though.

For only an e53 (or older chassis) I'd recommend the 520 pro. They've gotten cheaper too since the 530's release.
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comparing the Foxwells

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I mentioned it at some point. My 530 was unable to access the egs (trans module) when I was doing trans service. Buddy's 520 (had it on hand as we were doing both our X5's) accessed it without issue. Seems the 530 works great on newer chassis, but might have lost some compatibility with the e53. I still need to do more testing with it though.

For only an e53 (or older chassis) I'd recommend the 520 pro. They've gotten cheaper too since the 530's release.
Back at Xmas/NY 2020, when I was anticipating the arrival of my E53 (under repair/restoration by the previous owner, to trade to me) in the spring/summer of 2021, and also preparing to buy a bi-directional scan-tool for both the BMW and my GM cars, I did a lot of research. The best bang-for-the-buck seemed to be the Foxwell NT510 Elite.

I took notice on BMW forums that the NT510 was favorably mentioned, and was basically the same as the ECS Tuning's "Schwaben by Foxwell" scan tool, with the ability to get up to five brands' programming (I only needed two). I compared two other Foxwells, and opted for the NT510 Elite at a good price from Amazon (as my Xmas present to myself), with GM programming only (needed first). A month later, I bought the BMW programming. The NT510E has already helped me fix one GM car (in under 10 minutes), saving me money, so I figure it'll pay itself off on its' second use! Here's two links comparing the three Foxwells I had considered:

Comparing the 510 vs the 530:https://www.foxwellstore.com/service...0-scanner.html

Comparing the 520 vs the 530:https://foxwellscantool.wordpress.co...520-and-nt530/
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Old 08-09-2021, 02:24 PM
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I only heard the software had malware.

I also have the think diag Bluetooth dongle which has a far better interface and uses smartphone for the view screen but the software is so poorly made I posted a one star review. I still almost exclusively use the think for my car because it's always plugged in so it's a convenience thing.

For anybody with think: use manual selection to go read/clear a code. It takes 250 seconds for auto scan and 10 to manually select. Again terrible interface. Doesn't remember the auto scan even when you pick an unlabeled saved VIN it saves no time because it scans for every module every time.
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