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Old 09-28-2023, 08:20 AM
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Good to know! I'll keep a distance.

My friend gave me their '02 X5 3.0, they were tired of throwing $ at it.

From the reciepts they gave me no wonder they didn't want to do anymore. Its amazing what the mechanics charge to work on these SUVs! Somewhere BMW is German for Please take all my money... Unreal...

I have been doing my own work on it. I've used this forum to help me along the way, so I joined. I've replaced an embarrasing amount of parts so far

Today's project is window regulator guide clip replacement, and figureing out where I went wrong with Andrews DHC cable tie mod. I can't keep the tie off the spring...

Read the captions step by step. I think you put the zip tie in the wrong place. It will look in right where the axle hub snapped off. I've done this fix about half a dozen times on e39 and e53. Anticipating learning soon if the e70 they finally changed the DHC to not self destruct.

It's a design flaw. They made the axle hub very clever that is split in half so the axle is never completely enclosed (so it can't rust in) but they made it from a brittle cast material that will eventually fatigue fail.

Combined with the DLA that binds when locked rather than dry fire puts a St Yu pid amount of stress on that joint that will eventually fail.

I recommend putting the zip tie Sims any new DHC as it will prevent the failure from ever coming to light. Off the part ever fails the zip tie will hold the broken hub nugget forever.
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Old 09-28-2023, 08:24 AM
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What did you do to / for your E53 today??

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Good to know! I'll keep a distance.

My friend gave me their '02 X5 3.0, they were tired of throwing $ at it.

From the reciepts they gave me no wonder they didn't want to do anymore. Its amazing what the mechanics charge to work on these SUVs! Somewhere BMW is German for Please take all my money... Unreal...

I have been doing my own work on it. I've used this forum to help me along the way, so I joined. I've replaced an embarrasing amount of parts so far

Today's project is window regulator guide clip replacement, and figureing out where I went wrong with Andrews DHC cable tie mod. I can't keep the tie off the spring...

Read the captions step by step. I think you put the zip tie in the wrong place. It will look in right where the axle hub snapped off. I've done this fix about half a dozen times on e39 and e53. Anticipating learning soon if the e70 they finally changed the DHC to not self destruct.

It's a design flaw. They made the axle hub very clever that is split in half so the axle is never completely enclosed (so it can't rust in) but they made it from a brittle cast material that will eventually fatigue fail.

Combined with the DLA that binds when locked rather than dry fire puts a St Yu pid amount of stress on that joint that will eventually fail.

I recommend putting the zip tie Sims any new DHC as it will prevent the failure from ever coming to light. Off the part ever fails the zip tie will hold the broken hub nugget forever.

Take note: it's possible the example I used is mirror image. I don't recall if it's the left or right side DHC.
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Old 09-28-2023, 10:07 AM
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[QUOTE=andrewwynn;1233262]Way too risky to send EWS vs. just buy a real key. I think it was $160. Felt like I bought a new car.

When my car was killed by a deer I kept the key as a necklace.


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+1...a new BMW key last year gave me great piece of mind for the price. My OE keys are backups, but I'm thinking of getting a second, new, BMW key as what good is a backup if the backup-fails due to old age.
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Old 09-28-2023, 10:11 AM
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Looks like you goofed the quote box there


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Way too risky to send EWS vs. just buy a real key.
I'm wary of any shipper, after many troubles running shipping/receiving at my job for many years, and from packages (and mail) going astray and not delivered to my home (in a semi-rural setting) for the last thirty years.

At the job, I had so many problems with FedEx specifically, that I switched our "preferred" contract to UPS (which was much better, at least a decade ago).

At home, FedEx was once so bad that I would cancel orders if they were shipping via FE, but recently, they've been better (if I had no second choice but to use them). I've had several problems with UPS, too, but at least they were resolvable (unlike with FedEx, who'd lie directly to me, back then). And USPS has been a problem here in the sticks, delivering my mail and parcels to two other, very similar addresses, for thirty years (it seems the postal workers cannot read addresses). So, when I can, I prefer to order from Amazon if possible, because Prime delivery is more reliable, trackable on my PC, and they resolve problems almost immediately.

This order from Roskinc.com is mainly a test; I have no info how my order will be shipped. If I receive the goods in good shape, then maybe? I might send the EWS by Registered Mail, maybe.


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purchased e70 x5m style 299 painted matte black from MrCouch, excited to see how they look on the X!
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AWR-Fix- Door Handle Carrier Mod is installed, and new window regulator clips are installed.

I did the window clip mod I saw on YT, the license plate inserted from the clip side. We'll see how that one goes. This vehicle eats DHC and Window regulators. Hopefully I'm done for a while. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JwFFd7OJGaI&t=538s

Moving onto the stupid vapor barrier, that wont stick to the old buytl... Out of all the vehicles I've had, NEVER has a vapor barrier been so important... Wow I hope they fixed that on newer BMW's
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What did you do to / for your E53 today??

Old butyl will activate with heat. Most window regulator problem from needing lubricant. (on the window edges). Use silicone spray and halve the strain on the windows regulator.
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Old butyl will activate with heat. Most window regulator problem from needing lubricant. (on the window edges). Use silicone spray and halve the strain on the windows regulator.
Thanks! I tried a really powerful blowdryer - didn't work... Maybe a heat gun will do it...

Glad you said something about the lubricant. I guess I made a weird choice using powdered graphite. The door panel is still open, I'll try to vac/blow that out and get some silicone... Thanks for your help!

BMW should hire you as a consultant to help with their design flaws. When I had Dodge Vipers, they used to listen to us, what issues we had, what broke at the track. All the way down to the colors offered. It was an amazing partnership between the owners and the Factory.
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Old 10-01-2023, 10:09 PM
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Heat gun. I use flame bit it's not a rookie method. I have a "jet type" lighter works great for such and heat shrink tubing.
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