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Forum: X5 (E53) Forum 08-03-2020, 03:01 PM
Replies: 173
Views: 5,709
Posted By oldskewel
Yes, an extreme example of that rough approach -...

Yes, an extreme example of that rough approach - back in the day, with (small, weak, low compression, probably broken) air-cooled VW engines, you could do a quick gauge of compression tightness just...
Forum: X5 (E53) Forum 07-19-2020, 02:41 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 582
Posted By oldskewel
Checking my notes, I found the following parts...

Checking my notes, I found the following parts numbers and prices. I'll guess the prices are from that link, and are up to 5 years old.

51 21 8 213 909 $47.01 General key, illuminated
51 21 8...
Forum: X5 (E53) Forum 07-19-2020, 12:19 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 582
Posted By oldskewel
https://www.thebmwminipartstore.com/ is an...

https://www.thebmwminipartstore.com/

is an online dealer. They had the diamond key for about $140 5 years ago when I got my x5. You need to email them photos / scans of your driver's license and...
Forum: X5 (E53) Forum 07-18-2020, 07:07 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,602
Posted By oldskewel
We all know what ball joints are, and I tell you,...

We all know what ball joints are, and I tell you, that #2 is not what I ever thought would be called a ball joint. It is like a spherical rubber bushing, but they call it a ball joint :dunno:. What...
Forum: X5 (E53) Forum 07-18-2020, 06:57 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,602
Posted By oldskewel
It will be pretty quick to just look under your...

It will be pretty quick to just look under your car. Very clear which are the eccentric bolts - as discussed above.
Forum: X5 (E53) Forum 07-18-2020, 11:16 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,602
Posted By oldskewel
Yes, correct. That great diagram is even accurate...

Yes, correct. That great diagram is even accurate enough to show that the bolts and washers are eccentric. Those are the places where the adjustments are made.

Of course, with suspensions there is...
Forum: X5 (E53) Forum 07-17-2020, 05:51 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,266
Posted By oldskewel
Two pipes actually. Mine were fine up until 186k...

Two pipes actually. Mine were fine up until 186k miles on my 2001. When I did the engine work, I replaced them because they were conveniently accessible. When removed, they are almost guaranteed to...
Forum: X5 (E53) Forum 07-17-2020, 03:01 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 800
Posted By oldskewel
Keeping it simple, focusing on the known issues...

Keeping it simple, focusing on the known issues before trying to decipher the rest of it ...



The TC on these cars (2001 3.0i) can be thought of as being an open differential. Very simple. A...
Forum: X5 (E53) Forum 07-14-2020, 12:07 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,413
Posted By oldskewel
78430 Interesting looking design there....

78430
Interesting looking design there. :thumbup: It makes a lot more sense than some of the more compact ones, although I realize in many cases stealth is a big factor and these are definitely not...
Forum: X5 (E53) Forum 07-07-2020, 09:27 PM
Replies: 12,595
Views: 1,629,927
Posted By oldskewel
If you want to really know then, a free body...

If you want to really know then, a free body diagram will show it clearly, but ...

Anything you're doing with "flex" is primarily creating a torque which is offset by the pair of crossbars which...
Forum: X5 (E53) Forum 07-07-2020, 03:27 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 308
Posted By oldskewel
My 2001 came with diamond keys. When I got...

My 2001 came with diamond keys.

When I got the car about 5 years ago, there was only one diamond key. Details in previous posts, but my solution was to buy 3x valet keys (mistake at the online...
Forum: X5 (E53) Forum 07-07-2020, 12:49 PM
Replies: 12,595
Views: 1,629,927
Posted By oldskewel
As shown in the photo there, the support from...

As shown in the photo there, the support from your tail rack is adding stability (and is surely helping a lot in that regard), but cannot be taking much load at all off the roof racks.

To...
Forum: X5 (E53) Forum 07-07-2020, 12:10 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 308
Posted By oldskewel
That's my understanding too. If you look at...

That's my understanding too.

If you look at the key remote programming instructions, they caution you to program the keys in order. I believe THAT is the order that matters. The first key (fob /...
Forum: X5 (E53) Forum 06-30-2020, 08:48 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,100
Posted By oldskewel
About 3 years and 12k miles on all 4 DHCs, with...

About 3 years and 12k miles on all 4 DHCs, with Febi, on my 2001 E53. No problems at all with installation, etc. Still going strong. Highly recommended. I replaced the fronts in Feb 2017, and the...
Forum: X5 (E53) Forum 06-18-2020, 02:56 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,658
Posted By oldskewel
I did the TimeSerts using their $100 kit, but not...

I did the TimeSerts using their $100 kit, but not the $400 BMW kit.

Some notes I took back when I did it:
Head bolts are M10-1.5

inserts cost about $2 each

kit costs about $100+, including:...
Forum: X5 (E53) Forum 06-16-2020, 05:35 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,658
Posted By oldskewel
I agree on all this except I put the head and...

I agree on all this except I put the head and exhaust manifolds in separately.

Good point on the TimeSerts. That's exactly what I did too. From what I read / heard, the same heat that causes the...
Forum: X5 (E53) Forum 06-16-2020, 01:27 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,658
Posted By oldskewel
I did my 2001 M54B30 a couple of years ago....

I did my 2001 M54B30 a couple of years ago. Sounds similar to yours, except I was also getting combustion leaking into the cooling system. 186k miles at the time, 194k now, running great.

No need...
Forum: X5 (E53) Forum 06-15-2020, 01:06 PM
Replies: 173
Views: 5,709
Posted By oldskewel
:thumbup: Lucky for many people that...

:thumbup:

Lucky for many people that Andrewwynn is so patient with repeatedly trying to help people explain clearly.

I've heard rumors that some people (at least one) don't even bother reading...
Forum: X5 (E53) Forum 06-02-2020, 12:13 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 491
Posted By oldskewel
All sounds good. I agree it seems to point to the...

All sounds good. I agree it seems to point to the alternator. If it were me, I would remove the alternator, open it up, and inspect the brushes. That is usually the most common failure point, in my...
Forum: X5 (E53) Forum 06-01-2020, 05:30 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 162
Posted By oldskewel
I don't remember details, but yes, that's how I...

I don't remember details, but yes, that's how I do it. Interior door panel needs to be removed.

EDIT - and jopecasa's answer ^^^ sounds right to me.
Forum: X5 (E53) Forum 06-01-2020, 12:34 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 491
Posted By oldskewel
To directly answer this, yes. If the alternator...

To directly answer this, yes. If the alternator is failing simply due to the brushes wearing out, it may reach a point where the shorter of the two brushes is just barely making contact with the slip...
Forum: X5 (E53) Forum 06-01-2020, 12:13 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 297
Posted By oldskewel
And here's another detail / alternative fact...

And here's another detail / alternative fact regarding the orange light by the shifter ...

https://xoutpost.com/bmw-sav-forums/x5-e53-forum/70612-orange-light-gearshift-battery-drain-issues.html
...
Forum: X5 (E53) Forum 06-01-2020, 11:58 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 162
Posted By oldskewel
The PO on my car damaged that thing. It is...

The PO on my car damaged that thing. It is supposed to insert, then rotate to lock in at the front attachment point.

His solution, which I then upgraded, is to put a screw through the plastic,...
Forum: X5 (E53) Forum 05-22-2020, 05:45 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 287
Posted By oldskewel
Good point on the ZF vs. GM. So OP, you need to...

Good point on the ZF vs. GM. So OP, you need to let us know whether you have a 3.0i (I6) or 4.xi (V8). The two transmission types are very different between the two engine types.

But in general, I...
Forum: X5 (E53) Forum 05-20-2020, 11:41 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 347
Posted By oldskewel
... so two things have to go wrong, and you might...

... so two things have to go wrong, and you might think the odds of both happening at the same is low, but ...

What often happens (as it did to me) is that something first goes wrong and the...
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