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Forum: X5 (E53) Forum 04-23-2019, 09:46 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 35,248
Posted By blktoptrvl
Do you know if you have to follow instructions...

Do you know if you have to follow instructions provided with the tool kit (if any), or are there step by step instructions available somewhere other than videos that can be lost or deleted from...
Forum: X5 (E53) Forum 04-23-2019, 09:39 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 35,248
Posted By blktoptrvl
You might consider this a "nervous energy" or...

You might consider this a "nervous energy" or "fraidy cat" question:

Anyway...

If the piston for the cylinder you are working on is locked at TDC. Is there enough room in the compression...
Forum: X5 (E53) Forum 04-23-2019, 07:48 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 35,248
Posted By blktoptrvl
Thanks a lot for the alternative tool kit (edit:...

Thanks a lot for the alternative tool kit (edit: unfortunately, it seems to be universally unavailable)... That looks much more reasonable. Has anyone here used or been exposed to both tool kits -...
Forum: X5 (E53) Forum 04-23-2019, 05:08 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 35,248
Posted By blktoptrvl
OK, it's my turn. 145,000 Miles. I noticed...

OK, it's my turn.

145,000 Miles. I noticed puffs of smoke when idling. I have already replaced the PCV Caps and diaphragms - no soap. When I got home today, I let the car idle and for about 4...
Forum: Site Suggestions and Feedback 04-17-2019, 04:40 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 192
Posted By blktoptrvl
Searching

Does anyone here have a "trick" for searching?

Many automotive acronyms are three letters. So, searching for "PCV" brings nothing because the forum ignores 3 letter words.

Any hints?
Forum: X5 (E53) Forum 01-31-2019, 07:44 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 6,717
Posted By blktoptrvl
An update to my previous review... When new,...

An update to my previous review...

When new, they were very quiet and smooth.

However I just changed them out and they were VERY loud, very unbalanced, and harsh. Maybe they were past due......
Forum: X5 (E53) Forum 01-31-2019, 07:37 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 230
Posted By blktoptrvl
Service Reminders

The service reminder lights do a great job of telling you when you should change the oil... that is until you retire and your driving goes from more than 20K miles a year down to about 5. Likewise,...
Forum: X5 (E53) Forum 01-10-2019, 03:22 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 474
Posted By blktoptrvl
OK, I took it back apart again and examined the...

OK, I took it back apart again and examined the actuators...

The only difference I could find is that the BMW actuator has a wider slot where the lock indicator rod travels. The slot is about a...
Forum: X5 (E53) Forum 01-09-2019, 05:42 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 474
Posted By blktoptrvl
Not so fast!!! Car was good for the day......

Not so fast!!!

Car was good for the day... then the "Door Open" Messages started again.

So, I got a new actuator from Rock Auto. The Doorman replacement unit went right in; worked for about 5...
Forum: X5 (E53) Forum 01-06-2019, 06:06 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 474
Posted By blktoptrvl
Nope. as soon as I took it off the charge, the...

Nope. as soon as I took it off the charge, the car stopped sleeping. Had the battery checked and replaced. Bad cell. Good news is the battery was replaced for free.
Forum: X5 (E53) Forum 01-05-2019, 02:16 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 474
Posted By blktoptrvl
For now, I will chalk it up to a low battery. ...

For now, I will chalk it up to a low battery. Since retiring, I did not realize just how much I have NOT been driving the X.

I Think I may need to keep it on a tender for the foreseeable future.
Forum: X5 (E53) Forum 01-03-2019, 08:45 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 474
Posted By blktoptrvl
Thanks. After my last post... I went into the...

Thanks. After my last post... I went into the garage, opened and closed the door; and 16 minutes later it was sleeping again.

Funky problems usually indicate battery. I think I will invest in a...
Forum: X5 (E53) Forum 01-03-2019, 08:08 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 474
Posted By blktoptrvl
Follow-up

Put the X on the battery tender and let it sit for two days...

Today when I first looked into the window, the transmission "Park" light was off - indicating that the car was asleep.

Driving...
Forum: X5 (E53) Forum 12-29-2018, 04:50 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 474
Posted By blktoptrvl
Spurious Warning Messages.

Has anyone been getting false dash warning messages?

For about 4 years I was frequently getting code P1439. I would clear it and then 3 months or maybe a week later, I would get it again. The...
Forum: Detailing Forum 12-02-2017, 10:53 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 6,386
Posted By blktoptrvl
I never (even for a moment) thought you were...

I never (even for a moment) thought you were being critical.. .Just wondering what your trucks' relationship to bugs was. I'd thought I once read a post of yours that mentioned the PNW... and that -...
Forum: Detailing Forum 12-02-2017, 03:21 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 6,386
Posted By blktoptrvl
David... How frequently do you wash your...

David...

How frequently do you wash your cars. Is it more "as needed" or more "religiously?"

Also, how much time do/did your Xs spend in the PNW as opposed to the Carolinas and Florida?

I...
Forum: Detailing Forum 12-02-2017, 12:31 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 6,386
Posted By blktoptrvl
So, why not spend the five dollars to get the kit...

So, why not spend the five dollars to get the kit that has the UV protection in it?

You will protect the lenses and maybe the packet will list what is in it so that next time you can just buy that...
Forum: Detailing Forum 12-02-2017, 12:17 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 6,386
Posted By blktoptrvl
I'm curious... How much did the wax and spray...

I'm curious... How much did the wax and spray paint cost you?
Forum: Detailing Forum 11-26-2017, 04:56 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 6,386
Posted By blktoptrvl
Sorry. I have no idea what the chemical makeup of...

Sorry. I have no idea what the chemical makeup of the protector is. The kit costs about five dollars. I would just get that.
Forum: Detailing Forum 11-24-2017, 11:54 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 6,386
Posted By blktoptrvl
Yes. It comes with the kit.

Yes. It comes with the kit.
Forum: X5 (E53) Forum 06-10-2017, 02:22 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,238
Posted By blktoptrvl
These are sealed bearing pulleys and idlers. I...

These are sealed bearing pulleys and idlers. I recently saw a YouTube video where a DIYer showed how to open and repack these bearing to quiet them.

Also, the BMW part prices are high at about...
Forum: X5 (E53) Forum 05-22-2017, 06:10 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 373
Posted By blktoptrvl
Measuring Antifreeze Chemistry

Can BMW formulated AF be tested with a Prestone gauge? I think it is all Ethylene Glycol, but will the formulation effect the scale??
Forum: X5 (E53) Forum 05-19-2017, 05:08 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 478
Posted By blktoptrvl
Thanks, but that's a bridge too far for me.

Thanks, but that's a bridge too far for me.
Forum: X5 (E53) Forum 05-18-2017, 07:49 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 478
Posted By blktoptrvl
Oil Filter Cover...

Question...

After pulling my stiffening plate and seeing all the caked on grimy dirt and oil, I am wondering if it is because of my Oil Filter Cover.

See, the oil drain plug in the cover has...
Forum: X5 (E53) Forum 05-18-2017, 06:49 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,039
Posted By blktoptrvl
Started the car today and let it get up to...

Started the car today and let it get up to operating temperature. Tomorrow I will take a cruise to the supermarket.

Thanks to all for the input and the help.

Edit:

I thought about it and...
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