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Hi all, passenger side air bag has finally let go on the wagon, needing a replacement pair fairly urgently as it’s now my daily driver. New would be ideal but quite happy with a known good used pair.

 

Auckland or Hamilton preferred

 

Thanks

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What do you mean "let go" ??

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15 minutes ago, B.M.W Ltd said:

What do you mean "let go" ??

It’s no longer holding air, compressor is running but it’s not inflating the bag anymore, can hear it leaking like crazy. 218000km and 19 years old, it’s  probably time they were replaced 

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It would be prudent to check visually that it is the bag that's leaking first

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8 minutes ago, B.M.W Ltd said:

It would be prudent to check visually that it is the bag that's leaking first

Fair call. Somethings definitely letting the air out though!

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Have had a play with INPA, managed to raise the rear left to normal height and observed it sinking, can hear escaping air from outside but nothing leaking from the inlet line or around the retaining clip. Oddly it’s now staying at normal height, no audible leak. 
 

Admin can we move this thread to maintenance? 

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16 minutes ago, Ahmedsinc said:


 

Admin can we move this thread to maintenance? 

Done 👍

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3 minutes ago, B.M.W Ltd said:

Done 👍

Thanks. 
 

What do you reckon? On the right track suspecting a faulty airbag? Would I be hearing leaking from outside the car if it’s the air line or should that be audible inside the cabin?

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Jack it up and spray soapy water round the whole assembly to see where it's leaking from. You'll need to get it in the air high enough to be able to have it on ramps so it's loaded and then try again unloaded to get better visual. You could also try using a stethoscope.

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5 hours ago, B.M.W Ltd said:

Jack it up and spray soapy water round the whole assembly to see where it's leaking from. You'll need to get it in the air high enough to be able to have it on ramps so it's loaded and then try again unloaded to get better visual. You could also try using a stethoscope.

Good grief, what a dog of a spot to try accessing with the wheels on!!  
 

I’d say the bag is the culprit, can see bubbles to the right in the photo. 
 

Outside of the dealers do you know of anyone that stocks them in Auckland? Have seen the seller on trademe, would prefer to collect tomorrow if at all possible. 

 

Thanks for your help Glenn 

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Check the other side as well, often they wear out in pairs, or at least won't be far away

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16 minutes ago, Gaz said:

Check the other side as well, often they wear out in pairs, or at least won't be far away

Yeah, will be doing them as a pair. The drivers side definitely has a droop going on, though not as bad as the passenger side 😂

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Try Autolign in Carbine Road Panmure or Shock Absorber Services SAS in Manukau. The alternative would be to convert to standard suspension although I have never done this personally. Others may have.  

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If you can't find your air springs locally, it appears there are plenty of options on Ebay.  As usual, get the RealOEM part number and shop for quality.  

Starter for ten:

https://www.ebay.de/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=m570.l1313&_nkw=BMW+530i+Touring+e39+airspring&_sacat=0

HTH

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try bm workshop 

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Did you get this sorted Matt ?

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On 6/30/2020 at 10:11 AM, B.M.W Ltd said:

Did you get this sorted Matt ?

Yep, new pair installed and all woes remedied. Thanks for the advice Glenn, bloody good having a chat with ya 👍

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