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Forum: E60 (2004 - 2010) 02-05-2014, 05:39 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,912
Posted By Stephen Max
It's not. I'm calling shenanigans.

It's not. I'm calling shenanigans.
Forum: E60 (2004 - 2010) 02-04-2014, 12:52 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,912
Posted By Stephen Max
That is bizarre looking. It looks like charred...

That is bizarre looking. It looks like charred plastic everywhere. And the cam surfaces are rusty looking. It looks like an engine that caught fire, the valve cover burned away and it sat in a...
Forum: E60 (2004 - 2010) 02-04-2014, 10:58 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 964
Posted By Stephen Max
It's more of a question of why did you lay out...

It's more of a question of why did you lay out $50-60k for a 5er if your finances are such that a miniscule difference in fuel consumption worries you?

And the same argument goes if you bought...
Forum: E60 (2004 - 2010) 02-04-2014, 10:29 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 10,917
Posted By Stephen Max
Maybe they can if the carbon buildup is not too...

Maybe they can if the carbon buildup is not too serious. Without removing the heads, all they can do is run a brush into the main secondary passages that run the length of the heads. That doesn't...
Forum: 7 Series - E65 / E66 (2002 - 2008) 04-02-2013, 04:23 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 16,846
Posted By Stephen Max
You sir, are a scholar and a gentlemen. So it...

You sir, are a scholar and a gentlemen. So it was easier to pull the heads with exhaust attached rather than drop the subframe and remove the exhaust before pulling the heads?
Forum: E60 (2004 - 2010) 03-21-2013, 07:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 719
Posted By Stephen Max
First, replace the battery since you don't know...

First, replace the battery since you don't know how old it is.
Forum: 7 Series - E65 / E66 (2002 - 2008) 03-19-2013, 06:35 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 16,846
Posted By Stephen Max
The thicker head gasket would be needed if you...

The thicker head gasket would be needed if you have the heads flycut to remove any warpage of the heads, for instance after over-heating the engine due to a cooling system failure. If you aren't...
Forum: 7 Series - E65 / E66 (2002 - 2008) 03-16-2013, 03:48 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 16,846
Posted By Stephen Max
I did buy it. I found two sets, one for around...

I did buy it. I found two sets, one for around $200 and the other for around $300. The higher priced set included a wrench that you bolt onto the end of the crankshaft and an angle indicator so you...
Forum: E60 (2004 - 2010) 03-15-2013, 08:23 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,058
Posted By Stephen Max
Why can't you test the old pump by giving it 12...

Why can't you test the old pump by giving it 12 volts via a jumper?
Forum: 7 Series - E65 / E66 (2002 - 2008) 03-15-2013, 06:42 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 16,846
Posted By Stephen Max
Sorry for the late reply. The way I did it was...

Sorry for the late reply. The way I did it was to remove the intake manifold, the y-pipe and the check valves. That leaves the tubes going to the heads available for pouring your chemical of choice...
Forum: E60 (2004 - 2010) 03-15-2013, 05:56 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,016
Posted By Stephen Max
To avoid having to do that in the future, just...

To avoid having to do that in the future, just stuff some towels down in between the cylinder head and the side of the engine bay. Anything that drops will land on the towels in easy reach. Just...
Forum: E60 (2004 - 2010) 03-15-2013, 05:50 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 205
Posted By Stephen Max
The secondary air pump is only on for the first...

The secondary air pump is only on for the first minute after starting the car, then it turns off and stays off. So, no, it has no effect on throttle response.
Forum: E60 (2004 - 2010) 02-19-2013, 06:16 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,299
Posted By Stephen Max
Have to agree. It's not going to hurt anything...

Have to agree. It's not going to hurt anything where it is, and there is no chance it is going to find its way into the radiator.

Edit: Ooops. Didn't notice at first that this is an old thread....
Forum: E60 (2004 - 2010) 02-19-2013, 06:10 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 837
Posted By Stephen Max
My wife was complaining about steering wheel...

My wife was complaining about steering wheel noise, too. I took a look at it and found it is just a creaking noise made by plastic pieces rubbing against each other as the steering wheel moves up...
Forum: E60 (2004 - 2010) 02-14-2013, 11:40 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 10,917
Posted By Stephen Max
Didn't work for me either, and I let it soak for...

Didn't work for me either, and I let it soak for a week.
Forum: E60 (2004 - 2010) 02-14-2013, 11:38 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 606
Posted By Stephen Max
If it was a cam timing problem, then you would...

If it was a cam timing problem, then you would get low compression across the board, not just a couple of cylinders.
Forum: E60 (2004 - 2010) 02-11-2013, 01:24 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 694
Posted By Stephen Max
Engine heat is primarily from the exhaust...

Engine heat is primarily from the exhaust headers, and those aren't covered at all, at least in the case of the N62. The intake manifold under the main cover is much cooler, since fresh air is...
Forum: E60 (2004 - 2010) 02-11-2013, 12:17 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 694
Posted By Stephen Max
I like the look of engines without plastic...

I like the look of engines without plastic covers. The N62 intake manifold is awesome, it would look fantastic polished. But for noise insulation I leave it on.
Forum: 7 Series - E65 / E66 (2002 - 2008) 02-08-2013, 02:49 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,578
Posted By Stephen Max
Already did that. I spent a week soaking the...

Already did that. I spent a week soaking the passages with Seafoam and BG44K, and ran brushes in and out till I was blue in the face. It did nothing. Solvents aren't going to remove serious carbon...
Forum: 7 Series - E65 / E66 (2002 - 2008) 02-08-2013, 12:12 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,578
Posted By Stephen Max
I see you are here in Austin. I am about to do...

I see you are here in Austin. I am about to do the same thing, but I am definitely going to pull the heads to get at the carbon. I bought the cam alignment tools already. If you want to borrow...
Forum: E60 (2004 - 2010) 02-08-2013, 11:16 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 675
Posted By Stephen Max
If you have wax buildup on the windshield due to...

If you have wax buildup on the windshield due to car wash wax or using a car shampoo with wax in it, then they will tend to squeak. Use Windex or ammonia and thoroughly dewax the windshield, then...
Forum: E60 (2004 - 2010) 02-08-2013, 11:12 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 10,917
Posted By Stephen Max
Well, that corresponds to my experience of...

Well, that corresponds to my experience of letting Seafoam soak for a week with no effect. So I'll be pulling the heads any day now.
Forum: E60 (2004 - 2010) 02-08-2013, 09:18 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 10,917
Posted By Stephen Max
When you say you have done this many times, do...

When you say you have done this many times, do you mean the Seafoam treatment, or did you remove the heads and decarbonize by removing the carbon by hand, (e.g. drilling)?
Forum: E60 (2004 - 2010) 02-06-2013, 09:52 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 755
Posted By Stephen Max
Before replacing the rotors, why would you not...

Before replacing the rotors, why would you not find out if they can be machined? Take them to a shop that does rotor machining, have them measure the thickness. They will tell you whether or not...
Forum: E60 (2004 - 2010) 02-06-2013, 06:59 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,981
Posted By Stephen Max
You might have a hard time finding an indy with...

You might have a hard time finding an indy with walnut blasting equipment.
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