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The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 06-12-2011, 09:56 PM
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Originally Posted by cn90 View Post
On another note: I am thinking about cutting the gasket in different places than I mentioned above.
If you make the cuts on the "high side" (remember the motor is titled toward the passenger side, then the oil pan junction's driver side sits higher than the pass side), it makes sense because this "high side" sits above oil level.

Plus you only apply sealant at where the cuts are. Basically about 1 cm in length of sealant in 2 locations.

Anyway, it is your call and worth a $28 experiment (the oil pan gasket is $28)!

Here is what I think where the cuts should be:

I'm guessing you're making the two cuts because you need to clear the sprocket to the front and the suction tube to the rear.

For my situation where I can lower the pan enough to clear the front sprocket, what do you think about only cutting the gasket on the rear cut? I would have to bend/manipulate the gasket a little, as it had to go around the suction tube, which is about 1 inch in diameter.
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