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E39 (1997 - 2003)
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 08-23-2011, 10:30 AM
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Thermostat,Fan Clutch,Bleed Screws... Finally

Reason for this post.. I want to know if I miss anything to complete my cooling overhaul final steps below is a list already DONE at 85k The pic's below are the final thermo and fan clutch installed. NOTE if your fan clutch makes that (((LOUD))) blowing noise everyone is talking about change em BIG difference better pick up and smoother ride and i do feel like im saving a little on the MPG side.

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Radiator BEHR
Upper and Lower Hoses OEM
Expansion Tank OEM
Brass Bleed Screws
Water Pump BOSCH
Thermostat BHER
Fan Clutch SACHS
Conti BELTS
Pulley's

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Old 08-23-2011, 10:36 AM
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The Plastic Fan Blade....replace it at 120-130K or so (BMW Only!).
Otherwise you are good to go.
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Old 08-23-2011, 11:42 AM
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The Plastic Fan Blade....replace it at 120-130K or so (BMW Only!).
Otherwise you are good to go.
Thanks! will do down the line..now i can sleep in peace
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Old 08-23-2011, 11:45 AM
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Also the WP Pulley (BMW only), replace it at 120K or so.
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Old 08-23-2011, 04:29 PM
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Also the WP Pulley (BMW only), replace it at 120K or so.
Just curious, what's the logic behind 'BMW only' for the replacement pulley? Or why replace it anyhow if it shows no signs of wear or cracking?

I'm gather my cooling overhaul parts this week, and I "splurged" for the BMW fan, but I think I overlooked the pulley.
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Old 08-23-2011, 05:28 PM
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Old 08-23-2011, 05:40 PM
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Bearings: made in China vs made in Japan or USA.
+1

You are better off repacking the bearings on a OEM BMW then buying a new China one.

Repack OEM = (small automotive pick, remove the rear bearing cover, clean with parts cleaner, inspect the balls for pits and/or bluing, if good then repack with high temp grease, replace cover - it snaps back on)
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Old 08-24-2011, 05:50 AM
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You missed your Vanos seals rebuild pack and valve cover gasket kit.
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Old 08-24-2011, 06:36 AM
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Huh? I think we're not all on the same page here. The water pump pulley is just a pulley, no bearings involved. It bolts to the water pump, which I assume has internal bearings, but that is already being replaced as a unit. I'm only asking why / why not replace part #8:

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Old 08-24-2011, 10:29 PM
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I will reference this, since it has nice pictures to the thread:
- List & picture of all the cooling system overhaul parts to replace (1) (2) (3)

The OP might also wish to see:
- Recommended parts list for a complete belt drive system overhaul (1)

And ...
- Typical tandem DIY repair jobs combined while you're already there (1)
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Old 08-25-2011, 10:27 AM
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You missed your Vanos seals rebuild pack and valve cover gasket kit.
Thanks! I did the Vanos awhile ago along with gaskets and plugs...
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Old 08-25-2011, 11:12 AM
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Huh? I think we're not all on the same page here. The water pump pulley is just a pulley, no bearings involved...
LOL,

Whenever we mentioned the word pulley, it makes these guys excited ha!

ElwoodBlues is right, we are talking about the WP Pulley, which is a piece of Plastic (special plastic).
This is a crucial part, if this part goes bad, it creates thousands of dollars of damage!
So stick to BMW or if you can find Aluminum Pulley, go for it.
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