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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 10-02-2011, 03:55 PM
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Good replacement fuel pump 540i E39?

My 540i has 140K miles and I want to change the fuel pump and fuel filter. What can I use?
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Old 10-02-2011, 04:01 PM
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My 540i has 140K miles and I want to change the fuel pump and fuel filter. What can I use?


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Old 10-02-2011, 10:50 PM
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My 540i has 140K miles and I want to change the fuel pump and fuel filter. What can I use?
I'm going to give the same answer I gave in your other thread on this subject:
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Is there a good diy for changing the fuel pump on a 540?
What you can use should be listed in one of these threads:
- Testing (1) and replacing the fuel pump (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) & your available fuelpump options (1) & a DIY for replacing the fuel filter (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6)
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Old 10-03-2011, 02:19 PM
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walbro F20000169 is an easy install and low cost and works great
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Old 10-03-2011, 03:56 PM
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walbro F20000169 is an easy install and low cost and works great
BTW, how does the OP know he needs a new fuel pump and filter?

I'm debugging lean codes and wondering myself:
- Just curious: Does the ORDER of pcodes listed in an OBDII scanner actually matter?

I'm tempted to rent the $150 Autozone fuel system tester (if it works for our vehicles) to see what that tells me:
- How do I test fuel pressure?

Did the OP do debugging or is it just a standard maintenance thing?

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Old 10-04-2011, 08:11 AM
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BTW, how does the OP know he needs a new fuel pump and filter?

I'm debugging lean codes and wondering myself.

I'm tempted to rent the $150 Autozone tester (if it works for our vehicles) to see what that tells me.

Did the OP do debugging or is it just a standard maintenance thing?
Well, I suspect fuel delivery issues, plus the car is at a mileage where I am doing it as a matter of prevention. I would not want it to go out on me somewhere and leave me stranded. Bluebee, what is the tester that you are referring to from autozone.
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Old 10-04-2011, 09:57 AM
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Well, I suspect fuel delivery issues, plus the car is at a mileage where I am doing it as a matter of prevention. I would not want it to go out on me somewhere and leave me stranded. Bluebee, what is the tester that you are referring to from autozone.
I replaced mine as I am in the process of doing the supercharger install, but wow I didn't even realize mine was on the way out. Much smoother throttle response and the walbro is way quieter then mine. I was used to the old one and I guess I didn't know the noise I was hearing was a sign. MIne never gave out, but I would not like that to happen. It is a good feeling knowing that it is new and fixed a problem I didn't know I had. For about $100 it is a great preventative item
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Stop by your local AutoZone, and ask to see it. The V8 has no Schrader valve on the rail. You need a kit with quick-change fittings to tee into the fuel line.

I also saw one at Harbor Freight that might work. IIRC, it was $180.
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Stop by your local AutoZone, and ask to see it. The V8 has no Schrader valve on the rail. You need a kit with quick-change fittings to tee into the fuel line.

I also saw one at Harbor Freight that might work. IIRC, it was $180.
depends on the year. My 2001 has the Schrader valve on the rail.
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Old 10-05-2011, 05:26 PM
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depends on the year. My 2001 has the Schrader valve on the rail.
Interesting, that is the first I have heard of a 540i with such valve. I know for sure that my 97 DOES NOT have one. I also need some recommendations for the best fuel filter.
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Old 10-05-2011, 05:46 PM
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Interesting, that is the first I have heard of a 540i with such valve. I know for sure that my 97 DOES NOT have one. I also need some recommendations for the best fuel filter.
Thanks
Must have been added with the m62tu
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Old 10-05-2011, 09:02 PM
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Ya must be the m62tu

I have a 2000 540 and it has the schrader valve
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Old 10-05-2011, 09:30 PM
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Bluebee, what is the tester that you are referring to from autozone.
Here is a reference to the free Autozone fuel system testing kit:
- How do I test fuel pressure on 540i m62 V8?

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Actron's Fuel Pump Diagnostic Kit, No.CP9220A, is designed to help detect whether a fuel pump is defective and to assist in diagnosing fuel-system related performance problems. This kit features a 40" gauge hose to easily reach any test point. The kit is compatible with vehicles that have a Schrader valve test port on the fuel rail; a detachable rubber hose connection at fuel rail, fuel line or fuel filter; are GM models with threaded connection at fuel filter or throttle body; or are Asian, European and domestic makes with a "banjo bolt" connection.


And, here's a picture of the M54 engine fuel supply Schrader valve:

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