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E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010)
BMW 5-Series E60 Sedan was first seen in the Unites States in the fall of 2003 with a 2004 Model Year designation. The E61 wagon followed shortly there after. The E60/E61 5 series is now available as a 528i, 528xi, 535i, 535xi, 550i and a 535xi sports wagon! -- View the E60 Wiki

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Old 09-12-2012, 01:08 AM
BYTamayo BYTamayo is offline
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White smoke from exhaust, help!

After driving my car for about 30 minutes I came home and later decided to go out again but as I started my car a huge cloud of white smoke came out and it continued to do so everytime I started it. Does anyone know what it could be?? Also what is the front cover underneath called?

I drive a 2004 525I

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Old 09-19-2012, 03:25 AM
Kathy Doyle Kathy Doyle is offline
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Happened to me as well my mechanic said its condensation build up you probably need to take it out on the highway and open it up a bit ,when temp changes the build up begins almost make you think its a gasket leak
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Old 09-19-2012, 04:19 AM
radd radd is offline
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check your ccv/oil separator for leaking
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Old 09-19-2012, 07:06 AM
john@eac john@eac is offline
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Check your coolant level just to make sure that it isn't a cooling system problem. Just to be safe.
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Old 10-05-2012, 06:43 AM
MJB9 MJB9 is offline
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did u get car washed recently or recent rain? check for water covering your brake master cylinder. there could be a drainage clog there and water getting pulled into vacuum imto engine. i know ;-)
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Old 10-05-2012, 10:40 AM
jadnashuanh jadnashuanh is offline
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Depending on the outside temperatures, white smoke may in fact be steam. Now, where the water came from is important, as if it is from the inside of the engine, it can be really bad. But, if it's external from a big puddle, washing it, etc., it's no big deal other than surprising.

Not sure when BMW eliminated the oil dip stick, but if you have one, look at the oil after you pull it out. If it looks chocolaty rather than the normal oil color, you have a coolant leak into the oil. If you have a head leak, that's bad, too.

Might be nothing, but definitely needs to be checked before big damage could occur.
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