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

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Old 11-15-2012, 09:23 AM
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How easy is it to DIY replacing oil filter housing gasket?

I have a small oil leak coming from this common problem area on 2006 530i's.
Indy shop wants to charge $22 for gasket. $495 total to repair and do oil change.
Sounds way too much if I can do it myself. Any suggestions? Thanks
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Old 11-15-2012, 02:14 PM
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I have a small oil leak coming from this common problem area on 2006 530i's.
Indy shop wants to charge $22 for gasket. $495 total to repair and do oil change.
Sounds way too much if I can do it myself. Any suggestions? Thanks
It will depend how much you know your car. Gasket costed me $20 here in Oz and I did it myself. Took me a whole day and it can be very frustrating with no space. You will need some tools such as car jack stands, socket set etc. I took some pictures, not all, and if you want I can try to write up what I did on my '04 M54 engine.
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Old 11-15-2012, 04:13 PM
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It's not that difficult to replace that gasket. It's pretty straightforward.
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Old 11-15-2012, 06:14 PM
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That may be a fair price for that repair block to pump .It can be very labor intensive,and in a a very tight area on the older bmws . Each year is a little different,lots of removal of other components on some years . . The e60 may be a easier repair?

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Old 11-15-2012, 07:43 PM
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Yes if you could show me pics and stuff on how you did yours would be awesome!
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Old 11-15-2012, 07:46 PM
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Yes please send any info you think will help. Then I can decide if I feel capable of doing it. Thanks
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Old 11-15-2012, 08:01 PM
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Ill say the alternator does NOT have to be removed on the N52 engine.
Replace the oil filter housing gasket and the oil cooler gasket at the same time.
To get all the bolts off of the actual filter housing it's easiest to unbolt the intake manifold and slide it back to access that lower torx bolt next to the alternator.
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Old 11-15-2012, 08:57 PM
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i did my 05 530i this past weekend along with the valve cover gasket. took me 3.5 hours. Valve cover was easier, m54 engine. Seems to me the car has lots of issues. Fuel pump tomorrow or saturday $350. Tired of one thing after another with this BMW. Not sure i would ever buy another!!!
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Old 11-16-2012, 07:13 AM
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It is very easy to do. You need a gallon of BMW coolant, an oil filter, oil, a 1/4"-drive E10 socket, u-joint and 8" long extension. You do not need to remove the inlet manifold. Wait to do the job at the next oil change.

Here is a DIY-

diy-do-yourself-14/oil-filter-housing-gaskets-replacement

I bought the socket a Snap-on for $12. You need to use a 1/4" drive socket and u-joint. Alternatively, you can use a 12-point Gearwrench 5/16" ratcheting wrench and a 12-point 5/16" socket.

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Old 11-17-2012, 04:21 AM
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Thank you this is very helpful!
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Old 11-19-2012, 07:44 AM
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Is there a check list of other things I need to do to keep this job simple? My last car I used a app that took me step by step when I changed an oil pan gasket on my 95 Buick Riviera. Was the only way I oils cover all things.
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Old 11-19-2012, 07:45 AM
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Was the ink way I could cover all things.
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Old 11-19-2012, 07:46 AM
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Lol my typing is terrible today lol
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Old 11-19-2012, 08:21 AM
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If you don't feel comfortable attempting this job, I suggest you take it to someone who can do this without an issue. A lot of jobs on these cars require some searching in order to get people's feedback on what went or could go wrong. I say the purchasing of a Bentley Manual should be in order if the confidence level isn't there. If not, take it to an Indy.

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Old 11-19-2012, 08:22 AM
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Smartphone app "AutoMD" has info on how to do repairs....the forum actually has given me more info to make repairs more advanced for my 2006 530i
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Old 11-19-2012, 08:24 AM
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Cool
I will get that manual bud
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Old 11-19-2012, 08:37 AM
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Why Bentley and not one for my make and model
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Old 11-19-2012, 08:41 AM
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Why Bentley and not one for my make and model
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Bentley is the publisher.

http://www.bentleypublishers.com/bmw...2004-2010.html

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Old 11-19-2012, 09:14 AM
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Aha that makes sense lol thank you
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Old 11-19-2012, 08:56 PM
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Thank you
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Old 11-23-2012, 11:26 PM
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I just finished writing a DIY for the M54 E60, if that helps at all.
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...77#post7210977
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