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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 11-17-2012, 11:21 AM
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Bad water pump?

Yesterday my '08 535 overheated (40k mi). First I noticed that there was no heat through air vents, then the radiator fan turned on very high, then the overheat.

I've read a bunch about replacing the thermostat and water pump together, but I'm just trying to diagnose whether the pump is bad and I need to spend the $400 on that part.

I initiated the water pump bleed procedure, and the pump turns on and circulates some coolant, but it sounds very weak to me.

Please take a listen/look at my video and let me know if you think if the pump is working properly.




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Old 11-17-2012, 08:18 PM
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Mine sounds exactly like yours. I am having it replaced along with the thermostat, on Monday. Parts and labor by an indy $800. My car has close to 36K miles on it. I noticed the noisy pump after replacing the coolant and during the bleeding procedure. Luckily noticed it before an overheating incident.
I would not start the car again unless pump and thermostat is replaced.
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Old 11-19-2012, 09:16 AM
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Thanks for the response. I just bought the parts ($500) online, so it sounds like $800 all in at your indie is a good deal.
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