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Old 04-18-2013, 05:50 AM
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Water pump replacement 01 x5 4.4i

I am a moderately efficient DIY'er (on a scale of 1-10 I would be a 41/2). My '01 x5 E53 needs to have the water pump replaced. Is this a project I could do?
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Old 04-18-2013, 07:53 AM
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Yes. Definitely. I think the toughest part is opening the hood...
nah, maybe getting that fan to break free. Some videos make it sound easy, I let it soak in penetrating oil overnight before prying a flat tip screwdriver in between the screws on the pulley and cranking down on the 32mm (i think) wrench.
Be sure to use 50/50 mix distilled water/BMW coolant.

Basically, read and re-read this to see if you can tackle it.
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Old 04-18-2013, 09:37 AM
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Yes removing the fan shroud is rather tricky, but if you buy the tool on eBay (not much money really, it'll be easier), also remember that fan clutch nut is reverse thread, clockwise to loosen.

Then the next tricky one is sliding the old WP and new WP, not much room in there, just a lot of patient.
I'd recommend highly to create a very simple "jig", out of 3 long 10mm scres from Home-dpot, so the new WP can only slide perpindicular to the engine block, else you may pinch the o-ring of those two pipes and have leak. Well I did twice until I create the jigs.
I can take picture of the screws and tools later when I got home if you want.
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Old 04-18-2013, 10:25 AM
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Thank you both.....next weeks DIY. Wish me luck.
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Old 04-18-2013, 10:32 AM
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The diy boramkiv linked is one of the better ones, it really lays it out for you.

Most of the time when you replace the water pump you'll also want to replace the pulley as well. We've had tons of positive feed back on the Uro aluminum pulley (LINK).
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Old 05-14-2013, 10:00 PM
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How did it work out? Looks like ill be doing it too
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Old 05-15-2013, 06:19 AM
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waterpump

Haven't done it yet. Life keeps getting in the way.
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Old 04-04-2014, 10:47 AM
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I had mine done yesterday, by a certified Master Mechanic. It took 4 1/2 hours and I spent $304.00 on labor, $276.00 for the parts and 25.00 for the orange coolant. After watching him do the deed, it was well worth the money. I read through the DIY and it's great, if you have the time and mechanical ability.
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