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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 08-08-2013, 11:09 AM
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I was pleasantly shocked to see the $50 price. Once I received the fuel pump in my hand, I said wow...what a steal!
The problem is: I have the fuel pump on my garage shelf, I may or may never need it. What the heck, it is only $50 bones.
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Old 08-08-2013, 11:43 AM
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Yeah,

I was pleasantly shocked to see the $50 price. Once I received the fuel pump in my hand, I said wow...what a steal!
The problem is: I have the fuel pump on my garage shelf, I may or may never need it. What the heck, it is only $50 bones.
I had more expensive parts on my garage shelf, which eventually went in the car. Nothing wrong here. I also stock up parts which I know might fail, when I find them for a good price.
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Old 08-08-2013, 09:34 PM
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Anyone have a picture location of the E39 M54 fuel system Schrader test valve?
Just saw this pop up again today, and realized the answer to that question is here:

- How does the E39 fuel injection FI system work (1) & the location of the K96 FPR fuel pump relay (1) & the location of the fuel system pressure test Schrader valve for the I6 (1) and V8 (1) (2) (3) & a quick test for fuel pump operation (1) (2) & what are the most often recommended fuel pump & fuel filter brands (1) (2) & a DIY for replacing the fuel filter (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) & a DIY for replacing the fuel pump (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) & how to service your BMW E39 fuel injectors (1) & how to replace the 7.52X3.52mm and 9.2X2.8mm fuel injector o-rings (1) & cleaning the fuel gauge sensor (1) (2) & replacing the fuel sensor (1) & resolving blown fuses due to a stuck fuel filler door solenoid (1)
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Old 08-09-2013, 08:03 AM
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For those who replaced the Fuel Pump, I have a few questions:

1. WHEN did your fuel pump die? Is it around 150K miles?

2. Any gasket seals that need to be replaced?
Please post PNs.

Thanks.
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Old 08-09-2013, 08:07 AM
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DIY Video, just came across this video, enjoy the music:

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You guys are awesome, what a another great write up! My fuel pump just went out, and I pulled it today to verify that it has power and is not pumping. Does any one have any experience with Airtex fuel pumps? Both Autozone and RockAuto carry them.

BMW E39 Fuel Pump Replacement (528i) FCP Euro


( For some reason, CN90, and my FCP Euro You Tube Video URL wouldn't appear unless I separated it with spaces, make sure you take them out for the URL to work.

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Old 02-26-2014, 04:47 PM
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Son installed the airtec pump from Rock..... No issues , still working well .


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Old 02-26-2014, 07:38 PM
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Interesting this thread popped up this week. On Monday I started experiencing loss of power on the freeway, press gas pedal, and nothing...or it would suddenly lurch forward.
Scary...pull over and engine dies. Restart, all is fine for a few miles. Then repeat. Happened several times. I was driving from Seattle, WA to Portland, OR so I pull into Kuni BMW in Beaverton, OR and ask for a diagnosis. Quick test drive and testing shows, fuel pump is on the way out (car has 209k miles). They replace pump and filter (even though filter was replaced 40k ago, they felt prudent to replace again) and all good. Oh and $917 later! (this included my 10% BMWCCA discount) At least no sales tax in Oregon.
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Old 02-26-2014, 07:51 PM
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Just curious...is Airtex an American company? Where is the Airtex fuel pump made?

This is the Pierburg Fuel Pump for $150, which I think is a very good price to buy and keep at home if you have more than 160K...
http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-BMW-E39-...-/201042392354
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Old 02-26-2014, 08:06 PM
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another DIY video... found this pretty clear and simple. some good tips too that's not in the earlier videos:

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Old 02-26-2014, 08:45 PM
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Im starting to think I could make a decent living by flying out anywhere in the country and fixing these things!!
For that repair bill I can fly out to Seattle from Vegas; change the fuel pump and filter in less than an hr, and go visit my Flight RN friend near Boing Field!
My 740 was falling on her face over 4000 RPM at WOT, pulled back seat, fuel pumps, (Has a parallel pump kit in there!) inspected and reinstalled in under an hr, including a run to the corner for Blue Moon Ale.
Then pulled filter, noticed it was installed backward.....not by me...Just got it.
Therein was the major malfunction.


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Old 02-27-2014, 05:52 PM
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Yeah,

I was pleasantly shocked to see the $50 price. Once I received the fuel pump in my hand, I said wow...what a steal!
The problem is: I have the fuel pump on my garage shelf, I may or may never need it. What the heck, it is only $50 bones.
Out of curiosity, which fuel pump did you buy for $50.00, and how does it compare to the BMW Factory fuel pump?
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Old 07-15-2014, 07:28 PM
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For the record, the clips aren't intuitive:
> E39 (1997 - 2003) > Fuel Pump Removal
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pshovest

What clips are you talking about? I've squeezed everything inside that pump cavity and nothing is giving. I appreciate the pics and I believe the two clips you are referring to are BLACK and I think I've found them but when I squeeze them the pump moves around but will not release!

EDIT: The pictures in this thread were appended below, for posterity (since outside links often die)...

See also:
- How does the E39 fuel injection FI system work (1) & the location of the K96 FPR fuel pump relay (1) & the location of the fuel system pressure test Schrader valve for the I6 (1) and V8 (1) (2) (3) & a quick test for fuel pump operation (1) (2) & what are the most often recommended fuel pump & fuel filter brands (1) (2) & a DIY for replacing the fuel filter (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) & a DIY for replacing the fuel pump (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) & how to service your BMW E39 fuel injectors (1) & how to replace the 7.52X3.52mm and 9.2X2.8mm fuel injector o-rings (1) & cleaning the fuel gauge sensor (1) (2) & replacing the fuel sensor (1) & resolving blown fuses due to a stuck fuel filler door solenoid (1)
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Update to my post http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...2&postcount=22

Today, my car didn't start with all the signs of the dead fuel pump (no buzz when key is turned, no smell of gas from the tail pipe after cranking). I'll re-check the K96 relay and F54 fuse tomorrow just in case, but I am anticipating the fuel pump job again (and my car is at my work, in the parking garage - fun times ahead!). If that is the case, then that noname chinese allegedly crappy pump lasted just about 15kmiles.... I'll keep you posted.
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Old 01-31-2017, 05:17 AM
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Pierburg only.
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Update to my post http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...2&postcount=22

Today, my car didn't start with all the signs of the dead fuel pump (no buzz when key is turned, no smell of gas from the tail pipe after cranking). I'll re-check the K96 relay and F54 fuse tomorrow just in case, but I am anticipating the fuel pump job again (and my car is at my work, in the parking garage - fun times ahead!). If that is the case, then that noname chinese allegedly crappy pump lasted just about 15kmiles.... I'll keep you posted.
I bought from same seller
High fuel flow
And it's running fine knock the wood 4 years now and still running fine
May be it depend if you are refueling when your fuel gauge light turn on then you are killing the pump early in this way no cooling around the pump cause fuel cooling the pump also it's sucking all crudes and waste from the base of the tank

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Old 01-31-2017, 06:54 AM
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Update to my post http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...2&postcount=22

Today, my car didn't start with all the signs of the dead fuel pump (no buzz when key is turned, no smell of gas from the tail pipe after cranking). I'll re-check the K96 relay and F54 fuse tomorrow just in case, but I am anticipating the fuel pump job again (and my car is at my work, in the parking garage - fun times ahead!). If that is the case, then that noname chinese allegedly crappy pump lasted just about 15kmiles.... I'll keep you posted.
Mine is this 255 LPH not 190 LPH
From high flow fuel seller
Good product
Even I think if you bought China 15$ it'll last for years if you are not killing it by bad fuel clogged fuel filter and running car till tank empty
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Old 01-31-2017, 11:44 AM
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Pierburg only.
Yup, already ordered. I've swapped relays and it still doesn't start, so the FP relay is out of suspicion. Need to find FP fuse too. Any idea which one is it? Here is the layout of relays in the trunk.


I am getting contradicting info about FP fuse location....

Is this the one?

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Stupid to cheap out on a critical part.
Buy a new VDO fuel pump for $150 and call it a day.

From my E46:

I will document some of the issues I ran into, to make this quicker for the next guy.
I would set aside 1-2 hours, in case you get stuck on any step.

I pulled fuse 54 and ran the car until it stalled (1-2 seconds max)


I sliced the mat to be able to peel away the mat away from the blocking wire.
You could try to get the four 10mm bolts undone with the mat flopping in the way, and then peel both back together.
However, this was not obvious to me, since I had no idea what I was looking at, since the existing write ups are such crap.


I was unable to lift up the black circle plate
But, since I had no idea what was under there, as the write ups are text only crap, I got stuck here.
I then noticed the cable was kinked and getting snagged on the rim.
The black plate should pull freely off once the cable harness is clear.


Removing the wire harness clip is simple.
Stick a screwdriver into the clip, and slide it open, and the plug comes up.

Removing the Oeticker clamp is simple. Just peel it back with flush cutters.
Have various hose clamps ready before starting this job, or you will be driving around to various auto stores.

Detaching the fuel hose was simple, especially if you have hose pliers or spark plug pliers.
Way better than using a flat screwdriver.
http://www.harborfreight.com/3-piece...ers-37909.html


Removing the sealing ring was a hard.
I had to hammer the crap out of the notched ring.
A few "taps"? My ass. 4lb mini-sledge and full sized chisel and about 20-30 very hard whacks.
Thought the neighbors were going to complain.
I thought I was going to crack the old fuel pump, but the ring finally started moving.

Removing the fuel pump is easy. Just peek inside and make sure the CRAZY STRAW thing isn't getting blocked.
Also, you'll need to angle the thing unit to clear the fuel level sender and base webbing thing.

Reinstalling the pump took me at least 30 minutes. I couldn't get it to seat. Tried both pumps and neither would fit.
The metal sealing ring would not catch, so I knew the pump was not seated correctly.
I was installing the sealing gasket on the pump and then trying to seat that into the hole.

You need to REINSTALL THE GASKET INTO THE HOLE, NOT THE PUMP.
It will seat perfectly into the rim hole and then the fuel pump will fit perfectly flush with a tight seal, all tucked in.
If you try to put the gasket on the pump, your connection will be loose and wobbly.


Took a while to get the rear seat installed.
I finally reached under the seat and tried to feel where the hole was not meeting the prong and tried to line them up.
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This is E39, not E46. But yeah, I agree, I shouldn't have buy a cheap noname pump. (btw, my E46 has the new OEM one, but E46 ones are twice cheaper than E39's for some reasons).
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So, confirmed: fuse is ok, there is current between 2 and 6 terminals of the FP relay, jumping those terminals also doesn't do anything to FP. FP is dead. Why couldn't it die in my garage rather than in my work parking garage???? Doh.... Ordered Pierburg one from oembimmerparts.com for $140 shipped.
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Just have finished replacing the pump by the Pierburg one in parking garage at my work. Took me about an hour or so, with no rush. Car started right away!

BTW, just FYI: Pierburg was acquired by "TI Automotive", thus the new pump was actually labeled as TI Automotive.
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Just have finished replacing the pump by the Pierburg one in parking garage at my work. Took me about an hour or so, with no rush. Car started right away!

BTW, just FYI: Pierburg was acquired by "TI Automotive", thus the new pump was actually labeled as TI Automotive.
Link to the Peirburg pump?
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https://www.oembimmerparts.com/BMW-E...146752368a.htm

http://www.rockauto.com/en/catalog/b...fuel+pump,6256
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