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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 05-06-2008, 03:39 PM
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10 miles with no oil filler cap...

Topped my oil up tonight (1996 540i 201,000 miles) after changing it yesterday. Unfortunatly i went out and must not of fasted the cap properly. About 10 miles later i noticed a little smoke from the engine, opened the bonnet and there was oil everywhere.

Once it had cooled down and settled i checked the level and it was halfway between min and max on the stick.

My question is; have i caused any long term damage to my engine?
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Old 05-06-2008, 03:48 PM
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doubt it, other than it needing a degreasing bath in a very very bad way.

You didn't run it dry...
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Old 05-06-2008, 03:49 PM
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Topped my oil up tonight (1996 540i 201,000 miles) after changing it yesterday. Unfortunatly i went out and must not of fasted the cap properly. About 10 miles later i noticed a little smoke from the engine, opened the bonnet and there was oil everywhere.

Once it had cooled down and settled i checked the level and it was halfway between min and max on the stick.

My question is; have i caused any long term damage to my engine?

Don't think so as long as you were half-way, you should be fine. have a fun time cleaning up though.

adivise you remove the belly pan; clean it and under the car.
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Old 05-06-2008, 04:41 PM
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You should be fine.
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Old 05-06-2008, 05:38 PM
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Should be Okay.

I've done it once on my previous car, forgot to put on oil cap after changing oil, drove 15 miles on highway and noticed smoke coming out of the vent when I took the exit. I put 1 qt oil to top it off and everything is fine. I was surprised when I saw the oil cap still sit on the engine where I left it.
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I did the same thing a few months back but it was on my '01 530i. The wierd thing is no oil came out at all and I drove further than 10 miles.
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The only concern would be if contamination entered into the cap hole and contaminated valve train surfaces. Given the low mileage, it's pretty doubtful. Changing the oil and filter again would reduce any concern about any contamination remaining in the system.
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Old 05-08-2008, 09:30 AM
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next time put a big, note, on oil cap.
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