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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 11-13-2012, 03:57 PM
chewie2006 chewie2006 is offline
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Some rust on camshafts

So im rebuilding the engine on a junked bmw from my landlord, and upon inspecting the camshafts that i removed today, i saw theres a bit of rust here and there. Wondering what the best way to clean it off is. So far the best way ive read about is a soft rag and alot of wd40. Any input on this?

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Old 11-13-2012, 04:52 PM
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Anybody, ideas?

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Old 11-13-2012, 05:05 PM
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How about a brass wire brush and 3-in-1 oil? Brush axially, not across the lobe face.
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Old 11-13-2012, 05:40 PM
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Coke is suppose to remove rust to.
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Old 11-13-2012, 05:50 PM
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I was just reading through and saw that peanut butter is a good preventative for rust while in storage......how does someone come across that thought process? Haha. And i think ill use a light oil and bushpad thing. Seems the safest idea

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Old 11-13-2012, 05:53 PM
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I used 2000 grit sand paper and WD-40 for the same problem. With some patience and elbow grease it will turn out like new.
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Old 11-14-2012, 05:22 PM
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Thanks for the input. Those green pads and wd40 works perfect. Decided id scrub the entire shaft down and it looks remarkable. Still got a bit to do, but but definitely worth it.

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