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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 04-26-2014, 04:09 PM
newton22 newton22 is offline
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My first CCV replacement went completely...

...better than expected. I guess I was so intimidated by everything I've heard that I expected it to be a lot harder than it was. I budgeted a whole weekend and got extra tools. Well I ended up not using several of the tools and spent only one morning. Car was up and running by the afternoon woo!

Achievements (yes I am bragging, but this can also motivate those who too are intimidated by this job):
  • Completion time of 4.5 hours
  • Broke only one of the old hoses
  • Fitted the cold weather CCV kit with no modifications
  • Took off as few parts as possible (I was able to remove the throttle body and then CCV without removing the ICV. I still removed the ICV later to clean it)

Hardest part was fitting that S hose onto the CCV. Even then, I told myself to be extra patient and I was able to get it on in about 15-20 minutes.

Quick pics:

Once you wrangle the old CCV out you're greeted by a nice BMW embossment on the block.

Playing with my throttle body.

I went for maximum bonus level by trying remove all the old parts without breaking anything. Well, I almost got there. I accidentally broke that top hose that runs along the air separator.

Cold weather CCV in. It's a real snug fit so patience is key. If I had to do it again, I'd just go for the regular one since my old one last quite a while.

It's not a hard job, so don't be intimidated by it.

Also: My old air separator looks to be in decent shape. If anyone needs a functioning one for whatever reason, you can have mine for the price of shipping.
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Old 04-26-2014, 04:56 PM
Yazied Yazied is offline
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Do you have more pictures please ?

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Old 04-26-2014, 05:52 PM
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congrats! my weekend project for next weekend is that exact job along with wheel hubs, brake lines and new hoses to the dipstick/ccv.
Even with your write up, I'm still petrified

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