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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 10-25-2009, 04:22 PM
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m62 Blown head gasket?

So here is what happened.
My car was offline for about 3 days and when i came to start it i noticed a bigger then usual oil spot under the engine (my bimmer has an oil leak somewhere)
So then i started the car, let it warm up for a bit, got out to get something from my trunk and noticed lots of white smoke coming from my exhaust. I let it idle for about 5 more min and white smoke was still there. I reved it to like 3k and much more smoke came out.
The car idles fine and runs no problem, I didnt lose any coolant (at least i didnt notice a change in coolant level.)

Today I was at pepboys so decided to ask the parts guy to look up the price for my head gaskets and he said that the bmw doesn't have replaceable head gaskets.
Is that true...how can a car not have replaceable head gaskets?

Also if the smoke continues to happen or gets worse, ten ill replace it myslef (if they are replaceable lol)

Also i dont have any white or milk colored crap under my oil cap.

Any input will be apreciated,
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Old 10-25-2009, 04:59 PM
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You can definitely replace head gaskets.
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Old 10-25-2009, 05:08 PM
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sounds like a head gasket problem. is there oil in the coolant? you should also be able to smell a mixture of oil and coolant coming out of the tail pipe. another way is checking your spark plugs, they should have oil deposits on them.
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Old 10-25-2009, 06:47 PM
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Isn't white smoke also related to CCV issues?
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Old 10-25-2009, 06:47 PM
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Ill check the spark plugs when i get a chance to.
I just started up my car (after about 10 hours of it being off) and there was NONE smoke coming from tail pipe, only CEL was on...will scan it and tell you guys the codes
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Old 10-25-2009, 06:55 PM
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Isn't white smoke also related to CCV issues?
I replaced all the gaskets including ccv and intake gaskets about 600 miles away
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Old 10-25-2009, 07:04 PM
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Just ran obd scan and the code is for cat efficiency which is normal because I have high flow cats.
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Old 10-25-2009, 07:21 PM
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White "smoke" that comes and goes can also just be condensation or light moisture sitting inside the exhaust system if the car has been sitting for a few days without running.

Dont panic about it unless you get oil in the coolant (or vice versa sometimes) or you notice a distinct loss of power or poor running or severe overheating/pressurisation of the coolant system or the engine starts to drink coolant (and its not spilling out on the ground.) Then panic.

We did the head gaskets on an M62 engine about 6 months ago, and yes, they are as replaceable as a Honda Civic head gasket. But far more expensive and extremely labor intensive. I think from memory it was $400 AUD PER cylinder bank for the gasket kits and new head bolts (and this was a non-Vanos engine) and the dealer had quoted us something like $2000 AUD to do the job. its not something for the backyard mechanic, because of all the factory BMW cam timing tools you need (and definitely more complicated if you had a Vanos-equipped M62, but I've never played with Vanos so I dont know for sure)

So dont stress too much unless the symptoms are catastrophically ominous. It could just be condensation in your exhaust system. Run a search. Other members have experienced the same thing before
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Old 10-25-2009, 07:26 PM
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