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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 08-12-2013, 08:42 PM
jtwoods5 jtwoods5 is offline
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Oil Line Replacement HELP! blubee, CN90, Chivas, anyone...?!

I need help on my 540i Sport! I just finished the upper timing chain covers and valve cover gaskets and still have an oil leak. Upon inspection I noticed the oil line was saturated with oil but everything else above it was dry. I'm replacing one of the oil lines from the oil filter canister to the block. In the picture it's the one closet to the front of the car. I cannot find a DIY on it and need to know what to remove to access the line at the block. Do I remove the engine mount and anything else? I have a new hose and two new o-rings. Any help would be appreciated (hopefully with pics). Thanks Bimmerfest Nation.
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Old 08-13-2013, 08:18 AM
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Does this photo help you?

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Old 08-13-2013, 08:22 AM
jtwoods5 jtwoods5 is offline
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That picture is great, but how did you get to that point? Remove engine mount, then bracket, then hoses?
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Old 08-13-2013, 08:46 AM
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I think you don't have to remove engine mounts, but see the thread below for the anatomy of the under-carriage:

DIY - E39 Motor and Transmission Mounts
http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum...mission-Mounts
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Old 08-15-2013, 11:32 AM
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That was the toughest job yet on the 540i! I removed the engine mount but it gave me very little access. I tried to remove the engine support but couldn't get it out. So I did not drain the oil but only a little oil came out of the oil line I removed. The trick in removing the oil line from the block is access!! I didn't want to remove my water cooled alternator due to my time constraints. That took me 12 hours.
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Old 08-15-2013, 05:52 PM
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Just to let you know removing the water cooled alternator wouldn't have helped to give you more access.
The case for it is part of the lower timing chain cover and is still in place after you remove the alternator.
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