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E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010)
BMW 5-Series E60 Sedan was first seen in the Unites States in the fall of 2003 with a 2004 Model Year designation. The E61 wagon followed shortly there after. The E60/E61 5 series is now available as a 528i, 528xi, 535i, 535xi, 550i and a 535xi sports wagon! -- View the E60 Wiki

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Old 02-26-2015, 11:47 PM
stephanl stephanl is offline
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Smile Vapor question?

I have a question, on my 2004 545i. The vehicle has 133,000 miles on it, when I purchased the vehicle it had 91,000 miles on it. I've had the normal oil leak situation from the front of the engine, so I am checking the engine oil levels weekly to ensure adequate oil levels in the oil pan. I also noticed this past week that when I went to add a quart of oil to the engine, I removed the fill cap in the passenger side valve cover to add the oil, and found what appeared to be some water vapor that came out of the opening where the fill cap was in the valve cover. There is no discoloration of the engine oil, so I don't think it would be a head gasket needing to be replaced. Any suggestions as to what may be causing this would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance for your comments and suggestions. Have a great day!!
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Old 02-27-2015, 05:18 AM
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Water vapor and condensate will be in that area if the engine has been operated at low speeds in a cold climate. It will go away when driven at higher engine speeds once the engine is fully warmed up. Idling engine to warm up will increase the amount of condensate.
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Old 02-27-2015, 08:36 AM
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Vapor Question

aber57,

Thanks for the information. It has been cold in our area, so that could very well be the situation. I'll keep an eye on it.

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