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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 02-22-2015, 12:14 AM
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E60 Brake fluid

How do I change my break fluid or too it up! Idrive is saying it needs to be serviced
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I moved this to the E60 5 series forum, you'll get more help in here.

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Bavarian Autosport has a good DIY video on their blog.

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Old 02-24-2015, 03:03 PM
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Brake fluid change on an E60 is no different than any other modern car.
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Old 02-24-2015, 07:34 PM
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How do I change my break fluid or too it up! Idrive is saying it needs to be serviced
I've always done my own but am getting older and the process of jacking and pulling wheels to flush brakes has become a big job for me. My dealer quoted me about $130.00 US to flush my brakes. I'm going to let them do it the next time.

If you do it yourself be sure to get the right fluid. Late model BMW's take LV fluid.

http://www.pentosin.net/specsheets/Pentosin_Dot4_LV.pdf
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I've always done my own but am getting older and the process of jacking and pulling wheels to flush brakes has become a big job for me. My dealer quoted me about $130.00 US to flush my brakes. I'm going to let them do it the next time.



If you do it yourself be sure to get the right fluid. Late model BMW's take LV fluid.



http://www.pentosin.net/specsheets/Pentosin_Dot4_LV.pdf

It might be worth finding an independent mechanic if you're not going to do it yourself? I recently paid half that when my car was in for some other stuff.
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Old 02-25-2015, 02:46 AM
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My dealer charged 170, but the indy charged me 90
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Old 02-25-2015, 09:07 AM
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Go to Indy, the one specializing BMW though.
Most uses real BMW fluid, which is not holy grail but I like the idea of keep-it-simple, no fuss DOT4, good boiling point too unless you track your car maybe something more exotic.

BMW brake fluid in 250ml bottle was like $3 each at the dealer, you need 3 for brake flush
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I use a Motive power bleeder as I change fluid frequently on my track car, same cap fits most European cars. Fill with fluid, attach to brake reservoir, pump to 10psi, open brake nipples one at a time, using clear hose to catch fluid. A flush takes about 1L. It takes longer to take the wheels off and jack the car up than to flush the fluid.


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A lot of the guides use a pressure or vacuum system for changing brake fluid. All you need is another guy to pump your pedal just like any other car, no need for special equipment. It's really pretty simple to DIY.
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I've used that exact Motive Bleeder, didnt work. In fact, it barely pushed any fluid at all even though i had it at the recommended PSI which was between 10PSI to 15PSI. (I tried higher pressure to be sure but it still didnt work)
I have to say that i didnt put fluid inside the tank, i simply used it as a pressure bleeder but i dont really think adding fluid to it would have made a difference at all.

I ended up bleeding all of my cars the old way, pedal pump!
Extremely fast, just need to be clear and in sync with the person helping you.
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I've used that exact Motive Bleeder, didnt work. In fact, it barely pushed any fluid at all even though i had it at the recommended PSI which was between 10PSI to 15PSI. (I tried higher pressure to be sure but it still didnt work)
I have to say that i didnt put fluid inside the tank, i simply used it as a pressure bleeder but i dont really think adding fluid to it would have made a difference at all.

I ended up bleeding all of my cars the old way, pedal pump!
Extremely fast, just need to be clear and in sync with the person helping you.
That's the key. Otherwise, air can enter the system.

PUSH and hold....... ..RELEASE......... PUSH and hold........ RELEASE......... :-)
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Old 02-26-2015, 07:24 AM
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DIY Guide can be found here.
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Old 02-26-2015, 07:27 AM
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I have to say that i didnt put fluid inside the tank, i simply used it as a pressure bleeder but i dont really think adding fluid to it would have made a difference at all.
I made my bleeder years ago from an old pump sprayer and don't put fluid in it either. I just overfill the reservoir and keep an eye on it.
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Old 02-26-2015, 07:51 AM
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I made my bleeder years ago from an old pump sprayer and don't put fluid in it either. I just overfill the reservoir and keep an eye on it.
That's what I do as well, keep that Motif bleeder clean since no brake fluid inside whatsoever.
I am thinking of adding reverse vacuum pump on the nipple side, like push-pull system really.
Anyone try that scheme?
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While the old-school way of pumping brakes works, it's not recommended as it *may* cause damage to master cylinder seals due to increased pedal travel. It also doesn't require 2 people and I don't have to bother my wife or daughter and run the risk of them releasing at the wrong time and adding air to the system. I've been using different pressure bleeders for 20+ years, no issues.
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Old 02-27-2015, 06:22 AM
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Another option that works quite well. I know techs that swear by them.

http://www.russellperformance.com/mc/speed-bleeders/
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