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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 03-07-2011, 04:53 PM
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So I put the Bars product HG1, half a bottle. ... Within 8 minutes the smoke a miss was GONE! ... The sodium silica and reenforced with carbon fibers seals the leaks and does not coagulate with anti-freeze. The best 65 I ever spent.
Wow. A miracle does come in a bottle!

I'm glad you have your engine back! This is a great reference thread for others. I already added it to the best links so others learn from all that you've done.

Thanks for helping out the team.
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Old 03-07-2011, 04:53 PM
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The bars is fine. No fluid loss what so ever. I think I had a high place on the deck because the leak was fixed in less than 5 minutes once it started to circulate.

I drained that stuff out this weekend when I changed a rear heater hose. But I am satisfied with the result.
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Old 03-07-2011, 04:54 PM
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Car is doing great! Thanks for asking.

...I can say I know every bolt on the car now...
Hahaa, don't underestimate the evil geniuses in BMW engineering. They probably have a few more up their sleeves.
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Old 03-07-2011, 05:03 PM
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Car is doing great! Thanks for asking.
Good to hear!
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Old 04-08-2011, 03:56 PM
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Any updates? Still running well? Do you still feel strongly that Bars HG1 did trick?
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Old 04-09-2011, 08:43 AM
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I will keep everyone informed on the effectiveness of the product.
Please do!

A few weeks ago I realized we didn't have a comprehensive answer of all available options for those whose cooling system overeating caused suspected blown head gaskets, cracked heads, warped blocks, cam seizures, contaminated bearings, coolant hydrolock, or piston, ring, and valve damage.

So, I've kept special note of the past two dozen or so sad stories of ruined E39 engines and the options people suggested, for example: (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11) (12) (13) (14) (15) (16) (17) (18) (19) (20) (21) (22) (23) (24).

But, I don't remember this having been listed as an option in 'any' of those threads!

So, I'm adding a reference to here right now to the nascent pointer thread:
- What advice should we provide when a newbie asks for help with a blown E39 engine?

Thanks, and please 'do' keep us informed!

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Old 08-23-2011, 08:29 PM
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so what about the vanos ? anything special on re-assebly that you ran into with the vanos ? like adjustment or special tools other then the once you borrowed?
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Old 09-09-2011, 08:27 AM
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Today I removed the guide rails (glad I did now), cleaned the surfaces, installed new valley pan and cover, and finished the deck of the motor.

Now I am waiting on my heads, Vanos tools, and will have my valve covers powder coated.

Tomorrow I will change motor mounts.

See photos, thanks for all the insight from all you guys!
Kelley, I may need to go through a similar exercise soon. I read TIS and in order to remove the lower timing cover it wants you to drop the upper oil pan as well, which is a major pain. I see you got away without removing it, which I like very much, but a bit concerned about sealing of the lower timing cover with the upper pan after installation. Did you do anything special there to ensure a good seal, have you noticed any leaks?
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Old 11-04-2011, 05:39 PM
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I need to get the Jesus bolt out.
I know that this is an older thread, but I thought I'd share my experience.

Back in 'the day' , with American cars, I'd just put a socket and breaker bar on the bolt, lay the end of it atop the frame on the driver side, and bump the starter. Worked every time. Can the crankshaft on the BMW handle that?
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Old 11-06-2011, 04:39 AM
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