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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 03-03-2015, 08:07 PM
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Oil pan gasket replacement on i6

Finally got those suckers out. I mean the pan and the gasket.
I went according to Bentley and used this post for pics and some suggestions

http://www.bimmerforums.com/forum/sh...nt-illustrated

Here not a very informative image, more for myself to reflect on experience (and stare at a filthy pan)

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/att...1&d=1425441695

Originally, I planed on cut and RTV by cn90/Mudbone (even got two gaskets in case I screw up the first one) but opted out when I saw what spaces I would have to go through to put in the new "two piece gasket". And, the whole subframe deal isn't as bad as people paint it. But, I did disconect the swaybar. I didn't take it out just slid it back to facilitate pan extraction. I did remove the pinch bolt on steering column as per Bentley, but it (column connector) didn't budge anyway, hence probably the need to disconnect the swaybar, but hey it's just 4 extra bolts.

Now second half of the job: clean and put back.
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Old 03-03-2015, 08:22 PM
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I see you're aware of the mudbone thread, so, for others to reference, I will put it here so others know what you're talking about ...
- How to identify an oil pan leak (1) & how to remove & replace the E39 V8 oil pan gasket (1) & how to replace the E39 I6 oil pan gasket by dropping the subframe (1) & the Mudbone / cn90 trick to cut and replace the rigid metalized I6 OPG without removing the sub frame (1) & how to substitute pure RTV as a FIPG formed in place gasket for the 6-cylinder E39 oil pan gasket without lowering the sub-frame (1) & how to build or buy your own hoist & engine-support tools (1)
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Please read the suggested threads, where the best always add value to those threads, either by pictures or by descriptions, so the next person with the same problem stands on your shoulders.
See also: E39 Bestlinks & How to easily find what you need
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Old 03-03-2015, 08:46 PM
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I have not read all posts about this gasket, but those I skimmed over didn't mention torx bolts that connect bell housing to pan I needed E10 socket (bought this set http://www.harborfreight.com/6-pc-38...set-68016.html) to remove three bolts.

I have 5hp19 auto.
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