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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 08-25-2011, 07:36 PM
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Talking new 540i msport project , pulling engine :-(

so Im new to BMW and i just got in deep with a very affordable 1999 540i ......
the car is returning compression into the cooling system ...I did some research and determined that its probably bad headgaskets and possibly cracked heads. After getting a second opinion from a local shop (Accent BMW ) and getting a price quote of over 3 GRAND i decided to take on the project myself ...



i have pics of todays progress .... i dont really know how to load the images...i hope they load...
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Old 08-25-2011, 07:38 PM
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so today i pulled the engine tranny (6 speed) but im having trouble loading the images can someone help ???
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Old 08-25-2011, 07:59 PM
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You can't upload the pictures on here since this site doesn't have a storage to offer for users except for emails.
You need to sign up at photobucket.com or a similar site and then upload the pictures there. Once you upload them, each pic will have a direct link provided by the site you choose. Copy that link and then come to this site and click on the yellow icon next to the earth icon. If you hoover the mouse over it, it will say insert image. Click on that and then delete everything in the box and then paste the direct link you copied from the site where you uploaded the images on.

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Old 08-25-2011, 08:11 PM
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okay here is some pictures of todays adventure .......
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Old 08-25-2011, 08:11 PM
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Old 08-25-2011, 08:13 PM
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thanks i was able to load a few images of the engine coming out and the parts i removed ....
is this were i should post for the most views ???
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Old 08-25-2011, 08:14 PM
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bimmerpost people are much more mechanically inclined. They love threads like these and have tons of knowledge to share
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Old 08-25-2011, 08:15 PM
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Ambitious project. Good Luck. I assume you have the Bentley manual, as well as a copy of the TIS?
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Old 08-25-2011, 08:18 PM
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well the plan is to tear into the heads now that the engine is out ... im going to asess the damage and go from there.... im hoping that milled heads new gaskets and and service the vanos does the trick im a little scared about putting it all back together after i get the heads back from the machine shop ....
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Old 08-25-2011, 08:19 PM
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i do have the bentley manuals ..... but TIS ???? not sure about that im also using MItchell and ALLDATA ......
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Old 08-25-2011, 08:23 PM
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I wasnt able to take the Flywheel of today because i didnt have a TORX T60 so i wasnt able to place the engine on a engine stand ...as soon as i have the rest of the DAMM bmw special tools i will place the engine on a stand and pull the heads ... Im looking i didnt have to buy the cam timing tools im going to borrow some from a local bmw shop...ill keep posting my progress and potential problems here....THanks FOR EVEYONES REPLIES
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Old 08-25-2011, 08:29 PM
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The guys here don't seem to advice head machining much since some of the head cracks might not be detected by the shop and you will end up with a bad engine after all this work. (overheating).
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Old 08-25-2011, 09:03 PM
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T60 isn't a special tool bud.
Great that you can borrow the timing tools. That's money in your pocket big time.

While the engine is out you should look into getting the timing chain guides, tensioner, and a bit in the VANOS (the v8 guys replace when they're doing that stuff) replaced. Maybe a good time for some headers? Port and polish at least?

Keep us posted! Always cool to see a head being pulled.

TIS is the factory manual that the dealers use. Got all the torque specs, some decent instructions, some awful instructions. Available from the internets (free) or eBay.
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Old 08-26-2011, 04:44 AM
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Great work mate and good luck with your work. I hope it all goes well for you.
Here are a few links that may help you,

http://www.e38.org/M62torques.pdf
http://www.e38.org/m62tu.pdf
http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum....php?t=1450199
http://www.e38.org/fault_codes.html
http://www.e38.org/M62loc_view.pdf

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Old 08-26-2011, 04:46 AM
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The T-60 to pull the flywheel is a special tool, your standard T-60 won't work on the V8's.
The reduced shaft size is required or you won't get the head into the bolt.
I borrowed one from my local BMW dealer.
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Old 08-26-2011, 09:50 AM
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The T-60 to pull the flywheel is a special tool, your standard T-60 won't work on the V8's.
The reduced shaft size is required or you won't get the head into the bolt.
I borrowed one from my local BMW dealer.
Thanks for the info .... You have any idea how much it cost to buy the T60?
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Old 08-26-2011, 09:56 AM
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T60 isn't a special tool bud.
Great that you can borrow the timing tools. That's money in your pocket big time.

While the engine is out you should look into getting the timing chain guides, tensioner, and a bit in the VANOS (the v8 guys replace when they're doing that stuff) replaced. Maybe a good time for some headers? Port and polish at least?

Keep us posted! Always cool to see a head being pulled.

TIS is the factory manual that the dealers use. Got all the torque specs, some decent instructions, some awful instructions. Available from the internets (free) or eBay.
Well I want to stay with in some sort of budget... However if all goes well I will get the heads milled and port and polished ....if anyone here knows of a good inexpensive exhaust solution please post .... I have the whole exhaust off right now ... So I might as well look into that... I will also more then likely replace the clutch ....
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Maybe a good time for some headers? Port and polish at least?.
Mind reader!!

This is an ambitious project for sure, but with patience you should do well. Have you had the head(s) tested/inspected for cracks or are just going on a tech's assumption?
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Thanks for the info .... You have any idea how much it cost to buy the T60?
I think it's about $50.
Last fall I bought a long shaft T-60 from Snap On and went to work with it on an 8" grinder and made one if I ever need to pull the flywheel again. It was their p/n STXL60E2 and cost $10. You need to grind down the hex to make is like the BMW tool.
Granted it doesn't look as nice but 30 mins on the grinder saved me $40.

While your in there you might as well change the rear main seal. It was $20 when I did a clutch job a few years ago. Don't forget about the pilot shaft bearing...you need the clutch alignment tool too.


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Old 08-26-2011, 01:32 PM
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I just think its funny you know how to pull a motor but couldn't figure out how to put pics on the internet...lol. just busting your chops man. Nice job!
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Old 08-26-2011, 08:22 PM
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Well i havent pulled the heads yet .....im gonna take the heads to get pressure checked and inspected and milled im worried about the block i hope it is nice and level on the surface... Also i hope none of the threads on the head bolts get stripped out of the block ... Because if so im kinda screwed...
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Old 08-26-2011, 08:27 PM
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Mind reader!!

This is an ambitious project for sure, but with patience you should do well. Have you had the head(s) tested/inspected for cracks or are just going on a tech's assumption?
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I think it's about $50.
Last fall I bought a long shaft T-60 from Snap On and went to work with it on an 8" grinder and made one if I ever need to pull the flywheel again. It was their p/n STXL60E2 and cost $10. You need to grind down the hex to make is like the BMW tool.
Granted it doesn't look as nice but 30 mins on the grinder saved me $40.

While your in there you might as well change the rear main seal. It was $20 when I did a clutch job a few years ago. Don't forget about the pilot shaft bearing...you need the clutch alignment tool too.

Wow thanks man i already have a snap on source now that i got the part number from you im gonna do exactly as you did !! Thanks again
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I just think its funny you know how to pull a motor but couldn't figure out how to put pics on the internet...lol. just busting your chops man. Nice job!
ive been around cars since i was a kid my dad owns a small shop so pulling the engine was the easy part.... Fixing the problem and making it all work again is the problem .... As far as the pics go , it only took me about five minutes.... I had to use my laptop other then my ipad ...
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Exhaust .....

So what about the exhaust .....its all off right now any one here havd any suggestions before i re- assemble with the OE exhaust system....????.?
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Old 08-26-2011, 10:33 PM
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well, about the exhaust, feel free to send your cats my way if you decide to upgrade your current set up
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