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

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Old 01-18-2012, 08:40 PM
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Oil Filter Housing Gasket Leak

Dealer performed routine service today and mentioned that the oil filter housing gasket is leaking, but nothing catastrophic at this point but needs to be addressed. Estimated price is $575. Why so expensive for a gasket or is the complete housing being replaced? Any help is appreciated.
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Old 01-18-2012, 09:01 PM
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Book time to replace it is 3 hours and technicially you are supposed to remove the intake manifold to do it, so when you figure in parts and labor and tax you get what they quoted you......however this is an extremely easy job to do as long as you have the tools and takes no longer than 15 minutes...I do alot of them.
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Old 01-19-2012, 08:50 PM
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Thank you. Are there any specail tools required? Is there a WSM that describes the removal & reassembly procedure including torque specifications? What type of gasket is it an "O" ring seal? You mentioned that it can be done without removing the intake manifold, why would BMW recommend removal of the intake manifold? I have never looked at the engine or done any service myself, as it is my wifes car and has been in warranty, however warranty period is over. It is a 2007 model.
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Old 01-19-2012, 09:07 PM
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Isn't that for the older engines?? The N52 has a smaller housing on it and only 3 bolts...if memory serves me correctly, that secure it to the engine.
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Old 01-20-2012, 08:39 AM
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^^^ He did not say what he had in the original posting so I just assumed he had an 04 or early 05 with M54. Looking at it now his latest post said 2007. That should give him an idea what's involved...
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Old 01-20-2012, 08:54 AM
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Thank you. Yes its a 2007 525i. So the instructions sent are applicable to that model? Did anyone on this forum document a step by step procedure with pictures? We do that on another car site and it works real well.
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Old 01-20-2012, 09:00 AM
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On the '07 you need to figure out what really is leaking as there 2 sets of gaskets that can cause issues: oil heat exhanger and the mounting flange.

http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...53&hg=11&fg=30
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Old 01-20-2012, 02:26 PM
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Thank you much. That drawing helped a lot. There seems to be very little oil. I took a few pictures. What is removal procedure for the plastic heat exchanger cover?
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Old 01-20-2012, 02:53 PM
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Thank you much. That drawing helped a lot. There seems to be very little oil. I took a few pictures. What is removal procedure for the plastic heat exchanger cover?
just pull it out towards the front of the car.
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Old 01-20-2012, 05:47 PM
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That oil appears residual and not fresh at all, maybe from a careless filter change process? If this was my car, I would get some degreaser and clean that area real nice and clean, give that oil cap a 1/8 of a turn. Then monitor a few days where the source of the "leak" is, if any. It is possible that you may not even have a leak... pay particular attention to the oil cap gasket.
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Old 01-21-2012, 12:28 PM
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Thank you. Thats what I thought too, careless oil filter change. My plan is to clean area today. Will brake parts cleaner work or will it damage the rubber components and gaskets?
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Old 01-21-2012, 03:00 PM
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Brake parts cleaner will work; spray on cold engine.
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Old 01-22-2012, 08:26 PM
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I cleaned off the oil from the oil filter housing and then drove the car for about 10 miles. No visible signs of any oil leaking. I'll check again in a few days. If its leaking, then it must be very slow, or as Nube1kenobi mentioned, it could be result of sloppy oil change.
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I had the leak coming from the oil/water heat exchanger and got quoted the same price by the dealer for the repair. I bought the gasket for $14 or so from Turner and made the swap right before the oil change. It made a mess because a sizable amount of oil and water come out when removing the cooler but it didn't take long at all. Make sure that you make the swap before the oil change so any water in the oil can drain out.

Also, a deep socket inverted Torx socket can be hard to come by but a 12 point 5/8 box-end wrench or 12 point deep socket fits perfect and will not damage the head.
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Old 01-23-2012, 06:35 AM
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Also, a deep socket inverted Torx socket can be hard to come by but a 12 point 5/8 box-end wrench or 12 point deep socket fits perfect and will not damage the head.
Actually an 8mm 12 point is a poerfect fit if you don't have the torx.
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Old 02-11-2012, 04:42 PM
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n54 oil filter housing repair

Does anyone have the procedures to replace the oil filter housing gaskets on 2008 535i (N54 Engine)? Dealer wants $850.
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Old 03-26-2012, 10:38 PM
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Oil filter housing gasket E90

I changed my oil filter housing gasket on my 06' 325i. I only had to remove the upper radiator house and three bolts. I almost had to remove the intake manifold, but realized that I could get to that bolt with a ratcheting closed ended wrench. A regular wrench slipped, but then I found the ratcheting one. The gasket itself was in terrible condition, and no longer stuck out of the grove.
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Figure it out that I have leaking on both. Oil Filter Housing and oil cooler. Question: Do I have to drain the coolant to replace an oil filter housing gasket? is there only 3 bolts or more?
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Old 12-28-2013, 10:10 PM
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Figure it out that I have leaking on both. Oil Filter Housing and oil cooler. Question: Do I have to drain the coolant to replace an oil filter housing gasket? is there only 3 bolts or more?
If it is an E90, then it is only 3 bolts. One of them is hard to get to due to the intake manifold, I used a ratcheting wrench. I only drained the upper radiator hose by removing it with a 2-litre that was cut in half underneath to catch most of the fluid. (sounds ghetto but worked great)
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Figure it out that I have leaking on both. Oil Filter Housing and oil cooler. Question: Do I have to drain the coolant to replace an oil filter housing gasket? is there only 3 bolts or more?
Hi,

I have a 2006 525xi with about 68K miles on it... I got my oil change done from my dealer back on 5/17/2014... During inspection they found little bit of oil under the hood... Here is what they wrote...

RECOMMENDED SERVICES:

OIL LEAKING AT MULTIPLE LOCATIONS
OIL FILTER HOUSING AND COOLER RESEAL - $535 + TAX
VALVE COVER RESEAL - $705 + TAX
AIR FILTER DIRTY - $67 + TAX

When I asked them about the severity of the problem they said it is NOT a big problem and can wait... I had to go outside of country beginning of June for 6 weeks... Since I came back I didn't get any chance to attend this... Meantime, I started smelling slight smell of burning when I turn my AC on (especially after a cold start)... I do NOT know whether this could be related or not

What do you guys suggest? Do you have step by step instructions to fix this for my car? I never attempted to do anything of this magnitude before... Should I start with just cleaning it up and keeping eyes on it... If so, how?

Your help is highly appreciated.

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Hey.
I had some oil sitting on the top of the oil filter mounting. I though it was coming out from the oil cooler gasket or somewhere there. Despite my thoughts I grab the oil wrench and have tighten the oil cap. The leak has stopped!!

Start your job from tightening the oil cap first then see if it helps. It helped me!!
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Old 10-03-2014, 12:05 PM
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Hey.
I had some oil sitting on the top of the oil filter mounting. I though it was coming out from the oil cooler gasket or somewhere there. Despite my thoughts I grab the oil wrench and have tighten the oil cap. The leak has stopped!!

Start your job from tightening the oil cap first then see if it helps. It helped me!!
Hmm... I tried to feel it with hand but it seems the cap is very tight... I'm sharing some pictures that I have taken yesterday morning for you to take a look...
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Check out YouTube...

I found this video on an oil filter housing on a 6 cylinder N52 engine.
Specifically a 2006 530i
In the first video...He worked with the oil filter housing attached to the radiator hose.
The radiator hose is very easy to remove ..using a screwdriver raise the U shaped clip and pull off the hose.
He would have then had the entire housing in his hand.
It would then have been easier to move to a work area unencumbered from working under the hood, to remove the old gaskets, clean the assembly and install the new gaskets.
Then he could re-install the filter housing to engine, the cooler to the filter housing and the last thing to do (with the release clip pushed back onto the plastic radiator hose mount) is just push on the radiator hose until it clicks into place.
He's right though that if your going to do this, you might as well replace the cooler (if you have one) to oil filter housing gasket at the same time.



In the video below he uses scotch brite pad to clean the surfaces and I'm sure that's fine, but if it was me I would stuff something into the holes.
I clean parts with a scotch brite pad in a 5 gallon bucket and you would be surprised at the amount of scotch brite dust that is in the bottom of the pail when I empty it.
As you run a pad back and forth over those holes part of the pad (like a dust) will go inside. Just an FYI.




E46 Oil Filter housing tricks and tips....



A 2004 E46 330i


This video is for a car that I do not know (looks like an 8 Cylinder) and I can't speak his language but I think that you will get what he is doing.
I like the cardboard idea for the bolts.



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