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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 08-20-2011, 05:53 PM
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545i oil leak! WTF is going on?

My 545i has 64k miles. I see it is leaking from the front upper side of the engine. Passenger side! What could it be? And is this an easy repair?
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Old 08-20-2011, 07:27 PM
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Valve cover gasket?

If so, stealership will likely charge $600-$700. DIY - $100ish depending on what tools you already have.
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Old 08-20-2011, 08:31 PM
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Change the seals
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Old 08-20-2011, 08:32 PM
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VCG is not a tough DIY. Is there a chance the last oil change was done without oil filter gasket replacement? That happens too and is a real easy fix.
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Old 08-21-2011, 05:06 AM
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I havnt had a leak from the engine/valve covers, yet. Another heads up, check your vacuum pump on the front passenger side of the engine. Right behind the radiator. See pic. The baseplate behind the screw in the middle of the pic may develop leak on the underside where the plate meets the rest of the pump and they said the whole thing needs to be replaced (not just a seal). Dealer quoted $700ish. My private guy got the part direct and charged me $400 for it, plus labor still cost me about $600.
I am at 52,000miles..
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Old 08-21-2011, 07:06 AM
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Thanks for the reply you guys. I think it's the seal for the vacuum pump. Anyone know if I have to drain the motor oil to replace the seal?
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Old 08-21-2011, 08:23 AM
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Working on this exact problem this weekend.

I took the vacuum pump out, only to find it was the oil sending unit ($10), threw that in and then tried to put the vacuum pump back in.

BE CAREFUL. I broke mine. Dammit. Must have had it in there just cockeyed enough when I was making my rounds on the 3 bolts torquing them in each individually, an arm snapped off. Maybe I'm an idiot.

Also it's a huge PITA to get the cam to line up when getting this thing back in.

What I would do, is try to release the oil sending unit. Get a 24 mm deep socket with an extension and throw a new $10 sensor in there. If that doesn't work, have fun playing with the vacuum pump.

I got mine for $372 shipped.
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Old 08-21-2011, 08:27 AM
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http://tis.spaghetticoder.org/s/view.pl?1/07/45/33

This should help. You'll also need a female torx socket. 7 mm I think.
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Old 08-21-2011, 09:16 AM
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I havnt had a leak from the engine/valve covers, yet. Another heads up, check your vacuum pump on the front passenger side of the engine. Right behind the radiator. See pic. The baseplate behind the screw in the middle of the pic may develop leak on the underside where the plate meets the rest of the pump and they said the whole thing needs to be replaced (not just a seal). Dealer quoted $700ish. My private guy got the part direct and charged me $400 for it, plus labor still cost me about $600.
I am at 52,000miles..
I thought there was a recall on this pump I mad mine replaced for free. I am still under cpo though



Recall Date:
OCT 01, 2010
Model Affected:
2005 BMW 5-Series
Summary:
BMW IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2004-2010 5-SERIES, 6-SERIES, AND MODEL YEAR 2002-2008 7-SERIES VEHICLES. A CHECK VALVE OF THE BRAKE VACUUM PUMP MAY LEAK A SMALL AMOUNT OF LUBRICATING OIL. OVER TIME THIS COULD RESULT IN CONTAMINATION OF THE BRAKE BOOSTER.
Consequences:
POWER ASSIST BRAKING PERFORMANCE COULD BE ADVERSELY AFFECTED. IN EXTREME CASES THERE COULD BE A COMPLETE LOSS OF POWER ASSIST BRAKING. AN UNEXPECTED REDUCTION OR LOSS IN POWER BRAKING ASSIST MAY INCREASE THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Remedy:
BMW WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND DEALERS WILL REPAIR THE VEHICLES FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON NOVEMBER 24, 2010. OWNERS MAY CONTACT BMW AT 1-800-525-7417.
Potential Units Affected:
198352
Notes:
BMW OF NORTH AMERICA, LLC


Read more: http://www.motortrend.com/cars/2005/...#ixzz1VgHJSFH2

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Old 08-21-2011, 09:18 AM
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The recall doesn't replace the pump itself. Just the brake booster hose or something.
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Old 08-23-2011, 06:59 AM
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Completed my job last night....with the new pump. Grrr.

Kalil - your best bet would be to get a 24mm deep socket and try the $10 oil sending unit. If it's dripping PUDDLES this is most likely the problem. It's a pain to get at with the vacuum pump in, but you can do it, it is directly underneath and slight towards the fender. Push in the clip to pop the connector off, throw the socket on there and take it out.

If you do need to take/replace the vacuum pump you don't need to drain the oil out, just be ready for some to spill out. I'd highly recommend you follow the TIS tip and go out and buy yourself a 27mm deep socket and crank the main bolt on the motor to get the cam slot vertical. When the pump goes back in if it is seated properly it will push in flush with the housing, with the slot vertical I had the new pump in within 5 minutes. Don't force it. I thought the screws would close the 1/16-1/8 inch gap and it cost me $400 because I didn't have the thing seated right.

Good luck!
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Old 08-24-2011, 07:44 AM
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Anyone have a part number on this?
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Old 08-24-2011, 07:51 AM
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Vacuum pump is 11667545384

For Oil pressure switch just go to a local car parts store, probably in stock.
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Old 08-24-2011, 07:53 AM
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Vacuum pump is 11667545384

For Oil pressure switch just go to a local car parts store, probably in stock.
Thanks, any write ups on this?
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Old 03-13-2012, 01:24 PM
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I would like a DIY on this pump as well, and a source for the part.
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Old 03-13-2012, 01:32 PM
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Best source I found was blunttech.com. If you call, you'll most likely speak to the owner Steve and he'll take good care of you.
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Old 03-14-2012, 07:13 AM
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Oil sending unit this AM for my e60 /545
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Old 01-28-2014, 04:15 PM
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hey guys im new to this forum and I just bought a 2004 bmw 545i M sport a few days ago the owner said the car had no problems so the next morning
noticed a big puddle of oil under the car,so I went to my bmw tech he laughed and said don't worry this is very commom for these cars to leak every seal after 30,000 kms on it.
I left the car for the day picked it up in the evening I forgot to ad that when I would let the car idle for a few mins it would let out blue smoke. after I had my tech work on it I drove it for the day and NO BLUE SMOKE OR OIL LEAKS SIBCE THEN its been about a week now,all he did was change the oil with 20-50 and added a bottle of lucas oil stabalizer
and my car runs better then it ever has,just wanted to share this with you guys that have this issue hope it helps you save thousands on repairs.
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hey guys im new to this forum and I just bought a 2004 bmw 545i M sport a few days ago the owner said the car had no problems so the next morning
noticed a big puddle of oil under the car,so I went to my bmw tech he laughed and said don't worry this is very commom for these cars to leak every seal after 30,000 kms on it.
I left the car for the day picked it up in the evening I forgot to ad that when I would let the car idle for a few mins it would let out blue smoke. after I had my tech work on it I drove it for the day and NO BLUE SMOKE OR OIL LEAKS SIBCE THEN its been about a week now,all he did was change the oil with 20-50 and added a bottle of lucas oil stabalizer
and my car runs better then it ever has,just wanted to share this with you guys that have this issue hope it helps you save thousands on repairs.
So you running a 20/50? Is it synthetic? How many miles on your car?

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Old 01-28-2014, 05:47 PM
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Finally, we have a magic fix to cure all problems!
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Darnit! I wish I hadn't unnecessarily spent thousands fixing those seals and gaskets.


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