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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 11-11-2012, 10:42 AM
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Engine Block Coolant Drain Plug on 550 V8 (N62)?

Does anyone know where the engine block coolant drain plug is located on the V8 N62 engine? Any photos?

I have the Bentley manual, which shows a picture of where the plug is on the 6-cylinder engine, but only says "the plug is on the left side of the V8," with no picture or description of *where*.

I spent an hour and a half yesterday crawling all over the car trying to locate a plug, with no success. Searches on Bimmerfest, 5Post, Bimmerforums, and Google were fruitless. Very frustrating.

I was trying to replace the coolant, but I was only able to collect 1.5 gallons out of the almost 3.75 gallon system capacity.

Any ideas?
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Old 10-13-2013, 10:26 AM
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Hope this helps.

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It is located under the exhaust manifold driver side. It I really pain to get there as the area is so tight. I had my fender liner removed when I drained the coolant from engine block and still had to struggle to get that bolt out and put in. Use the flash light to locate it. You will need different joints and extensions to work but be careful not to strip the engine block Thread when you put that bolt back or you gonna get in big trouble. Start the thread by hand the tighten it around 18 ft lb. You also gonna need to use new washer. I think that helps
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Old 10-14-2013, 08:55 AM
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Awesome! Thanks for the info!!
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Old 10-14-2013, 09:13 AM
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Awesome! Thanks for the info!!
Its really tight in there. I found the easiest way to get the plug back in is to loosen off (don't remove) the subframe bolts on the drivers side. Gives you just enough room to fit your hand in there.
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Old 08-26-2014, 03:54 PM
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I removed both the splash shield and reinforcement plate. But I can't still find the Engine drain plug. Where is it exactly located? Many thanks.
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Old 08-26-2014, 04:16 PM
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I removed both the splash shield and reinforcement plate. But I can't still find the Engine drain plug. Where is it exactly located? Many thanks.
Here are some pics of the driver side . I suggest to pic up an xtra bolt with the washer before hand . I dropped it several times , and finding the washer as it falls off the bolt when it drops , it is as much of a pain as to get the bolt back on there .

I tried to just loosen it as 545 mike suggested but went 1/2 turn to much and dropped the bolt . So getting it back on is a Mother Effer .. After 3 hours of trying I cut a piece of hose and stuck it on the bolt to get a little xtra reach and still could not get it on there . My hands and forearms were just too fat ! So went and got my friend across the street a really skinny guy with skinny skeletor arms .. Took him 15 minutes with the hose extender to get the bolt started ..

Margals suggestion is great advice.. Make sure the bolt is in all the way by hand or at least half way in , before you tighten it with the ratchet ..

One more thing that will help ,, once i got smart after dropping the bolt a couple times and the washer falling off the bolt . I got a little gasket sealer on one side and put it on the washer and it stuck the washer on the bolt . It worked like a charm man . Cause the washer sticks on the bolt when you drop it and will save you a ton of time having to look for it if it slips off the bolt ..
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I used a 1/4" drive swivel socket with long 1/4" extension a 1/4 to 3/8 adaptor, and a long 3/extension. I put a little tape around were it swivels to stiffen it up. Took about 10 min to get it started. It's very tight and needs a little angle to get it started.

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@HF, Thank you. I took the picture and just wanted to confirm I 'm looking at the same location. I took the picture from driver side. May be I took it from the different angle so it looks little bit different from yours. Great work.
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Old 08-26-2014, 08:33 PM
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@HF, Thank you. I took the picture and just wanted to confirm I 'm looking at the same location. I took the picture from driver side. May be I took it from the different angle so it looks little bit different from yours. Great work.
Your getting close .. You have to get a zip tie and move the hydraulic hose to the left and tie it to the strut to keep it out of the way .
The passenger side drain bolt is easier to locate because the steering rack is not in the way . If you look on that side the bolt is just behind the ac compressor by the 4 to one downturn on the manifold .
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Old 08-27-2014, 07:06 AM
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I need to do this for my N62 on the 545i, I assume its the same place?
not looking forward to this...
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Old 08-27-2014, 07:55 AM
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Yes it's the same. Remove the lower fender liner behind the wheel. Then from the backside look up and to the left. Its kinda behind the exhaust.

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Your getting close .. You have to get a zip tie and move the hydraulic hose to the left and tie it to the strut to keep it out of the way .
Hi, What is the year, model of BMW in your picture? My 550i 2008. I see another empty bolt hole in your picture next to the drain plug. In my case I only see one and not so sure I'm looking the same as yours. Do you need to remove reinforcement plate too? Thanks.
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Yes it's the same. Remove the lower fender liner behind the wheel. Then from the backside look up and to the left. Its kinda behind the exhaust.

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@fatfish, So it does not even requires to remove the splash shields at the bottom? Thanks,
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Old 08-27-2014, 12:50 PM
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Hi, What is the year, model of BMW in your picture? My 550i 2008. I see another empty bolt hole in your picture next to the drain plug. In my case I only see one and not so sure I'm looking the same as yours. Do you need to remove reinforcement plate too? Thanks.
05 545 .. Ya there is a dummy hole in the block .. You have take out the plastic shield that the tie rod goes thru .. Then zip tie the hydraulic hoses to the left and get them out of the way , so you can get a straight shot at it .
The exhaust manifold goes from four exhaust ports to one. The bolt is Just behind that point in the block .
You don't have to remove the bottom sheer plate ,, unless u drop the bolts or scocket . Cause if your lucky the bolt will fall on the sheer plate . I had to remove it cause I dropped the bolt and washer ..
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05 545 .. Ya there is a dummy hole in the block .. You have take out the plastic shield that the tie rod goes thru .. Then zip tie the hydraulic hoses to the left and get them out of the way , so you can get a straight shot at it .
The exhaust manifold goes from four exhaust ports to one. The bolt is Just behind that point in the block .
You don't have to remove the bottom sheer plate ,, unless u drop the bolts or scocket . Cause if your lucky the bolt will fall on the sheer plate . I had to remove it cause I dropped the bolt and washer ..
Ok. Thanks. I think that explains why I have a different look.
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It is located under the exhaust manifold driver side. It I really pain to get there as the area is so tight. I had my fender liner removed when I drained the coolant from engine block and still had to struggle to get that bolt out and put in. Use the flash light to locate it. You will need different joints and extensions to work but be careful not to strip the engine block Thread when you put that bolt back or you gonna get in big trouble. Start the thread by hand the tighten it around 18 ft lb. You also gonna need to use new washer. I think that helps
Hi, Is this for 550i V8 model? Bentley manuals says to remove splash shields, which I tried and can't see to find it anywhere. Removing the fender liner would work? Thanks,
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It is located under the exhaust manifold driver side. It I really pain to get there as the area is so tight. I had my fender liner removed when I drained the coolant from engine block and still had to struggle to get that bolt out and put in. Use the flash light to locate it. You will need different joints and extensions to work but be careful not to strip the engine block Thread when you put that bolt back or you gonna get in big trouble. Start the thread by hand the tighten it around 18 ft lb. You also gonna need to use new washer. I think that helps
Hi, Is this for 550i V8 model? Bentley manuals says to remove splash shields, which I tried and can't see to find it anywhere. Removing the fender liner would work? Thanks,
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