Welcome to Bimmerfest -- The #1 Online Community for BMW related information! Please enjoy the discussion forums below and share your experiences with the 200,000 current, new and past BMW owners. The forums are broken out by car model and into other special interest sections such as BMW European Delivery and a special forum to voice your questions to the many BMW dealers on the site to assist our members!

Please follow the links below to help get you started!

Go Back   Bimmerfest - BMW Forums > BMW Model Discussions > 5 Series > E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010)

E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010)
BMW 5-Series E60 Sedan was first seen in the Unites States in the fall of 2003 with a 2004 Model Year designation. The E61 wagon followed shortly there after. The E60/E61 5 series is now available as a 528i, 528xi, 535i, 535xi, 550i and a 535xi sports wagon! -- View the E60 Wiki

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 11-23-2012, 02:50 PM
bighead2267 bighead2267 is offline
Registered User
Location: Canada
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 74
Mein Auto: E60 with a turbo
necessary tools for regular maintenance on N54 engine

I'm a newbie move from Japanese cars. needless to say, i need to replace some of the tools in order to work on the new ride.
the first different i notice is Bimmer use Torx instead of metric sockets. i'm not a pro mechanic by any means. just try to learn some simple maintenance as leisure hobbies.
Anyone can recommend what kinda of tools is a must to have in the tools box in order to work on the Bimmers(N54 if that matters). i have found first 3 (A MUST) items is oil filter wrench socket, spark plugs socket and some torx socket(what size is the most common we need to use?).
Lastly, i see they recommend use torque wrench for oil filter and spark plugs. is it necessary? i never use those on a Toyota/Lexus before so i'm confuse if that is just recommend or mandatory?

your input will be much appreciated.

Last edited by tim330i; 04-03-2013 at 06:20 AM.
Reply With Quote
Old 11-23-2012, 02:57 PM
UltimateDriving UltimateDriving is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Somewhere
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 929
Mein Auto: A Car
I'm not an expert but know a few things. . .
The torque wrench is not really necessary but it is recommended to avoid over tightening/cross threading.
Reply With Quote
Old 11-23-2012, 05:49 PM
banglenot's Avatar
banglenot banglenot is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Ft. Lauderdale and Connecticut
Join Date: Feb 2004
Posts: 3,026
Mein Auto: 2007 530
Torque wrenches are cheap, and are always a good idea on any BMW. While you don't "need" them, you'll be surprised by the variance in tightening down fasteners.

Also, things like lugnuts should be torqued to even amounts, to prevent rotor warp.

I'd recommend that anyone who take mechanics seriously use the right torque wrenches throughout.

2007 530I
2003 325XI (gone)
2004 530I (gone)
2001 530I (gone)

BMW CCA Member 10+ Years

Oft have I digg'd up dead men from their graves,
And set them upright at their dear friends' doors,
Even when their sorrows almost were forgot;
And on their skins, as on the bark of trees,
Have with my knife carved in Roman letters,
'Let not your sorrow die, though I am dead.'

Titus Andronicus, Shakespeare (Happy Halloween...)
Reply With Quote
Old 11-26-2012, 08:22 AM
bighead2267 bighead2267 is offline
Registered User
Location: Canada
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 74
Mein Auto: E60 with a turbo
how about socket type??
Reply With Quote
Old 11-26-2012, 02:52 PM
HPIA4v2 HPIA4v2 is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: washington
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 2,559
Mein Auto: E60, E71, E92
European/Japanese uses metric (mm) instead of US made cars which uses standard (fraction of inch).
Torx is usually for non-regular items, like trans fluid etc (since BMW seems to think it's lifetime).
I bought a set of tools from Costco (yeah I am cheap) and buy some impact wrench sockets made by Sunnex. never have any problem tackling DIY type repairs.
Reply With Quote

See More Related BMW Stories

Forum Navigation
Go Back   Bimmerfest - BMW Forums > BMW Model Discussions > 5 Series > E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010)
Today's Posts Search
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 06:57 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
© 2001-2015 performanceIX, Inc. All Rights Reserved .: guidelines .:. privacy .:. terms