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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 11-23-2012, 02:50 PM
bighead2267 bighead2267 is offline
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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.

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Old 11-23-2012, 02:57 PM
UltimateDriving UltimateDriving is offline
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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.
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Old 11-23-2012, 05:49 PM
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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.
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Old 11-26-2012, 08:22 AM
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how about socket type??
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Old 11-26-2012, 02:52 PM
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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.
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