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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 08-27-2013, 11:47 AM
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Request for Secondary Air Guide Tube from AGA has been submitted.
I will let you know what happens.
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Old 08-27-2013, 12:11 PM
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Request for Secondary Air Guide Tube from AGA has been submitted.
I will let you know what happens.
Awesome! Otherwise I'm going to have to rig up something on my own!
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Old 08-29-2013, 07:59 AM
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No idea what size but take a look @ BRM Flex-hone & their brushes w 36" extension.
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Old 08-29-2013, 08:00 AM
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I found this.. looks pretty dang close to me (might need to be longer, still trying to figure that out)

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Old 08-29-2013, 09:28 AM
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Very close but a 410 Barrel may be a tad small for this application.
Thinking that you need 30" inches at least.
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Old 08-29-2013, 10:13 AM
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Yeah, I agree.. I'll keep looking. I'll probably get an assortment of brushes to work with.. would be pretty sucky to get it apart and not have a brush that would work
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Old 08-29-2013, 10:17 AM
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Can you tell us who had that excellent price on a new Valeo?

The people selling it on EBay have it for $10.00 less on their site. $292ish.
BuyAutoParts.com
That 292 for a new 180amp Valeo is the best that I have seen. But, I would go for their Remanufactured Valeo.

For me in the spring I went with a lifetime warranty Duralast reman Valeo. But it is just reman'd by a facility out of TN. at least this one was. The first came in with a broken connector due to shipping damage the second was good. It had a new regulator installed and new bearings for 170.00. Its lifetime so should it fail I'll just get another. Its been doing fine and was in like new condition.
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Old 08-29-2013, 10:43 AM
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Not really an "issue" or "repair", but I added new angel eye bulbs a day or two ago--looks quite a bit better now for sure (and one was burnt out so I was getting errors..)

I bought these:

http://www.umnitza.com/umnitza-ice-v...wl-p-5863.html

I tried to take some pictures but they didn't come out good. They are bright enough to see in day light (probably not on a super sunny day honestly unless you're looking for them though). Looks a LOT better than before though.

They look a little green in the pics but don't at all in person. Next up is restoring my headlights..
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Old 09-18-2013, 08:13 PM
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Angle eyes came out pretty good I think

Reflection at Subway..


Here they are on a fairly bright day, still noticeable IMO


And right after I had clayed/corrected/sealed the paint on the hood and washed the whole car. That hood is SLICK! Not bad for 207K miles

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Old 09-19-2013, 09:12 AM
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Looks good schpenxel!!
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Old 09-19-2013, 09:26 AM
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Thanks!

Now who wants to sell me a decent cheapo honda to drive while I dismantle this thing?
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Old 09-27-2013, 06:20 PM
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Just to keep the log up to date:

Head gasket blew last weekend after trying to clean secondary air ports. 207K miles. Going to try to start pulling it apart this weekend to confirm what is wrong
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Old 10-03-2013, 04:19 PM
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Update: #2 cylinder was cracked, ~207K miles

Replacement long block ordered
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Old 10-06-2013, 05:33 PM
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Wow. You are really not giving me any hope in keeping my car. I don't have time to rebuild an engine. How in the world did this happen?
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Old 10-06-2013, 05:38 PM
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I have a few theories

Theory 1: Solvents from cleaning the secondary air system caused the head gasket to fail. Failed head gasket lead to water going in and out of cylinder which cracked cylinder somehow

Theory 2: All the carbon crap that came loose from cleaning the secondary air system ended up in the combustion chamber and basically had nowhere to go, and ultimately cracked the cylinder

No idea if either is correct--but ultimately I am confident this wouldn't have happened if I hadn't messed with it. I am going to tear the engine down after I get it out and take as many measurements as I can to see how much wear there is--I would bet not much at all
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Old 10-06-2013, 05:47 PM
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I forgot the member's name/handle, but there is a guy on here that just rebuilt a 545 engine. He could probably assist if you run into any issue, although you sound like you know what you are getting into. I know I saved a couple of his emails for reference. Seems like he had some really worn out bearings and ended up replacing the crank. You starting another post for that teardown? I want to follow that one if you do.
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Old 10-06-2013, 05:52 PM
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Saved his thread already. Got a few of his pictures to help with pulling the engine out. Do you have his email address by any chance??

I PM'd him about the timing tools he made but never did hear back. Was hoping to buy a set from him instead of having to pay $180 for a set off amazon

I'm torn between changing all the timing chain guides while I have the new (used) long block out, which would mean pulling the lower timing cover and having to set the cam timing back up vs. just changing the valve seals, upper timing cover gaskets and valve cover gaskets and calling it a day. Decisions decisions
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Old 10-06-2013, 05:53 PM
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I forgot the member's name/handle, but there is a guy on here that just rebuilt a 545 engine. He could probably assist if you run into any issue, although you sound like you know what you are getting into. I know I saved a couple of his emails for reference. Seems like he had some really worn out bearings and ended up replacing the crank. You starting another post for that teardown? I want to follow that one if you do.
Yeah I'll do a engine removal/installation thread and another for tearing down the old engine too most likely
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Old 10-25-2013, 08:22 AM
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Update, as I'm trying to keep up with cost / mileages for the issues

9/21/2013: 207K miles - new secondary air valves, air pump filter and piping. Cleaning secondary air ports with AGA pipe and replaced common failure parts, ~$300 in parts. http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=719866 link to thread



9/22/2013: 207K miles - #2 cylinder cracked, used long block ordered. So far, $500 for used long block, $199 for shipping, $256 for replacement parts (gaskets) ordered thus far, another ~$800 planned. All gaskets, timing chain guides/tensioners and seals to be replaced on replacement engine prior to install. Valve guides to be checked by machine shop, heads to be looked over, etc.. Estimate thus far $1,755 for parts alone. Machine work will be in addition. May replace torque converter while it's accessible. If so, another $350 for a rebuilt unit.

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=723796 link to thread

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Old 10-25-2013, 08:48 AM
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Glad to see you decided to update all the timing gear parts - my thoughts are that anything with plastic should be replaced, anything metal should be ok since you had no issues with the timing per se. Just MHO, of course, that and $10.00 will get you coffee at Starbucks...
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Old 10-25-2013, 08:51 AM
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Glad to see you decided to update all the timing gear parts - my thoughts are that anything with plastic should be replaced, anything metal should be ok since you had no issues with the timing per se. Just MHO, of course, that and $10.00 will get you coffee at Starbucks...
I was originally thinking of just replacing the valve seals, maybe the oil pan seals and valve cover seals and call it a day.. but the more I think about it the more I don't want to do this again. With all of these parts replaced, it should be in good shape to last a while. Only thing left used in the timing section would be the timing chains, and I haven't found any threads on those failing

I am also going to move my URO coolant crossover pipe over from the old engine to the new--I trust that more than the original BMW one at this point
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Old 10-25-2013, 08:52 AM
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I have a few theories

Theory 1: Solvents from cleaning the secondary air system caused the head gasket to fail. Failed head gasket lead to water going in and out of cylinder which cracked cylinder somehow

Theory 2: All the carbon crap that came loose from cleaning the secondary air system ended up in the combustion chamber and basically had nowhere to go, and ultimately cracked the cylinder

No idea if either is correct--but ultimately I am confident this wouldn't have happened if I hadn't messed with it. I am going to tear the engine down after I get it out and take as many measurements as I can to see how much wear there is--I would bet not much at all
You violated rule #1 - if it ain't broke, don't fix it!! I tend to break that rule a lot too...Good thing you have the know-how and questionable sanity to take on these jobs yourself!
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Old 10-25-2013, 08:55 AM
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You violated rule #1 - if it ain't broke, don't fix it!! I tend to break that rule a lot too...Good thing you have the know-how and questionable sanity to take on these jobs yourself!
Welll, it WAS, KIND of broke--had an error code for SAS system. However, when I pulled the intake off I found one of the pipes running from the air pump to the SAS system was not connected totally. When I turned the pump on in INPA you could hear it had a huge leak..

So, I should have just replaced that pipe and put it back together and called it a day. Too late now!

Questionable sanity is right after I started adding up all these parts.. It may be more like $2.5K before it's all said and done
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Old 11-21-2013, 01:34 PM
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Not really an "issue" or "repair", but I added new angel eye bulbs a day or two ago--looks quite a bit better now for sure (and one was burnt out so I was getting errors..)

I bought these:

http://www.umnitza.com/umnitza-ice-v...wl-p-5863.html

I tried to take some pictures but they didn't come out good. They are bright enough to see in day light (probably not on a super sunny day honestly unless you're looking for them though). Looks a LOT better than before though.

They look a little green in the pics but don't at all in person. Next up is restoring my headlights..
I bought and installed the Angel Eyes as well. BIG difference!

I got em on ebay for $20 from china....
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Old 11-21-2013, 02:15 PM
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I bought and installed the Angel Eyes as well. BIG difference!

I got em on ebay for $20 from china....
Welllll crap. I guess I got taken for a ride then

Can you post the link or how to find ones that match these?
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