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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 07-16-2014, 10:09 AM
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Has anyone done a ofhg replacement on a 03 530i

Hello everyone, I am just curious if anyone in here has done a ofhg replacement. And if it's a pain in the butt to change. Please let me know. I am in need of one and just kinda wanna see what I have in front of me. Thanks, Aaron.


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Old 07-16-2014, 10:11 AM
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Aaron, do your duty: Search the E39 links at the top of the page. Much has been written on this topic.

BTW, if you are an adept shadetree mechanic, you s/b able to decide on the job based on an inspection of the area surrounding the canister.
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Old 07-16-2014, 10:55 AM
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it's not terribly difficult, just requires patience and some experience working on the car.
follow the DIY in the links mentioned by Ed and you'll be able to accomplish it without too much cussing.
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Not difficult at all.
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Ok thanks. Yeah me and my friend are going to tackle it. Thanks for the help.


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Aluminum block, so be careful during installation.
Personally, I'd torque it with some Loctite and go down a tiny bit less than spec.

Some people have stripped the threads and have to do Timesert etc. Avoid this mistake.
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In the "while you are in there" category, consider replacing the vanos oil hose at the same time. You have to remove the lower banjo fitting of this hose from the OFGH anyway, and this rubber hose is over ten years old now. They do spontaneously begin to leak at some point. If you want to go a little further, replace all of the idler and adjuster belt pulleys while you have the belts off. At least check them. . .
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In the "while you are in there" category, consider replacing the . . .
And the CCV.
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Old 07-16-2014, 01:27 PM
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Warping of the housing is an issue at times, preventing the best gasket from sealing.

Mine leaked after the new gasket was installed.

I decided to put a bead of Permatex Ultra Black RTV around the outside of the rubber gasket, between the gasket and the outside of the housing.

It worked great, but in the future, I'll try the Elastomeric "The Right Stuff" by Permatex.

This might save you from doing the job twice like I had to. These older cars often have the warping, and form a gasket can compensate for that, saving hundreds from replacing and machining parts.

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