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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

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Old 01-26-2016, 05:41 PM
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Radiator time....

Cars been running good, so I guess it's time to give it a little attention. I've seen it steaming from behind the radiator shroud and I see coolant on the tray under the radiator area. Should be an easy swap.

Anyone have any pointers?
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Old 01-26-2016, 07:24 PM
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Cars been running good, so I guess it's time to give it a little attention. I've seen it steaming from behind the radiator shroud and I see coolant on the tray under the radiator area. Should be an easy swap.

Anyone have any pointers?
Did this on mine couple of yrs ago, pretty easy, suggest you google for a DIY write up here or ....and you're good to go.
Probably have that red stupid drain **** on your old rad and the new one will be without the drain......that's good progress!
I do recall the tricky plastic tabs on the driver side to get the fan shroud out but take it easy and it lifts out ok.
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I'd suggest you do a thorough cooling system inspection, you may already be aware of this but if not take note: cooling system components on MANY BMW models are not very robust, regular PM of the entire cooling systems components is money in the bank on these cars.
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Common problem is the temp sensor, a $25 part that begins to leak. Located just above the red radiator drain valve, plugged into a hose. Small green o ring fails on the part, and leaks slowly when under pressure.

Very quick fix -- if you're getting a slow drip above the red valve, this is the likely culprit, rather than the rad.
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I will definitely check that out first since this leak is tiny and not getting worse. Thanks.
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Also check that stupid plastic vent tube that runs under the radiator shroud and likes to develop hairline cracks and drip (especially if handled). Easy fix.
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