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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 09-10-2016, 04:14 AM
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Gurgling noise

Have a weird noise coming from the engine bay right after a cold start up.

It's not heat related, like something boiling, as it calms down after the engine warms up.

Best way to describe it, and forgive me for this, it sounds like someone smoking a bong under the hood.

I don't think my 520 is a 420 so any help would be appreciated.
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Old 09-11-2016, 06:43 AM
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Sounds like a bong ehh . It could be the cap to the expansion tank is faulty . Not holding the pressure and causing the coolant in the tank to boil . I had the same gurgling problem in the expansion tank . Car never overheated , so I installed a new cap and no more bong toking .
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^Plus 1.

Also, assuming your expansion tank is up to level, do the electronic bleed procedure. (add: your sig says E39. If that's true, do the mechanical bleed screw procedure.) Leave the cap on loosely so it doesn't splash, but enough to let the air that accumulates in the expansion tank escape. Refill if the expansion tank level drops a lot and run again.
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Old 09-11-2016, 10:17 AM
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Thanks all. I need to update my profile, I'm actually based in Ireland now and in a 2004 520I E60 (it has the M54 B22 though, so familiar turf).

I was thinking coolant, or possibly vanos noise?
Only thing is, it only happens when cold. Once the engine warms up the noise dissipates.

I have a minor oil leak, and started noticing it more when the oil got low. Not sure.

Its in need of a coolant system overhaul, which I plan on doing soon enough (thanks to the handy topic on bimmerfest of course)

Again, only way I can describe it is it sounds like a bong.

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Thanks all. I need to update my profile, I'm actually based in Ireland now and in a 2004 520I E60 (it has the M54 B22 though, so familiar turf).

I was thinking coolant, or possibly vanos noise?
Only thing is, it only happens when cold. Once the engine warms up the noise dissipates.

I have a minor oil leak, and started noticing it more when the oil got low. Not sure.

Its in need of a coolant system overhaul, which I plan on doing soon enough (thanks to the handy topic on bimmerfest of course)

Again, only way I can describe it is it sounds like a bong.
With the M54, look at e46 and e39 boards, since they used that engine. Mechanical bleed, of course.
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