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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 10-17-2019, 08:43 AM
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Ok so.. how i do it if im not decking the block.. (*just sending the heads)

you use 3m heavy duty scotch pad and hand clean the deck... till its clear and clear aluminum, no power tools (*takes some elbow grease)

once its clean, you blow it all off (get the stuff that fell in the cylinders out,

then you take Permatex 80697 Copper Spray

you spray the deck, and the top of the motor (dont put rags in the cylinders) what ever is on the top of the pistons will burn off instantly

you spray it pretty good... coat it well.. but not to the point where its running or liquidity or collecting

the objective is to make up for the few thousandths of variance that occur when the cylinder head is removed from the block

so spray moderately, immediately set your head gasket in place and then repeat spray again (same as the first time.. just the top of the head gasket)

let it setup for about 90 seconds or so.. and then place your head on and torque


*this has been the method that i have used (*which i was shown by a airforce guy) for dozens of motors.. I have never had to redo a head gasket or had a head gasket go bad after ive done it..

the only exception is if the block is sent out and decked.. you dont need to do any of that.. you can just mate the head to the block with the gasket only (*honeslty even with decking the block... Id do it)

This is a good 2nd step to try if I still get vapors after tightening the head bolts a bit. Anything beats having to re-pull the motor, although I shudder to think of the work required to pull the exhaust manifolds off the heads while in the engine bay..

I suppose I'll have to buy new head bolts, cam bolts and a new head gasket as well, since the bolts have been torqued to yield.

I think my 540 is gonna divorce me if I keep putting too much effort into this 545, lol
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Old 10-17-2019, 11:50 AM
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Old 11-17-2019, 07:07 AM
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my 540, laughs at the 550...
I know you don't here this a lot, but I have to admit you are one of the most knowledgeable guys here. I love to read your tips. You have jumped on me a couple times, but I am a toddler compared to the wealth of info you release so freely!
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Old 11-17-2019, 01:23 PM
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If judged by my use of the written English language: (*which i spell on like a 2nd or 3rd grade level)

i would be and often am called all sorts of words.. BUT ive learned thru life, and sometimes at the expense of others that its better to let your actions speak and let the lack of sound confuse the mind of the non intrigued

and I must admit, getting back in to karate HAs been THE SINGLE best thing ive ever done for my self:

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Old 01-13-2020, 08:03 AM
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Took a long break, but now im getting back to having time to work on my project\
I finally got around to getting actual compression figures:
Cylinder PSI
1 205
2 220
3 210
4 185
5 210
6 155!
7 190
8 205

To me, looks like the water was seeping into combustion process between cylinders 6-7, though cyl 4 doesnt look perfect either.
I tightened the head bolts located in between there (I know, shade tree ish) and was able to get the valve cover back on over the next two days (F that design)

All that remains is to reconnect the DME electronics and run the compression test again.
Wish me luck
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Old 01-28-2020, 09:31 AM
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I tightened the two bolts between the problematic cylinders (about 20-30 degrees each) and took my time with getting the PITA valve cover back into place.
I then did a series of compression tests, and all the passenger side ratings were between 177-180PSI

I finished putting it back together enough to run the motor. Initially I had the large drops of water coming from the tailpipe..which caused all sorts of expletives even though I knew it was a long shot to fix it anyway. But I noticed that repeated tests with the block tester failed to yield any change in the color of the testing liquid, in contrast to it turning yellow before I made the tightening change to the head bolts. SO i figured that was a good sign.

I let it run for 5 -10 more mins and now the tailpipe is completely dry. I was COMPLETELY stoked, as now I can move on to the numerous other things to address before I can drive the car. :-D

Next is making sure everything looks good with wiring sheathing and vacuum is completely sealed before I begin putting the bumper and other items back on the car.

This is a tremendously large learning experience. Hard not to get impatient..im just ready to DRIVE..
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Old 03-19-2020, 08:30 AM
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Seems like 1 step forward, and 3 steps back.
Ever since replacing the valve cover, I have been getting an EGS error after letting the engine run for a few minutes. This causes a "Transmission Malfunction" error to pop up.

When diagnosing with ISTA, the DME is complaining that the EGS is not responding to its calls. Again, the strange thing is that this only happens after the engine is somewhat warm. Before that the EGS responds to all checks as performed within ISTA. As far as I know the EGS is housed within the transmission itself. I checked the plug connection and it is 'clicked' in tight.

With this virus crap going on I have plenty of time to "work" from home (heh). This is the perfect opportunity to dig back in and get my year long project on the road.
Any help is greatly appreciated.
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