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Op are you absolutely positively sure the alternator has to come off? I think the x5 v8 has the alternator bolted to the engine block and the oil gasket thing is a completely separate part and may be better accessible from below or through the wheel well

http://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/showparts?id=FE81-EUR-08-2007-E70-BMW-X5_48i&diagId=11_3990


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Yes, I am absolutely sure that N62 has the oil thermostat cover hidden under the alternator. All videos say that, here is one.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8oE4QlA-RG0&t=2s
 

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Yeah saw that one.

But given your troubles; removing a wheel and some plastic may well be worth the try.


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Yeah saw that one.

But given your troubles; removing a wheel and some plastic may well be worth the try.


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Well, what I did I drained the oil sitting the truck on the ramps. It is very difficult for me now to remove the left ramp and put the vehicle on the stand to remove the tire. Besides, I still can't see any access to the alternator from the wheel side yet. It sits right against the frame. Not the plastic cover
 

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I see. Never had to do this job myself.


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Never have I. But we are living through economy crisis with aging vehicles. I just replaced vacuum pump gaskets for $26, whereas the BMW mechanics would charge me $900
 

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Home / BMW E70 X5 4.8i SAV / Repair Manuals and Technical Data / 12 Engine electrical system / 12 31 Alternator with Drive and Mounting Parts / 12 31 020
Removing and installing or replacing alternator (N62)

https://www.newtis.info/tisv2/a/en/e70-x5-4.8i-sav/repair-manuals/12-engine-electrical-system/12-31-alternator-with-drive-mounting-parts/GUMKp5R
Doug,

Thank you and others for helping me out with alternator the other day. I removed it, now the thermostat gasket thing... I am too new to the 'fest, so I can't figure out how to find here one probably simple answer to my very simple question: were is the camshaft position sensor is (are) for N62 BMW x5 4.8i E70 engine? One thing if you can advise how to search the database, and the other - if you have an answer to my technical question.
 

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Doug,

Thank you and others for helping me out with alternator the other day. I removed it, now the thermostat gasket thing... I am too new to the 'fest, so I can't figure out how to find here one probably simple answer to my very simple question: were is the camshaft position sensor is (are) for N62 BMW x5 4.8i E70 engine? One thing if you can advise how to search the database, and the other - if you have an answer to my technical question.
Camshaft sensors (2 each bank, exhaust and intake) are under the valve cover towards the end near cylinder 4 and 8. Their connectors go through the valve cover.

Doug may extend my answer here for the search, but here is my method:

Start from here: https://www.newtis.info/tisv2/a/en/e70-x5-4.8i-sav/
I either walk though the categories or I use the search function on the right. Get's better once you gain experience there.
My other source is http://www.realoem.com where I search for the part number. Then I put this part number in google and search for images.

Example for the cps sensors:

search on NewTis https://www.newtis.info/tisv2/a/en/e70-x5-4.8i-sav/search?q=camshaft+sensor
here I click on "Wiring Diagram (SSP) Intake camshaft" Wiring Diagram (SSP) Intake camshaft
On the wiring diagram I click on the blue label of the part: B62241 NewTis link for B62241 and this brings me to related links. First one is "Installation location" Installation location B62241


As for how the part looks like (realoem became very slow recently): Realoem
search for camshaft: Camshaft

then put it in google and search for images: Google search for cps
 

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Most alternators have a split bushing inside the lower rear hole that moves inwards towards the bracket when you tighten the bolt. Sometimes they are difficult. You have to get a screwdriver or pry bar between the alternator and the bracket and pry upwards.
 

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Most alternators have a split bushing inside the lower rear hole that moves inwards towards the bracket when you tighten the bolt. Sometimes they are difficult. You have to get a screwdriver or pry bar between the alternator and the bracket and pry upwards.
Thank you, I had noticed that on both a drawing and then somewhere where they talk about pushing that bushing back into the back hole of the fork (bracket) before re-installing the alternator. I was able to create a better gap using a 10 inch pry bar. A gap of 1 mm or so lets it sled out quite nicely.

Bottom line is: thank to you all, the alternator has been removed, washed and prepared for re-installation. Problem's solved!
 
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