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Need VCG Shopping List for ’01 540i

Discussion in 'E39 (1997-2003)' started by AngryE39, Nov 13, 2011.

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    AngryE39

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    So my slight oil leak (and intermittent stink) is/are seeping valve cover gaskets. It will be DIY this time.
    I would appreciate it if anyone has the shopping list for this job. I am looking for the list of all of the parts I need to order to do the valve cover gasket replacement.
    Thanks for any help.
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    MGarrison

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    All of the below might well be of interest: Much of it is 740's, but pretty much the same engine - note that I'm no BMW V8 expert, this is all stuff I dug up to research issues w/ the V8's (my mom has a '97 740il, thus the interest). I haven't attempted any of these maintenance tasks, but - consider what all else you might need to address if getting into a major disassembly job there - would be silly to have to take a whole bunch of stuff apart again to get back to something you could have dealt with easily while doing what needs doing now.

    If you're around 100k, there are any variety of things that are likely needed, or impending; your radiator and expansion tank are very likely on borrowed time (replacing the fan blade ended up w/ the radiator neck cracking just from a light bump, on my mom's car earlier this year). The plastic fan blades have been known to grenade (possibly due to a locked up fan clutch) - new fan clutch ain't a bad idea by 100k, and a new fan blade will be much cheaper than the damage to the hood and cooling system from a grenaded fan blade. Any number of mentions of the OSV below, it's lifespan, etc, plus various difficult-to-access hoses/pipes/belts, etc.

    If it seems like a lot to read, keep in mind that reading up on all that is just a fraction of the time it takes to replace valve cover & valley pan gaskets, much less having to re-do some part of that job.

    http://home.comcast.net/~vicent/osve38.html
    http://www.bimmerboard.com/forums/posts/49387
    http://www.magnum1.com/BMW-740/740_Pages/Maintenance-Pages/Rear-Manifold-Cover-740.html
    http://www.bimmerboard.com/forums/posts/264840
    http://www.cardomain.com/ride/205279/1998-bmw-7-series/page-16
    http://www.bimmerboard.com/forums/posts/344734
    http://www.bimmerboard.com/forums/posts/121268
    http://www.bimmerboard.com/forums/posts/793672
    http://www.bimmerboard.com/forums/posts/439586
    http://www.bimmerboard.com/forums/posts/233246
    http://www.bimmerboard.com/forums/posts/124059
    http://www.bimmerboard.com/forums/posts/124310
    http://www.bimmerboard.com/forums/posts/124355
    http://www.cardomain.com/ride/205279/1998-bmw-7-series/page-16
    http://www.cardomain.com/ride/240317/1996-bmw-7-series/page-5
    http://www.bimmerboard.com/forums/posts/11919
    http://www.bimmerboard.com/forums/posts/816587
    http://www.bimmerboard.com/forums/posts/607468
    http://www.bimmerboard.com/forums/posts/552039
    http://forum.roadfly.com/threads/5284090
    http://www.bimmerboard.com/forums/posts/410780
    http://www.magnum1.com/BMW-740/740_Pages/Maintenance-Pages/Valley-Pan-740.html
    http://www.magnum1.com/BMW-740/740_Pages/Maintenance-Pages/Valve-Cover-Gaskets-740.html
    http://www.magnum1.com/BMW-740/740_Pages/Maintenance-Pages/Oil-Change_Gasket_Oil-Pump-Bolts-740.html
    http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1441379

    Some more info about the fan blade issue - you can decide for yourself if you want to spring for any of the Zionsville items - pricey, but appear to be a solution, vs. having to perpetually replace BMW OEM parts every 100k (might depend on your plans for the car, long-term)
    http://www.zionsvilleautosport.com/store/screen/prod/store_code/6134/product_code/E39SDCKII.htm
    http://www.zionsvilleautosport.com/store/screen/ctgy/store_code/6134/category_code/CCSE39.htm

    If you keep googling, you may well find further info -

    Might be worth asking Mike Miller if the earlier V8's are more likely to experience any of the "typical" issues vs. the later ones. I wonder, for instance, if V8's from '97 on, have as much a problem with the oil-pump bolts loosening over time as, apparently, earlier ones.

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