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Ahh, my first E39 ownership roadside breakdown.

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Really busy day lined up yesterday with three photoshoots in the bag.

 

Ten miles into the day, and there's a bloody awful clattering coming from the front of the car. Didn't like the sound of it at all, so pulled over. It was the fan, but it looked ok, despite the awful noise. Engine off, call the AA. Call the office to start rescheduling the day's work.

 

Mechanic rocked up an hour after the breakdown call, and confirmed my doubts this was not a roadside fix, so we arranged a flatbed to get to my local garage.

 

Got a courtesy car from them, so was able to at least do one of that day's jobs.

 

Anyway, the garage called today. The water pump had exploded, screwing up the pulleys too. Possible fan damage. Thank God I wasn't listening to any loud music that morning, and avoided any overheating.

 

Am waiting for a quote to repair that lot. Buggeration. That's the last thing I needed this month.

 

On the plus side, at least they'll be able to incorporate getting the oil filter off to change the leaky gasket at the same time, so that's not a job on it's own..

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Bad luck, but could have been worse I guess. The water pump’s the only part of the cooling system that’s not been replaced in my 9 years of ownership as it seems fine but have been wondering if it’s time to do it as PM for peace of mind!

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26 minutes ago, BarryM said:

Bad luck, but could have been worse I guess. The water pump’s the only part of the cooling system that’s not been replaced in my 9 years of ownership as it seems fine but have been wondering if it’s time to do it as PM for peace of mind!

 

For £25 for the Meyle pump and £30 for new belts, get it done... 

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34 minutes ago, Nick E said:

Really busy day lined up yesterday with three photoshoots in the bag.

 

Ten miles into the day, and there's a bloody awful clattering coming from the front of the car. Didn't like the sound of it at all, so pulled over. It was the fan, but it looked ok, despite the awful noise. Engine off, call the AA. Call the office to start rescheduling the day's work.

 

Mechanic rocked up an hour after the breakdown call, and confirmed my doubts this was not a roadside fix, so we arranged a flatbed to get to my local garage.

 

Got a courtesy car from them, so was able to at least do one of that day's jobs.

 

Anyway, the garage called today. The water pump had exploded, screwing up the pulleys too. Possible fan damage. Thank God I wasn't listening to any loud music that morning, and avoided any overheating.

 

Am waiting for a quote to repair that lot. Buggeration. That's the last thing I needed this month.

 

On the plus side, at least they'll be able to incorporate getting the oil filter off to change the leaky gasket at the same time, so that's not a job on it's own..

 

Bloody hell, sorry to hear that Nick. 

 

Unless your garage have to supply the parts, make sure they don't use cheap weird branded parts from whoever they get parts from. 

 

OEM BMW will be very expensive FYI 

 

If you're able to source your own parts, look at the recent thread a few down from this re the cooling system parts 

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5 minutes ago, d_a_n1979 said:

 

Bloody hell, sorry to hear that Nick. 

 

Unless your garage have to supply the parts, make sure they don't use cheap weird branded parts from whoever they get parts from. 

 

OEM BMW will be very expensive FYI 

 

If you're able to source your own parts, look at the recent thread a few down from this re the cooling system parts 

 

Cheers Dan.

 

I'll trust them on this one. I know they won't go for genuine BMW, but they're a good enough garage to not go cheap. They specialise in BMW/Mercs, so have good parts suppliers. I've been very happy with them so far.

 

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4 hours ago, Seweryn528 said:

Glad you didn’t overheat. Was the pump original? 

 

No idea.. would need to check the receipts.

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Forgot to add, the garage told me I have to stop putting off getting my front brake pads changed. I'm down to less than 2mm. And the front tyres need replacing. 

 

Could have had just as much of a problem with a Fiesta or a Clio, I keep justifying to myself...

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47 minutes ago, Nick E said:

Forgot to add, the garage told me I have to stop putting off getting my front brake pads changed. I'm down to less than 2mm. And the front tyres need replacing. 

 

Could have had just as much of a problem with a Fiesta or a Clio, I keep justifying to myself...

 

Haha; gerr'em done ;) 

 

Pads aren't expensive at all and as for tyres, stick with Nexen N'Fera SU1s or Uniroyal RainSport5s if you don't want to spend premium :) They're at a good price on Camskill currently 

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15 hours ago, d_a_n1979 said:

 

For £25 for the Meyle pump and £30 for new belts, get it done... 

 

Good shout, I'll give C3BMW a call and order them....about time I got my hands dirty again!

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16 minutes ago, BarryM said:

 

Good shout, I'll give C3BMW a call and order them....about time I got my hands dirty again!

 

Them or BMWMotormec

 

And forgot you have a V8; prices may be a lot different!

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Ouch.. Around £400 to replace the water pump, belts, oil filter gasket, banjo bolts (hopefully the Vanos pipe is ok), oil, oil filter and coolant (they were due for a change now anyway). There may have been something else in there, but those are the main ones. They're going to put an Airtex pump in there. He said he's been using them for years with no complaints. Labour heavy job, and no, I can't do it myself.

 

Pads and tyres will have to wait till next month.

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7 minutes ago, Nick E said:

Ouch.. Around £400 to replace the water pump, belts, oil filter gasket, banjo bolts (hopefully the Vanos pipe is ok), oil, oil filter and coolant (they were due for a change now anyway). There may have been something else in there, but those are the main ones. They're going to put an Airtex pump in there. He said he's been using them for years with no complaints. Labour heavy job, and no, I can't do it myself.

 

Pads and tyres will have to wait till next month.

 

What's up with the vanos pipe? Shouldn't be affected at all really... The HEL braided one is here; this is what I have fitted to mine: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/HEL-Braided-Vanos-Oil-Supply-Line-Hose-For-BMW-E36-E46-E39-Z3-Z4-M50-M52-M54-S52/202569714184?hash=item2f2a188a08:g:nDUAAOSwUoJcQeFT

 

And brake pads are c£30 pal; get them done if they're that low!

 

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/New-Fits-BMW-5-Series-E39-525i-Genuine-Mintex-Front-Brake-Pads-Set/361554792167?fits=Car+Make%3ABMW|Model%3A5+Series|Cars+Type%3A525i|Plat_Gen%3AE39|Cars+Year%3A2002&hash=item542e584ee7:g:rBYAAOSwCU1YywLg

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1 hour ago, d_a_n1979 said:

 

The garage was going to check the pipe when they get everything off, just to make sure it's not leaking at all. I've been leaking oil considerably, but I think that's just the filter gasket. No issues from the rocker cover since they fixed it.

 

Noted re the pads. Will have another chat with them today about what they were going to charge for labour.

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Brakes will have to wait a couple of weeks.. It's front pads, discs and sensors, so with labour will be £180.. The pump and oil leak fixes have to be done first.

 

 

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By oil filter gasket, I presume they mean the oil filter housing gasket, which is indeed a common source of oil leaks. The Vanos oil line has to be removed to change that, and it tends to leak oil as well with age. It's not expensive and changing it as part of the work is a good idea. The banjo bolts you can get away with reusing if new washers are used.

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