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Old 05-06-2012, 02:37 PM   #1
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New to DIY

Hello,

Somewhat of a rookie here. I just bought a 2003 540i/6sp with 110K. I bought the car knowing I would have to do some work, i.e VC gaskets. However a health check by my Indy has revealed a leak from the expansion tank as well as oil leak from what appears to be the UTC gaskets. Is this something I should attempt to do on my own or better left to a BMW mech like Rocco at RMP? I understand that I should do numerous other replacements while undertaking the replacement of the UTC gaskets. Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 05-06-2012, 02:45 PM   #2
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Personally I always pay a professional do to work on my car (never a stealership though). I wish I could do it myself with out worrying about screwing something up lol not to mention its a headache. A mechanic will take an hour where you could take up to 5 if you don't have much under the hood experience. I've heard good things about RMP so if your close to him I'd say go for it!
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Old 05-06-2012, 03:03 PM   #3
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Agreed.

If you even have to think twice, don't touch it.
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Old 05-07-2012, 08:36 PM   #4
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Guys, it's just a machine. I honestly can't believe how much mechanics charge to work on these cars, I find the E39 to be a really easy car to work on. In my experience, the correct way is to start small, buy yourself a shop manual, read and ask questions on forums. Even if you don't go any further than that it will help you to understand what's going on, it's far less likely a mechanic can take advantage of you then.

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EDIT: Always make sure cooling system stuff is addressed ASAP, addresss oil leaks when you're ready, no big deal. Maybe I'm slow today,... what are UTC Gaskets?
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Old 05-07-2012, 08:45 PM   #5
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Thanks guys. I have an appointment at Alphawerx on Wednesday AM to get my baby checked out. Nervous as heck.....I'm hoping there is not anything else wrong.

The guy I bought the car from also included the Bentley Manuals and a bunch of CDs marked EPC and Tech Info, so it seems I definitely have material to read and learn from. I was ready to tackle the VC gaskets but the upper timing chain covers is more intimidating based on what I read on the forums.
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Old 05-07-2012, 09:27 PM   #6
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Thanks guys. I have an appointment at Alphawerx on Wednesday AM to get my baby checked out. Nervous as heck.....I'm hoping there is not anything else wrong.

The guy I bought the car from also included the Bentley Manuals and a bunch of CDs marked EPC and Tech Info, so it seems I definitely have material to read and learn from. I was ready to tackle the VC gaskets but the upper timing chain covers is more intimidating based on what I read on the forums.
It's a 2003, I would wash the engine down and see over a week or so if the oil isn't coming from the valve cover gaskets.
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Old 05-07-2012, 09:38 PM   #7
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Guys, it's just a machine. I honestly can't believe how much mechanics charge to work on these cars, I find the E39 to be a really easy car to work on. In my experience, the correct way is to start small, buy yourself a shop manual, read and ask questions on forums. Even if you don't go any further than that it will help you to understand what's going on, it's far less likely a mechanic can take advantage of you then.

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Old 05-07-2012, 10:01 PM   #8
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Ah... I see your point...UTC not too commonly used, by coincidence I'm currently helping a 7 series buddy dismantle his M62TU engine to replace the three timing chain guides. UTC were among the first things removed.

Oh yeah this brings me to another point, find a car buddy who you can work with, then no matter the size of the job things won't seem so over whelming, better chance of success.
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