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How to Replace timing chain on BMW 530i E60 E61 2007-2010

Special tools

  • Camshaft alignment tool 1 – No.11 4 281.
  • Camshaft alignment tool 2 – No.11 4 282.
  • Camshaft alignment tool 3 – No.11 4 283.
  • Flywheel/drive plate timing pin – No.11 0 300.
  • Sensor gear alignment tool – No.11 4 290.
  • Timing chain pre-tensioning tool – No.11 9 340.
  • Torque wrench – No.00 9 250.

General precautions

  • Disconnect battery earth lead.
  • Remove spark plugs to ease turning engine.
  • Turn engine in normal direction of rotation (unless otherwise stated).
  • Observe tightening torques.
  • If fitted: Mark position of crankshaft position (CKP) sensor before removal.
  • Do NOT turn crankshaft via camshaft or other sprockets.
  • Do NOT turn crankshaft or camshaft with timing chain removed.

Valve timing procedures

How to Replace timing chain on BMW 530i E60 E61 2007-2010
How to Replace timing chain on BMW 530i E60 E61 2007-2010
  • Removal/installation of timing chain requires:
      • Sump removal.
  • Engine at TDC on No.1 cylinder.
  • Remove blanking plug from cylinder block.
  • Insert flywheel/drive plate timing pin [1] .

NOTE: Engine should not turn if flywheel/drive plate timing pin fitted correctly.

  • Ensure inlet camshaft lobes for No.1 cylinder angled upwards [2] .
  • Ensure part number on each camshaft is facing upwards [3] .
  • Ensure exhaust camshaft lobes for No.6 cylinder are positioned as shown [4] .
  • Ensure camshaft alignment tools can be fitted [5] , [6] & [7] .
  • If not, adjust camshafts as follows:
      • Slacken central bolt on each camshaft adjuster [8] .
      • Remove tensioner assembly [9] .

        NOTE: If chain tensioner is to be re-used it must be drained of oil. Compress plunger slowly twice.

      • Ensure sensor gear locating holes at 9 o’clock position [10] .
      • Install sensor gear alignment tool and secure to cylinder head [11] .
      • Install timing chain pre-tensioning tool [12] .
      • Screw in adjusting screw until in contact with guide rail.
      • Pre-load timing chain with tensioning tool to 0,6 Nm [12] .
      • Tighten central bolt on each camshaft adjuster [8] . Tightening torque: 20 Nm + 180°.

NOTE: Central bolt of camshaft adjusters MUST only be used once.

  • Remove:
      • Flywheel/drive plate timing pin [1] .
      • Sensor gear alignment tool [11] .
      • Camshaft alignment tools [5] , [6] & [7] .
      • Timing chain pre-tensioning tool [12] .
  • Install tensioner assembly [9] . Tightening torque: 55 Nm.
  • Turn crankshaft two turns clockwise.
  • Ensure flywheel/drive plate timing pin and camshaft alignment tools can be refitted [1] , [5] , [6] & [7] .

NOTE: Crankshaft pulley central bolt MUST only be used once.

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