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How to Replace timing chain on BMW 540i E60 E61 2005-2010

Special tools

  • Camshaft locking tool – BMW No.11 9 463.
  • Crankshaft locking tool 1 – BMW No.11 9 451.
  • Crankshaft locking tool 2 – BMW No.11 9 452.
  • Crankshaft sprocket puller – BMW No.11 2 001/002/003/007.
  • Exhaust camshaft alignment tool – BMW No.11 9 462.
  • Inlet camshaft alignment tool – BMW No.11 9 461.
  • Crankshaft pulley alignment tool – BMW No.11 9 190.

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 540i E60 E61 2005-2010
How to Replace timing chain on BMW 540i E60 E61 2005-2010
  • Removal/installation of timing chain requires:
      • Engine removal.
      • Cylinder head(s) removal.
      • Flywheel removal.
      • Sump removal.

NOTE: Refer to Autodata Technical Data for tightening torques.

NOTE: Refer to Technical Data module for tightening torques.

  • Engine at TDC on No.1 cylinder.
  • Install crankshaft pulley alignment tool [1] . Tool No.11 9 190.
  • Ensure camshaft lobes are positioned as shown:
      • N62: No.5 cylinder [2] .
      • N73: No.7 cylinder [2] .
  • Ensure camshaft lobes for No.1 cylinder are positioned as shown [3] .
  • If not, remove crankshaft pulley alignment tool and turn crankshaft pulley 360°.

NOTE: Ensure inlet camshafts locked in ‘fully advanced’ position and exhaust camshafts locked in ‘fully retarded’ position [4] .

  • Camshaft rotation possible using spanner on hexagon [5] .
  • Install alignment tool to LH inlet camshaft [6] . Tool No.11 9 461.
  • Valve timing correct when alignment tool abuts cylinder head or is raised up to a maximum of 0,5 mm on exhaust side.
  • Install alignment tool to LH exhaust camshaft [7] . Tool No.11 9 462.
  • Valve timing correct when alignment tool abuts cylinder head or is raised up to a maximum of 0,5 mm on exhaust side.
  • Repeat valve timing checking procedure for RH cylinder head.
  • Align camshafts as follows:
        • Slacken bolt on each LH camshaft adjuster and then re-tighten by hand [8] .

    NOTE: Camshaft rotation can be prevented using spanner on hexagon.

      • Install inlet camshaft alignment tool [6] . Tool No.11 9 461.
      • Align LH inlet camshaft. Ensure inlet camshaft alignment tool abuts cylinder head.
      • Lock LH inlet camshaft with camshaft locking tool [9] . Tool No.11 9 463.
      • Tighten LH inlet camshaft adjuster bolt to 80 Nm [8] .
      • Install exhaust camshaft alignment tool [7] . Tool No.11 9 462.
      • Align LH exhaust camshaft. Ensure exhaust camshaft alignment tool abuts cylinder head.
      • Lock LH exhaust camshaft with camshaft locking tool [9] . Tool No.11 9 463.
      • Tighten LH exhaust camshaft adjuster bolt to 80 Nm [8] .
  • Repeat adjustment procedure for RH cylinder head.
  • Remove camshaft locking tool and camshaft alignment tools [6] , [7] & [9] .
  • Remove crankshaft pulley alignment tool [1] . Tool No.11 9 190.
  • Turn crankshaft two turns clockwise. Check valve timing.
  • Bolt of camshaft adjusters MUST only be used once [8] .

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

  • Tighten crankshaft pulley central bolt to 100 Nm + 60° + 60° + 60° [10] .

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