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Engine Covers Removal
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Engine Covers Removal

Nick Czerula

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$20

Talent:

***

Tools:

Set of sockets (10mm), 5mm Allen socket flat head screwdriver

Applicable Models:

BMW X5 (2000-06)

Parts Required:

Engine cover fasteners (if you lose one)

Hot Tip:

Work with a cool engine.

Performance Gain:

Access to engine components

Complementary Modification:

Replace cabin microfilter

When servicing your BMW E53 X5 engine, you may have to remove the engine covers to access specific components. In this article, I will show you how to remove the engine covers, so you can get easy access to the top and rear of the engine. X5 models came equipped with 6- and 8-cylinder models. I will show you how to remove the engine covers on each. The 6-cylinder photos are from a similar model that utilizes the same engine.

6-cylinder engine: 
6-cylinder engine: 6-cylinder engines have two engine covers.
Figure 1

6-cylinder engine: 6-cylinder engines have two engine covers. You can remove each one independently although for certain repairs you will have to remove both, for example; Ignition coils you remove only the cover on the cylinder head. As Another example, to replace the valve cover gasket, you would remove both covers. The green arrow points to the intake manifold engine cover. The yellow arrow points to the cylinder head engine cover.

6-cylinder engine: To remove the intake manifold side engine cover: using a small flat head screwdriver, pry out the trim covers (inset).
Figure 2

6-cylinder engine: To remove the intake manifold side engine cover: using a small flat head screwdriver, pry out the trim covers (inset). Remove the 10mm fasteners (green arrows), then remove the trim cover from the engine.

6-cylinder engine: To remove the cylinder head engine cover: Remove the engine oil cap.
Figure 3

6-cylinder engine: To remove the cylinder head engine cover: Remove the engine oil cap. Then, using a small flat head screwdriver, pry out the trim covers (inset). Remove the 10mm nuts (green arrows), then remove the cylinder head cover from the engine.

6-cylinder engine: With the cover removed, inspect the mounting insulators.
Figure 4

6-cylinder engine: With the cover removed, inspect the mounting insulators. There are two and they are only used on the cylinder head engine cover (green arrows). If the insulators are worn, replace then with new ones.

8-cylinder engine:
8-cylinder engine: 8-cylinder engines have three engine covers.
Figure 5

8-cylinder engine: 8-cylinder engines have three engine covers. You need to remove the intake cover to be able to get the cylinder head covers off. The green arrow points to the intake manifold engine cover. Yellow arrows point to the cylinder head engine covers.

8-cylinder engine: Loosen the four 5mm Allen engine cover fasteners (green arrows).
Figure 6

8-cylinder engine: Loosen the four 5mm Allen engine cover fasteners (green arrows).

8-cylinder engine: Then lift the intake manifold engine cover off the engine to remove it.
Figure 7

8-cylinder engine: Then lift the intake manifold engine cover off the engine to remove it.

8-cylinder engine: To remove the cylinder head engine cover: Remove the engine oil cap (right side only).
Figure 8

8-cylinder engine: To remove the cylinder head engine cover: Remove the engine oil cap (right side only). Then, using a small flat head screwdriver, pry out the trim covers (inset), remove the 10mm nuts (green arrows).

8-cylinder engine: Then lift the cylinder head engine cover off the engine to remove it.
Figure 9

8-cylinder engine: Then lift the cylinder head engine cover off the engine to remove it. Be sure not to lose the metal bushings (green arrows). Each cylinder head cover has two bushings.

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