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Resources for the Repair and Maintenance of your 1997 BMW 540i

1997 BMW 540i

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1997 BMW 540i Problems

Engine -- Verified

Engine oil leaks commonly develop from both valve cover gaskets, intake manifold, and PCV plate after about 60,000 miles.

Engine -- Verified

Leaks are known to develop in the cooling system. It is common to see more than one part recommended for repair/replacement due to overlapping labor and the use of many plastic parts in the system.

Heating & Air Conditioning -- Verified

The blower final stage fan resistor is known to fail. Symptoms are the heater fan speed varies regardless of the setting, the fan will not turn off when the car is switched off, or the fan will not switch on at all.

Suspension & Steering -- Verified

A fluid leak may develop from one or more power steering hose. When a leak is being repaired, it is not uncommon for multiple hoses to be replaced.

Suspension & Steering -- Verified

The front thrust rod bushings—also referred to as tension strut bushings—are known to fail occasionally. The oil-filled rubber mounts weaken and crack over time, causing a mushy road feel and shuddering in the steering wheel when going over bumps. These worn bushings should be replaced.

1997 BMW 540i Recalls (Recent)

Suspension & Steering, May 17, 2004

Summary: ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES, DUE TO LONG EXPOSURES TO CERTAIN ENVIRONMENTAL AND OPERATING CONDITIONS, THE MATERIAL STRUCTURE OF THE FRONT SPRING STRUT PLATE COULD BE AFFECTED. IN SOME CASES, THE STRUT PLATE COULD BEGIN TO CRACK, AND EVENTUALLY IT COULD BREAK. IF THIS OCCURRED, THE PLATE COULD CONTACT THE TIRE.

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1997 BMW 540i Questions and Answers

dhalbers, 1997 BMW 540i, Los Angeles, CA

The BMW dealer that services my 540i is telling me that plastic guide that protects an engine chain (timing chain?) is coming apart and if not replaced could damage the engine. They are estimating...

dhalbers, 1997 BMW 540i, Los Angeles, CA

Does anyone know how I can obtain an engine diagram for the 8 cylinder 5 Series engine?

katkat, 1997 BMW 540i, Greenwich, CT

how can i correct this problem...is there a water condensation collection box that is not draining...

lester540i, 1997 BMW 540i, Warner Robins, GA

where do i get the routing for the serpetine belt on my 540i or could you email it to me

twswoosh, 1997 BMW 540i, Tucson, AZ

I have had the gasket replaced but still have an oil leak from my oil filter area. How come?

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