BMW Coolant Expansion Tank Replacement | 2004-2010 5 Series (E60), 6 Series (E63)

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BMW Coolant Expansion Tank Replacement – 1 Hour

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The BMW Repair Guide used this 2005 645ci for the following article. To see other repairs on our site using this actual car, please click on the image below!

A BMW coolant expansion tank replacement on your N62 V8 engine is an easy repair that can insure you from being stranded on the side of the highway or dealing with a blown cylinder head gasket.

If there is an “Achilles Heel” on older (10 years plus) BMWs, it’s failure of the coolant system…most notably the coolant expansion tank. The coolant expansion tank is a molded plastic part that is under constant heat and pressure. After years of this abuse, the plastic expansion tank can become brittle and fail. When a coolant expansion tank fails you will know it; it is usually a loud bang followed with steam and fluid being ejected from the hood of the car. Not a pretty sight.

The coolant expansion tank is a molded plastic part that is under constant heat and pressure.

If you are on the road and this happens, pull over immediately and shut the vehicle down. Even driving for a short time with a failed coolant tank will result in a blown cylinder head gasket, and the demise of your vehicle (unless you need a parts car parked in your backyard).

Many owners do not wait for failure to perform a BMW coolant expansion tank replacement. In fact, them BMW Repair Guide recommends a BMW coolant expansion tank should be replaced every ten years/100,000 miles for regularly driven vehicles.

Parts, Tools and Supplies

Parts
BMW coolant expansion tank for 2004 – 2010 5 series (E60) and 6 series (E63) (BMW number 17-13-7-542-986)
Expansion tank cap (BMW part number 17-11-7-639-021)

Tools and Supplies
Metal pick
5 gallon drain pan

Procedure
  1. Make sure engine has completely cooled before starting this repair.
  2. Identify the location of the BMW coolant expansion tank in your vehicle.bmw coolant reservoir replacement
  3. Position a 5 gallon drain pan under coolant expansion tank to catch any spilled coolant.bmw coolant reservoir replacement
  4. Remove the vent hose by using a metal pick to release the metal clip and pulling free from the expansion tank. If hose will not pull off, use a flat blade screwdriver and the palm of your hand and gently push off.bmw coolant reservoir replacementbmw coolant reservoir replacementbmw coolant reservoir replacement
  5. Remove the overflow hose using the same technique as in step 4.
  6. Use a T20 torx bit to remove the two BMW coolant expansion tank mounting screws.bmw coolant reservoir replacement
  7. Pull the coolant expansion tank out of engine compartment until you can access the bottom reservoir hose.bmw coolant reservoir replacement
  8. Remove the reservoir hose using the same technique as in steps 4 and 5 above.bmw coolant reservoir replacement
  9. Remove the fluid level sensor electrical connection on bottom of expansion tank.bmw coolant reservoir replacement
  10. Remove the BMW coolant expansion tank from the vehicle.
  11. Install new coolant expansion tank using the reverse steps above.

The Repair Difficulty Level displays graphically how challenging the repair is, from easy to advanced. Easy repairs usually require very few tools, have short repair times and do not require jacking and supporting the vehicle. As the difficulty level rises, expect the repair to demand more time, specialized tools, and better understanding of mechanics to complete the job.

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