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Common Issues With BMW’s N62 Engine

Common Issues With BMW’s N62 Engine

BMW’s 4.4 and 4.8 liter N62 V8 engine was produced from 2002-2010 and was used in a variety of models from their 5,6,7 series to the X5 SUV. It is a naturally aspirated, dual overhead camshaft engine. Although a very reliable engine it is not without its problems.(and some are pretty big)   So if you own or plan on purchasing a BMW with this engine be sure to read the rest of this article. Oil Leaks– Along with the common valve cover gasket leak this engine has a host of other likely suspects. The oil pan gaskets on these engines are known to leak and are quite labor intensive resulting in a high cost to repair. (Fig 1) The gasket that seals the oil pan to the engine block is a metal gasket with a rubber seal formed on the inside. Over time this seal becomes hard  and shrinks allowing the oil to get past. Another source of leaks that is c ... read more

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Check Engine Lights

Check engine lights can be a real nuisance and sometimes frustrating to get repaired. In this article I am going to explain what a Check Engine light is, what causes it to come on and the process to repair the issue. What is a check engine light and what does it do? The check engine light is a warning that something is not right. The vehicles modules monitor every sensor on the vehicle. If one of them goes outside of the preset parameter set by the manufacturer it will trigger a fault code to be set. Not all fault codes will cause a light to illuminate so it is important to have the vehicle scanned periodically to see if any codes are stored in the modules. Once this this light comes on it will stay on until the issue is repaired and the fault is cleared. If the vehicle is driven a certain number of times without the fault being present it will also cause the light to turn off. This does not mean the problem has been fixed and a fault code ... read more

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