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post #31 of 85 Old 17th October 2012, 08:52 PM
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Bear in mind this was a RHD car so the configuration of the engine compatment is different. I removed the entire pollen filter tray assembly but it didn't really improve access, just visibility.
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So, looking through TIS, I don't see anything specific, but there is a comment in the Complete Vehicle PDF that mentions the importance of following the service directions when replacing plugs.

"The information provided in the repair instructions must be followed precisely when replacing the spark plugs as the spark plugs are an integral part of the ionic current measuring circuit."

Is there anything that should be done after replacing plugs for Ionic Current module to calibrate properly to the new plugs? I've never heard this mentioned before, just curious.

Sort of like the General Info buried in TIS that tells you to change the transmission fluid and clean the filter with every other oil change or something like that...
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Can't see anything special in the TIS BMW TIS - 12 12 011 Replacing all spark plugs (S85) expect the tightening torque of 23 Nm (less than the 22 ft lbs quoted in the DIY) and to install them dry.
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So, looking through TIS, I don't see anything specific, but there is a comment in the Complete Vehicle PDF that mentions the importance of following the service directions when replacing plugs.

"The information provided in the repair instructions must be followed precisely when replacing the spark plugs as the spark plugs are an integral part of the ionic current measuring circuit."

Is there anything that should be done after replacing plugs for Ionic Current module to calibrate properly to the new plugs? I've never heard this mentioned before, just curious.

Sort of like the General Info buried in TIS that tells you to change the transmission fluid and clean the filter with every other oil change or something like that...
I changed my plugs a few months ago and didnt need any special tool. And after all i did was to reset the maintenance reminder and showed 60kkm for spark plugs. And yes it makes a difference in mpg.
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What great write ups! Cheers to the OP; i'd buy you a beer if I could. Haha

The e60 M5:
"It is an idiosyncratic, hyperactive, twitchy, pent up bull in a china shop. It takes attention to drive it, whether you are trying to drive smoothly or hard."

When the E60 came out, it blew away supercars..... When the F10 comes out, it will be middle of the pack even in a straight line.

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Okay, so I just finished with changing oil and installing new spark plugs. Thanks for the detailed summary and pictures. It made the process so much easier. Here are a few things I learned while doing the job. It took me about 6 hours start to finish with a prolonged lunch in between. Nothing overly difficult about the job just a little time consuming as you have to remove a bunch of crap just to get at the plugs. It's also a great time to clean many of these parts including the engine block. The hardest part as everyone will attest is getting the coil packs removed from the #5 and #10 cylinders. Here's how I managed it.

I cut a scrap piece of 1 x 4 stock lumber down to 1 x 2.5 to use as my fulcrum. I layed it perpendicular to the #4 and #9 cylinders and used a 9" + 6" extension for leverage. They both popped out with some force; in fact, it was easier than pulling the others by hand with my 6" extension. I used this technique for the #4 and #9 cylinders as well.

Now, how to remove and install the new plugs back in the #5 and #10 cylinders. I used a 3" + 3" extension. I first put the spark plug in the 5/8" spark plug extension plus the 3" extension. I put the spark plug and 3" extension into the cylinder head without dropping it in all the way. I simply held it with one hand keeping just the 3" extension connection above the cylinder head while adding the other 3" extension with the other hand. That way I didn't need to "fish" for it with my other 3" extension. From there I added my ratchet and either removed or installed the plugs.

Also, when re-installing the coil packs you should hear a "pop". It takes some force to seat the coil pack onto the new plug and you'll hear a "pop" when this occurs. Thanks again for taking the time to write up your summary with pictures. It saved me about $400-$500 in labor.

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My Number 5 clip broke off? Any sugestion? Also notice I have chrome Valve covers, Wish I could see them>>>Thanks for this help on this thread I just wish Number 5 clip would not have broken off, Now I have a Problem But I will wait to try something untill I order a new coil. And then get out the Dyson to suck it out!!!
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You could try to plug the harness into the coil, put the clip over it to lock the harness in and then zip-tie the clip to the coil. Otherwise a new coil comes with the clip. They run about $75-85 at the dealer..
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My problem is getting it out now?? I will just wait till I can get a new coil and have it ready if I break this one trying to get it Out!! You can see in the picture the lower ear on the white top of the coil is broken off!! I will say some of the coils came out easyer and others were like trying to suck start a Harley Davidson. Be very careful when pulling and prying on the clip you do not want this to happen...
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My problem is getting it out now?? I will just wait till I can get a new coil and have it ready if I break this one trying to get it Out!!
Dang, that doesn't look like fun. That's something that generally happens to me. I'm glad you decided to just get a new coil pack.
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