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Old 11-22-2015, 09:39 PM
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Putting it back wasn't as bad as I thought.I was able to do it all with an open end wrench(8mm IIRC)

Originally Posted by BimmerM3inGA View Post
Getting that nut off is only half the battle. I still need to get it back on. So I appreciate the tip!
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Old 02-07-2019, 12:46 PM
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I know this a very old thread but I have my engine out of the car and had good access. So a little update on this.

Could not get tube out either and I didn't want to remove the engine mount just to remove it. There is one of four bolts holding the passenger-side engine mount to the block that obstructs extraction of the dipsticktube. Of the four bolts it is the lower forward one that needs to be removed (don't forget to put it back after the tube is back in!) After that it can be lifted up and turned sideways to extract. There was no o-ring on mine and I have yet to check if it is missing entirely or it is sealed only with the crush ring. (Pics later)
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Old 07-26-2019, 11:41 AM
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Thanks for the discussion on this topic. I, too, am in the midst of replacing timing chain and guides on my '03 X5 4.4i with the M62 engine. Reading the challenges of the oil guide tube (dipstick) being in the way of the lower timing chain cover and the fact that the nut and bracket on top of the lower oil pan is impossible to access had me very worried.

I found another solution that worked quite slick... the lower timing chain cover is blocked berween the dipstick tube and the tensioner guide rail. I was able to gently pivot the cover enough to remove the stationary guide and then remove the E12 bolt from the tensioner guide. Once those where removed, the timing cover came out without fuss and the disptick is completely intact.

Hoping this helps others.

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