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Old 11-12-2020, 02:08 AM
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: reno nv
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x5Alpine is on a distinguished road
hopefully saved a 4.6 from destruction

So the x5 4.6 that I bought from Canada had the timing guides done about 20k miles ago. I have heard horror stories of the oil pump pickup not being cleaned out after the job so I pulled the pan down today after a brief "stop engine oil pressure" message that appeared last week but never came back, and to my shock the pickup was full of old guide material. I cleaned it out obviously and there was no metal in the oil or filter. I hope there isn't serious damage done by this as the engine doesn't make any bad noises apart from the usual Vanos knock at idle.
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Old 11-12-2020, 04:33 AM
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hope she stays healthy! Rather unbelievable a mechanic wouldn't track down debris after replacing obviously chewed up chain guides
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Old 11-13-2020, 06:49 PM
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I have a 4.6 in my 2003 X5. Only 65K total miles. I change oil frequently and closely inspect the oil filter. Nothing really there, do I need to drop the pan to find stuff? BTW, oil is free of chunks.
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Old 11-14-2020, 01:06 AM
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yes, you should drop the pan to find pieces in the pickup. My filter and housing were both free of any debris but the pickup was loaded with crap.
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