Reply to Thread

Post a reply to the thread: Blown head gasket?

Your Message

Click here to log in

Please correctly re-type the phrase f o o t d o c t o r in the form box. Re-type it without the extra spaces and put the one space where it should be. We apologize for having to do this but this silliness helps slow the spammers.


Additional Options


Topic Review (Newest First)

  • 03-13-2011, 07:23 PM

    There are still one or two of us around...

    Sadly, though, my daughter did not inherit that gene. On the bright side, it means I don't have to share my 5er.
  • 03-13-2011, 04:22 PM

    A chick who likes a stick?

    Aw, the good ole days (and all you depraved male souls stop from making references otherwise to the above statement).

  • 03-13-2011, 10:50 AM

    Ha! You'd have killed for one in college!

    It was my car and she stole from me 3 years ago! She's not your average kid - used to take my E34 out on weekends in high school and got used to the good life! Besides, she likes a stick and an automatic civic just wasn't going to cut it!

  • 03-13-2011, 01:33 AM

    Why in Hell would you send a poor hapless>>

    student out with an E39!!!??? You should have bought her a Honda!!!! What were you thinking???
    Ed in San Jose. BMW CCA member since 1987 (Nr. 62319). Golden Gate Chapter. '97 540i 6 speed. Build Date 3/97. Aspensilber over Aubergine leather.
  • 03-12-2011, 05:08 PM

    Do like I just did clean the cap and filler hole

    it fits into. Use a rag with a windex as mild solvent. Mine cleaned up very quickly,

    Jay Gans 2000 528 MT Non-sport.Titanium Silver, Grey Leather. Premium Package, Cold Weather, Fold down seats. Oct 99 production.ash try mod so not bone stock. CD changer. Garmin C510 Nav..Honda CH150D scooter

  • 03-12-2011, 10:42 AM

    Signs of blown head gasket

    The oil cap thing is normal for a car doing short trips in winter.

    IF you have a sludge that resembles a chocolate milkshake on your dipstick, IF you have sludge showing in the coolant overflow, NOW you've got a problem.
  • 03-10-2011, 10:13 PM

    Drive it 2FLA or wait a few weeks til it gets warm

    "Drive It Like You Stole It, A Sickness for Quickness"
    The Bottle Rocket "King of Spray" 2 Stage Nitrous Oxide
    Dare to be different and stand out among the crowd of me-to-cars!
    No guts, no glory! Tire smoke, not traction control!
    Zionsville all aluminum radiator to replace the 3 leak prone Nissens Radiators!

    NOS Progressive 2 Stage Controller with port injection
    Snow's Performance Methanol/Water Injection
    Dinan downloads, VAC Under Drive Pulleys
    Dinan Carbon Fiber CAI
    Dinan Front Strut Bar
    Electric Cooling Fan w/PWM controller
    NGK Iridium Plugs
    DDE Enhanced Angel Eyes, Smoked Lenses
    Koni FSD's/H&R Springs, BAV Brass Caliper Bushings
    Eisenmann Race Exhaust (from H8-Rain's car)
    ///M5 3.15 LSD
    ///M5 Sway Bars, Front & Rear
    Energy Suspension Polyurethane Sway Bar Bushings
    ///M5 Gauge Cluster Rings ///M5 Lip Spoiler
    ///M5 Mirrors and Switches
    Leather Z weighted shift knob (thanks H8-Rain)
    Rogue “Octane” Short Shift kit w/WSR
    Rogue Tranny Mounts
    StopTech Brake Lines Front & Rear
    Axxis Deluxe Plus pads Front & Rear
    Staggered M Parallel 66, Xenons
    Modified CDV, UGDO
    Euro Storage Tray (thanks Zombywolf)
    Redline in Diff and Tranny
    Passport 8500 X50, Escort ZR3 Laser Jammer
    G-Tech/Competition Pro Data Logger
    Auto Enginuity OBD-II Scan Tool
    25% Tint, X-Pel, LoJack
    PIAA Driving Lights
    35W Xenon backup bulbs
    BMW CCA Member Boston Chapter
  • 03-10-2011, 09:50 PM

    Re: You didn't mention any other symptoms

    No other symptoms, the car is running fine other than the mayonaise on the filler cap whe she was checking the oil and adding a little (the car uses a quart every 5,000 miles).

    I spoke to a local dealer (Daniels BMW in Allentown, PA) who said "we see this all the time and don't do anything about it - it'll go away if you drive a decent distance at fwy speeds or when the weather warms up".

    What to do???

    2001 530i 5sp
  • 03-10-2011, 05:38 PM

    You didn't mention any other symptoms

    I went through the whole head gasket issue with my 2002 530i already. I agree with everyone about the short trips. However, was there any steam present or sweet smell normally when started up cold, or upon acceleration from a stop? Normally if there is, you would notice it. Another thing to check, which required being EXTREMELY careful, is after warming it up, try to squeeze the upper coolant hose from the front top of the engine to the drivers side rear of the radiator. If it is firm but squeezes, you should be ok. If it is ROCK HARD, then DO NOT DRIVE as you're likely getting extra pressure into your cooling system. This will eventually lead to blowing out hoses, coolant recovery tank, or worse yet, you will unknowlingly lose so much coolant that you will overheat and it will be too late. If you catch it early, you do have inexpensive options available to fix.
  • 03-09-2011, 03:47 PM

    Re: Very common if the car is driven short distances(m

    Thanks all. Based on the info from this site, and a couple of links to others, it seems like the problem is a water/oil emusion condensed on certain parts of the PCV system from running the car short distances in cold weather. I'll tell her to drive it on the highway for a decent distance in 4th gear and see if the gunk improves. I think the oil "breathing treatment" was, indeed, the cold weather CCV plus insulated hoses, but there seems to be little agreement if this will cure the problem.

    Thanks again,

    2001 530i 5sp
  • 03-09-2011, 09:06 AM

    There is a winter breathing kit for the 330 & 530

    Perhaps that it was he was offering, but I doubt it. Make sure the dealer actually replaces the hoses with the updated insulated hoses and other parts of the winter kit or cold weather breather kit. If not you will be guaranteeing him return business next winter for the same treatment.
    98 540 Sport with everything & extra hots
    BMW CCA, Boston Chapter
    "The 540 is the head-case supermodel girlfriend..." Eric S.
    "The worst thing you could do with your money is save it." ~ Jackie Gleason
    If everything seems under control, you're just not going fast enough. Mario Andretti
    The United States is a nation of laws: poorly written and randomly enforced. - Frank Zappa

  • 03-09-2011, 03:08 AM

    Re: Very common if the car is driven short distances(m

    My 97 528i does this every year in the winter and no reasonable amount of high speed driving "around town" gets rid of it, even 100 mile highway trips (but my car has the earlier 92c thermostat, maybe your newer car with higher temp thermostat will warm up sufficiently to evaporate the condensation in shorter distances). I usually drive short trips and it's always like that in the winter, it goes away as soon as spring weather comes. If the car is not throwing codes it maybe advisable to wait on the ccv to see if warmer weather clears it out, in extreme cases condensation in the ccv can freeze in it, but I live in Idaho and I am sure mine has had condensation in it every winter and it all clears up when spring hits.
  • 03-08-2011, 07:18 PM

    Re: Very common if the car is driven short distances(m

    Thanks, that's pretty much what the guy said - he also says the gunk is all the way through the CVV system and they need to replace the CCV, to, as it's gunked up (apparently, there was some in the dipstick tube also). The "breathing treatment" was to blow the gunk out of the hoses and other areas. Does all this sound Kosher? Will the 30 mile high speed trip get rid of all the gunk throughout wherever it is?
  • 03-08-2011, 04:50 PM

    possibly cap is dirty w/o blown gasket

    sometime moisture condenses on cap in cold weather.

    Jay Gans 2000 528 MT Non-sport.Titanium Silver, Grey Leather. Premium Package, Cold Weather, Fold down seats. Oct 99 production.ash try mod so not bone stock. CD changer. Garmin C510 Nav..Honda CH150D scooter

  • 03-08-2011, 04:18 PM

    Very common if the car is driven short distances(m

    in the winter time. The combustion process produces lots of water vapor that gets into the oil. The vapor condenses on the coldest parts of the engine (oil cap and valve cover).
    The "breathing treatment" sounds like a way to extract money from unsuspecting people.
    She should take it out on the highway, run it for 30+ miles and then have the oil and filter changed while the engine is still hot.
  • 03-08-2011, 03:28 PM

    Blown head gasket?

    Hi all: Woe is me! My daughter sent a nasty looking picture of the oil filler cap from her 2001 530i yesterday with a yellowish milky goo all over it. My first thought was "Oh, no, coolant in the oil!" That was the opinion of my local dealer also (I'm in NC, the car is with her in PA). She took it to a local mechanic in PA who thinks it's just "condensation" and needs a "breathing treatment". I'll get more information tonight after she talks with him again but anybody in the cold climates ever heard of this? FYI the CVV and secondary air pump were replaced last year.

    Any experiences with similar observations would be greatly appreciated.


    2001 530i 5spKeith
    2001 530i 5sp

Posting Permissions

  • You may post new threads
  • You may post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
1e2 Forum