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    Something to check ........

    Just an FYI, got the 540i back together after Valve Covers, water pump and t/stat (and a few other things that I decided to get into). Wen to fire it up..... it started fine and then I looked past windshield and under the open hood to see a fine mist of something coming up from the engine area. Thought it was probably one of the quick connect hoses that I didn't get all the way on......WRONG ! The high pressure fuel hose that hooks into the injection rail had a pinhole in it and was happily spraying finely misted gas all over the engine. This hose looked fine when I moved it out of the way to get the VC off. Felt firm, no soft spots, etc. My car is a 2001, I'm beginning to think this might be worth changing evry 5-6 years or so. Oh, and btw, it's a dealer only and no one within 200 miles had one (I live between Phil and Balt). Finally found one at a dealer outside DC.

    Just something you all might want to look at. The hose isn't that expensive, if ordered on line it's about $28.00

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    That's good to know. Thank you...

    ...I wonder if using good, quality steel braided hoses (like Earl's) would be worth the expense when changing hoses like fuel and coolant lines? I'm glad you caught that in time.

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    The only problem in getting an Earls, Aeroquip, (m

    Russell, or other, is the end fittings are unique. They make nice hoses but I've never seen one with the end fittings that we have. I guess we could cut off the ends and use a hose clamp, maybe flare the ends and use AN fittings??
    I been carrying a spare in the trunk for the last 6 years...just in case.

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    I was...

    ...wondering about the fittings as well. You answered that question (thank you again, sir). If you can get clean cuts through the steel braids, I guess using the oem clamps or AN fittings would look ok and be secure. Not to mention the added protection (especially with the fuel line) and sporty look under the hood.

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    If no dealer carries it that means it rarely >>

    needs replacing. Is it possible you damaged it while working in there? Good thing you caught it quickly!

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    Re: If no dealer carries it that means it rarely >>

    I thought of that but don't see how I could have. I actually removed the hose totally and set it aside for better clearance. If it had leaked at the quick connects I would've felt better. What the scary part is, is that even after I replaced it today and looked at it closely I couldn't see where the pinhole was. I'm beginning to wonder if that is what let go in the 5 series that burned .....

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    Can you identify on a realoem link for reference?


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    Re: Can you identify on a realoem link for reference?

    Here's the link for the part. It's number 4. Hose is actually about a foot long with quick connects on each end. Runs from the driver side fender well to the fuel injection rail on the engine.

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    Thanks! Something new for "the list"


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    Re: Something to check ........

    When you removed this fuel line did you have to relieve pressure first or was it void of fuel?

    I'm doing my VCG's now and will remove it to free up some space too. I'll also replace it at the same time since I'm at 90k.

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    Re: Something to check ........

    Sorry I didn't get back to you, was away for the weekend. I'm guessing by now you've already done job, but in any case.... yes there is some fuel pressure but not much. Wrap a rag around the fittings and pull one side at a time then just leave rag around fuel line to keep closed.

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