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BMW N62 Valley Pan Gasket Replacement – V8 5,6,7 and X5 Series

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Repair Summary
This article gives detailed instructions on replacing the valley pan gasket in a BMW vehicle with the 8 cylinder N62 engine. Even though we used a 2005 645ci to perform this repair, this article can be applied to any vehicle with the BMW N62 8 cylinder engine including 5,6,7 and X5 models with minor modifications to the repair steps.

A BMW N62 valley pan gasket replacement may cure the coolant leak dripping from the back of the engine.

If you own a V8 BMW produced from 2000 through 2010, then you most likely have the "new generation" N62 eight-cylinder engine. The N62 engine was considered a large technological leap over its predecessor, the M60/62 V8. One of the most significant advancements was an optimized engine cooling system featuring an improved cross-flow coolant pattern through the engine block. This improved coolant flow created a more even temperature distribution around the cylinders and ultimately a more efficient engine.
In order to properly channel coolant from the front water pump to the rear of the engine, the BMW N62 relies on a valley pan - a cast aluminum cover that runs down the centerline of the engine block between its cylinder heads (or its "valley"). The valley pan is actually a "U" shaped conduit, allowing coolant to flow efficiently without the need for pipes or hoses. The valley pan is sealed to the engine block by an integrated rubber gasket. Over time, age and heat cause the valley pan gasket to become hard and brittle allowing coolant to seep out around its edges. A leaking valley pan usually leaves a trail of coolant on the engine block, making it very easy to diagnose.
End view of the n62 valley pan
The N62 valley pan
The telltale sign of a leaking valley pan...coolant residue around the sides and rear of the cylinder heads.
The classic symptom of a leaking BMW N62 valley pan gasket is coolant leaking from the rear of the engine. Since the engine block is sloped slightly to the rear, any leaking coolant will find its way to the rear of the motor and onto the ground.
A BMW N62 valley pan gasket replacement requires removing the intake manifold and the water pump from the vehicle. It is a time-consuming repair but is very "doable" for any home mechanic with average abilities.
Since the water pump and coolant return pipes must be removed for this repair, now is an excellent time to do some maintenance to your cooling system. At the very least you should replace the small return cooling pipe that mounts to the back of the water pump. We strongly recommend replacing the water pump and thermostat as well while they are off of the car. Spending a few extra dollars now will save you from having to repeat this repair later on down the line.
View the detailed parts diagram for this repair.
Includes detailed part diagrams, part numbers and links to purchase all of the required components needed to complete this repair.
Before starting this repair, you must have the following required parts.
BMW N62 V8 Engine
If your vehicle has started leaking coolant around the intake area and it is not the pipes it is probably the valley pan. This valley pan gasket has been upgraded to a stronger Viton material for a longer life.
BMW N62 V8 Engine
This is the same factory coolant pipe that would be installed at the BMW dealership.
BMW N62 V8 Engine
The water pump in your vehicle keeps all that coolant flowing freely. If it begins to fail, overheating problems are inevitable. Don't take a chance on doing damage to engine internals by not replacing your water pump.
BMW N62 V8 Engine
A thermostat that opens sooner promotes better cooling in your vehicle. Running a lower temperature thermostat will keep everything much cooler. Keeping the engine cooler will help reduce and improve the life of the seals in your engine, saving you time and money, while also help increase engine performance. A tune might be required to gain the most from this modification, as well as to get your car's ECU accustomed to seeing lower temperatures.
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Repair Steps
Section 1 - Removing the Water Pump and Thermostat
In order to perform a BMW N62 valley pan replacement, the water pump/thermostat assembly must be removed from the front of the engine. This is because the two water pump coolant return pipes have to be cleared out of the way to get the valley pan our of the engine block. The pipes cannot be removed with the water pump in place.
  1. To remove the water pump/thermostat from your N62 engine, please see our article BMW N62 Water Pump Replacement – 8 Cylinder 5,6,7 and X5 Series before proceeding to the next section.
Section 2 - Removing the Intake Manifold
After you have removed the water pump/thermostat assembly from the engine, you will need to remove the intake manifold. The valley pan is located in the center of the engine block, directly under the intake manifold.
  1. To remove the intake manifold from your N62 engine, please see our article BMW N62 Intake Manifold Gasket Replacement – V8 5,6,7 and X5 Series before proceeding to the next section.
Section 3 - Replacing the Valley Pan
After removing the water pump and intake manifold, replacing the valley pan is fairly simple. We cannot stress enough cleaning the engine surface prior to installing the new valley pan. Just a small amount of dirt or debris can keep the new pan from sealing correctly.
  1. Identify the heater return pipe that runs down the right side of the valley pan. Using a 10mm socket wrench, remove its mounting bolt. bmw n62 valley pan replacement - Locate the heater return pipe on the right side of the valley panbmw n62 valley pan replacement - Remove the 10mm bolts anchoring the valley pan to the engine
  2. Use a flat blade screw driver to release the return pipe's metal locking clip and remove it from the vehicle. Release the metal locking clip on the heater return linebmw n62 valley pan replacement - Remove the heater return line from the vehicle
  3. Unclip the positive battery cable from the top of the valley pan. Be sure not to lose the clips...you will reuse them on the new pan.Unclip the positive battery cable from the valley pan
  4. Using a 10mm socket wrench, remove the 12 valley pan anchor bolts.bmw n62 valley pan replacement - Remove the twelve 10mm valley pan bolts
  5. Grasp the pan and carefully remove it from the engine block.bmw n62 valley pan replacement - Remove the valley pan from the vehicle
  6. Use some CRC Brakleen to thoroughly clean the valley pan mounting surface before installing a new pan. the surface must be completely clean to avoid future leaks.
Section 4 - Installing the New N62 Valley Pan
Installing a new valley pan is very straight forward with no special procedures or steps. We strongly recommend replacing the water pump return pipe as well as the intake manifold gaskets during reassembly. We have provided a handy checklist below with the reassembly steps along with important torque values.

BMW N62 Valley Pan Reassembly Checklist

***The following steps were performed on a 2005 645ci...other models may vary. 
BMW N62 Valley Pan Replacement Finished
Rein Coolant Pipe
Part #: 11511439976
Genuine BMW Coolant Pipe
Part #: 11511439976
Genuine BMW Valley Pan Cover With Seal
Part #: 11147507278
Vaico Valley Pan Cover With Seal
Part #: 11147507278
URO Premium Collapsible Water Pipe Kit
Part #: 11141439975r
URO Collapsible Water Pipe Kit *Scratch And Dent*
Part #: 11141439975r
BMWE53X5N62 4.4L
BMWE53X5N62 4.8L
BMWE60545iN62 4.4L
BMWE60550iN62 4.8L
BMWE63645CiN62 4.4L
BMWE63650iN62 4.8L
BMWE64645CiN62 4.4L
BMWE64650iN62 4.8L
BMWE65745iN62 4.4L
BMWE65B7 AlpinaN62 4.4L
BMWE65750iN62 4.8L
BMWE66745LiN62 4.4L
BMWE66750LiN62 4.8L
BMWE70X5N62 4.8L
BMWE70X5 xDrive48iN62 4.8L

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