When to replace the Poly V-Belt on your BMW 5 SERIES
Recommended replacement interval for the part category Serpentine belt : 30000 km
Important!
This replacement procedure can be used for:
BMW 5 Saloon (E39) 520 i, BMW 5 Saloon (E39) 523 i, BMW 5 Saloon (E39) 528 i, BMW 5 Saloon (E39) 520 i, BMW 5 Saloon (E39) 525 i, BMW 5 Saloon (E39) 530 i, BMW 5 Saloon (E39) 520 i, BMW 5 Saloon (E39) 520 i View more

The steps may slightly vary depending on the car design.

How to change serpentine belt / v-ribbed belt on BMW 520i (E39) [TUTORIAL AUTODOC]

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All the parts you need to replace – Poly V-Belt for 5 Saloon (E39) and other BMW models
Tools
Replacement: serpentine belt – BMW E39. Tools you'll need:
Combination spanner #13
Combination spanner #32
Drive socket # 16
Ratchet wrench
Torque wrench
Fender cover
Replacement: serpentine belt – BMW E39. AUTODOC recommends:
  • All work should be done with the engine stopped.
Replacement: serpentine belt – BMW E39. Use the following procedure:
  1. Step 1
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    Open the bonnet.
  2. Step 2
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    Use a fender protection cover to prevent damaging paintwork and plastic parts of the car.
  3. Step 3
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    Unscrew the fastener of the viscous fan clutch. Use a combination spanner #32.
  4. Step 4
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    Remove the fan shroud seal.
  5. Step 5
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    Unscrew and remove the viscous fan clutch.
  6. Step 6
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    Remove the fan shroud.
  7. Step 7
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    Pull aside the AC compressor belt tensioner pulley. Use a combination spanner #13.
  8. Step 8
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    Remove the AC compressor belt.
  9. Step 9
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    Remove the tensioner pulley cap.
  10. Step 10
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    Pull aside the V-ribbed belt tensioner pulley. Use a drive socket #16. Use a ratchet wrench.
  11. Step 11
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    Remove the V-ribbed belt.
  12. Step 12
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    Return the tensioner pulley to its initial position. Use a drive socket #16. Use a ratchet wrench.
    Replacement: serpentine belt – BMW E39. Professionals recommend:
    Check the condition of the tensioner pulley and idler pulley. Replace them if necessary.
  13. Step 13
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    Pull aside the V-ribbed belt tensioner pulley. Use a drive socket #16. Use a ratchet wrench.
  14. Step 14
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    Install the V-ribbed belt.
    Replacement: serpentine belt – BMW E39. Tip from AUTODOC:
    Make sure that the V-ribbed belt fits all pulleys snugly.
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