In Reply to: Re: Passed the leakdown test by a comfortable marg posted by keith on June 30, 1999 at 12:45:19:
I found a thread on the 530i homepage where they listed various dealers who were familiar with the M60 engine issue. Lucky for me, I found the name of a service manager at our local dealer listed on the thread. I called him directly and mentioned he came highly recomended. Right away he was helpful and explained to me what I needed to do. They have to write up "the customer complains of a rough idle" to get the warranty coverage.
We went directly to leakdown test because the experienced service manager made the technician continue. I waited at the dealer and read a book (about 3 hours) and as the various service guys walked by they asked me "are you the one getting the engine test"?
The engine specialist of course cannot detect a rough idle but continues to perform the leakdown test anyway. The service manager tells the technician don't question the customer just do the test. He turns out to be on our side. I talked to the engine specialist and he said they bias the test in favor of the customer. They have done enough engines now that it is a profit center for them. Dealers who are not familiar with the M60 engine issue are not sure of what they are getting into and don't know enough to cooperate.
BMW will not replace the block unless the leakdown test shows a failure. They will not replace blocks on idle quality alone. My local dealer has enough experience so they just go right to the leakdown test and charge it to the extended warranty.
Sorry for rambling on. Good luck-Jim
: Why did they do a leakdown test. Did the car fail one of the other two tests ("idle quality" or "pressure distribution")? If not, why did the dealer pick up the tab? Just curious, since I am thinking of taking my car in soon to have the series of tests performed.
: 1994 530iA