M60 spark plugs replacement




Time: 45min

Procedure and Pictures courtesy of Hans Lain

This procedure for the V8 BMW 540i and 530i is pretty simple. You might want to change the valve cover gasket while you are at it of if your spark plugs have a lot of oil on them.


1. To access the spark plugs for removal, you first need to remove some plastic housing on the engine. To begin, you must remove the (4) engine cover nut caps and the (2) ignition coil/spark plug cover nut caps to expose the nuts for removal.
2. After removing the nuts securing the engine and ignition coil / spark plug covers, you next need to slide the grommet on the throttle cable entering the front of the engine cover out of the engine cover so the cable can drop downwards out of the hole in the cover when the cover is lifted.
3. The cover can then be lifted upwards (see picture above) to allow for removal of the ignition coil/spark plug cover.
4. After you have removed the ignition coil / spark plug cover, you will now have access to the ignition coils and ultimately the spark plugs. As you can see below, (2) nuts secure the ignition coil in place. To remove the ignition coil, first, loosen and remove these nuts. Note that the ignition coil springs up slightly as you loosen both nuts - there is a spring inside of the ignition coil stem that makes contact with the spark plug. In the secured position, this spring is slightly compressed and pushing against the spark plug and thus the coil rises up slightly as you loosen the ignition coil nuts. After you have removed the nuts, you need to next disconnect the ignition coil harness from the ignition coil. This is done by sliding the harness release/securing latch outwards to unlock the harness, it can be unplugged from the ignition coil and the coil can then be removed.
As you can see above, the spark plug is now accessible for removal/replacement.

Reinstallation is the opposite of removal.

note -the OEM spark plug for this engine does not have an adjustable gap.


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