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Lost oil pressure in a 1999 540i and timing chain noise

While driving the check oil warning light came on followed by low oil pressure shut off engine warning and loud tappet / timing chain noise. Immediately pulled over and shut off engine. let it sit a min or 2 and checked oil dipstick which showed oil to be too full (up to top of dipstick. The oil and filter were changed 2 weeks ago so i doubt its a clogged filter and the cap seems tight on filter housing. Some 1 said that the 540i has been known to have oil-pump bolts work their way loose which would explain loss of pressure and the hydraulic timing-chain tensioners rattling away... any experienced advice would be great thanks.

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From the book the oil pump is driven by a chain from the crankshaft. It is very possible that the oil pump has come loose and thrown/broken the pump chain. It will require a sump removal to check it out. recheck the oil level as what you read may have been a froth level . there is no reason for extra oil unless it was overfilled to start with or there is water contamination ( white /grey oil)

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i have had the same problem at times. my car would start and then shut off. but i found that i needed oil and check my oil and it was a quater low put in some oil and everything went fine i notices that everytime the oil is low the same thing happens also depending on the position of the car being park meaning that if you are in a down hill position or up hill position i will do the same. so you have to accelarate for 1 minute to have the oil go up. i hope this works

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