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Tools needed for oil change?

Discussion in 'E46 (1999-2006)' started by Musikpro, Apr 28, 2008.

    Musikpro guest

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    Hi... I'm got an 05 325i... What do I need for changing the oil?
    I've changed oil many times on many kinds of cars.. but this will be my first time on BMW.
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    az3579

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    Don't know how much more complicated your E46 is, but for me, I just need a socket wrench, the proper size socket, and a drain pan (or something to let the oil pour into). Other than that, you need nothing else other than the oil and oil filter. Maybe a funnel if you want to make pouring oil easier.

    I just did my first oil change on Saturday. :D
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    MGarrison

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    az3579

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    Mine didn't come with a washer, just the filter. The local parts store probably won't include it. At least not the Purolator filter that some stores seem to stock.
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    johnh

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    You'll need a 17mm wrench for the oil drain plug. 36mm socket for the oil filter lid - loosen it first to let oil drain from filter housing into crankcase. Buy a filter from BMW (or OEM kit) - it will include a gasket/washer set. You'll need 7 quarts of oil - bmw 5w-30 synthetic or appropriate alternative, like mobil-1 0-40. you'll get lots of opinions on oil.
    You should get a Bentley repair manual - best for BMWs. You should torque the filter lid as specified. Don't over-tighten or cross thread oil pan plug - the pan is aluminum.

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    Jeron guest

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    Oil drain plug and filter housing are two places I always grab a torque wrench. Be very careful on the drain plug not to over torque.

    snikwad guest

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    i stopped torquing the filter cap to specs after the old one was shot and wouldnt stop leaking, i bought a new one and tightened it to about 12 or 15lb-ft, cant remember fully
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    swingwing

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    Oil Change

    You need a 17mm wrench (or socket) for the drain plug, and a 36mm socket for the oil filter cap. Don't overtorque the drain plug - 18 lbs-ft,

    BMW calls for 5W-30 synthetic; I like AMSOIL's 5W-40 European Car Formula.


    Vic Sorlie
    '04 325xiT Sportwagon
    AMSOIL Dealer
    www.enduranceoil.net

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