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E46 M3 (2001-2006) Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
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Old Thu, Sep-06-2007, 03:20:21 PM   #1
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I have an 02 (04/2002) m3 and noticed that my oil is leaking from the front left hand side of the oil pan. It is leaking fairly consistently and I am wondering what my options are.

1: Is this covered under the 100,000 miles all oil lubricated parts for my engine?

2: Is this a hard DIY?

3: how much am I looking at if not covered if I go through an Indy shop?

thanks for your help on this matter!


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I've also been trying to identify an oil leak that appears to be coming from my oil pan as well. Sorry, i don't have any answers to your questions....just a free bump! Lol!
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Are you sure its the oil pan??? When I was looking to buy I had a silver one I put on the lift and thought it had an oil pan leak. Turns out after cleaning it and running the engine it was the back of the head gasket. Needless to say I did not purchase that one. The best way to determine an oil leak is to clean off the engine, install some oil dye, run the vehicle for a day and look with a black light. You should be able to identify the source of the leak fairly quickly. My shop does this for about $40. Its a shame you aren't closer or I could help you out.
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chain tensioner cover gasket.
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chain tensioner cover gasket.
Thats common...the front seal is common (a couple hundred $'s at an indy)

If its the oil pan....(which is also common) expect around 400-500 at an indy.

How long ago was the bearing recall done...they have 2 years on the labor.

the 100k warranty wont do crap on this...they deny most gaskets.
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my production date is 04/2002 that is not with in the recall parameters for the bearing is it?
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If it's the gasket it will not be covered under the 100K warranty. My car just went in for a new oil pan gasket b/c of this exact problem.
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my production date is 04/2002 that is not with in the recall parameters for the bearing is it?
Yes it is...All 01's and 02'.

Make sure its BEEN done.


BMW let mine slip through.. I had to point it out.

Take it to a dealer and give them your key. They will get you the history. If it has been done..you have a very good case on a free replacement...along with a free oil change!

If it hasnt been done your really hooked up.. Free fix, free oil change...loaner and a full tank of gas
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hmm... I took the key to the dealer after I bought it and they wouldn't allow me to see the service history. I asked them if there were any recalls that needed to be done and they stated "no". I am going to give it another shot though, considering that my dealership is shady like a honda dealer.


is it a hard DIY to change the oil pan gasket?

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is there a DIY somewhere? if so link please!

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Not sure about the DIY on this oil pan..

The gasket is cheap... $35 or so..

You have every right to know when the recall was done. If they said its been done...Ask "when"

The Pan is leaking because it has been opened up and not sealed correctly.
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