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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
Total Produced: 71,212 - Years Produced: 1992 to 1999


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Old Thu, Apr-20-2017, 01:39:02 AM   #1
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Default Oil filter housing HELP!

Ok, guys, need your help. Sent my oil filter housing off for a powder coat, and it came back without this little torx panhead screw. Can you guys either help me find the P/N or appropriate dimensions, so I can buy a replacement? See the red circle.

Thanks so much.

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Do you have a tap and die set? If so you can just figure out what size it is. I always thought about putting an oil temp sensor in there
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Default Re: Oil filter housing HELP!

Take it with you to the hardware store? Shouldn't be hard to find a suitable bolt that will plug it.
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Default Re: Oil filter housing HELP!

Thanks, guys.

It's an m8x1.25 if I recall correctly, based on some hw I tested from Home Depot.

What I'm not sure of is:
*Required length of the bolt/screw, and
*type/hardness of bolt material I should use

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I can't comment but I would think that it couldn't hurt going with stronger hardware (10.9 vs 8.8).
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Hardness doesn't matter, it's not under any stress restricting oil. I would get a set screw over a bolt and make sure you use tephlon around it to make sure it seals completely.
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Default Re: Oil filter housing HELP!

Thanks much, guys.

Any thoughts on length of set screw?
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Default Re: Oil filter housing HELP!

Never pulled the plug to see how deep it is. Can you take a picture of the hole and if it does go into the oil passage? I'm going to put a 8x1.25 -> 1/8th adapter then a temp sensor in there if I can
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I figured it wasn't really structural. I just typically go for stronger bolts any time I have to replace any.

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Default Re: Oil filter housing HELP!

I'll try to take a pic, but it's installed in the car. In fact, I only discovered that the bolt was missing when I was trying to start the car, following the m50 manifold install I did. (Which included "while you're in there" projects like the oil filter housing and alternator)

Because the bolt wasn't there, it shot oil (many quarts) all over the wall and engine bay.

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