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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
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Old Sun, Dec-20-2009, 10:35:32 PM   #1
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Default DIY: E36 Oil Change - For the new DIYer

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Here are some old pictures I took in an effort to create a simple instruction for DIY oil change. I know most on this forum know how to change their oil already, but I didn't spot any DIY oil change on here. (forgive me if I over looked it).

This is a good first DIY for those new to BMWs and DIYing. As most of you know, DIYing is an integral part to maintaining an E36 and this is a good first step in working on the car yourself.



1) Jack up the front of the car. For lowered cars you may be forced to use the OEM jack kit in the trunk. Place jack stands under the hockey pucks on each side of the to make sure that it is stable.





2) With an oil catch pan ready, loosen the oil drain plug. It is 17mm.



3) Let the oil drain into the pan and go put the hood on the car



4) Now on the top side of the engine bay, locate the oil filter canister



5) Undo the top of screw on the filter cap (13mm) and remove the lid. With the lid remove grab the filter out (have newspaper or a bin ready as it will probably be full of oil and start leaking)



6) Grab the OEM oil filter kit (you did buy one ahead of time, didn't you?)



7) Contents of the OEM filter kit: new filter, new gasktets for the filter lid and a small rubber gasket for the filter canister screw. Also a crush washer for the oil drain plug




8) Using a small screw driver replace the gaskets on the filter cap lid and the end of the long screw from the filter canister. To make sure they seal good and push on into the proper area use a dab of oil around each gasket.




9) At this point feel free to clean up the filter housing and lid with a clean rag. Place the new filter into the canister. Replace the lid with the new gasket and insert and tighten down the the long bolt for the filter canister with the new silver washer provided in the OEM filter kit. Tighten the bolt to 15 to 18 ft-lbs



10) By now the oil should be done draining. Put the new crush washer (copper in color) on the end of the drain plug and tighten it to the oil pan. DO NOT OVER TIGHTEN!! It does not need Hercules strengthen to seal the drain plug. Roughly 25 ft-lbs if you have a torque wrench


11) With the drain plug now in place, move to the top and undo the oil filter fill cap. Using a funnel add your choice of oil to the car. I typically used 15w50 mobil gold cap in the summer months. US E36 M3s take 6.9 quarts of oil



12) Safely put the car back on the ground. Check the oil with the dip stick. I recommend checking the oil level again after the next short drive you take in the car and really is easily done at every gas fill up.

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Although I already know how to do this I think this is a great DIY write up for beginners.
Calvin you should add this to your E36 DIY thread..
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Very nicely done. Definitely should be stickied/added to DIY thread.
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Bravo! No excuses for those interested in starting to DIY.
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Wow - I've been performing the process correctly all along
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LOL thanks guys. I know it's not exactly cutting edge stuff here - but for new owners it's a step in the right direction of DIYing. I learned a lot about DIYing from my E36 and it only makes sense to pass it along to others.

I have not seen a good DIY with pictures either so hopefully that helps.




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Funny story from CarTalk (the NPR car talk show): There were two woman friends that tried to change a husband's car's oil to save some money. They were at the time stay at home moms. Anyway, they ended up draining the trans fluid and then adding oil to the engine and driving the car. Essentially driving around with twice the amount of engine oil and nothing in the transmission.... So let's avoid this type of situation
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Good DIY, thanks. Another option is siphoning the oil out.

Just did a post on this: http://cparente.wordpress.com/2009/1...iy-oil-change/
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Funny story from CarTalk (the NPR car talk show): There were two woman friends that tried to change a husbands oil to save some money. They were at the time stay at home moms. Anyway, they ended up draining the trans fluid and then adding oil to the engine and driving the car. Essentially driving around with twice the amount of engine oil and nothing in the transmission.... So let's avoid this type of situation
Who told woman they were allowed to do this!? j/k (maybe)
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I think they were trying to do it as a favor to the husband. Nice thought - poorly executed sadly.
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Good DIY, thanks. Another option is siphoning the oil out.

Just did a post on this: http://cparente.wordpress.com/2009/1...iy-oil-change/
Not a big fan of this method (personally), but it does also work I certainly wouldn't do it for successive oil changes. If you have a jack, stands and a few tools, mine as well do it the proper way.
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