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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 Wed, Sep-26-2007, 07:42:07 PM   #11
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Is there a DIY for this?
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Old Wed, Sep-26-2007, 08:14:00 PM   #12
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Is there a DIY for this?
it's pretty straight forward.

unthread old, thread in new.

it can be tough to get to.
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I called and the part is only $22 without discount.

I imagine I need to drain the oil before doing this?
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Old Thu, Sep-27-2007, 06:03:46 PM   #14
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I called and the part is only $22 without discount.

I imagine I need to drain the oil before doing this?
no you dont
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Old Thu, Sep-27-2007, 08:06:34 PM   #15
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155,000 miles. Been using cooking oil for the last six months. No issues yet.
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Old Fri, Sep-28-2007, 01:30:23 AM   #16
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no you dont
It's at the back of the filter, under the intake manifold. Use a stubby wrench to unscrew it and screw in another (handling the wiring harness part). Very easy swap. You may get a drip of oil,. but nothing worth worrying about at all. You'd see the same drip if you drained it.

Let the car cool completely, or the housing will be toasty.

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Wow that's strange - my oil light is doing the same thing recently also. Running Mobil1 20w50 here in Orlando. No top end noise at all makes me think it's a bad switch also. Thanks Phyre for the diy info. I'll try it when I get back in town in a couple of weeks.
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Sorry to report that I recently had the same symptoms that many of you describe -- oil pressure light on, ticking, etc. I put thicker oil in and that helped for awhile, but wasn't a permanent fix. We tried replacing the sensor next. Didn't solve the problem, so at 115K, I got a new oil pump and everything's been fine since. Also fixed the OPN at the same time, so now I don't have to worry about that falling out in the future.
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I picked up the sensor - (called SWITCH).

Part #12-61-7-568-480
($22.95 retail and only $11.40 with BMWCCA).

Looks like a faucet head, threaded on one side and a tiny electric plug on the other side.

Of course, my oil light has stopped flickering as the weather has cooled here.

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