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3-Series (E21, E30) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1975-1983 and 1984-1991 line. Specific models: BMW 315, BMW 316, BMW 318, BMW 318i, BMW 320/4, BMW 320i, BMW 320/6, BMW 323i, BMW 320i. E30 Family models include: BMW 325e, BMW 325i, BMW 325is, BMW 325ix.

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Old 05-15-2005, 03:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Helppp please!!!

I absolotly need to change my oil pan gasket on my BMW 325 IX 89 but.... its very strong how its build..

http://home.earthlink.net/~wardellhix/memb...s/frontaxle.jpg
http://home.earthlink.net/~wardellhix/memb.../drivetrain.jpg

Like you see in this picture, de CV joint seem to pass IN the oil pan..WTF i dont understand.

Other think, does the oil pan past between the engine block and the front cross-member (where are locate the power steering pump and tie-rod mounting)

Please help, if some one have do this job, un expication of each step is very appreciate :-)

Thx a lot for help

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Old 05-19-2005, 04:48 PM   #2 (permalink)
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ouchh.. not lot of reply... Not lot of people have fix 325 IX :S

Please help..
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I hate to say it, but I really don't know how the fuck they put a driveshaft through the oil pan ghead unless that isn't the oil pan. Have you checked to make sure that the pan doesn't bolt to the bottom of the pan, and that the axle doesn't just go through the block? If that's the case, the pan might be okay.

Question: why are you changing the pan in the first place?

Argh, sorry dude that I can't be of more help, but the IX models can be a real bitch sometimes, because they are so different from most E30s in key ways.
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thx for reply

I Have check quicklee and it mean that it's only one peace.. This week we gone a try to put down of 2" the oil pan just for change the gasket because it leak... We gone a be very carefull. .but yes..IX are.. weird... that's a very bad side of BMW :-(((

We gone take picture and send it in the forums
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Good idea, man. If someone does it, maybe others can learn from it.

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Its do it :-)

Big job, around 10 hour (but we have take our time with other think in direction)

Jack car, attach engine, onbolt the engine support and after we have completly remove the cross-member with all the driving line with the shock, swaybar, link-kit, tie-rod, wishbone and CV joint.
After that we remove front-diffenrential, transmission cover plate, and after remove the pan.

Finaly, the right CV-joint pass in the oil pan to connect at the front diffential.

The job have be very great, only pass more time for replace the foot of the steering, by other think have greatly reinstall

Long job, but great! :-)
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I'm glad you got it figured out! I still don't understand what led them to routing it through the oil pan... I probably won't ever understand that one.

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You meen you dont understand how cv-join past in oil pan?...

The right CV-Joint pass in oil pas to connect in the front diffenrantial. They have a cynlinder in the oil pan and the cv-joint have a long shaft (like 50 cm)

Probably its just because the front diff is not central and the shaft need to be in oil so, the only place to past it is in the main pan...

http://www.garlington.biz/Ray/BMW/325ixDriveTrain.htm


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