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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 03-01-2005, 09:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have an 87 325e, in great condition, no problems, except for oil leaking. It is coming out of oil pan in between creases, which looks like two 'halves' bolted together. Can this be tightened, or does it need to be replaced? Keep in mind I am a moron when it comes to cars.
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i replaced both upper and lower oil pan gaskets in a 84 318i not sure if its the same.

from where its leaking can u see bolts or somthing thats holding the two peice together?
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i replaced both upper and lower oil pan gaskets in a 84 318i not sure if its the same.

from where its leaking can u see bolts or somthing thats holding the two peice together?
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yes, there are bolts holding them together, that's why i'm thinking it's as simple as tightening the two up to cease the leak.
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well it could be loose, try and see what happens. make sure not to over tighten it them becuase that might make it leak more.
i think the torque spec for oil pan is anywhere from 80-97 In-Lbs.

if that dosnt work it might be just an old gasket those arent to hard to change as long as nothing is in the way of the oil pan.

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well it could be loose, try and see what happens. make sure not to over tighten it them becuase that might make it leak more.
i think the torque spec for oil pan is anywhere from 80-97 In-Lbs.

if that dosnt work it might be just an old gasket those arent to hard to change as long as nothing is in the way of the oil pan.

hope that helped.
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there is an upper and lower pan if you dont want to tkae them off use degreaser and silicone it or take them off and put new gasketes in good luck and enjoy.
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im pretty sure the 325 has only one oil pan gasket, and thats what you need
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im pretty sure the 325 has only one oil pan gasket, and thats what you need
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oops i didn't read the part where it said 325 my bad, i thought he was talking about the 318
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It was a bad seal on the oil pressure sending unit. $8.41 for a new unit, and it's working again. Thanks for the possible fixes though.
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