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#1 (permalink) Old 08-23-2005, 08:26 PM
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I have a '97 328ic, fairly new to me. So.... here's my dumb question, how do I DIY change oil? Location of filter---is it on top near the radiator? If so, what special tool or socket is needed to fit it? Oil drain plug...what size wrench is needed? Thanks for your help! Also, any recommendations for oil type, this has 76K miles, driven in Ohio.
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oil filter is on top, got no idea about the wrenches! there is a DIY on this somewhere but i cnt remember, mite have read it in a haynes (wasnt too bad actually), my car needs 6.5L of oil nd 10W40 but not that this helps you, well good luck!

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if you dont have an assortment of wrenches just use a cresent wrench. get the oil filter from a dealership cause it comes with the new o-rings and washers
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Here's the Pelican Tech article on oil changes.

E36 Oil Change


Drain the oil from the pan first before removing the filter or you'll have a huge mess. Call around and see if any of the auto parts stores in your area have the filter, sometimes NAPA does. It'll have the new big O-ring for the filter housing and a new drain plug seal ring. I recommend Mobil One synthetic oil, in whatever viscosity suites your operating environment. Check your owner's manual.






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I buy MANN filters from bavauto.com. They come with the new O-ring and cost only $8. A FRAMM filter in Autozonne cost me $15

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got a oem filter from the dealer for $9
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^^ I'll check with the dealership in my area. If they are only $9, I'll stop paying for shipping.

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^^ I'll check with the dealership in my area. If they are only $9, I'll stop paying for shipping.
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Most of the on-line parts sellers don't charge for shipping if your order is over $50. So, I usually buy several filters together (for both 328i and ML320).
BMW oil filter is around $7 on-line.

On the other hand, if you need a filter right-a-way, your local dealer may not be bad (around $9).
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^^ I'll check with the dealership in my area. If they are only $9, I'll stop paying for shipping.
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Most of the on-line parts sellers don't charge for shipping if your order is over $50. So, I usually buy several filters together (for both 328i and ML320).
BMW oil filter is around $7 on-line.

On the other hand, if you need a filter right-a-way, your local dealer may not be bad (around $9).
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Yeah -- I know. I usually get a filter or a few whenever I get anything else for my car. I have several purchases coming in the near future, so I may stock up then. I am completely out right now.

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i belive that the wrech for the oil filter is a 30 mm i could be wrong though i cant remeber off the top of my head. and the oil plug is a 17mm i belive. i would use a socket for the drain plug. as for oil it doesnt matter if you go regular just change the oil around 3000-3500 miles, with synthiatic you can go to about 7000miles, though the catch behind that is that you are suposed to change the filter in the middle of that, nobody does, and not to many people know that, but thats what mobil 1 says. i would go ams oil if you want synthiatic.(spell?) good luck!
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Oil filter cap: 36mm.

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It's difficult to locate a store that sells 36mm socket.
Try "Farm and Fleet" store, if there is one around where you live.
I bought one there for $5.
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I walked right into Sears and got it there. You should be able to get it online also. I am certain you don't need to use a socket -- ther are ways around this --, but I'd rather do things the right way.

Also, there is a tool that bavauto sells (no, I don't work for them) that on one end is a 32mm wrench (necessary to remove fan) and a 36mm on the pther end. This wrench is not very think, so making it fit betweeen the radiator and the fan is easier than using a regular wrench. Just in case you are in the market for something like that.

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