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#1 (permalink) Old 01-22-2006, 12:30 PM
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oil change

ya i know i had a big thread about this. still can't get the stupid oil filter off. know what size filter wrench i need? maybe mines stripped, but i've boughten over 5 at the auto part store and no luck with getting them to fit. a buddy of mine at the dealership is gonna help me out..but it still pisses me off. 2nd of all, i broke a tube in front of the oil filter. it looks like it goes from somewhere on the left of the car, i know its for emmisions, it seems like it monitors the air intake from the charcoal canister to the exhaust system. its a plastic POS hose that broke when i barely hit it lol. guess that oxidation did it no good. its replaced now but just an fyi of how gay that damn hose is lol.

again with the filter..i've had no luck getting the top off. otherwise it was a successful oil change. thanks!
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ohh ya..98 318i
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check your toolkit in the trunk.

There should be the right wrenches and for that bolt
btw, use mm insteand of inches for size of wrenches

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you should be able to reach up and grab your oil filter and twist it yourself. at least on my '85 325e if i lift the car up its sitting right there for my arm to reach in and twist. although your car is fourteen years younger..lol

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mines an in canister filter. i thought there was a bolt on top of the oil filter..but i was wrong. there isn't one. im not 100 percent sure how to get it off..i tried like a 73mm wrench to get it off..but kept slipping. i think ima just have the dealership do it.
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The later models like yours use , I believe, a 36mm wrench to remove the top of the filter. Will it just not turn at all?

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naa, lemme get a pic of it to show you. maybe mines messed up..is there supposed to be a nut on top..cuse there isn't..
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mines the same way. it has a plastic cover or something over top of the filter. i couldnt get it to budge for the life of me. and it had no bolt as described in my hyanes manual either. what you see on top of it in the picture is a little plastic lip or something, but no bolt. and it has no hole meaning there was never a bolt in it. i hear you need a "special" bmw tool for it or something. i circled it in red below. eh, oil changes are cheap anyway so i just take it to get done somehwere.
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prolly can be undone with a strap wrench..no big deal

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