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Old 02-11-2005, 09:23 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Sup guys, I think I'm gonna forego the dealer nonsense and change the oil myself in my wife's 03 325i. The canister filter worries me. I've never seen it before.

I've seen the link on changing the canister filter on an E36 328. Would it be the same as the newer 325?

http://www.bmw-forums.com/forum/inde...howtopic=13641

Wife took the car to work today, so I can't run out and see.

Bringing the car in would be a pain in the neck since she'd have to lose half a day of work.

Is there any moronic clause in the warranty stating do-it yourself oil changes voids the warranty?

Thanx in advance.
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Not sure about New York, but in California we have laws that prohibit manufacturers from voiding warranties in the work is not done at the dealership. I can't imagine an oil change being done by yourself voiding a warranty. That is unless you used the wrong type of oil or screwed it up. As in, didn't change the filter, used wrong type, cross-threaded the bolts, etc, etc.
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Sup guys, I think I'm gonna forego the dealer nonsense and change the oil myself in my wife's 03 325i. The canister filter worries me. I've never seen it before.

I've seen the link on changing the canister filter on an E36 328. Would it be the same as the newer 325?

http://www.bmw-forums.com/forum/inde...howtopic=13641

Wife took the car to work today, so I can't run out and see.

Bringing the car in would be a pain in the neck since she'd have to lose half a day of work.

Is there any moronic clause in the warranty stating do-it yourself oil changes voids the warranty?

Thanx in advance.
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It's either a 32MM or 36MM socket with a 1/2 drive extension and wratchet. The dealer will never know if you changed the oil or not. It's very simple to replace the filter. Just remember to use the rubber O-ring on the filter cannister housing and just tighten the canister till it comes to a stop. You'll see what I mean. I will use 7 quarts of full synthetic. Preferably castrol oil. There is nothing to an oil change on a 3 series BMW. Oh ya, the oil pan bolt is a 17MM socket size.
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This is an amazing gadget. Gonna order one in the morning. Thanx a mil.
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get a 36mm socket as mentioned (a torque wrench to tighten the canister lid to 27Nm) a 17mm wrench or socket whichever you prefer. Open the canister first so the oil will drain from the canister back into the pan. You will recieve the large rubber o-ring for the canister lid (replace before you re-torque) and a small copper gasket (for the drain plug and be careful not to over tighten the bolts are hollow after all and really easy to break) in the filter kit from BMW. Regular 3series will take 7 quarts BMW high performance synthetic oil (unless otherwise not specified) and 3series Xi modles will take 8 quarts.
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