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#1 (permalink) Old 01-08-2009, 12:12 PM
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Oil Filter Change Q

Hi all.

So I popped out the oil filter and saw that my housing has

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on my filter cap it has

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Is this usual? or something left out from an old oil filter? Should I remove this before putting in a new one?
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WOW!!, that looks old the filter has broken in half!!! it should look like the one here:

Genuine BMW Oil Filter E46 E90 E91 [11427508969] - £8.83 : BMW Genuine Parts .co. uk, - Genuine BMW Parts Direct!

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thanks, Marti.

My new filter looks exactly like the one in your link. My question though is how your housing and cap would look like after you remove your old filter. Would it have the ones that I have in these pics?

BTW, if it matters, I have a 2000 323i.
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If you have removed your old filter intacked and the new filter fits in then its fine.

As in the diagram:

RealOEM.COM * BMW E46 323i LUBRICATION SYSTEM-OIL FILTER

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Just make sure everything fits okay and everything is koshier, and make sure you replace the brass washer looking thing down inside the pipe every now and again and replace the rubber ring that goes around the oil filter cap like every other oil change because if it cracks it will usually leak a little bit and make sure you don't screw the oil filter cap on too tight because you don't want to crack the housing which will be about 500 to get a new one. Just snug is fine, along with the drain plug.
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If you have removed your old filter intacked and the new filter fits in then its fine.

As in the diagram:

RealOEM.COM * BMW E46 323i LUBRICATION SYSTEM-OIL FILTER
Thanks again.

This is my first oil change as I just got this e46 a week ago. Had an e36 which did not have these strange looking pieces on the housing and cap.

Just wondering though if you can remember your own has these pieces?

I remember the filter I took out appears to be a bit crumpled as if it has been vertically squeezed into the housing which made me think that those may have been part of a broken filter that the previous owner did not bother to remove.

Your thoughts?
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It might have been broken if the person who did it last did not do it right and broke a piece of the cap itself and it didn't fit right in the oil filter housing and that's why it was broken.
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I must say mine doesnt have those strange bits in, but mines a 7, saying that my old 5 never had them either, do they come out ?

measure the new filter then measure the space you have with the bits in place, if the space is to small then the bits should'nt be there.

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