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Old 11-19-2011, 08:33 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi I know this may sound like a silly question but here it goes. I have a 06 525xi. Can someone please tell me where the drain bolt is? I went underneath the car and I located a semi triangle compartment. When I opened it it exposes one bolt 17mm in size facing straight down. Next to the bolt is hex type bolt slanted but I am guessing that's the transmission drain hole. I cant seem to locate any other bolts. Please if you changed your own oil before and can confirm the 17mm bolt is the drain bolt please let me know. Thanks in advance guy or gals for your help.
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Hi I know this may sound like a silly question but here it goes. I have a 06 525xi. Can someone please tell me where the drain bolt is? I went underneath the car and I located a semi triangle compartment. When I opened it it exposes one bolt 17mm in size facing straight down. Next to the bolt is hex type bolt slanted but I am guessing that's the transmission drain hole. I cant seem to locate any other bolts. Please if you changed your own oil before and can confirm the 17mm bolt is the drain bolt please let me know. Thanks in advance guy or gals for your help.
Confirmed! That is the bolt for the oil drain. Thanks
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Well worked out buddy ;-)
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If you also drain the transmission fluid, and replace that small amount, your transmission will last longer also. Mine is a 14qt trans, and I can drain almost 4qts. If I do this I can be sure that my trans is never full of dirty "old" oil.
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Thats true mate, but you're only diluting the crap that is already in there.
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> Thats true mate, but you're only diluting the crap that is already in there.
Well, yeah. I agree.
But it's either that or wait for it to become really dirty crap in a couple of years or three, get the big bucket and a helper, and change out 14 quarts at a time.
This way I always have diluted crap. Very diluted crap. Never really dirty crap.
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