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Old 10-16-2009, 01:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Should I use gasket sealer?

Hello,
I'm replacing the oil filter housing on my 535i (M30).
I have a new gasket but I was wondering if I should also use some sort of a gasket sealer along with the gasket.

Is there any harm in doing so?

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no need to my friend...the gasket will seal it just fine.
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If the gasket and both surfaces are nice and clean, you shouldn't have to use anything aside from the new gasket.

Just make sure it's tightened properly to spec and you should be good to go.
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We used to apply a little bit of clean oil to both faces of the gasket, but not really sure how this affected the sealing process. I always assumed it was to reduce the amount of grip that the gasket had on the face of the filter, so it wouldn't sping back against the twisting of filter being wound on.
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We used to apply a little bit of clean oil to both faces of the gasket, but not really sure how this affected the sealing process. I always assumed it was to reduce the amount of grip that the gasket had on the face of the filter, so it wouldn't sping back against the twisting of filter being wound on.


Yes, but he's talking about replacing the oil filter canister; the m30 uses a paper drop in filter like your e38.
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Thanks everyone for the replies - I sure appreciate the quick and friendly answers!
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Yes, but he's talking about replacing the oil filter canister; the m30 uses a paper drop in filter like your e38.
My bad. I haven't replaced a BMW filter, just the older style metal can filters on a GM engine and farming equipment. Sorry to throw a curve ball into the mix.
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