When to replace the Air Filter on your BMW 3 SERIES
Recommended replacement interval for the part category Air filter : 12 month / 15000 km
Important!
This replacement procedure can be used for:
BMW 3 Touring (E91) 330 d, BMW 3 Touring (E91) 330 xd, BMW 3 Touring (E91) 325 d, BMW 3 Touring (E91) 330 d View more

The steps may slightly vary depending on the car design.

This video shows the replacement procedure of a similar car part on another vehicle

All the parts you need to replace – Air Filter for 3 Touring (E91) and other BMW models
How to change Air filter on BMW E91 320 d – step-by-step instructions for straightforward car repair
Air filter
How to change Air Filter Housing Cover on BMW E91 320 d – step-by-step instructions for straightforward car repair
Air Filter Housing Cover
Tools
Replacement: air filter – BMW 3 Touring (E91). Tools you need:
Drive socket # 13
HEX bit No.H5
Torx bit T25
Torx bit T40
Ratchet wrench
Phillips screwdriver
Clip removal tool
Water pump pliers
Microfibre towel
Fender cover
Replacement: air filter – BMW 3 Touring (E91). Tip from AUTODOC:
  • Follow the terms, recommendations and requirements of the part operation provided by the manufacturer.
  • All work should be done with the engine stopped.
Replacement: air filter – BMW 3 Touring (E91). Recommended sequence of steps:
  1. Step 1
    Open the bonnet.
    Step 2
    Use a fender protection cover to prevent damaging paintwork and plastic parts of the car.
    Step 3
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    Unscrew the fasteners of the suspension strut mount cover. Use a Phillips screwdriver. Use a clip removal tool.
  2. Step 4
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    Remove the protective caps out of the shock absorber mounting fastener.
  3. Step 5
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    Release the cabin filter cover clips.
  4. Step 6
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    Unscrew the fasteners of the cabin filter housing cover. Use a drive socket #13. Use a ratchet wrench.
  5. Step 7
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    Unscrew the fasteners of the bottom part of the cabin filter housing. Use Torx T25. Use a ratchet wrench.
  6. Step 8
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    Remove the cabin filter housing cover.
    Replacement: air filter – BMW 3 Touring (E91). Tip:
    Do not apply excessive force when removing the part. Otherwise you may damage it.
  7. Step 9
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    Release the cabin filter cover clips.
  8. Step 10
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    Unscrew the fasteners of the cabin filter housing cover. Use a drive socket #13. Use a ratchet wrench.
  9. Step 11
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    Remove the cabin filter housing cover.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Replacement: air filter – BMW 3 Touring (E91). Be sure to position the filtering element correctly. Avoid misalignment.
  10. Step 12
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    Detach the connectors from the climate control sensors.
  11. Step 13
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    Remove the cabin filter housing seal.
  12. Step 14
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    Unscrew the fasteners of the bottom part of the cabin filter housing. Use a drive socket #13. Use a ratchet wrench.
  13. Step 15
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    Remove the bottom part of the cabin filter housing.
  14. Step 16
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    Cover the cabin filter air ducts with a microfibre cloth to keep dirt and dust out.
  15. Step 17
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    Unscrew the fasteners of the diagonal braces. Use Torx T40. Use a ratchet wrench.
  16. Step 18
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    Remove the diagonal brace.
  17. Step 19
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    Unscrew the engine cover fastener. Use HEX No.H5. Use a ratchet wrench.
  18. Step 20
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    Remove the engine cover.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Replacement: air filter – BMW 3 Touring (E91). To avoid damaging the part when removing it, do not use excessive force.
  19. Step 21
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    Disconnect the air intake pipe fastening. Use HEX No.H5. Use a ratchet wrench.
  20. Step 22
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    Disconnect the air intake pipe from the air filter housing.
  21. Step 23
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    Undo the fastening screws of the air filter cover. Use HEX No.H5. Use a ratchet wrench.
  22. Step 24
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    Unscrew the fasteners of the back section of the engine cover. Use HEX No.H5. Use a ratchet wrench.
  23. Step 25
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    Remove the back section of the engine cover.
  24. Step 26
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    Unscrew the oil filler plug.
  25. Step 27
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    Remove the oil filler cap.
  26. Step 28
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    Take off the filter lid.
  27. Step 29
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    Install the oil filler cap.
  28. Step 30
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    Remove the filter element from the filter housing. Use water pump pliers.
  29. Step 31
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    Clean the air filter cover and housing.
    Replacement: air filter – BMW 3 Touring (E91). Professionals recommend:
    Before cleaning the air filter cover and housing, cover the air duct parts, mass airflow sensor (if available), throttle valve with a clean cloth.
  30. Step 32
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    Insert a new filter element into the filter housing. Make sure that the filter edge fits tight to the housing.
    Replacement: air filter – BMW 3 Touring (E91). Tip from AUTODOC:
    Check out the correct location of the filter element. Do not skew.BMW 3 Touring (E91) – It's important to only use high-quality filters.During installation, make sure to prevent dust and dirt from getting into the air filter housing.
  31. Step 33
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    Remove the oil filler cap.
  32. Step 34
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    Reinstall the air filter cover. Fasten it.
  33. Step 35
    Install the oil filler cap.
    Step 36
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    Tighten the oil filler cap.
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