When to replace the Air Filter on your BMW 3 SERIES
Recommended replacement interval for the part category Air filter : 12 month / 15000 km
This replacement procedure can be used for:
BMW 3 Saloon (E36) 320 i, BMW 3 Saloon (E36) 325 i, BMW 3 Saloon (E36) 328 i, BMW 3 Saloon (E36) M3 3.2, BMW 3 Saloon (E36) M3 3.0 View more

The steps may slightly vary depending on the car design.

How to change air filter on BMW E36 [TUTORIAL AUTODOC]

Replacement: air filter – BMW E36. Tools you might need:
Microfibre towel
Fender cover
Replacement: air filter – BMW E36. AUTODOC recommends:
  • 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 E36. Take the following steps:
  1. Step 1
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    Open the hood.
  2. Step 2
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    Use a fender protection cover to prevent damaging paintwork and plastic parts of the car.
  3. Step 3
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    Release the air filter cover clips.
  4. Step 4
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    Take off the filter lid.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Replacement: air filter – BMW E36. To avoid damaging the part during installation, do not use excessive force.
  5. Step 5
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    Remove the filter element from the filter housing.
  6. Step 6
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    Cover the air intake hose with a microfibre towel to prevent dust and dirt from getting into the system.
  7. Step 7
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    Clean the air filter cover and housing.
    Replacement: air filter – BMW E36. Tip from AUTODOC experts:
    Before cleaning the air filter cover and housing, cover the air duct parts, mass airflow sensor (if available), throttle valve with a clean cloth.
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