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 Convertible (E46) 318 Ci, BMW 3 Convertible (E46) 318 Ci, BMW 3 Convertible (E46) 318 Ci View more

The steps may slightly vary depending on the car design.

How to change air filter on BMW 3 (E46) [TUTORIAL AUTODOC]

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All the parts you need to replace – Air Filter for 3 Convertible (E46) and other BMW models
How to change Air filter on BMW 3 Convertible (E46) 330 Ci – step-by-step instructions for straightforward car repair
Air filter
How to change Air Filter Housing Cover on BMW 3 Convertible (E46) 330 Ci – step-by-step instructions for straightforward car repair
Air Filter Housing Cover
Tools
Replacement: air filter – BMW E46 convertible. Tools you need:
Drive socket # 8
Drive socket # 10
Ratchet wrench
Phillips Screwdriver
Fender cover
Replacement: air filter – BMW E46 convertible. AUTODOC experts recommend:
  • Follow the terms, recommendations and requirements of the part operation provided by the manufacturer.
  • Please note: all work on the car – BMW E46 convertible – should be done with the engine switched off.
Carry out replacement in the following order:
  1. Step 1
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    Open the bonnet.
  2. Step 2
    How to replace BMW 3 Convertible (E46) 330 Ci 2001 Air Filter - step-by-step manuals and video guides
    Use a fender protection cover to prevent damaging paintwork and plastic parts of the car.
  3. Step 3
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    Remove the fasteners of the air duct housing. Detach the air duct housing from the air filter housing.
  4. Step 4
    Changing Air Filter on BMW 3 Convertible (E46) 318Ci 2.0 2003 by yourself
    Loosen the fastening clamp connecting the air duct to the air filter housing. Remove the air intake hose. Use a drive socket #8.
  5. Step 5
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    Unscrew the filter housing fastening bolts. Use a drive socket #10.
  6. Step 6
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    Remove the air filter housing.
  7. Step 7
    How hard is it to do yourself: Air Filter replacement on BMW 3 Convertible (E46) 320Cd 2.0 2006 - download illustrated guide
    Unplug the mass air flow sensor connector.
  8. Step 8
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    Undo the fastening screws of the air filter cover. Use a Phillips screwdriver.
  9. Step 9
    Changing of Air Filter on BMW 3 Convertible (E46) 2000 won't be an issue if you follow this illustrated step-by-step guide
    Take off the filter lid.
  10. Step 10
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    Unscrew the fastener of the mass air flow sensor. Remove the part. Use a drive socket #10. Use a ratchet wrench.
  11. Step 11
    Replacing Air Filter on BMW 3 Convertible (E46) 2002 330 Ci by yourself
    Remove the filter element from the filter housing.
  12. Step 12
    3 Convertible (E46) 323Ci 2.5 2003 Air Filter DIY replacement workshop manual
    Clean the air filter cover and housing.
    Replacement: air filter – BMW E46 convertible. 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.
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