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 Saloon (E46) 316 i, BMW 3 Saloon (E46) 328 i, BMW 3 Saloon (E46) 323 i, BMW 3 Saloon (E46) 320 i, BMW 3 Saloon (E46) 330 xi, BMW 3 Saloon (E46) 330 i, BMW 3 Saloon (E46) 320 i, BMW 3 Saloon (E46) 325 i, BMW 3 Saloon (E46) 325 xi, BMW 3 Saloon (E46) 316 i, BMW 3 Saloon (E46) 325 i View more

The steps may slightly vary depending on the car design.

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

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All the parts you need to replace – Air Filter for 3 Saloon (E46) and other BMW models
Tools
Replacement: air filter – BMW E46. Tools you might need:
Round-nose pliers
Fender cover
Replacement: air filter – BMW E46. 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 E46. Use the following procedure:
  1. Step 1
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    Open the hood.
  2. Step 2
    Use a fender protection cover to prevent damaging paintwork and plastic parts of the car.
    Step 3
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    Remove the fasteners of the air duct housing. Use round-nose pliers.
  3. Step 4
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    Detach the air duct housing from the air filter housing.
  4. Step 5
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    Slide the filter cover clips.
  5. Step 6
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    Take off the filter lid.
  6. Step 7
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    Remove the filter element from the filter housing.
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