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 (E46) 330 d, BMW 3 Touring (E46) 330 xd, BMW 3 Touring (E46) 330 d, BMW 3 Touring (E46) 330 xd 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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Tools
Replacement: air filter – BMW E46 touring. Tools you need:
Torx bit T20
HEX bit No.H5
Ratchet wrench
Microfibre towel
Fender cover
Replacement: air filter – BMW E46 touring. 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 touring. Take the following steps:
  1. Step 1
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    Open the bonnet.
  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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    Unscrew the fasteners of the cabin filter housing cover.
  4. Step 4
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    Remove the cabin filter housing cover.
  5. Step 5
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    Remove the cabin filter.
  6. Step 6
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    Remove the rubber strip.
  7. Step 7
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    Unscrew the filter housing fastening bolts. Use Torx T20. Use a ratchet wrench.
  8. Step 8
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    Disconnect the wiring harness from the cabin filter housing.
  9. Step 9
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    Remove the cabin air filter housing.
  10. Step 10
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    Loosen the air intake fastening. Use HEX No.H5. Use a ratchet wrench.
  11. Step 11
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    Detach the air duct housing from the air filter housing.
  12. Step 12
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    Undo the fastening screws of the air filter cover. Use HEX No.H5. Use a ratchet wrench.
  13. Step 13
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    Remove the oil filler cap.
  14. Step 14
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    Take off the filter lid.
  15. Step 15
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    Tighten the oil filler cap.
  16. Step 16
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    Remove the filter element from the filter housing.
  17. Step 17
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    Clean the air filter cover and housing.
    Replacement: air filter – BMW E46 touring. 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.
  18. Step 18
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    Insert a new filter element into the filter housing. Make sure that the filter edge fits tight to the housing.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Replacement: air filter – BMW E46 touring. Be sure to position the filtering element correctly. Avoid misalignment.Take care to only use quality filters.During installation, make sure to prevent dust and dirt from getting into the air filter housing.
  19. Step 19
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    Remove the oil filler cap.
  20. Step 20
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    Reinstall the air filter housing.
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