Important!
This replacement procedure can be used for:
BMW 3 Saloon (E36) 320 i, BMW 3 Coupe (E36) 320 i, BMW 3 Convertible (E36) 320 i, BMW 3 Touring (E36) 320 i, BMW 5 Saloon (E39) 520 i, BMW 5 Touring (E39) 520 i

The steps may slightly vary depending on the car design.

How to change oil filter and engine oil on BMW 520i (E39) [TUTORIAL AUTODOC]

Replacement: engine oil and filter – BMW E39. List of the tools you'll need:
Replacement: engine oil and filter – BMW E39. List of the tools you'll need:
Wire brush
All-purpose cleaning spray
Drive socket # 17
Drive socket # 36
Ratchet wrench
Torque wrench
Tap wrench
Flat Screwdriver
Oil drain pan
Funnel
Fender cover
All the parts you need to replace – Oil Filter for 5 Saloon (E39) and other BMW models
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Oil Filter
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BMW 3 Saloon (E36) 320 i
Simple DIY car repair steps – Replacing Oil Filter on BMW 3 Coupe (E36) 320 i
BMW 3 Coupe (E36) 320 i
Easy tricks to help you to replace Oil Filter on BMW 3 Convertible (E36) 320 i
BMW 3 Convertible (E36) 320 i
Oil Filter removal & installation, incredibly easy steps for BMW 3 Touring (E36) 320 i
BMW 3 Touring (E36) 320 i
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BMW 5 Saloon (E39) 520 i
Main steps for Oil Filter replacement on BMW 5 Touring (E39) 520 i
BMW 5 Touring (E39) 520 i
Replacement: engine oil and filter – BMW E39. AUTODOC recommends:
  • Replace the oil filter every time when changing motor oil.
  • Wear gloves to prevent contact with hot liquid.
  • Warning! Shut down the engine before starting any work – BMW E39
Carry out replacement in the following order:
  1. How to change Oil Filter on BMW E39 1990 - free PDF and video manuals
    Step 1
    Open the hood.
  2. How to replace BMW 5 Saloon (E39) 523i 2.5 1991 Oil Filter - step-by-step manuals and video guides
    Step 2
    Use a fender protection cover to prevent damaging paintwork and plastic parts of the car.
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    Step 3
    Unscrew the oil filler plug.
  4. Changing Oil Filter on BMW 5 Saloon (E39) 520i 2.0 1993 by yourself
    Step 4
    Lift the car using a jack or place it over an inspection pit.
    Replacement: engine oil and filter – BMW E39. Professionals recommend:
    The vehicle must be on even keel, and if it is at an angle, the drain plug must be at the lowest point.
  5. How to remove BMW 5 SERIES 525tds 2.5 1994 Oil Filter - online easy-to-follow instructions
    Step 5
    Put a waste oil container with at least 7 l capacity under the drainage hole.
  6. How to replace Oil Filter on BMW 5 Saloon (E39) 1995: download PDF manuals and video instructions
    Step 6
    Clean the area of the oil pan drainage hole.Use a wire brush.Use all-purpose cleaning spray.
  7. How hard is it to do yourself: Oil Filter replacement on BMW E39 525i 2.5 1996 - download illustrated guide
    Step 7
    Unscrew the drain plug.Use a drive socket #17.Use a tap wrench.
  8. Need to know how to renew Oil Filter on BMW 5 SERIES ? This free workshop manual will help you to do it yourself
    Step 8
    Drain the used oil.
    Replacement: engine oil and filter – BMW E39. Tip from AUTODOC experts:
    Caution! The oil may be hot.Wait until the oil has completely drained from the drainage hole.
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    Step 9
    Prepare a container for the old oil filter.
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    Step 10
    Unscrew the filter housing cap together with the old filter element.Use a drive socket #36.Use a ratchet wrench.
  11. Replacing Oil Filter on BMW E39 1991 523i 2.5 by yourself
    Step 11
    Put the old oil filter in the container.
    Replacement: engine oil and filter – BMW E39. AUTODOC experts recommend:
    Move up the container. The oil starts to drain out of the drainage hole immediately after you have removed the oil filter.
  12. 5 Saloon (E39) 525tds 2.5 1992 Oil Filter DIY replacement workshop manual
    Step 12
    Detach the oil filter from the filter cover.
  13. How to change Oil Filter on BMW 5 Saloon (E39) 1993 - tips and tricks
    Step 13
    Remove the oil filter cover O-ring.Use a flat screwdriver.
  14. Step-by-step recommendations for DIY replacement BMW E39 1994 525tds 2.5 Oil Filter
    Step 14
    Clean the oil filter housing cap.Use all-purpose cleaning spray.
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    Step 15
    Install a new O-ring to its mounting seat on the filter cover.
  16. How to change Oil Filter on BMW E39 1990 - free PDF and video manuals
    Step 16
    Install the new oil filter to the mounting seat on the filter cover.
  17. How to replace BMW 5 Saloon (E39) 523i 2.5 1991 Oil Filter - step-by-step manuals and video guides
    Step 17
    Clean the area of the oil pan drainage hole.
  18. BMW E39 530d 3.0 1992 Oil Filter replacement: free workshop manuals
    Step 18
    Screw in the new drainage plug and tighten it. Use a drive socket #17.Use a torque wrench.Tighten it to 28 Nm torque.
  19. Changing Oil Filter on BMW 5 Saloon (E39) 520i 2.0 1993 by yourself
    Step 19
    Clean the area of the oil pan drainage hole.Use all-purpose cleaning spray.
  20. How to remove BMW 5 SERIES 525tds 2.5 1994 Oil Filter - online easy-to-follow instructions
    Step 20
    Lower the car.
  21. How to replace Oil Filter on BMW 5 Saloon (E39) 1995: download PDF manuals and video instructions
    Step 21
    Lubricate the rubber seal of the new filter with a little amount of fresh oil.
  22. How hard is it to do yourself: Oil Filter replacement on BMW E39 525i 2.5 1996 - download illustrated guide
    Step 22
    Install a new oil filter housing cover and tighten it.Use a drive socket #36.Use a torque wrench.Tighten it to 25 Nm torque.
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    Step 23
    Remove the oil filler cap.
  24. Changing of Oil Filter on BMW E39 1998 won't be an issue if you follow this illustrated step-by-step guide
    Step 24
    Insert the funnel.
  25. BMW 5 SERIES 540i 4.4 Oil Filter replacement: online guides and video tutorials
    Step 25
    Pour oil into the engine through the filler.Required amount of oil: 6.5 L.
    Replacement: engine oil and filter – BMW E39. Tip:
    Use the oil recommended by the manufacturer.
  26. Replacing Oil Filter on BMW E39 1991 523i 2.5 by yourself
    Step 26
    Check the oil level using the dipstick.Top up oil if necessary.
    Please note!
    The oil level should be between the Min and Max marks.
  27. 5 Saloon (E39) 525tds 2.5 1992 Oil Filter DIY replacement workshop manual
    Step 27
    Install the oil filler cap.
  28. How to change Oil Filter on BMW 5 Saloon (E39) 1993 - tips and tricks
    Step 28
    Tighten the oil filler cap.
  29. Step-by-step recommendations for DIY replacement BMW E39 1994 525tds 2.5 Oil Filter
    Step 29
    Run the engine for a few minutes.After the oil pressure warning light goes out, stop the engine.
  30. DIY replacement of Oil Filter on BMW 5 Saloon (E39) 528i 2.8 1995 is not an issue anymore with our step-by-step tutorial
    Step 30
    Check the oil level 5 minutes after the stop of the engine operation using a dipstick and add oil if necessary.
    Please note!
    The oil level should be between the Min and Max marks.Make sure that the oil filler cap is properly tightened.Check the threaded plug of the drainage hole and the oil filter seal for tightness. If necessary, carefully tighten them up.
  31. How to change Oil Filter on BMW E39 1990 - free PDF and video manuals
    Step 31
    Remove the fender protection cover.
  32. How to replace BMW 5 Saloon (E39) 523i 2.5 1991 Oil Filter - step-by-step manuals and video guides
    Step 32
    Close the hood.
    Replacement: engine oil and filter – BMW E39. AUTODOC recommends:
    Note that oil pressure warning light, which indicates insufficient pressure in the lubrication system, may be on for a longer time than usual. After a few seconds, the oil will fill all the channels, and the light will go out. To protect the environment from pollution, be sure to dispose of the used filters at special collection points.
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