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

The steps may slightly vary depending on the car design.

How to change oil filter and engine oil on BMW E36 [TUTORIAL AUTODOC]

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All the parts you need to replace – Oil Filter for 3 Saloon (E36) and other BMW models
Tools
Replacement: engine oil and filter – BMW E36. Tools you might need:
Wire brush
All-purpose cleaning spray
Torque wrench
Drive socket # 19
Drive socket # 36
Ratchet wrench
Tap wrench
Flat screwdriver
Fluid container
Funnel
Fender cover
Replacement: engine oil and filter – BMW E36. Tip from AUTODOC:
  • Replace the oil filter every time when changing motor oil.
  • Wear gloves to prevent contact with hot liquid.
  • Please note: all work on the car – BMW E36 – should be done with the engine switched off.
Carry out replacement in the following order:
  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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    Unscrew the oil filler plug.
  4. Step 4
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    Clean the oil filter housing cap. Use all-purpose cleaning spray.
  5. Step 5
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    Unscrew the filter housing cap together with the old filter element. Use a drive socket #36. Use a ratchet wrench.
  6. Step 6
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    Prepare a container for the old oil filter.
  7. Step 7
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    Put the old oil filter in the container.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Move up the container. The oil starts to drain out of the drainage hole immediately after you have removed the oil filter.
  8. Step 8
    Cover the oil filter housing with a microfibre towel to prevent dirt and foreign objects from getting into the system.
    Step 9
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    Lift the car using a jack or place it over an inspection pit.
    Replacement: engine oil and filter – BMW E36. Tip:
    The vehicle must be on even keel, and if it is at an angle, the drain plug must be at the lowest point.All work should be done with the engine stopped.
  9. Step 10
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    Put a waste oil container with at least 7 l capacity under the drainage hole.
  10. Step 11
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    Clean the area of the oil pan drainage hole. Use a wire brush. Use all-purpose cleaning spray.
  11. Step 12
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    Unscrew the drain plug. Use a drive socket #19. Use a tap wrench.
  12. Step 13
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    Drain the used oil.
    Replacement: engine oil and filter – BMW E36. AUTODOC recommends:
    Caution! The oil may be hot.
  13. Step 14
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    Remove the oil filter cover O-ring.
  14. Step 15
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    Detach the oil filter from the filter cover. Use a flat screwdriver.
  15. Step 16
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    Clean the oil filter housing cap. Use all-purpose cleaning spray.
  16. Step 17
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    Install the new oil filter to the mounting seat on the filter cover.
  17. Step 18
    Install a new O-ring to its mounting seat on the filter cover.
    Please note!
    Make sure to install the filter correctly. Don't mix up the sides of the part.Wait until the oil has completely drained from the drainage hole.
    Step 19
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    Clean the area of the oil pan drainage hole.
  18. Step 20
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    Screw in the new drainage plug and tighten it. Use a drive socket #19. Use a torque wrench. Tighten it to 25 Nm torque.
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