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 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 oil filter and engine oil on BMW 3 (E46) [TUTORIAL AUTODOC]

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All the parts you need to replace – Oil Filter for 3 Convertible (E46) and other BMW models
Tools
Replacement: engine oil and filter – BMW E46 convertible. Tools you might need:
All-purpose cleaning spray
Oil filter cup socket 86/16 F
Drive socket # 17
Ratchet wrench
Torque wrench
Flat Screwdriver
Funnel
Oil drain pan
Microfibre towel
Fender cover
AUTODOC recommends:
  • Replace the oil filter every time when changing motor oil.
  • Please note: all work on the car – BMW E46 convertible – should be done with the engine switched off.
  • Wear gloves to prevent contact with hot liquid.
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
    Lift the car using a jack or place it over an inspection pit.
    Replacement: engine oil and filter – BMW E46 convertible. Tip:
    The vehicle must be on even keel, and if it is at an angle, the drain plug must be at the lowest point.
    Step 5
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    Put a waste oil container with at least 6 l capacity under the drainage hole.
  5. Step 6
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    Unscrew the drain plug. Use a drive socket #17. Use a ratchet wrench.
  6. Step 7
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    Drain the used oil.
    Replacement: engine oil and filter – BMW E46 convertible. Tip from AUTODOC:
    Caution! The oil may be hot.
  7. Step 8
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    Unscrew the oil filter. Use the 86/16 F socket.
  8. Step 9
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    Remove the oil filter.
  9. Step 10
    Changing of Oil Filter on BMW 3 Convertible (E46) 2000 won't be an issue if you follow this illustrated step-by-step guide
    Prepare a container for the old oil filter. Put the old oil filter in the container.
    Replacement: engine oil and filter – BMW E46 convertible. 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.
  10. Step 11
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    Cover the oil filter housing with a microfibre towel to prevent dirt and foreign objects from getting into the system.
  11. Step 12
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    Detach the oil filter from the filter cover.
  12. Step 13
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    Remove old o-rings from the oil filter cover. Use a flat screwdriver.
  13. Step 14
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    Clean the oil filter housing cap. Use all-purpose cleaning spray.
  14. Step 15
    Step-by-step recommendations for DIY replacement BMW 3 Convertible (E46) 2005 323Ci 2.5 Oil Filter
    Install new O-rings and a new oil filter to their mounting seats on the filter cover.
    Please note!
    Make sure to install the filter correctly. Don't mix up the sides of the part.
  15. Step 16
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    Remove the microfibre towel from the oil filter housing.
  16. Step 17
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    Clean the oil filter seat.
  17. Step 18
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    Lubricate the rubber seal of the new filter with a little amount of fresh oil.
  18. Step 19
    BMW 3 Convertible (E46) 320Ci 2.2 2002 Oil Filter replacement: free workshop manuals
    Screw the new filter into its place.
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