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:
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The steps may slightly vary depending on the car design.

How to change oil filter and engine oil on BMW E46 [TUTORIAL AUTODOC]

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All the parts you need to replace – Oil Filter for 3 Saloon (E46) and other BMW models
Tools
Replacement: engine oil and filter – BMW E46. Tools you need:
All-purpose cleaning spray
Drive socket # 17
Oil filter cup socket 86/16 F
Ratchet wrench
Torque wrench
Flat Screwdriver
Phillips screwdriver
Oil drain pan
Funnel
Fender cover
Replacement: engine oil and filter – BMW E46. AUTODOC experts recommend:
  • 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 E46 – should be done with the engine switched off.
Carry out replacement in the following order:
  1. Step 1
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    Lift the car using a jack or place it over an inspection pit.
    Replacement: engine oil and filter – BMW E46. Tip:
    The vehicle must be on even keel, and if it is at an angle, the drain plug must be at the lowest point.
  2. Step 2
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    Undo the fasteners of the oil pan lower cover. Use a Phillips screwdriver.
  3. Step 3
    Remove the oil pan cover.
    Step 4
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    Put a waste oil container with at least 5 l capacity under the drainage hole.
  4. Step 5
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    Clean the area of the oil pan drainage hole. Use all-purpose cleaning spray.
  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. Tip from AUTODOC:
    Caution! The oil may be hot.Wait until the oil has completely drained from the drainage hole.
  7. Step 8
    Clean the area of the oil pan drainage hole.
    Step 9
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    Screw in the new drainage plug and tighten it. Use a drive socket #17. Use a torque wrench. Tighten it to 27 Nm torque.
  8. Step 10
    Clean the area of the oil pan drainage hole. Use all-purpose cleaning spray.
    Step 11
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    Reinstall the oil pan lower cover.
  9. Step 12
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    Tighten the fasteners of the oil pan lower cover. Use a Phillips screwdriver.
  10. Step 13
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    Lower the car.
  11. Step 14
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    Open the hood.
  12. Step 15
    Use a fender protection cover to prevent damaging paintwork and plastic parts of the car.
    Step 16
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    Unscrew the oil filler plug.
  13. Step 17
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    Unscrew the oil filter. Use the 86/16 F socket. Use a ratchet wrench.
  14. Step 18
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    Put the old oil filter in the container.
  15. Step 19
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    Remove the filter element from the filter housing.
  16. Step 20
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    Remove old o-rings from the oil filter cover. Use a flat screwdriver.
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