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 3 (E46) [TUTORIAL AUTODOC]

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All the parts you need to replace – Oil Filter for 3 Touring (E46) and other BMW models
Tools
Replacement: engine oil and filter – BMW E46 touring. Tools you might need:
Wire brush
All-purpose cleaning spray
Drive socket # 17
Drive socket # 36
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.
  • All work should be done with the engine stopped.
  • Wear gloves to prevent contact with hot liquid.
Replacement: engine oil and filter – BMW E46 touring. Recommended sequence of steps:
  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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    Lift the car using a jack or place it over an inspection pit.
    Replacement: engine oil and filter – BMW E46 touring. Tip:
    The vehicle must be on even keel, and if it is at an angle, the drain plug must be at the lowest point.
  5. Step 5
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    Clean the area of the oil pan drainage hole. Use a wire brush. Use all-purpose cleaning spray.
  6. Step 6
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    Unscrew the drain plug. Use a drive socket #17. Use a ratchet wrench.
  7. Step 7
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    Put a waste oil container with at least 7 l capacity under the drainage hole.
  8. Step 8
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    Drain the used oil.
    Replacement: engine oil and filter – BMW E46 touring. Professionals recommend:
    Caution! The oil may be hot.
  9. Step 9
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    Unscrew the oil filter. Use a drive socket #36.
  10. Step 10
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    Remove the oil filter.
  11. Step 11
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    Prepare a container for the old oil filter. Put the old oil filter in the container.
    Replacement: engine oil and filter – BMW E46 touring. Tip from AUTODOC:
    Move up the container. The oil starts to drain out of the drainage hole immediately after you have removed the oil filter.
  12. Step 12
    Cover the oil filter housing with a microfibre towel to prevent dirt and foreign objects from getting into the system.
    Step 13
    Detach the oil filter from the filter cover.
    Step 14
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    Remove the oil filter cover O-ring. Use a flat screwdriver.
  13. Step 15
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    Clean the oil filter housing cap. Use all-purpose cleaning spray.
  14. Step 16
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    Install a new O-ring to its mounting seat on the filter cover.
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