When to replace the Spark Plug on your BMW 3 SERIES
Recommended replacement interval for the part category Spark plug : 18 month / 30000 km
Important!
This replacement procedure can be used for:
BMW 3 Saloon (E36) 316 i, BMW 3 Saloon (E36) 316 i, BMW 3 Saloon (E36) 318 i, BMW 3 Saloon (E36) 318 is, BMW 3 Saloon (E36) 320 i, BMW 3 Saloon (E36) 325 i, BMW 3 Saloon (E36) 328 i, BMW 3 Saloon (E36) 318 i, BMW 3 Saloon (E36) 318 is, BMW 3 Saloon (E36) M3 3.2, BMW 3 Saloon (E36) 316 i, BMW 3 Saloon (E36) M3 3.0 View more

The steps may slightly vary depending on the car design.

How to change spark plug on BMW E36 [TUTORIAL AUTODOC]

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All the parts you need to replace – Spark Plug for 3 Saloon (E36) and other BMW models
Tools
Replacement: spark plugs – BMW E36. Tools you might need:
Electronic spray
High-temperature anti-seize lubricant
Torque wrench
Drive socket # 10
Spark plug socket # 16
Ratchet wrench
Flat screwdriver
Crow bar
Fender cover
Replacement: spark plugs – BMW E36. AUTODOC experts recommend:
  • The replacement procedure is the same for all spark plugs.
  • 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 engine cover fastener. Use a drive socket #10. Use a ratchet wrench.
  4. Step 4
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    Remove the engine cover.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Replacement: spark plugs – BMW E36. To avoid damaging the part when removing it, do not use excessive force.
  5. Step 5
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    Unscrew the engine cover fastener. Use a drive socket #10. Use a ratchet wrench. Use a flat screwdriver.
  6. Step 6
    Unscrew the oil filler plug.
    Step 7
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    Remove the oil filler cap.
  7. Step 8
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    Remove the engine cover.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Replacement: spark plugs – BMW E36. Do not use excessive force when removing the part as this may damage it.
  8. Step 9
    Install the oil filler cap.
    Step 10
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    Tighten the oil filler cap.
  9. Step 11
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    Unplug the connectors from the ignition coils. Use a crowbar.
  10. Step 12
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    Unscrew the fasteners of the ignition coils. Use a drive socket #10. Use a ratchet wrench.
  11. Step 13
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    Take out the ignition coils from the spark plug wells.
    Replacement: spark plugs – BMW E36. Tip from AUTODOC experts:
    Remember the sequence of steps for ignition coil demounting.
  12. Step 14
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    Clean dirt, dust and debris from inside the spark plug wells.
  13. Step 15
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    Unscrew the spark plugs. Use the spark plug socket #16. Use a ratchet wrench.
  14. Step 16
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    Take out the spark plugs.
  15. Step 17
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    Apply a thin layer of a special high temperature anti-seize lubricant to the threads of the new spark plugs.
  16. Step 18
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    Install the new spark plugs into their mounting seats. Use the spark plug socket #16.
  17. Step 19
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    Screw new spark plugs and tighten them. Use the spark plug socket #16. Use a torque wrench. Tighten it to 24 nm torque.
    Replacement: spark plugs – BMW E36. AUTODOC recommends:
    Don't tighten the plugs with excessive force. Exceeding tightening torque can damage the thread connection. Be careful when working with a spark plug wrench. Its skewing can cause damage to the threaded connection.
  18. Step 20
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    Install the ignition coils to the spark plug wells. Make sure you hear a click indicating that it is locked in place.
    Replacement: spark plugs – BMW E36. AUTODOC experts recommend:
    Follow the installation sequence.
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