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      05-27-2017, 06:25 AM   #419
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On another thread, posters were concerned about stripping the pan by the drain plugs. Seems like this would eliminate the risk:
Anybody use an oil extractor? https://www.amazon.com/Mityvac-7201-...=oil+extractor

Seems like this would eliminate risk. Looks like capacity is only 8.8 liters on the extractor. Of course our cars have no dipstick but the extractor community suggest draining from the oil filter oil supply. Anyone have any experience using only an extractor?
I have this extractor which I've used several times on other cars with great success but had not thought about using the oil filter supply as means for access on the M3. I'm sure you could interrupt the extraction and pour out some excess into a waste container before completing the task.
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      06-24-2017, 09:58 PM   #420
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Saw a request for this. I let the dealer do the 1200 mile service because of the power requirement for transmission fluid change, so I have not changed my own oil yet. I am planning on it at 5000 miles, along with a Blackstone oil analysis. The handwritten notes shown include torque values. Oil filter kit part number is 11 42 7 837 997. This includes the O-ring for the filter cover and all crush washers.







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Use 25 Nm for the drain plug. The other torque values I have handwritten in my notes are for the oil filter housing and other projects. I am tired of reading about confusion. Hopefully this helps. Also, BMW changes torque values all the time, that's why they always refer you to a torque table instead of putting the torues in the repair documents. Do your research before you take your car apart.
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      07-30-2017, 07:30 AM   #421
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easy first oil change- thanks

Purchased car in May and was going to change the oil right away, but decided to hold off until I decided which oil to use. That's another subject and will refrain from explanation in this post.
Thanks to this forum/thread my experience was relatively easy. So here are a few notes of my experience:
- Sunday afternoon: purchased low profile jack at Harbor Freight because my old school Craftsman is too tall, backed-up on ramps, but jack wasn't long enough to reach front center jack pad and still be able to pump
- pulled car up on ramps, jacked rear control arms (using pads on both jacks), and placed jack stands (with puck adapters) under each rear jack pad
- rear drain bolt broke loose no problem
- front drain bolt started to strip using 6mm allen wrench, stopped, went to Advance Auto and purchased a 6mm 3/8" drive allen bit, it was a much tighter fit, used short breaker bar while lightly tapping with small hammer and applying pressure both directions, loosening, tightening, then loosening again and the bolt broke loose (I did NOT want to drill-out due to impatience)
- removed residual oil from filter housing
- decided not to reuse these bolts and ordered new from dealer on Monday morning
- picked up new drain bolts Tuesday, installed, and while 'exercising' the torque wrench on my workbench it seemed that 25nm was going to be too much, but after trying 12nm and realizing that it wasn't nearly enough I went to 18nm, still not enough and then went to 24nm without issue. note- former aircraft tech with 30yrs of auto maintenance have 'dialed-in' my calibrated elbow lol
- here's where this thread was most helpful. I had read somewhere along the way to just put 8.5qts and go from there
- poured 8.5qts, drove until it came up to temp, received an 'at min level' warning
- after driving one more time that day and two different drives the next day it was consistent
- added .5qt, drove, and received the same min level warning
- drove two more times with the same warning, so now I'm getting concerned
- add another .5qt, bring up to temp, and reached exactly at the MAX level
- have driven two days with the same result
- checked Google for quart to liter conversion: 9.5 quarts equals 8.99 liters so I'll call that 'good'

Takeaways from this: I wasn't sure how much would be needed after letting her sit draining for two days which is why I was very cautious when filling. This very imprecise method of checking oil level is enough to cause unnecessarily high stress levels. In the end, caution and patience, combined with access to multiple cars while awaiting parts, led to a very successful 'first' oil change.

Thanks to all that have contributed to this thread. Without which, my experience would've yielded very different results.
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Oil fill according to TIS

8.8L if changing out oil filter
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      08-05-2017, 09:21 AM   #423
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Oil fill according to TIS

8.8L if changing out oil filter
Thanks! Guess it makes sense that 9L (9.5qt) was perfect since I removed the residual in the filter housing...which from what I've read is .2L.
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much appreciated. thanks!
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so whats the general consensus on drain plug torque?
Still trying to figure that out...

And seems they're so delicate and different for all.
Trying to find a 3/8" accurate torque wrench for this. Within 4% calibrated
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Here's a quick DIY video I just did 2 weeks ago. I drained the oil warm for about 3 hours. Ended having to put in 9L's of oil. It's right about 3/4s to the max line. I will not be adding anymore oil to the car. Hope's this helps you all. Torque specs I used are all in the video. I'm not an expert, but this worked for me.

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I always put 9 liters after an oil/filter change and it always comes up to the full mark on the display. Im puzzled as to why people put less than 9 and then waste time monitoring the level to eventually add 9 liters. If the capacity is 8.8, and I’m putting .2 liters over, which is overfilling by 2.3%, I doubt the engine will know the difference. Besides, it’s a lot easier dumping 9 straight liters in
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I always put 9 liters after an oil/filter change and it always comes up to the full mark on the display. Im puzzled as to why people put less than 9 and then waste time monitoring the level to eventually add 9 liters. If the capacity is 8.8, and Iím putting .2 liters over, which is overfilling by 2.3%, I doubt the engine will know the difference. Besides, itís a lot easier dumping 9 straight liters in
That's what I do.


Also, my drain bolts were a T45. Not a 6MM Hex. So my first oil change took me just over 2 and a half hours lol, but im still proud of myself for doing it at home.
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