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      02-25-2013, 10:38 AM   #1
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DIY: Oil Change - Video Tutorial

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I changed my oil this weekend and decided to make a video tutorial. I hadn't seen one yet on youtube for our car. Hope this helps people out.

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      02-25-2013, 03:03 PM   #2
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Nice! Thanks for taking the time to do this!
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      02-25-2013, 03:36 PM   #3
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Very nice DIY my friend, thanks for taking the time to do it as a video, I'm sure it will be very useful to alot of M3 owners.
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I got a 13' m3. There is like a semi cover plastic on the oil filter cap. Any know how to remove it??
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      02-25-2013, 04:58 PM   #5
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I got a 13' m3. There is like a semi cover plastic on the oil filter cap. Any know how to remove it??
can you post a pic of it?
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I got a 13' m3. There is like a semi cover plastic on the oil filter cap. Any know how to remove it??
can you post a pic of it?

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      02-25-2013, 05:16 PM   #7
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wow can't say I've ever seen that before...anyone else have experience with that?
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      02-25-2013, 06:31 PM   #8
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Nice DIY !
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wow can't say I've ever seen that before...anyone else have experience with that?
looks like it just pops off, no?
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wow can't say I've ever seen that before...anyone else have experience with that?
looks like it just pops off, no?
I haven't Got around to changing my oil yet, I probably force it off somehow
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Nice job coogs08, well done

Note of caution to anyone that is planning on doing this ...

A) make sure no foreign particles enters the engine while you replace the fitter. make sure to cover the housing top a all times until you screw the cap back on.

B) while replacing the gaskets and the "O" ring make sure there is no dirt on them and the "O" ring has no cuts. So handle with care.

C) use "lint free rags" to remove excess old oil from the filter housing, or as suggested a small pump to remove the remaining old oil.

Cleanliness as you all know is of prime importance.
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looks like it just pops off, no?
Just changed the oil last week. Have a 2012 and it does just pop off.
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      02-25-2013, 10:40 PM   #13
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Nice job coogs08, well done

Note of caution to anyone that is planning on doing this ...

A) make sure no foreign particles enters the engine while you replace the fitter. make sure to cover the housing top a all times until you screw the cap back on.

B) while replacing the gaskets and the "O" ring make sure there is no dirt on them and the "O" ring has no cuts. So handle with care.

C) use "lint free rags" to remove excess old oil from the filter housing, or as suggested a small pump to remove the remaining old oil.

Cleanliness as you all know is of prime importance.
All good tips, thanks.
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      02-25-2013, 10:51 PM   #14
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Great vid ! Couple of things

Wont using channel lock pliers damage the oil filter cap? It looks like any other filter cap by bmw and ive had 100% success with rubber strap wrenches.

I usually put the filter on the cap and then reinstall it. I always fear the filter being crushed if it is put in the housing first haha
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great video thank you!!!

quick question though - I noticed you had the car's front wheels on ramps but the rear wheels were on the ground, essentially putting the car on a steep incline.. wouldn't that impact how much oil you'll get drained out.. shouldn't the car be level when draining?
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great video thank you!!!

quick question though - I noticed you had the car's front wheels on ramps but the rear wheels were on the ground, essentially putting the car on a steep incline.. wouldn't that impact how much oil you'll get drained out.. shouldn't the car be level when draining?
Car should definitely be level since the drain plugs are centered in the bottom of both sumps.

Also to mention to the OP, get the proper size socket or use a strap wrench or adjustable to remove your filter housing....... you are tearing up the cover to the filter housing with the channel locks.
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this is very helpful.even for those of us who may not do the mechanical work,it's still good to know how it's done.
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Great write up OP! It looks like you even did it one handed .
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Thanks for taking the time on the video. If only we could persuade someone to do the same for a pad change.
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Thank you, great write up and video. BTW, the size of the socket for the filter cover is 36mm, if anybody would like to know.
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Thanks guys, it was my pleasure to help. Yes I agree that the car should be level, however I didn't have my jack & stands with me that day. And yes, definitely would be a better idea to use a strap wrench. Also thanks for telling me the socket size, elm3. I added an annotation in the video to clarify.
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Thanks for taking the time on the video. If only we could persuade someone to do the same for a pad change.
When my pads are due for a change (which seems soon, along with the rotors) I'll be sure to make a video for it!
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