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BMW Oil Change

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     One of the most common tasks to perform is replacing your engine oil. Frequent oil changes are supposedly the most important thing you can do to maintain and prolong the life of your engine. With the better oils that are available today, the requirement for frequent changes is diminishing. Even though BMW now recommends oil change intervals that are much farther apart than in the past, I usually recommend that you keep the changes under the 5,000-mile limit. If you don’t drive your car too often, you should change the oil at least once a year to keep things fresh.

     The first thing you need to do is to make sure that you have everything that is required for the job. Nothing is more frustrating than emptying your oil, only to find out that you don’t have a replacement filter or enough oil. You will need an oil filter, a wrench, a roll of paper towels, a very large oil pan or bucket, and between 4-7 quarts of oil. The E30 cars require between 3.5 - 4.2 quarts, and the E36 cars require 5 quarts for the four-cylinder cars, and 6.0-6.5 for the six cylinder cars.  You'll also need a 17mm or 19mm wrench to remove the drain plug from the bottom of the engine sump.  Start by driving the car around, and letting it heat up to operating temperature. You want to empty your oil when it’s hot, because the heat makes the oil flow a lot easier, and more particles of metal and dirt will come out when the oil is emptied.

     Once you get the car parked, place the oil pan bucket underneath the oil tank of the car. At the bottom of the engine sump there is a plug that is used for draining oil (Figure 1). Remove this plug carefully, and make sure you have a very large oil pan—about 7-quart capacity—under it, with a drip pan under the oil pan in case you underestimate. The oil will be very hot, and will empty out extremely quickly, so be careful not to burn yourself. There will be no time to grab any more buckets or oil pans, so make sure that the one you choose is big enough.

     This is a good time to remove the oil filter. You want to make sure that you remove the filter with the oil pan still under the oil tank because the oil filter is full of oil, and this oil will have a tendency to drip down out of the filter into the tank and out the drain hole. On E30 cars, the filter is a complete unit with a outer metal housing.  This filter should only be screwed on finger tight, but you may need a filter wrench to remove it. If the filter is really on tight, you may need to resort to more drastic measures. One sure-fire way to get the oil filter off is to poke a long screwdriver through it and use the handle of the screwdriver for leverage. It doesn’t matter that you are destroying the filter, because you are going to install a new one. Be aware, though, that this method will leak oil out of the filter into your engine compartment, so have some paper towels handy.

     On the E36 cars, the filter is a cartridge-type filter which is contained within a metal oil filter housing (Figure 2 or Figure 3).  There is a cap that is located on top of the housing (it may require a small socket, or a large one depending upon your year).  Remove the top (Figure 3 or Figure 4), and underneath you will see the cartridge filter.  Simply remove it from the oil filter housing (Figure 5, Figure 6, Figure 7, Figure 8 and Figure 9).  Have plenty of paper towels on hand, as oil will spill from the filter if you're not careful.

    While all of your oil is draining, take the plug from the engine, and carefully clean it with a paper towel. The plug at the bottom of the engine is magnetic, and attracts all the little bits and pieces of metal that get trapped in the engine oil.  When both plugs are clean, replace them in the car with new metal gaskets around the plugs. If you don’t use the gasket, they will leak oil. Torque the two plugs to 25 Nm (18 ft-lbs) for the 17mm or 60 Nm (44 ft-lbs) for the 19mm drain plug.

     Now head back into the engine compartment, and install the new oil filter (E36 Filter - Figure 10). For the E30 cars, install the oil filter with the seal wet—wipe a small bit of oil on a paper towel, and use it to make sure there is oil on the seal all the way around the filter. Screw on the filter and make it snug tight. No need to use the iron grip of death when tightening the oil filter—these don’t have a tendency to leak.

     For the E36 cars, you should clean out the inside of the oil filter housing before installing the new oil filter cartridge.  In your oil filter kit, you should also have two o-rings and a replacement copper gasket for the long bolt that attaches the top of the housing (early E36 cars).  Replace the o-ring at the bottom of the long bolt (Figure 11), and also replace the large o-ring underneath the canister top (Figure 12).  Insert the new filter into the housing (Figure 13), and reinstall the long bolt and the canister top.  Tighten the top of the canister to 25 Nm (18 ft-lb).

     Now it’s time to fill up your BMW with motor oil. A lot of people aren’t really sure what motor oil to use in their car. Traditionally, the characteristics of motor oil were linked closely to its weight. Heavier-weight oils protect well against heat; lighter-weight oils flow better in cold. In general, if you live in a cold climate, you should use a 10W-40 or similar oil. This oil is a 10-weight oil that behaves and protects against heat like a 40-weight oil. In warmer climates, you should use a 20W-50 oil. This oil doesn’t flow as well at the colder climates, but gives an extra “edge” on the hotter end.

     The question of whether to use synthetic or traditional “dinosaur” oil often comes up among car buffs.  Consumer Reports (July 1996) ran an extensive test on the two types of oil, altering amongst many different brands.  The testers installed freshly rebuilt engines in 75 taxicabs, and then ran them through the harshest conditions on the streets of New York City.  Placing different brands, weights, and formulations in the cars, they racked up 60,000 miles on the engines, tore them down, measured, and inspected the engine components for wear.  The oil was changed at 3,000 miles in half of them, and the rest were changed at 6,000 miles. results: regardless of brand, synthetic or dino, weight, and oil change interval, there were no discernable differences in engine component wear in any of the engines. Their conclusion?  Motor oils and the additives blended into them have improved so much over the years that frequent oil changes and expensive synthetics are no longer necessary.

     Still, some people swear by synthetic oil. In practice, I don't recommend using synthetic oil if you have an older car with old seals in the engine. There have been many documented cases in which the addition of synthetic oil has caused an otherwise dry car to start leaking. If you own an older BMW that doesn’t have fresh seals in the engine, I would stick to the non-synthetics.

     Fill your oil tank from the oil filler hole in the top of the valve cover (Figure 14), located in the engine compartment.   Add about 4 quarts to the engine, and check the dipstick.  Continue to add about a half a quart at a time and keep checking the dipstick.  Fill it up until it reaches the top mark of the dipstick - the engine oil level will automatically lower when the oil filter fills up with oil.  Make sure that you put the oil filler cap back on the top of the valve cover, otherwise, you will end up with a messy engine compartment when you drive away.

    Now, start up the engine with the hood open.  The oil pressure light should stay on for about a second or two and then go out.  Hop out of the car and look at the engine compartment, then take a quick look underneath the car.  Verify that there's no volumes of oil seeping out of the engine.  Now, take the car out for a drive and bring it up to operating temperature.  Shut the car off and then recheck the oil level (careful, the car will be hot).  At this point, I like to top the oil off at the top point on the dipstick.  Make sure that you dispose of your old oil at a respectable recycling station.

     Well, there you have it - it's really not too difficult at all.  If you would like to see more technical articles like this one, please continue to support Pelican Parts with all your parts needs.  If you like what you see here, then please visit our online BMW catalog and help support the collection and creating of new and informative technical articles like this one.  Your continued support directly affects the expansion and existence of this site and technical articles like this one.  As always, if you have any questions or comments about this helpful article, please drop us a line.

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Comments and Suggestions:
DinoComments: My summer project is to bring my 1987 M6 out of its years in storage. Unlike modern BMWs, the isn't the oil filter accessed on the underside of the car on the driver's side?
April 13, 2014
sammyComments: Many thanks again
February 17, 2014
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the feedback. Glad we could help.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
sammyComments: Kwik fit quoted me fir an oil and oil filter change. The morning i went down it was a diff guy than the one who gave me quote. This fitter tried telling me my car is a 1999 316i bmw compact 1600cc to which i replied no its a 1900cc. The first guy who gave me quote told me there was 2 different sizes listed so he would order both. When i went to get work done this other fitter told me no there is only one filter for my car. Also 5w30 oil was used instead of the 10w40 quoted. Should I be worrying that he has went ahead and fitted wrong filter or would 1600 be same as 1900cc filter. I live n.ireland u.k. Many thanks.
February 16, 2014
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: There are two different filter, one for aluminum and one for plastic housing. I would double check the part number. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
sammy Comments: I recently took my car to kwik fit for an oil/oil filter change. The fitter that quoted me priced it as 316i. Compact 1900cc year 1999. The morning i took it down to get work done, no filters had been ordered so had to wait a while. Then to my amazement the fitter that carried out the change informed me my car is a 1600i not a 1900 i tried explaining to him but to no avail. IM wondering if he has fitted wrong oil filter as there were 2 listed for my car,yet once this fitter rang to get filter delivered to shop to fit he said there is only one prob based on his 316i assumption. Also 5w30 was used instead of 10w40 that was originally quoted. Should i be worrying about wrong filter being used or would 1600cc filter be same as 1900cc ???? Tnx
February 16, 2014
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: There are two different filter, one for aluminum and one for plastic housing. I would double check the part number. - Nick at Pelican Parts - Nick at Pelican Parts  
lennyComments: I own a 1995 BMW E36 M3 with the 3 litre engine - It's a euro spec - What oil should I use - I was quote Castrol Edge 5w-30? Live in Australia!
February 12, 2014
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: The Castrol is a fine oil. If in doubt, contact your local BMW dealer. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
joe22192Comments: i have a 2002 BMW 745i , recently changed oil after 3000kms road trip, 20 km after the oil change the oil pressure light comes on when engine is warm, changed oil from synthetic to ordinary 20 w 50 then realized i have a leaking oil pressure switch through the wires, changed the pressure switch to one that is written 0.15 bar because i cant find the original 0.5 bar switch, still same problem, after the car warms up, what next?
February 1, 2014
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would get the correct oil pressure sensor. I would then confirm oil level is correct, if it is. Check engine oil pressure. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
MikeComments: I posted earlier stating my oil light would not come on at all even in the on position. I just seen that there is no connection to the switch itself. Looks like it has been unplugged by a mechanic and forgotten to plug again. Where is the connection for it? Didn't seem to locate it.
January 6, 2014
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: What is the vehicle again? In the mean time, I would locate the closest wire harness to the sensor and search for the pigtail for it. It will likely be very close to the sensor. Maybe coming of the harness at the front of the engine or near the throttle housing. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
MikeComments: My dash oil light will not lit at all when the ignition is turned over. What would cause this on a e36 m3? Oil pressure switch? It's not the bulb.
December 29, 2013
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: Is it on with the Key in the ON position? Could be a bad signal. I would scan the cluster for faults, there may be a fault code stored. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
JamesSEAComments: I live in Seattle, WA... What oil would you recommend for my conditions/weather?
December 24, 2013
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: You didn't mention what vehicle you have. I like 5w/30 for most conditions. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
pendy79Comments: I have a 740iA 2000 model and it is double vanos with water alternator. the dashboard shows engine failsafe prog. few seconds after starting the engine and when this happens the acceleration is delayed for few seconds and throttle pedal seems not to work at all until few seconds after. I have changed the throttle sensor and the throttle pedal too. but problem still persist. car isn't really pleasurable driving when the engine failsafe prog displays on the dashboard but if it doesn't come up, car accelerates perfectly
October 7, 2013
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: The Fail Safe message likely relates to your transmission. I would start by performing a full vehicle scan to determine what control module has fault codes stored. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
TomComments: My wife has a 2008 328I, I cannot locate the dip stick to check the oil, women never do!!!
September 28, 2013
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: There is no dip stick on the engine. The oil level is checked with the cluster and the BC button. Check the owners guide for the procedure.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
Beamer to BummerComments: Thank you for your response, For whatever reason it broke. As you can see, I have a challenge ahead. I have read that some people use an easy out to remove broken plugs. This plug has internal fine threads that I assume are threaded backwards to allow removal. Problem is, I don't know where to find a left threaded bolt of the correct size to utilize these threads. Any ideas? I do not want to tear up the internal threads if there is a tool designed to thread into the broken plug. I already see metal shavings and don't want to create more by using an easy-out. Also, I have a tap/dye set.. can I re-thread the oil pan and try to flush out the shavings? Or am I doomed to replace the oil pan? 1999 328i convertible
September 21, 2013
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: Usually an easy out will get it out with minimal effort and damage. I would try that first, and if that doesn't work you might be pulling the oil pan.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
From beamer to BummerComments: Please consider revising: "44 ft-lbs for the 19mm drain plug" ?????? way too much torque!!, Unfortunately, I trusted that you knew what your were talking about and now I have a broken drain plug and oil pan threads that are likely stripped :
September 21, 2013
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: "Torque the two plugs to 25 Nm (18 ft-lbs) for the 17mm or 60 Nm (44 ft-lbs) for the 19mm drain plug." I just checked the BMW factory documentation and that information is correct. I would verify that your torque wrench is calibrated correctly if it snapped off. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
MaBeamer328Comments: I have a 98 328IS and the red engine pressure light came on. I changed the oil pressure switch and still the light flashes on. Changed the oil pump too as I thought a valve in it my be sticking or there was dome sludge in it due to my car having 133k miles on it. My oil pressure is at about 12-13 psi when warm and my dip stick is at the high mark. What else can it be?
September 12, 2013
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: If the switch and the oil pump are new, and you have 13 psi at idle, the oil system should be ok. Check to make sure the wire going to the switch is not shorting out, there could also be a problem in the cluster.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
mikeComments: I want to change the oil on my 2001 Z3 2.5L. How do I tell if I have the E30 or E36 car/
September 12, 2013
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: A Z3 is an E36.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
firmandeviComments: Give information for Radiator BMW 323i 1996?
September 11, 2013
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: What kind of info are you looking for?
- Nick at Pelican Parts
MyBeamer328Comments: I have a BMW 98 E36 328IS. My instrument panel oil pressure light was flashing. My mechanic recommended replacing the oil sensor switch. I did this and it still flashes at idle. What is normal oil pressure at operating speed above idle?
September 3, 2013
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: Should be 12 - 15 psi when warm at idle, should be around 50 psi when cold at idle.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
omar ahmedComments: i have an e46 316i model 2004.. please i need to now how much oil lifers or quarts do i have to put in?! thanks for help...
August 11, 2013
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: Try 6 quarts and check the level - Kerry at Pelican Parts  
dwComments: Hello and yes it does. Over 1800 RPM, under load, say in 3rd or 4th gear, it no longer sputters. I have been using shell high octane 91 lately and it seems to be getting better. Marginally. Rather than getting worse. A BMW technician checked it out but said he didn't notice. Like its impossible to miss if one tries to accelerate in third gear at 1500 RPMs.

August 6, 2013
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the follow up. We appreciate it. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
joeComments: i got a bmw 318 m40 motor no oil get to the cylinder head what can the problem be
August 4, 2013
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: You could have a bad oil pump or debris stuck in an oil galley. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
DWComments: My 2011 128I is sputtering with low rpm acceleration. 45,000 miles. Been using the cheapest, shell fuel.
July 28, 2013
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: Does the vehicle run well once RPM is raised? I would start by checking the DME for fault codes. If the system is not working properly, a fault code will be set. This will be your best bet when diagnosing.- Nick at Pelican Parts  
SurfKingCaliComments: what causes a milky condition in oil from my dipstick reading..? 92 318iS 171k miles car sits outside in carport rarely driven...has been 2 years since last oil change..I assume condensation..? should I use 15/40 diesel oil ? 10/40 or 20w/50 conventional..? I won't use synthetic on this high mileage engine...
May 13, 2013
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: If the engine coolant and engine oil are not mixing, it is condensation.

BMW engins need to be driven. Short trips and lack of driving can cause condensation to build up inside the engine crankcase. - Nick at Pelican Parts
bupeComments: Hi,

I own a 1997 BMW 320i m sport, unfortunately it has developed a metallic tapping noise which comes a few minutes once the engines warms up and does not go. I had the engine oil 5w-40, spark plugs and oil filter changed, and when the engine was started the metallic tapping noise was there for about 10 to 15 minutes and it cleared. From there i have driven it for about 2000 kilometers and one morning when i started the engine i heard the metallic tapping noise and thought it would go away, to my surprise that sound when the engine runs for about 5 minutes comes on and does not go away, it as well follows the rev of the engine. I do not where it is the oil am using or not since in live in warmer place called Zambia in Africa.
February 19, 2013
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would start by confirming the engine has the correct amount of oil. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
bupeComments: Hi,

I am so much in love with this site, what you are doing is marvelous honestly speaking. Personally there are things i never new, fortunately enough i came across this site and am learning and advising others to visit this site. I live in Zambia which is a warmer country, My car a bwm 320i m sport 1997 model developed a metallic tapping sound coming from the top part of the engine on the right side. The vehicle was due for service, so oil 5w-40, oil filter and spark plugs were changed. when we started the engine the metallic tapping sound was there fore about 10 to 15 minutes and disappeared. After driving my car for about 1,500 kilometers the metallic tapping sound came back and this time it is for good. it comes up once the engine begins to warms up somewhere after 5 minutes. i need your response, what could be the problem?
February 19, 2013
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would start by confirming you have the correct amount of oil in your engine. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
MichaelComments: "Still, some people swear by synthetic oil. In practice, I don't recommend using synthetic oil if you have an older car with old seals in the engine. There have been many documented cases in which the addition of synthetic oil has caused an otherwise dry car to start leaking. If you own an older BMW that doesn’t have fresh seals in the engine, I would stick to the non-synthetics".

Thank You for Your Article. I own a 2002 BMW 330I with Sports Package. My research online and manuals only specify synthetics oil, preferably BMW's brand. So my question is what brand and type of 5w-30 non-synthetic oil do you recommend? Should I change this non-synthetic oil more often? What if any problems could using non-synthetic oil in my car cause over using synthetic oil in my car? Performance issues? Thanks for your help as I was unaware that non-synthetic oil could be used in BMW's. I know my car's seals are aging with 96,000 miles.
February 13, 2013
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: When choosing an oil for your engine, no matter what make or model, use this tip to get the right stuff. Always buy an oil that says it is approved by your vehiclem anufacturer, in this case BMW. Avoid oils that "meet" standards. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
99bmrComments: I have a 1999 BMW 528i with 120,000 miles. I have been running Mobil One 15-50w. Just wondering if I should change to a high mileage oil like a Valvoline high mileage blend. If so what do you recommend?
February 4, 2013
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: My rule of Islam is to continue running the oil that you have run for the past several oil changes. I have found that if you change the oil on the car to a different weight or brand or viscosity then sometimes you can cause leaks to occur. Particularly with synthetic oils if you have run regular oil for many years, and then switch to static oil, this can sometimes cause annoying leaks that won't go away even if you switch back to your old oil. When cars get older you can indeed switch to a high mileage oil. These tend to be a little bit thicker in viscosity to help guard against leaks from old seals and worn valve guides. I would only switch to a high mileage oil if I started to see oil leaks the engine or higher oil consumption if you don't have any of these symptoms then I would just leave it alone and continue to use the oil you're using right now - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Zee YouComments: '97, Z3, 1.9, M44, first time oil change, mistakenly used part # 11-42-7-512-300-M45 for later model M54 versus correct part #11-42-1-716-192-M67 for my M44. Was very tight on reassembly, no leaks, no readily apparent issues. Wondering if I need to park it until replaced with correct filter. Will 11-42-7-512-300-M45 cause oil restriction issues?? Thanks.
January 8, 2013
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: Crushing the filter could restrict oil flow. I would not drive vehicle until correct filter is installed. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
shojiComments: what is the soft yellowish creamy built up I see on under side of the oil fill hole cap?
January 3, 2013
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: That is condensation in you engine. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
vonnieComments: i have a 1989 3 series has a reoccuring oil leak that no one can fix..I need suggestions
August 24, 2012
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: Can you tell me the area you see the leaking oil? There are florescent dyes you can put in the engine oil and shine a black light on it to locate the source of the leak - Nick at Pelican Parts - Nick at Pelican Parts  
MOMComments: MY SON OWNS A BMW 325i he had the oil change in tijuana
he brought his own syntetic 30 oil and filter, but the thing that you use to measure the oil is dry ,he add up 5more qts and still dry ?? very worried mom please helppppp
August 24, 2012
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: These cars take about 6 to 8 quarts to fill depending on the year which you did not specify. Drain the oil into a clean container and measure how many quarts come out and refill with that same amount or you can try ordering the correct dipstick for the car. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
ahay90@hotmail.comComments: I drive a BMW 528i 05/96 year. Recently did the VCG, and OFHG which are a problem of oil leakage on these M52 motors. I live in sunny central Florida and year round stays in the 80's-90's with humid days to contribute to the scorch. I have been using Rotella T65w-40 recommended by a few other BMW drivers. I'm thinking I need to bump it up to a thicker oil weight and also switch back to dino oil. What are your thoughts Pelican Parts?
July 13, 2012
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: I prefer using the OIL BMW specifies. A good quality, full synthetic. If you want a nice oil, Swepco oil is high-line race lubricant. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
andyComments: i live in england what oil do i use in my bmw 1991 325i e36
July 2, 2012
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: 10w30 is fine for your engine. I would double check your owners manual for your area and climate. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
KenitoComments: I am about to change the oil filter in my BMW 325i 2005, i have the new one ready to install but find the original filter will not come out as i thought it would. It revolves around the inner spindle and looks free enough. Is there a locking bolt holding this in place or is there something i'm missing when trying to dislodge the filter. Your help would be appreciated.
June 26, 2012
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: It fits over an o-ring and the o-ring might be stuck. A good yank -will remove the filter and you should replace all the o-rings on the housing - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Adnan123Comments: We have recently been handed a 1993 BMW 325i. We were going to change the oil in it, but we have a dumb question. Where is the dipstick located to check it? Or is there one? I found a red dipstick located towards the windshield on driver side. I am assuming that this one is the tranny fluid. It is an old car and I have googled and searched everywhere. Some people say BMW stopped putting dipsticks in. So how do we know what to do with it. It is not like any other vehicle that I've owned. Please tell us where the dipstick is or if there is one at all.
April 16, 2012
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: The dipstick for engine oil is on the driver side near the intake air boot.- Nick at Pelican Parts  
HarveyComments: What oil do you recommend for a 2002 M3??
April 9, 2012
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can help you find the right oil. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
DipsComments: Hi
I have a 98 Sreg 328 convertible with 55k original miles. My oil service is due, what type of oil do you recommend for this???
March 24, 2012
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can help you find the right oil. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
WheelingPaulComments: Wayne, I am in the process of rebuilding my 92 e36 M50 engine. So all new seals and gaskets obviously. Would using a synthetic oil be more advisable at this point and what weight oil would be recommended? Previously I had been using the Shell Rotella 15w 40.
March 5, 2012
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: I prefer synthetic, it that would be a good idea. I suggest using the same weight oil as BMW suggests for your engine with conventional oil.

Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can help you find the right oil. - Nick at Pelican Parts
tbj..92Comments: I have done this many times before but now i'm having an issue! The oil drain plug is turning but will not come out of the oil pan. Any ideas?
March 5, 2012
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: Sounds like it is stripped. If it will not unscreww but is spinning, you are going to have to pull it out while you are unscrewing it. Use vise grips or a similar locking jaw plier. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Ross J.Comments: Mac2603; I would say have the obd2 system scanned, it's usually a free service from most shops and even parts stores. Could be number of things causing that symtom and that will tell you what system is acting up.
February 20, 2012
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the input on this one. We appreciate the help. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Mac2603Comments: My engine management light came on in my bmw 318ci 2003. The car shakes/vibrates when in neutral and a little when driving. Power is not the same either so i think it may be ignition coil as seen this in another car? Would this be correct?
February 20, 2012
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would start by checking the DME for fault codes. If the system is not working properly, a fault code will be set. This will be your best bet when diagnosing. Otherwise you are just throwing parts at the problem. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Ross J.Comments: I think I have a problem with the dipstick on my 1992 325is M50 non vanos. I've owned this track car for a while and it's always had this problem. I do the oil and filter element change and it takes over 7 quarts to the low line on the dipstick. I worry to add anymore oil. This is a inbetween year motor. Does it take more then 6.7Q or is there a problem with the dipstick or tube?
February 16, 2012
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: Car should take 6.9. If you don't trust the dipstick, get a new one. You do not want the wrong level of oil in the engine. Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can help you find the right dipstick. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
vic330ciComments: The oil light on my 02' 330CI comes on at times when I start the car. I just had an oil change and don't know what else to do?
February 15, 2012
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: Check that the oil level is correct. If so, check the DME for fault codes, the oil level sensor may be faulty. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
danComments: 1988 325 is . popular oil leak behind oil filter bracket from o ring area and from top of engine . thanks
February 13, 2012
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the Info. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
danComments: i have a 325 is. what are popular areas for leaks ? be hind oil filter bracket and oil coming from top of engine . need help . thanks
February 13, 2012
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: It could be the filter stand. The best way to find the leak is to follow the area of clean oil to the source. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
JeffComments: I own a 2006 330i, on my last oil change, the oil cap was not twisted tight and became loose. Even though I have tightend properly since then the car runs ruff at idle and sometimes stalls when cold, Is there a easy fix. I have heard its a pvc issue but I am not an expert. trying to not have to spend $500 at the dealer on a stupid mistake. Thanks
February 6, 2012
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: A loose oil cap should not damage the crankcase breather valve. If you suspect the valve is faulty, you should test the crankcase vacuum. if it is out of spec, replace the crankcase breather valve. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
DougComments: I just bought a 1999 Bmw Z3 with 17000 miles on it. What kind of oil should I put in. I plan on ordering throgh Pelican so if you can give me a part number and where to find it. I am mechanical to about a 3.
October 22, 2011
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: I prefer synthetic oil. Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can help you find the right oil. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
FabrizioComments: Hello,
I recently purchased a 1997 BMW Z3 E36 with the 1.9L M44 engine 55K miles. The owner said he used Mobil 1 synthetic. Do I continue to use synthetic or switch to conventional high mileage motor oil. I plan on preforming oil changes every 5k or twice a year. Thanx's in advance.
October 10, 2011
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: I prefer synthetic oil, I suggest continuing to use it. Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can help you find the right oil. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
beamer girlComments: I just had my oil changed 5 quarts on my 2004 BMW 325ci. Now the oil light has come on and is yellow. I checked the owner's manual and it shows that it takes 5.9 quarts. Do I need to add another quart?
October 7, 2011
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: If you did not put in the correct amount of oil, you will have to top it up. I suggest checking the level with the dipstick and adjusting it as needed. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
sarahComments: Hello there I have a 1989 BMW 325I series 4 door sedan and a gentleman from Iowa wants me to trade him for his 2003 320 xi series. He said only problem is well its still drives a d runs good but he started to notice an oil leak leaking onto the exhaust manifold. He said he didn't think it was too safe to drive that way so stopped driving it. He said all he knows is that its leaking on the right side of the motor and the oil is milky in color. My Beemer 1989 325 I last time I put new spark plugs and oxygen sensor in it ran like a top now it won't turn over. Any help as to what I should do do I trade him what's causing his leak will it be pricy to fix any help please

2003 330 Xi I meant sorry
August 23, 2011
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: It could be a valve cover gasket leak. I would have your mechanic inspect the vehicle before you do the trade. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
CklauzComments: hi, I have a 2007 BMW 318d , 1995cc, and i need an oil change, how much oil do i need? aprox!
July 29, 2011
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: Sorry, we don't have that engine here. Give your local dealer a call. The parts department might be able to help. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
BobComments: I have a 2002 530i that I'm having problems getting a seal between the plastic oil filter cap and the metal body that holds th filter. There appears to be nothing in the system to retain the o ring used as a seal between these two parts. Any advice or guidence on what I can do to address this problem?
July 26, 2011
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: You might not have the O-ring installed in the correct position. Or the filter housing is damaged. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
wheelsComments: I just got a 1990 325td and plan to do the oil and filter change. Thanks for the tips. Is there any harm in not resetting the oil light on the dash? It sounds a like something I don´t want to get involved with.
July 1, 2011
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: Not resetting the oil light will likely only cause you an annoyance having to see it ON. You also will have to manually keep track of your oil service if you do not reset it.- Nick at Pelican Parts  
JohnComments: I just purchased a 2009 328i with 19000 miles on it. Im going to use AMSOIL with a BMW filter kit...My Q is what socket size do I need for the filter housing and what is the Torque setting when I reinstall it? Also what is the torque setting for the drain plug?
Thx in Advance John
June 23, 2011
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: This tech article should help you out: Nick at Pelican Parts
cobbrComments: Oil is leaking from under oil filter cap. I have a 2003 325i I bought used. The first oil change no problems the second oil change oil started leaking from under oil filter cap. No large O ring on cap put large O ring on still leaking. Where does the small O ring go did not see it anywhere??
June 2, 2011
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: Are you talking about the oil filter housing or the oil filler cap? It is possible the housing is damaged, if that is where the leak is. The small O-ring goes on the bottom of the housing shaft. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
eztuner12Comments: Great write-up thanks!!!
I own a 1997 E-36 BMW 318is/M44 euro version German Built with 35,000 original kilometers @ 21,875 miles. The BMW authorized dealer here in Dominican Rep has been using BMW Super Power oil SAE 5W-40. BMW Longlife-98 part # 81 22 9 407 546, since I purchase the car from them new in 1997. I’ll lake to mention that this car has a low mileage since I use it only when I visit that country.
This time I am planning to change the oil & oil filter myself. I call the BMW dealer at that country to ask about the oil I should use and they recommended the same BMW Super Power oil SAE 5W-40. BMW Longlife-98, which makes me wonder if this is to light of oil for a hot weather all @ the year as it is in that country. I have saved a bottle of this oil from the last change they did on the car, as I asked them for the oil bottle and in no way the oil bottle reads if it is synthetic or regular oil but the local BMW claims it is synthetic.
My question is, if this oil density SAE 5W-40 is the correct one and if you have it on stock, as well as, the correct oil filter & metal gaskets for the drain plug, if you don’t have this oil available which one you recommend that I can order?
By the way, the car oil filter housing cap is plastic and do not have a bolt like cap as the plastic cap you show here, the cap top surface is clean/smooth. How can I remove this plastic cap?
Thank you!
June 2, 2011
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: If your local dealer recommends an oil I would stick with it. The weight is fine. We can get parts for you. 2003 330 Xi I meant sorry - Nick at Pelican Parts  
foxracer6556Comments: 07 328i sedan. I have burning oil on the exhaust manifold that occurs on hard left turns and hard stops.I suspect the valve cover gasket. I can't see the leak. Can you tell me how to remove the top plastic cover that runs from the from to the back of the engine. I can't see how to remove the back bolts.
Thank you
May 14, 2011
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: Give this tech article a shot. This should help you out. Nick at Pelican Parts  
ImadComments: I have BMW 523I year 2007 and now using Castrol Edge 5-40
The car uses 1 Liter of oil every 1000 Km is this normal
any thing can be doen to reduce oil cosumption
May 8, 2011
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: That amount of oil use can be considered normal. You can try changing your oil more frequently, see if that helps the consumption problem. It wouldn't hurt to inspect the crankcase breather valve also. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
MarkComments: I have an e30 M3 with around 150 000 miles on the engine. I intend changing the oil and filter every 3 to 4 thousand miles. Is that enough and what oil is best?
April 12, 2011
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: Yes, that is exactly what I recommend. As for oil, make sure that you use an oil with ample anti-wear components in them. Some of the "high mileage" types of oil formulations have added zinc to protect against premature wear. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
fooComments: Hello can I mix oils?
March 21, 2011
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: I typically recommend against mixing oils. If you're topping up with some oil, then I would top up with whatever's in the engine currently. However, this is not always possible, and the reality is that it will probably not do you any harm. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
SevastiComments: Hello, I recently had the engine desludged and the rocket cover gaskets replaced. A few weeks later during he very hot weather and after the car had been running the oil light orange came on suggesting oil was low. After the car cooled down and run in normal temperature weather the oil gauge appeared normal and was indicating what I believe to be correct a reading half- way. Now the problem is occurring a gain and even sooner in particular when the weather is hot. Tight on $ and need to know what to do,can anyone halp? BMW 320i Year 2007.
February 5, 2011
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: I'm not a huge fan of the "desludging" process that some service stations do. In fact, I'm not even sure exactly what they do when they perform this procedure. I think they spray some stuff into the engine which is supposed to dissolve the oil. It may be that the oil level sender got a bit messed up during this procedure.

Unfortunately, your car doesn't have a dipstick, so you can't check the oil manually unless you actually drain it and measure what comes out. I think that the desludging process probably messed up your oil level sensor, and it needs to either be replaced or cleaned. I would try changing the oil again first though - this may help to dilute and clean the oil inside the engine and may perhaps bring the sensor back to life. - Wayne at Pelican Parts
jollyComments: I love your website! It's helpful, detailed and organized; I found all the answers of my questions here. Keep it up, thanks!
February 5, 2011
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the kind words! - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
dinanComments: Hi. My car is BMW 330i 2003year 55000km. Our climate is from +5 down to -6 Celsius in winter and +34-38 in summer. Dealer and some of friends recommends me to use 0-40W Castrol or BMW special oil with longlife-01 all year long. Some of guys recomed me to use even 10-60w castrol edge sport. My only question if my choose right or wrong with 0-40w castrol ?

January 30, 2011
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: Everyone has an opinion on oil - me too. Firstly, I would make sure that the Castrol oil has enough anti-wear zinc compounds in it. Newer formulations have cut this because of fears that the zinc may be damaging catalytic converters. If the oil doesn't have these compounds, then, you can add ZDDP additive to the oil when you change it. The zero-weight oil should be very good for you to run in the winter, and I would switch to a heavier weight in the summer months. The longlife oil should have the anti-wear compounds that are missing from the normal oil, so that will help too. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
ScottyBComments: At what millage intervals does the OEM recommend changing 15w-50 synthetic oil on a 2006 5 series 6 cly
January 28, 2011
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: I think that the BMW dealer these days is recommending 15,000 mile oil change intervals, or something similar. However, I'm not a fan of that - I still recommend changing your oil every 3000-5000 (max) miles. The oil doesn't really break down any more (newer formulations are quite good), but the oil does get contaminated over time with coolant and fuel. Those contaminants can indeed damage your engine if left in there for an extended period of time. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
HanoComments: Which type of oil must be used to old BMW such as model 2000 in hot lands , like Arabic countries? Thank you.
January 18, 2011
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: Easy question! I would recommend the heaviest motor oil you can find (like a 20-weight oil), and I would also use one that is for higher mileage cars. These oils tend to have a lot of anti-wear zinc components in them that will help reduce wear in your camshafts and other engine components. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
ricks5seriesComments: About to remove the head due to a coolant leak in the #3 cylinder. Photo shows me expelling coolant out of the # 3 cylinder.
Oil also has coolant in it.
What is the best way to make sure I remove as much of the the contaminated oil before I remove the head?
January 5, 2011
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: Well, I'm not sure I would worry too much about removing the contaminated oil from the engine prior to removing the head. But, if you want to do this, then simply change the oil and change the coolant. Then run the engine for a few minutes, and change the oil and coolant again. This will help flush everything out, and the intermix over a few minutes should be pretty minimal. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
duffyComments: dealership said my oil leak is coming from the upper vanos hose and oil filter housing. they want 700 bucks to fix said problem. is this reasonable? can i do these repairs myself?
December 3, 2010
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: Well, you need to remove the manifold to get to the other end of the VANOS hose, which is doable, but time consuming. See my tech article on the head gasket replacement, and it will show you how to reach both ends of this hose. It will also show you the oil filter mount too. - Wayne at Pelican Parts 
AranComments: The car gives this error messages : engine failsafe program ..what is your opinian ?please ... Thank you.
November 19, 2010
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: Not sure what type of vehicle you have. However, this is an indicator of a fault in the engine management system I would perform a full vehicle scan using a BMW scan tool. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
AranComments: thank you for your answer about indicating the oil type for BMW 1999 model 523i . That you said 5w30 for winter & 10w30 for summer is good...But I ask you for more help , please.. My BMW engin work badly it's sound is not smooth in every starting up espetialy at morning and in cold weather... Do you think that is because of oil ? Do you think it's need an oil more light weight than it is used I used 10w30 before? what is your suggestion about using oil 5w30 ? Our country Iraq is more hot than europa..Thank you
November 18, 2010
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: Nope, the type of oil shouldn't affect the performance of your engine like that. I would check out our code reading article in this tech section, and see if you can see what error messages the car is trying to give to you. - Wayne at Pelican Parts 
AranComments: I have a 1999 523i, What type of oil do you reccomend 10/30 or 5/30,I live in north Iraq


November 16, 2010
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: I typically recommend that people run a lighter weight oil (like the 5/30) in the winter months, and a heavier oil in the summer months (10/30 is good). The reasons behind this are simple - in the summer months you want a heavier oil that will help to cool more efficiently. In the winter months, you want a lighter oil that won't get too thick on cold start up days. - Wayne at Pelican Parts 
RocComments: What size socket is use to remove oil filter house on 325i born in 2005
November 10, 2010
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: I just use a big adjustable wrench for this task. - Wayne at Pelican Parts 
podbmwComments: I think my 2003 3 series oil cap is leaking. Is there a supposed to be a gasket on the cap ?
November 1, 2010
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: Yes, there should be a cork or rubber gasket on the inside of the cap. If there is a leak, you're going to have a leak of crankcase vacuum which will also affect the fuel injection system. - Wayne at Pelican Parts 
frightened femaleComments: My 2006 325i oil indicator says I have +1 quart left of oil. How far can I drive on only 1 quart of synthetic oil? I'm still under warranty and the dealer is closed for Labor Day.
September 5, 2010
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: I'm not sure what you mean, the car requires something like 4-5 quarts of oil - anything below that and you will probably destroy the engine. - Wayne at Pelican Parts 
kelComments: my oil light came on when the car is started - does that mean it is dangerously low in oil or does it just need its oil changed? it is a 2006 323i
August 19, 2010
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: I'm not sure on the 2006 cars, I think that they tell you when it's time to change and when oil is low. I would check the owner's manual, I'm sure the info is in there. - Wayne at Pelican Parts 
leoComments: how do i turn off the service light after a oil change on a 2006 325i bmw with push button start
July 26, 2010
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: There is a Peake Research reset tool that we sell - give our sales dept a call at 1-888-280-7799 can they can assist you with your request. - Wayne at Pelican Parts 
323mComments: hello
one question

people are telling me i should run mobile one 15w-50 synthetic in my car is this true???
i have a 1998 323i cabrio
i have been running 10w-30 synthetic

July 19, 2010
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: Either one is fine. I tend to recommend running a little heavier oil in the summer months and then using a thinner oil for the wintertime. - Wayne at Pelican Parts 
jz325iComments: On a 1994 325i, do you check the oil level when the engine and oil is cold after being left off overnight, or should it be checked when it's hot like immediately after the engine is switched off?
July 14, 2010
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: You can check it with it hot or cold, the variations should be minimal. Although if you check it right after you turn it off, then you won't give all of the oil that's in the heads time to seep back down to the bottom, so the reading will be a tiny bit lower than normal. - Wayne at Pelican Parts 
BobComments: Is there any way to reset the oil change indicator lights on a 2001 BMW Z3 with 3.0 engine without the use of a special tool?
June 18, 2010
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: On the early cars, you can short two pins out on the connector in order to reset the oil lamp, but I'm not sure if this can work for the later ones. It's also easy to make a mistake doing this and mess up your DME computer. - Wayne at Pelican Parts 
Steve GComments: Driving a '98 328i, 144K, running 5W30 synth blend. The debate rages on: Go all synth Mobil 1 or use a quality non-synth. Your advice?
May 29, 2010
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: With older cars, I typically recommend using a non-synthetic because the synthetic blends tend to cause oil seals to leak sometimes. - Wayne at Pelican Parts 
pancho11jComments: how many quarts of motor oil for a bmw 323 i 2000
May 22, 2010
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: I don't have my manuals in front of me right now, but I think it's about 5-6 quarts or so. This information is also listed in the owner's manual under "filling capacities". - Wayne at Pelican Parts 
samieubnComments: very good info i will oder from you later,,,
May 19, 2010
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the feedback. Glad we could help.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
mtmComments: i would like to know what is the best oil for my car BMW 316 model 92
May 7, 2010
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: I don't have a favorite brand. You might want to check out Charles Navarro's essay on oil here: - Wayne at Pelican Parts 
FridolinoComments: Hi!
At what intervals do I need to change my fluids on my BMW 330 i.Right now I have 60 000 km on it the oil filter for the brake system was changed last week.It is 2006 model
April 24, 2010
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: I like to keep oil changes to 3000 miles, coolant at about 30k and transmission fluid at about 30k too. Brake fluid I like to change at about 60k. - Wayne at Pelican Parts 
JBComments: Hey
I don t want to seem stupid but how do I get the milage for my next oil change to reset.
April 6, 2010
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: Not sure what vehicle you have. An E36 can be reset using the 20 pin connector and a special tool. Other models have different procedures. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
johnComments: changed the oil in my 2000 323ci. how do i reset the computer. when you first start the car it shows i'm overdue for an oil change.
March 28, 2010
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: E46 Oil reset procedure:
1 Turn off the ignition and place the vehicle in park or first gear (manual transmission). Set the parking brake. Shut driver door.
2 Press and hold the "Odometer/Trip Reset" button and turn the ignition to the "On" position at the same time.
3 Continue holding the "Odometer/Trip Reset" button until the message center display reads "OIL SERVICE," "INSPECTION" or "RESET."
4 Release the button, then press and hold the button again until the message center display reads "RESET" or "RE."
5 Release the "Odometer/Trip Reset" button completely, then press and release it once. The message center should disply "END SIA" if the procedure was completed correctly. If the display does not read "END SIA," repeat Steps 2 through 5.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
New328isOwnerComments: to 93_325:

If nobody has answered your question: The orange colored paper IS the filter, do not remove it, seriously.
March 26, 2010
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the input on this one. We appreciate the help - Nick at Pelican Parts  
93_325Comments: This may be a dumb question, but I've never used a cartridge type oil filter before. Does the orange colored paper covering the new filter in figure 10 get removed before installing?
March 15, 2010
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: The orange paper is the filter element. It stays inside the cartridge. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
gerryComments: Hi,i bought 1993 bmw 325i with 170,000.very good shape however i wonder what oil to use in next oil change as the manuual seems to recommend 20/50 as the cclimate in seattle area,but dealer said 5/30 or 10/30 ,
February 2, 2010
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: I always err on the side of the dealer's recommendations. I would go with the either one. 10/30 might be the better choice. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
VashonComments: I am changing the oil in my 2006 BMW 330i how many quarts of oil do I need.
January 9, 2010
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: You'll need 6. Use this tech article to help during the procedure. Nick at Pelican Parts  
kComments: Have a 2002 325ci bmw. requires a quart of oil every month. have had complete oil change but still needs it. any ideas why since i see no leaks or smoking.
January 2, 2010
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: Using some oil is normal. If you want to reduce the amount, you can try shortening you oil change interval. I would check the crankcase breather valve. When it starts to fail, you may use some oil.- Nick at Pelican Parts  
razComments: One question i just got a 98 740i and i need to know whats a good oil for it ?
just looking for something that will be good for the engine

I live in Socal if that helps
December 16, 2009
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: A lot of the newer oils these days have been stripped of their anti-wear additives because of the theory that Zinc hurts the catalytic converters. Be sure to get a higher viscosity oil (for SoCal), and I would recommend a high-mileage oil with extra anti-wear additives. With an 11 year old car, I would probably avoid synthetics as it might cause leaks. - Wayne at Pelican Parts 
StudentComments: I need some info on how frequently I need to have oil changed on my 2003 BMW 3 series. The dealership says every 15,000 miles, while this independent garage former BMW dealersip mechanic keeps telling me i need to do it every 10,000... also, what type of oil is strongly recommended? He laughed when I mentioned Castrol synthetic 30W, saying it's actually not good for the engine.. thanks!
November 24, 2009
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: The lower the interval the better. 5,000 is my preference. Especially if you want the vehicle to last. Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can help you find the right oil. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
PatComments: I just recently changed the oil on my 1988 528E. My dip stick is not registering any oil though, after I put in 7 quarts, and my oil light is flickering. This seems to stump everyone. I havent seen any pools of oil anywhere I've parked. Any ideas?
November 21, 2009
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: If the oil light is flickering, your oil pressure is low. I would check the oil level by draining and measuring it. If you had the correct amount in, refill it and check engine oil pressure. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
KidComments: How do I know if previous owner used synthetic or regular oil in my 93 325i.
November 7, 2009
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: It's really impossible to know - if you can ask that would be great. If it's a high mileage car, I typically recommend that people stick with the non-synthetics. - Wayne at Pelican Parts 
JoeComments: How can I reset the "Service Indicator Light" on the dash after doing an oil change without having to buy the expensive tool used in BMW garages? I have a 1995 530i. Thank you.
November 7, 2009
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: We sell an oil service reset tool in the catalog for about $50. There's a way to jumper pins on the connector too, but if you screw it up, you can fry your electronics. See here:§ion=FULful&page=6&bookmark=36&part_number=PEL-R5B - Wayne at Pelican Parts 
TommyComments: Be careful if changing your oil at places like valvoline or jiffy lube. I've worked for them both and they tend to use fearful and deceptive tactics to get you to perform engine flushes and use oils which aren't even the brands they advertise. Valvoline Instant Oil Change in Westchester County, Ny doesn't even use Valvole oil, They use a generic oil porchased from an oil vender.
November 6, 2009
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the additional Info. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
dannyComments: where is Location fuel filter of 2006 BMW 325i and how to replace it
October 7, 2009
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: 2006 can be an E46, E90 or E91. All or which will be different. E46s can have an M54 or M56 engine too. The M54 version is located under the car, and it is part of the pressure regulator and not really something that should be changed. I don't even think BMW have a service interval for that system. The trend is moving towards "lifetime" fuel filters for all the modern cars (unfortunately) - Wayne at Pelican Parts 
johne36M3Comments: I do not know what type of oil prior owners may have used on my 1998 e36 M3. What type of oil should I use going forward?
September 25, 2009
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: If you don't know, then I would probably stick with a 10W weight oil like Castrol GTX, or a 20W weight oil if you're in a warmer climate. - Wayne at Pelican Parts 
e30marcusComments: what is the recomended oil weight i should use for my 1990 325i? I currently am using Mobil 1 10w-30 and she is due for an oil change. I've read other e30s using 10-40 and etc. and i just want to double check before i buy oil.
September 21, 2009
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: It depends upon which climate you're in. I like to run heavier weight oil in the hotter climates, and thinner oils in the winter climates. If you're in the northern part of the United States, I would recommend going to a slightly thinner oil for the winter months - the current 10 weight oil you're using should be fine. - Wayne at Pelican Parts 
ls3corvettteComments: in my 5 series bmw were is the drian plug and how to get to it since the under carige is sealed unlike other american cars
August 30, 2009
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: There's a plastic cover that sits under the engine, and it's held on with about 6-8 fasteners. Turn the fasteners about 180 degrees and they pop right out. You can remove this pan in about 1 minute (I've done it before) - it drops right down. - Wayne at Pelican Parts 
razingkaneComments: I cannot find anyone who can tell me definitively what the oil temp should read on my 1999 MZ3 roadster. I'm consistently running at 230 degrees F. That's according to the MZ3 gauge. Sometimes it climbs to 240ish. I'm currently running synthetic 5w30. I'm asking because I'm assuming an oil change will come quicker if the oil is running very hot.

Is 230 F engine oil temp OK on a 1999 MZ3? If not, what should the oil temp be on my MZ3?
July 17, 2009
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: That sounds very hot to me, especially for a water cooled car. I would double-check that gauge by using an infrared thermometer pointed at the radiator. Your thermostat is probably not opening all the way. The thermometer can also help you with this, your input hose to the radiator will be cooler than the rest of the water components of the engine. - Wayne at Pelican Parts 

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