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6-Cylinder Engine Oil Filter Housing Gasket Replacement
 
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6-Cylinder Engine Oil Filter Housing Gasket Replacement

Nick Czerula

Time:

3 hours3 hrs

Tab:

$150

Talent:

*****

Tools:

Set of sockets, wrenches, screwdrivers

Applicable Models:

BMW 525i/xi Sedan (2004-07)
BMW 528i xDrive Sedan (2009-10)
BMW 528i/xi Sedan (2008-10)
BMW 530i/xi Sedan (2004-07)
BMW 530xi Wagon (2006-07)
BMW 535i xDrive Sedan/Wagon (2009-10)
BMW 535i/xi Sedan (2008-10)
BMW 535xi Wagon (2008)
BMW 545i Sedan (2004-05)

Parts Required:

Oil filter, engine oil, oil filter housing gasket, pressure relief valve O-rings

Hot Tip:

Work with a cool engine

Performance Gain:

Repair leak at oil filter housing

Complementary Modification:

Change engine oil

The oil filter stand (also known as the oil filter housing) is a high pedestal mount for the oil filter and oil pressure switch. This housing is usually mounted to the side of the engine, near the front of the cylinder head. It allows oil to flow from the engine to the oil filter. It places the oil filter in an easy to service location, and remedies the issue of trying to fit it to the already cramped engine compartment. The oil filter housing is made of aluminum and sealed to the engine via a rubber profile gasket. On some engines coolant as well as engine oil run through the housing passages, sometimes to coolant hoses. An oil cooler (heat exchanger) can also be attached for enhanced engine oil cooling.

If you find an oil leak down the left side of your engine or what looks to be the oil pan, it may be the oil filter-housing gasket. The oil filter housing uses a rubber profile gasket and over time it hardens and leaks. When trying to locate the source of an oil leak, always start at the top of the engine. Locate any oil-covered areas. The cleanest oil covered area is likely the source of the leak. You will need the oil filter housing profile gasket, and for M54 6-cylinder engine models the VANOS oil line-sealing washers. It's not a bad idea to grab oil and a filter too. Changing the oil is only a few more steps, when doing this repair. This article covers the M54 and NG6 normally aspirated engines. Turbocharged NG6 engines are similar.

Remember that your car may have been serviced before and had parts replaced with different size fasteners used in the replacement. The sizes of the nuts and bolts we give may be different from what you have so be prepared with different size sockets and wrenches.

Protect your eyes, hands and body from fluids, dust and debris while working on your vehicle. If working with the electrical system, disconnect the battery before beginning. Always catch fluids in appropriate containers and properly dispose of any fluid waste. Recycle parts, packaging and fluids when possible. Never work on your vehicle if you feel the task is beyond your ability.

Our vehicle may vary slightly from yours as models do change and evolve, as they grow older. If something seems different, let us know and share your info to help other users. Do you have questions or want to add to the article? Leave a comment below. When leaving a comment, please leave your vehicle information.

M54 6-cylinder engine:
M54 6-cylinder engine: Remove the alternator.
Figure 1

M54 6-cylinder engine: Remove the alternator. See our tech article on alternator replacing. Place an oil drain pan under the left side of the engine. Working at the front of the intake manifold, pull the evaporative emission purge solenoid off the mounting bracket. It is mounted in a rubber bushing and pulls straight off the bracket (purple arrow).

M54 6-cylinder engine: Working below the oil filter housing, disconnect the oil sensor electrical connectors by pressing the wire release tab and pulling the connector straight off the sensor (purple arrows).
Figure 2

M54 6-cylinder engine: Working below the oil filter housing, disconnect the oil sensor electrical connectors by pressing the wire release tab and pulling the connector straight off the sensor (purple arrows).

M54 6-cylinder engine: Using a 36mm socket on a six-inch extension, loosen the oil filter housing lid until you can see the sealing O-ring (green arrow).
Figure 3

M54 6-cylinder engine: Using a 36mm socket on a six-inch extension, loosen the oil filter housing lid until you can see the sealing O-ring (green arrow). This allows the oil in the filter housing and filter to drain into the engine oil pan.

M54 6-cylinder engine: Using a 19mm wrench, remove the VANOS oil line banjo bolt (purple arrow, below oil filter housing).
Figure 4

M54 6-cylinder engine: Using a 19mm wrench, remove the VANOS oil line banjo bolt (purple arrow, below oil filter housing). Cover the line and opening to prevent dirt from entering the VANOS system.

M54 6-cylinder engine: Remove the three power steering pump 13mm fasteners (green arrows).
Figure 5

M54 6-cylinder engine: Remove the three power steering pump 13mm fasteners (green arrows). The fasteners are different lengths. Mark the locations for reinstallation. With the fasteners removed, push the power steering pump down and away from the oil filter-housing bracket.

M54 6-cylinder engine: Remove the six 13mm oil filter housing fasteners (purple arrows).
Figure 6

M54 6-cylinder engine: Remove the six 13mm oil filter housing fasteners (purple arrows). The fasteners are different lengths. Mark each fastener location for reinstallation.

M54 6-cylinder engine: Pull the oil filter housing away from the engine and remove it.
Figure 7

M54 6-cylinder engine: Pull the oil filter housing away from the engine and remove it. Place it on your workbench. Then using a small flathead screwdriver, remove the profile seal.

M54 6-cylinder engine: Clean the engine sealing surface (purple arrow).
Figure 8

M54 6-cylinder engine: Clean the engine sealing surface (purple arrow). Inspect the alignment dowels (green arrows). They help you align the housing when reinstalling. Be sure they are in good condition and installed in the engine straight. Install a new gasket into the oil filter housing. Then install the oil filter housing onto the engine. Be sure to align the dowels properly.

M54 6-cylinder engine: Install the oil filter housing fasteners in their previous locations.
Figure 9

M54 6-cylinder engine: Install the oil filter housing fasteners in their previous locations. This photo shows the orientation of the fasteners, top to bottom. Tighten the oil filter housing fasteners in a crisscross pattern. Install the power steering pump to oil filter housing and tighten the fasteners. Install the VANOS oil line using new sealing washers. Reconnect the oil switch electrical connector. Then reassemble the engine in the reverse order of the removal procedure. Remember to top up the engine oil and check for oil leaks when complete. Relieve the cooling system pressure by opening reservoir cap.

NG6 6-cylinder engines:
NG6 6-cylinder engines: Loosen the oil filter housing lid until you can see the sealing O-ring (green arrow).
Figure 10

NG6 6-cylinder engines: Loosen the oil filter housing lid until you can see the sealing O-ring (green arrow). This allows oil in the filter housing and filter to drain into the engine oil pan.

NG6 6-cylinder engines: Using a small flathead screwdriver, unclip the upper radiator hose retainer and remove the hose from the oil filter housing.
Figure 11

NG6 6-cylinder engines: Using a small flathead screwdriver, unclip the upper radiator hose retainer and remove the hose from the oil filter housing. Allow coolant to drain into the container.

NG6 6-cylinder engines: Disconnect the sensor electrical connector by pressing the release spring and pulling it off (green arrow).
Figure 12

NG6 6-cylinder engines: Disconnect the sensor electrical connector by pressing the release spring and pulling it off (green arrow).

NG6 6-cylinder engines: Remove the E10 oil filter housing fastener (green arrow).
Figure 13

NG6 6-cylinder engines: Remove the E10 oil filter housing fastener (green arrow). The fasteners are different lengths. Mark their appropriate locations for reinstallation.

NG6 6-cylinder engines: Remove the two E10 oil filter housing fasteners (green arrows).
Figure 14

NG6 6-cylinder engines: Remove the two E10 oil filter housing fasteners (green arrows). The fasteners are different lengths. Mark the locations for reinstallation. I like to use a long extension for the fastener under the intake manifold. Attach a swivel adapter to your socket to help fit it in (yellow arrow).

NG6 6-cylinder engines: Pull the oil filter housing away from the engine and remove it.
Figure 15

NG6 6-cylinder engines: Pull the oil filter housing away from the engine and remove it.

NG6 6-cylinder engines: Thoroughly clean the oil filter housing mounting surface (green arrow).
Figure 16

NG6 6-cylinder engines: Thoroughly clean the oil filter housing mounting surface (green arrow).

NG6 6-cylinder engines: Place the housing on the workbench.
Figure 17

NG6 6-cylinder engines: Place the housing on the workbench. Then using a small flathead screwdriver, remove the seal. Install the new gasket into the oil filter housing. Then install the oil filter housing onto the engine. Be sure to align the dowels properly. Install the oil filter housing fasteners in their previous locations. Tighten the oil filter housing fasteners in a crisscross pattern. Reconnect the oil switch electrical connector. Then reassemble the engine in the reverse order of the procedure. Remember to top up the engine oil and check for oil leaks when complete. Top up the engine oil, fill and bleed the cooling system. See our tech article on servicing your cooling system.





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Comments and Suggestions:
John F Comments: I just replaced the oil filter housing gaskets on my 2008 535xi N54 engine. FYI, regarding the rearward E10 fastener shown in figure 14, on this engine it is completely blocked by the intake manifold. There is no way to get a socket or wrench on this without removing the intake manifold. This unfortunate placement of one bolt makes for a lot of extra work. The intake manifold is a different design on the N54, probably due to turbocharging.
January 31, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for sharing your installation process and experience. These type of comments add so much to the Pelican tech community.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
hugh Comments: I have a 2008 528i with an N52K engine and wonder if the procedure for replacing this oil filter housing gasket will be a little more easier than the M54 engine. Thanks
December 21, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Your engine is shown as well, it picks up at step 10. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
RobC Comments: My 2010 5351i M-sport is leaking at the oil filter housing housing to block gasket. Can you please reply with the specific gasket and any other parts that I might need? When I looked at the parts descriptions, it wasn't clear which were for a 2010 e60.
December 12, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Parts for your vehicle should be on this page:

http://www.pelicanparts.com/cgi-bin/supertech/catalog.cgi?action=frameset&return-url=/cgi-bin/supertech/catalog.cgi%3Faction%3Dframeback%26page%3D2527&catalog-url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.pelicanparts.com%2Fcatalog%2FSuperCat%2F4845%2FBMW_4845_BASFLT_pg2.htm %3Futm_source%3DSuperTech%23item8


I’m not the best with part numbers.

Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can figure out what part or repair kit you need.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Raj Comments: My 2006 BMW 525i has 80k miles and just recently I see oil leak near oil filter on left side, I changed new filter and gasket but agin I see same problem, do you know why it happen and how to take care.
March 25, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Could be the filter housing gasket. Check if the oil is coming from the bottom of the housing. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Rick Comments: I'm going to replace the gaskets for the oil filter housing. What o-rings, nonreusable bolts etc. also need to be replaced if any? My car is a 2007 530xi. I just sent a message, but forgot to include my vehicle information.
February 13, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I replied to your original message. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Rick Comments: I need to replace the gaskets on the oil filter housing, but not the housing itself. Are there o-rings that need to be replaced that are not related to the o-rings for a normal oil change? Any help would be appreciated.
February 13, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Yes, you will need the profile gaskets for the housing and possibly a fastener kit. - Nick at Pelican Parts  

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