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Changing Engine Oil
 
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Changing Engine Oil

Nick Czerula

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$100

Talent:

***

Tools:

17mm, 36mm socket, flat head screwdriver, drain pan

Applicable Models:

BMW X5 (2000-06)

Parts Required:

Engine oil, oil filter, drain plug sealing washer

Hot Tip:

Work with a slightly warm engine

Performance Gain:

Maintaining engine longevity

Complementary Modification:

Change oil every 3,000 miles

In this article, I'll go over the steps involved with replacing the engine oil and filter on the BMW E53 X5 models. Be sure to work with a cool engine and have a drain pan with a capacity of at least 10 liters. You should replace your engine oil and filter every 5,000 miles. Changing your engine oil is one of the most frequent and basic tasks you will perform on your X5. Remember to use high quality oil that meets BMW specifications (specifications can be found in your owner's manual) and a high quality and BMW-recommended oil filter. Doing the oil and filter replacements at the specified intervals and using BMW's recommended products will go a long way towards protecting the longevity and reliability of your X5's engine. X5 models came equipped with 6- and 8-cylinder models. I will show you how to replace the engine oil on each. The 6-cylinder photos are from a similar model that utilizes the same engine.

Run the engine for two to three minutes to warm up the engine oil. Do not allow the engine to get too hot.

Raise and support the front of the vehicle. See our tech article on jacking up the vehicle and securing it safely on jack stands.

6-cylinder engine: 
6-cylinder engine: Using a 36mm oil filter socket on a 6” extension, loosen the oil filter housing lid until you can see a sealing O-ring (green arrow).
Figure 1

6-cylinder engine: Using a 36mm oil filter socket on a 6" extension, loosen the oil filter housing lid until you can see a sealing O-ring (green arrow). This allows the oil in the filter housing and filter to drain into the engine oil pan. If you do not do this first, you will leave about a liter of old engine oil behind.

6-cylinder engine: Open the oil drain plug access door, if equipped.
Figure 2

6-cylinder engine: Open the oil drain plug access door, if equipped. Most X5s I see no longer have the doors. Using a flat head screwdriver, rotate the door lock 180°, then swing the door down. You can also remove the door to make a little more room for you to work. This photo shows the oil drain plug location on 6-cylinder models (green arrow). The yellow arrow points to the 8-cylinder engine drain plug. Place the drain pan centered below the oil drain plug. Using a 17mm socket, remove the oil drain plug. Allow the engine oil to drain until it stops dripping. Keep an eye on the oil as it drains. The stream of oil will move and there is a chance it will miss the drain pan. Install the oil drain plug with a new sealing washer and torque to 25 Nm (18 ft-lb). Close the oil drain plug access door. Remove the drain pan from below the vehicle.

6-cylinder engine: Remove the oil filter cover from the engine and remove the old oil filter from the cover.
Figure 3

6-cylinder engine: Remove the oil filter cover from the engine and remove the old oil filter from the cover.

6-cylinder engine: This photo shows what can happen when a low quality oil filter is used.
Figure 4

6-cylinder engine: This photo shows what can happen when a low quality oil filter is used. The filter can collapse and fall apart inside the oil filter housing. If your filter is bent like the one shown, inspect the filter housing and filter cover for oil filter debris. A broken piece of filter will jam and crush the new filter when you tighten the cover.

6-cylinder engine: Using a small flat head screwdriver, remove the O-ring from the oil filter cover (yellow arrow).
Figure 5

6-cylinder engine: Using a small flat head screwdriver, remove the O-ring from the oil filter cover (yellow arrow).

6-cylinder engine: Install a new O-ring and a new filter.
Figure 6

6-cylinder engine: Install a new O-ring and a new filter. Push the filter into the filter cover as far as it will go. Then torque the oil filter cover to 25 Nm (18 ft-lb).

6-cylinder engine: Fill the engine with engine oil.
Figure 7

6-cylinder engine: Fill the engine with engine oil. The engine oil capacity is (6-cylinder): 6.5 liters (7 US quarts). Start the engine, confirm that the oil warning light goes out. Then pull the dipstick and recheck the oil level. The oil level should be within the area marked by green arrows. Check that there are no oil leaks, lower the vehicle from the jack stands and you are done.

8-cylinder engine:
8-cylinder engine: Using a 36mm oil filter socket, loosen the oil filter housing lid until you can see the sealing O-ring (green arrow).
Figure 8

8-cylinder engine: Using a 36mm oil filter socket, 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. If you do not do this first, you will leave about a liter of old engine oil behind.

8-cylinder engine: Open the oil drain plug access door, if equipped.
Figure 9

8-cylinder engine: Open the oil drain plug access door, if equipped. Most X5s I see no longer have the doors. Using a flat head screwdriver, rotate the door lock 180 degrees, then swing the door down. You can also remove the door to make a little more room for you to work. Using a 17mm wrench, remove the oil drain plug. Allow the engine oil to drain until it stops dripping. Keep an eye on the oil as it drains. The stream of oil will move and there is a chance it will miss the drain pan.

8-cylinder engine: Remove the oil filter cover from the engine and remove the old oil filter from the cover.
Figure 10

8-cylinder engine: Remove the oil filter cover from the engine and remove the old oil filter from the cover.

8-cylinder engine: Using a small flat head screwdriver, remove the O-ring from the oil filter cover (green arrow).
Figure 11

8-cylinder engine: Using a small flat head screwdriver, remove the O-ring from the oil filter cover (green arrow). Install a new O-ring and a new filter, push the filter into the filter cover as far as it will go. Then torque the oil filter cover to 25 Nm (18 ft-lb). Fill the engine with the BMW-specified engine oil. The engine oil capacity is (8-cylinder): 7.5 liters (8 US quarts).

8-cylinder engine: Start the engine and confirm that the oil warning light goes out.
Figure 12

8-cylinder engine: Start the engine and confirm that the oil warning light goes out. Then pull the dipstick and recheck the oil level. The oil level should be within the area marked by green arrows. Check that there are no oil leaks. Lower the vehicle from the jack stands and you are done.

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Comments and Suggestions:
Bimmerboy Comments: Thanks for the response. Claw tool didn't fit but the strap kind did. Got the oil filter housing off without damaging it.
July 13, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the follow up. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
bimmerboy Comments: Mine has the oil filter housing on the bottom not the top as shown in the pictures. And it stuck. 25 MM is striping the plastic and too tight to fit a generic housing grip tool in to loosen. Thank you Jiffy Lube....
July 10, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Ugh. You may need a claw tool to grab the housing and twist it off. I would have a new one on hand as you will need to replace it.

Give our parts specialists a call at 1-310-626-8765
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
toney Comments: mine has 25mm housing socket size
May 28, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the additional info. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 

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