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Changing the Oil and Filter in Your E60 BMW 5-Series
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Changing the Oil and Filter in Your E60 BMW 5-Series

Steve Vernon

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$60

Talent:

*

Tools:

Jack, jack stands, 8mm, 15mm socket small screwdriver, large wrench, drain pan

Applicable Models:

BMW 530i Sedan (2004-07)

Parts Required:

Oil and filter

Hot Tip:

Warm engine before draining

Performance Gain:

Longer engine life

Complementary Modification:

Change your air filter

Replacing the oil on your E60 can be one of the easiest ways to save money and start yourself off on the DIY trail.

You should warm up the engine for a few minutes before you drain the oil, as this will help get all the old oil and contaminants out, just make sure that you take care not to burn yourself on the hot oil when draining it. With the car turned off safely jack up and support the front of the car. Please see our article on raising and supporting your BMW.

Begin by opening the hood, and use a large wrench to loosen and then remove the filter housing cover. I used a large set of Channel Locks. Remove the old filter. Pelican's new filter kit comes complete with a new filter, O-rings and wavy sealing washer. Remove the old O-rings and install the new ones along with the new filter. Open the oil filler on the top of the valve cover. This opens by a half turn then the cover hinges off to the side.

Move under the car and remove the three 8mm screws holding the service door in the engine splash shield. Place a large drain pan underneath the engine and loosen the drain plug with a 15mm wrench. Remove the plug remembering to get your hand out of the way as quickly as possible so as not to burn it on the hot oil. Try not to drop the drain plug in the old oil.

When the oil is finishing draining install the new wavy washer and then reinstall the drain plug. Torque to specs and reinstall the access panel.

Move to the top of the engine, install the new filter and torque the filter housing cover to specs.

Fill the engine with the proper amount of new oil for your engine and close the filler cap.

Congratulations you have just saved yourself some money.

Use a large wrench and remove the oil filter cap (yellow arrow), then open the oil fill cap (red arrow).
Figure 1

Use a large wrench and remove the oil filter cap (yellow arrow), then open the oil fill cap (red arrow).

Remove the old oil filter.
Figure 2

Remove the old oil filter.

Remove the old gaskets (red and yellow arrows).
Figure 3

Remove the old gaskets (red and yellow arrows).

Install the new filter and gaskets (green and red arrows).
Figure 4

Install the new filter and gaskets (green and red arrows).

Open the oil fill cap.
Figure 5

Open the oil fill cap.

Remove the three 8mm screws (red arrows) holding the access panel in place.
Figure 6

Remove the three 8mm screws (red arrows) holding the access panel in place.

Place a large catch pan under the engine and remove the 15mm oil drain plug (red arrow).
Figure 7

Place a large catch pan under the engine and remove the 15mm oil drain plug (red arrow).

Make sure you install the new wavy seal washer (yellow arrow) on the oil drain plug.
Figure 8

Make sure you install the new wavy seal washer (yellow arrow) on the oil drain plug.

Fill engine with new oil according the manufacture.
Figure 9

Fill engine with new oil according the manufacture.

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Comments and Suggestions:
Travis Comments: I have a 2006 530i and just got it back after being shipped from ramstein air base germany and there is a horrible miss in it. Is it probably a coil pack or could the coil pack boot just need to be readjusted? Plus there is a coolant leak from somewhere that i cant find. B4 i send it into the shop i just wanted to check and see if the thermostat messing up could be the cause of loss of coolant if coolant gets too hot and is there like a oneway valve to release hot boiling coolant ? Cause i didnt have heat either. I want to be able to do what i can to save money since i just got out of the military and just bought a house and everthing that goes into it, so im broke as a joke. I think those sorry navy boys messed it up on the way since it was fine when i left it. Any suggestions to help save some money?
November 27, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: For the coolant leak, pressure test the cooling system. Looks for leaks on the engine or radiator / hose side.

For the misfire. I would check spark, fuel and compression on all cylinders.- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
DB Comments: Pic of stripped drain plug in oil filter housing attached. Too late on draining the oil. Really don't want to drop $80 of fresh oil in to drive it to repair or dealer.
August 26, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You can change the filter without pulling that plug, but I would try to get it out. Take a bolt extractor or a Torx bit of a size larger and see if it will fit into the hole, try lightly tapping it in. Then remove and replace the plug. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
DB Comments: I have a problem with my new to me 2010 550i GT oil filter. The oil filter housing has a brass drain plug. The plug is stripped. Do I need to remove plug before removing filter housing? King Kong must have installed the filter. I've tried to loosen the housing and it wont budge. Thanks!
August 25, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Can you share a photo of the stripped fastener?

I would suggest getting it out before draining the oil or removing the filter. - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Tony Comments: Is there any way to use an oil extractor on a 2008 E60 w/o a dipstick?
July 17, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: No. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
BABATEO Comments: Hi,
I need someone can help for oil drain access panel showed on Figure 6, What is it part # and where I can order one.
2 week searched on the web, but find nothing.
Please help. Thank you
May 2, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: 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
 
howard freeman Comments: The common leaks in that area are the oil cooler profile seal & the oil filter housing to cylinder head profile seal . Part # 11428637821 for the filter housing seal,11428637830 for the oil cooler seal.You do not want any leaks in this area. It will destroy the belt tensioner and if a N52 throws a belt you are going to spend a bunch of money due to damage caused.
March 31, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the additional info. We appreciate it. Thanks for the additional info. We appreciate it. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
rick Comments: it could also be the oil filter aluminum housing.
$$$
February 22, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Sure, if damaged. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Kim Comments: I have a 2007 BMW 530i 5 Series. I have a small leak around my oil filter any ideas on what might be the problem? I just bought the car and I am not for sure but could it just need a new oil filter or could it be a serious problem? Thank you.
November 12, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: It could be the filter lid sealing O-ring or the filter housing gasket. - Nick at Pelican Parts  

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