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  • DIY Oil Change for E90 320i

    A friend came over the weekend and ask me to help her replace her fluid.. She confirmed warranty for her 320i is over, so she wish to service outside.. I told her I will try because I have not done it to an E90 before.. here goes..

    First of all, I was looking for a place to jack. I realized the E90 does not come with a jack because it’s on Run Flat Tire and does not intend for owner to jack the car for replacing flat. So no jack. I took my Toyota jack and start looking for a spot under the E90 to rest my jack. Voila! Found a “jack stand”.. or rather a plastic mount where its meant to support a workshop hydraulic car lift. To avoid breaking the plastic mount, I found a rubber muffler mount in my store and cut it into shape so can slot into the E90 plastic mount as follows to disperse pressure to avoid the risk of breaking the plastic mounting:








    Check out the brick I inserted under the tire.. Kiasi.. and check out those green carpet tiles.. that's my mat..


    A look under the E90… Wow! Amazing sight! Reminds me of the Darth Vader’s Empire Mothership carrier..












    Once I am comfortable with my reach to the drain bolt, then only I proceed to replace the oil filter.. I should have released the drain bolt first so allowing more time for the oil to drip while I replace the oil filter. I was worry of unable to open the oil filter, so must try opening the oil filter first because if unable to open, I would call off the project..

    I first mark the oil filter cover with a masking tape so I know how much to tighten the cap later. I don’t have a torque wrench and I ‘m suppose to tighten it to 25Nm of torque as written on the cap..


    Line the cap with a piece of cloth so the filter wrench won't harm the cap.. Open with anti close wise rotation just like unwinding a screw..


    See how dirty the thing is.. yuukkk.... If I tell u this filter is only 5k km old, would believe me?


    Hold the dirty filter element with one hand and tap the central core with your other hand, the element will slide out.. took me quite awhile to figure this out.. almost broke the core while struggled with it..


    The el-cheapo Austrian filter I got for her..






    Slot the new filter element into the core.. make sure the side with printed code number is facing out.. don't ask why... just follow.. Don't forget to replace the oil seal. 3 of them.


    Screw the filter back and make sure the cap return to our "mark", well aligned! That's 25Nm I suppose..


    Now move on to the drain bolt.. not easy to open for a new car because the bolt was bolted onto the pan before they assemble the engine and coated with a layer of paint, thus very tight. Luckily this an old car.. It's using size 6mm hex wrench. I got my wrench from a bicycle shop.. Normal anti clock wise unwinding... DON'T SCREW UP!!! If u break the nut, don't call me!!




    Some closeup to show u the screw... if you don't have the hex wrench, it will be difficult because of the thin top. Too thin to fit a wrench (its size 17mm). The black finishing is actually the oil sump paint (in&out), painted over the nut because when they paint the oil sump before assembly, the bolt is already in place..again I must stress, it should be very tight for a new car.. I think


    Check out the dirty oil.. what they called BMW-LL


    If I were to tell you these are 5k km original BMW-LL fluid, would you believe me..


    If these are good for another say... 5k km... would u pour it into your Kancil or something..?










    Hope u enjoy reading the above!
    Last edited by astroboy; 22-03-2008, 01:31 AM.

    ♥ 2007 E90 N46B20 Black Sapphire ♥ Style 158 225/45R17 EuFori@/N8000 ♥ BMW Performance Strut Bar ♥ Aluminium Pedals ♥ CF Wrapped Gurney Flap ♥ Cadmus Sunshade ♥

  • #2
    Cool man...

    btw, a good idea to use newpaper between the jack and floor to prevent the jack from slipping.

    pity the "new minister" who have to support the weight of the car.
    "Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people."

    The best things in life are usually shared.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by jarance View Post
      Cool man...

      btw, a good idea to use newpaper between the jack and floor to prevent the jack from slipping.

      pity the "new minister" who have to support the weight of the car.
      I was getting worried whether the weight would crack the nice tiles or not...

      Astroboy, thanks for the photos & oil change sharing. So, how does the car feel like after the refreshing experience? Does engine sound different too?


      ps/ what happened to the used oil? Do you flagged down a Kancil right away?
      Sachs Sport + Bilstein (F4-B46-1486-H1; F4-P36-3018-H0)
      Beru Ultra-X
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      • #4
        Very good write-up and DIY astroboy How much did you get the al-cheapo Austian Filter for?

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        • #5
          good info sharing astroboy, thumb up for u

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          • #6
            I laud your DIY efforts astroboy, but I do hope you disposed of the used oil properly, in a used oil drum at a service station or something.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by rookie View Post
              How much did you get the al-cheapo Austian Filter for?
              Sorry can't tell now because haven't pay yet.. I owe u one answer.. was told less than RM40..

              ♥ 2007 E90 N46B20 Black Sapphire ♥ Style 158 225/45R17 EuFori@/N8000 ♥ BMW Performance Strut Bar ♥ Aluminium Pedals ♥ CF Wrapped Gurney Flap ♥ Cadmus Sunshade ♥

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              • #8
                so how much for the filter astroboy?? i think u can do part time servicing for BMWCM member.....
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                • #9
                  good job astroboy! i always tell people there is no such thing for LL oil.the dirty oil colour look like kopi really dirty.just wonder how much u charge the owner for labour hehehe...
                  1990 E30M40B18

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                  • #10
                    Mummygohan & Chili E30, you guys want Astroboy to change your oil...?

                    He charges very fairly....just 3 jugs of beer will do....

                    Booking list for oil change by Astroboy:
                    1) Mummygohan
                    2) Chili E30
                    3) BlackE90
                    4)
                    . . .. ...

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                    • #11
                      Booking list for oil change by Astroboy:
                      1) Mummygohan
                      2) Chili E30
                      3) BlackE90
                      4) Wllchan
                      5)

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                      • #12
                        Wah! So good business ah? I can invest in tools lio... no need to use my Avanza jack and bicycle Allen Key..

                        ♥ 2007 E90 N46B20 Black Sapphire ♥ Style 158 225/45R17 EuFori@/N8000 ♥ BMW Performance Strut Bar ♥ Aluminium Pedals ♥ CF Wrapped Gurney Flap ♥ Cadmus Sunshade ♥

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                        • #13
                          i think its not a good idea to use el cheapo filter and save a few bucks and then have engine oil failure or underperformance.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by bimmerdude View Post
                            i think its not a good idea to use el cheapo filter and save a few bucks and then have engine oil failure or underperformance.
                            Won't say Knetch is el-cheapo OEM part..
                            I don't drive fast cars, I just drive cars fast.

                            1990 E30 318i(s)
                            M42B18

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                            • #15
                              astro...the used oil look like air sungai gombak...hehe
                              SHIF

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