Oil Change DIY for BMW E82 135i (N55 Engine)

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This should prove to be a simple task, in case you'd like to get your hands dirty. As always, autoevolution is here to show you how to do simple (sometimes complicated) tasks without having to pay for them.
There still are a couple of us out there who actually like to get their hands dirty and do some car maintenance themselves. For those that fall into this category, this DIY will be redundant, as we am sure you already know how to change the oil on your car.

For those that consider themselves rookies, here's how to do it:

Step 1: Get everything you need at hand. This is what you will need:

  • - 17 mm spanner
  • - small screw driver
  • - oil filter kit from BMW (filter, 2 o-rings, sump crush washer)
  • - car jack
  • - 2 x jack stands & BMW jack pad
  • - rear wheel chocks
  • - 6.6 litres of oil - BMW LL01 approved
  • - plastic funnel
  • - oil filter spanner or wrench
  • - oil sump catch pan
  • - roll of paper towel

Step 2: Take the car for a spin or ensure that the engine oil is warm.

Step 3: Park the car on an even surface and apply the parking brake. Add the wheel cocks to the rear wheels.

Step 4: Jack up the rear from the rear jack point until it's high enough so that you can slide the jack stand underneath the front side (photo no.1)

Step 5: Repeat for the other side.

Step 6: Slide under the car and locate the oil sump access door. Open it. (photo no 2)

Step 7: Use the 17 mm spanner to loosen the sump bolt. Use a glove to protect yourself as the bolt and the oil will be hot (photo no 3)

Step 8: Slide the oil catch pan under the car and let the oil leak onto it.

Step 9: Let the oil drain and go in front of the car. Open the engine compartment and take off the oil cap, this way the oil will drain faster.

Step 10: Remove the oil filter and the filter spanner (photo no 4)

Step 11: Change the o-rings on the filter cap using a small screw driver (photo no 5). Be careful not to clip the o-rings in any way. In order for this to go smoother, rub the o-rings in a small amount of oil.

Step 12: Push in the new oil filter (photo no 6)

Step 13: Re-install the filter in the engine. Tighten until the 2 green marks are aligned (Photo no 7)

Step 14: Add the new crush washer to the sump bolt and get back under the car to tighten back up the sump bolt.

Step 15: Close the sump access flap and fill the car with 6.5 liters of fresh oil.

Step 16: Lower the car onto the ground and go for a spin. While driving check to see if the onboard computer shows any errors regarding oil levels.

Step 17: After returning from the drive leave the car parked for a while and check under it to see if it has any oil spills. If it does, it means the sump bolt hasn't been tightened well enough.

This is a DIY guide and, as such, you must be aware the procedures described here involve some risks. autoevolution cannot be held responsible for any possible damage that might result while following this guide.
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