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javed13
07-21-2012, 10:29 PM
i have a 2008 bmw 535xi that i bought like 6 months ago. the idrive said it has 150 miles to go until oil change. i like to do things myself and make sure its done correctly. thank you for all the help

borderchris
07-22-2012, 07:32 AM
i have a 2008 bmw 535xi that i bought like 6 months ago. the idrive said it has 150 miles to go until oil change. i like to do things myself and make sure its done correctly. thank you for all the help

All that's needed is the search button.

MrKB2U
07-22-2012, 11:11 AM
I have the same car...just got it 1 month ago. There are several videos on YouTube on how to DIY, you may want to search there too.

MachtSchnell
07-22-2012, 08:04 PM
Simple process, a couple screws on the belly, remove drain plug, the remove filter from right on top. Replace all rubber rings on filter, replace washer on drain plug, fill an you are done. 20 minutes tops for you're first time. And don't wait for idrive to tell you, more frequent than what BMW suggests.

gcvt
07-23-2012, 12:12 PM
http://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/attachments/e60-m5-e61-m5-touring-discussion/146620d1321651275-what-do-you-guys-pay-dealer-oil-change-2008_bmw_550i_oil_change.pdf

Damon54
07-24-2012, 07:05 AM
Do filters usually come with all necessary gaskets?

borderchris
07-24-2012, 07:38 AM
Yes.

Damon54
07-24-2012, 07:49 AM
Ah, found them. Not sure about the non V-8 offerings but I don't have a receptacle that holds 8+ quarts wo making a mess.

I go to a friendly shop that charges $10.00 when I supply the oil & filter.

karlallen90
07-24-2012, 06:48 PM
Never wait for idrive, as mentioned before. Even the service manager at my local place will tell you to do it 5000-8000 miles. He said he normally doesn't really tell people that only if he can tell that they are more car conscious then your typical joe or DIYers who come in for parts.

BucksRunner
07-25-2012, 07:47 AM
http://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/attachments/e60-m5-e61-m5-touring-discussion/146620d1321651275-what-do-you-guys-pay-dealer-oil-change-2008_bmw_550i_oil_change.pdf

That is a great how-to!

Damon54
07-25-2012, 05:47 PM
Am I correct that the E-60 / 545i has 2 Plugs. One for the main reservoir & one in filter housing?

Does any know the size of the filter plug?
Main plug is M18x1.5x12

bimmerfan52
07-25-2012, 06:47 PM
Am I correct that the E-60 / 545i has 2 Plugs. One for the main reservoir & one in filter housing?

Does any know the size of the filter plug?
Main plug is M18x1.5x12

Yes there are two. The 545i drain plugs are the same size as the 550i.

gcvt
07-26-2012, 01:22 AM
That is a great how-to!

Indeed! It has inspired many to do their own oil changes for the first time, like myself back when I first bought my car. Many thanks to the person who put all that together for us :thumbup:

legend700
07-26-2012, 08:01 AM
http://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/attachments/e60-m5-e61-m5-touring-discussion/146620d1321651275-what-do-you-guys-pay-dealer-oil-change-2008_bmw_550i_oil_change.pdf

The OP has a 535xi. How is this PDF covering the V8 engine relevant?

Damon54
07-26-2012, 08:09 AM
If anyone knows the Metric thread size for the Oil Filter Plug I would appreciate it.

legend700
07-26-2012, 08:41 AM
Here is a brief write-up covering the N54 TT engine. I have not done this procedure yet myself, but bought the necessary tools, parts and supplies. I got the aftermarket oil filter tool with the 17mm hex nut, so I did not need to buy the expensive 27mm socket required for the OEM tool, which is also more expensive. I also intend to replace the oil drain plug with a Fumoto valve to make future oil draining easier.

bimmerfan52
07-26-2012, 08:42 AM
If anyone knows the Metric thread size for the Oil Filter Plug I would appreciate it.

http://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/att...oil_change.pdf

As I said before, the 545i and 550i drain plug sizes are the same.
This DIY (which took hours to produce and was a labor of love) tells it all.

Damon54
07-26-2012, 08:44 AM
I very much appreciate the excellent PDF!
Now if I wanted to change out the filter plug with a Magnetic Dimple Plug to capture
Metallic impurities I would order what size?

I am asking for thread size & depth to be clear. Dimple & I would both like to know. Is that 10m?
M10x?x?

bimmerfan52
07-26-2012, 10:27 AM
I very much appreciate the excellent PDF!
Now if I wanted to change out the filter plug with a Magnetic Dimple Plug to capture
Metallic impurities I would order what size?

I am asking for thread size & depth to be clear. Dimple & I would both like to know. Is that 10m?
M10x?x?

M18 X 1.5 X 12 - Specify BMW drain plug in notes during ordering
I installed a Dimple during last oil change 2K ago, so I have a little way to go before I see if it did anything. The whole idea may be snake oil, but I thought I'd give it a try.

I do like using a regular wrench instead of a hex driver on the drain plug. I don't even fool with the drain in the filter housing. I just lower the filter full of oil carefully. On the V8s you can fill the filter housing with fresh oil (not quite to the top so you don't spill it) when you reinstall it to get oil moving through the system a little faster during restart.

burnie35
07-26-2012, 10:59 AM
I'd change my own oil too ... but if I got under the car, then I'd never be able to get up! :cry:

bimmerfan52
07-26-2012, 11:41 AM
I'd change my own oil too ... but if I got under the car, then I never be able to get up! :cry:

I hear ya. I used to scamper around roofs like a monkey when I was younger. But now I can feel the equilibrium is just not the same and I'm no longer comfortable climbing.

At least you can specify the oil and filter and take it to someone you trust.

Damon54
07-26-2012, 12:12 PM
M18x1.5x12 is for the main reservoir (covered that above & added this later now that I am perturbed) We have now correctly sized 1 of 2 Plugs. Now that we have that established.

The picture, excellent btw, tells me the one at the end of the filter housing is a different size as it is noticeably smaller.

WHAT SIZE IS IT! At this point I am yelling!


Why am I thinking of the Spinal Tap scene where the guy explains his Amp goes to 11 & is thusly superior to one that only goes to 10?

UltimateDriving
07-26-2012, 07:18 PM
And don't wait for idrive to tell you, more frequent than what BMW suggests.

This is very important. The iDrive OCI is ridiculous, specially if you do lots of idling/ctiy driving/stop n go. You should change your oil around 5000 - 7500 miles depending on whats your driving style and conditions.
And always use quality oil. Any major brand will do fine (As long as you get the correct oil weights) but i would recommend going for BMW Approved ones. :)

bimmerfan52
07-26-2012, 08:51 PM
M18x1.5x12 is for the main reservoir. We have now correctly sized 1 of 2 Plugs. Now that we have that established.

The picture, excellent btw, tells me the one at the end of the filter housing is a different size as it is noticeably smaller.

WHAT SIZE IS IT! At this point I am yelling!


Why am I thinking of the Spinal Tap scene where the guy explains his Amp goes to 11 & is thusly superior to one that only goes to 10?

Ahh. So many attempts at good deeds get one punished.

Let me be clear. My Bad - I misread the lines in your post calling out the drain plug thread size and later your asking for the filter housing drain plug thread size, assuming you were asking for the driver size to tighten and loosen the drain plugs.

However, as long as you have decided to replace a gentleman like approach with sarcasm let me respond in kind.

My assumption that you were asking a question that seemed obvious was derived in large part from your earlier "brilliant" question about getting a gasket with the filter (when nearly every on-line supplier shows a picture of the cartridge filter and two gaskets) and your childish lamenting about not having an oil pan that would hold more than 8 quarts of oil (so go f---in buy one).

I have no idea why you want to know the thread size of the drain plug in the filter housing (maybe you're naive enough to plan on putting a magnet there too). But most importantly I don't care. So I'm shouting back at you.

QUIT BEING HELPLESS - GET OFF YOUR A$$ AND DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH.

Damon54
07-27-2012, 01:53 AM
Meanwhile my helpless a$$ has arranged
for all Bimmerfest enthusiast to get a 20% discount on Dimple Plugs until the end of August.

polski7
07-27-2012, 05:09 AM
does anyone have the part # for the OEM oil filter tool?

also for the drain plug crush o-ring, do you have to get one from the dealer or does it come in the oil filter kit with the filter o-rings/gaskets?

thanks in advance!

bimmerfan52
07-27-2012, 07:56 AM
does anyone have the part # for the OEM oil filter tool?

also for the drain plug crush o-ring, do you have to get one from the dealer or does it come in the oil filter kit with the filter o-rings/gaskets?

thanks in advance!

For N52/54/55 - 83300493936

Crush washer for drain plug along with gaskets comes with cartridge filter.

legend700
07-27-2012, 10:32 AM
bavauto.com has the oil filter tool with a 17mm hex nut for $19.95. The BMW OEM tool requires a 27mm socket which not many people own.

terrystu
07-27-2012, 12:16 PM
does anyone have the part # for the OEM oil filter tool?

also for the drain plug crush o-ring, do you have to get one from the dealer or does it come in the oil filter kit with the filter o-rings/gaskets?

thanks in advance!

If you have a strap wrench you can use that instead on an I6. Thats all I ever use on mine and it works fine.
The cap on the filter housing should never be overly tight, as the O-ring does the sealing, not the torque on the threads.

polski7
07-28-2012, 12:32 AM
thank you all for the replies. I don't currently own a 27mm socket so I will look at the aftermarket tool.