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Old 10-08-2012, 01:32 PM
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Oil Leak

I have been leaking oil in my driveway as well as other peoples. Parked, it leaves a silver dollar spot or two. Mechanic says its a oil pan gasket. 2, an upper gasket and a lower gasket. $50 in parts. What should labor be on a job like this?
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Old 10-16-2012, 10:03 AM
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thankx so much for all the advice....smell
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Old 10-16-2012, 10:04 PM
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I'm guess most shops will be in the range of 12 hours. Pretty big job.
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Old 10-18-2012, 06:41 PM
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My bet is oil filter housing gasket. Remove the belly pan and let it drip overnight. Should give you some idea where it's coming from.
The RH side half shaft runs through the oil pan on the E53. If oil pan gasket is toast, expect a hefty bill for labor.
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Old 10-18-2012, 07:49 PM
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I agree with Scott - my 2003 3.0i motor has the oil filter housing gasket leak. I dropped my pan and cleaned the motor and drove it (do not drive without belly pan!) and no leaks found but after time it is leaking into the bottom of the pan where the oil drain flap is located. What I did was put paper towels inside the flap door to catch the leak.

I have purchased oil filter gasket for $5 bucks. The issue is the time to replace the gasket takes an estimated 10 hours since you have to take out the alternator etc. from my research. Big job so I am going to wait to do the water pump and thermastat at the same time to make the job worth while.
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Old 10-18-2012, 08:57 PM
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Since he mentions an upper and lower section to the pan he has a 4.4. The 3.0 has a single piece oil pan. Book time for the filter housing on a 3.0 is about 3 hours.
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Old 10-19-2012, 09:06 AM
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I actually need to replace the leaking oil filter housing gasket on wifes X5. I've planned on 6hrs start to finish. Probably in the next 2 weeks or so I'll get around to it. Will report back how long it took.
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Old 10-19-2012, 12:43 PM
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Yes - I would love to hear how it goes, and even pictures. Is the wifes X5 a 4.4i or 3.0i? I want to get the oil leak fixed if its not as hard as I have researched.
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Old 10-29-2012, 05:56 PM
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Scott - any update on how long the oil filter housing gasket took to replace? My brother is going to do it this week on my 3.0i and I wanted to see if it takes 4 hours or 10 hours?

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Old 11-06-2012, 09:25 AM
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I am having trouble getting oil plug out after last oil change from the BMW....got any ideas why the plug is so damn tight...I am wondering if they even changed the oil at this point.
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Old 11-06-2012, 02:38 PM
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Use a larger wrench or use a long breaker bar. They may have over tightened.
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Scott - any update on how long the oil filter housing gasket took to replace? My brother is going to do it this week on my 3.0i and I wanted to see if it takes 4 hours or 10 hours?

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Dan,

Doing it now. About 2 hours into it. Pretty straightforward, except the alt removal. It has an air duct on it that can only be removed from below. I prob have another 2 hours to go.
Just a lot of stuff to R+R. I replaced the vanos oil feed hose while I was in there, and both belts. The tensioner and idler are new.

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Old 01-03-2013, 03:50 PM
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@dirty Dan. Save your money in the thermostat and water pump. It's a cake DIY if you have the slightest of mechanical skills. I just did it on my 01 330xi for less then $300 in parts. I got quoted over 600 in labor from an indy and I was providing parts.
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4 hours job, hardest part will be removing the fan clutch, you'll need to get the special tool to hold the fan pulley while you use a big 32 or 34 mm wrench to remove it. The threads are Left Hand Threads so as you face the engine from the front you need to turn the wrench righty loosey to loosen it up, not lefty loosey. There's a Youtube Video on how to remove it with a BFH but I brought the tool, didn't want to fix something else because of the BFH method.

Here's a Youtube Video on the same procedure but it on a E46. If the video is helpful, either subscribe or like the video so that the video poster will receive credit for posting the video.

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