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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 11-24-2012, 01:51 PM
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Oil change

Is there anything done differently from other car oil changes

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Old 11-24-2012, 02:19 PM
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No, unless you are unfamiliar with canister type filters.
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Old 11-24-2012, 02:39 PM
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You'll need to back out the black cap on the canister until it just clears. This allows the oil to drain back into the sump.

The filter cartridge comes with a new O-ring and washer for the oil pan plug. No need to hog down on the cap - just make sure it's firmly seated in the canister. Most of us use German-made filters, like Mahle or Knecht.

You'll need a 36 mm socket, and a bolt measuring 6x1.0x40 mm. The bolt screws into the side of the canister, and by holding it with your other hand to counteract the torque while removing/replacing the cap prevents damaging the rubber shock mounts.

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Old 11-27-2012, 03:39 PM
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I installed a magnetic oil drain plug during the oil change. Hopefully it will trap metal shavings over time.

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Old 11-27-2012, 11:10 PM
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Originally Posted by CeeJay71 View Post
Is there anything done differently
- BMW approved motor oils (pdf) & tribal motor oil recommendations (1) (2) (3) & gravity oil change DIY (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) & vacuum extraction DIY (1) (2) (3) & drill pump DIY (1)
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