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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 01-03-2013, 10:21 AM
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Oil filter housing seal?

Before I order A new seal I would like to verify and make sure. I Pulled into a parking lot and not 10 went minutes went by before I noticed the little puddle of oil in front of my front left tire. Open the hood and found another little puddle under the OFH.

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Old 01-03-2013, 10:44 AM
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What brand are the filters you're buying? I made the mistake of doing a quickie oil change once, picking up an "OEM" filter at AutoZone or some such place, and having a similar problem. In my case, the rubber gasket around the top of the cap was too small, and the oil pressure was forcing small amounts of oil out between the plastic cap and oil filter housing.

Now, I always buy Mann filters off Amazon.
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Old 01-03-2013, 11:18 AM
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Now that you mention it I had bought an oil filter, STP, it was from autozone.. But used the same o-ring it previously had. This was back in july. I've has no previously leaks from this area before.

It might be worthy noting that I havnt started the car up in 2 days. And maybe the low temps in the northeast have taken its toll on this seal.
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Old 01-03-2013, 11:29 AM
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Now that you mention it I had bought an oil filter, STP, it was from autozone.. But used the same o-ring it previously had. This was back in july. I've has no previously leaks from this area before.

It might be worthy noting that I havnt started the car up in 2 days. And maybe the low temps in the northeast have taken its toll on this seal.
Get a Mann filter, they're dirt cheap (Like, under $10 on Amazon). If you have prime, free shipping!

Replace EVERYTHING when you do an oil change - filter, gasket, and that little metal washer. I've even gone so far as to replace all the filter housing mounts (they're rubber, about 1/2" thick, and turn to solid chunks of brittle garbage after a few years).

That should solve your problem!
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Old 01-04-2013, 12:17 AM
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Are the connections at the bottom of the housing unit prone to leakage?
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Old 01-04-2013, 09:13 AM
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Now that you mention it I had bought an oil filter, STP.
I have a bunch of pictures of why to NEVER use an STP oil filter on the bimmer!

It's probably in one of these two threads:
- How not to do an E39 gravity feed oil change (1)
- How not to do an E39 vacuum extraction oil change (1)
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Old 01-04-2013, 07:14 PM
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Are the connections at the bottom of the housing unit prone to leakage?
It's the rubber housing mounts that I'm talking about. They're the items pictured in this post. Littler buggers wear out and the whole housing comes loose. It's a very cheap and simple maintenance item.
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