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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 12-15-2011, 12:26 AM
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oil filter housing

Completed this DIY today.

Mostly straight forward as per the DIY's in this forum (thanks CN90).

The only hiccups were the alternator was very difficult to remove, took two of us to finally get it off.
The other was trying to get the housing back on without dropping oil back down the engine.
Was I doing it wrong? Were you supposed to drain the oil out of the housing first?
I soaked up what was in there but it would just drain back in from I assume the filter bowl.

I ended up draining it then installing the housing.
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Old 12-15-2011, 08:03 AM
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On the alt--there is a mounting bushing on the back side of the alt that you can lightly tap with a hammer that will give more clearance to reinstall the alt. After doing that little procedure if you ever need to remove it again , it's a simple process. On the oil deal, uhhh , yep the oil needs to be drained out of the housing before removing it.
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Old 12-16-2011, 01:34 AM
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draining the oil filter housing

Thanks poolman,

What's the procedure for draining oil out of the housing?
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Old 12-16-2011, 10:44 AM
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When I did mine, I did not drain the oil from the OFH.
This is because it has an anti-drainback valve.
Look in the back of the OFH, there is an anti-drainback valve, gently push with a screw driver and it will open up.
But again, you don't need to do it!


Anyway, pic of anti-drainback valve:

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Old 12-16-2011, 12:59 PM
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When I did mine, I did not drain the oil from the OFH.
This is because it has an anti-drainback valve.
Look in the back of the OFH, there is an anti-drainback valve, gently push with a screw driver and it will open up.
But again, you don't need to do it!


Anyway, pic of anti-drainback valve:

Hey cn90, that's what I thought too but everytime I cleaned out all the little compartments the top ones near where your arrow is for the gasket on the last photo would fill slightly, then it was a race to get it on so none would run out, which was difficult due to the loom for the vanos being in the way a bit. That's why I eventually took off the filter cap and drained out as much as possible, a right royal pain in the ...
I still think some escaped when mounting it so I'm keeping my fingers crossed, after I installed the housing I re-read your diy and got a bit worried when you stated "8. Now the O.F. Housing comes out easily. Remove old gasket and clean the mating surfaces to make sure it is spotless for re-installation."

Time will tell, although I already took it for a spirited 5 mile drive and it looks ok.

Cheers.
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