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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 07-22-2016, 05:00 PM
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M54 Oil Filter Housing Gasket DIY

Some slight variances in airbox vs. the E46, but generally speaking this will guide you towards the light

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Old 07-23-2016, 08:16 AM
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Your DIY videos are EXCELLENT.
Lighting, explanations, everything.
Please keep making them.

You should say that you're working on an E39, b/c E46 is slightly different in some places.
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Old 07-24-2016, 03:59 PM
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Thanks for taking the time to make this video. Very well done, and very clean looking X5
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Very nice DIY video.

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Old 07-27-2016, 05:02 AM
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Thanks guys!
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Old 07-27-2016, 08:39 AM
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Great video, quick question. Did you drain the oil before you started?
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Old 07-27-2016, 10:42 AM
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Great video, quick question. Did you drain the oil before you started?
Nope, no need to drain the oil. Unless you're doing an oil change at the same time.
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I assume that you need to remove the oil filter housing cap, the piece that holds the filter, to allow the oil to drain out of the housing?
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Old 07-27-2016, 05:53 PM
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I assume that you need to remove the oil filter housing cap, the piece that holds the filter, to allow the oil to drain out of the housing?
Nope, no need. You can see in the video I was able to complete the job without removing it.
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Stupid question time...... So where does the oil that is in the filter housing go? Does the O-ring(s) on the filter stem keep the oil in the housing?
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Old 07-27-2016, 07:41 PM
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Stupid question time...... So where does the oil that is in the filter housing go? Does the O-ring(s) on the filter stem keep the oil in the housing?
Not at all! Check out the video at 9:04 mark and you'll see the plastic check valve in the center. It's spring loaded and when opened the oil flows through that port.
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Not at all! Check out the video at 9:04 mark and you'll see the plastic check valve in the center. It's spring loaded and when opened the oil flows through that port.
Good to know. I need to do this just haven't yet committed the time. Chasing suspension/tire issues right now.
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