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Old 05-01-2013, 05:02 PM
mrjayviper mrjayviper is offline
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question on coolant/oil drain washer (2001 V8)?

I've been looking around for the part number but obviously, I can't find what I'm looking for.

Can I use washers found in the local hardware shop?

and oh, I found this on ebay: Copper Washers 18mm X10 OIL Drain Sump Plug Gaskets BMW K100 K1100LT K1200 | eBay

Can I safely use it for the oil/coolant drain washer replacement?

thanks!
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Old 05-02-2013, 06:48 AM
james.e30 james.e30 is offline
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Coolant drain washer part number from realoem.com: 07119963225
Oil drain plug washer part number: 07119963151

There's no reason you couldn't use aftermarket washers for this application, BUT I would stick with the OEM type (aluminum for the coolant drain, copper for the oil). Your ebay washers are the wrong size, you are looking for 12mm x 17 for the oil drain, 14mm x 20 for the coolant. In my experience you can easily find the oil drain washers at your local auto parts store, but you would be better off finding a BMW part for the coolant drain, either from the dealer or ordering online. I know a trip to the dealer isn't always practical, but you really don't want any leaks in your cooling system.

James
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Old 05-04-2013, 12:13 AM
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I was preparing myself for an oil and coolant change myself. Read through the procedures in Bentley manual. Went to BMW dealer in town, got BMW coolant, enough for V8, got new washer for replacing the oil drain plug (it was copper) cost only 90c, but I later found out that my new oil filter came with a new rubber seal and a new washer, how convenient is that? The washer was non metalic and black in colour, had the appearance of a hard plastic. Wanted to get oil too. My oil cap in the car says castrol oil is recommended. I told this to parts guy, he said we always use shell helix...I went to auto shop to get good quality castrol oil. Then I ask him for new washers for coolant drain plugs, on V8 one on each side of engine block, he looked at me like I just landed from outer space. That gave me the impression that BMW in my town don't even bother with this. Then should I bother I wonder?
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Old 05-04-2013, 12:36 AM
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Also BMW has some special drain plug thats neither metric nor standard, and it also had hex key hole in the center. Needless to say I used a hammer to get my socket on, destroyed the plug and I'm glad I bought a straight up 17mm for it so I have no problems next time. I did have to modify the length of the thread, it was too long. I guess another attempt at making it hard for the DIYer, not this chump...
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Old 05-04-2013, 12:36 AM
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