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E93, 10 years old, had my airbag replaced by BMW under recall. Tech reports that my oil filter housing gasket is leaking with dire predictions if it fails. Repair estimate.....wait for t.....$500++. Yikes:eek
I searched DIY's on the BMW blogs and YouTube and decide to replace it myself. Well...I did it! I bought the OEM manufacturer's gasket for only $10 from FCPEuro. The housing is a bear to remove as two of the bolts are difficult to access. The bolt under the manifold can be accessed by a 1/4" E10 socket, universal joint and extension. The bolt at the lower left facing the housing is mounted backwards, also limited space and can be best removed via an E10 ratchet. It took some time but I removed it with only a trickle of lost oil and antifreeze. The gasket did look funky but....wait for it...no evidence of leaks!
Buying a few tools that I did not have plus the gasket resulted in an out of pocket cost of only $30!
Me so happy:angel
 

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Single bolts?

Nay, they are not blue aluminium bolts and can be reused. if you are fussy, replace them.
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The bolts are steel, no need to replace.
I will be attempting this shortly. The dealer was kind enough to notify me my CPO coverage expired in Sep and this job would be $760. Ouch!
Isn't it ridiculous this little ratcheting E10 is like $25 and can only be bough online?
Did you have to drain coolant? I plan to drain maybe a gallon or so to hope for less mess.
 

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Coolant

I sucked out the coolant in the evap tank. Unless it it was a coincidence that my coolant was slightly low, when I removed the filter housing only a small drop of coolant spilled (on to dirty rags to protect the belt).When i finished, i refilled evap tank.
Regarding E10 ratchet, used versions are available on line but they are in the UK and require shipping charges. If you are careful, you can remove the bottom backward bolt with a 8mm or 5/16" ratchet.
Good luck.
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You can also loosen the intake manifold bolts and pull it away slightly for better access. Yes you should replace the gaskets on the manifold if you do it that way.
 
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