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545i DIY Oil Service.

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Please note this was carried out back in 2012 when I owned my 545i and posted on a different forum.  I have copied it on to this forum but with new links to the photos thanks to Photobucket's change in policy.  I was updating my other E60 DIY threads to fix the broken photo links so I took the opportunity to post this up on this more active forum.

 

545i Oil Service.

 

Tools you will need

 

Means to support the car so that it is level but high enough for you to access underneath it.

Small and medium flat blade screwdrivers

6mm Allen key for oil filter housing drain plug

8mm Allen key for engine sump drain plug

24mm socket for oil filter housing

No. 2 Pozidrive screwdriver for access hatch

8 litres of your chosen flavour of engine oil

A container big enough to catch 8 litres of used engine oil

Loads of pairs of disposable gloves and wipes.

And as usual my dad to help.

 

Unlike the 6 pot engines the V8 has its oil filter tucked far away underneath the engine at the rear.  It is only just in front of the bellhousing in the centre of the engine.  The oil filter is located onto the rear of the oil pump and the sump pan which is kidney shaped curls around the oil filter housing.

 

I drove my car up onto wooden ramps which were placed on the sloping pavement in front of my driveway.  This allows the car to remain level (to allow the sump to drain) and provided enough access to crawl underneath.  I had driven the car for about 15 mins to make sure the oil was up to temperature and more likely to flow out easier and with hopefully any sludge.

 

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Oil service please!

 

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New parts laid out on boot floor.  The BMW oil filter comes with a replacement sump copper O ring, a new rubber O ring for the oil filter housing drain plug and the large new rubber O ring for the oil filter housing to oil pump seal.  I bought a new sump plug also.

 

The oil filter is a cylinder of concertinaed paper sandwiched between two plastic discs.  More on this later!

 

The oil filter housing and sump drain plug are accessed via small hatch in the rear engine belly tray.  Slacken off the pozidrive screw and unclip to two forward clips.  The hatch will now hang down vertically exposing the filter and sump drain plug.

 

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Access hatch

 

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Oil filter housing showing central drain plug (6mm Allen key)

 

Undo and remove the oil filter housing drain plug and be prepared to catch about 1 litre of engine oil.  Using a 24mm socket undo and remove the oil filter housing, this now exposed the oil filter left stuck to the underside of the oil pump.

 

Oil filter was pulled off from the oil pump which left stuck around the spigot of the oil pump feed the top plastic disc that was on to the top of the oil filter.

 

However the next oil service I did, I gripped the paper oil filter element and twisted it anti-clockwise, i.e. unscrew the filter.  The paper element site over the oil pump/filter feed pipe which is screwed into the oil pump.  Unscrewing the oil pump/filter feed pipe with the paper element still attached was so much easier!

 

Oh dear or words very similar. 

 

I had to now remove the top of the old oil filter which was stuck around the oil pump/filter feed pump spigot.  Swallowed a brave pill and after 15 mins of burning my fingers on the rather hot oil pump, prising and levering the disc was removed.  What made life easier was to unscrew the oil pump/filter feed pipe. part #2

 

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You can now see the old oil filter, old O rings and the top black disc that had separated from the filter and was left on the oil pump.  Be warned this common size of oil drain pan is not big enough to catch all 8 litres of sump oil.

 

 DSCN0006.jpg

 

Looking up to the oil pump where the oil filter sits.  The central threads are for the oil pump/filter feed pipe. You can read that the manufacture date of the oil pump was April 2004 which ties in nicely with the cars build date.

 

Using the 8mm Allen key I removed the sump plug and caught about 7 litres of used engine oil.

 

The oil filter housing was cleaned up, new O rings were lubricated with new engine oil and fitted to both the oil filter housing and the oil filter housings drain plug.  A new sump plug and sealing washer were also lubricated with new engine oil and then torqued to 35Nm.  The oil filter housing drain plug was torqued by hand (10Nm) and then the new filter was clipped into the inside of the oil filter housing and then the oil filter housing containing the new filter was fitted to the oil pump.  Torque to 25Nm.

 

Pour in 8 litres of your chosen engine oil.  I used Castrol Edge FST 5W-30 which meets BMW longlife 04 spec.  Should be longlife 01 but that oil spec is being done away with and BMW will pour Castrol Edge FST 5W-30 into the sumps of all BMW engines except M models so that was good enough for me.

 

After checking the oil level, start the engine.  I was expecting the oil pressure warning light/message to appear as I had read that from TIS but all was well on start up.  Engine sounded smooth and quiet.  Ran engine for 5 minutes and checked for leaks and then checked oil level. All good.

 

After cleaning hands and tools I reset the iDrive and filled out my service book.

 

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Result.

 

BMW charged me in July 2010, £202 for an oil service.  Their oil prices are significantly higher as they only sell oil per litre and not in 4 litre bottles.

 

Oil filter incl seals from BMW £18.90.  Oil from EuroCar Parts £77.12. (2 x 4 litres at £38.56 per 4 litres)  So done for less than £100 and saved over £100.

 

Result again.

 

Please note this was originally written in June 2012 with a revision in June 2014 when I owned my E60.

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26 minutes ago, 535i Andrew said:

Please note this was carried out back in 2012 when I owned my 545i and posted on a different forum.  I have copied it on to this forum but with new links to the photos thanks to Photobucket's change in policy.  I was updating my other E60 DIY threads to fix the broken photo links so I took the opportunity to post this up on this more active forum.

 

545i Oil Service.

 

Tools you will need

 

Means to support the car so that it is level but high enough for you to access underneath it.

Small and medium flat blade screwdrivers

6mm Allen key for oil filter housing drain plug

8mm Allen key for engine sump drain plug

24mm socket for oil filter housing

No. 2 Pozidrive screwdriver for access hatch

8 litres of your chosen flavour of engine oil

A container big enough to catch 8 litres of used engine oil

Loads of pairs of disposable gloves and wipes.

And as usual my dad to help.

 

Unlike the 6 pot engines the V8 has its oil filter tucked far away underneath the engine at the rear.  It is only just in front of the bellhousing in the centre of the engine.  The oil filter is located onto the rear of the oil pump and the sump pan which is kidney shaped curls around the oil filter housing.

 

I drove my car up onto wooden ramps which were placed on the sloping pavement in front of my driveway.  This allows the car to remain level (to allow the sump to drain) and provided enough access to crawl underneath.  I had driven the car for about 15 mins to make sure the oil was up to temperature and more likely to flow out easier and with hopefully any sludge.

 

DSCN0003.jpg

 

Oil service please!

 

 DSCN0002.jpg

 

New parts laid out on boot floor.  The BMW oil filter comes with a replacement sump copper O ring, a new rubber O ring for the oil filter housing drain plug and the large new rubber O ring for the oil filter housing to oil pump seal.  I bought a new sump plug also.

 

The oil filter is a cylinder of concertinaed paper sandwiched between two plastic discs.  More on this later!

 

The oil filter housing and sump drain plug are accessed via small hatch in the rear engine belly tray.  Slacken off the pozidrive screw and unclip to two forward clips.  The hatch will now hang down vertically exposing the filter and sump drain plug.

 

DSCN0005.jpg 

 

 

Access hatch

 

DSCN0012.jpg

 

 

Oil filter housing showing central drain plug (6mm Allen key)

 

Undo and remove the oil filter housing drain plug and be prepared to catch about 1 litre of engine oil.  Using a 24mm socket undo and remove the oil filter housing, this now exposed the oil filter left stuck to the underside of the oil pump.

 

Oil filter was pulled off from the oil pump which left stuck around the spigot of the oil pump feed the top plastic disc that was on to the top of the oil filter.

 

However the next oil service I did, I gripped the paper oil filter element and twisted it anti-clockwise, i.e. unscrew the filter.  The paper element site over the oil pump/filter feed pipe which is screwed into the oil pump.  Unscrewing the oil pump/filter feed pipe with the paper element still attached was so much easier!

 

Oh dear or words very similar. 

 

I had to now remove the top of the old oil filter which was stuck around the oil pump/filter feed pump spigot.  Swallowed a brave pill and after 15 mins of burning my fingers on the rather hot oil pump, prising and levering the disc was removed.  What made life easier was to unscrew the oil pump/filter feed pipe. part #2

 

DSCN0013.jpg

 

You can now see the old oil filter, old O rings and the top black disc that had separated from the filter and was left on the oil pump.  Be warned this common size of oil drain pan is not big enough to catch all 8 litres of sump oil.

 

 DSCN0006.jpg

 

Looking up to the oil pump where the oil filter sits.  The central threads are for the oil pump/filter feed pipe. You can read that the manufacture date of the oil pump was April 2004 which ties in nicely with the cars build date.

 

Using the 8mm Allen key I removed the sump plug and caught about 7 litres of used engine oil.

 

The oil filter housing was cleaned up, new O rings were lubricated with new engine oil and fitted to both the oil filter housing and the oil filter housings drain plug.  A new sump plug and sealing washer were also lubricated with new engine oil and then torqued to 35Nm.  The oil filter housing drain plug was torqued by hand (10Nm) and then the new filter was clipped into the inside of the oil filter housing and then the oil filter housing containing the new filter was fitted to the oil pump.  Torque to 25Nm.

 

Pour in 8 litres of your chosen engine oil.  I used Castrol Edge FST 5W-30 which meets BMW longlife 04 spec.  Should be longlife 01 but that oil spec is being done away with and BMW will pour Castrol Edge FST 5W-30 into the sumps of all BMW engines except M models so that was good enough for me.

 

After checking the oil level, start the engine.  I was expecting the oil pressure warning light/message to appear as I had read that from TIS but all was well on start up.  Engine sounded smooth and quiet.  Ran engine for 5 minutes and checked for leaks and then checked oil level. All good.

 

After cleaning hands and tools I reset the iDrive and filled out my service book.

 

DSCN0016.jpg

 

Result.

 

BMW charged me in July 2010, £202 for an oil service.  Their oil prices are significantly higher as they only sell oil per litre and not in 4 litre bottles.

 

Oil filter incl seals from BMW £18.90.  Oil from EuroCar Parts £77.12. (2 x 4 litres at £38.56 per 4 litres)  So done for less than £100 and saved over £100.

 

Result again.

 

Please note this was originally written in June 2012 with a revision in June 2014 when I owned my E60s.

 

A proper car.

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8 hours ago, jake13 said:

 

A proper car.

 

It was indeed, but I only worked on my 2nd one, I didn't have the first one long enough to do anything to it. ;)

 

The BMWs are a joy to work on. The components come apart very easily as they use good quality nuts and bolts, well except the nyloc nuts on the pre LCi front lower suspension arm balljoints!

 

Its straightforward enough to do mechanical work on these cars as in the main access is so good, well appart from the position of the engine oil filter on the N62 block!

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Any reason why you removed the filter before dropping the oil?

I'll be doing a change on mine shortly.

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No reason, I can't think why I did it that way, probably because I figured it was best to do the tricky part first. The set up on the N62 allows you to do it either way.  You can remove the filter and still have a full sump.

 

Loads of folk drain via the oil filter housing and complain they have only dropped out about 1 litre of oil.  They have missed the drain plug on the sump pan and panic cos they have only drained a tiny amount of oil against whats actually required.

 

 

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Cool. I thought it might be some strange process where you need the full weight of the oil to drain the filter housing down or something like that!

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No, nothing like that, if you look at Realoem where the oil pump sits, you can then see that the pump sits above the sump with the filter screwed in to the rear of the pump and hangs down in between the kidney shaped part of the sump pan.

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