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How to Change a BMW 3 and 5 Series Engine Oil at Home

Owning a BMW 3 or 5 Series is a remarkable experience, and taking care of your luxury vehicle is essential to keep it running smoothly and efficiently. One of the most crucial maintenance tasks you can perform at home is changing the engine oil. Not only does this help in prolonging the engine's life but also contributes to improved fuel efficiency and overall performance. 

In today's article, we'll walk you through the step-by-step process of changing the engine oil in your BMW 3 or 5 Series on your own! Before we start, it's important to mention that we have grouped both of them into one guide because they are quite similar.

Tools and Materials You'll Need

  • Before you begin, gather the following tools and materials:
  • Engine oil (Ensure it's the manufacturer-recommended oil grade)
  • Oil filter
  • Drain pan
  • Socket and ratchet set
  • Oil filter wrench
  • Funnel
  • Jack stands or ramps
  • Gloves and safety glasses

1. Prepare Your Workspace

Start by parking your BMW on a level surface and engaging the parking brake. Make sure the engine is cool to avoid any burns. Lift the front of the car using either jack stands or ramps, providing enough space to access the oil drain plug and oil filter.

2. Drain the Old Oil

Place the drain pan beneath the oil pan and locate the oil drain plug. Use a socket and ratchet to carefully remove the drain plug. Allow the old oil to drain completely into the pan. Once it's drained, replace the drain plug, ensuring it's properly tightened.

3. Replace the Oil Filter

Locate the oil filter, which is usually located near the oil pan. Use an oil filter wrench to carefully remove the old oil filter. Before installing the new filter, apply a small amount of oil to the rubber gasket on the top of the filter. Screw on the new filter by hand until snug, and then give it a quarter turn with the oil filter wrench.

4. Add New Engine Oil

Using a funnel, pour the manufacturer-recommended engine oil into the oil filler cap on top of the engine. Refer to your owner's manual for the correct oil capacity. Allow a few minutes for the oil to settle and check the oil level using the dipstick. Add more oil if necessary.

5. Double-Check and Clean Up

After adding the oil, ensure that both the oil drain plug and oil filter are securely tightened. Wipe off any spilled oil from the engine and surrounding components. Lower the car back down from the jack stands or ramps.

6. Properly Dispose of Old Oil

Remember to dispose of the used oil and old oil filter properly. Many auto parts stores and service centers accept used oil for recycling. Do not pour used oil down drains or throw it in the trash.

7. Record and Reset

Keep a record of the date and mileage of your oil change for future reference (you can mark it on a note and leave it in your owner's manual or the glove box. Additionally, reset your BMW's oil change indicator, if applicable, following the instructions in your owner's manual.

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