DIY Oil Change F10 N55 by TJPark01

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DIY Oil Change F10 N55


Compliments of TJPark01 @ bimmerfest.com


7-20-2010


1100 miles, time for a oil change. 

Parts

* Fully Synthetic Oil 7 Quarts BMW High Performance Full Synthetic 5W30* (BMW P/N: 07 51 0 017 866), Mobil 1 0W40, or Castrol Syntec European Formula 0W30.

* Oil Filter (BMW P/N: 11 42 7 566 327) - Comes with 2 o-ring washers (1 big black, 1 small green), and 1 copper crush washer.

* Oil Filter Wrench, there are several on the market. I used my hand but this might be too hard for you paper pushers.

* Floor Jack (I used 2) with jack stands

* Oil Drain Pan.

* 17 mm socket (1/2" drive wrench).

* Torque Wrench

* Rags / paper towels.

* Disposable rubber gloves.

* Funnel.

* Needle nose pliers.

* Goggles.

* Beer for after.


Make sure oil is at operating temp before doing this.

1. On a level surface, engage parking brake and chock rear wheels

2. Lift front of car, I used two floor jacks with plastic pads to keep from damaging plastic jack points on the F10.

3. Use jacks stands in case floor jacks malfunction (this is VERY IMPORTANT) Never get under a car without proper safety backup.

4. Remove small bolt that holds trap door in place, remove trap door.

5. Using 17mm socket and wrench loosen drain plug. (Bolt faces down, so no mess with angle draining)

6. Lower car back down to ensure even oil draining. This will take a while, I made a sandwich during the time.

7. Remove oil filter, I did it by hand but if your kung fu grip isn't strong enough buy the filter wrench. With needle nose pliers remove green gasket and large black gasket on oil filter housing. Pull oil filter out. Install new filter, the writing was facing out or down. Put new gaskets on the filter housing. I soaked the new filter in a little oil and rubbed some oil on the new gaskets. I sucked out all the residual oil in the filter seat with a turkey baster. Screw filter back into the base. Match the green alignment marks (thanks for that Dingolfing!)

8. Jack Car back up, place jacks stands in position again, make sure the rear chocks haven't moved around. Put copper crush washer onto new bolt, put a little oil on the threads of the bolt, and tighten bolt back by hand at first then use the 17mm socket and torque the bolt back to 25nm or about 20lbs/ft, don't over tighten.

9. Put trap door back in place (or leave open to check for leaks later, I skipped this as I am confident in my DIY skills, if you're not, triple check everything). 

10. Place car back on level ground, and fill with 7 qts of oil. I list the 3 grades and brands above because they are the most common in N. America and can be found easily, don't send me PM's about how great Amsoil or Redline is, most people don't want to deal with the hassle of getting that stuff.

11. Drive car around until oil level appears on IDrive (this took forever, and pissed me off. My kingdom for a dipstick!!!)

12. Bask in your glory by consuming beer or adult beverage of choice.


Castrol Syntec European Formula 0W30



chock rear wheels



I used two floor jacks with plastic pads to keep from damaging plastic jack points on the F103. 



Use jacks stands in case floor jacks malfunction (this is VERY IMPORTANT) Never get under a car without proper safety backup.



Remove small bolt that holds trap door in place, remove trap door.



5. Using 17mm socket and wrench loosen drain plug. (Bolt faces down, so no mess with angle draining)







I sucked out all the residual oil in the filter seat with a turkey baster. 





Match the green alignment marks (thanks for that Dingolfing!)





Early and often for the first year. I own this car, it's not rented.:

Planned schedule:

Total Vehicle Mileage

1. 1,200 Miles (Owner)

2. 7,500 miles (Owner)

3. 15,000 miles (Dealer)

4. 22,500 miles (Owner)

5. 30,000 miles (Dealer)


The third picture is misleading, I took it off. This first picture is more accurate. The second picture is from underneath, (sorry for the rotated pic, can't seem to fix it)

Technically you should transfer the weight of the car to the jack stands, but I left the two floor jacks hold the weight of the car, then placed floor jacks pressed underneath the rocker panels. I also had a third jackstand under the car at what I believe to be a jack point but wasn't sure. 










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