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Old 06-16-2008, 06:12 PM   #1
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OIL CHANGE m42 318IS

Ok , its summer and I need an oil change and transmission oil change. So, what kind of filter and where to get it cheap? I will not be dropping the oil pan this time. What brand/ grade of oil is recommended for summer? How much L? The drain plug is right under the engine right? Also, i have no idea whats in my car, is it safe to go to synthetic?

Next, transmission 5 speed. the drain plug is on the bottom I see. Where do i fill her from and how much and what grade?

Thanks guys, its my first e36 so i don t know.

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Old 06-16-2008, 10:30 PM   #2
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no one knows how to change their oil? for shame!
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Old 06-17-2008, 09:00 AM   #3
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For your engine oil; I'm using 5w40 syn. I got a Mahle filter from my local euro garage. I believe that it's 4.5 l to fill; but not 100% sure on that one. That's what I put in mine the last time to bring the level up to full.

Don't know about the tranny fluid cause the garage did a change for me when they did my clutch last year.

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Old 06-17-2008, 10:27 AM   #4
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Just get a good store brand synthetic. Look around for Mobile1 on sale, it usually is somewhere (cambodian tire, parts source, walmart etc) but be careful to not grab the dino oil, if it doesn't say synthetic, it isn't (and if the price is under like 25 bucks a jug).

For the tranny, get Lucas gear oil. You'll probably need a few quarts so might as well get their gallon jug. The fill plug is on the side of the transmission, just fill until it pours out of the hole (it doubles as the oil level check - the official level checking procedure is to shove your finger in the hole and see if the oil is level with the opening).

To fill the trans you'll want to get something like this:

http://www.northerntool.com/webapp/w...8074_200008074
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Old 06-17-2008, 11:03 AM   #5
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+1 for Mobil1
Their 10W30 is good for year round use
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Old 06-17-2008, 01:20 PM   #6
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Just get a good store brand synthetic. Look around for Mobile1 on sale, it usually is somewhere (cambodian tire, parts source, walmart etc) but be careful to not grab the dino oil, if it doesn't say synthetic, it isn't (and if the price is under like 25 bucks a jug).

For the tranny, get Lucas gear oil. You'll probably need a few quarts so might as well get their gallon jug. The fill plug is on the side of the transmission, just fill until it pours out of the hole (it doubles as the oil level check - the official level checking procedure is to shove your finger in the hole and see if the oil is level with the opening).

To fill the trans you'll want to get something like this:

http://www.northerntool.com/webapp/w...8074_200008074
thats EXACTLY what i used to fill my tranny oil, it works gear.
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Old 06-19-2008, 04:32 PM   #7
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Thanks guys! I picked up supplies yesterday, just waiting for the car to cool and i ll start changing. GOt mobil 1 synth 5W50 oil, and castrol 80w90 gear oil. Got the fluid transfer pump, walmart had it ( THANKS D, where were you when i was contorting filler plugs to fill the peugeot LOL) . I ll let you guys know how it goes!
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Old 06-19-2008, 05:11 PM   #8
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FYI E36's use ATF tranny fluid in their manual cars.
80w90 will still work (better IMO) but in the winter it'll be stiff to shift till it warms up a bit (uses little over 2L). I also have 80w90 in my tranny already is it eases any concern.
5W50 sythetic is great oil, I pearsonaly use 20W50 synthetic year round, A BMW 4 pot isn't picky about what you put in it's oil pan.

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FYI E36's use ATF tranny fluid in their manual cars.
80w90 will still work (better IMO) but in the winter it'll be stiff to shift till it warms up a bit (uses little over 2L). I also have 80w90 in my tranny already is it eases any concern.
5W50 sythetic is great oil, I pearsonaly use 20W50 synthetic year round, A BMW 4 pot isn't picky about what you put in it's oil pan.

+1 to BigD's post.
is this for certain? I have atf 3 and 4 in the garage, tons of it... Dad is a mechanic and loves automatic, go figure.
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Old 06-19-2008, 06:58 PM   #10
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Certain yes, drained it myself and re-filled it myself yrs ago.
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yeah, the manual takes ATF...it always trips out the guys at partsource when I ask for ATF

apparentely the power steering fluid also runs on ATF
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what number does it take? I ll just refill it with that and return the gear oil. Or is the gear oil better for it? 200k. I don t know! Oil change went successfully, done and runnign great.
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Use the synthetic.
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