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Old 01-04-2019, 09:51 AM   #1
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2011 X5 xdrive35i Oil Change DIY- Feedback required

Hello everyone,

This question is for all of you that are doing oil changes in the comfort of your own garage ...
I would like to find out if the oil filter housing on your N55 is overflowing with oil once the filter housing cap is removed. Whether I perform oil change on a cold or hot engine the housing is always completely filled up with oil and it always makes a mess. The reason for asking this is that I have done multiple oil changes on M52TU and M54 engines and I've never had this issue. If I leave engine off for 30min before oil change the level of oil would drop down in the housing and there would be no oil overflow. Now, that I have purchased 2011 X5 I always have this problem. Is it really supposed to be like this or there is something wrong with my X5? Any feedback is welcome especially the one that will tell me how to fix this because I don't think that something like this should be happening.

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Old 01-04-2019, 03:40 PM   #2
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Typically I loosen the oil filter cap first, letting the pressure drop and the oil drains down into the motor. Then I drain from the pain and by the time it's done, the cap housing is virtually empty of any fluid that could possibly overflow or make a mess.

Following that routine I've never had an issue on any BMW I've changed oil on (N52, N54, S65, etc).
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Old 01-08-2019, 09:57 AM   #3
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Thanks... I will try that next time. Hopefully that is going to solve this issue.
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Old 04-06-2019, 01:59 PM   #4
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I do the same thing, back off the cover until you can see the oring just above the side of the housing, then let it sit for a bit to drain.
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