Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Kings Mountain, NC, USA
Re: 2001 oil filter change
Slide a pan that will hold a gallon under the drain plug.
Remove the drain plug being careful to not burn yourself with hot oil.
When it stops draining, scoot the pan under the oil filter access door, remove the 3 allen head screws and remove the cover, careful, some more hot oil there.
Spin out the old oil filter, make sure the gasket came out, spin in the new filter after oiling the gasket. Be a real good idea to have a filter wrench for this application.
Re-install the cover using a new o-ring, only goes on one way, be sure the o-ring stays put, evenly tighten the bolts snugly. Do NOT over tighten them and strip them out or wring one off.
Reinstall the drain plug using a new seal ring. O-ring for the cover and seal ring (along with a couple you don't need) should come with the filter, if a BMW one.
Refill with oil, don't be a cheap skate, use the good stuff, check for leaks, properly dispose of the old oil and filter, don't pour it down a storm drain and go for a ride.
A 1 gallon jug like what oil and antifreeze come in, make good drain pans, just cut the side out of it. Just don't cut the hole too big, it'll make it weak and prone to collapsing.
Some folks recommend not removing the drain plug and draining through the filter cover, it works but you don't get all the oil and it will tend to gush out and make a mess.
Again, get a filter wrench, without it will be a difficult job, the right wrench makes it easy.
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