One of the most important aspects of BMW maintenance is a good BMW oil change. The good news is that this process is relatively easy to do and is only necessary every 8,000 to 15,000 miles, depending on the condition of your car.
To do this, the first thing that you will need to do is to get your oil analyzed, and get the car’s oil change countdown. An average oil change for a BMW will usually cost you around $100 to $120, but if you are lucky enough to find a sale then you may be able to get the service for around $90 to $100. Either way, you need to get a good quote before you get your car serviced.
BMW engine oil isn’t really all that special, but they can cause problems after 5,000 miles or so. If, on the other hand, you don’t drive your vehicle very often then a once-a-year maintenance should be enough. Just remember to also clean your BMW oil filter whenever you get the oil changed. This way, everything stays clean and well maintained.
Having said that, the process behind a BMW oil change involves the following steps:
The mechanic will first need to slide an oil bucket underneath your car, near the oil plug location. A BMW will usually feature a skid plate, which offers an easy access cover for your vehicle’s oil drain plug, which is why the oil bucket must be placed beneath the access panel.
Next, the mechanic will open vehicle’s access panel at the center of the skid plate and carefully remove its oil plug with the use of a 17mm wrench. He will then let the oil drain out until only a few drops are dripping through. At this point, there’s no need to clean up the oil plug, so he’ll just just tighten it to between twenty to twenty-five foot pounds worth of torque with the help of torque wrench. As for the access panel, there’s no need for it to be closed it at this point, so it will be left open for now.
Now, that everything’s set, the next step in a BMW oil change is to remove the oil filter housing cap. This process can either be done by hand or with the use of filter strap wrench, or an adjustable wrench. BMW caps are usually located at the center front of the engine’s compartment, and it can be accessed from above by the engine. The mechanic will then pull out cap and filter out to begin the oil change.
The mechanic will then replace the filter by sliding the old filter off the tube and replace it with a new one. The rubber grommets, which can be found at the base of the tube. will also need to be inspected for any signs of looseness or damage. Once all the replacements and inspections are done, the mechanic will then reinstall the cap by hand, tightening it one quarter further using an adjustable wrench.
The mechanic will remove the oil fill cap, and pour about 6.9 quarts worth of 5W 30 special motor oil into your vehicle’s fill tube. Once the all the necessary oil has been poured in, the mechanic will need to check the access panel below your vehicle as well as the oil filter cap for any signs of leaks. If there are no leaks then the oil access panel will be closed for the oil drain plug.
Finally, to complete the BMW oil change, simply check the oil level with an engine oil dipstick. Fill as much as necessary.