Oil change


Cost: $25

Oil service
The oil service is the easiest of the three BMW E34 maintenances.
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  • New synthetic oil (Mobil 1 synthetic or equivalent)
  • New oil filter + O'rings (if applicable)
  • Clean rags + gloves
  • 17mm closed end wrench

1. Run the engine to warm it, then turn it off.
2. Place a drain pan under the plug then loosen the drain plug ("carefull", the oil is pretty warm).
3. Let the oil drain and change the oil filter during this time:

M20: position another drain pan or lots of rags under the filter then loosen it by turning clockwise. Wipe the oil filter mounting, lubricate the new filter gasket with some fresh oil. Install filter by hand until gasket in contact with flange then turn the filter another 1/2 turn.

Picture from Hans Lain.

Other engines: Loosen oil filter cover, prepare lots of rags around the filter housing. Remove the old filter and install the new one. Remove old O'rings and replace them with the new ones after lubricating them with fresh oil. Replace the cover (do not overtighten it).

4. Replace the drain plug, clean around it (easier to find if there is leak afterwards).
5. Refill the engine with new oil.
6. Start the engine (the oil light might take longer than before to switch off), let it warm up and check for leaks.



525i M20: 4.25 liters (5.0 US qt.)
525i M50 / 535i: 5.75 liters (6.1 US qt.)
530i / 540i: 7.50 liters (8.0 US qt.)

Cold climate: 5W-30
Mild climate: 10W-30
Warm or hot climate: 15W-50



Oil drain plug:
M12 bolt = 25 Nm (18 ft-lb)
M22 bolt = 60 Nm (44 ft-lb)

Picture from Hans Lain.

Oil filter housing:
M12 or M10 bolt = 33 Nm (24 ft-lb)
screw on cover = 25 Nm (18 ft-lb)

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