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Old 12-17-2004, 02:48 PM   #1
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Oil change how to?

Ready to make my first DIY oil change. But drain pan does not fit under car - too low to the ground. How do I do this? Do I use ramps to raise front end? If I do this will oil drain completely? This is my 3rd BMW and I never had this problem before. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
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Old 12-17-2004, 02:52 PM   #2
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drive up on some wood....

here is what you want to read....near the bottom is a 2000 328i.


And remember to use the GOOD oil:

castrol Syntec 0w-30 (made in GERMANY only)
Mobil 1
or the BMW 5w-30 from the $tealership.

and make sure you torque the pan bolt and filer housing using a torque wrench!

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Old 12-17-2004, 03:24 PM   #3
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Why do you need to torque the bolt or the filter housing? Just tighten it.
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Old 12-18-2004, 03:29 PM   #4
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then how do you reset the oil service mileage thingy when you first turn the key??

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Old 12-18-2004, 05:02 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by stock328ci
then how do you reset the oil service mileage thingy when you first turn the key??

If your OBC needs to be reset after completing your oil change, there are two ways. NOTE: If you miss a step, just turn the key back off and try again:

A. Model Year 1999 to Mid-2000: You should have the older round 20-pin DLC connector under your hood behind the battery terminal, you need to use a small length of wire to connect (short) pins 7 and 19 for 3-5 seconds with the ignition key in position 1 (Accessory).

B. After Mid-2000: You should not have the 20-pin DLC connector. You only need to hold the left odometer reset button while turning the key to position 1 (Accessory). Keep holding the button for 5 or so seconds until any of the following shows in the display: OIL SERVICE or INSPECTION with RESET or RE. Release the button and press it again for another 5 or so seconds until RESET or RE flash. While the display flashes, press the button one more time briefly. If done correctly, END SIA should show up for a few seconds. All done.
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Old 11-02-2005, 11:19 PM   #6
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