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Old 01-18-2015, 03:06 PM   #1
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Purchasing a OFHG today.

Whats a good brand that would somewhat last me another 50k+ miles w/o another leak from the OFHG?

Bavarian auto or Mann?
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Old 01-18-2015, 03:53 PM   #2
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Might as well get Genuine BMW. It's only a few dollars more.
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Old 01-18-2015, 04:30 PM   #3
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I have no trace of a leak yet from the factory installed gasket at 110K miles.

Use BMW supplied gasket on this one.

I might use some gasket sealer on it too. Can't think of a reason why not?
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Old 01-18-2015, 04:35 PM   #4
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Order from oembimmerparts it's like $4
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Old 01-18-2015, 04:42 PM   #5
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It's a cheap part so just buy from BMW.
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Old 01-18-2015, 04:44 PM   #6
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+1 on Genuine BMW. No reason not to; it's $4 pretty much everywhere.
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Old 01-18-2015, 09:54 PM   #7
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I heard don't use sealants on OFHG? Okay guys thanks
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Old 01-18-2015, 09:59 PM   #8
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$5 OEM shipped all over eBay. I got Victor Reinz because it was a local seller and needed it the next day. No problems after about 6 months, but I would get OE next time.
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Old 01-19-2015, 07:45 AM   #9
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I heard don't use sealants on OFHG? Okay guys thanks


You have to use high temperature sealant - red RTV. Use it VERY sparingly. Use it to hold the new gasket in place.
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Old 01-19-2015, 09:22 AM   #10
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I might use some gasket sealer on it too. Can't think of a reason why not?

Because it will be harder to replace the next time you do it LOL
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Old 01-19-2015, 02:48 PM   #11
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I didn't use any. Make sure everything is completely clean, and the gasket should fit right into the housing.
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Old 01-19-2015, 03:12 PM   #12
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Also, After doing the OFHG I would have to change my oil right? Correct me if im wrong. So changing my oil I would have to open my oil filter cap, my question is do I have to replace the o-ring on the oil filter cap also?
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Old 01-19-2015, 03:19 PM   #13
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You don't have to change your oil. Just make sure you don't let any debris fall into the oil pathways when you remove the housing.

You'll lose a little bit of oil and need to top it up. If you open the filter cap and let the oil drain before you start the job, there won't be too much left to spill out when you remove the housing. You should replace the o-ring every time you change the filter... i.e. every oil change.
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Old 01-19-2015, 03:22 PM   #14
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^ This. Not necessary to do an oil change with the OFHG. When you do perform an oil change and replace the oil filter, most filters will already come with the o-ring for the cap.

Speaking of o-rings, you don't need to do this every time, but if it's been a while, probably a good idea to replace the two smaller ones at the end of the oil filter cap shaft. Part number for those is 11427549573.
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Old 01-19-2015, 03:26 PM   #15
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Okay thanks guys. And just the big o-ring right not the two small O-rings? I kind of just want to change the oil anyway because I purchased this car 400miles away from home and when I purchased it I noticed it was very low on oil so I took it to jiffy lube for a half synthetic oil change just to get me home. ever since then I haven't been driving the car till I get a Mobil 1 full synthetic in the engine. Any Idea what thickness of oil I should purchase also?
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Yeah, just the big o-ring. There's a million threads on which oil to use.

Mobil 1 0w40, Castrol 0w30 or 0w40, or BMW oil. Just look on the back of the bottle for BMW LL-01 certification and you'll be fine.
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Okay thanks guys. And just the big o-ring right not the two small O-rings? I kind of just want to change the oil anyway because I purchased this car 400miles away from home and when I purchased it I noticed it was very low on oil so I took it to jiffy lube for a half synthetic oil change just to get me home. ever since then I haven't been driving the car till I get a Mobil 1 full synthetic in the engine. Any Idea what thickness of oil I should purchase also?
You have to search man.... every question you have asked has been discussed in full detail.
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^ yeah. Literally all the questions you're asking have already been answered numerous times over.
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