E46 BMW Social Directory E46 FAQ 3-Series Discussion Forums BMW Photo Gallery BMW 3-Series Technical Information E46 Fanatics - The Ultimate BMW Resource BMW Vendors General E46 Forum The Tire Rack's Tire Wheel Forum Forced Induction Forum The Off-Topic The E46 BMW Showroom For Sale, For Trade or Wanting to Buy

Welcome to the E46Fanatics forums. E46Fanatics is the premiere website for BMW 3 series owners around the world with interactive forums, a geographical enthusiast directory, photo galleries, and technical information for BMW enthusiasts.

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our free community you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please, join our community today!

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact contact us.

Go Back   E46Fanatics > E46 BMW > E46 Convertible

E46 Convertible
The E46 vert forum. Talk about dropping your E46 top here.

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 05-01-2015, 07:33 PM   #1
audiavant
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: S Jersey
Posts: 23
My Ride: '02 325ci
Noob question.....again !!!!

Did 1st oil change today......Mo1 0-40......re-set the interval in the cluster, and was changing the oil level sensor (yellow light on start-up for 10ish seconds) Yes I tried a search and found lots of help regarding a coupe / sedan / wagon....but cant find the oil level sensor on my vert. TIA for any and all info.
audiavant is offline   Reply With Quote
Ads by Google

Guests, get your FREE E46Fanatics.com membership to remove this ad.
Old 05-02-2015, 12:31 PM   #2
Max'd out
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Charleston WV
Posts: 305
My Ride: 04 330cic
Its on the left side near the bottom of the oil pan. You need to change it after you drain oil but before you put the new oil in. Search the DIY section of the forum, there are several videos and it is an easy job.
Max'd out is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 05-02-2015, 12:41 PM   #3
Solidjake
Zero. Leaks.
 
Solidjake's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: NYC
Posts: 25,124
My Ride: '02 330i 6MT
And when you buy the sensor make sure the brand is HELLA and HELLA only
Solidjake is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-02-2015, 12:43 PM   #4
audiavant
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: S Jersey
Posts: 23
My Ride: '02 325ci
Thx for the quick reply Max & Jake......did a lot of searches and saw lots of change outs on coupes / sadans etc......but the vert has a metal plate across the bottom.....and the cut out only allows room to access the drain plug...............cant access the sensor ((((

So after a little more research.........this is what the underside looks like.....got this pic from the Bentley Manual........hope it clears things up a bit.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	20150502_171032-1.jpg
Views:	28
Size:	108.1 KB
ID:	599399  

Last edited by audiavant; 05-02-2015 at 04:18 PM.
audiavant is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-02-2015, 06:52 PM   #5
Max'd out
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Charleston WV
Posts: 305
My Ride: 04 330cic
Yea sorry, you have to take the plate off and better yet, you have to replace the bolts holding the plate because they are one-time use bolts.

Since you just replaced the oil, I would wait until next oil change to replace the sensor. Just check your oil level regularly with the dip stick.
Max'd out is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 05-02-2015, 08:59 PM   #6
audiavant
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: S Jersey
Posts: 23
My Ride: '02 325ci
Thx Max..........guess its the price to pay for dropping the top ; - )) I'll get on it next time.
audiavant is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-03-2015, 12:14 PM   #7
Phoenix330ci
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Phoenix
Posts: 690
My Ride: 04 330Ci Convertible
Quote:
Originally Posted by Max'd out View Post
Yea sorry, you have to take the plate off and better yet, you have to replace the bolts holding the plate because they are one-time use bolts.

Since you just replaced the oil, I would wait until next oil change to replace the sensor. Just check your oil level regularly with the dip stick.
Funny you say that.....that is what the manual says....however I went to buy the bolts once and the dealer didn't have them in stock. Funny as you would think they do. They explained they don't stock them because they don't replace them. Oh and they are not cheap in price either.

Since then I have had that plate off maybe a dozen times, still on the same bolts and still torque to specification. Maybe luck they haven't snapped.
__________________
Phoenix330ci is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-03-2015, 01:00 PM   #8
audiavant
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: S Jersey
Posts: 23
My Ride: '02 325ci
Since then I have had that plate off maybe a dozen times, still on the same bolts and still torque to specification. Maybe luck they haven't snapped.[/QUOTE]

Good to know as I guessed the Stealer would bend U over on bolts like these ; - )) Do U have a pic of where they are located and how many...TIA ???
audiavant is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-03-2015, 03:36 PM   #9
SilberVogel
OEM ///Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Tulsa, OK
Posts: 795
My Ride: 2002 330Ci Conv.
Quote:
Originally Posted by audiavant View Post
Good to know as I guessed the Stealer would bend U over on bolts like these ; - )) Do U have a pic of where they are located and how many...TIA ???
There are eight reinforcement plate bolts; part number 31106772199.

They're torque-to-yield, so I would recommend picking up new ones. They shouldn't run you any more than $20 for all eight of them.

Correct torque is 59Nm then 90+30: http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=900802.

And here's some additional info re: oil light behavior/part numbers/DIY/etc.: http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...7#post16363287.
__________________



DIYs help you save money with repairs; let www.bmwpnpc.com help you save money with the parts.
SilberVogel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-03-2015, 04:56 PM   #10
audiavant
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: S Jersey
Posts: 23
My Ride: '02 325ci
GR8 info and links which go back to '08...wow !! read them all.......am gonna wait till I can get the car in the air properly........cant see myself throwing my shoulder out while laying on my back in the driveway on that last 30%..........@ least not @ my age ; - )) will wait till its gotta go to the indie........many thx !!!

Last edited by audiavant; 05-03-2015 at 05:00 PM.
audiavant is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-03-2015, 09:33 PM   #11
k9fxr
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: MI
Posts: 263
My Ride: 325ci vert 2006
I never knew there was a sensor, for 5 yrs in my prev 330ci I did oil extraction. It was my impression that many of the dealers us this method to change the oil. I check the oil frequently, so I will prob do that in my newer vert and will deal with the sensor when the light comes on.
Any comments?
k9fxr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-03-2015, 09:46 PM   #12
SilberVogel
OEM ///Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Tulsa, OK
Posts: 795
My Ride: 2002 330Ci Conv.
Quote:
Originally Posted by k9fxr View Post
I never knew there was a sensor, for 5 yrs in my prev 330ci I did oil extraction. It was my impression that many of the dealers us this method to change the oil. I check the oil frequently, so I will prob do that in my newer vert and will deal with the sensor when the light comes on.
Any comments?
Good luck with a topside oil change on a newer BMW!

Quote:
Originally Posted by audiavant View Post
GR8 info and links which go back to '08...wow !! read them all.......am gonna wait till I can get the car in the air properly........cant see myself throwing my shoulder out while laying on my back in the driveway on that last 30%..........@ least not @ my age ; - )) will wait till its gotta go to the indie........many thx !!!
You're welcome! Last 30 isn't bad at all with a decent breaker bar.
__________________



DIYs help you save money with repairs; let www.bmwpnpc.com help you save money with the parts.

Last edited by SilberVogel; 05-03-2015 at 09:50 PM.
SilberVogel is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Censor is ON





All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:03 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
(c) 1999 - 2011 performanceIX Inc - privacy policy - terms of use