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The BMW E46 ///M3 is the M version E46 and puts out an amazing 333 HP and 262 lb-ft of torque at stock specs! There are an amazing amount of modifications for both the coupe and convertible models so read up and get started modifying your cars today!

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Old 02-24-2013, 07:44 AM   #1
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Hey guys after almost 1.5-2 years the car is ready for the road. Some might ask why it sat so long, new parts, working away blah, blah... So as it heads to the paint booth in a few days there is one thing left to do which I need help with OIL, I do use the TWS10W60. when its drained should I put in a thinner oil to soak the seals again before putting 10w60 in? I have thought about putting in some Pennzoil 5w30 and run it up and down a few times has a awesome cleaning agent and would soak the seals, what do you guys think?
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Old 02-25-2013, 02:14 AM   #2
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Old 02-25-2013, 02:16 AM   #3
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Soak the seals? No. Not at all. I'm not even really sure that makes sense. They don't do this in brand new engines that are bone dry.
Run the regular oil and enjoy.
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Use the normally recommended weight of oil. You can have your pick between Castrol, Total, Eneos, etc. - just as long as the rating/specs are the same you are all good sir.
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Old 02-26-2013, 10:02 AM   #5
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I would remove the spark plugs and put a few drops of oil in each cylinder before cranking it over. Use the TWS.
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Soak the seals? No. Not at all. I'm not even really sure that makes sense. They don't do this in brand new engines that are bone dry.
Run the regular oil and enjoy.
New seals in new engines are all wiped with motor oil or assembly lube during the assembly process.
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Old 02-27-2013, 08:51 PM   #7
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well to be honest I actually drained the old tws and added some Pennzoil high mileage, ran it for half an hour at idle, then drove it up and down the road for half an hour parked it and checked for leaks, none then drove it longer, no leaks all is good and drained the oil and back in with the tws, I don't know if what I did makes sense but I'm happy. thanks for all the comments
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I forgot to say that also when driving I didn't bring the rpm past 4k.
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Whatever works. If it gives you peace of mind to do that routine then it's well worth it. Grats on getting it back on the road.
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Old 02-27-2013, 09:08 PM   #10
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thank you, it feels really good to sit behind the wheel again.
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