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Old 05-23-2013, 01:11 AM   #21
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Hi sansho ,
I've been using castrol edge 5w-30w but have to top it up regulary.
Now I purchase a High rated castrol oil which is ll-1. I will use it when the car has done 7000km or when dark.
The car did not come with an owners manual.
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Old 05-23-2013, 07:34 AM   #22
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Nice, looking to do my oil change this coming weekend. This'll come in handy.
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Old 07-09-2013, 06:04 PM   #23
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Hi sansho ,
I've been using castrol edge 5w-30w but have to top it up regulary.
Now I purchase a High rated castrol oil which is ll-1. I will use it when the car has done 7000km or when dark.
The car did not come with an owners manual.
Thanks anyway mate.

FWIW... I wouldn't put castrol in my lawn mower. I took an engine into my machine shop (BBC) for a performance upgrade. My machinist called me and stated verbatim "You use Castrol, don't you?," and I replied, "yea, Castrol GTX." He said to never use that oil on anything. I asked him why and he said that he'll set my oil pan aside until I get there. It was nothing but sludge, and he had to use a scraper to get it out, and I change my oil religiously. He showed me an oil pan with Valvoline and showed me what it was supposed to look like... Filmy, but washed out in the parts washer easily. He said it really didn't matter what other company oil I use (Penn, Valvoline, etc.), and that it's always Castrol that looks like that. Take it for what its worth, but I've seen it first hand and he had no bias in the situation, and wasn't pushing any one product, just cautioning against that one.

Now I use Mobile 1 synthetic in everything.



Now for the real reason for my post...

This DIY has a typo... In the list of tools it says to use a 36 mm socket, but in the description of what to do and when it says "now grab your huge 35 mm socket" to take off the oil filter cap, which is it?
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Old 07-09-2013, 07:15 PM   #24
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36mm .... and I wouldn't use anything but a synthetic (I use Mobil 1 0w-40).
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Old 07-09-2013, 08:56 PM   #25
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36mm .... and I wouldn't use anything but a synthetic (I use Mobil 1 0w-40).
Really 0w 40?

It gets cold in MI so I plan on using 5w 30, Mobile 1 full synthetic high milage (the car has 89k).

Thanks for the clarification on the socket size. I almost bought a $18.99 35 mm impact socket (it's tough to find a non-impact 36mm socket anywhere!) today. That would have been rough.

On a side note.. would it really kill BMW to include said socket in the "tool kit"? :-) What would it cost them? $2?
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Old 07-09-2013, 09:08 PM   #26
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Thanks for the clarification on the socket size. I almost bought a $18.99 35 mm impact socket (it's tough to find a non-impact 36mm socket anywhere!) today. That would have been rough.
I picked up a 1/2" 36mm non impact socket from my local advance auto parts for 8 bucks.

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Old 07-10-2013, 01:34 AM   #27
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I've been using my Pela oil extractor for 10+ years but also use the drain method and replace the crush washer every other oil change. The beauty with the extractor besides not having to jack the car is you just pump a few times, come back 15-20 minutes later and the old oil is out. I also extract the remaining oil from the oil filter housing.
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Old 07-10-2013, 06:22 AM   #28
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Really 0w 40?

It gets cold in MI so I plan on using 5w 30, Mobile 1 full synthetic high milage (the car has 89k).
For the US, 0w-40 is the only Mobil 1 approved by BMW as an LL-01 oil.
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Old 07-24-2013, 01:03 AM   #29
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I've been using my Pela oil extractor for 10+ years but also use the drain method and replace the crush washer every other oil change. The beauty with the extractor besides not having to jack the car is you just pump a few times, come back 15-20 minutes later and the old oil is out. I also extract the remaining oil from the oil filter housing.
+1 on the Pela. It actually makes an oil change kinda fun! I didn't mind climbing beneath the car too much when I was 25, but less so now that I'm twice that age.
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Old 07-24-2013, 09:19 AM   #30
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+1 on the Pela. It actually makes an oil change kinda fun! I didn't mind climbing beneath the car too much when I was 25, but less so now that I'm twice that age.
I've been scared off by all the comments about these vacs leaking after a couple years and spraying oil all over the place. But then other people say they've had it 6 years and no problems. What is the secret? Or is it just luck of the draw? (I've read that if you leave them with oil stored inside, that will eat at the seals on the pump, but some people have reported the leakage and they say they always empty out right away).

Any views on Pela vs Mityvac or are they both the same thing? They basically look like clones.
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Old 07-25-2013, 01:29 PM   #31
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I've been scared off by all the comments about these vacs leaking after a couple years and spraying oil all over the place. But then other people say they've had it 6 years and no problems. What is the secret? Or is it just luck of the draw? (I've read that if you leave them with oil stored inside, that will eat at the seals on the pump, but some people have reported the leakage and they say they always empty out right away).

Any views on Pela vs Mityvac or are they both the same thing? They basically look like clones.
The pela i have is an upright canister that holds 6.5 liters which i believe is similar to the mityvac extractor. after 10 years of use it still works fine and it does not leak. i always make sure to empty the used oil at o'reilly after an oil change.

never overpump or force the handle down of the pump!
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Old 07-25-2013, 04:24 PM   #32
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The pela i have is an upright canister that holds 6.5 liters which i believe is similar to the mityvac extractor. after 10 years of use it still works fine and it does not leak. i always make sure to empty the used oil at o'reilly after an oil change.

never overpump or force the handle down of the pump!
Seems like if we can make easy DIY Motive Bleeders that it would be easy to make a DIY Mityvac oil extractor too. Just need a "reverse" hand pump that can suck air out of something. Where would one get that? That is all that the Mityvac is. Could get a 1 gallon sprayer bottle and hook a vacuum pump to it. I was surprised that I couldn't find any DIYs on the web for this, when there are many for the DIY brake bleeder.
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Old 07-31-2013, 11:02 AM   #33
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For the US, 0w-40 is the only Mobil 1 approved by BMW as an LL-01 oil.
If this is true, why does my owners manual state "Mobil1 5w-30 or 5w40 is strongly recommended." Am I using the wrong oil?
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If this is true, why does my owners manual state "Mobil1 5w-30 or 5w40 is strongly recommended." Am I using the wrong oil?
This is what BMW currently recommends, per the link on their website (been that way for a number of years, too).

My 2001 owners manual only says "BMW recommends Castrol" on the inside cover, and under changing oil recommends BMW high performance oil in 0w-x/5w-x.

What year/model owners manual are you looking at?
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Old 08-02-2013, 11:23 AM   #35
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Page 4, 1st column, about half way down in my 2001, 325i, 3301, M3, Service and Warranty Information Guide states:

"At the time of the printing of this booklet BMW High-Performance Synthetic 5W-30 (Part Number 07 51 0 017 866) and Mobil 1 5W-30 and 5W-40 oils are strongly recommended and approved by BMW. BMW is evaluating various synthetic oils for inclusion in our list of recommended motor oils."

Did Mobil 1 get disapproved after 2001? The previous statement is verbatim from the service and warranty information guide.
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Old 08-02-2013, 12:21 PM   #36
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Just before the section you reference, it's interesting that they refer to "Your BMW is factory-equipped with a newly-developed synthetic engine oil".

After the section you quoted it says "BMW is evaluating various oils for inclusion in our list of recommended oils. For the most current list of synthetic oils .... you can obtain this information from our website..." Sometime after November 2000 (when my booklet was printed), they revised the recommended oils, which recently, for the US market, only includes one Mobil 1 oil, the 0W-40. I tried searching to find various versions of the recommended oils through the year, to try and see when they changed, but wasn't successful.
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I can't see how the viscosity really makes that much of a difference, 5W-30 falls within the range of 0W-40. 0-40 just gives you a greater range of weights. But I guess it can't hurt to switch. 5W-30 was just convenient because they sell that weight at my local Costco. Thanks Sansho.
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Old 08-03-2013, 12:07 AM   #38
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I can't see how the viscosity really makes that much of a difference, 5W-30 falls within the range of 0W-40. 0-40 just gives you a greater range of weights. But I guess it can't hurt to switch. 5W-30 was just convenient because they sell that weight at my local Costco. Thanks Sansho.
Just go to Walmart - it is basically just as cheap and they have 0W40
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Old 08-19-2013, 02:32 PM   #39
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Hi, just a heads up: I bought the other day an oil filter from the dealership with the part # posted on the OP. It doesn't fit in the E46 (bavauto.com also says that it doesn't fit), the correct part # for the kit seems to be 11427512300
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It doesn't hurt to check realoem.com on part numbers. The oil filter is 11427512300, as you indicated.
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