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Old 03-21-2013, 10:13 AM   #61
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yeah i'm sure there's extra complexity with the XI front diff but i didn't want to say anything i wasn't sure of. thanks for the clarifcation
Mine is an xi and the front diff doesn't cause that much problem. Once you have the subframe and steering rack out of the way you just remove the 4 bolts holding the diff on. Pretty simple really.
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Old 03-21-2013, 10:52 AM   #62
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I'm going to keep an eye on this. My '04 330xi just hit 121,212 miles this morning. I've replace the VCG, OFHG, VANOS tube, and the oil separator drain tube. The oil pan gasket figures to be next in line, but it looks like such a PITA, I'm going to wait to take it to the shop. It's also time for some new engine mounts and another CV joint, so this may be a good time to make an appointment.
What else should I have them look at when they're down there? Oil pump nut?
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Old 03-21-2013, 10:56 AM   #63
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I'm going to keep an eye on this. My '04 330xi just hit 121,212 miles this morning. I've replace the VCG, OFHG, VANOS tube, and the oil separator drain tube. The oil pan gasket figures to be next in line, but it looks like such a PITA, I'm going to wait to take it to the shop. It's also time for some new engine mounts and another CV joint, so this may be a good time to make an appointment.
What else should I have them look at when they're down there? Oil pump nut?
The oil pan nut is just a simple off simple on procedure. Nothing to look at. If its tight, replace it. If it's loose, replace it. Same deal.

On an automatic 330 though, the chances are quite low it'll fall off. Tends to happen in manuals since the engine sees redline more often and the "special" harmonics of the 330 crank damper tends to vibrate it loose if you hang around 6k often.

Mine was super tight when I removed it and I have an increased rev limiter and see it often. So go figure
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Old 03-21-2013, 11:37 AM   #64
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The oil pan nut is just a simple off simple on procedure. Nothing to look at. If its tight, replace it. If it's loose, replace it. Same deal.
Sounds good. Thanks!
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go with bimmerworld pre-drilled nut w/ wire tie. don't reinstall a plain nut
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Old 03-21-2013, 01:44 PM   #66
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go with bimmerworld pre-drilled nut w/ wire tie. don't reinstall a plain nut
Here is the link:

http://store.bimmerworld.com/categor...ipts=1&x=0&y=0

I have an e46 330xi auto. Didn't replace it. Prolly still have the one I bought if someone wants it. PM me. First one gets it. (if i can find it... )
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Old 04-15-2013, 01:21 PM   #67
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Idk if it's the oil pan now.....I cleaned the bottm off, but what strangely happens (and I experimented) is that the oil only leaks when I turn the car off. I had it run in my driveway for about 20minutes, and not a single drip, turn it off, and theres like dime size amounts after 20-30 minutes. I repeated this step like 3 times.
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Old 04-15-2013, 01:28 PM   #68
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dear god. yet another mystery issue on our cars. I'm starting to see it plague members on here. What if its contagious? we are all doomed! Crap, should I think about selling? no, wait, I can't. I'm already in this too much. Must man up! you guys are starting to scare me
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Old 04-15-2013, 01:33 PM   #69
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haha it's all good, I'm just gonna have BMW look at it. no big deal. It's not a huge leak, but I always keep my eye on the dipstick (no h0m0)
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Old 05-08-2013, 06:42 PM   #70
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Oil Pan Gasket HELP! small leak

Yay! OFHG. Not Oil Pan. My leak is fixed


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Old 10-01-2014, 10:14 AM   #71
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Getting my OPG replaced as we speak at a local repair shop.
Attached is a copy of my receipt
That is good prices , can you tell me the name and address of that repair shop. Thanks

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