BMW Oil Change Guide

  • Materials Required

    Tools Required:

  • Start w/ Cold Engine

    Ensure you conduct this oil change on a cold engine. Doing this DIY on a warm engine could lead to cross-threading the oil pan bolt or burning yourself.

  • Lift Vehicle

    Lift vehicle off of the ground from the driver's side.

  • *NOTE

    Try positioning the floor jack onto the jack pad so it does not bend the side skirt (as seen above).

  • Position Drain Pan

    Position drain pan underneath the vehicle's oil pan. Ensure it's placed so the motor oil will flow into it and not miss.

  • Loosen Oil Plug

    Loosen the oil pan plug by rotating the 17MM socket and ratchet counter-clockwise (direction of the white arrow).

  • Remove Oil Plug

    Continue to hand-thread the oil plug out of the pan until it's completely removed and oil starts to pour out.

  • *NOTE

    Ensure the metal oil plug crush washer (white arrow) is fully removed from the pan. This washer can stick to the oil pan over time, appearing to be removed when it's not.

  • Allow Oil To Drain

    Allow all of the oil to drain from the pan. To be the most time efficient, the oil filter can be removed while the oil is draining.

  • Loosen Oil Filter Cap

    Loosen the oil filter cap using the oil filter cap removal tool or 27MM wrench, depending which oil filter cap you have installed.

  • Remove Oil Filter

    Remove the oil filter and cap from the engine by, ensuring not to drip oil throughout the engine bay.

  • Remove Old Filter

    Remove the old oil filter from the cap by pulling it upward, out of place.

  • Remove & Replace Oil Filter Cap Gaskets

    Remove and replace the two oil filter cap gaskets using a flathead screwdriver.

  • Install New Oil Filter

    Install new oil filter onto cap by pushing it firmly down into place.

  • Lubricate Oil Filter Gaskets

    To ensure a tight fit of the new oil filter, lubricate the two new gaskets by spreading a thin layer of new oil over them.

  • Re-Install Oil Cap

    Re-install the oil cap by pressing it down into place and twisting it clockwise until it's fully flush.

  • Torque Oil Filter Cap

    Torque the oil filter cap to 18 ft-lb. Do not over-tighten this cap.

  • Install New Oil Plug Washer

    Install the new metal washer onto the oil plug.

  • Re-Install Oil Plug

    Align the oil plug threads properly and hand-thread it clockwise into place until it can't be tightened anymore.

  • Torque Oil Plug

    Gently torque the oil plug to 18 ft-lb. Do not over-tighten this plug.

  • Open Engine Oil Filler Cap

    Open the engine oil filler cap by loosening it counter-clockwise.

  • Insert Oil Funnel

    Using a funnel is highly recommended when filling up on oil, to avoid spillage that could drip onto electronics, or create fumes.

  • *Recommended

    It's highly recommended to use a high-quality friction reducer such as this one. These products reduce friction and enhance the lubricating qualities of your oil, leading to a quieter, longer lasting engine.

  • Add Oil Additive

    Add the recommended amount of oil additive to your engine.

  • Add New Oil

    Add 6.5 quarts of full-synthetic oil to your engine. Since an additive was added in the prior step, we will subtract that amount from the 6.5 quarts needed.


    Example: 6.5 quarts motor oil recommended minus 0.1 quarts of additive equals 6.4 quarts needed.

  • Remove Funnel

    Remove the funnel, ensuring oil doesn't spill in the engine bay.

  • Close Oil Filler Cap

    Close the oil filler cap by wiggling it down into place, then turning clockwise until an audible click can be heard.

  • Test Start Vehicle

    Test start the car to ensure the engine operates properly and no leaks are present.

  • Check Engine Oil Level

    With the vehicle running, use the BC button to navigate to the oil menu. Allow engine to run until oil level is displayed. The meter should preferably be fully centered. If oil level is at the 'min' value, add until sufficiently filled.

  • Oil Change Complete!

    Good job changing your BMW's oil and filter all by yourself! Be sure to conduct an oil change every 3,000-5,000 miles and routinely keep an eye on your oil level throughout this period.