In Reply to: Oil Filter Chng. Yes I have checked the Archives posted by Dusty on February 13, 2000 at 11:20:12:
: 1. What's with using natural oil for breakin before changing to synthetic? I'm not familiar with the need for a different breakin oil.
Switch to synthetic if you aren't already using it.
: 2.I am boggled by the lack of concensus among M'rs and dealers and the owners manual and BMWNA about what type of oil is in the darn thing. Does anybody really know?
BMW uses BMW branded oil from many sources. Used to be Valvoline, seems to be Mobil One now.
: 3.I read several mentions of using a 36mm socket to remove the top of the filter housing on 2.8's. My filter housing has a 13mm bolt that appears to hold the top plate on. Is this different in M's or in later models?
Remove bolt off and the lid lifts off. 2.8 and ///M are different.
Biggest problem I have had is getting the correct filter. Local dealership uses what came with the car. BMP shows a different number. Global Imports uses another number.
: 4. does the filter housing top plate simply come off after removing this bolt or does it screw off also somehow? Do you need to tap it off from underneath.
: Sorry for the anality of these questions but I want to keep this car forever and I want to do this right. Thanks