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    Oil Change with Mitivac Evacuator (540i)

    Tools and Supplies needed

    - 9 liters of BMW LL98, LL01 or LL04 approved engine oil (this includes an extra liter for topping off).
    - New filter insert kit.
    - 36mm socket.
    - Torque wrench.
    - 1 gallon ziplock bag.
    - Rags or paper towels.
    - 8.8 liter Mitivac or comparable fluid evacuator.

    Time to complete procedure

    - Approx. 30-45 minutes (not including oil disposal).

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    - Run engine for a few minutes to warm the oil.
    - Shut down engine.
    - Make sure car is on level ground.

    - I chose to purchase a Mitivac fluid evacuator for my oil changes. It's very easy to use and has the capacity required (8.8 liters) for the M62.




    - The evacuator comes with several different size plastic hoses and rubber seals. You can experiment to find the right size for your dipstick tube. Once you know what size to use, connect the smaller diameter hose to the main hose.



    - Pull out the oil dipstick, wipe it off and place it off to the side on a clean surface.


    - Push the end of the smaller diameter hose into the dipstick tube until it hits bottom.


    - Pump the handle on the evacuator approx. 15-20 times.


    - Use the 36mm socket to loosen the oil filter housing cover for venting (support the housing with your free hand or the mounts may break). Do not remove the cap until the oil has drained from the housing.


    - Pull the cover and old filter out of the housing.


    - Place the old filter into the ziplock baggy and carefully pull the filter off of the cover (this may take some force).


    - Take off the old filter O-ring and discard in the baggy.



    - Check the evacuator to see how much oil has been extracted. It's likely you may need to pump the extractor several times during the oil change.

    - The Mahle filter O-ring and new crush washer come in a plastic bag.


    - Install the new oil filter into the filter housing.



    - You will not need the crush washer for this procedure.


    - *Although it isn't crucial at this point it's recommended to prime the housing by slowly filling with new oil.*

    - Lubricate the new O-ring with new engine oil and install on the oil housing cover. Make sure it is in the proper groove and not in a thread.


    - Install the housing cover onto the new filter.


    - Hand tighten the filter housing cover.


    - Set your torque wrench for 25 Nm (18 ft-lb).


    - Torque the cover onto the oil filter housing (support the housing with your hand).


    - Pull the evacuator tube out of the dipstick tube wiping excess oil as you go.


    - Replace the dipstick and take off the oil fill cap.



    - Use a funnel to refill the crankcase with oil. I used Total, Quartz Energy 9000, synthetic 5w-40 (BMW LL01).




    - Add about 6 liters. Allow time for the oil to drain into the pan, then check the oil level on the dipstick. Repeat until oil level reaches the top hash mark.


    - Put the oil fill cap back on and start the car to circulate the oil up into the oil filter housing.
    - Turn the engine off and after waiting for the oil to drain into the pan, check the oil level again topping off if necessary. DO NOT OVERFILL!
    - Double check to make sure all hoses and the filter housing are not leaking.

    (continued below vvvvv)
    Last edited by jamesdc4; 06-13-2013 at 03:08 PM.

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    Oil Change with Evacuator (540i) *part 2*

    - At this point you may want to use a peak scan tool or comparable OBDII reader to reset the Oil Service Indicator lights if applicable.



    - Ughhh. I really need to clean the engine compartment and paint the valve covers!!! You can see in previous photos and this photo where coolant sprayed all over when the radiator's upper hose connector broke off.


    - I recommend taking the old oil to a recycling center like Autozone right away while the oil is still warm.
    - The drain and drain plug are on the top of the evacuator. Here it is in the locked position.


    - Oil drain plug unlocked. Getting the drain plug out is probably the hardest part of this DIY!


    Please let me know if I have omitted any crucial steps or instructions.
    GOOD LUCK!
    Last edited by jamesdc4; 01-22-2009 at 10:56 PM.

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    Nice idea....

    but they have drain plugs for a reason

    BUT I love the fact you came up with that idea and that it works.

    Wherre did you get the Total oils?

    I just changed my oil 1hr ago with Castrol Edge Synthetic 5w30(new oil here in the states approved by BMW)
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    in before the valve cover comments

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    I use an oil extractor for my boat engines, hadn't considered using them for my cars. I usually want to look at the mag plug and look for shavings or debris just so I know if I should panic or not.

    Good idea... Nice pics too! I'll try it on my E28 as it's harder to get the front end up. Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JackEatsEmoKids View Post
    I just changed my oil 1hr ago with Castrol Edge Synthetic 5w30(new oil here in the states approved by BMW)
    Does it list any BMW specs on the back of the bottle? The spec sheet doesn't mention it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by quattro PETE View Post
    Does it list any BMW specs on the back of the bottle? The spec sheet doesn't mention it.
    Pete,

    It is on the back of the bottle and it is also on the spec sheet under LL01.
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    BMW - LL04:
    Amsoil 5w-40 European Car Formula
    Valvoline Synpower 5-30
    Valvoline Synpower 5-40 (pending)
    Liqui-Moly 5W30
    Total Quartz INEO MC3 5w-30 - Liter / 5 Liter / Quart / 5 Quart
    Total Quart INEO 504/507 5w-30 - Liter / 5 Liter
    Pento High Performance II 5w-40 - Liter / 5 Liter

    BMW - LL01:
    Mobil 1 0-40
    Castrol Syntec 0-30 European
    Pentospeed 0W30
    Total Quartz Energy 9000 0W30 - Liter / 5 Liter
    Total Quartz Energy 9000 5W40 - Liter / 5 Liter
    Pento High Performance 5W-30 Synthetic - Liter / 5 Liter

    BMW - LL98:
    Liqui Moly Synthoil Premium 5W-40 - 5 Liter


    BMW - Motorsport:
    Total Quartz Racing 10W50 - Liter / 5 Liter
    Castrol TWS 10W60

    BMW 5w-30 Oil
    Last edited by jamesdc4; 07-01-2013 at 01:01 PM.

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    James,

    I was asking Jack if that new Castrol Edge was officially meeting the bmw spec. It's a new oil, but as far as I know, it's not BMW-approved.
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    Quote Originally Posted by quattro PETE View Post
    James,

    I was asking Jack if that new Castrol Edge was officially meeting the bmw spec. It's a new oil, but as far as I know, it's not BMW-approved.
    Sorry, Pete. I was in the middle of editing and misunderstood the post. I don't know that much about engine oil other than what I read and gleen here on the forums.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jamesdc4 View Post
    It may take a while before it is approved.
    Usually all the approvals are obtained before the oil hits the shelves and all the specs that it meets are listed on the back label. I've seen the PDS for this oil, and it only mentions the following:

    Exceeds European ACEA: A1/A5, B1/B5; GM 6094M; GM 4718M; Ford WSS M2C929-A and all requirements of ILSAC GF-4 for API Certified Gasoline
    Engine Oils and meets Energy Conserving Standards.
    No mention of BMW, but since Jack works at a BMW dealer (if I'm not mistaken), maybe he has some insider information...
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    thanks for promoting this method James, it owns
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    Quote Originally Posted by Orxan4ik View Post
    thanks for promoting this method James, it owns
    Orkhan,

    I've been meaning to do this DIY for a while. I hope it helps someone out.

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    Very nice...I'm going to print it out for my wife to follow, it's that clear and complete!
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    Yeah, oil changes from the top are such a piece of cake on the e39. I tried the same method on my g/f's Jetta (2.0) but wasn't as successful - I wasn't able to get all of the oil out and the filter isn't as conveniently positioned as on the e39 either so I made a bit of a mess on the floor.

    Also, forget about oil extraction on the new BMWs - no oil dipstick.
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    1). PUMP method is awesome.
    2). Is your passenger side, cabin air intake loose?
    3). Please do a DIY engine detail.
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    This is the ONLY way to do an oil change, IMHO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JackEatsEmoKids View Post
    Nice idea....

    but they have drain plugs for a reason

    BUT I love the fact you came up with that idea and that it works.

    Wherre did you get the Total oils?

    I just changed my oil 1hr ago with Castrol Edge Synthetic 5w30(new oil here in the states approved by BMW)
    I bought the oil from my Indy, Tim at Euroautowerks.
    Last edited by jamesdc4; 01-23-2009 at 02:08 AM.

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    What'd the Mityvac cost you? Do you think it is successful at getting all the oil out of the pan? Doing the change from the bottom isn't all that tough, but it seems I always spill a little and its impossible to get the drain plug off without getting it all over your hands, even with surgical gloves on!

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    Quote Originally Posted by teedub21 View Post
    What'd the Mityvac cost you? Do you think it is successful at getting all the oil out of the pan? Doing the change from the bottom isn't all that tough, but it seems I always spill a little and its impossible to get the drain plug off without getting it all over your hands, even with surgical gloves on!
    I can't remember how much I paid for the Mitivac. I have Quicken so I can look it up if you are really interested, however, teedub21, I think you are probably more interested in how much it costs now..

    [ame="http://www.amazon.com/Mityvac-7201-Fluid-Evacuator-Plus/dp/B0002SR7TC/"]Mityvac 7201 Fluid Evacuator Plus[/ame]


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    I've been using the oil extractor from griot garage, of course, on my own curiosity, I sucked up all used engine oil and then unplug the drain plug and not a single drop of oil was spotted in my case, I-6 engine instead of V8 engine.

    I guess I've only been underneath of my bimmer once so far

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    Do you evacuator guys change hoses after every oil change? I've done 2 oil changes with mine and used the ones it came with for both... I was looking to do a third oil change with it this weekend too.

    Where do you get your replacement? I heard some mention of the refrigerator section of a home depot type store??

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    The refrigerator tubing doesn't stand up well to the hot/warm oil - it collapses and blocks flow, at least in my experience. I got some extra tubing directly from MityVac, IIRC, but really, you can just reuse the old tubing.

    FYI, mine's is the more basic 7400 model:
    http://www.tooltopia.com/index.asp?P...OD&ProdID=9892

    Not sure if it's big enough for the amount of oil in the V8 engine. It's plenty enough for the I6.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gopher2k View Post
    Do you evacuator guys change hoses after every oil change? I've done 2 oil changes with mine and used the ones it came with for both... I was looking to do a third oil change with it this weekend too.
    Ive been using mine for a few years now, and between my car, and my brothers 3 series, I have never had to change the hoses. After a change, I hang one end up high, and leave the other end in the drain spout of the evacuator to drain all the oil out of the tubing, and when its empty, I just put it away. I never noticed any breakdown of the tubing that would lead me to think I need to change it.

    I wish I could use this on my wifes car, but unfortunately her oil pan is different, and the pump doesn't get all of the old oil out like on our cars. Her filter isnt as easy to change either. I still need a catch pan under her car when I change her filter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Hyde View Post
    Ive been using mine for a few years now, and between my car, and my brothers 3 series, I have never had to change the hoses. After a change, I hang one end up high, and leave the other end in the drain spout of the evacuator to drain all the oil out of the tubing, and when its empty, I just put it away. I never noticed any breakdown of the tubing that would lead me to think I need to change it.

    I wish I could use this on my wifes car, but unfortunately her oil pan is different, and the pump doesn't get all of the old oil out like on our cars. Her filter isnt as easy to change either. I still need a catch pan under her car when I change her filter.
    +1
    The hoses are made to last. Even if the oil stays pooled in the hose, it will probably be okay, but I'd recommend what Mr Hyde does. I hang the end of the hose up high enough so that there are no parts of the hose lower than the connecting point for the main hose on top of the evacuator. Then I pump the evac. a few times to clear the hose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quattro PETE View Post
    FYI, mine's is the more basic 7400 model:
    http://www.tooltopia.com/index.asp?P...OD&ProdID=9892

    Not sure if it's big enough for the amount of oil in the V8 engine. It's plenty enough for the I6.
    The 7.3 liter mitivac does not have the capacity for the M62.
    You need the 8.8 liter model.

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