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In this DIY video we’ll show you how to change the oil in your BMW or MINI (and even other makes & models) using the vacuum oil changer. This method and tool are applicable to BMW, MINI and others that have an engine oil dipstick (and dip stick tube).
Changing the oil in your BMW or MINI yourself is a great way to save money. There are two methods you can use in a DIY (do-it-yourself) oil change. In the first method, you drain the oil from below via the oil pan drain plug. This would typically be accomplished by jacking up the car and supporting it with jack stands, or by driving the front wheels up onto ramps. Ramps are very convenient and can be purchased at many auto parts and department stores. If you prefer to use a floor jack and jack-stands (also handy for future tasks that require the wheels or suspension to hang free), we show you how to select and use floor jacks and jack-stands in the Winter 2009 and Spring 2009 Fast Times newsletters.
In the second method (the one we will show you, here), you use a vacuum pump to suck the oil out through the dipstick tube. This method is applicable to BMWs and MINIs where the oil filter can be accessed from under the hood (i.e. without jacking up the car). Note that some late model BMWs do not have oil dipsticks, and some oil filters cannot be accessed from above. In these cases, the oil must be drained from below. Follow along as we perform an oil and filter change on a late model, 6-cylinder BMW.
Here are the tools and parts used for this job (Some of the parts or tools may not be needed for one or the other oil removal method (see above) or particular BMW/MINI model:
* Bentley repair manuals:
* Oil evacuation/extraction tool:
* Oil filter wrench and oil change tools — required for certain models:
* Ultimate oil filler funnel:
* Oil absorbent pads:
* Oil change drain pan — for undercar method:
* Form-A-Funnel — for undercar method:
* Disposable work gloves:
* 13mm to 17mm sockets and ratchet for filter removal
(17mm for this application)
* 13mm to 19mm socket and ratchet or box-end wrench
for drain plug (under-car draining)
* Oil filter:
* Motor oil — Lubro-Moly, Red Line or BMW brand:
* Magnetic drain plug:
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