You bought a used BMW. Maybe it was five years old, 10, 20, or more. Perhaps you purchase a brand new BMW. Whatever the case may be, every single BMW on the road today will require oil changes at regular intervals. Depending on the age of the vehicle, the type of oil used, and other factors, you may be directed to change the oil every 8000 km, 16,000 km, or at some other interval.
However, you’ve never done it before, so let’s talk about some basics first.
Finding the oil drain plug and filter.
The first thing you need to do is safely raise the car up, either on drive-up ramps (which can cause significant damage to bumpers, fenders, and other components of your BMW if not done properly) or on jack stands. Those jack stands, if not placed properly, can also cause damage to the chassis.
Once you have your vehicle safely up in the air, you need to locate the oil drain plug and filter. If you don’t know what these look like, you’re best to rely on somebody with a lot of automotive experience to show you.
Protect the environment.
Next, you want to have a quality oil drain pan that won’t leak or spill. You need to position this properly underneath the oil drain pan. You want to realize the oil is going to pour out faster and at a steeper angle when you first remove the drain plug. Expect plenty of oil to get on your fingers and hands.
You’ll need the right equipment.
Depending on the year, make, and model of your BMW, you will probably need a special tool to remove the filter. When you remove the filter, you need to have that drain pan situated properly underneath it to collect whatever residual oil is in the filter itself. You should also have plenty of disposable rags to wipe up the oil that will likely get on other components of your car.
Okay, there’s a lot more to this, but if you’re already feeling anxious, just bring your BMW to an authorized service center and have it done properly. This will avoid accidents, damage, or environmental disasters.