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      12-11-2015, 02:04 PM   #1
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oil pan gasket replacement

My 128i has developed an oil leak through the oil pan gasket. any DIY out there, has anyone done it? i did a search and came out with nothing.
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      12-11-2015, 04:57 PM   #2
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None that I have seen. But I assume it's a simple DIY. Drain the oil. Unscrew the pan. You'll need inverted torq if I remember correctly. Replace the seal then bolt it back up and finish the oil change.
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      12-11-2015, 05:10 PM   #3
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Don't forget to buy new oil pan bolts! The bolts are made from Aluminum and stretch when torqued. They are a one time use bolt.


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      12-11-2015, 05:35 PM   #4
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And be very thankful you don't have x-drive. The pan is starting to leak on my 330 x-drive. Ugh.... Stupid driveshaft running through the middle of the oil pan.
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      12-11-2015, 09:14 PM   #5

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Originally Posted by louie12345 View Post
My 128i has developed an oil leak through the oil pan gasket. any DIY out there, has anyone done it? i did a search and came out with nothing.
How old is your car?

When I took delivery of my 135i several months ago, it had been sold to me by a Chevy dealership in Kentucky who had tried to sell the car for 6 months. During the time they had it, they changed the oil and filter, even though the vehicle, a 2013, would have been entitled to a free oil and filter change at the BMW dealership.

My local mechanic wanted to put the car up on a lift, so we did that and he found what he thought was an oil pan gasket leak. He told me to point this out at the dealership, where I was headed with the car shortly.

When the dealership's tech put the car up on the rack himself, he said that he doubted there was an oil pan gasket leak being as the car was only 2 years old and it generally took much longer than that for the gasket to wear out. He suspected that the Chevy dealer had put in a cheap or wrong oil filter and had just made a mess with the engine oil. So what he did was to change the oil and filter, to put some "dye" of some sort into the oil, to clean up the oily mess on the underside of the car, and then to look for a new leak, with the dye in it, after a thousand miles or so, and he told me to come back then for a re-inspection.

There was no leak after that, so the tech's guess was correct.

I was told that changing that gasket was a multi hour job and had a lot of labor charges associated with swapping out a very cheap gasket part. It would have been covered as my car is still in warranty, but still.
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      12-25-2015, 12:17 AM   #6
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Just did mine on my 135i, it was an eight hour job even though the dealer quoted me 16 at $100 an hour. Gasket was &47 and bolts were $21 from ECS. It involves dropping the steerng rack and the entire subframe. I would do it for like $600. It isn't the easiest job in the world.
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