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      01-14-2019, 02:06 PM   #1
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oil filter housing gasket [OFHG] replacement

Doing some reading and evidently changing the OFHG on a N52 is a 30 minute job when doing an oil change (Cam VanDer Horst - Bimmerlife August 4, 2018)
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      01-14-2019, 03:21 PM   #2
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Doing some reading and evidently changing the OFHG on a N52 is a 30 minute job when doing an oil change (Cam VanDer Horst - Bimmerlife August 4, 2018)
Couldn't find it. Do you have a link?
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      01-14-2019, 03:52 PM   #3
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I did this last year and yes, it was very quick. I think it was something like 3 bolts to remove the housing! The N54 cars may have some turbo-related crap in the way. On the N52 you can get right to the bolts provided you have the right tools. I think they are e-torx bolt heads (I forget the size, but you can find it with a forum search).
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https://bimmerlife.com/2018/08/04/th...uppie-roundup/

On the twin turbo cars you have the extra work of doing a cooling system flush and bleed.
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very simple on our N/A cars. It took me half hour, be careful to get rid of all old residue on the mating surface and tighten everything up. Otherwise, you should be fine. Some guy with an e90 328i on youtube helped a lot. Just search Oil filter housing gasket replacement and the one with the most views is probably it. Difficulty 2-3/10
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Yup. 3 bolts and it's off. Nothing really needs to come out of the way except maybe the intake tract to give better clearance but even that's not necessary. A swivel/ratcheting wrench will make the one under the intake manifold easier to get to.
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You dont have to bleed the system on these?

I was quoted close to 450 for this job. The leak has gotten a little worse since it started seeping last year.

After watching a few videos on the replacement, the tricky part is getting it all cleaned up and making sure the coolant does not mix with the oil. Is this accurate?

Thanks.
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This post is in the 128 section, hence N52 and I believe all these cars (128) do not have the heat exchanger so no issue with with coolant.
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This post is in the 128 section, hence N52 and I believe all these cars (128) do not have the heat exchanger so no issue with with coolant.
Dont understand why you said the first part but good to know for the second part.

I'll have to do more research on the OFHG on the n52. Surprised why there is no DIY on this forum. Someone did a fantastic VC diy.
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Dont understand why you said the first part but good to know for the second part.

I'll have to do more research on the OFHG on the n52. Surprised why there is no DIY on this forum. Someone did a fantastic VC diy.
There's no need, it's a straight-forward job, and there are a few good DIY's on the E90 forums, as well as the repair guides on newtis.info
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      01-24-2019, 06:09 PM   #11
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Doing some reading and evidently changing the OFHG on a N52 is a 30 minute job when doing an oil change (Cam VanDer Horst - Bimmerlife August 4, 2018)
Interesting. I understood that the intake manifold had to come off to give access to one bolt, but apparently it can be worked around. Became a non-issue when I upgraded to a DISA manifold and had the OFHG done at the same time for virtually no labour charge.
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