BMW Oil and Filter Change – Late Model V8, N62 – 745Li, 545i, 645Ci, 750i, 550i, 650Ci, X5, etc.
Q I would like to know what kind of special tools I need to change the oil and filter on a 2002 745i. Today I went to two different oil changing places and was told they didn’t have the correct tools to do my Bimmer. I always changed the oil in my 2000 328i myself and would like to do the same for my 745i. Can you help me figure it out? Thanks.
A The oil filter on your 745i is a bit different from your 328i. It is located on the bottom of the engine. It actually mounts through the oil pan, but this is not a big deal. The filter is housed inside a canister cup, similar to your 328i. And the canister cup unscrews just as the canister cover does on your 328i, but from the bottom. There is a drain plug in the bottom of the canister cup. Using a 5mm Allen tool, remove the plug to drain the oil from the cup before unscrewing it. (Don’t worry – the housing area for the cup is sealed off from the oil in the pan, so you won’t drain the entire pan when you remove the filter, just the oil in the cup.) Once the plug is removed from the canister cup and the oil is drained, just unscrew the cup and remove the filter. The oil pan itself drains just like the one on your 328i.