Just bought an E36? Your maintence begins here

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Just bought an E36? Your maintence begins here

Postby Adam » Mon Jun 21, 2010 8:38 pm

The best you can do for your “new” E36 is to perform a tune-up and standard maintenance. You probably won’t know much about the car’s service, so starting from scratch is the best bet. Proper, routine maintenance will ensure years of reliability from your car. I also recommend keeping track of your maintenance by recording the date, mileage, maintenance performed, and parts used, so you can always look back to know when you worked on your car.

My preferred parts are listed in parenthesis. Part numbers are listed below each step.

Your “New” E36 Tune-Up

Add fuel injector cleaner at your first gas fill-up (RedLine SI-1 Complete Fuel System Cleaner)

Perform Sea Foam treatment through vacuum port under throttle body (Sea Foam Motor Treatment)

Change oil & filter (oil is addressed in a different thread: http://www.e36-tech.com/forum/favorite- ... -1067.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;). Filter part numbers:
92-95 325: 11421730389
96-99 323, 328: 11427512300
95-99 M3: 11427833769
Tech Tip: Not all filters are made equally! Only use Genuine OEM oil filters on your BMW from the manufacturers Mahle, Mann, or Hengst. Those with 325's can also use the M3 oil filter as they are interchangeable.
Tech Tip: Oil filters are purchased as “kits” that include the filter, an o-ring for the oil filter housing cap, and a crush washer for the drain plug. For engines with plastic oil filter housings (phased in around 1995 – 1996), there is a stem inside the housing cap that requires two small o-rings. The M44 (four-cylinder) engine oil filter kits come with these, but not the six-cylinder kits. These o-rings, called the filter housing lower seal, don’t have to be replaced until they show wear. Since you don’t know how old yours are, you should replace them. PN 11421744001

Replace air filter (Mahle or Mann):
92-99 325, 323, 328, M3: 13721730946
92-94 318: 13721715881
96-99 318, 318ti: 13721247404

Replace cabin particle filter (also called the microfilter or cabin air filter):
92-99 325, 323, 328, 318, M3: 64119069895
95-99 318ti: 64319071933

Replace fuel filter (Mahle, Mann, Knecht, or Bosch):
92-8/94 325, M3: 13321270038
9/94-99 325, 323, 328, 318, M3: 13321740985
92-8/94 318: 13321720102

Replace power steering fluid (RedLine or equivalent D4 ATF).
Tech Tip: Do not use power steering fluid, E36s use automatic transmission fluid.

Replace transmission fluid (if it's a manual, use RedLine MTL, automatics should use manufacturer specified fluids, such as RedLine or equivalent D4 ATF, or ESSO LT71141 spec fluid)

Replace transmission filter if it’s an automatic:
92-99 325, 328, 318 w/GM A4S310R: filter 24111218899, gasket 24111421599 & 24111421367
95-99 M3 w/ZF A5S310Z: kit 24341422513

Transmission seal rings:
92-99 325, 328, 318 w/GM A4S310R: drain 24111218851, fill 24111219750
95-99 M3 w/ZF A5S310Z: drain 24111219126

Replace differential fluid (RedLine 75W90)

Replace coolant (Only use BMW original mixed 50/50 with distilled water):
82141467704 (1 gallon)
Tech Tip: You’ll need a two-gallon container to mix the coolant and water. The system will use a little less than the full two gallons.

Bleed the brakes (Ate Super Blue or Ate Type 200)

Replace spark plugs (we recommend NGK BKR6E, BKR6EK, or BKR6EIX):
(see the thread http://www.e36-tech.com/forum/paradigmg ... -3269.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;)

Items to inspect and replace as necessary


Brake pads (OEM or equivalent)
92-99 325, 323, 328: front 34116761244, rear 34216761239
92-99 318, 318ti: front 34116761244, rear 34216761238
95-99 M3: front 34111162535, rear 34211162536

Brake rotors (OEM or equivalent)
92-99 325, 323, 328, 318 coupe & sedan: front 34111165455, rear 34211164401
96-99 323, 328 convertible: front 34111165455, rear 34211165211
95-97 318ti: front 34111165455, rear 34216758552
98-99 318ti: front 34116757750, rear 34216758552
95-99 M3: front 34112227171 & 34112227172, rear 34212227177 & 34212227178

Emergency brake pads
92-99 325, 323, 328, 318: 34416761289
95-99 M3: 34416761294

Belts
92 325 non-VANOS: alt/ps 11281469261, a/c 11281469262
92-95 325, M3: alt/ps 11281469266, a/c 11281469262
96-99 323, 328, M3: alt/ps 11281469266, a/c 11281470024
92-93 318: alt 11231469235, ps 32421470031, a/c 64551470022
94-95 318: alt/ps 11281470028, a/c 11281470023
95-99 318, 318ti: alt/ps 11281739816, a/c 11281470023

Radiator hoses
92-99 325, 323, 328, M3: upper 11531708499, lower 11531726344
92-95 318: upper 11531721708, lower 11531721709
95-99 318: upper 11531743535, lower 11531247261

Other coolant hoses
92-99 325, 323, 328, M3: 17111723521, 11531730351, 11531738053
92-99 318: 11531247486, 11531247723, 11511739244, 11511739245, 11151247903

Coolant expansion tank
92-99 325, 323, 328, M3: 17111723520
92-99 318, 318ti: 17111712835

Coolant expansion tank cap
92-99 325, 323, 328, 318, M3: 17111742231

Radiator
92-99 325, 323, 328, M3: 17111469179
92-99 318, 318ti: 17111728907

Thermostat
92-99 325, 323, 328, M3: 88deg. 11537511580, 80deg. 11531713040
92-99 318, 318ti (includes housing): 11531743017

Thermostat housing
92-99 325, 323, 328, M3: 11531722531
Tech Tip: Specify an ALUMINUM thermostat housing when ordering.

Front control arms (use only OEM Lemfoerder or Meyle)
92-99 325, 323, 328, 318: 31126758513 & 31126758514
95 M3: 31122227249, 31122227250
96-99 M3: 31122228461, 31122228462

Lower control arm bushings (we recommend upgrading to Polyurethane bushings from Powerflex or AKG Motorsport)
92-99 325, 323, 328, 318: 31129059288
95 M3: 31129064875
96-99 M3: 31129069035

Rear trailing arm bushings (we recommend upgrading to Polyurethane bushings from Powerflex or AKG Motorsport)
92-99 325, 323, 328, 318: 33326770786
95-99 M3: 33322228153
95-99 318ti: standard 33329061945, eccentric 33329058822

Trailing arm outer balljoints
92-99 325, 323, 328, 318, M3: 33326775551
Tech Tip: The trailing arms on early 92-95 E36's were installed with rubber bushings in place of solid balljoints on the outer mountings. These can be replaced with the later balljoints that come standard on 96+ 328's and M3's

Rear eccentric camber bolt and washer
92-99 325, 323, 328, 318, M3: 33326772698 & 33321094653

Rear lower control arms
92-99 325, 323, 328, 318, M3: 33326770813

Coil springs (rear springs have been known to break in E36s)

Tie rods (use only OEM Lemfoerder or Meyle)
92-99 325, 328, 318, M3: 32111139315 & 32111139316

Tie rod locking plate
92-99 325, 328, 318, M3: 32111140464

CV boot kits
92-95 325: inner 33219067818, outer 33219067815
96-99 323, 328: inner 33211229435, outer 33211229376
92-98 318: inner 33219067819, outer 33219067817
95-99 318ti: inner 33219067819, outer 33219067820
95-99 M3: inner 33217840673, outer 33219067806

Valve cover gasket
92 325 non-VANOS: 11120034106
92-95 325, M3: 11120034107
96-99 323, 328, M3: 11120034108
92-99 318, 318ti: 11121721876

Other Notes

Use http://www.realoem.com" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; to find parts for your car. You’ll need to know the production month of your car, which is on the plate on the driver’s door frame.

If you plan to do any work on your car, you should own the BMW 3 Series (E36) Service Manual: 1992-1998, usually just called the Bentley manual. This is the bible for your car.
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Re: Just bought an E36? Your maintence begins here.

Postby Japan323 » Thu Jun 24, 2010 2:21 pm

thanks Adam, great list.
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Re: Just bought an E36? Your maintence begins here.

Postby DEFKON99 » Thu Jun 24, 2010 9:48 pm

sticky ?
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Re: Just bought an E36? Your maintence begins here.

Postby Adam » Fri Jun 25, 2010 11:51 am

DEFKON99 wrote:sticky ?


It's a sticky. By the way, many props to Caligula for providing all of the part numbers. That's a lot of work. Thanks, man!
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Just bought an E36? Your maintence begins here

Postby Drifty » Mon Nov 15, 2010 11:58 pm

Good list, ive been living off it.

Props to you and Caligula
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Re: Just bought an E36? Your maintence begins here

Postby boostlife » Mon Jan 17, 2011 2:25 pm

awsome list very helpful
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1987 toyota supra turbo
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yes i own and drive them all,but i love my e36
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Re: Just bought an E36? Your maintence begins here

Postby termzy » Sun May 22, 2011 1:20 am

I'm currently living off of this list. Thank you so much!
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Re: Just bought an E36? Your maintence begins here

Postby alheim » Fri Dec 30, 2011 12:16 pm

this is a nice list.

it goes nicely with the "Old School Maintenance Schedule" by Mike Miller. it is a very informative and detailed document, great reading for all BMW owners.

there is a download link on this page; no registration required: http://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e60-m5-e61-m5-touring-discussion/136534-old-school-maintenance-schedule-our-m5s.html
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