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Two quick questions on oil change

I did a search to find the torque spec on the engine oil drain plug and came up with a few different numbers ranging from 26 to 34 Nm. Anyone have the correct value?

Also, would like the torque spec on the filter too if someone has it. Thanks.
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I doubt you will find a mechanic in a BMW dealership torquing down the filter or drain plug. As for the filter you will be lucky to get a wrench on it at all never mind a torque wrench. I advise treating it like any car you own. Tighten it down without going crazy thats it.

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What Dan said.

If you want to get real anal about the definition of torque is: tighten it down till it just strips and then back it out a quarter turn.

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The oil drain plug spec is 28nm
The oil filter spec is 11nm (hopefully listed on the filter, assuming a BMW filter)
I found this on the rep rom, in 2 different places, same spec.
nm is newton meters, if you have a in-lb torque wrench, you should find a conversion calculator online somewhere.
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The oil drain plug spec is 28nm
The oil filter spec is 11nm (hopefully listed on the filter, assuming a BMW filter)
I found this on the rep rom, in 2 different places, same spec.
nm is newton meters, if you have a ft-lb torque wrench, you should find a conversion calculator online somewhere.
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OK, just looked it up myself, a good spec would be 20.5 ft/lb on the plug and 8 ft/lb on the filter.
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.... if you have a in-lb torque wrench, you should find a conversion calculator online somewhere.
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Versaverter to the rescue!

Very handy freeware program to have. Has "Torque" tab in it.

Not to argue semantics between torque values, I sort of cringe when I see Nm over foot/pound numbers as I've stripped some things by setting the higher number Nm into the foot/pounds scale. Not cool to do.

Example: Rear lug bolts of old bike at 105 Nm (~77 ft./lbs.) really didn't like 105 ft./pounds. Neither did the socket.


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Thanks for the specs Gilly.
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