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BMW Recommended Lubricants & Fluids

Below is the list of recommendations from BMW for the E36 models and MAY apply to other models. Contact your dealership if you are unsure.

Engine Oil
Type API "Certified for gasoline engines"
Viscosity

 

SAE 10W/40 to 20W/50
Cooling System

 

50/50 mixture of ethylene glycol based antifreeze
Manual Transmission
Green label (1992) Gear Lubricant Special (GLS)
Red label (1992) DEXRON III Type ATF
No Label (1992) 80W GL-4
1993 or later

 

DEXRON III Type ATF
Automatic Transmission
1992 - 1996 DEXRON III Type ATF
1997 and later

 

Special Lubricant Fluid (SLF)
Final Drive Unit

 

Hypoid gear oil
Braking System

 

DOT 4 brake fluid
Power Steering

 

DEXRON II Type ATF

 


 

BMW Recommended Capacities

Below is the list of recommendations from BMW for the E36 models and MAY apply to other models. Contact your dealership if you are unsure.

 

Engine Oil (including Filter)
4 Cylinder Engine 4.7 quarts
6 Cylinder Engine

 

6.8 quarts
Cooling System
4 Cylinder Engine 6.8 quarts
6 Cylinder Engine

 

11 quarts
Manual Transmission
1992 1.2 quarts
1993 & later
318, 320, and 325 1.2 quarts
328 & Z3

 

1.3quarts
Automatic Transmission

 

3.2 quarts
Differential
4 Cylinder Models 1.2 quarts
6 Cylinder Models

 

1.8 quarts
Power Steering 

 

1.5 quarts
Ignition System
Spark Plug Type
4 Cylinder Engine Champion RC9YC
6 Cylinder Engine
2.5L Champion RC9YC
2.8L Champion R12YC
Spark Plug Electrode Gap (All Models) 0.035 inch (for spark plugs above only, do not use this gapping guide if using other types of sparks plugs)

 

Drivebelts
Used drivebelts 5.0 to 6.0 ft-lbs
New drivebelts 4.0 to 5.0 ft-lbs

 

Brakes
Brake pad friction material minimum thickness 5/64 inch
Parking brake shoe friction material minimum thickness 1/16 inch

 


 

BMW Recommended Torque

Below is the list of recommendations from BMW for the E36 models and MAY apply to other models. Contact your dealership if you are unsure.

Torque is very important, if ignored serious damage could occur.

*All numbers are in Ft-Lbs unless stated

Engine oil pan drain plug
M12 plug 26
M22

 

44
Cylinder block coolant drain plug

 

21
Automatic transmission oil drain plug

 

133-150 in-lbs
Automatic transmission oil filter/level plug
1994 and earlier Not available
1995 and on

 

74
Automatic transmission fluid pan bolts

 

62 to 71 in-lbs
Automatic transmission oil screen screws

 

44 in-lbs
Manual transmission drain plug

 

37
Manual transmission oil filter/level plug

 

37
Differential filter/level and drain plugs

 

52
Spark plugs

 

22
Wheel bolts

 

74