Stargazer HalfDork
8/28/12 2:11 p.m.

I found recently there is a ton of E36 knowledge here so I will continue asking new questions. This one I've searched google and bimmerforums with little success.

Recently I changed the oil on my E36 318i (M44 lump) using a new filter I bought from the dealer. When I took the old filter out I noticed the openings in the ends of the new filter were much smaller than the old one in there. I planned to go back to the dealer and complain but bought a new one from pelican parts just so I could get back on the road. I ordered the exact same filter I bought from pelican 6 months ago and when it arrived, again the holes in the ends are much smaller than the old one. I don't remember having a problem like this the last time I changed the oil. I put one of the new filters in anyway but it definitely doesn't go together nicely. Before I go back to the dealer/call pelican parts and make a stink, is this normal?

yamaha HalfDork
8/28/12 2:13 p.m.

I don't know for sure......what brand was the old one, oem bmw?

Stargazer HalfDork
8/28/12 2:25 p.m.

The one I used back in February was a Mahle, the two I just bought were OEM BMW and Mahle. I just don't remember having to crush the ends of the filter so much to get it to fit.

mrhappy HalfDork
8/28/12 2:49 p.m.

I've never had a problem with the fit. The lid has always just sat flush. Maybe just go to a parts store and look at the ones they have.

oldtin SuperDork
8/28/12 3:17 p.m.

I tend to just do the parts store filters (m42 w/210,000 miles), ends up being MAN or Purolator. Never had a fit problem or felt the filter being crushed.

glueguy GRM+ Memberand Reader
8/28/12 3:48 p.m.

You don't happen to know the part numbers that you used?

Stargazer HalfDork
8/28/12 3:55 p.m.

Mahle 11-42-1-716-192-M67. I checked my order history on pelican parts and I ordered the exact same filter 6 months ago.

oldtin SuperDork
8/28/12 3:58 p.m.

Here's the PN for an m44 - 11421716192 (plastic cover)

M42 PN = 11421727300 (aluminum cover)

There was some crossover between oil filter housings depending on the year.

mad_machine GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
8/28/12 8:45 p.m.

I don;t remember having any issues last time I changed the oil on the Ti...

Stargazer HalfDork
8/29/12 10:52 a.m.

I found this picture under the reviews for the Mahle oil filter on I called their tech support and they acknowledged that there is an issue. I don't know why the filter I got from the dealer was the same, maybe BMW OE uses Mahle filters? Thumbs up for pelican CS, they sent out 2 new Hengst filters free of charge.

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