BMW 3 Series E46

since 1998 release

Repair and operation of the car

BMW 3 Series E46
+ BMW 3 cars (E46)
- Current leaving and service
   Current leaving
   General information on control
   Check of levels of liquids
   Check of a condition of tires and pressure in them. Designation of tires and disks of wheels
   Replacement of motive oil and oil filter
   Replacement of the filtering element of the air filter
   Checks of the brake system
   Replacement of an element of the filter of air of salon
   Check of a condition of driving ridge belts
   Check of a state and replacement of hoses of a motive compartment
   Check of functioning of the cooling system and frost resistance of cooling liquid
   Check of a condition of system of production of the fulfilled gases
   Check of level of oil in a manual box of gear shifting
   Check of a condition of components of a suspension bracket and steering
   Check of a condition of protective covers of power shafts
   Check of level of liquid of system of hydrostrengthening of a wheel
   Visual check of a body and its bottom
   Check of seat belts
   Rotation and replacement of wheels
   Check of a state, replacement of brushes and adjustment of a corner of screen wipers
   Check of a condition of the battery, care of it and charging
   Replacement of brake fluid
   Check and replacement of spark plugs
   Check of fuel system, replacement of the fuel filter. Operation of diesel model in the conditions of winter
   Greasing of loops and locks of doors
   Replacement of the battery of a key of remote control
+ Engine
+ Cooling systems, heating
+ Power supply systems, injection and release
+ Engine electric equipment
+ RKPP and transmission line
+ Automatic transmission
+ Coupling and power shafts
+ Brake system
+ Suspension bracket and steering
+ Body
+ Onboard electric equipment
+ Schemes of electric equipment

Current leaving and service


Types and volumes of the applied lubricants and liquids

Petrol engines


unleaded, is not worse than AI 95


unleaded, is not worse than AI 95


unleaded, is not worse than AI 983)

323i unleaded, is not worse than AI 983)
325iunleaded, is not worse than AI 983)
328i unleaded, is not worse than AI 983)
330i unleaded, is not worse than AI 983)
M3unleaded, is not worse than AI 983)
3) Filling with AI 95 gasoline with insignificant deceleration of power of the engine is possible. AI 91 can be applied only in exceptional cases.
Diesel engines
Diesel fuel on DIN EN 590 Cetane number not less than 49
Do not use biodiesel fuel (methyl air of rape oil)
The cetane number characterizes ability of diesel fuel to spontaneous ignition.
Operation in winter conditions
winter diesel fuel which depending on its brand ensures trouble-free operation of the engine at a temperature up to -15 °C or to -22 °C.
Heating of the fuel filter
The car is equipped with the device of heating of the fuel filter. Thanks to it it is possible to use the fuel calculated on its application at a temperature up to -15 °C at a temperature approximately to -25 °C.
If at air temperature below -25 °C fuel became so dense that the engine is not started, some time in the warmed room is enough to allow to the car to stand.
To diesel fuel it is not necessary to mix various additives increasing its fluidity.
At temperature drop of external air below -9 °C to summer diesel fuel can be added kerosene (to % of total volume)
From-9 to -15 °C10%
From-15 to -25 °C30%
It is below -25 °C50%
At temperature drop of external air below -20 °C to winter diesel fuel add means of reduction of viscosity or kerosene (to % of total volume)
From-20 to -26 °C10%
From-26 to -31 °C30%
It is below -31 °C50%
Capacity of the fuel tank
approximately63 l
including reserve8 l
Tank of windscreen washers
Without faroomyvatel5.3 l
With a faroomyvatel5.6 l
Motive oil (Address also section materials Automobile chemicals, oils and lubricants).
Type: the certified BMWs oils of long service life - long life p/n 07 511470 407 (as a last resort A3 on ASEA for petrol engines or A3 and B3 – for diesel engines)
Viscosity of SAE OW-30: CASTROL Formula SLX, DEA Ultec Syn-T, ESSO Ultron (Fuel Economy), SHELL Helix Ultra, VEEDOL Syntrhon.
Viscosity of SAE OW-40: ARAL Super Tronic, AVIA SYNTH, BMW Super Power Spezial, BP VISCO 7000, MOBIL 1, SHELL Helix Ultra.
Viscosity of SAE 5W-30: AGIP TECSINT, ARAL Super Tronic, BMW Super Power Plus, CASTROL TXT, DEA Viscobil S1, FINA FE 2000 5W-30, LIQUI MOLY Profi Synthol, MOBIL 1, MOBIL 1 Rally Formula, SHELL Helix Ultra, VALVOLINE Syn Power, VEEDOL Spezial R Plus.
Viscosity of SAE 5W-40: AGIP Extra HTS, ARAL Super Tronic, AVIA SYNTH, BMW Super Power, BP Visco 5000, DEA Viscobil S1, ELF Synthese, ESSO Megatron, FINA First, FINA Motortronic RS, LIQUI MOLY Synthoil High Tech, MOBIL 1, MOBIL 1 Rally Formula, MOTUL Synergie, SHELL Helix Plus, SHELL Helix Ultra, TOTAL Activa 9000, TOTAL quartz 9000, VALVOLINE Syn Power.
Diesel engine 320d
Any motive oils which are at the same time meeting standards of ACEA A3-96 and ACEA B3-96. Viscosity: OW-X, 5W-X and 10W-X. Here X are designated by any value, for example 30, 40 or 50.
Volume, with replacement of the filter
316i, 318i4.0
320i, 323i, 328i6.5
320d 5.0
Difference between the marks "max" and "min" in a measuring core1 liter
Cooling system mix of soft water (60%) and antifrizny concentrate (40%)
Antifrizny concentrate Aral Antifreeze Extra, DEA Kuhlerfrostschutz, GlycoShell, Glysantin Protect Plus, Mobil Frostschutz 600
System volume
316i, 318i6.0
320i, 323i, 328i8.4
320d 7.0
The amount of antifreeze added to the cooling system for ensuring the required frost resistance (at the same time as much a cooler to merge), l
It is shown below how many antifreeze should be added to provide desirable frost resistance.
Example: Measurement on the engine 316i, 318i shows protection up to the temperature of -10 °C. In this case it is necessary to merge 2.0 l of cooling liquid from system and instead of it to fill in 2.0 l of a pure concentrate. It will provide protection of the engine up to the temperature of -35 °C.

The values given in the table are valid at a temperature of cooling liquid about +20 °C.

Manual box of gear shifting
TypeMIL-L-2105 or API-GL-4 gearbox oil, viscosity of SAE 80 (If the stopper of gas station of oil has a yellow or green sticker, use BMW special oil if an orange sticker - ATF-Dexron allowed BMW)
Volume about 1.1 l
Automatic transmission
TypeATF ESSO EGL 71 141 or VW-ET No. G052 162 A2 (light yellow)
When replacing 3.0 l
In total 5.3 l
Reducer of the back bridge
Type for gipoidny transfers of SAE 75W-90 (AGIP HLX, ARAL oil for BS, AVIA transmissions gipoidny 75W-90 EP, BMW oil for reducers of back bridges of Synthetik OSP, CASTROL SAF-XO, DEA Dearon BHS, FINA Potronic MS and – MX, MOBIL Gearlube VS 600, BP Energear SHX, ELF Tranself BM 75W-90, SHELL oil for transmissions OLS-BMW, MOTUL Hypo Synt, ESSO NLS 75W-90)
Volume0.9 l
SteeringATF of the brands Aral Getriebetsl ATF 22 D-22 144, BP Autran LTF, Shell ATF Dexron II D-21-631, Mobil ATF 220 D-20104, Total Dexron II D-21298, Esso ATF D-21 065;
Brake system 1.0 l, DOT 4 (BASF Hydraulan 413, DOT 4; Castrol GT LMA, DOT 4; Shell Brake Fluid, DOT 4)
System of the conditioner of air
Oil 4.3 – 4.8 ounces (129-144 ml)
Coolant 34.4 – 36.0 ounces (1032-1080 ml)
Lubricant of power shafts
Lubricant typeSpecial lubricant
Lubricant volume80 гр
Lubricant for battery plugs Bosch Ft 40 v 1
Lubricant of loops and locks of doors jellied lubricant, for example, "Optimol-Optitemp TT 1"
Ridge maple belts
318i 6 PK x 1733 (5 PK x 950)
320d 5 PK x 2030 (5 PK x 836)
320i, 323i, 328i6 PK x 1538 (5 PK x 863)
Size of tires//Disks of wheels
316i, 318i, 320d195/65 R 15 91 of V//6.5 J x 15
320i 205/60 R 15 91 of V//6.5 J x 15
323i 205/55 R 16 91 V//7 J x 16
325i 205/55 R 16 W//7 J x 16
328i 225/50 R 16 92 W *//7 J x 16
330i, 330d 205/50 R17 W//7J x 17
Spare wheelT 125/90 R 15 96 of M//3.5B x 15
*) application of snow chains for tires of the specified sizes is not allowed
Air pressure in tires of forward wheels//back wheels, bars
Half loading
316i, 318i, 320d1.8/2.2
323i, 325i, 328i2.2/2.6
Full load
316i, 318i, 320d2.2/2.7
320i 2.4/2.9
323i 2.6/3.1
325i, 328i2.7/3.2
Spare wheel4.2
Sizes of nominal pressure of air for all sizes of normal tires (summer tires, all-weather tires) established at the plant are specified on a sticker on a rack of a door of the driver.
Category of speed of tires
S 180 km/h
T 190 km/h
H 210 km/h
V 240 km/h
W 270 km/h
Y over 270 km/h
ZR over 240 km/h

The word "reinforced" at the end of marking of the tire means the strengthened execution.

Spark plugs
Interelectrode gap 0.7 – 0.8 mm
candles with four electrodes of weight0.9 – 1.0 the mm (is not regulated)
Turnkey size16 mm
Rechargeable battery
Tension12 V, negative weight
Capacity (starting current)
316i, 318i50 Ач (265 A)
320i, 323i, 328i, 330i75 Ач (380 A)
320d 85 Ач (410 A)
330d 95 Ач (450 A)
Battery brelka of remote control of the uniform lock CR 2016
Efforts of tightening of threaded connections
The moments of an inhaling of fixture are given also in the text of the Head and on some illyustratsiyakh*.
Masloslivny traffic jams in the case pallet the 4-cylinder engine30 N • m
Stopper of an oil-filling opening of automatic transmission15 N • m
Spark plugs25 N • m
Bolts of fastening of wheels100 N • m

Look under a cowl. Models 318i


Look under a cowl. Models 320i, 323i, 328i


Look under a cowl. Models 320d

1 — the tank of brake fluid
2 — the probe for measurement of level of oil in the engine
3 — the tank of the hydraulic booster of steering
4 — a broad tank of the cooling system

5 — a maslozalivny mouth
6 — the tank glass - and faroomyvatel
7 — the plus plug used for start from an auxiliary source
8 — the rechargeable battery (it can also be located in a luggage carrier)