BMW 3 Series E30

since 1983-1994 release

Repair and operation of the car

+ 1. Maintenance instruction
- 2. Maintenance
   2.2. The recommended lubricants and liquids
   2.3. Frequency of service
   2.4. Features of routine maintenance of the car
   2.5. General information on additional maintenance
   2.6. Check of level of liquids
   2.7. Check of a condition of tires and pressure in tires
   2.8. Replacement of oil in the engine and an oil filter
   2.9. Check and restoration of level of liquid in a wheel
   2.10. Check of level of liquid in automatic transmission
   2.11. Shift of wheels
   2.12. Check and replacement of hoses in a motor compartment
   2.13. Check, adjustment and replacement of belts of the drive of hinged units
   2.14. Check and adjustment of turns and quality of mix (SO) of idling
   2.15. Check of a state and battery charging
   2.16. Check and replacement of candles
   2.17. Check of high-voltage wires, runner and cover of the distributor
   2.18. Check of level of oil in the manual transmission
   2.19. Check of level of oil in the main transfer
   2.20. Check and adjustment of gaps in valves (except the M40 engine)
   2.21. Draft of a butterfly valve
   2.22. Replacement of the air filter
   2.23. Check of fuel system
   2.24. Check of the cooling system
   2.25. Check of the exhaust system
   2.26. Check of shock-absorbers, suspension bracket and steering
   2.27. Check of covers of half shafts
   2.28. Check of brakes
   2.29. Check of brushes of screen wipers
   2.30. Replacement of liquid in automatic transmission and the filter
   2.31. The cooling system – replacement of liquid and washing
   2.32. Replacement of the fuel filter
   2.33. Replacement of oil in the manual transmission
   2.34. Replacement of oil in a case of the main transfer
   2.35. Check of system of catching of vapors of gasoline (EVAP system)
   2.36. Installation of the light alarm system of need of servicing
   2.37. Replacement of a gear belt
+ 3. Engine
+ 4. Cooling system
+ 5. Heating and ventilation
+ 6. Fuel system
+ 7. Exhaust system
+ 8. Transmissions
+ 9. Coupling
+ 10. Brake system
+ 11. Running gear
+ 12. Body
+ 13. Electric equipment
+ 14. Useful tips


2.2. The recommended lubricants and liquids


All-weather engine oil from SAE 10W-40 to SAE 20W-50 or API SG
Cooling system
Antifreeze on the basis of ethylene glycol with anticorrosive additives
Manual transmission
Gearbox oil with viscosity from SAE 80 to API GL-4 or mineral oil for the engine from SAE (20,30 or 40) to API SG
Automatic transmission
Liquid for automatic transmission of Dexron II
Main transfer
The SAE 90 oil which is specially recommended for the BMW car (dosed in a packing container is not delivered, available on sale only in car service)
Hydraulic actuator of brakes and coupling
SAE J 1703 or DOT 4 liquid
Hydraulic actuator
DOT 3 liquid
Hydraulic booster of steering
Dexron II liquid

Filling capacities (l)

Oil for the engine:
  – M10 engine
  – M20 engine
  – M30 engine
  – M40 engine
Cooling system:
  – M10 engine
  – M20 engine
  – M30 engine
  – M40 engine
Fuel tank

55 (sedan, early),
64 (sedan, late),
63 (versatile person, early),
70 (versatile person, late)

  – manual transmission
     • ZF type
     • Getrag type
1,0 – 1,5
  – automatic transmission (liquid change)
     • 3-speed
     • 4-speed
  – main transfer and differential