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 Post subject: Oil Breather
PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2011 12:17 am 
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Just hit 80k on the clock, hasn't been changed at all so wondering should I get it done? Planning on doing the air filter at the same time.

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 Post subject: Re: Oil Breather
PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2011 12:27 am 
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It won't hurt. It's relatively inexpensive, and if you are doing the air filter you are half way to digging it out of the engine anyway.

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 Post subject: Re: Oil Breather
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It's an essential item on the early cars.

The early design of PCV Oil Seperator tended to clog, increasing the block pressure to the point where the oil couldn't flow from the turbo, leading to turbo bearing failure. :(

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 Post subject: Oil Breather
PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2011 5:27 pm 
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What's the definition of "early" out of interest.

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 Post subject: Re: Oil Breather
PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2011 5:31 pm 
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I knew someone would ask that! :lol:

Mid 2005 from memory, I'll have a search.

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 Post subject: Re: Oil Breather
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Yup, up to mid 2005 build date.

Old breather is the top one with the 'loo roll holder'. New one doesnt have the foam.
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 Post subject: Re: Oil Breather
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Thanks Marco, wonder what type my November 2006 build E87 would have :?

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 Post subject: Re: Oil Breather
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You should be 17 months safe?

They're not expensive, I'm going to change mine (as a matter of routine) next time I do my air filter. Probably going to do my thermostat, water pump and belts too. :)

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 Post subject: Re: Oil Breather
PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2011 9:19 pm 
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100% DO IT! it cost my mate nearly a grand for a new turbo and this was the culprit. IIRC it was £65 for the complete redisgned unit from bmw or you could just buy the insert.

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 Post subject: Re: Oil Breather
PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2011 10:03 pm 
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Should I do it now without delay or is there some specific milage it should be done at?

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 Post subject: Re: Oil Breather
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Anyone got a part number and How To for changing this? Is going on to my list along with diff and box oil changes.

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 Post subject: Re: Oil Breather
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It's only a 'panic' item for owners of cars with a build date of pre June 2005, as I understand it.

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 Post subject: Re: Oil Breather
PostPosted: Thu Nov 24, 2011 8:23 am 
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Could you put the 'new gen' breather on an '05?

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 Post subject: Re: Oil Breather
PostPosted: Thu Nov 24, 2011 11:27 am 
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benroberts1 wrote:
Could you put the 'new gen' breather on an '05?


Yes definitely. I believe it was a revision.

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 Post subject: Re: Oil Breather
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I'm looking to get this done next week, but does anyone know where I can get the part? Stealers only? Is it possible to just get the innards or is it the whole thing? I have a pre fl 118d, 04 plate.

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