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Question DetailsAsked on 1/24/2017

i need a bmw mechanic that does house calls

I need a mobile BMW mechanic to complete a job on my x5 at home 85122 OIL PAN GASKET CHANGE

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Answered 3 years ago by Member Services


I doubt there is a mobile certified BMW mechanic except in maybe a very few of the largest, richest cities - because getting BMW certification is tough.

Anyway, Auto Service would be the Search the List category for this - AL does not have a specific "mobile mechanic" category, so you should probably google for mobile auto mechanics in your area, then cross-check the ones that you find on Angies List for ratings/reviews.

If you do have a mobile mechanic do this, be sure he is ASE certified for engine and transmission work, and keep an eye on fluid level in case the gasket leaks.

BTW - according to several BMW blogs and the BMW manual on a recent year X5, in addition to removing both front wheels, the subframe and several coolant pipes and part of the exhaust have to be removed to be able to drop the pan to replace the gasket - so like many cars, this is not just a jack the car up and replace the pan job. On some models of cars (don't know if so on X5 or not) you actually have to remove the entire front axle housing and axles/CV joints (if 4WD) to remove the oil pan - talk about planned work for mechanics !

Anyway - I suspected the above was the case so I did a bit of price checking - web sites and two dealer pricing sites say about $1000-1500 for this at an auto repair shop (4-7 hours work), or $1200-2000 at a dealer, so obviously not a simple drop pan and replace gasket job - hence probably not a good thing to have a mobile mechanic do either, especially if he get half way through and finds out he cannot finish the job but it cannot be towed to a repair shop because it the front end if half apart. Maybe that is why you said "complete a job" - because you got the pan unbolted and loose but then found you could not remove it to get the gasket in place ?

Hint - never do any even seemingly simple repair on a car without reading the manufacturer instructions in the shop manual (typically $75-150 for the manual) FIRST - it is amazing some of the screwy way they put cars together, and stupid designs like making some parts non-removeable (HAVE to be replaced if removed) or things like making it impossible to change plugs or injectors without major fuel system disassembly - there are even a few FWD transaxle cars where the engine has to be physically pulled out of the car to change the plugs ! Lunacy !

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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