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3changos
09-22-2008, 02:17 PM
I need help!!! My check engine keeps going off than goes into "trans program" what does that mean? it hard to drive it after it goes into that, the shifts wont kick in. My mom got me this car recently, should i tell her that its messed up already! Or can this be fixed. ive been told its dirty and old, it needs maintance. ive told its the sensors, also electrical. anyone has experienced this!?

bimmer dot info
09-23-2008, 08:06 AM
It can be fixed. Either a good import mechanic or a BMW dealer should be able to read the transmission codes and let you know if it is doomed.
When trans program is on it locks you into 3rd gear.

SimonSEZe34
09-27-2008, 11:48 AM
Trans Programer could mean a few things .......but........

Transmission problem is one of the main causes........ sensors on the Bimmer are quite sensitive ..... The best bet is to go to a proper BMW dealer or Mechanics that can give you a proper computer read out ......The read outs are quite accurate !! There is this one little machine that you can buy on ebay or through a dealer ship that can help you "turn Off" the Trans Program signal ......sorry forgot what its called .......but ....find a mechanic with a Laptop like computer reading that can be connected to your car (pop the hood and look to your right and you should look for a Small "cup" like object unscrew the cap and you should be looking at alot of little holes ....that's where the plug will have to go into (Comp. in put)

Sorry if I have made this sounds far too serious than it should be ...don't mean to spoook ya .......! May be all you need is to just to change or flush your transmission fluid........but because E34 are quite an old car ...I highly suggest for you to see a Bimmer specialist ASAP...!

Good luck anyhow!!!!

attack eagle
09-27-2008, 04:56 PM
transprogram means that the EGS is seeing something out of spec.

Could be trans tailshaft speedsensor, could be a dirty solenoid causing low pressure, could be a clogged filter, could be a bad transpump, could pretty much anything inside the transmission or torque convertor. Could even be low voltage due to a bad alternator or battery.

You didn;t state what transmission it was... or even what car it was in.

the GMfrance 4l30e used behind the m50 cars is well known for being weak and dying a complete and sudden death, requiring a full rebuild... 5 speed swaps are cheaper if you can DIY, and even if you can't it's a draw. Mine dies a second time 40k after the first rebuild. I went to a complete 5 speed driveline, better economy and performance, lower weight, and longerlasting. win/win if you can drive stick. Mine died 40k after a rebuild, 2 weeks after I changed the atf. Was sitting in a parking lot and Bam... no drive out of the blue.

the 4h22 is well known for a fault in the first gear clutch pack that causes death (partially engages first even when in neutral or reverse) requiring rebuild.

You are probably going to be looking at a couple of grand if it requires rebuild... unfortunately the 540 had 'lifetime' fluid and most owners of those and other bmws never changed the atf as a result... when you do, you usually introduce a whole host of problems as build up from years of abuse comes loose and courses thru the system, clogging passages, soleoids, pump etc.

kiko
09-28-2008, 11:35 PM
First try changing the trans oil filter and fluid, please oem filter... Check the harness connector for dust or dirt. Good luck!

bill_honeycutt
12-22-2008, 08:44 AM
I have a "Trans Program" signal on my 1995 525 with abrupt starts off the stop. Also have a strong (burning) odour in the cabin infrequently (usually upon start up) once accompanied
by thick white smoke. Owned vehicle only 6 months, hope it's not kaput?


transprogram means that the EGS is seeing something out of spec.

Could be trans tailshaft speedsensor, could be a dirty solenoid causing low pressure, could be a clogged filter, could be a bad transpump, could pretty much anything inside the transmission or torque convertor. Could even be low voltage due to a bad alternator or battery.

You didn;t state what transmission it was... or even what car it was in.

the GMfrance 4l30e used behind the m50 cars is well known for being weak and dying a complete and sudden death, requiring a full rebuild... 5 speed swaps are cheaper if you can DIY, and even if you can't it's a draw. Mine dies a second time 40k after the first rebuild. I went to a complete 5 speed driveline, better economy and performance, lower weight, and longerlasting. win/win if you can drive stick. Mine died 40k after a rebuild, 2 weeks after I changed the atf. Was sitting in a parking lot and Bam... no drive out of the blue.

the 4h22 is well known for a fault in the first gear clutch pack that causes death (partially engages first even when in neutral or reverse) requiring rebuild.

You are probably going to be looking at a couple of grand if it requires rebuild... unfortunately the 540 had 'lifetime' fluid and most owners of those and other bmws never changed the atf as a result... when you do, you usually introduce a whole host of problems as build up from years of abuse comes loose and courses thru the system, clogging passages, soleoids, pump etc.

ross1
12-22-2008, 11:53 AM
Usually means warm up your check book.
Electrical faults as simple as the trans program switch(swap it with the one for your sunroof) can set it off. Sometimes a sticky valve body will do it and a fluid service will improve things.
Look to someone familiar with these trannies who knows how to repair them rather than immediately condemn the entire unit as is the fashion.
Kurt Koeller is one recognized expert.

bimmer dot info
12-22-2008, 12:34 PM
A good shop can read the error codes. They are seperate from the normal check engine codes (I dont know what kind of reader you need). It will give you a much better idea of what you are in for.

Check the battery and the fluid too. Either one can cause it.

wintech
01-02-2009, 12:21 AM
Hi Guys, been cruizing this forum for some input I can use and maybe I found it. Just looked at an '89 535i for sale. It sticks in 2nd or 3rd stage according to the owner. It is not registered to drive so I could not test it myself. Rest of the car is sweet and all working. Clean as under hood, new radiator with head work done, $5k in reciepts for work done last 3 yrs with BM specialist. I just offloaded 2x633csi's I have no time to restore, have an e34conv for my wife and this will be my 6th Beemer. I do my own mech/body/paint. I normally wouldn't bother with a car in this cond but at $1000 and the current MV is 4-6k(private)it is worth checking out.(Yes! they is spensive in OZ!)

* To my query-
Assuming the trans is 4HP-22 as per factory, and the current owner knows sod all about cars; I would be inclined to drain, flush, change filter and observe the difference if any(I had an e28 Msport auto that threw tantrums and this fixed it up). HOWEVER - I take on board the input of Attack Eagle re the first stage clutch pack and if that becomes the apparent issue, then a rebuild is warranted. IF the auto does stick in 2nd (or 3rd) has anyone experienced that in their travels...and the solution which overcame it.
As an aside, I bought a scanner reset tool for the service light on the e34(covers models from '82-'95) from bimmerzone...exc service and delivery from US to AUS.
http://www.bimmerzone.com/resettool.htm