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b5m2w8e 03-24-2008 06:14 PM

Removing 528e trans/sloppy shifting
so ive got the exhaust and driveshaft out of the way, however i had heard that when rocking the engine back, you have to remove the radiator hoses and the fan. is this neccesary? Also how many bolts are there that connect the trans to the engine? (just so i can know what to expect) Also replacing some parts of the linkage while the trans is out. Anything else that I should do while I have the trans out?


jimoreno 03-25-2008 10:55 AM

I don't remember removing the radiator or any hose in my 325e when I did it (same engine/transmission combo). I do remember that the bolts are star shaped 12-point. They look like a Torx bit but bigger and standard 12-point sockets work ok. However, you will need a couple of long extensions to access the bolts from the back of the tranny all the way to the back of the engine block (and a good flexible since cheap ones are "too flexible'). I guess by linkages you mean the cable and, yes, it is a good idea because mine snapped on my to Fl from PA back on 2000!

Good Luck!

b5m2w8e 03-29-2008 02:48 PM

Cool, I've got everything off, but a couple of the torx bolts. I am having trouble with the topmost torx bolt. any tips on geting it out? i've tried with and without universal joints, rocking the engine and trans back, but i never can quite seem to get the right position....
Any suggestions from someone who has done this before?


jimoreno 04-04-2008 08:50 AM

Since you mentioned that it is one of the top most bolts, have you tried getting at it from the engine side with a box end wrench? That might be the ticket with that last bolt.

Good Luck!:thumbup:

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