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Old 05-06-2010, 12:51 PM
Gotechslack Gotechslack is offline
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Location: Brandon, MS
Join Date: Feb 2010
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Mein Auto: 1997 BMW Z3
Originally Posted by Doc Holliday View Post
They won't even do it at 90k?

Smolck on the E46 forum is right. Dealers are teh suck.

You can do this job yourself, as long as you know how to safely jack up and support a car (meaning you need 4 jack stands). The transmission uses plugs you can put a socket on, but the differential uses plugs that need a fairly sizable hex socket. And you might have to modify it. At least, this is what I have on my 2001.

If you tackle it, make sure you always remove the fill plug first. Nothing worse than removing the drain plug, only to find the fill plug seized.

For fluids, I'd go with Red Line MTL for the tranny and Redline 75W90 gear oil for the differential. You'll need a fluid pump to get the fluids in. Make sure the car is level, add fluid until it spills out the fill hole, plug it up, done. Each of the fills takes a bit over a liter, IIRC. Get a couple of liters each to be sure you have enough.

And don't go back to whatever dealer you went to.
Good info. Thanks. So, you think it is a good time to do this? Of course I read that my manual tranny may have the lifetime fluid in it and not to bother changing it (I don't buy that). Is the Redline products you indicated, synthetic? I assume a synthetic fluid type is in there currently? I may try to look for an independent on this one. If I don't have any luck, I'll try it myself. I do have some jack stands; they are just not very "big." I guess they would still work if I placed them under and on the jack access points, huh? I do have a level garage. Thanks again.
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