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Old 12-29-2011, 08:42 PM
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few noises and perks

can anyone tell me why my gearstick gets so hot it burns my hands im concerned that cant be right.
also the clutch is making a funny rattling noise when im idleing at the lights with the clutch in for a bit??

and theres a new noise with my power steering like rough clunking??

any ideas would be great you guys are so smart!

i know shes an oldie and theres gonna be a few perks but i dont wanna fork out big bucks for something that may be really simple.

i love my car!
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Old 12-30-2011, 06:27 AM
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There's a number of possibilities. Check the level of fluid in the trans and confirm that your cooling system is working properly. As a car gets older, the radiator can lose efficiency from dirt and corrosion and the fan clutch can wear out. An improperly adjusted or worn cluch can cause alot of heat too.
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Old 01-02-2012, 03:46 AM
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Thankyou I did think about changing the transmission fluid in the gear box but the thing is this car is manual which is rare for this model car, so finding a way to do this has become a challenge for me I know the type of fluid and it seems easy enough to drain but putting the new stuff in proves quite a challenge, I gave the radiator a good flush and alot of gunk came out. As for the clutch fan that seems fine. And the clutch is pretty much brand new so I dunno if it's that. But I know the gear box hasn't changed fluids in like 25 years so that seems a very likely reason thank you!
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Old 01-02-2012, 09:05 AM
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Thankyou I did think about changing the transmission fluid in the gear box but the thing is this car is manual which is rare for this model car, so finding a way to do this has become a challenge for me I know the type of fluid and it seems easy enough to drain but putting the new stuff in proves quite a challenge, I gave the radiator a good flush and alot of gunk came out. As for the clutch fan that seems fine. And the clutch is pretty much brand new so I dunno if it's that. But I know the gear box hasn't changed fluids in like 25 years so that seems a very likely reason thank you!
The transmission should have a fill plug near the top on the right side. Make sure you are able to loosen this before you drain the fluid out of the bottom. The fill plugs seem to always get stuck. A long pipe extension on a breaker bar might give you more leverage. After you drain it, refill the trans through the upper plug with a small pump and hose. I use a plastic one that screws right on the top of a gallon sized plastic bottle. They only cost a few bucks and are very handy. The Bentley repair manual recommends an SAE 80, GL-4 rated non-hypoid gear oil, but the newer BMW manual transmissions usually use ATF (automatic transmission fluid). I use Royal Purple Synchromax in my newer BMW and it shifts very smoothly. You can use either one or even a mixture of both. Whatever you choose, change it.
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Old 01-02-2012, 11:18 PM
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Thank you! You have been a huge help!
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