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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 02-21-2013, 04:41 AM
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Dremel bit INSIDE manual trans.

Long painful story short I'm replacing the gate pins/bushings/springs for reverse and 5th on my ZF S5-31.

I managed to get the 5th gear bushing out with an hour of using a screw driver and trying to compact it into a smaller piece to get it to come thorugh the bushing wall hole.

Time to do reverse bushing... yeah no not doing it the same way. So I got my Dremel and starting cutting away. I started with the wrong bit (sanding bit) and it broke and flew inside the trans and disappeared. I bought the right bit and finished cutting the bushing out.

Problem is now I have a dremel bit inside my transmition. I tried everything, shaking it and turning it every which way but I didn't even hear anything move.


Currently I'm going to flush about 8quaters of ATF oil through the trans to clean any metal shaving out, and maybe this dremel bit also.

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Old 02-21-2013, 06:09 AM
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didja try a running start first??



when you say dremel bit, you mean the sanding disk, like a mini cut off wheel??


i'd think regardless of what is in there it will wind up causing issues later on.





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Old 02-21-2013, 07:34 AM
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Just flush the tranny with some cheap tranny oil for a while and that should do it. I'm sure the bit that broke will wash away during the flush. If not, just say you did a speed upgrade.
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Old 02-21-2013, 07:55 AM
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If its a cutting wheel Id think that it would be decimated to dust and a flush would do it. But was it a grinding barrel?
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maybe a sort of rasp??



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ooof. flushing runs the risk of pushing the bits and chunks into the valve bodies. you might have some luck crafting a hose onto a shop vac that will fit into the hole you lost it down. other than that if the Autos had a pan you could remove, that's what i'd be doing.
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If you have time and patience you could tear the whole thing down. Would be good to do anyway.
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Bit looked kinda like this

http://static.hardwarestore.com/medi...5_front200.jpg

No metal, just that end part. The trans still isn't installed, and it into the trans through the gate pin hole and disappeared. If I can't flush it out, I was just gonna drive like 5 miles with the trans in then drain and re-fill the fluid, hoping that it gets stuck in between a gear and turned into dust immediately.

Not happy about this, just my luck

EDIT: Also, I pulled all the bolts to split the cases but it was stuck together. Didn't feel comfortable trying to pry it apart and I have no idea how to... and I couldn't find a single guide or repair manual.

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Old 02-21-2013, 08:25 PM
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probably not ever going to, either....i have been looking forever and still haven't found anything.

that stone is abrasive and will be ground down to dust eventually. however, it will also wear out the brass synchros an blocking rings if it gets in there....even if you do flush is out.




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