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E60 (2004 - 2010)
BMW 5-Series (E60 chassis) was first seen in the Unites States in the fall of 2003 with a 2004 Model Year designation. The E60 is now available as a 528i, 528xi, 535i, 535xi, 550i and a 535xi sports wagon! -- View the E60 Wiki

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Old 02-19-2013, 03:58 PM
chinesestunna chinesestunna is offline
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while we're on the fluid changing topic, any thoughts on doing rear diff? I've seen some threads on people doing it but not as urgent as the transmission fluid in this case.
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Old 02-19-2013, 04:10 PM
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while we're on the fluid changing topic, any thoughts on doing rear diff? I've seen some threads on people doing it but not as urgent as the transmission fluid in this case.
I did mine at the same time, Royal Purple 75W-90 as I recall.
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Old 02-19-2013, 06:08 PM
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I've been meaning to do mine as well--how'd the fluid look when it came out and how many miles?
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Old 02-19-2013, 07:04 PM
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Do these cars even have an inspection cover around the torque converter? For some reason it wouldn't surprise if BMW deemed one unnecessary..
Yes, and no. It is simply there to get to the bolts, but you cannot really get a good look at the torque converter.

The torque converter does not drain, it is nearly impossible. The torque converter sits on the input shaft and the only way oil gets in and out is via the oil pump. When the car is off, the oil does not drain back into the pan, it stays in the torque converter. The only way the torque converter will drain is if you take it out and hold it upside down, or if you tap a hole into it for the fludi to drain.
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Old 02-19-2013, 07:19 PM
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I did mine at the same time, Royal Purple 75W-90 as I recall.
How many quarts did it take ?
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Old 02-19-2013, 09:44 PM
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I've been meaning to do mine as well--how'd the fluid look when it came out and how many miles?
I did mine at 70k miles on my old 530, same day I did the tranny fluid change

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How many quarts did it take ?
Took less than 1.5 qts, just drain then fill until it comes out the upper plug (there's 2 holes in the diff, the lower drain plug and the upper fill plug)
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Old 02-27-2013, 10:23 PM
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Update: I did the 30 sec gas pedal transmission reset and problem seems to have improved the more I drive it. Took it to an indy mech to make sure and he did confirm that the software was the most up to date version so it would suggest the issue has to do with different driving habits of the previous owner. Also had him do the oil change as the last change was 2 years ago even though only 8K miles driven He noted that the drain bolt was screwed on at a non-flat angle (apparently another common BMW problem) and that it could start to leak after another oil change down the road...
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