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Old 02-14-2013, 07:04 AM
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Hey, I have a 97 e36 auto throwing a p0740. There are no symptoms that i can find, tired replacing the fluid back in 8/2012 however the code is back.

Does this mean its time to replace the trany (not sure if i will or if i will unload the car). What would be my next steps?

The car was built 1/97 and is a LCI. VAV49138 is the last part of the vin.

Thanks, for any help the threads i see tend not to be helpful as the answers tend to be all over on how to fix this.
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Old 02-14-2013, 07:23 AM
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Hey, I have a 97 e36 auto throwing a p0740. There are no symptoms that i can find, tired replacing the fluid back in 8/2012 however the code is back.

Does this mean its time to replace the trany (not sure if i will or if i will unload the car). What would be my next steps?

The car was built 1/97 and is a LCI. VAV49138 is the last part of the vin.

Thanks, for any help the threads i see tend not to be helpful as the answers tend to be all over on how to fix this.
Here's a thread with the same code and a couple of outcomes. But when you swapped the fluid did you clean the magnet and swap the filter as well?

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=258507
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Old 02-14-2013, 08:31 AM
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I didnt do the work (i suck at that) so im not sure, I have made an appointment with a local transmission shop and they will diagnose it over the weekend/monday so I should have a definite answer to the issue and I should know if the transmission needs to be rebuilt.


Thanks for the help though.
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Old 02-14-2013, 09:04 AM
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This should be intere$ting.
I feel as though my effort and use of the search button will go unrewarded.
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Old 02-14-2013, 10:42 AM
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I did read that thread prior to posting, it didnt help me much though as I tend to always think the worst.
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Old 02-14-2013, 10:45 AM
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You should take it to an independent BMW shop. You can find one at www.bimmershops.com by searching your zip code. You'll be much better off going there than a regular transmission shop.
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Old 02-14-2013, 10:47 AM
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not one for over 100 miles
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Old 02-14-2013, 10:48 AM
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Not like its a BMW part, the jerks used a GM transmission anyway.
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Old 02-14-2013, 10:53 AM
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Old 02-14-2013, 11:08 AM
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Not like its a BMW part, the jerks used a GM transmission anyway.


Gotta love it, right?
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Old 02-14-2013, 11:12 AM
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Its going to cost regardless unless i get lucky and its something stupid like the exhaust fault causing this.
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Old 02-15-2013, 09:54 AM
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If I can't do it myself, I do enough homework to find an independent mechanic...not a BMW Independent...my experience is they think BMW they think $$$$....does the mechanic seem to know what he is talking about on these machines. I have found a couple....typically at half the price of a 'BMW Independent'...and when I have used them I have had good results.
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Old 02-25-2013, 02:14 PM
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Update

So I took it to a transmission shop and my indy shop they both are saying the same thing, the torque converter has got to be replaced and I need a new solenoid valve (is this included on a new TC?).

My indy guy (family has been bringing cars to him for years) said he can do the labor for $300 if i can find the parts and I will also need new transmission fluid.

My next question is where can i find the parts for a reasonable price?


PS: thanks for the help, and I will keep the thread updated as the problem is resolved.
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Old 02-25-2013, 02:32 PM
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I have had great luch with price and delivery with autohausaz.com....and I like Redline trans fluid. You can look it up on their site for which one and closest outlet. Make sure you do new filter too.
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Old 02-25-2013, 06:40 PM
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Thanks,

Any thoughts on how hard the filter is to replace, cant be that bad if the trany is already out of the car...
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Old 02-26-2013, 05:13 AM
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Just need to remove the pan. Especially easy with tranny out
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Old 03-04-2013, 08:02 AM
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Hey im posting an update and a request for some help and an update.

I am looking for some help finding the torque converter and transmission filter that is appropriate for my car.
The transmission ID card is green, and the ID is WBA-CD4324-VAV 49 138 | the next number is 960 18 238 | the last is F37 - - - 509078.

Any help would be great!

PS also any thoughts on which transmission fluid i should fill the thing with when done?
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Old 03-04-2013, 08:54 AM
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I sound like a broken recored...autohausaz.com...Very good prices, great support...!
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Old 03-04-2013, 09:51 AM
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And as far as the website is concerned dont have torque converters
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Old 03-04-2013, 10:40 AM
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I called autohausaz.com, they don't deal in the torque converters

I called a local place to see if i can get a rebuilt one, Also found a junkyard with one off a 1996 coupe, any thoughts if that will fit a 97 sedan. or if it would be ok with approx 150k miles on it or if anyone can think of someplace else feel free to let me know!
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Check your trans part number and the one it came off of. Should be same trans which would make me think it would work. Try helpful links thread, might find a place to buy one there. Click image for larger version

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Old 04-09-2013, 08:13 AM
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Update

Thought I would post a update:

I got a rebuilt torque converter from a company based in Denver and have had it installed. The transmission was flushed and drained (sat for two days on a bench draining). Everything was put back in place and the filled with Dexron III

Only thing I have to solve now is if I hit the gas hard (to the floor) and accelerate the car feels like it slips when high RPM (first gear taking off from a dead stop) but i am not sure if that is just the front tires or not due to the rear wheels going so much faster at that point


Any thoughts would be welcome on this development

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Old 04-09-2013, 10:23 AM
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By the way, you can take the transmission to an AAMCO. These cars use GM transmissions. You will be good to go and for a lower price than a BMW stealership.
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Old 04-09-2013, 10:42 AM
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I took the car to an independent shop. The guy there knows his stuff. I only deal with the dealers when A) the work is covered and I dont pay for it like my e92 or B) when I have no other option.
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