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Old 05-04-2013, 01:59 PM
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90' 535i trans went out in my driveway. Advice?

Ok, So I took some bad advice and pulled the engine for a swap with the torque converter still installed. I lost some fluid, and the reinstall seemed to go pretty easy, setting the 3 sets of splines on the trans TC shaft. I didn't want to over fill the trans fluid, so I added a pint, close to what i thought I lost and drove it. the lower gears were fine, but it shuddered in the high gear. I stopped, added another half pint, (stick still reads low, but trans was not hot yet) and drove it again. Same thing. Before I went to leave for the 3rd time, I thought I would see if the trans would warm up faster in gear, idle, with the e-brake on. (yes I am this stupid) after 10 minutes, I checked, fluid barely on the stick, so I added another half pint. (the trans was in gear at the time). Now I have no forward or reverse movement at all. My brother says when I pulled the engine with the torque converter on it I likely destroyed the trans fluid pump and the trans is shot, it just took some time to completely go out. Right now the fluid running or not is above the high mark. I serviced the trans about 6k ago, and it was fine when my engine quit for an unrelated problem.

So is my brother right? Or is my fluid too full? Torque converter go out? Any advice will be appreciated. I know how to get a used trans and all that, just want to be sure I need to.

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Old 05-04-2013, 03:02 PM
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Turns out the trans service done 6K ago was on my near identical 525I. I just pulled the pan, fluid is burnt. Maybe that helps? I never let them go that far, so I have never dealt with burnt fluid before.
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Old 05-04-2013, 03:12 PM
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Flush it, to get all old fluid out,but it may be burnt out now.
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Old 05-09-2013, 08:47 AM
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Old 05-09-2013, 07:35 PM
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90' 535i trans went out in my driveway. Advice?

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Old 05-09-2013, 08:41 PM
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Old 05-10-2013, 06:09 AM
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I think the manual swap should be a serious consideration. In order to end up with a transmission you can trust it will cost you ~$2000. I think for around half that you could DIY a five speed swap. The car will be more fun and more valuble should you sell it.

You can try fresh fluid and filter. Chances are, the trans is in need of a rebuild.
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Old 05-10-2013, 08:22 AM
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My rule of thumb, this is just me.. If the car has an auto with bristles in the shift gate.. THE TRANS IS JUNK!

I am not trying to make anyone mad, i just see them die every where i look.. There days are numbered at best...



Not to say they could never last.. if you were an 80 yr old lady who bought it new and serviced it like crazy and drove it to church and back it could last..

But then, If her grand son drove it once, i will be shot when he gets back though..


I doubt unless fresh off a rebuild an original auto could not even survive 1 track day! Not that you would wanna take it but.. it will die in an hour or 2 of hard abuse of any kind..


THAT IS JUST PERSONAL EXPERIENCE, ID GET A MT OR NEW CAR..

I trust all non bristle shift gated BMW auto's pretty much....




fck jdm / fck honda

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Old 05-10-2013, 12:52 PM
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I agree. The only old bmws 89- that drive Are manuals
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Old 05-10-2013, 01:07 PM
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Auto's are for the wife and towing boat's anyways.. They don't belong in a drivers car..


"quote" - "Why should you have a license to drive any car, if you can not even drive a manual?"

On ALL Driving test's it should be mandatory to be taken in a manual.. This would eliminate a lot of those who really do not belong on the road..

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Old 05-10-2013, 01:32 PM
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This is true but who would we hate on if everyone drove manuals? I laugh when people go "oh your car's a manual. That must be really anoying". I'm like is hitting the brake pedal anoying? Because its second nature. I can text, drink water, or do whatever you do in an automatic. The only time I wished I had an auto is just after the gym on a bicept day. It's just torture.
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Old 05-13-2013, 05:44 PM
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Well time is running out, the trans is shot. I am selling her for a few hundred before I tow her to the yard. I am not going to tow any car I can't get junkyard parts for across the country(too close to mexico). Thanks for all the posts, I will find one in San Diego with a manual.
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Old 05-13-2013, 06:01 PM
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Old 05-13-2013, 06:40 PM
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I think the manual swap should be a serious consideration. In order to end up with a transmission you can trust it will cost you ~$2000. I think for around half that you could DIY a five speed swap. The car will be more fun and more valuble should you sell it.

You can try fresh fluid and filter. Chances are, the trans is in need of a rebuild.
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Old 05-13-2013, 06:50 PM
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Well time is running out, the trans is shot. I am selling her for a few hundred before I tow her to the yard. I am not going to tow any car I can't get junkyard parts for across the country(too close to mexico). Thanks for all the posts, I will find one in San Diego with a manual.
Don't sell it part it out.
You'd be surprised what you can get for certain things.


You have a PM

Like in my case I'll take:
all the fuses & relays,
door entry seals,
rear seatbelt covers (on the top of the rear seats next to the rear deck)
Door lock actuators,
bottom door trims,
Fuel pump,
instrument cluster (maybe)
Plug wires with cover
door handle gaskets,
body trim
rear trim lights (if you have oem red reflectors back there)
Your complete Oem Tool kit in the trunk
Final stage fan switch (the sword)
etc.

If OPs willing to part yes I got dibs on this stuff.
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Old 05-14-2013, 04:58 AM
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Autos can handle track days, I've track my V12 twice. And it gets a ring out most times I take it out. The BMW automatics are quite strong if you have a ZF one, the Jatco and GM ones not so much. A manual is not a solution for every car and every driver.
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