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Old 11-29-2015, 02:49 PM
SoCalZ3Owner SoCalZ3Owner is offline
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Lifetime Tranny Fluid Change

Just changed the "lifetime" transmission fluid on my 1.9 manual. Fluid looked surprisingly clean after 95K. Must be the close tolerances. Replaced with Pentosin 75w-80 MTF2, two new threaded plugs and torqued to 37flbs. Easy and quick maintenance job.
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Old 11-29-2015, 07:53 PM
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I just did mine with the same fluid a few weeks ago. While I had her up I did the diff fluid too.
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Old 12-20-2015, 12:04 PM
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Old 12-20-2015, 12:16 PM
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I think that my tranmissiom fluid needs changing my automatic warning light some times comes on going into safe mode.
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Old 12-20-2015, 02:30 PM
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Different transmission, different problems, different fluid. I don't know about the automatic warning light, or the safe mode, but you should post this as a separate thread. Don't bury it in this thread about manual transmission fluid.
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Old 12-24-2015, 10:43 AM
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Just changed the "lifetime" transmission fluid on my 1.9 manual. Fluid looked surprisingly clean after 95K. Must be the close tolerances. Replaced with Pentosin 75w-80 MTF2, two new threaded plugs and torqued to 37flbs. Easy and quick maintenance job.






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I think that my tranmissiom fluid needs changing my automatic warning light some times comes on going into safe mode.
Did you find out why light came on I'm having same problem soon as it pop on transmission start act funny
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Old 12-25-2015, 02:39 AM
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automatic light

I have not found out what it is it has not done it lately but the engine power drop when it is hot then when i turn off for 10 sec the power return.the garage said they can not sort it out because it was a inntermitent fault.so still have to wait.http://s1.bimmerfest.com/forums/images/smilies/sad.gif
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Old 12-25-2015, 07:20 AM
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I don't have an automatic, but maybe your fluid is very low, and maybe that is causing the warning light to come on and preventing use of the two lower gears. Page 64 of the 1997 Owners Manual says:
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If the indicator lamp comes on,
there is a malfunction in the
transmission system.
Bring the vehicle to a stop, select transmission
position "Park," set the parking
brake and turn the engine off (ignition
key to position 0). Wait a few seconds,
then start the engine.
If the indicator lamp goes out again after
a few seconds, normal transmission
performance has been restored. Continue
to drive normally.
If the indicator lamp does not go out, all
selector lever positions can still be selected.
However, the vehicle has limited
performance in the forward drive positions
because the transmission utilizes
only 3rd gear (position 1 or 2) or 4th
gear (position 3 or "D").
In this situation, avoid severe loads and
take the car to the nearest BMW center
without delay.

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Old 12-25-2015, 07:42 AM
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I've have code for my mass air flow sensor...and Idk why but every time my car is running I unplugged my sensor and that makes my chk engine light come on and the Auto Tran indicator light comes on too... I'm about to chg sensor but I read somewhere that can cause it as well as low voltage and stuff...I will let ya know if anything chgs after I chg sensor....
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