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Old 07-19-2014, 02:19 PM
white cloud white cloud is offline
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fight with reverse

just bought a 98 z3 great condition but I have to fight a bit to press down, pull over and up on the stick to get it into reverse?? Is this normal or can I be looking at some repair work on the tranny sometime soon??
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Old 07-19-2014, 05:50 PM
Blacklane Blacklane is offline
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Do you have the same problem with the engine turned off? If not, it's probably a clutch hydraulics problem preventing the clutch from fully dis-engaging the transmission from the engine. You may need a new master or slave cylinder, or maybe just a clutch bleed.

Is it still hard with the engine off? Then it's probably a shift pin problem or maybe a shifter linkage problem. Shift pins are replaceable, but it requires the removal of the transmission, so most people wait for a clutch job to do them. At that time, you can replace all of the pins as well as the shifter wear parts.

The definitive shift pin article is here: http://webspace.ringling.edu/~dplass...hift_pins.html
You can buy the shift pins and special tools here: http://www.bimmerdiffs.com/collectio...ssion-products

There are quite a few threads here on all of those topics. Near the top of the page, on the right, is a button labeled "Search This Forum." Use that to find as much info as you need.
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Old 07-20-2014, 09:46 PM
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just bought a 98 z3 great condition but I have to fight a bit to press down, pull over and up on the stick to get it into reverse?? Is this normal or can I be looking at some repair work on the tranny sometime soon??

I have the exact same issue with my '98 Z3. With other things to fix on the car I have postponed dealing with this one. Sure would be interested to know what you end up doing to resolve it!!


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