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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 12-13-2012, 11:57 AM
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You DEFINITELY need a pump to get the ATF into the fill hole. Harbor Freight sells one for about $8,
Ohh yes! Your right - I thought that was obvious.


I used this German pump that can also suck fluids as well. It comes in quite handy. It holds almost 1L of oil.., so it made the job of adding fresh ATF quite easy.


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Old 12-14-2012, 06:57 AM
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On phone with BMW right now and they said they can ONLY recommend the fluid at their location which is BMW specific and costs $15 per half liter. Now I am scared to get the Castrol....I have to do this today, any thoughts
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Old 12-14-2012, 06:58 AM
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Old 12-14-2012, 07:15 AM
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Many used Castrol and have no problem including me. Do what make YOU happy.
I will be happiest using Castrol with no issues over using BMW fluids with no issues, lol Because of the obvious savings.... Just wanted to see what the overall feel would be between the 2 options since I have them
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Old 12-14-2012, 07:57 AM
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Thanks everyone for all the input - now off to get my BMW back on the road
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Old 12-14-2012, 09:25 AM
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I used Castrol with no issues over 10K
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Old 12-14-2012, 01:30 PM
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Job is complete but.......

Tranny is leaking where it looks like 2 vacuum lines run from the forward drivers side of tranny to the front of the car, looks like the bottom line is leaking where it mounts to tranny. If this was a vacuum line then no fluid should be going through it right? Perhaps they are not vacuum lines. I can say that there is a black plastic piece with three ends and it appears to be a retainer to hold the lines in as there is a center bolt on black piece.

What do you think that is?

Also, car sounds different - When at idle it is quiet and sounds normal but when I rev it up it makes a whinning whirring type of sound, hard to explain but it was the same sound (just fainter/very faint) as it did when the front seal blew out. Maybe its just due to new seal and o-ring? I have no clue.

Any advice on this one too?

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Old 12-14-2012, 01:36 PM
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Job is complete but.......

Tranny is leaking where it looks like 2 vacuum lines run from the forward drivers side of tranny to the front of the car...

That sounds like the AT cooler lines. They run up forward to the cooler. Did your guy "fix" those lines for some reason? You ought to - take them apart and replace the O-rings or gaskets on the tubes. He might have change the trans fluid that way. Some guys pull the cooler lines off and attach a feed and catch bucket for the fluid. Then they run the engine/trans and let it pump out old fluid as it sucks in the new ATF.


As for your noise... sounds like you still might have some air in the torque converter. Did you run the trans thru the gears and keep filling AT oil until it spills out of the "fill hole". ?

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Old 12-14-2012, 01:58 PM
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That sounds like the AT cooler lines. They run up forward to the cooler. Did your guy "fix" those lines for some reason? You ought to - take them apart and replace the O-rings or gaskets on the tubes. He might have change the trans fluid that way. Some guys pull the cooler lines off and attach a feed and catch bucket for the fluid. Then they run the engine/trans and let it pump out old fluid as it sucks in the new ATF.


As for your noise... sounds like you still might have some air in the torque converter. Did you run the trans thru the gears and keep filling AT oil until it spills out of the "fill hole". ?
Thanks for the response!!!

With the lines - can i just take them out and find O-rings where they insert? Will I have to disconnect the lines completly and will i lose fluid in the process? He did not do anything with lines other than disconnect for removal of tranny. He did not change transmission fluid either, simply removed and replaced front seal and put back together. Oh he did change filter as well. I did the refill procedure myself. I initially put 4 quarts in and then let engine idle for about 20 seconds so TC would pull in fluid. Then I started the procedure:

With car running i filled until it drained back out, then i started to go through gears and then topped off until it drained out again.

For whatever reason I did this twice but didnt get much fluid in the second time. I capped it up and that was that.

How do I get air out of TC?
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Old 12-14-2012, 02:27 PM
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Yeah, those are the xmsn cooler lines. Sounds like you need new o-rings. You might be able to find something that will work at a local auto parts store, but these are metric. You're probably better going to the dealer to get these.

You want 2 of the #7 part here.
http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...06&hg=17&fg=05

I guess before you do all that, you might just check to see if that #15 bolt is tight on your transmission. You will lose some fluid in the process of replacing the o-rings, but it will really be like a dribble, not a gush.
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Old 12-14-2012, 04:38 PM
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I'm gonna go ahead and get them from dealer and put em in. I'm gonna do the refill procedure again to see if I can get more fluid in. Does the fluid expand when it heats up? Trying to understand the right temp concept. If it was too hot when I topped her off and the fluid expands when warmer then I guess I could have gotten a false positive with the fluid coming back out?

Weird about the reving though, I would expect that just reving car up should have zero impact on TC or tranny making sound or even transmission pump. Shouldn't TC and tranny come in to play only after car is moving gears?
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Old 12-14-2012, 05:14 PM
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ATF volume is highly dependent upon temperature. It must be 30 - 50 deg C (85 - 125F).
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Old 12-14-2012, 06:40 PM
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Love the iPhone app!!!! Haha anyway yea that's what I'm thinking but I can assure u temp never got that hot
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Old 12-14-2012, 06:45 PM
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Just figured out my problem I think ( damn I'm a jackass lol) when I topped off last time car was in park, not Drive!!!!!

Is that why it may be low on fluid? If so go ahead and send me a smack in the face
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Old 12-14-2012, 07:36 PM
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You should shift through the gears, pausing in each one for about 3 seconds, but it should ultimately be filled with the transmission in Park and the engine running.
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Old 12-14-2012, 07:49 PM
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Just figured out my problem I think ( damn I'm a jackass lol) when I topped off last time car was in park, not Drive!!!!!

Is that why it may be low on fluid? If so go ahead and send me a smack in the face

Yea, that is your problem. When the trans is in drive.... it will pump more fluid volume thru the AT. In park or neutral - it won't pump as much. So your ATF is low. Also make sure you do it twice... once after the engine warms up.... and then like someone said... the trans ATF needs to be really hot: 30 to 80'C When I did mine... you only get about another liter or two in the trans,
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Old 12-14-2012, 07:54 PM
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How much fluid have you added up to this point?
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Old 12-14-2012, 08:04 PM
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Damn now I am back to square 1
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Old 12-15-2012, 04:48 AM
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Just figured out my problem I think ( damn I'm a jackass lol) when I topped off last time car was in park, not Drive!!!!!

Is that why it may be low on fluid? If so go ahead and send me a smack in the face
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Old 12-15-2012, 06:12 AM
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9 quarts
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Old 12-15-2012, 03:11 PM
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Fixed leak but still have whining sound. Could be a bad pump? Didn't drive it, I have a video but can't upload
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Old 12-15-2012, 04:57 PM
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9 quarts
Check this chart here...

http://www.bmwtips.com/tipsntricks/tranny/SD92-113.pdf
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Old 12-15-2012, 06:12 PM
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Love the iPhone app!!!! Haha anyway yea that's what I'm thinking but I can assure u temp never got that hot
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Old 12-16-2012, 06:04 AM
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Old 12-16-2012, 08:10 AM
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Any thoughts on pump? Should I remove tranny and inspect?
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