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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 12-19-2012, 03:06 PM
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I got it now. It says it should need just over a quart. I just need a pump
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Old 12-19-2012, 04:08 PM
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Can I se ace universal ATF fluid?
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Old 12-19-2012, 04:48 PM
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What fluid does it say you must use on the sticker on the side of the transmission? THAT is what you need. No substitutions. If it says Dexron II or III or IV, use that. If it says BMW Special fluid, use that. If you want to risk ruining the transmission, use whatever.

It's hard enough trying to get these transmissions to live without putting the wrong fluid in them.
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Old 12-19-2012, 05:20 PM
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I believe your vehicle calls for Dexron III but am not positive. If you are changing fluid, probably about 5-6 quarts. If you are adding and have not opened to filler, how do you know you need to add any?. What are the signs and symptoms you are concerned about?
I think you said it is a manual trans?? If you are changing fluid on an automatic, I woulsn't do it without also changing the filter.
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Old 12-19-2012, 05:51 PM
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Put some cardboard down underneath to catch any splash when you do it.
You do need breaker bar to open the drain plug --don't skip it. In my case I just used an impact wrench.

if or when you buy a pump you might as well ask grandma for some money for differential fluid too and use the pump to change it too.
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I believe your vehicle calls for Dexron III but am not positive. If you are changing fluid, probably about 5-6 quarts. If you are adding and have not opened to filler, how do you know you need to add any?. What are the signs and symptoms you are concerned about?
I think you said it is a manual trans?? If you are changing fluid on an automatic, I woulsn't do it without also changing the filter.
Ok. How much is it a quart? And it has a slight roughness when shifting into second. Gears don't grind it's just like I needs lubrication to smooth it out
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Old 12-19-2012, 06:10 PM
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It does not take 5-6 quarts. The Getrag 5-speed takes 1.0L (1.1 US quarts). You'd be much better off if you purchased or downloaded the Bentley Service Manual (available in the stickies), or read one of the many DIY tutorials online.
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Damn you guys!! How the hell do you all expect me to eat dinner while laughing this hard!
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Damn you guys!! How the hell do you all expect me to eat dinner while laughing this hard!
what he said!!!!
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Take it to the dealer!!! Problem solved!!!
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Old 12-23-2012, 09:21 PM
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How much diff fluid will it take if I drain and fill?
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Old 12-23-2012, 09:25 PM
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How much diff fluid will it take if I drain and fill?
What did the Bentley manual say when you downloaded it from the link provided in the "Useful Links" sticky?
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Lordy, it's the second link in the useful links sticky. Maybe owning a BMW isn't for you......

http://www.mikerophonerecords.com/bimmer/e36bentley.pdf
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Can't I'd one on stickie
For the love of god man! Research your car we all do it on here. It does not take a lot of time, it takes like what a couple of seconds on Google?? Some of these guys don't really mind but if your asking these types of questions and you can't put the effort to do some research yourself and relying on granny to keep your BMW alive then you don't belong in the driver's seat of that car!
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Maybe owning a BMW isn't for you......
I been thinking that for a while now. Sell/trade the BMW for something trouble-free that you won't have to do maintenance on, like a Honda.

Not being a smart-a$$, just trying to simplify your life.
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Lucas oil is a good gear oil right? I found a pump in my garage and did te tranny last night. Didn't noticed much of a difference. I'm gonna do differential today
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Dude you are either totally missing the advice given here or this is an epic troll thread. What part of check the label on the tranny and use the fluid stated there didn't sink in?
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the thoughts and opinions expressed in this thread are not necessarily those of the bimmerfest forum, its members, or forum sponsors. please take all comments with a grain of salt, a healthy does of common sense, and, where practical, as actual advice on how to work on or own an e36.

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I checked the transmission fluid type. Put the right stuff in. I just didn't know if Lucas oil would work for the differential.
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