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Get a full charge on that battery and see what happens. You may just be seeing the voltage drop of a start and with your short trips, not a full recharge. When I lived only 10 minutes from work, I noticed enough voltage drop during winter (with heated seats and wheel on) that by winters end, my directionals wouldn’t turn off due to low voltage (never a problem starting). Just something to consider.


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Get a full charge on that battery and see what happens. You may just be seeing the voltage drop of a start and with your short trips, not a full recharge. When I lived only 10 minutes from work, I noticed enough voltage drop during winter (with heated seats and wheel on) that by winters end, my directionals wouldn’t turn off due to low voltage (never a problem starting). Just something to consider.


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12.6(something, >5)v after going on a hunt for a particular food.

We'll see what it looks like in the AM.


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Yeah, seriously. I think today was the last day of this nasty weather for us in CLT.


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Yeah, seriously. I think today was the last day of this nasty weather for us in CLT.


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Weird, mid drive today, radio cut itself off. was able to turn back.
Hm.... to the fuse box?
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Weird, mid drive today, radio cut itself off. was able to turn back.
Hm.... to the fuse box?


Probably just a low voltage condition.

Here’s another video for you to see what all you’re dealing with.




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Probably just a low voltage condition.

Here’s another video for you to see what all you’re dealing with.




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I think we’ve all done every gasket on that list, except maybe the oil pan gasket, due to the labor. I did the OPG (beat shop time by 3 hours ) but have never done the VCG, so failure is relative, but eventual.

One thing I reused to accept at first, but have since changed course, is the engine inhaling the belt, due to the OFHG. Attacking Mid had a great thread on the subject, pulling shards out of his oil pump pickup. If your engine is at all wet around that area, change that one out ASAP.

Oh, and mind the torque wrench. Bolts are Al, block is Mg. Don’t need to make expensive mistakes.


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I guess I should just watch the whole channel lol


05/31/20 - put fuse 7 back. (Audio/phone) the removal affected the radios function. Kept radio on after keying off.

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Tips on transmission fluid? type, ease of change etc?
Also need to diff fluid im sure. Can the spare lift be easily removed for ease of access?
I should do this as well.
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Sounds like Redline MTL is the common recommendation for these transmissions, as with most transmissions actually. It's good stuff.
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I'd recommend removing the spare tire, and then its carrier. You'll likely find its three carrier bolts FUBARed, so take then down to the hardware store and pick up some stainless replacements. You'll need a suction pump to remove fluid from the rear. While under there, give your input and output shaft seals a look over to make sure they're not weeping. Also a great time to pump the spare up to proper pressure, and hit the spare's wheel with a wire brush, vinegar and paint.

You probably know, but remove the fill plug first, then the drain plug. You'll probably want to replace them anyway. Don't strip the plugs, there was a comical thread here last year about that. A MAP torch will be your friend if they've never been touched.
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I'd recommend removing the spare tire, and then its carrier. You'll likely find its three carrier bolts FUBARed, so take then down to the hardware store and pick up some stainless replacements. You'll need a suction pump to remove fluid from the rear. While under there, give your input and output shaft seals a look over to make sure they're not weeping. Also a great time to pump the spare up to proper pressure, and hit the spare's wheel with a wire brush, vinegar and paint.

You probably know, but remove the fill plug first, then the drain plug. You'll probably want to replace them anyway. Don't strip the plugs, there was a comical thread here last year about that. A MAP torch will be your friend if they've never been touched.
Eeek! One thing at a time

Well I know the spare is alright, had a nail in my tire the other day lol

so... you use the same oil in the diff and the tranny?
But you don't need a pump for the front?

Today's nice out so hopefully I'll be able to get this Tc and oil done!
I also hope I can just fit under the damn car... maybe... just maybe...

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Something like this makes the rear-diff a breeze (no drain plug). $20 order, or make your own if you can bend fuel/brake line without crimping it.

https://www.ecstuning.com/b-bav-auto.../b3300000~bav/

You'll need a pump to fill the front diff. $5 Autozone/Advance hand pump will do the trick and pay for itself many times over.

No, different fluids for the trans and diffs. The MTL that Alex mentioned would most likely do the trick; I don't know, mine isn't manual. I do know that my manual E46 did NOT like it (it was too thick), but that car would be able to vote next year, so that isn't a fair comparison. Jeepo has a manual trans and had it out to replace the input shaft adapter, so I'm sure he could offer great user-experience, especially being in the frozen North.
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The X3 transmission doesn’t take MTL. There are two variants of the 6 speed you’d have to check which you have there is a sticker on it. One is like MT-2 and the other is MT-3 or something along those lines, can’t recall exactly. Do some research.

My MT-3 took Redline D6 and it’s the recommended fluid besides going full OEM from dealer. I live in the cold east of Canada and my shifting is smooth on the coldest of days.

Everyone raves MTL for transmissions but majority of those folks are in the much warmer climates of the southern US also that is the E46 chassis which may be different. Even on my old E46 I didn’t use MTL but D4 if I recall. Again many miles later and never an issue.

Be careful not to strip the drain bolt, there is a guy on here who had it happen. Due to that job I think it got him turned away from the forum.

Hope that your output shaft doesn’t strip like mine! It’s an involvement job.


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Good to know! I don't have a manual X3, so I'm not familiar with those transmissions. I would definitely recommend doing some more research on these transmissions.
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Good to know! I don't have a manual X3, so I'm not familiar with those transmissions. I would definitely recommend doing some more research on these transmissions.

Cheers! Not to say you can’t use MTL but it may not be recommended for the X3


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The O2O trans in my MK3 absolutely loved Pennzoil Syncromesh, and I've driven that car in such opposite environments as Key West and Nova Scotia, along with literally everywhere in between. Hondas and GMs need it to. It's cheap and readily available, I wouldn't bat an eye against trying it out. The manual trans in my '84 GMC takes ATF (I think I have Redline in it, can't remember), as Jeepo noted above he has in his.

If your trans takes ATF, Valvoline Dex6 is full synthetic and half the price of Redline, and is also locally available.
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The O2O trans in my MK3 absolutely loved Pennzoil Syncromesh, and I've driven that car in such opposite environments as Key West and Nova Scotia, along with literally everywhere in between. Hondas and GMs need it to. It's cheap and readily available, I wouldn't bat an eye against trying it out. The manual trans in my '84 GMC takes ATF (I think I have Redline in it, can't remember), as Jeepo noted above he has in his.

If your trans takes ATF, Valvoline Dex6 is full synthetic and half the price of Redline, and is also locally available.
Thanks guys. Got lots and lots of the reading and stuff to do. Rolled around in oil this morning.

6/02/20 - 0w40 Castrol synthetic oil change. 203366
oil was pretty yuck.

Weird though, the oil measure in the car still say 3/4... definitely put 6.9/7 in. No leaks or spewing... I'll check again after a drive and full temp.


Lol I'm so short I had to use a step ladder to reach everything.

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For the oil reading, give it time when reading. I was reading mine and it was reporting low only after an good hour drive or so would it register the proper measurement and everything is to temp.

I tried 0w40 in mine and started seeing a higher consumption/more leaking. Switched back to 5w30 and it puurs like a kitten and barely any leaks. Both oil brands were Castrol. I know Duke favors the 0w40 and im sure for the cold climate would help but I was seeing a oil drop reading frequently with that thin off oil.
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For the oil reading, give it time when reading. I was reading mine and it was reporting low only after an good hour drive or so would it register the proper measurement and everything is to temp.

I tried 0w40 in mine and started seeing a higher consumption/more leaking. Switched back to 5w30 and it puurs like a kitten and barely any leaks. Both oil brands were Castrol. I know Duke favors the 0w40 and im sure for the cold climate would help but I was seeing a oil drop reading frequently with that thin off oil.
Interesting, I use the same 0w40 (either Castrol or M1, whichever is on sale) and I've never had any consumption issues with it. My E39 doesn't use any oil, meanwhile my V70R burns a ton. The turbo is shot though, so that explains is.
I just put it in my mom's XC90 V8. That engine seems to like it!
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For the oil reading, give it time when reading. I was reading mine and it was reporting low only after an good hour drive or so would it register the proper measurement and everything is to temp.

I tried 0w40 in mine and started seeing a higher consumption/more leaking. Switched back to 5w30 and it puurs like a kitten and barely any leaks. Both oil brands were Castrol. I know Duke favors the 0w40 and im sure for the cold climate would help but I was seeing a oil drop reading frequently with that thin off oil.
Drove over to BMW to get some crush washers, got to temp still read 3/4. But thats literally less then 5 minuets away (luckily?)
Maybe tomorrow?

Ill keep an eye on the levels as time goes by. I have absolutely no idea what was in it prior... so 0w40 for now, seems to be a tad bit more quiet now. But no harm in trying 5w30 at some point... since i have some... lol It doesnt get incredibly cold here. More hot usually. We shall see.

I did also add the magical mystery red stuff. Just went ahead and got a gallon... should last a while.
You think i should put some in the gas too? I know when I had the b6 it was assumed the last owner never put premium so I flushed the hell outta that.

As for snooping around, the earthing cable looked alright, it was frayed and in a solid piece but pretty corroded. The earthing cable i ordered seemed small so I returned it and will be purchasing something larger.
Theres a lot of muck i need to clean up, so i can better look for leaks. Kinda hard to tell if anything is fresh when everything is so grimy. Havent quite figured out how im gunna clean it all... but ill figure that out.
I did scrape and clean the diaper though, so thats a start.


On to the transfer case tomorrow! (if its not raining!)
Also need new e-brake. :/


Im pretty sure they dont but want need confirmation, preface lift headlights WILL not fit post, right? Same goes for (front) bumpers?

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That’s because Jeepo’s oil pan gasket is leaking so the thinner oil finds its way out. 5w-40 was way too thick for my engine, a sign of still having tight tolerances.


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