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The all new F15 BMW X5 started production August 2013 as a 2014 model year. The new X5 arrives in sDrive35i (RWD), xDrive35i, xDrive50i and a diesel xDrive 35d.

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Old 04-04-2020, 07:52 AM
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Hello to all,
Since my vehicle is about at 110K miles, I wanted to change the transmission case oil.
To my surprise there is only one plug used for refilling and drain!! Also to access to it you need to remove the exhaust (and the various sensors in the exhaust) and the crossbar. It seems there is a lot involved for a simple transfer case oil change.
Has anyone of you changed it, and if so how difficult was it? I see a lot of online info but did not come to the one specifically for 2016 x5d xdrive35d.
Thank you for the info..
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... I see a lot of online info but did not come to the one specifically for 2016 x5d xdrive35d.
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If the online info you saw included any f15 X5d xdrive35d...then it would be the same regardless if it was a 2016 model year or not. All the other model years o fate f15 X5d would follow the same procedure unless they had a different transmission. And if the BMW model has the same transmission as yours, then the procedure will probably be the same as well in regards to location of the drain plugs on the tranny case. The exhaust and other things that may need to be removed may be different only because its a different model and things may be in a different location.
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Hello to all,
Since my vehicle is about at 110K miles, I wanted to change the transmission case oil.
To my surprise there is only one plug used for refilling and drain!! Also to access to it you need to remove the exhaust (and the various sensors in the exhaust) and the crossbar. It seems there is a lot involved for a simple transfer case oil change.
Has anyone of you changed it, and if so how difficult was it? I see a lot of online info but did not come to the one specifically for 2016 x5d xdrive35d.
Thank you for the info..
Are you referring to transfer case or transmission? I first thought you where talking about the automatic transmission but later think your talking about transfer case
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Old 04-05-2020, 12:20 PM
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Sorry for not being clear...It's about transfer case oil change.. BMW seems to make it a burden to change that 1 liter of oil. It's just too many components to remove to have the access. Well, I guess next week I will try to tackle the issue.
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Sorry for not being clear...It's about transfer case oil change.. BMW seems to make it a burden to change that 1 liter of oil. It's just too many components to remove to have the access. Well, I guess next week I will try to tackle the issue.
Thanks for the clarification. Funny that you ask about the fluid change on you 35d. If you look 8 posts down, I asked about the size of the Torx Bit to loosen the fill/drain plug. The NewTIS instructs here that you have to remove the transmission support member to get to the fill plug.
https://www.newtis.info/tisv2/a/en/f...r-box/IcTDsNK8

The only complete info on this is actually on the E70 X5 model here: https://www.newtis.info/tisv2/a/en/e...box/1VnXXNrq2o

I can't find anyone on this forum that can help, nor on Youtube. So, I too am going to try to tackle this myself. Here's what I found so far.
1. I think the Fill plug is a TORX socket. The largest TORX Bit I have is a T55 & it's too small. The only size larger than this is a T70. So, I ordered one last week & waiting on it to come in.
2. I think that I can loosen the Fill plug once I get the T70. I'll need to remove the Bit from the socket holder/driver & see if I can fit the T70 up between the cross member supper & Transfer case. If I can get it into the TORX drive hole in the plug, I think I can take a wrench & break open the fill plug.
3. IF I can get the plug off, I have a homemade vacuum pump that I think I can thread it's tube into the fill hole to suck out the old fluid.
4. Then it's just a matter of getting the hand pump tube into the fill hole to pump in the new fluid.
(BTW, I plan to do try this without removing the cross member) Also, If it's not a TORX socket, I'll see if a HEX works. See the picture attached. For some reason I can't get the picture to rotate 180 deg. Hope this helps

That's my plan.
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Old 04-05-2020, 02:28 PM
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Please let me know how it goes. It looks like we both have the exact same transfer case. IF the plug can be unscrewed without the removal of cross member (which requires removal of exhaust) that would be great saving us a lot of time.
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Please let me know how it goes. It looks like we both have the exact same transfer case. IF the plug can be unscrewed without the removal of cross member (which requires removal of exhaust) that would be great saving us a lot of time.
@ DI54...My bad! I just checked the P/N on realoem & it's a HEX socket, not Torx. According to listing on Amazon, it's a 14 mm Hex socket. It's the same as the rear Differential plug. I wish I knew that before. You might be able to get a 14mm Hex wrench in there.
https://www.amazon.com/GENUINE-BMW-3...6122711&sr=8-1

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