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Old 11-07-2017, 05:18 PM
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I just also wanted to clarify and confirm that what swampx3 said about using a IR thermometer on the pan is correct and very practical.

Many many owners have serviced their transmission using that method and they are fine.


Given the wide acceptable range of temperature 35-45C, even a thermometer with +- 5 degrees is definitely fine.



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I listened to swampX3 and actually used 2 different thermometers for fluid temperature today to fill my transmission correctly. Once this old geezer gets the cable and software, then I might be dangerous, LOL. Thanks for the info on the programming and all and I apologize for requesting it in this thread as I didn't realize that this was a no no. To everyone, I am sorry.
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Old 11-07-2017, 05:23 PM
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I listened to swampX3 and actually used 2 different thermometers for fluid temperature today to fill my transmission correctly. Once this old geezer gets the cable and software, then I might be dangerous, LOL. Thanks for the info on the programming and all and I apologize for requesting it in this thread as I didn't realize that this was a no no. To everyone, I am sorry.


I had no knowledge about ista and these softwares.

Swampx3 instructed me and guided me through my troubleshooting. Thanks swampx3 again! Saved me tons of $$$$!


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Old 11-07-2017, 05:34 PM
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I had no knowledge about ista and these softwares.

Swampx3 instructed me and guided me through my troubleshooting. Thanks swampx3 again! Saved me tons of $$$$!


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swampX3 is awesome as well. This old geezer just wants to get whatever is needed to diagnose, reset, and so forth and I don't like to bug people as he has answered quite a few questions of mine already. Either way, I will study that info you sent and I have already been exploring the newtis.info as this is an awesome site, so thanks.
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Old 12-10-2017, 07:54 AM
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They are steel. Reuse.

Torque depends on the replacement gasket's material. But less than you might think -- enough to prevent leaks, but not enough to make the gasket bulge. Takes experience. No gasket sealer is used.
I also vote re-use. I ordered a replacement set, didn't look as good but decided to use anyway. Torqued one off easily. Total crap. Re-use the old proven ones.

However, the pan doesn't take much torque anyway.
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Quick question for 2004 X3 2.5i Auto with 84K miles (GM trans with green label)...

- Plan to use Castrol Dexron-VI...
- For a simple drain and refill, how many quarts needed?

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Old 11-05-2018, 06:37 PM
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Quick question for 2004 X3 2.5i Auto with 84K miles (GM trans with green label)...



- Plan to use Castrol Dexron-VI...

- For a simple drain and refill, how many quarts needed?



Thanks!


Usually no more than 6, I always have a 7th on standby that Iíll save for the next time.


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Old 08-19-2019, 02:32 PM
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After delving into the GM tech info (for our 6 speeds), I found that at a fluid temp of 195*, gm advises changing the fluid every 30-40k miles. Considering our transmissions run at 185-187*, that should give you pause...


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After delving into the GM tech info (for our 6 speeds), I found that at a fluid temp of 190*, gm advises changing the fluid every 30-40k miles. Considering our transmissions run at 185-187*, that should give you pause...


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Old 08-25-2019, 08:56 PM
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So many useful information. Tks for this pots and all comments
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Old 08-26-2019, 04:54 AM
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After delving into the GM tech info (for our 6 speeds), I found that at a fluid temp of 190*, gm advises changing the fluid every 30-40k miles. Considering our transmissions run at 185-187*, that should give you pause...


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What do they consider a "fluid change" - a simple drain and refill or a complete exchange using a machine? My plan has been to do a simple drain and refill every 30K, but of course, that only changes about half the fluid. Maybe that's not adequate?

OTOH, there's a guy on the E53 forum with over 300K miles on his original trans who apparently insists on sticking with the original fluid to the extent possible. Apparently he has drained the fluid to change the filter, but then he poured that old crap back in there - only adding enough new fluid to top it off. Amazing. Not what I would do.

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Old 08-26-2019, 10:19 AM
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Burnt fluid = new transmission

Check out my post here I went through this recently:

https://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sh....php?t=1316739
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Old 08-27-2019, 04:12 AM
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This isn't heart surgery

I drop about 4 liters out f drain plug, sneering at the lifetime oil sticker, and then idle the car while I put 4 liters back in the fill hole , once a year or 12000 miles, roughly, until it drips from hole, then put the plug back in.

I'm roughly replacing the ATF every 3 years/ 36k with this model, a little excessive but $20 of ATF a year won't break the bank.
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Old 08-27-2019, 05:15 AM
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Is the "sneering" a critical part of the procedure? I forgot to do that and now I'm worried. ;-)

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Old 08-27-2019, 06:02 AM
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What do they consider a "fluid change" - a simple drain and refill or a complete exchange using a machine? My plan has been to do a simple drain and refill every 30K, but of course, that only changes about half the fluid. Maybe that's not adequate?

OTOH, there's a guy on the E53 forum with over 300K miles on his original trans who apparently insists on sticking with the original fluid to the extent possible. Apparently he has drained the fluid to change the filter, but then he poured that old crap back in there - only adding enough new fluid to top it off. Amazing. Not what I would do.

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Fluid exchange using the machine.

I really don't buy the 300k on original fluid; to go through the effort of draining in to replace the filter and then pour fluid that's lost its lubrication back into it is like doing the same to the engine. Fluid wears out; no amount of overexaggeration or "mygranddaddysaidism" is going to change that. If he is the outlier of still using original fluid, his car is going to drive like garbage, not the "its fine no problems" I'm sure he claims.

I too do the drain/fill about once a year, and use a 14mm hex head plug off a Chevy Colorado to avoid the garbage factory drain; last winter I had to cut the head off a bolt and weld it to the drain plug in order to get it out (stripped).
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Old 09-02-2019, 10:54 AM
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Sure, but if you just do a simple drain/fill, you'll only have gotten about 40% of the fluid out. Most do 2-3 drain/refills with a little driving in between to blend the old/new fluids. If you told us which model you have, I'm sure we could find a DIY video or something to guide you. Be sure you understand the procedure for refilling to the proper level. Trans temp about 90*F, vehicle idling in park after going through the gears.

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Trans temp about 90*F, vehicle idling in park after going through the gears.
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Important note: filling temp is NOT operating temp. Filling at operating temp will result in an underfill condition.
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Old 09-04-2019, 04:14 AM
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Is the "sneering" a critical part of the procedure? I forgot to do that and now I'm worried. ;-)

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Essential, but not critical. Chest thumping on Internet Fora about it, critical



If you do the three drain and fill ritual, you get 90% out, then just do the 4 liter swap once a year and your fluid will stay fresh. That's my strategy. Choose relatively warm weather so the oil flows freely

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Old 10-13-2019, 08:26 PM
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