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Old 08-20-2008, 10:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Exclamation 1988 325is tranny fluid change

I just checked my tranny fluid and it looks on the dark side but i've never changed tranny fluid before. it looks like there's a drain plug on the rear bottom of the tranny fluid pan but i have no clue where to fill it back up and how much to fill it once i find that spot! searching google hardly brought up anything for BMW tranny change, besides other models. can anyone help me out?
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Old 08-23-2008, 09:33 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Lightbulb Take it to a reputable shop!

Take it to a reputable shop and have them change the fluid and the FILTER, I thought your was an automatic, correct? I wouldn't change the fluid and not the filter too!
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most any thing will work. just do not buy redline. last shop i worked in we used mobil1 in the racecars it was like a 90 weight. and im asuming that its not an automatic cause of the drain plug. correct?
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it is an automatic, but there def. seems to be a drain plug on the bottom rear of the tranny pan. it has a hex key. and i still need to get a filter. i have 2 manuals for the car and still cant find where the filler cap/plug is located. is it on the pan or is it on the transmission itself? and if i brought it somewhere with the new oil and filter how much do u think it would cost me? thanks guys!
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it is an automatic, but there def. seems to be a drain plug on the bottom rear of the tranny pan. it has a hex key. and i still need to get a filter. i have 2 manuals for the car and still cant find where the filler cap/plug is located. is it on the pan or is it on the transmission itself? and if i brought it somewhere with the new oil and filter how much do u think it would cost me? thanks guys!
you fill through the dipstick and check tranny oil level with engine idling.

check your local papers for the average price of a tranny filter and oil change. In California, i believe it is around $150.- & about $40.- for just the tranny oil change.
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My dad thought that might be it but i wasnt sure. so the hex key bolt on the bottom of the tranny pan is my oil drain right darkhorse?
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My dad thought that might be it but i wasnt sure. so the hex key bolt on the bottom of the tranny pan is my oil drain right darkhorse?
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Thanks darkhorse! the manual wouldn't tell me! i mean, whats the point of having it if i can just come on to Bimmerwerks and get all the help i need!
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