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3-Series (E21, E30) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1975-1983 and 1984-1991 line. Specific models: BMW 315, BMW 316, BMW 318, BMW 318i, BMW 320/4, BMW 320i, BMW 320/6, BMW 323i, BMW 320i. E30 Family models include: BMW 325e, BMW 325i, BMW 325is, BMW 325ix.

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Old 10-22-2004, 11:30 AM   #1 (permalink)
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My transmission bled to death last weekend and I completely lost my clutch (no pressure).

Added some fluid and noticed that every time I pressed the clutch down, fluid would gush from the transmission :

It's coming from where the transmission bellhousing meets the engine (bad gasket) But I have no idea how to drop this transmission (i'm so used to the chevy 2-bolts and it's dropped)

Should I even attempt to try to replace this gasket, or should I take it to a pro?

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Removed all bolts from bellhousing and all bolts from the driveshaft (incl. guibo), but the driveshaft wont drop!

How the @$# is this tranny supposed to come out? I'm afraid i might break something if I go any further w/o any help.
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Before you take the trans out try installing a new clutch slave cylinder. About $40 and an hour to install and bleed.
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All my cylinders master&slave are fine, it was gushing from the front main seal. The seal is toast, so the tranny neds to come out (as soon as I figure out how to drop that #$@! driveshaft)
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I didn't think there was a seal where the engine meets the bellhousing.
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This really sounds like classic slave cylinder failure. An oil leak in the engine would have absolutely NO impact on the pumping up the clutch. If adding brake fluid and pumping restores clutch function - ITS NOT THE ENGINE SEAL.


When a slave cyliner fails, the brake fluid squirts out the end, past the seal and into the bell housing - this is classic. You should be easily able to tell brake fluid from motor oil (smell, color etc.)
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You should be easily able to tell brake fluid from motor oil (smell, color etc.)
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Guess i'll have to put all the bolts back on the tranny and try replacing the slave cylinder.
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