New guy/new car... now, wtf is this for? - BMW Forum - BimmerWerkz.com
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.

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
#1 (permalink) Old 06-01-2004, 12:16 PM
n00b
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Posts: 5
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
pomadepete is an unknown quantity at this point
(Thread Starter)
Hello,

Quick intro... name is pete, live in seattle, work at the Times, like dogs, long walks on the beach and quiet evening at home.

Now, what is that reservoir for near the brake mc/reservoir on the driver down from the fuse box a bit... the car is an 1988 325ic. There only appears to be one line comming off it and its going to the abs box? The cap and dipsitic do not say what type of fluid to use (and the dipstick shows low, so i need to ad, also, when do you check this level? when hot? running?). The fluid is sort of black... could be brake fluid? does not look like tranny fluid... help! Thanks, Pete
pomadepete is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
#2 (permalink) Old 06-01-2004, 03:35 PM
1st Gear Member
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: lexington, Ky
Posts: 230
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Halon is an unknown quantity at this point
Send a message via AIM to Halon Send a message via MSN to Halon Send a message via Yahoo to Halon
Now, you see I always heard you could use brake fluid for transmission fluid. and vice versa...

[edit]
Halon is offline  
#3 (permalink) Old 06-01-2004, 10:59 PM
5th Gear Member
 
BMWJNKY's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Elk Grove, CA
Posts: 1,175
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
BMWJNKY has a reputation beyond repute BMWJNKY has a reputation beyond repute BMWJNKY has a reputation beyond repute BMWJNKY has a reputation beyond repute BMWJNKY has a reputation beyond repute BMWJNKY has a reputation beyond repute BMWJNKY has a reputation beyond repute BMWJNKY has a reputation beyond repute BMWJNKY has a reputation beyond repute BMWJNKY has a reputation beyond repute BMWJNKY has a reputation beyond repute
Send a message via AIM to BMWJNKY Send a message via Yahoo to BMWJNKY
Quote:
Originally posted by Halon@Jun 1 2004, 02:15 PM
Now, you see I always heard you could use brake fluid for transmission fluid. and vice versa...

[edit]
DO NOT PUT BRAKE FLUID IN THAT RESV.!!!!!!! Yes, brake and ATF fluid are both a hydrolic fluids, but are formulated very differently. It's like engine oil and diff. oil are both oils, but you wouldn't but diff. oil in your engine would you? That is the resv for your power stearing. It takes regular Dextron III ATF fluid. The cold/warm full line is the line about 1/2" up from the bottom, the hot full line is a 1/2" up from that. Some of the 5, 6, and 7 series with self-leveling suspension take a special fluid, but your E30 uses regular ATF.
BMWJNKY is offline  
#4 (permalink) Old 06-02-2004, 10:29 AM
n00b
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Posts: 5
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
pomadepete is an unknown quantity at this point
(Thread Starter)
thanks! pete
pomadepete is offline  
#5 (permalink) Old 06-02-2004, 04:49 PM
n00b
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Posts: 12
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
DANM is an unknown quantity at this point
just a note to add. you mentioned the fluid is black and cloudy,change it your power rack will thank you. Mine was the same and i used a mighty vac to empty the resivoir ,filled it,ran the car for a few days and repeated the procedure.
after a year it still looks clean.
DANM is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

  BMW Forum - BimmerWerkz.com > BMW Model Specific Forums > 3-Series (E21, E30)


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Me on my car, on the Freeway! 325eXTATIC Picture Showroom 20 01-19-2006 10:49 AM
94 m-technic in AZ adamsbomb Cars For Sale 8 12-14-2005 11:43 PM
Chip Made My Car Slower gonzonick 3-Series (E36) 12 10-25-2005 02:46 PM
problems starting car when cold... VLAD_325is 3-Series (E36) 8 09-12-2005 08:08 PM

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome