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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 04-06-2006, 08:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Please Help Me!!!!!!!!!!!

Ok fellers... I was driving along, minding my own business, on a bumpy dirt road, and all of a sudden, I was in neutral. So when I came to a stop, all my forward gears became neutralized. I can only go backwards. It is full of fluid and there's no leak. The stranger part is that when the back wheels are off the ground, the forward gears work, and shift fine. Underneath the car, the shift lever moves fine through all the gears. I'm kinda stumped, so any help would be greatly appreciated

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Old 04-06-2006, 09:45 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Uh oh, worse case seneiro is you blew out the one way clutch or sprag (called other things) in the transmission. Pull your pan and look for metal flakes and dust if there is start lookin for a trans. A few netural drops and/or pumping over 300hp in the stock trans are normaly what causes this.

I have rebuilt the 3 and 4 HP 22 EH trans and they are a bear to do (demanding job) and if you blew out the sprag you'll be better off with another trans.

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Hmmm.. Well I have another tranny in my garage, do you think I can do a tranny swap in a day? Cuz i dont want to miss bimmerfest tomorrow
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Hmmm.. Well I have another tranny in my garage, do you think I can do a tranny swap in a day? Cuz i dont want to miss bimmerfest tomorrow
You could, its about a 5-6 hour job for me, but not knowing what tools you have, how good you are, or if the trans is any good...... who knows....
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I recently did an engine/tranny swap, I tihnk i can figure it out. Can you give me a heads up on whats all involved?
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I'm thinkin hard about a 5 speed swap... If anybodys done this before let me know. :-)
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trans isn't hard to do, you don't even need to remove the clutch assembly. I'd say it's a good 5 hour job. Bentley manual ftw. BTW, pm me your phone number so I can meet up with you tomorrow.
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I hope you don't want to do a 5 speed swap before tomorrow!!!


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I wish! It looks like i'll be driving a non bmw to bimmerfest :-(
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The biggest pain is top starter bolt and nut, and the top left engine bolt. The rest is gravy. A 3 foot extension works wonders. Patients it the best tool.
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