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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 06-08-2004, 08:22 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all,

A couple of questions, actually.

Need to replace Passenger side (and driver's while I'm at it) Tranny mounts. Can you lower the tranny at all without pulling the drive shaft? It's a major pain on my back due to ability to lift....


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Old 06-09-2004, 08:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
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First off, what are you working on?
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A couple of things.

1) Shifter bushing to transmission. Mine is sloppy, and I'm hoping to make the changeover without pulling the drive shaft again because it's tough for me to physically lift the drive shaft due to back problems.. I have to drop the back of the tranny because my hands are too big to fit in the tight area above it to pull the clip and pin.

2) One of the rear transmission mounts pulled out of the slot on the underside of the car. I'm hoping that I can bend the slot back up and ensure that the bolts are very tight. Otherwise, i'm not sure how to fix that. The slot underneath seems like a really bad way to capture the tranny mount bolts. Perhaps it just needs to be put back in the slot and tightened down real well, but I;m not sure at this point.

ANy help here would be appreciated.

Oh and DUUUUUHHHHH.. 84 325E......
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That should be the E30 body. If the shifter is slopy, it's most likely the shifter plate mounts, these 3 rubber mounts (you'll have to remove the drive shaft to get at it) just wear out. Even quicker if soaked in oil.

If the metal bracket is bent, check the engine mounts to see if they are good. The trany mount bracket bolts slide in rails built in the body, I advise that when the mounts are bolted in place on the trany to slide the bracket so the slots slightly push against the mounts then tighten both the body and trany mounts down. As far as a good idea on how they are built, I do beg to differ. However, it does make life easier when you change them.

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if your just doing the tranny mounts
yes you can do it with out removeing the drive shaft
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Thanks,
I figured it out. Still trying to get the #@&*(@ Shifter bushing off. Tough to do by feel. About ready to just PAY somone to do it much as that pains me!

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