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Old 04-16-2005, 08:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Don't ask why but I did a stupid thing and need some help. In a rush to change the oil in my 2000 BMW 323i, I accidently drained the oil from the wrong pan. The pan I drained was in the middle of the underneath side of the car. I believe it was the transmission fluid (brownish but very clean, which was how I determined this could not be my dirty motor oil). My questions are
1. Did I drain the transmission fluid?
2. How much transmission fluid and what kind do I need to add?
3. Where do I add the transmission fluid?

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Old 04-17-2005, 10:48 AM   #2 (permalink)
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if your car is a 2000, then u should be posting this into the e46 section... compartments and engines look different.. and just off the top of my head, i won't be able to tell u where to shove it.. unless u post a pic of your engine bay!
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Originally posted by Hunter22@Apr 16 2005, 08:38 PM
Don't ask why but I did a stupid thing and need some help. In a rush to change the oil in my 2000 BMW 323i, I accidently drained the oil from the wrong pan. The pan I drained was in the middle of the underneath side of the car. I believe it was the transmission fluid (brownish but very clean, which was how I determined this could not be my dirty motor oil). My questions are
1. Did I drain the transmission fluid?
2. How much transmission fluid and what kind do I need to add?
3. Where do I add the transmission fluid?

Much thanks in advance.
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Not sure of the quantity, but I believe it is filled through a plug on the side of the tranny. A plug like in the diferential and you'll probaly need some sort of pump.
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If you go to your local auto parts store, they sell a funnel that will allow you to put ATF into the transmission via the charge pipe. (This is where the ATF dipstick is.) That's the only way I've ever added ATF to people's transmissions. Hope this helps!
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If you go to your local auto parts store, they sell a funnel that will allow you to put ATF into the transmission via the charge pipe. (This is where the ATF dipstick is.) That's the only way I've ever added ATF to people's transmissions. Hope this helps!
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I don't think our cars have a Transmission dip stick, at least I know my 325i doesn't. Fluid has to added through the side of the tranny. And the car needs to be on a lift or at least on jack-stands.
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