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#1 (permalink) Old 04-13-2004, 07:26 PM
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Hey fellas, I'm planning on changing my transmission fluid and rear differentials etc. Just wondering what kind/brand etc. that is the best for my 1994 325is Manual Tranny? ie. should I get OEM from the STEALERS or can I get some other special hi-performance brand like REDLINE etc. Also is this a simple task drain and fill or do I have to drop oil pans and such. Do I need to get any kind of GASKETS? Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!!!!!!!!!!

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Seems to me I've heard people talking against changing the tranny fluid yourself because there's some sort of a filter in it. Or is that the auto? Boy i'm not much help am I.

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This is a 5spd Manual Tranny....I plan on having a independant shop do it...I just need to supply the right Oils etc. Instead of using OEM oils I was hoping to see from others point of view which oils is better? (tranny & rear differential oil NOT motor oil) Do I need to buy just the oil or what?...............what else should I buy?

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I hear Redline fluids are really good, but a bit pricey. I'd think you'd want to go for that if you had the $$$.

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Also, remember BMW is quarky. The manual uses ATF, not MTF.

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What means"quarky" also where can I get these redline fluid stuff? I don't see any @ Pepboyz? I'm not rich but I want the best for my baby. If redline is the best? I want it then....how much do I need to buy? Also just a DRAIN AND FILL RIGHT? No oil pan droppin, gaskets needed? Thanks for any info.........

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I thought BMW had Manual Transmission fluid that never had to be changed... but i still think its a good idea to change ur fluids

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Huh....no tranny fluid change? I'm confused now.........

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the manual is said to have "lifetime fluid." Quarky means weird. If you need to change it (which won't hurt), you'll need to drop the pan and collect the magnets and clean them very well, in addition to the pan itself.

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Thank You exactly what I wanted to hear...thanks El Presidente!

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the manual is said to have "lifetime fluid." Quarky means weird. If you need to change it (which won't hurt), you'll need to drop the pan and collect the magnets and clean them very well, in addition to the pan itself.
magnets?

they hold the pan up or float around in there.

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There are magnets in the tranny lube case that are stuck on to the side and they attract any spray metal that comes off the synchros if you accidently grind the tranny. They basically act as an oil filter.

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There are magnets in the tranny lube case that are stuck on to the side and they attract any spray metal that comes off the synchros if you accidently grind the tranny. They basically act as an oil filter.
very interesting indeed.

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also where can I get these redline fluid stuff? I don't see any @ Pepboyz?
For finding where you can buy it: go here Redline Oil
I believe one of these is the stuff you'll want to get: ATF fluids

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